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We're introducing Marti's new fabric line, Ultra Violet Catalina, with a free pattern for a quilt and matching bolster pillow. Just click on the image below to download the 4-page PDF. Scroll down for more free patterns.
Fabric Shopping with Sunbonnet Sue! This cute quilt block is part of a Marti's calendar quilt that was featured in ASN Publishing's 1995 book, Sunbonnet Sue is Alive and Well! The book is out of print, but you might find a copy on eBay or in Amazon's used books. In the meantime, here are Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill patterns that you can download.
You can make this quilt from a variety of fat quarters and scraps, plus 1 yard for the second border and 1/1 2 yards for the backing. Click the images below to see a larger photo of Marti's Sunbonnet Sue calendar quilt and to download a PDF of the full-size patterns.
This is a great "conversation" quilt. Pull out all your favorite seasonal fabrics and converation prints to make this applique quilt fun. Fuse the pieces in place and machine applique around them to make it fast.
There are 80 or 100 different fabric prints in Marti's quilt! Individual blocks have pieces cut from 10 to 25 fabrics. Marti used a variety of black and white prints for backgrounds, and dressed her characters in 4 to 6 different prints for sleeves and dresses, etc.
Marti livened up the quilt with hearts, clovers, fall leaves, vegetables, Americana and Christmas prints. March winds are flying a kite cut from an Elinor Peace Bailey fabric. April showers are repesented by a background of umbrellas and there's an Easter bunny peeking out from behind Sue's dress. Keep scrolling down and have fun fabric shopping with Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill!
Fabric Requirements for the quilt top shown:
8: 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" block backgrounds (January, March, April, May August, September, October, November blocks)
4: 13 1/2" x 9 1/2" block backgrounds (February, June, July, December blocks)
12: 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" horizontal sashing strips
8: 1 1/2" x 9 1/2" vertical sashings
9: 1 1/2" sashing squares
2: 1 1/2" x 39 1/2" border 1 sides
2: 1 1/2" x 27 1/2" border 1 top and bottom
2: 3 1/4" x 41 1/2" border 2 sides
2: 3 1/4" x 29 1/2" border 2 top and bottom
4: 3 1/4" corner squares
Make individual patterns for each applique piece from the patterns provided. Add seam allowances for hand applique, however, DO NOT ADD SEAM ALLOWANCES for fused applique (see below for abbreviated instructions for Fused Applique method).
Make the blocks. Construct the quilt interior in 4 rows of 3 blocks as shown above. Add border 1, sides first, then top and bottom. Sew a corner square to the ends of the top and bottom strips of border 2. Add border 2, sides first, then top and bottom. Sandwich the quilt with batting and backing, quilt and bind.
Make a Tree of Paradise block with Template Set L or paper patterns included in the pattern. It's a great block and so easy to sew with our special double-blunted corners.
Download the 2-page PDF.
Below left, you can see where the trunk goes. In the last photo, the units in row 1 have been joined and the pieces in row 2 are well on their way. The trunk has been pinned in place for appliqueing, then the green triangle is added and row 2 can be completed.
Easy peasy and smashing Sashing Stars nap or play quilt -- download 2-page PDF instructions.
A trick for cutting the diamond with Sets A and C or B and D.
Click to download PDF. Make it 12 or 16 inches, with a square center or a 4-patch center.
You can make Jeff Gutcheon's "Card Trick" block design with Set A (9 or 6 3/8 inches finished) and Set B (12 or 8 1/2" finished). Make it 15 inches finished with the square, half-square triangle and quarter-square triangle templates in Set T or 7 1/2 inches with Set Q. If you like miniature blocks, it's 3 inches finished with Set N.
An add-on pattern; requires the Double Wedding Ring Set.Download the PDF.
Instructions for making Sunburst blocks are in template Set F. Here's a full size bonus piece to add to quarter sections to make triangular quarter blocks for 14.5 inch finished blocks.
Instructions are here to make this Set L block, and a PDF to download.
A dozen Dandelion Greens blocks are shown with sashings below. Instructions to make the block with Set E are on this page.
A patchwork tree border to make with Sets A and C, or B and D.