Quilt Colorful Dragonflies for Spring

Spring is almost here, I hope. With that arrival, we will see all kinds of flying things, from birds to butterflies and dragonflies. I love dragonflies and we have a lot of them buzzing around in our yard in the warm months. So, in designing a spring quilt for this month’s Quilt Dash, I chose a dragonfly theme.

Dragonfly Flight Quilt Phyllis Dobbs

This Dragonfly Flight quilt is a free pattern that you can get by joining the Quilt Dash currently March 16 – 31, 2015.  Joining the Quilt Dash is also free.

Dragonfly Flight is a nice size for a throw, 44″ x 55 ¾”, but can be resized by adding blocks. Large green buttons are used for the dragonfly heads. Is a fun quilt that allows you to play with the direction of the blocks and dragonflies to give a totally different look to your quilt. You can make your dragonflies all one color or make them several different colors. I also chose bright color fabrics (from Quilting Treasures) for this quilt as I’m really tired of the dreary winter months and am looking forward to the warm sunny days of spring while I watch the dragonflies flit around.

I hope you will join us in the Quilt Dash and get your free pattern.

Happy Spring!

Phyllis

Kitty Cats and Yoga – Fun Purring with Free Patterns!

My latest fabric collection, Purr-fect Balance with Quilting Treasures, featuring kitties in cute yoga poses, is now in fabric stores. I want to share some free quilt and sewing patterns that I designed with this collection, a quilt, tote bag, and a yoga mat bag.  You can view the fabrics in my prior post for Purr-fect Balance fabrics. 

Purr-fect Balance Kitty Yoga Quilt free pattern

This quilt is 44″ x 55 ¼” in size, which is a good size for a throw quilt or wall hanging.  You can even lay it on the floor for your yoga workout. The skill level for the quilt is advanced beginner.

Kitty yoga bag patterns

These bags are for a roomy tote to carry your yoga clothes or for shopping. The other bag is to hold your rolled up yoga mat. Maybe these fabrics can entice your cat to help you with yoga, although he or she will be trying to help the minute you get down on the floor.

I hope you have fun with these patterns and fabrics. I love cats, needless to say, (and dogs too), and designed the fabrics in happy and bright colors.

All patterns are available for free download from the Quilting Treasures website. Click on the link below the quilt and it will give you the links to the individual patterns.

Happy sewing and quilting,

Phyllis

 

 

Quilt Some Happy Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate whether you are Irish or not! The color green is everywhere as are lucky shamrocks. You can sew and quilt this “Irish Spring” quilt with a shamrock pieced block to use for St. Patrick’s Day or all year.

Irish spring shamrock quilt pattern

This quilt is free for two weeks by joining the Quilt Dash and dashing through some online quilt shops February 13 through 27, 2015. “Irish Spring”, designed by Tammy Harrison,  is 59″ W x 73″ H and is constructed with 20 blocks and sashing in several shades of green with black accents. The Quilt Dash is free, so join and received this free pattern.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and may the luck of the Irish be with you.

Phyllis

Show Love with this Valentine Love Quilt.

Love will be in the air shortly - Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching! Instead of giving a gift that contains calories (chocolate) or will wilt (flowers), give a gift of love with a quilt of hearts that will continue to express love for many years to come!

Valentine Love Quilt Pattern

This “Valentine Love” quilt pattern with hearts is free for joining the Dash Quilt online game January 15 through January 30, 2015.  All you have to do to get this free pattern is visit online quilt shops where you may find some great specials and terrific products to add to your quilting stash and notions. It’s free to join!

The finished quilt size is 45″ x 55″ and is made with pieced blocks and appliqué hearts in two sizes.  Three fabrics were used in this quilt (these were from Quilting Treasures). Although this pattern may look complicated, its easy enough for a beginner.

Happy Valentine’s Day and show your love with a quilt of hearts!

Phyllis

 

Say “Merry Christmas” with a Christmas Stockings Quilt.

One of the traditional and fun activities of Christmas is hanging the stockings to be filled by Santa. I have a collection of stockings that I have made over the years or received as gifts, all in a variety of techniques including sewing, quilting, applique, embellishment, embroidery, cross stitch and needlepoint.  With stockings on my mind, I designed this “Christmas Stockings” quilt pattern.

Christmas Stockings Quilt

This quilt pattern is free by joining the Quilt Dash, a fun way to visit online quilt shops.  It starts Monday, December 15, 2014  and runs through December 28. You can join the dash any time during this time period to receive this pattern.

This pieced patchwork quilt, sized 46 ¾” x 58″, with 12 blocks. It’s easy to adjust if you want to make it larger or smaller.  I designed it to be a scrappy quilt so that you can use a multitude of fabrics or the scraps you  have on hand.  The fabrics shown in this pattern are all from Quilting Treasures.

I hope you join the Quilt Dash and use this pattern as an alternative way to make your Christmas stockings by creating a heirloom quilt.

Merry Christmas and happy quilting!

Phyllis

Halloween Quilting with this Spooky Ghost Pattern!

It’s the time of year for little ghosts and goblins to ring our doorbell. I love to see all the cute little costumes, especially on toddlers. It’s also fun to decorate for Halloween and with that in mind, I designed this Halloween “Spooky Ghosts”  quilt that is easy to make and is a good size for a wall hanging.

Spooky Ghost Quilt by Phyllis Dobbs for Quilt Dash

This quilt pattern is free from the Quilt Dash during the dash October 15 through 31, 2014. Its free! Its also easy to dash through online quilt shops to obtain the pattern pieces and you will also find some great fabric and notions. If you have an online shop, there is still time to sign up to get lots of visitors to your stores.

This quilt is 41″ x 47″ and combines patchwork with appliqué. There are 8 ghost blocks and 1 pumpkin block.  A little embroidery is used to accent for the ghosts mouths and for the pumpkin lines.  Buttons add additional accents.  Tonal fabrics were used but you can easily substitute cute Halloween prints.

I hope you have a Happy Halloween and enjoy the little ghosts running through your neighborhood!

Phyllis

Create a Quilt for Music Lovers!

Does your heart hear the music when  you look at this quilt?  “Music of My Heart” is a free quilt pattern for dashing through this month’s Quilt Dash September 15 through 30, 2014.

Free pattern Music of my Heart quiltQuilt Dash is free to dash through online quilt shops to receive this pattern. This quilt, designed by Tammy K. Harrison, is perfect for music lovers and can be created with favorite fabrics.  The appliqué flowers are hearts joined together to form a flower like design and alternat blocks with music notes.

I hope to see you in the Quilt Dash!

Phyllis

Kitty Workout Quilt – Work Those Kitties with Yoga and “Purr-fect Balance”

I just finished a new quilt pattern, Kitty Workout, using my new kitty yoga “Purr-fect Balance” fabrics featuring fun and whimsy kitties in yoga poses. This pattern is free by completing the Quilt Dash August 15 – 29, 2014.

Kitty Workout Quilt

It’s also free to complete the Quilt Dash, where you visit online quilt stores to obtain pieces of the patterns.  While in the stores,  you are sure to find some fabrics or other items that you need for your sewing/quilting habit! For Quilt Shops, there is still time to sign up to get lots of new visitors to your stores. If you have any questions about the number of visitors, please contact me.

This “Kitty Workout” quilt is 52″ x 60 1/4″ and is a good size to use for yoga or a lap quilt. It’s easy for an advanced beginner to intermediate quilter.  The “Purr-fect Balance” fabrics are from Quilting Treasures and will be great for sewing or quilting a gift for both someone who loves cats or yoga or both.

Happy Quilting and Meow to you!

Phyllis

Kitties and Yoga Combine for New Fabrics!

I always get excited with a new fabric collection and am extremely so with my next collection Purr-fect Balance. Created in bold colors, Purr-fect Balance has 16 cats in yoga poses along with some snarky names of yoga poses created in kitty lingo.

Purr-fect Balance Kitty Yoga fabrics

I designed this collection for Quilting Treasures. Since it’s still in printing, Quilting Treasures is taking pre-orders from quilt and fabric stores for shipping in November 2014. If you have a favorite fabric store, you can check with them on ordering this collection.

Cat Yoga quilt

A couple of months ago, I received small sample pieces of each fabric to review for approval. Not to let any scrap go to waste, I designed and created a small quilt to show at Quilt Market.  I don’t have a pattern available for this one, but will work up one soon. In addition, I will let you know about free quilt and sewing patterns to go with these fabrics.

My kitty was the inspiration behind these fabrics although his poses were mostly curling up in sleep. But he did have some great sleep poses and funny positions. RIP Kitty Kat.

I hope that you will add some furry love to your quilting and sewing!

Phyllis

A Step Back in Time

I decided to take a day away from my studio this week for a “Girls Day Trip”. We planned a trip to a small town that we could drive to within an hour or two. After considering our options, we decided on the town of Scottsboro, AL, which is approximately 127 miles away. We had an ulterior motive - shopping. (We are women after all.) But the best stop was for lunch at an old-fashioned soda fountain.

Paynes Soda Fountain Scottsboro

Payne’s Sandwich Shop and Soda Fountain is an authentic old-fashioned soda fountain. It is 147 years old and still has that vintage feel of stepping back in time. I guess pulling out my iPhone for pictures was a little out of step, though.

Paynes Soda Fountain front windowDeciding on Payne’s for lunch was easy. An internet search by one of my friends, Jan,  pulled up a review showing a very high rating. After eating there, we definitely agreed. Two of us had BLT’s which were delicious. The other two had different choices and also loved theirs.

Paynes Soda fountain stoolsI love this row of soda stools and the counter. We would have loved to eaten at the counter but couldn’t talk as much if we were spread out!

Ice cream at Paynes Soda Fountain

And of course, being a soda fountain, there was ice cream.  The chalk board had a long list of flavors and types – shakes, sundaes, malts, floats, splits, and much more. Jan ordered this dish of scoops. I just love the colors – they make a great color scheme for art or decorating.

Sample ice cream sample PaynesI was so full that I was going to pass on ice cream even though I really wanted some. The hostess suggested a very small scoop.  It was just a few small bites of Butter Pecan and enough to satisfy my craving.

Girls trip to ScottsboroAnd here we are! Starting at the right, Vicky, Jan, the owner, Jeannine and myself. We knew we were in for a treat talking to the owner. When she came to our table, one of us asked “what are you known for” and she answered “bad advise”. She was a delight and gave us a lot of attention and information about the restaurant.

Although we planned to stop at any spot we found interesting during our trip, our main goal was the “Unclaimed Baggage” store. None of us had been and wanted to see what it was like as it’s where all the lost airline luggage ends up. I thought I might find a piece from my luggage lost many years ago, LOL.  The store had lots of items, was clean and organized, and had much more product than from airlines. They said that the items came from anything that involved travel and included a lot of new things (from lost containers?).  It was kind of like a thrift store on steroids! We didn’t buy much, mainly a few books (I just started the new Dean Koontz book that I bought). I bought a lot of very inexpensive costume jewelry to tear apart and make into other things, maybe add to quilts.  Who knows, but at a couple of dollars each, it was too good to pass up. You know how crafters and artists are, add a little sparkly, beads, etc. and our eyes glaze over.

But the bottom line is that we had a blast, just talking about anything and everything that came to mind with a lot of laughs. A day like this is good for the soul!

Here’s to the power of girlfriends!

Phyllis

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