Heffalumps

Sometimes, when I get an idea for a new pattern, the title and the layout jump into my head fully formed. So it was with the Heffalumps. I saw in my head what I wanted to do.

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Once I got the heffalumps drawn, I thought about fabric choices. Aha! I had precious hand-dyes left over from a piecing project. I pulled them out, and it was full steam ahead.

 In choosing the colors, I did a primitive mockup on the design wall with chunks of fabric.



I think I changed one ear.

I'm mighty pleased with how the heffalumps came out, with a smile for A.A. Milne, and they've been a big hit so far. The pattern is available over on my website.


Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay's Etsy Shop

http://www.myquiltinfatuation.com/p/needle-and-thread-thursday.html


Framed mini-quilts!

It's fun to make a little bitty quilt and put it in an upcycled frame!

 

There's an article over on my appliqué blog on how to make framed mini-quilts. But, if you're in the mood for apples right now, this one can come and live at your house! It's one-of-a-kind, and currently available in my Etsy shop.



 

Scrabble Tile Bracelet for Quilters!

I made these bracelets for quilters who also love to play Scrabble!

I got the idea when my husband told me he saw our neighbor friend wearing a Scrabble tile necklace with her initial. The possibilities are endless of course, but naturally I had to make something to do with quilting!

It was super fun figuring out how to make these.

Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay's Etsy Shop

A Cat Tale

My hubby Dana helped me make a little video to introduce one of my patterns.



Sitting Pretty is available from my website or over in my Etsy Shop!

Cheers,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay's Etsy Shop

Buttons have been sneaking up on me

I've been a quilter for over 25 years, enjoying appliqué from the start. Like most quilters, I've always had a small collection of buttons stashed away here and there. Then I started making button magnets, and it was the beginning of the end of my small button collection and the beginning of the beginning of my great big button collection!

I started shopping on Etsy and eBay, scouting the shelves of thrift stores, stopping at garage sales, and offering to take them off the hands of anyone wanting to destash.


Button Magnet Set by Kay MAckenzie 

I call this magnet set "New and Old Mix" because I combined vintage plastic buttons with modern accent buttons to create this exceedingly cute multicolor group.

Working with buttons satisfies in a lot of the same ways as working with fabric... combining color and texture, fitting things together, and enjoying the unique creations that emerge.

Fortunately, my fabric and my buttons coexist happily in my little studio. I've never come in to find the aftermath of a turf war :).

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay's Etsy Shop



I can piece too!

About 99% of my designs are appliqué. When I took my beginning quilting class over 25 years ago, appliqué was all part of the deal, and it turned out I was a happy appliquér from the get-go.

But I can piece when I want to! Witness my very latest pattern.

https://www.etsy.com/kaymackenziedesigns/listing/536113421

Buttonton Square is put out by Cut Loose Press, a division of Checker Distributors. CLP takes a new approach to pattern publishing... it puts out unique, affordable quilt and project patterns geared toward beginning and intermediate quilters. Each pattern, printed both sides on one 8½x11 page of heavy duty cardstock, also introduces quilters to new tools and notions that will help them with their project and with their quilting in general.

I had a blast making this classic design using the good old-fashioned square-in-square block. I used Civil War-type fabrics together with shirtings for this version, but it would look great in any number of other fabric choices. And since I've been mini-obsessed with buttons lately, I added light ones on the colored fabrics and colored ones on the light fabrics. It was a lot of fun.

What made this project even nicer to construct was that I used a specialty tool to make the blocks, the Creative Grids Square On Square Trim Tool. It was such a relief when all the blocks came out the same size and with no points chopped off.

https://www.etsy.com/kaymackenziedesings/listing/536122065/

The pattern and the ruler are both available in my Etsy shop, as well as the "antique white" buttons that I used, and some embroidery needles for sewing on the buttons with embroidery thread.

Thanks for your visit!
Until next time!
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie
Kay's Etsy Shop

Let's get started!

Greetings everyone! I'm Kay Mackenzie, an appliqué designer in Santa Cruz, California. This little corner of the interweb will be my place for showing what I'm up to in my studio. 

I write books! I've had a number of them, both from my own publishing company and from Martingale. My very most popular title is Teapots 2 to Appliqué.

Teapots 2 to Appliqué by Kay Mackenzie

This book has 16 teapot designs as well as milk and sugar, cups and saucers, and illustrated instructions for hand appliqué.

You can see Teapots 2 and all of my current books, patterns, the other fun stuff I make over at my Etsy Shop.


Until next time,
Kay