It includes 35 block patterns which are the same size, so they can be used interchangeably, allowing you to personalize every project in the book. The pattern includes instructions for a twin sized quilt, a baby quilt, and two pillows. (Thanks to Shea for letting me use her photos.)
Not only can they be made with just the blocks you choose, the blocks are grouped by level of difficulty. Quilters who are less experienced with paper piecing, have no fear! Detailed paper piecing instructions are included, and you can begin with the simplest blocks or choose to use only those blocks in your project. Those more comfortable with paper piecing can tackle the more detailed blocks, although all the blocks are suitable for intermediate quilters. The baby quilt and pillows are quick projects that use just a block or a few blocks, and of course the heirloom twin quilt uses 35 blocks. All the block patterns are included on a CD, so you can print out just the ones you want to use in two size options. There is no need to photo copy or trace patterns. Yay!
If your little one is into farming, you can use the tractor, pickup truck, and barn blocks. The house becomes a farm house and the trees an orchard. If he is interested in race cars, you can make a pack of cars in different colors and include the tow truck and ambulance on the sidelines. You can make a charming little neighborhood of houses and trees with a school bus. The possibilities are as numerous as the children for whom you sew, both boys and girls! I made this 12 inch pillow cover for my new niece.
By using black fabric with white polka dots, you can mimic the look of tires while using a single piece of fabric for each wheel. I used fusible web and machine appliqué, although you can pick the appliqué method of your choice.
Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio to publish this pattern. It is especially fitting because Shea was the one who first encouraged me to create a pattern for this quilt. My response was, "No way." Ha! But that seed of an idea stayed with me, and once I had the pattern writing experience and the appropriate software, this pattern grew. Here is a list of places you can purchase Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio patterns. Busy City is shipping to stores now and is already available at Pink Chalk, Superbuzzy, I Don't Do Dishes on etsy, Hyggeligt in Canada, and locally at the Bernina store on Metcalf and Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence, KS.
As always, I would absolutely love to see what you make with my pattern. You can email me or upload a picture directly to the flickr group.
Those of you who are still reading definitely deserve a shot at a free pattern. Leave a comment, and I will choose a winner, at random, Saturday morning. Does someone come to mind when you look at this pattern? What blocks do you think he or she would like best? For a second chance to win, hop over to Shea's blog where she is also offering a giveaway. Giveaway now closed.