Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Pocket Economy Block

If you are new to quilting or have been quilting for a long time, you likely know or have heard of the Economy Block. It has also been called the "square in a square" or the "diamond in a square" block. I've loved it since I first learned about the basic block. It didn't take me long to make a Micro Mini Economy Block in various sizes and offer it with other basic hexie and square paper piecing blocks that can be downloaded in my Etsy shop, as a bundle, if you want to sew small and use up some of those scraps!


Now I've got a fun new spin on the Economy block for you.
Kim @PersimonDreams invited me to participate in her "Old School BOM" sew along throughout this year and I'm excited to share my fun add on to the basic economy block for the month of June. If you've already been sewing I hope you are having fun sewing through all the amazing "Old School BOM" with the other designers. If you are new to the sew along, I hope you'll take some time to check out all of the other designers blocks that have been released.

So what's so fun about this new block? By adding two more pieces, you can make a fun pocket in the center and use the pocket for a sweet little note, little cuddle toy or something else. To get this fun Pocket Economy Block pattern and the simple instructions click the newsletter sign up link here. There are paper template pattern pieces and two different sizes to make. You can sew one 12" block, or sew four 6" blocks and combine those four to make it 12" to fit with all of the other blocks. After you finish sewing your Pocket Economy Block, please be sure to share it with me by tagging me @kidgiddy on Instagram and use the #oldschoolBOM hashtag as well.

I look forward to seeing what's in your pocket! Thanks for sewing with me!




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Friday, June 11, 2021

Puppy Portraits and a Stitch-a-long

I am beyond excited to finally be sharing this nearly 3 year long project I've been working on with Erin over at Aurifil and the Aurifil company. I had a chance to talk to Erin a bit and shared a lot about this project and why I love Aurifil. You can read all about it over on their Auribuzz blog


Many people over the years have sewn my dog blocks, which started with the French Bulldog block and expanded to eleven more…with other breeds to come later this year. I was at my Mom’s childhood home one summer and saw a wall that was once filled with numerous framed portraits and family reunion photos. She was packing to move and I missed all of the photos. At the time I was trying to think of another fun quilt layout that would work for all 12 dog blocks in the series and thought of a wall of frames. I quickly decided I didn’t want to sew all those 12 blocks again, so I turned it into a cross stitch pattern instead.


When I thought of bringing the cross stitch pattern to “market”, I knew I didn’t want to make money from it, but wanted to do good with it. Oftentimes, designers are asked to give away free patterns to boost sales for one company or a certain product. But when I came up with this idea – there was no product, just the pattern. My idea was to find a way to encourage those that can afford it, to pay for the pattern with 100% of the proceeds to go to various charities. As mentioned, this idea has been in the works for well over a year…and on my end it’s actually been upwards of two and a half years, which was long before Covid. When Covid hit everyone was struggling one way or another, I knew all my prep work was worth it and this was the purpose for the project. To help others with the money raised from the pattern sales. Even though it wasn’t ready to release last year, we knew it would still benefit so many people and continued work on it. Aurifil offered to create the Puppy Portraits spool collection to make it easier for folks to get the colors I used and to help raise awareness to the project. I’m so grateful to work with companies that are actively helping to make a difference for everyone.





We are so excited to share that the Puppy Portraits Stitch-a-Long officially kicks off TODAY (June 10th). Can you guess three of the dogs that might be included on the portrait wall? Reserve/purchase your patterns by filling out the Puppy Portraits Google form linked via the button below.

We are not charging for this event in the traditional sense. Rather, we simply ask that participants make a donation to a charity that is close to theirs hearts or homes to offer passionate and targeted support to those in need. The signup form will require the following details:

— When and where a donation was made (donations must be dated June 10, 2021 or later)
— Donation amount (minimum of $12)
— Screenshot or other proof of donation

We’re excited to track all donation totals as well as charities, organizations, and foundations included. We’ll share details at the end of the stitch-a-long. Participant names and individual donation amounts will not be shared and will remain anonymous.

Upon signup, your name will be added to our pattern distribution list and you’ll receive a PDF download with the Stitch-a-Long frames. The first puppy portrait will arrive in your inbox on July 8th (if you’ve signed up by July 7th), with all subsequent portraits arriving on the 2nd Thursday of each month for 12 months. The frames are numbered in the order in which the puppy portraits will arrive, so please be sure to stitch them in order as noted. When you finish your new ‘puppy of the month’, you can then continue working on the frames.

If you'd like to order the Puppy Portraits collection and the Lugana precut linen (as shown above), you can find it in my Kid Giddy Etsy shop. These are pre-orders and will ship when the product arrives. We appreciate your patience!

We truly hope you will stitch-a-long with us over this next year and feel good about being a part of this special project.




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Friday, October 16, 2020

Sew a Teal Pumpkin Paper Pieced Banner

I had so much fun creating this #TealPumpkinBanner for Bernina using the Electric Quilt Company #EQ8 program. I have lived gluten free for the past 5 years and it has opened my eyes (and my heart) to the struggles many food allergy sufferers go through on a regular basis.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is part of a great organization that helps bring awareness to food allergies and sensitivities. I thought this would be a fun way to show your trick or treaters that you care and can provide them with safe "non-food" options. If you want to sew up your own Teal Pumpkin Banner - you can find the free pattern and tutorial over on the Bernina USA We All Sew website.

Want to find out how to  Learn to Design and Sew Foundation Paper Piecing? You can find my ebook in my Kid Giddy Etsy shop and once you've mastered those techniques, you can also grab the EQ8 program from the Electric Quilt website and convert the lessons into the EQ8 program. Don't forget to use the code "EQ8KIDGIDDY" to save 20% off your purchases on the Electric Quilt website. They also offer one new fabric "stash" collection each month! So head on over and add some stash downloads to your EQ fabric library too. 

For more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project, please visit them at FoodAllergy.org. Thank you so much to Highland Farm for allowing me to roam around the pumpkin greenhouse (with mask on) to photograph my banner! 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Electric Quilt Stash Downloads

Recently, I finished making a second version of my Modern Lap Quilt from my Learn to Design and Sew Foundation Paper Piecing ebook. The first Modern Lap Quilt I made was with just two colors, navy and white, so the design was simple and coloring it was super easy.


As I began debating Maureen Cracknell's Autumn Vibes fabrics she kindly sent me, for this second quilt, I was torn on what colors I wanted to use and where. I knew with only one fat quarter per design, I couldn't make the quilt without coloring it in Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8) first. Sometimes it's easy to start cutting into fabric for a quilt when you have extra yardage, but when you don't have extra yardage, you don't have room for error.  Recoloring a design in the EQ8 program first can be super helpful and reduce any stress of cutting into your fabrics. 


To make our lives easier, Electric Quilt offers EQ Stash Online downloads (more than the above image shows) that include many different fabric companies and fabric designers with a variety of special collections as well as solids and basics. Autumn Vibes was included in a past 2018 EQ Stash online download which worked out perfect for me. I had some fun changing the colors as you can see below...


I loved this design above, but used the same print in multiple locations. With only one fat quarter per design, I knew this wouldn't work, but the program gave me room to explore other options. You can see the progression of color and print.

Here I moved to using each print in only one area and allowing room for color patterns to emerge. This one definitely takes on a warmer feel with all of the orange prints. Remember too, the program allows you to "fussy cut" the fabrics within your design as well, like I did with the little fox print.


As you can see, this is the color and print layout I decided on...but changed the white to grey to keep the overall feeling of it warmer and ready for fall. I did change it in the program first, and changed the binding to a navy print (as you can see in the top pic).

You can get a copy of my Learn to Design and Sew Foundation Paper Piecing ebook from my Kid Giddy Etsy shop to make the Modern Lap Quilt for yourself, and you can also grab the EQ8 program from the Electric Quilt website as well as a plethora of EQ Stash downloads to help color your quilts before cutting into your special bundles of fabric. Don't forget to use the code "EQ8KIDGIDDY" to save 20% off your purchases on the Electric Quilt website. Did you know they also have some FREE fabric stash downloads? Yep - they offer one new collection each month for free! So head on over and add some stash downloads to your EQ fabric library, save your 20% and get playing!

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