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Jelly Bean Bag Pattern

We introduced Kayla’s Jelly Bean Pillow pattern at the Sewing and Stitchery expo in Puyallup, WA. It has since become one of my absolute favorite patterns. It is also makes a really fun class. I just taught it at the NW Quilting Expo in Portland, OR and I hear the class filled up three days after the schedule went live. If you’d like me to teach a class in your area, let me know. My friend Leona came to help me set up and run the booth at Spring Market in St. Louis. Ever since that day I believe she has been thinking of ways to build on the pattern....

Trick or Treat Tote

As you may have noticed, our goal of adding a new post every Friday has quickly fallen apart. We’re not giving up though! We’ll try again next Friday. Anyway, back to the real reason you’re here. We’re still in Halloween prep mode around here and I decided to make Trick or Treat bags for my granddaughters this year. When my girls were young I sewed a bunch of their costumes. I like to think we all loved it! One year I made ‘bridal dresses’ for both of my girls. The puffiness of those sleeves would have given Princess Di a run for her money. Another year, Kira was Little Bo...

Halloween Shirts & Skirts

Halloween is just around the corner guys!!! I’m doing my best to get ready before the actual holiday this year, but it’s a bit difficult to get anything done with 3 littles running around!!! I’ve been creating some new Halloween decor and clothing, and playing around with my Silhouette Cameo in the process. So in this post I’m going to be highlighting using a Silhouette Cameo and Heat Transfer Vinyl to make some cute Halloween shirts! I did designs for you and your kiddos! Look at all these cute kids! 3 are mine and 3 I “borrowed” from a good friend to help me model the shirts. I put together...

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- it’s 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 ones I made for them this year! And because I want you to be able to create something special for your kiddo’s first day of school, I’m attaching a...

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...

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...

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

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...