Puzzled Geese Quilt Pattern

My latest pattern release is the Puzzled Geese Quilt Pattern.  I had some fun with the naming of this one!

I was going to call it Confused Geese, that's what I've been referring to it as for the last year, since I'd first sketched it out. But as I was about to send it to the printers I just thought I'd check there wasn't one named that already. Lo and behold there were several! So back to the drawing board. After lots of brainstorming with a friend I realised Puzzled Geese would be perfect due to the central block being a Dutchman's Puzzle! I wanted something along these lines as it seems to me that whilst the large geese seemed to know where they were going, the little geese look like they have no idea lol!

I'e used a vibrant fabric collection called Mixtape by Libs Elliott for Andover Fabrics.  It a really fun and modern, punchy fabric collection.  With a wonderful quality feel.

I opted for straight line quilting which I think works really well.  Especially like the bits where I omitted a line, I think it gives the project more depth.

There are two size options for this design included in the pattern: Baby - 40 x 46 inches; and Large Throw - 60 x 70 inches.

I've included a Foundation Pattern Piecing option for the centre block and also instructions to piece it traditionally if you prefer that technique.  I've also included a small section on making scrappy binding. 

Non directional prints tend to work better with this design.  But if you choose directional prints you just might need to purchase more fabric.

I think this block would also work really well on a bag, or make up a couple of blocks and it's the perfect size for a cushion! Might have to make a cushion now!

The pattern is available as a Printed Booklet (Paper) Pattern which will be delivered to you in one of my fab hot pink polka dot envelopes!

Or as a PDF for immediate download if you don't want to wait for the postie!

Union Jack Table Runner

I'm super excited about my latest project!!! Being British, and I think given that for 10 years I was an expat, I have a bit of a thing for all things British! I even have a Pinterest board for it!  I've made a few British themed things before, a Union Jack cushion for my sister, an appliqued telephone box phone cover, a London Bus bobbin brooch, an applique post box notebook cover, applique Union Jack t-shirt.....etc.

This time I decided to make a table runner.  Featuring foundation paper pieced union jacks, with relevant appliques in the centre.  I was inspired by the upcoming Royal Wedding.  At one point I almost added a US flag too, but then the Union flag won me over, sorry American readers, I know Meghan is American but hey ho!

I've chosen fairly small ditsy prints that are non-directional as these work best.

The pattern will go out to all my VIP Club members early next week and will then be available for purchase on the 10th April 2018.  Plenty of time to get it made up in time for all those street parties and garden parties.  Dress your table in style.  It even comes with the added bonus of instructions to make up matching placemats!

You can buy the pattern HERE.

Simple Tree Free Foundation Paper Piece Pattern & Video Tutorial

I've released a Foundation Paper Pieced pattern recently and have a few more scheduled for release soon.  So given that lots of people are new to this technique I thought it would be fun and useful to release a free pattern with a video tutorial to get you familiar with the process.

Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) is a great patchwork technique that produces accurate piecing for even the smallest pieces.  For FPP you have a template/s that you stitch the fabric onto and then rip out later when fully pieced into a block.  There are various ways of doing FPP and I will be showing you the way I do it.  You’ll need to download and use the supporting sheets and pattern from my PATTERN PAGE in tandem with watching the You Tube video tutorial.  

I would LOVE to see what you make using this fun FREE pattern so if you are on social media be sure to use the hashtag #thecraftynomadsimpletree and please tag me: on IG I’m @thecraftynomadfleet and on Facebook I’m @thecraftynomad.

If you liked this pattern then do check out all my other patterns HERE.  Hope you've learned something new!