The Big Chill ~ Penguin Quilt Pattern

I just finished a new Penguin quilt pattern!  The Big Chill is full of chilly penguins and includes two sizes.  The Large 58″ x 68″ version pictured here has 9 penguins…

Penguin Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel, Rebecca Mae Designs

We’ve had a mild winter here in New England, but just in time for The Big Chill release… we had a Snow Storm!  I ran out yesterday while it was snowing to get these pictures. There’s nothing like the quiet that snow brings. This next pic is one of my favorites, I think it captures the quiet stillness… and the chill!

Penguin Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel, Rebecca Mae DesignsEach penguin is 15″ and has a Kona scarf! I listed the colors in the pattern if you like the look of this one.

Penguin Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel, Rebecca Mae Designs

I broke into my Architextures fabric for my four penguin quilt… so cute! It has a softer look, perfect for a baby quilt.

Penguin Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel, Rebecca Mae DesignsThe white I’ve been using is a Robert Kaufman fabric that has some shimmery dots… it’s called Spot On.  Perfect!

Penguin Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel, Rebecca Mae Designs

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The Big Chill ~ Penguin Quilt Pattern

Penguin Quilt Pattern by Sherri Noel, Rebecca Mae Designs



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Chapter 12 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Hello quilters!

Here we are at the FINAL Chapter of the Dear Daughter Block of the Month Quilt!  If you subscribe to this QAL you should have already received the final pattern a few days ago.


You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!


The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company

are generously sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for December are:

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Tiziana G from Italy!

The Warm Company products ~ Judy C from Canada and Melissa K from Alabama!


It took me some time to decide on what I wanted this final block to say. I had something else in mind originally but ultimately decided on Believe… It can represent so many things! I even googled it and found this..

Believe comes from old German words meaning to have trust. Belief doesn’t require proof, just acceptance. To believe can also mean having confidence. If you believe in me, it doesn’t mean that you think I’m real. It means you think I can do what I set out to do.


Block of the Month Quilt ~ Dear Daughter Chapter 12

I’ll be back again with some pics of the finished border! But here’s a peek!

Block of the Month Quilt ~ Dear Daughter Chapter 12

Thanks for following along!


Block of the Month Quilt Pattern ~ Dear Daughter


2017 Block of the Month Quilt Pattern ~ Jul i Scandinavia

Hello Stitchers!

I will be hosting two Quilt-a-Long Programs this year! One will be a traditional Block of the Month (announcement coming soon) and one will be a Christmas Quilt!

Jul i Scandinavia

Jul i Scandinavia block of the month quilt pattern

Jul i Scandinavia is an applique quilt measuring 32″ x 40″. I will be making my quilt on a red flannel base using primarily white wool for the applique.

Jul i Scandinavia block of the month quilt pattern

Instead of receiving a block each month, you will receive the applique templates for a branch or section of the project. Please be aware that the image shown is a rough draft of the pattern and may change slightly.

I’d love it if you joined in!

This year I will have the BOM patterns listed in two places.  You can sign up any time

in My Shop -or- on Craftsy.


You will be emailed monthly with the pattern information and templates to date.


I will update the pattern monthly on Craftsy and you will be able to view and download the updated pattern information and templates directly.

Here’s a Q & A to help answer questions ~ If I miss something and you ask a question in the comments I’ll add the answer to this post, so check back.

Will you be posting progress on
Yes, I will post pictures monthly with my progress.

What will I need for fabric?
I will be providing a supply list in January. The background base I will be using for my sample is red flannel. I will also be using some red wool and decorative ribbon to embellish the base. The applique shapes on my project will be almost entirely white and made of primarily wool with some velvet and cotton accents.

What other supplies will I need?
Your supply list will include some optional embellishment supplies. For example, you might want to have a variety of threads for decorative stitches including perle cotton and embroidery floss. Please note that I will not be including stitch instruction with the pattern, but I will make note of some of the stitches I’m using as part of my monthly posts.

What is the finished size of the quilt?
The size of the finished quilt is 32” x 40”.

When will the program wrap up?
I will deliver the final pattern download in November so that you may finish and enjoy for the 2017 holidays!sherri

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Chapter 11 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

WOO HOO! Here’s the second to last chapter in our Dear Daughter Quilt Sampler! Emails went out on the 16th to Dear Daughter subscribers, so if you didn’t receive yours, please email me! ([email protected])

Dear Daughter Quilt Pattern Chapter 11

If you want to subscribe…

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!



The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company

are generously sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for November are:

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Sandra M from Florida!

The Warm Company products ~ Emma L from Australia and Sue Ellen W from Texas!

dear daughter block of the month quilt pattern

Here’s what the layout looks like… only one more chapter to go!

Dear Daughter Quilt

Dear Daughter Quilt

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Chapter 3 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

It’s so hard to believe March is here already, and we are up to Chapter 3!


The Chapter 3 pattern has already gone out to subscribers, so if you’ve already subscribed in my shop and did not receive it in your email please contact me @ [email protected] verify your email address.

If you want the pattern you can find it here:

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!


EACH CHAPTER includes:

  • Pattern ~ for all Chapter blocks
  • Templates ~ including entire alphabet to make your own text
  • Technique Instruction
  • Sneak Peek into next month (for the over~achievers in the bunch!)

Here are Chapter blocks 1-3… coming together!

block of the month

And you can see how they fit into the quilt top:

TOP Chapter 1-3 filled inI completed my text for Chapter 3 using the needle-turn applique technique.  It’s one of my favorite ways to applique. I love the look of the turned edges and I also love that it’s portable and I can work on it anywhere!  Plus it has a sort of organic look that I like.

I’ve included some pictures of how I completed mine but if you’re making the dear daughter quilt you can use the templates with any applique method on the Techniques Page of the pattern… or any other method you prefer!

Before we get into it I want to talk a little about supplies…

applique needle and thread

To set yourself up for success, use a good needle and thread for applique.  Here are some of my favorites:

Thread: I have a couple favorites…

I like the following threads because they are light-weight and disappear into the applique fabric.
Aurifil ~ 50 wt (the orange spools)
Superior Thread ~ Bottom Line (donut) or 50 wt Masterpiece (donut)
(I have some applique thread donuts available in my shop)


You will need an applique or straw/milliners needle.
I like the tulip #10 big eye applique needles for needle-turn applique. When I’m working on larger applique pieces I will sometimes use an 11 milliners/straw needle. The extra length helps when turning the seam allowance to the back.
note ~ I’ve taken several hand applique classes and something I’ve learned is that the recommended needle isn’t always the best choice for me.  I took one class from a woman who had tiny little hands and she recommended this needle that I could hardly hold it was so small… so use what works for you and feels like a good fit, but stay with a thin applique or straw needle.

This applique will be done much like the butterfly from last months chapter.  To start, trace your applique with a removable marking tool, loosely cut out shape with a generous 1/4″ allowance and baste in place right down the center.


After your piece is basted,  finger press all along the traced lines.  By finger pressing on the traced line your applique will go much smoother as the fabric will more easily turn under for you.  In the next picture you can see that I have my W (Wander) loosely cut out, basted and finger pressed.

needle turn applique

Make sure to bring your needle up from behind the applique piece on the traced line of the outer edge.  If you bring your needle up from under your background piece and through the traced line you will not be able to turn your seam allowance under.

needle turn applique

Use your needle to turn the fabric under and take your first stitch.  You can see in the next picture that the fabric is turning under easily and I continue to finger press a second time as needed while I sew.

needle turn applique

I also like to trim my seam allowance as I go. If I trim it close before I begin I would have to contend with my seam allowance fraying from being handled, and that wouldn’t be any fun!

Here are a couple tips on curves and points:

Concave Curves:

When you come to an inner curve clip slits into the seam allowance without cutting into the traced seam line.  This will help your turned edge lay flat and ease the fabric under as well.

Convex Curves:

For convex curves, clip notches out of seam allowance to reduce bulk.

Inner Points:

I find these to be the trickiest.  Taper the seam allowance as you near the inner point and clip at the inner point to the seam line right before you sew it.  Take 2-4 small stitches right in the point to hold the threads in place.  If your thread matches your applique fabric these stitches will hardly be noticeable.

Outer Corners:

For outer corners sew right up to the corner, placing a stitch in the very corner, sweep fabric under with your needle and turn the corner.


Sew the entire perimeter of the applique and then go back to cut out any holes in the applique.

needle turn applique

I used small scissors or a sharp seam ripper to carefully start the hole, being careful not to puncture or cut my background fabric.


Turn those seams under and applique in place.  It takes a little practice but that’s all there is to it!


As you know we have Two Generous Sponsors for the 2016 Dear Daughter BOM Quilt-a-Long!  Including International Subscribers too!

Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop

Every Month 1 Lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!

(see my fabric links at the end of this post!)

the warm company

The Warm Company

Every Month 2 Lucky winners will receive Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 from The Warm Company!

I’m picking random winners from the subscriber list and

The Winners for March are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Shaughna K.

The Warm Company products ~ Candy L. and Loralee M.

I will be in touch via email!  Yay!

block of the month quilt pattern

Lastly,  I’ve been getting some fabric questions, and since Fat Quarter Shop is so generous to sponsor this quilt I thought I’d link to a couple fabrics each month that are in my quilt blocks ~ so if you are interested in finding them you can just check out the links below!

The yellow text fabric is from Windham Fabrics and it’s called Paint by Carrie Bloomston for Such Designs.  I bought it at a local shop this past summer so I’m not sure if you can still find it…

I used a lot of different scraps but I’ve also used several fabrics from:

True Colors

Rhoda Ruth


Kaffe Classics

Like my fabrics?

Now you can get my newly curated bundle


at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle


Chapter 1 from Kathy!

Chapter 1 from Kathy!


Chapter 1 from Lisa!

Chapter 1 & 2 from Lori

Chapter 1 & 2 from Lori!

Chapter 1 ~ Sandi

Chapter 1 ~ Sandi :)

Chapter 1 ~ Shaughna

Chapter 1 ~ Shaughna !

Sandra's Chapter 1

Sandra’s Chapter 1

Sandra's Chapter 2

Sandra’s Chapter 2

Candy's Chapter 1

Candy’s Chapter 1

Chapter 1 & 2 from Vickie!

Chapter 1 & 2 from Vickie!


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Chapter 2 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Hello Everybody!

I’m excited to be getting into Chapter 2 of our quilt~a~long!  If you’re just joining in you can find the original post here with all the information.  I’m making my quilt for my daughters and with them in mind… here is Chapter 2!

dear daughter block of the month

dear daughter quilt

Chapter 2 has gone out to subscribers, so if you’ve already subscribed in my shop and did not receive it in your email please contact me @ [email protected] so we can verify your email address.

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

EACH CHAPTER includes:

  • Pattern ~ for all Chapter blocks
  • Templates ~ including entire alphabet to make your own text
  • Technique Instruction
  • Sneak Peek into next month (for the over~achievers in the bunch!)

Now, I have a couple of exciting tid-bits to share with my quilt-a-long subscribers!!!!

We have

Two Generous Sponsors for the 2016 Dear Daughter BOM Quilt-a-Long!

International Subscribers are eligible too!

Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop

Every Month 1 Lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!

(see my fabric links at the end of this post!)

the warm company

The Warm Company

Every Month 2 Lucky winners will receive Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 from The Warm Company!

I’m picking random winners from the subscriber list and

The winners for February Are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Jackie B. 

The Warm Company products ~ Debra G. & Pam R.

I will be in touch via email!  Yay!

Here are Chapter 1 and 2 together:

dear daughter quilt

You can see how they will fit into the quilt top in the image below… Every chapter of the Dear Daughter Quilt will be a different size to fit into the unusual layout…

dear daughter quilt chapter 1 & 2

dear-daughter-quilt-36A little bit about this Chapter…

For the text applique in this block I prepared my applique text the same way as in Chapter 1 with Steam-a-Seam Lite 2, and for the applique stitch I used Aurifil 50 wt and matched my colors to the applique.  (Find thread & colors here)


The butterfly in this chapter is done using the needle-turn applique method.  Turned applique is my favorite, whatever the method (needle-turn, freezer paper etc) it’s just so pretty!

Here’s how I prepared my needle-turn butterfly.

Trace the templates right onto the fabric using a removable marker (whichever one works for fabric color).  Trim fabric leaving 1/4″ seam allowance.  Center the trimmed fabric parts and baste bottom layer lightly in place with fabric glue or a couple basting stitches.  I used Roxanne basting glue and carefully placed a couple spots of glue to tac fabric in place at least  1/4″ inside the marked edges of all my wings so I still had room to turn my edges under.


Starting with the wings (bottom layer)  I finger pressed along the marked line, then put my needle through applique piece only, coming up right on the line. Make sure you coordinate your thread to your applique piece ~ (50 wt thread is good)


Stitch around edge of applique.  Insert needle in background fabric right next to exit thread (on applique piece) take a bite out of the background and then come up catching the edge of the applique right on the drawn line.  Trim seam allowance to scant 1/4″ as you go (if necessary) and cut notches out of seam allowance at the rounded corers.  Use your needle to turn the 1/4″ seam under as you go in a counter clockwise motion.


After the bottom layer of wings are done repeat with the next layer of shapes.  Add the body and spots…

needle turn applique

So fun!

dear daughter quilt chapter

dear daughter quiltRemember, I’m providing the entire alphabet so you can create whatever text you like and with a little creativity you can gear your quilt for whomever you like!  Check out Sandi’s boy version of Chapter 1, look how she made the petals into a gear… genius! Thanks for sharing Sandi!

boy version dear daughter quiltThis made me wonder about a Man version, so I played with the idea for Chapter 1 & 2, I removed the flower and butterfly then doubled up the block on the right…  I also lopped off the rounded edge of the epp flower petal ~ changed the colors, added some song lyrics and… I think it looks pretty good!

mens quilt

Lastly,  I’ve been getting some fabric questions, and since Fat Quarter Shop is so generous to sponsor this quilt I thought I’d link to a couple fabrics each month that are in my quilt blocks ~ so if you are interested in finding them you can just check out the links below!

I used a lot of different scraps but I’ve also used several fabrics from:

True Colors

Rhoda Ruth


Kaffe Classics

You can also…

Check out my newly curated bundle


at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle



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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Finishing!

I’ve Finished my top for the

Sew Scrappy Sampler, Block of the Month Quilt Pattern!

This top finishes at 90″ x 99″ (full/queen)

Block of the Month Sampler Quilt

I wish I had more pictures for you but it was freezing and actually lightly snowing when I took these pics and they just don’t do the color justice.

Kaffe has so many gorgeous large scale prints, I wanted to use one for the border and I’m so happy with the one I chose!  It’s called Frilly ~ Oh my goodness, it’s delicious!  Could you resist this?  I thought not!

kaffe fasett frilly fabric

You can see the fabrics I used for the background and circles in this next picture ~ I fell in love with them right away!

block of the month quilt in kaffe fassett

Now, here is some color!  yum!

block of the month quiltI just can’t get enough of Kaffe…

bom 2If you’ve noticed the quilt isn’t finished, that’s because I’ve decided to hand quilt, using big stitches (tute here) and I’m thinking maybe I’ve lost my mind all together?  It’s a large quilt…  but it really lends itself to hand quilting and after the journey of piecing all these fun blocks I just gotta do it!   Plus I’m dying to quilt around all those frilly flowers ~ DREAMY!

I’m going to use either Perle Cotton or I might try Aurifil 12 wt thread this time.  I’ve used the 12 wt in my machine, but not for hand quilting yet.  If anyone has used 12 wt for hand quilting please let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your feedback!  I’m excited to get going on it.  First I have to make the back and sandwich it but I’m making progress!

Block of the Month Sampler Quilt

Thanks so much to everyone who’s been following along and all your nice comments along the way!  If you’ve got the block patterns and are interested in my top design ~ you can find it for individual sale in my shop!

Finishing Pattern for the Top

I will also be bundling the patterns all together for sale soon.  In the meantime you can still find all the individual blocks and finishing instructions in my shop!

I have already started my new 2016 Block of the Month ~ Dear Daughter.

2016 block of the month quilt

I hope you’ll join me!


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Hello everybody!  Happy New Year!   I’m hosting a new Block of the Month for 2016.  This is a quilt pattern that I’ve been wanting to make for some time, and why not open it up to anyone crazy enough to join me!

dear daughter block of the month quilt pattern

Dear Daughter is a sampler quilt that will include some text blocks.  It will be divided into 12 sections, so sort of like a block of the month but I’m calling them Chapters ~ (just for fun, since there is text and all…) Within the quilt there will be 80+ pieced (6″ blocks) plus several text blocks.  Here is an example a text block and 6″ block from Chapter 1.

2016 block of the month Dear DaughterThe text blocks will have little sayings or quotes…    I named my quilt Dear Daughter because my daughters are the inspiration for my quilt.  But your inspiration can be anyone or anything!

Each Chapter will be a combination of several blocks…

Here is a look at Chapter 1 ~ the graphic…

dear daughter quilt a long

Every month a new Chapter will be released.  Chapter 1 will be considered the first ‘month’.  To keep my sanity intact, and to stay on track, I’ll keep some of the blocks on the simpler side, like a five patch or log cabin block etc.

dear daughter quilt 73

Here is the top diagram I’ll be filling in as I go along… you can see how Chapter 1 fits in…

Dear Daughter quilt a long 2016

The completed quilt top including the side borders measures a generous 72″ x 90″.

I’ll be running this BOM quilt~a~long a little differently than in the past so read on…

dear daughter quilt 67

Here’s a Q & A to help answer questions ~ If I miss something and you ask a question in the comments I’ll add the answer to this post, so check back.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up by purchasing the pattern.

Find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!


What Can I expect after signing up?

After sign up you will receive a welcome email.  You will then be added to the monthly email list.  Each month (around mid month, or on the 16th) you will receive an email with the new chapter’s pattern.  Be sure to carefully check your email for accuracy when you sign up.  The first Pattern will be emailed mid January.

Can I sign up anytime?

Yes, if you sign up after January 2016, You will receive your welcome email, and then you will receive an email with the patterns to date.  Any remaining patterns will come monthly via email.

Will I be charged Monthly?

No, the sign up fee is a one time charge that covers the entire series from start to finish and you can sign up any time, it will not expire.

How will patterns be delivered?

As a printable PDF via the email you provide when you sign up.  These patterns are for personal use, please don’t share or copy them.

Will every block be different?

There are a lot of different blocks, and there are some blocks that will repeat throughout the quilt… for example the heart block from the Chapter 1 pattern might show up again in another Chapter.  There might be four identical 6″ blocks that come together to make one larger 12″ block…. you follow?

How much fabric will I need?

Good Question!  This quilt is intended to be scrappy, so I will not be posting a fabric list.  I am working from my stash on a month by month basis.  I have some wonderful saturated colored fabrics and some low volume fabrics to work with.  The blocks are small so little bits from your stash will work on most blocks.  You will need larger pieces for the text blocks.  I will keep track of my fabric consumption (so far my stash looks untouched) and put a list together at a later date that will give you an idea of approximate amounts in each color based on my colors.

Like my fabrics?

Check out my newly curated bundle


at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle

UPDATE: That bundle is sold out ~ For a limited time you can find

Turn Up the Volume 2 

Do I have to use your text? Or any text at all?

No, I will provide you with my text to use if you like it ~ and the entire alphabet (in reverse for applique) so your quilt can say what’s on your mind!  You will only be limited to the space of the block.   As another alternative, You can repeat pieced blocks to fill in the space allotted for text.  This is Your Quilt, do what makes you happy!

Will I need to save previous patterns when I’m done with them?

Yes!  You will need to refer back to previous Chapters for repeating block information, so save them all.

Will you be posting progress?

Yes, I’ll post complete pictures monthly on my blog with my progress.

How else can we follow?

I will post progress on instagram @ rebeccamaedesigns using #deardaughterquilt.  And also on the rebeccamaedesigns facebook page.

What if I have questions?

You can ask questions through instagram (by commenting on my photos or tagging me on yours) or in the comment section of the blog.  If you ask in the blog comments section, I will answer there so everyone can benefit so please check back.

What type of applique will be used for the text?

I am using double sided fusible to applique most of the text, specifically steam a seam lite by the Warm Company. Some text will also be pieced.

What other piecing methods will be used?

I will be using a variety of methods, but mostly straight piecing, some english paper piecing and some applique.

Do I have to have a daughter to participate?

Haha… of course not!  This is your quilt!  You can mix and match some blocks if you need it to be more masculine (for example you might not want to add the flower applique) and you can also change the text to say something else as long as it fits in the same space.  Here are some alternate ideas…

Winter/Holiday (use Christmas fabric and sayings)

Wedding ~ (Use wedding dates, sayings and names)

Free Spirit ~ anything goes!

Sponsored By:

We will have some Monthly Prizes starting in February ~Generously Sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company!

Fat Quarter Shop

the warm company

I hope you’ll join me!

dear daughter

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 11

Where did 2015 go?  The Block of the Month Sampler is just about over with one more block to go!

Block 11 ~  Diamond Trail

block of the month quilt pattern

This block is great for using up all your strip scraps.

block of the month patternI used a foundation and strip pieced this block.  It’s very easy and forgiving… you can use strips of different sizes and make it entirely scrappy.

block of the month pattern

I hope you enjoy this block!  You can find the pattern in MY SHOP or on Crafsy!

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Color Play ~ Canyon Quilt

I’m excited to show you this Canyon Quilt design I made for Moda.  It’s a large scrappy orange peel quilt.  You can find the instructions to make this quilt on the Moda Bake Shop.

orange peel quilt kate spain fabric

The fabric is called Canyon and it’s the newest collection from Kate Spain… it’s gorgeous!

moda fabric 040

 I wanted to share a little bit about how I hand quilted this quilt with perle cotton.

If you haven’t tried this before, please read my tutorial

How to Hand Quilt with Perle Cotton

so you know how to start and end your stitching and the basics of making a stitch.


Ok ~ Here is a list of supplies I used on this quilt:

Quilters Hoop ~ I’m using a 14″  Dritz 14-Inch Quilting No-Slip Hoop

Thimble ~ I use this one  Clover Metal Open-Sided Thimble

Perle Cotton #8

Scissors ~ small pair

Needle ~ I’m using a Clover Gold Eye Chenille Needle #24

Erasable Fabric Marker ~ I’m using a Mark B Gone marker

Batting ~ I’m using Soft Soft High Loft 1/2″ loft batting

Quilters Ruler

and of course your Basted Quilt Sandwich

Let’s get to the quilt details…

I used DMC Perle Cotton #8 for my quilting.

big stitch hand quilting with perle cotton

The needle I used for this quilt is from Clover.  This is my first go with this needle and I really like it.  The eye accommodated the perle cotton, and with a little finessing, I could thread the needle without my threader.  It’s very sharp, and it just felt like a good fit for my hand… not too small or too big.  I think its a keeper!

quilting DSC_0546

Before I made my quilt sandwich, I used the perle cotton to add a decorative stem stitch along the very edge of my applique peels and circles, just to add some fun definition.

quilting with perle cotton

big stitch hand quilting

Then I made my quilt sandwich using this Soft Soft High Loft Batting from The Warm Company which is quite nice to work with… look how my quilting stands out and makes the triangles in my border look like little pillows! So yummy…

hand quilting with perle cottonIt was also my first time using this batting.  I’m used to a low to no loft batting and I really love the comforter like feel to this quilt!  It’s very cozy, and requires less quilting than other batting.  Stitching can be up to 10″ apart!

I started hand quilting in the center of my quilt and quilted around all the peels… working my way out to the border and edges of the quilt.

big stitch hand quilting

When I made my quilt sandwich I gave myself a bit of extra batting and backing, extending beyond the quilt top for my hoop to grab onto when I’m working on the edges of the quilt…

big stitch hand quilting

And every time I move my hoop I turn to the back of my work to be sure that my backing fabric is secure and flat for stitching.  Looks good!

big stitch hand quilting with perle cottonAfter I finished quilting out to the edge I went back to quilt more in the space between the peels…

I used my quilters ruler to find the horizontal and vertical center lines and marked the lines with my water erasable marker (or other removable / disappearing marking tool).  Then I centered and traced the 3″ circle template from the pattern (here on the Moda Bake Shop).

hand quilting perle cottonI quilted directly on the drawn lines… which is so relaxing since I don’t have to think about anything but staying on the lines :)

big stitch hand quiltingWhen the quilting in that section is done, blot the blue lines away with a wet paper towel or mist with water… I love this part!big stitch hand quilting with perle cotton

Enjoy your finished Quilt!!!

orange peel quilt kate spain canyon fabric

Don’t forget to check out my tutorial:

how to hand quilt with perle cotton

See this post for another quilt that’s hand-quilted with perle cotton…

big stitch quilting ~ modern love xo quilt pattern by rebeccamaedesigns




I’ve been working on this quilt all summer and I’m so excited to share it!

#Love Wins

love wins quilt pattern
You can find the pattern here.

I went out to get some pics last weekend ~  a beautiful day for it!

#Love Wins is a scrappy quilt made in eight sections with row-by-row construction. Perfect for using up scraps in your stash.

At 70″ x 60″ its a generous lap size quilt or beautiful wall hanging.

love wins quilt pattern by rebeccamaedesigns

Isn’t the heart outline fabric fun?  The collection is called Paint and the print is called Clippings in spackle by Carrie Bloomston.  It looks like news print and it’s wonderful to work with.

love wins quilt pattern

It’s got lots of fun text…


love wins quilt and paint text fabricI used it on the back too with another fabric from her collection in the center.

love wins back

Here is a close up since the last picture doesn’t show how fun it really is…

love wins quilt pattern by Sherri Noel ~

My scrap pile still looks untouched… but I love scraps and it will go to good use!  I even did a little fussy cutting and if you have read my blog before, some of this fabric probably looks a little familiar :)

love wins quilt pattern by Sherri Noel

 You probably have some of these in your stash too!

love wins quilt pattern by sherri noelOk I need to point out this binding fabric… it’s called architectures from Carolyn Friedlander.  I heart it!

love wins quilt patten

And lastly ~ I wanted to show a close up of the fabric I used for the equals sign, it’s so fun and pretty… I don’t remember what it is but maybe you know already…

love wins quilt patternI love everything about this quilt, the meaning, the colors, the scrappy look, the straight line quilting the heart outline fabric, the binding… yup everything!

love wins quilt

Hope you like the design!

You can find the PDF pattern

in My Shop or

on Craftsy

Love wins quilt

Please contact me for

wholesale orders.

If you like this post please share it!

# love wins quilt patternLinking up with Fabric Frenzy, WIP’s be goneLAFFCreative Goodness, Finish it up Friday and I’m so thankful for this FINISH!

And let’s not forget the label!  (spoonflower label tutorial here)

love wins quilt pattern



Block 9 ~ Power of Nine BOM

This summer has been so crazy!  But I did manage to get block 9 done… just barely!

block of the month quilt pattern

So that takes care of the blue row!  Phew!  I’m looking forward to getting this quilt all together.  I’ve got the first two rows and spacer rows joined now and I’ll be showing you that soon…  But here is a look at block 9 on the original quilt, it looks really different from my new block 9…

block of the month quilt a long

block of the month quilt pattern

block of the month in tula pink fabric

If you want to try out a coloring sheet of this block to figure out your colors or fabric placement it’s right here:

block 9 color diagram

Here is the pattern for the quilt in my shop:

Power of Nine Quilt Pattern

You can find the single block pattern on Craftsy here:

Block 9 Pattern

power of nine block of the month


If you are interested in joining in the quilt a long or following the quilt as you go method you can find the previous posts here:

Related Posts:



Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 1

Block #1 of the ‘Sew Scrappy Sampler’ is a Foundation Paper Pieced Block…

 ~Tallahassee Twist~sampler block of the month 2015

You can find the complete Pattern in My Shop or on Craftsy.

~Here are some Tips and Pics on assembly~

I made my block using this Velum paper…

vellum paper piecing

You can find the Vellum paper here on amazon: Simple Foundations Translucent Vellum Paper… But you can just as easily use regular copy paper (thinner is better for tearing away).  I’ve used regular copy paper in the past and thought I’d try this vellum paper to see what I was missing out on.  I don’t think it tears away any better, but it was a benefit to have it translucent, especially for beginners.

I cut my templates out just outside the 1/4″ seam allowance line so I can trim the finished unit on that line later…

foundation paper piecing

Cut your fabric first per the pattern instructions so you don’t have to guess at size of scrap to fit…

sampler block of the month

Place your center fabric right side up on the unprinted side of your template…

foundation paper piecing

Place your second piece in place right sides together.

block of the month Hold up to the light to check placement 1/4″ over A1/A2 line.

block of the month

Sew on line all the way to edges, backstitch at both ends to secure.

foundation paper piecing

Fold back the paper…

foundation paper piecing tutorial

and trim any excess fabric in seam…

foundation paper piecing tutorialI used this add a quarter ruler.  It has a little lip that rests along the paper fold to keep it in place while you trim the fabric.

When all corner pieces are all in place ~ trim away fabric (and paper) extending beyond outer seam allowance square/line. (cut right on that outer line)

paper piecing tutorial

After your trim your first A unit should look like this ~

foundation paper piecing Continue to complete block!

tallahasse twist 017 logoDon’t limit yourself to my color placement ~ with a little planning you could make your block like this ~

block alternate 2

Or even like this!!! ~

block alternate
Darn!  Wish I thought of this sooner!  I love this second layout… now I’m going to have to make another one! :)

You can find the Pattern in my Shop or the single block pattern on Craftsy.




Quilt Pattern Giveaway

It’s Giveaway Day at Sew Mama Sew!  I’m giving away a

quilt pattern bundle


free quilt pattern giveaway

I have 5 quilt patterns offered in print that will be added to my shop this week.  To kick it off, I’m giving one printed pattern bundle (including my block of the month pattern)


 a couple of these cute quilt labels :)

to a US Winner!

how to make a quilt label You might remember these from my quilt label tutorial

spoonflower quilt labels Cuteness!

spoonflower quilt labels

 I’m not forgetting all my international friends!  I’ll pick an international winner too!  One international winner will receive all the PDF patterns via email!

free quilt patterns giveaway

The two winners will be chosen at random on December 14, when Give Away Day (ok, it’s really a week) is over!

Just leave a comment and tell me where your visiting from!

(I’m in Massachusetts and it’s a cold, wet and messy week!  Where is the sun?)

Don’t forget to visit SewMamaSew to check out all the other giveaways!




Here are the two winners…

Alis at ·

Hello from my kitchen in Melbourne, Australia


Whit Clark at ·


Join the Quilt~a~long!block of the month 2015


Block 1 ~ Power of Nine BOM

Block of the Month 2015

My Scrappy Block 1 is DONE!

block of the month 2015

If you’re just joining in, I’m on block #1 of this quilt…

block of the month 2015

Here is a picture of both blocks, the solid version from the completed quilt (above) and my new scrappy block!

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I love how colors and values can change the entire look of the block!

I started by choosing my fabrics, and decided on working from my (precious) Tula Pink Stash!  I planned out the placement of fabrics for my first block and if you’re switching up colors like me use this  block 1 color diagram so you don’t get too confused while piecing!

bom quilt a long

General Notes for getting started:

Press your fabric and get out all those folds/wrinkles.

Square or trim your fabric so you have a straight edge to work with.

Remove selvages before you begin.

Test your 1/4″ seam for accuracy.

Carefully press as you go with a dry iron and avoid dragging your iron around on your pieced unit to keep from distorting any bias edges.

Ok!  Let’s get going!  Get your pattern and cut all your pieces.

For step 1 we need to center the long edge of the triangle units on the edges of the center block.  I did some finger pressing to mark the center of each edge.

2015 block of the month quilt pattern

I did the same with the triangle ‘B’ units from the pattern.  Then matched the center marks up with the center block.

2015 block of the month

You could chain stitch some of these units together to speed up the process… but be careful with keeping track of your piece ‘B’ placement.

2015 block of the month quilt a long

In an effort to reduce bulk I pressed the first two seams (above) open.  Some people like to press open, some don’t.  When I have lots of seams, it helps my block lie a little flatter and also helps when I’m quilting.  SO, do what suits YOU best.   The second two seams (below) are pressed to the side, away from the center block.  Also note (again) that the triangles long edge is cut on the bias so take care in pressing – don’t distort your seam with over ironing and definitely don’t steam (control yourself )!  Sometimes I use a little Best Press (I love the Caribbean beach scent!) on seams that don’t want to like flat.

2015 modern block of the month patternI have this perfect ruler (below).  I didn’t purchase it for this pattern but it absolutely came in handy.  It’s perfect for nine patch blocks.  If you plan to follow along, I will likely use it with every block, but you can achieve the same results with any quilters ruler that measures at least 4.5″.  Now trim/square up your unit and get ready to join them!

9 patch quilt block

Once you have your nine units complete, Check your pattern diagram for placement and join units in rows of three.

block of the month quiltI pressed the two joining seams open.

modern block of the month quilt patternNext join your three rows and press the seams open.

2015 block of the month quilt pattern

Admire your beautiful block!!!

nine patch block of the month quilt

Want to follow along?

Here is the full Power of Nine Quilt Pattern in my shop.

Want to make a single block?  Find the Block 1 Pattern here on Craftsy.

modern quilt block of the month pattern

You can find all the related posts below…


Hand Quilting ~ Bloggers Quilt Festival

I’m entering my Sampler BOM quilt into the Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side ~ Hand Quilted Category!

Here is a picture of the completed Sampler quilt…

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 Here are the quilt details:

Scrap Happy Sampler BOM Quilt

60″ x 74″ with scrappy border

Designed, Pieced and Hand Quilted by Sherri Noel

Batting is Warm and Natural by The Warm Company

Scrap Happy Sampler 12 block pattern

Individual Sampler Block patterns on Craftsy.

Scrappy Quilt Border tutorial

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I quilted the entire quilt with perle cotton #8.

perle cotton DMC

I used several colors of DMC perle cotton for quilting the border…

quilt borders

block of the month pattern

And all the blocks…

hexigon quilt

 block of the  month quilt

block of the month quilt

block of the month quilt pattern

block of the month quilt pattern

block of the month quilt patternIf you haven’t tried hand quilting with perle cotton check out my Tutorial.

hand quilt with perle cotton

I learned everything I know from my cat Spooky! :)


Thanks for checking out my entry!

hand quilting with perle cotton

You can find my Modern Entry here.  Linking up with the quilt festival… starts Oct 24th!  Thanks Amy for hosting such a fun event!


how to hand quilt with perle cotton tutorial


Modern Bloom Quilt Pattern

Modern Bloom Quilt Pattern~

(and a free pieced back pattern!)

I’ve got a new quilt pattern in my shop!  Isn’t it pretty?!?!

Modern Bloom Quilt Pattern

Modern Bloom is for the girls!  It’s a sweet pattern that comes with two size options:

lap/baby 48″ x 56″

twin 74″ x 98″

The one shown is a lap or baby size – even perfect for a toddler bed… or  wall hanging…

Modern Bloom Quilt Pattern

Don’t let the little peeps have all the fun tho, this quilt is modern and sophisticated enough for any age, with it’s clean lines and negative space.  If you have some experience quilting you can easily customize the size of the quilt around the center layout, or add an additional ‘bloom’ to expand it to queen size.  Even one bloom alone would make a super cute wall hanging!

Modern Bloom Quilt Pattern

It’s all pieced in Kona Cotton solids… In case you didn’t know… I’m obsessed with purple!

Modern Bloom Quilt Pattern

Check out the back of the quilt!

Modern Bloom Quilt Pattern

I have a thing for always piecing the backs of my quilts.  I love using up all those little scraps and adding some interest.  If you’re making the 48″ x 56″ size quilt here is the free download for the Modern BLOOM BACK layout.  It’s pieced to be larger ~ 54″ x 62″ (three inches all around) so you can quilt it properly.  It’s even pretty on it’s own!

You can find the Pattern here:

Modern Bloom Quilt Pattern in my shop.

Modern Bloom Quilt Pattern on Craftsy.


PS!  I have a new Block of the Month coming out Soon!!!



Making Memories ~ Memory Quilt Pattern

Memory Quilt Pattern

I’ve been spending a little time on Memory Quilt project…

We lost a family member last year and I made this quilt in his memory, for his wife.  There are some of his ties and some shirts, some pj’s and even some boxers! (gasp!)

I imagine it will bring much comfort, warmth, and memories… a little hug to snuggle in.

modern memory quilt
Memory Quilt

You can find the free quilt pattern here if you’d like to make this memory quilt for someone special too!  You can also just make the crazy quilt block… find that tutorial here.



Modern Quilt Pattern ~ Modern Gypsy

I have another new modern quilt pattern!

‘Modern Gypsy’ 

includes  TWIN/FULL and LAP size patterns

modern quilt patterns

The TWIN/FULL size (shown) is hand quilted using perle cotton #8. 

modern gypsy quilt patterns

  If you would like to try hand quilting with perle cotton, go check out my complete tutorial here.

modern quilt patternsYou can purchase the pattern in my shop.

Or purchase on Craftsy add it to your Craftsy library.

modern gypsy quilt pattern in simply style by v and co.




Modern quilt pattern ~ Grandmother’s Modern Garden

I have a new modern quilt pattern!

‘Grandmother’s Modern Garden’  ~

includes  TWIN/FULL and BABY size patterns

modern garden quilt pattern Grandmothers Modern Garden Quilt Pattern

The TWIN/FULL size (shown above) is hand quilted using perle cotton #8.  If you would like to try hand quilting the tutorial is here.

The BABY size quilt (shown below) is free motion quilted using Superior SoFine #50.  I learned all the design stitches for quilting in this quilting negative space class.

modern garden quilt pattern 0109

I was really happy with how the machine quilting showed up on the white space.

modern quilt pattern

I like the back just as much!

modern baby quilt You can purchase the pattern in my shop.

Or purchase on Craftsy add it to your Craftsy library.




Finishing ~ Quilt Sampler Layout


wedge quilt border

Time to start finishing your Sampler Quilt?  If you’ve pieced all your 12 blocks, I’m certain you’ve already been playing with your layout and you’ve probably come up with a couple (if not a few) possible layout options on your own.


 I want to share my layout with you including the coordinating block/month numbers…

scrap happy block layout

There are four pieced sections…

layout 1

You will notice that the 4 pieced sections in my layout are identical (divided by color) ~ there are 2 full and 2 half blocks in each section, in the same order.  They are all simply rotated in a different direction.  If you decide to follow this layout shown above:

1) piece all 4 sections

2) piece 3 bottom columns/sections together

3) add top row/section.

sampler layout PDF

scrap happy bom sampler quilt

or you could position all the rows/sections horizontally shown below in option 2…

layout 2

You can move around the blocks in each row to come up with a new layout.

Here is a third option shown below.  The two blue rows are identical and the two purple rows are identical.

layout 3

There are several ways you can put these blocks together… do what suits YOU! I’ve really enjoyed offering this Block of the Month, thanks so much to everyone who took time to send me messages, comment on posts and add pics to the flickr pool (Maureen!).  I love my quilt (yes I’m keeping this one!) and I hope you love yours too!


Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.


More finishing tips:

I’m going to share more finishing tips over the next couple weeks.  Here is what I have planned…

Borders ~ how I pieced my sampler border

wedge quilt border

 Quilt Sandwich ~ batting, backing, basting

how to make a quilt sandwich

 Quilting ~ hand quilting and other methods

how to hand quilt with perle cotton tutorial

Binding ~ bias binding

bias binding tutorial

Binding your Quilt

how to bind a quilt


Please Pin and Share!

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

If you want to see more of this quilt, here are all the



Black Friday Sale!!

Sewing Patterns will be on sale this week on Black Friday!! 

I’ll be having the sale in my Craftsy Store!  Most of my patterns will be  30-50% off all day (EST) on November 29th ~ Black Friday!

If you’re not in a turkey induced coma ~ come back Friday!  These patterns will all be part of the sale…

coupon bag tutorial
coupon holder bag
quilt block patterns
quilt block patterns
cloud 9 geocentric tote bag
Victoria tote pattern

Christmas Mug Rug
Christmas Mug Rug
ipad case sewing pattern
iPad cover
DSCN1544 logo 2
iPad sleeve pattern

DSCN1570 logo

Enjoy the Sale!

Go to my Craftsy Store.



Tiny Prints Cyber Monday


Scrap Happy #11 Block of the Month

The November block is ready!  For November I made a Basic Bargello block!

bargello quilt block

This block is made using strip piecing.  Precise seams are the key with this otherwise ‘easy’ block.

bargello quilt block tutorial

If your just catching up here are some of the blocks…

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

block of the month quilt pattern

Thanks so much for following along!

Please Pin and Share this quilt!

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern



If you want to see more of this quilt, here are all the



Countdown to Christmas ~ Hostess Gift

Ok the Countdown to Christmas has begun!   First off the checklist is a Hostess gift!  Today I have a Wine Bottle Gift Bag and a Mug Rug tutorial to share with you! Image If you steppin’ out for the holidays you can’t just show up empty handed!   How about a bottle of your favorite holiday ‘spirits’ in a cute gift bag and a mug rug!  I’m imagining a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream or maybe some espresso vodka?  YUM!  Couple it with your favorite creamy drink recipe and some sweets?  Wouldn’t that be a super sweet gift?


This quilted Bottle Gift Bag Tutorial is easy enough to whip up… and it’s so cute in this ‘in from the cold’ fabric by Kate Spain… remember I used this fabric in my Merry KrisMoose Pillow?  I told you I was hooked (confessions of a fabric hoarder!)  I ordered a fat quarter bundle of it (merry Christmas to me) and it came with some stocking panels… who knew? happy surprise bonus!


The mug rug is made from a 9″ eight pointed star and measures 11.5″ square when finished with border and binding.


I printed the cutting directions in EQ7 – you can also print most block cutting instructions with the FREE ‘Block Fab’ App right on your phone/ipad/tablet.  First cut your star pieces using the mug rug star cutting instructions.  You should have the following pieces cut:

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Now piece your blocks.

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Make your rows.


Piece rows together and add a 1.5″ border.  Make a batting sandwich with fabric right sides out.

100_6697 whiteI hand quilted mine with DMC size 8 Pearl Cotton in Dark Steele Gray 414 – LOVE!


Add binding to finish.


Easy as Pie!  sherri

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Scrap Happy Sampler #10 – BOM

I can’t even believe we are at #10 ALREADY!  I mean… WHAT?  It’s been so much fun creating the blocks for this sampler and I just can’t wait for the big finish!!!!

I’ve already been thinking of the coming year – I have so many projects on the table that I just don’t know where to begin!   Ok, ok, ok … more on that later…

BLOCK #10 is ‘Balancing Act’ – it’s an improv block that’s a little wonky 100_6497 Can I just say that I love wonky?  Who doesn’t love a little break from matching seams perfect?  Wonky is fun and I love that it’s ok to be imperfect… so no worries!  Yay!

and another shot… sideways!

quilt block

This ‘block’ is actually a set of two rectangles that we will keep as two separate units for the quilt if your following along – if not sew them together for a block!

Here are some of the other blocks if your just catching up…

 Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

block of the month quilt pattern

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.


Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern


If you want to see more of this quilt, here are all the