Change for the Better

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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

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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

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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. ūüôā 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...

Looking Pretty in Ruffles

We discoved a fun and easy way to make a beautiful skirt that only looks complicated! We used Ruffle Fabric(‚ĄĘ) which is a pre-ruffled knit fabric. It comes in lots of varieties from a small lightweight ruffle, to a heavier wider ruffle, to a varigated ruffle that goes from small to wide, as well as stretch lace fabrics. These fabrics allow you to make a skirt in a flash that looks like it took forever, but it is really a sinch! You can get this awesome fabric on the Ruffle Fabric website. All of the pictures above were made using different types of ruffle fabric and our new patterns. We...

Fleece Owl Hat Tutorial

We decided one new pattern just wasn’t enough. This is just the second in a set of three free patterns, so keep watching for the third one to pop up! Free Fleece Hat Pattern This adorable hat pattern is perfect for the little ones in your life! It has a happy little owl face and a fleece lining. What could be better on a chilly day? You don’t need a lot of time or fabric to throw together one of these hats, but you are sure to get lots of smiles! If you would like to download the free pattern (with the pattern pieces) just click here:¬†download fleece hat pattern.¬†This...

Salty Starfish Tutorial

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Yep, we’re pretty bad about keeping this blog up to date. But as Quilt Market in Houston Texas rolls around yet again so does another free pattern! Two of our new quilts are focused on the ocean: Pirate Posse and Mermaid Marina. We decided that it would be fun to give away a free pattern to go along with these two new quilts: You can find the patterns for Mermaid Marina & Pirate Posse both in downloadable and printed versions, as well as kits in our shop. These quilts use¬†our “sew and flip” and “quilt as you go” methods; which makes these quilts go together surprising quickly. ¬†You build one...

A Cotton-bound Fleece Blanket

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Clearly, our goal to be better about updating our blog was a miserable failure. But, we have yet another free pattern for you! And this time it’s all about binding. Different Bindings In the past, we have done just about anything to avoid putting bindings on our blankets. Hence the¬†Textured Edge Throw¬†blanket pattern and the¬†So Soft So Simple Throw¬†pattern. Both patterns provide a way of joining a blanket front to back quickly and easily without the use of a binding.¬† Textured Edge Throw The “Textured Edge Throw” pattern uses an interestingly textured piece of fabric sandwiched between the front and back to join your blanket. It’s quick and easy and...

Kid’s Pocket Scarf

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Hello there! As you may have noticed, we aren’t the best about updating this blog. We are hoping to be better about putting things up here. In that spirit, we are going to start off this new attention to our blog with a bang. Or, more accurately, with a free pattern. Our First Free Pattern Since things are a bit crazy around our respective homes (we are preparing for Spring Market in Portland, OR), this pattern is a little out of season. However, it is stinkin’ adorable and we are excited to share it with all of you. This cute pattern comes to you from the mind of Sheila. We...