Thursday, November 17, 2022

Wildflower Seeds Quilt Pattern

Hi! Welcome back and Happy Friday! I cannot believe how fast this year is going. It's been a few weeks since I've posted. I'm sorry I haven't posted a free block in a bit, but I've been busy behind the scenes trying to get some new patterns tested and in my shop. These are designs that have been languishing in my files for ages, drawn while I was recovering from my surgery last year. I couldn't sew, but I would occasionally go through creative phases and design. The first pattern that was tested and published recently, and is now in my shop, is called Wildflower Seeds

I'm so proud of this one! I have always been inspired by the promise and potential of a packet of wildflower seeds and wanted to somehow turn it into a quilt.. So I finally drew it up while I was recovering several months ago! I just didn't have the bandwidth to get it written until more recently. It was designed specifically with scrap use in mind, but my pattern tester and good friend, Amy, stitched hers up in a collection of various 1930s repro prints. (That echinacea block is in there for my grandmother. I sure do miss her!)

@amyjodubya on IG

Amy's teen daughter immediately staked claim to it. :) That's a pretty good compliment if you ask me!

This is the mockup I did in scraps for the pattern cover. 

I'm still doing a lot of "laptop sewing" while my left hand continues to gain strength, but I can type with both hands now, though slowly, and I've recently started my own Wildflower Seeds quilt. (I've completed FOUR blocks so far, with the help of my Accuquilt GO for some of the cutting. The 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" strip dies will be most helpful for this quilt, I think! I was intimidated at first, but it is so easy to use!) I'll be going at a snail's pace but I'm doing it! 

If you've been following my design journey for the last few years, you might recognize a couple of these flowers from my earlier patterns. The "daisy", and the "dahlia" have been repurposed and resized from two of my previous patterns, Flower Power (2017) and Awesome Blossom (2015). I've always loved these large blocks (great for large prints), so they HAD to be included!

They're such happy flowers!

I thought for my own "slow sew" quilt (my first big sew in over a year!), I would try it in batiks.. I love the depth that the batiks give it. 

Riley Blake Designs loved it too, so much that they made one up for their Quilt Market booth last month, and will be offering it this coming Spring as a block of the month program for shops! They will also be hosting and filming a sew along for it.

That's a batik Sew Big or Go Home quilt
in the background, too!!

It's so nice to be sewing again. Colorful fabrics make me happy! This pattern has been received beyond my expectations already, and several on FB are joining me in making one. If you'd like, come along and sew with us! There's no timeline, no pressure, just the occasional sharing of photos. You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop HERE, or right here on my site in my webshop here in the very near future. I just haven't gotten it listed there, yet.

I'll post the occasional update on my quilt progress here, and I'll be sharing pics on FB and IG as I go.

Thanks for popping by for a read today! Hope you've enjoyed the quilt photos! One more just for good measure..

I have a couple of other new patterns in my shop to share, so I'll be back soon. In the meantime, Happy Stitching!


P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of the National Days scrap quilt project blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.

I'm keeping all of the National Days free block tutorials organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*. If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, like enamel pins or stickers, check out my Etsy shop here. Be back soon!


I really love the batik fabrics for the floral patterns. It definitely says Spring is here. My daughter is very into California Native Plants and Flowers and color theory, so this lovely explosion of colorful flowers is going to make her day when I make it! Thank you for continuing to create! :)

Alexandra Martin, California

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