Cougar Pillow Freebie

Cosmo the cougar pillow

Hi there, this is Kayla again. I am the designer of one of our newer patterns: the jelly bean faces pillow. Let me tell you, it is a freaking adorable pattern. *said with complete humility* You get six amazingly cute little faces that go on a jellybean shaped pillow, and the best part is, they each have a tail! Adding tails to things just makes things cuter… like when we added tails to the back of Kira’s girls’ shirts and sent them running around Yosemite National Park. But I digress; we’re here to talk pillows. I love the pattern just the way it is, but with my nieces’ birthdays coming...

First Days

My oldest baby had her first day of school this week!! Where has the summer gone? Growing up, I didn’t start the school year until after Labor Day, but here in Colorado our kids start in the first week of August- crazy!!! Anyway I love the classic first day of school pictures so for the last couple of years I’ve made personalized signs for my kids to hold for their first day of school picture. I’m particularly proud of the one I made for her this year!...

Be the GOOD!

Some time last year the Relief Society (women’s group) at our church hosted a Women’s conference with the theme of Be the Good. They had cute little posters around the room where “Be the Good” stood out within the words “Believe there is good in the world.” The keynote speaker was Alissa Parker, a mom whose daughter, Emille, went to Sandy Hook Elementary and was killed by the gunman who entered the school. The entire audience was spellbound and in tears as we listened to her story. I cannot even imagine how incredibly awful that would have been. Somehow she has overcome the tragedy and once again found the good...

Winter Warmers

Sheila using the hat she designed and created

As I travel around the United States for my ‘real job’ with Hewlett-Packard OR just for fun when I visit my kids or my adorable grandkids OR when I am just exploring new places – I am always on the lookout for ideas we could use for new patterns. I found some really soft, super warm and fuzzy hats, scarves and wrist warmers – they were priced at $40 to $50 for each piece – so I thought – why not try to make my own? They were a bit tricky to figure out – and very difficult to describe in words – but I tried – you will find...

Like Mommy Like Daughter

When I was little my mother made me a blanket that became affectionately known as “bunny blankie.” This blanket came with me everywhere, including to school with me until second grade!!! (embarrassing- yes I know) This blanket was very important for a number of reasons. First of all, it kept me warm 🙂 probably the most important job for a blanket. Second, it was my security, my sense of home to help me not feel scared and afraid when I was out of my comfort zone. And third it was a toy, it made a wonderful cape so I had my mom attach some velcro accordingly to make it even...

On the Move

Our moving van

This post is definitely late but I guess it’s better late than never, so here it goes: I’m sorry in advance for this long post. My husband has told me that brevity in story telling is not one of my greatest skills. But as we embark on a new year with a new chapter for our business I wanted to share a little bit about myself and the changes happening with this third of the “Musers.”   In July of 2013 we moved to Boise, Idaho for what we knew would be the final two years of Kevin’s schooling. To say I was less than thrilled to move to Boise would be accurate....

Change for the Better

Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good, But you may gain something better. Welcome to our new and (hopefully) improved website! It is a time of great change for the three of us at McKay Manor Musers, both personally and with our little business. A few years ago we had a developer create our website, but now that developer has moved onto other things and will no longer be supporting our website. This left us with the opportunity to start from scratch. We (some what crazily) decided to design, create, and maintain our website on our own! This has been an interesting experience to say the least,...

Basic Baby Blanket

We at Mckay Manor Musers love a simple project with a purpose. Nothing fulfills those requirements like a baby blanket. You can easily start and finish a sweet little baby blanket in a matter of hours. Plus, you have an excuse to buy absolutely adorable fabrics that you may not have a use for otherwise. (As though we really need an excuse to buy more fabric.) This downloadable pattern will walk you through the steps of making a 30″ x 40″ baby blanket with a cotton binding. This blanket is incredibly customizable. Simply pick three of your favorite fabrics for the front, back, and binding. Then, add some fun quilting...

Joining “quilt as you go” blocks with sashing

We get lots of questions about our “quilt as you go” patterns. When people get to the step where we have you join the blocks with sashing, they tend to get concerned that we did our math wrong. It’s not that it’s impossible for us to have done the math wrong. That has been known to happen but in this case, we promise the math is right. 🙂 Hopefully the following tutorial will help alleviate your fears in this regard. Step by Step Explanation To start, this is an example of one of our “quilt as you go” blankets. This is block blanket one, which is the background for Forest...

Snowman Placemat

We have yet another free pattern! This one is for an adorable winter placemat with a cute little snowman applique. The steps are super easy to follow and it uses our simple sew and flip method of construction. The best part? Once you know the method you can use any fabric and change out the applique so you have a placemat for any occasion. Free Winter Snowman Placemat Pattern The pattern is set up in our traditional downloadable style that is specifically designed to print out nicely on your home printer. If you would like to download the free pattern (with the pattern pieces for the applique) just click here: download snowman...