Twice a month, I have the pleasure of teaching all the 8-11 year old girls in my church and neighborhood. We have faith-promoting lessons, learn new skills, and generally have a lot of fun. It’s great to see the kids out of the church setting and get to know them a little better.
Last week, I decided to teach them how to embroider. I traced their initial and a simple floral design on a small piece of fabric, and lined it with Shape Flex. Shape Flex is awesome because you don’t have to use an embroidery hoop, it hides your threads, & keeps your fabric looking clean & pressed. We use it in all our quilts and embroidery projects.
I just taught them how to do a basic backstitch and let them have at my giant stash of embroidery thread. The hardest part was keeping their needle threaded haha, but considering they’re young girls- they picked it up super quick! I was impressed!
We told them if they finished, we’d help them make them into little pillows. The finished size is 5″ x 7″- also a great size for framing. They’d look cute in a hoop too!
For you, this link will let you download all 26 letters. Use #meagsandme on Instagram if you decide to make one! We love to see your pictures!
I’ve been dying to show you this pattern since the moment it was conceived in my brain. Or my husband’s brain, technically. Sometimes he has good ideas. Sometimes he thinks ketchup belongs on steak.
We met Dodi from at the SLC market this past spring and fell in love with her and her fabric line Enchanted. We were immediately drawn to all the navy, pink, and minty green colors and the perfectly designed quaint floral prints paired seamlessly with the cutest plaid. It’d be stunning in a number of projects and we wanted to design a quilt that really showed it off.
Cue my husband saying “you could put some deer in it”, and then it all came together pretty quickly.
I think it’s pretty adorable.
We’ve decided to offer 20% off any PDF pattern on our etsy shop. If you’re looking for a new project, we’ve got you covered. Enter ENCHANTED at checkout. This code will work through the blog tour (ending February 10) If you prefer a printed, in your hand pattern, ask your local quilt shop 😉
Make sure you follow along the rest of the blog tour!
After meeting Shari from Doohickey Designs at market this past spring, we were so excited she asked us to design a quilt with her absolutely adorable fabric line- Wistful Winds. It’s bright and versatile, with beautiful floral themes that we knew would be just perfect for applique.
We really wanted to create something that was just as happy as the fabric. The yellow and orange reminded us of my 6 year old’s favorite animal- the giraffe. After trying to figure out how to appliqué a giant giraffe on a quilt, we came up with this:
But really. That bird.😍
I just love everything about this! It was so fun seeing it all come together and I can’t imagine a better fabric for this design.
This quilt pattern, which we just had to name Oopsie Daisy, is found HERE!
If you use the code WISTFULWINDS at checkout, we’ll give you 20% off your order. This includes any of our PDF patterns. Expires at the end of the blog tour- October 14.
The designers on this blog tour make quite an impressive list; it has been so fun following along. You won’t want to miss any of it! Here’s the link to everyone’s blog:
to raise a child, and apparently, to get us to market. In one piece.
Maybe so insane because we didn’t decide to go until like mid-march. And because we didn’t have really any new patterns, it wasn’t just quilt market prep- it was like 14 new patterns.
And at that point, why wouldn’t we color coordinate everything.
So we went with a redwork theme, because we ❤️ redwork, which somehow snowballed into red and pink, but mostly because shades of red don’t really exist.
Super grateful for Riley Blake’s basic line. Because while shades of red don’t exist, patterns of red exist, and, as it turns out, matching red is really difficult. So that became the staple for so many things, like this beauty:
Which matched perfectly with Gerbera Red by Karen Roti for Clothworks:
So I’m not entirely sure how we got here, but somehow we decide to embroider and appliqué on actual drapes. Embroider with yarn and a gigantic needle.
Super fun. Me (“meags”) on the left and my mom (“me”/Kristi) on the right. Multi-hour project. But completely worth it-
Because it turned out really adorable.
Not without a lot of struggles. I’m not sure why we thought we could set up in 3 hours, that just turned out to be a funny joke. The floor, the drapes, the furniture, even getting the quilts to hang flat and straight, everything had to be redone 100 times because we’re both perfectionists. At least a little bit. Ah.
I feel like maybe the steaming alone took 3 hours. Kristi burned herself and I got some really awesomely timed photos that I’m sure I’m not allowed to post, but here’s one anyway:
My favorite picture of the whole weekend.
This isn’t to say there wasn’t injuries on my part. Saturday morning my daughter had a dance recital so my husband and kids dropped me off at the doors to the salt palace. Except as soon as I got out of the car, I recognized nothing, and walked the wrong direction for what felt like a lifetime. I was walking with Siri telling me directions, which is own special moment, especially because I actually live here, so it’s not like I’ve never been to downtown Salt Lake. And I was wearing really cute, new, and super uncomfortable shoes and my feet broke out in the worst blisters ever. Like holes in my feet. At one point I stopped and put some leaves in them because it was that bad.
And for illustrative purposes, here’s a map of my walk:
Probably like 300 miles.
So I recognized the loading dock, and kept walking back and forth trying to decide which way would be faster to the entrance. The lady finally, after seeing me pass her like 5 times, let me in the back door, which happened to be basically 5 feet from my booth. At that point I was carrying my shoes. As well as more catalogues and my heavy purse that had pretty much everything but bandaids in it. And upon seeing me in my fragile state, my mother says “oh my gosh calm down. What is even happening? Go clean up in the bathroom” I just was so much more sympathetic when she burned herself on the steamer.
My sister took pity on my and gave me a bandaid (her purse was better equipped for my drama) and then went and bought me flip flops, which was super nice.
But anyway, other than that, and once everything was all set up and ready to go, we just had a blast.
Madee, my other sister, declared herself as the “and” of meags & me, and swiftly took over social media. She’s super funny and understands/love instagram. So if you want some more good times, follow us on instagram @meagsandme.
We were grateful to meet a lot of amazing quilt shop owners, put some names to faces, and met other designers and people who we are just ecstatic to collaborate with.
For those of you who’ve been following us since the beginning, we’re excited to announce we’ve changed up our pattern format, and they’re beautiful! We’ve included instructions on how we appliqué, and in our patterns with pieced blocks, we’ve included a helpful “at a glance” page, so you can grab that and see exactly what needs to be cut and how the block comes together. We’re hoping this eliminates flipping through pages, back and forth from the cutting guide and block assembly instructions. Our embroidery patterns are colored, not black and white. At a glance, you can see what thread colors we used and where. And hopefully, with this general, gorgeous, layout, you’ll be able to spot our patterns quickly, and know you’re getting a really great, thoroughly detailed, and absolutely adorable pattern!
As always, any questions about anything can be directed to our email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A preview of our current catalogue can be viewed at the “quilt pattern” tab at top. I’ll be posting the full catalogue as soon as I can figure it out. Our wholesale and distributor prices are industry standard.
Loved meeting so many of you at market, and we will see you again next spring!
**Special thanks to our village:
Grandma- for birthing mom, who then birthed me, so really, without you none of this would have been possible, haha. Thanks for embroidering for us, and loving and making everything we do ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Dixie- Our fantastic quilter, who rush-quilted basically everything for us
The “and” family- Amy (picking up patterns 500 times, lunch and flip-flop buyer), Emma (product manager), & Madee (social media guru)
Amy- Pattern reviews, last minute babysitter (thank you thank you!!), embroidery help
Our local print shop- Swift
Neighbors & Friends- Emily, Lena, Mandy, Sara, & Sara- “Folding Party” for patterns, being all-day babysitters and dance carpools
My adoring and darling husband Mike- for keeping me sane, and driving from Vegas back home when you missed your flight, so you could be here when I needed you. ❤️
Sometimes we have ideas for things that don’t work out all the way for whatever reason. Usually those projects go into an “idea” folder in our dropbox. Today, because we it’s Mothers Day and also because the idea folder in the dropbox is becoming a little bit of a blackhole, we’re going to share this “almost” pattern with you!
Cute, right? The plan was red work and random bits of appliqué. Do with it what you will. Finished size is 18″ x 32″- perfect for hanging in your kitchen. Or messy office, if that’s where you do most of your eating like me.