Friday, January 31, 2020

welcome 2020

Hi everyone! Thank you for joining us today. I would like to welcome everyone into the new year 2020! May you all be safe, happy, healthy and prosper in your endeavours in the new year and the new decade.

We rounded off 2019 with a second sew along - The Enchanted Paper Doll Fall Sew Along. I hope you were able to follow along and soak in the beautiful angels, fairies and princesses made by all of the participants in our sew along on Instagram. A great big, wonderful thank you to all who did. I enjoy seeing your creations. Please keep sending them to me.

The winners were:
Dagmar @mamamoose for her radiating Eva for the cutest ever and Jenny @jennymakesstuff for her best use of mix and match templates. Anna @annakroche won honorable mention for her beautiful creations. Thank you so, sew much ladies for participating!

I worked on another fairy quilt block shortly before the holiday. I wanted to show my appreciation to all who participated in the sew along. Each received the free block pattern below. The pattern is now available on Etsy for purchase if you wish to make this fun 16" block for a pillow, quilt or other small design.

Here are the quick stats:

Block Size: 16" Finished
Method of Piecing: Foundation Paper Piecing
Skill Level: Experienced
Pattern Document: PDF Instant Digital Download
Page Size: DIN A4
Number of Pages: 8 Instructions, 8 Templates
Templates: Full Size, 100%, No Scaling
Mix and Match Options: One figure with two outfits
Hashtags: #eppaperdollsmarissa, #enchantedpaperdolls

Your personal fairy of good fortune is here to help you celebrate the new year. Pattern contains templates for one 16" fairy, Marissa. Designed as a stand alone quilt block with segments that can be mixed and matched. 16-pages of instructions including 8 pages of foundation (FPP) templates to print at home for one 16" x 16" FPP quilt block. Use your favorite foundation piecing method. Instructions for foundation piecing method is not included. Instructions for segment construction, pressing directions, inserting the y-seam and coloring sketches are included. Skill level: Experienced

Copyright © 2020 Karen Ackva | All designs, sketches and templates are protected under copyright laws and may NOT be photocopied, duplicated, digitalized or reproduced in any form other than by the original purchaser for personal, private use. May NOT be used as teaching material nor used in sellable items. Please respect the laws to allow small businesses to survive and thrive.

You can make an oversized pillow for the angel in your life.This design uses the Sunkissed Cross blocks (found in the hardcopy only pattern) in the corners. Can you still recognize them with the change up in fabrics? The finished size of the pillow is ~ 22" x 22". Fabrics from Mystical Land by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics.

When I originally designed the 16", Marissa fairy, I thought about how you could integrate her into an arrangement with the 12 other 12" angels, fairies and princesses from the sew along. This design layout appealed to me the most. (Designed in EQ8, of course). I removed the Sunkissed Cross blocks in this design which brought Marissa into the forefront. Marissa is framed with a three finished borders of 1", 2" and 1". This would be a ~63" x 63" quilt.

Today, I was feeling a little creative, so I whipped up a virtual quilt with Marissa. The fabrics I chose for the mock up quilt are from the Midsommer collection from Pippa Shaw for Figo fabrics available now. 

I used up the original layout with the 3" Sunkissed Cross blocks found in the original Enchanted Paper Dolls Pattern. Instead of a 3 x 4 grid and 12" blocks, I used a 3 x 3 grid with 16" blocks. This would have a 5" print border and 3/8" binding. The finished quilt size would be about 70" x 70". 

For a 4 x 4 grid you would have a large sized quilt measuring ~ 92" x 92". 

With a 2 x 3 grid you would get a large throw quilt measuring 54" x 73" (138 x 185cm).  This would be a great size for a single bed. You can always add a little more to the border (10" cut borders) as shown below for a 63" x 82" (160 x 208 cm) quilt.

Thank you for joining today. I hope I have sparked your creative interest to sew something beautiful. Please share you makes with us.


I have not been compensated by any company to promote their products in this post. Company names have been mentioned to properly identify the use of their information, products, and/or services. All of the designs shown within this blogpost are my own designs and may not be copied, downloaded, reposted, digitalized or used for any purpose of promoting your business or any other commercial intent. By doing so, you infringe upon international copyright laws. This includes but is not limited to social media.