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Friday, 25 October 2019

Sweet Dreams, Little One...

While most folks involved in the quilting industry are currently enjoying Quilt Market in Houston this weekend, some of us remain home...sewing! However, one of my quilts is on display there, so I am feeling anything but left out.  This is the third Quilt Market in a row that I have designed a quilt to show off a new fabric collection for Island Batik.  It's a real honour to have a design accepted by this premier fabric company.
"Sweet Dreams" photographed in an antique cradle owned by Beth Munroe, Amherst, N.S.
The collection I chose to work with is called "Forget Me Not", designed by Kathy Engle.  As you can see from this flat lay, it's a  collation of sparkling blues and yellows. The entire collection is here.
Working first from digital images, I plugged the soft, dreamy colours into EQ8 and started in on the design.  Some of the batiks featured stars, so that was a good jumping off point.  Once I was happy with my sketch, I submitted it to Island Batik for approval and was ecstatic to learn it was accepted.  When the sampling arrived, it was harder than hard to keep it all secret!  Here is the entire collection, along with neutral "Moo Milk" for background and borders, and a mustard yellow for the back.
My design features interlocking friendship stars, with the blues shining in the foreground and the yellows twinkling in between.
Of course, Polly was on hand to help with deciding on fabric placement. (This picture is for you Elaine, so you can see Polly is still on the job.)
A pretty soft blue was used to make swags in the border.  I turned the edges under, and machine appliqued them using Aurifil monofilament clear.

For the actual quilting, I used Aurifil 40 weight thread in colours matched to the fabrics. Hobbs Tuscany wool batting was chosen to add loft. All stitching is done on my domestic Bernina 440.
Soft feathers run up each side of the swags.
The blue star centres were left unquilted so they would pop up, but the yellow background stars got freehand swirls.
Channel quilting using a free motion ruler foot finished off the space near the edge.
I don't like to over-quilt baby quilts, and you can see this one looks lovely and soft.
Yo-yo's were stitched where the swags met for a finishing touch.
Finished, the quilt measures 46" x 46".  As usual, I owe a big thank you to Cheryl Coville for her technical editing of the instructions.
The pattern for "Sweet Dreams" is available on my website, as an instant download here, and (as always) at Mrs Pugsley's Emporium.  If you are a shop owner, the pattern is distributed in the US by Island Batik;  Canadian shops may order wholesale directly from me.
If you are reading this while at Quilt Market, make sure you drop by the Island Batik booth to see this in person. "Forget-Me-Not" is available for pre-order now, and will begin shipping to stores in February 2020.  After Sweet Dreams leaves the booth, it will spend the next year travelling in a trunk show to quilt shops across the U.S., before returning back home to Nova Scotia. 


  1. Glad to see that Polly is still hard at work. I assume she chose the batting.

  2. So, so pretty! I like a softly-quilted style for baby quilts, too. This one's perfect.

  3. What a beautiful quilt! Love the colours, the fabrics, quilting and the pattern. And enjoyed meeting you a week ago yesterday at Mrs. Pugsleys!

  4. Congratulations! Its a great quilt and I can see why it was chosen to be a catalog quilt.

  5. That is a great design, and the colour scheme is wonderful.....well done, Karen and Polly!