A Charmed Life, a 5” square pattern is perfect for using up those precut squares in your stash. Raise your hand if you are like me & have more 5” squares than you can handle!
I designed this several years ago for a class I taught & decided it was high time this became a pattern available to my readers.
This is a great pattern for using your stash. Because well, you know, most of us quilters might have more stash than we know what to do with! Whether you decide to use many fabrics of a single color, or focus on brights, reproductions or just random scraps- this quilt will highlight the beauty in all the fabrics you’ve purchased over the years.
I like to precut 5” squares as I finish projects & store them in old shoe boxes. When I have more than I can handle, I start a scrap quilt!
I’ve written this pattern in two sizes: 61″x61″ for a generous lap size & 97″x97″ for a queen size, so this is flexible for your needs.
This pattern also uses 5″ squares, or charms for the main fabrics & the corner pieces are 2.5″ squares- so if you have access to an Accuquilt machine
with a 5″ die, you can cut these fabrics in no time!
Again, this pattern is available from Craftsy for $3. Thank you for supporting indie designers!
So I’m assuming you’ve heard the news about the new VAT rules that go into effect on Jan 1.
Oh, you haven’t heard? Well let me do a quick recap.
The EU says all EU citizens must pay VAT on all digital downloads. This includes quilt patterns that little ole designers like me sell through Craftsy & Etsy.
We must collect this VAT & file it quarterly with each individual country at their rate & keep those documents for 10 years.
If we don’t do that we can risk not being able to visit those countries in the future.
Plainly speaking, this sucks.
I tried to ignore it, but you know, there’s the reality that I really would like to visit London & the Black Forest & Rome & Vienna one day & I like to consider myself a law abiding person.
I *think* I may have attempted to sit down & research this to see even how to do this, but honestly folks I have an 8 month old & this is truly a small business. It honestly doesn’t make business sense for me to file/keep records/take the risk when such a small portion of my business sells to the EU.
So this is what’s going to happen. As of now I’m only selling my digital patterns to US folks through Craftsy. If you are a non-EU citizen & you’d like to purchase my patterns, contact me & I can charge your credit card & send you the electronic file. If you’re an EU citizen & you really want my patterns, contact me & so far (as of 12/31/14) I can charge your credit card & mail you a hard copy.
I hope this will work for all my non-US customers & hope that Paypal/Craftsy/EU Governments quickly come to an agreement that enables small indie sellers like myself to easily & legally sell digital downloads to EU citizens.
In the meantime, may you never run out of bobbin thread!
Let’s talk about designing quilts. I probably design half of all the quilts I make for various reasons- most of the time though they are for the classes I teach.
When I’m teaching I like to emphasis only one or two new elements at a time. I find this works best when teaching adults in the evenings- everyone’s had a busy day with work and family and life & let’s be honest- quilting is supposed to be fun.
For that reason I found myself creating lots of home decor type patterns- they are small in size, yet large enough to let the quilter experiment with the new technique.
This is one of my favorite patterns- The Easy Patriotic Star Table Runner. I love this pattern because it looks like a complicated star that requires y-seams, yet in reality this is a great way for quilters to practice their precision piecing through flying geese and half square triangles. And with only 3 blocks, you can finish this in time for the holiday weekend!
This pattern is now on sale at Craftsy & is on sale through July 4th for $2.00! As with all my patterns I include lots of diagrams to help the beginning quilter on their journey.
If you make this , please email me a photo at firstname.lastname@example.org- I’ve love to see your version!