Ladybug in Polka Dotville: Housekeeping

Good day, Friends! Are you ready for some polka-dotting fun? Let’s start off with Ladybug Fun Fact #2, shall we? Here we go… A gallon jug could hold anywhere between 72,000 and 80,000 ladybugs. I don’t know about you. I would find that just a little too eeeeky!

Due to the length, I am dividing this post into sections:

1. Frequently Asked Questions

2. How this Quilt-Along is going to work

3. Finished Size

4. Supplies List for Multi-color colorway

5. Supplies List for Pink/Purple colorway

6. Where to get the fabrics?

7. Miscellaneous


1. Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use my own fabric choices?

A: Absolutely! Use your imagination! You are encouraged to use the fabrics from RJR‘s Crazy for Dots and Stripes if you are to replicate exactly the look of the original quilt.

(updated 10/7/2010) NEWS FLASH, my friends! Fat Quarter Shop is now carrying kits for the Ladybugs in Polka Dotville in the multi-color colorway!

Q: Can I work on the quilt at my own pace?

A: Absolutely. You may join in anytime and work at your own pace. The instructions are given out each week in deference to the over-achievers! ;)

2. How this Quilt-Along works

As alluded in the previous section, instructions to piece the quilt will be posted every Friday starting from 9/3/2010 in manageable sections (hopefully). Please note that instructions will be given based on the Multi-color colorway – you will have to adjust the instructions given to the pink/purpler colorway.

Share your progress with RJR and post images on RJR’s Facebook page as you quilt along.

Send progress pictures to me at so that I can post about your creations-in-progress from time to time. Share your triumphs, trials and tribulations, or just plain thoughts with others while working on this Quilt-Along by commenting on any of the Quilt-Along posts.

Blog about this project if you have a blog.

3. Finished size – 44″ x 48″

4. Supplies list for MULTI-COLOR Colorway (SKU#’s of fabrics are included)

1/4 yard – Black large dots on red (8175-3), Black solid (9617-34), Navy/white dots (8174-51), Yellow/white dots (8174-101), Orange/white dots (8174-111), Red/white dots (8174-41)

5/8 yard – Green/white dots (8174-81)

1 yard – Black/white dots (8174-61), includes binding strips cut widthwise

1 yard (for pieced border) or 1-3/8 yards (for continuous border) – Multicolor large dots (8172-3)

48″ x 52″ backing fabric

48″ x 52″ batting

Paper-backed Fusible for applique

Basic sewing supplies

5. Supplies list for PINK/PURPLE Colorway (SKU#’s of fabrics are included)

1/4 yard – Black large dots on pink (8175-4), Black solid (9617-37), Pink/white dots (8174-21), Yellow/white dots (8174-101), Orange/white dots (8174-111)

1/2 yard – White on green dots (8174-81), Green on white dots (8174-8)

5/8 yard – Purple/white dots (8174-71)

1 yard – Brown/white dots (8172-121)

1/2 yard (pieced border) or 1-3/8 yard (continuous border) – Green/purple large dots (8172-8)

48″ x 52″ backing fabric

48″ x 52″ batting

Paper-backed Fusible for applique

Basic sewing supplies

6. Where to get fabrics

Your best bet is Fat Quarter Shop. is also a great place to search for the fabrics.

7. Miscellaneous

This pattern is made available for your personal use only. You are free to link back to this site when referencing any information. Please do not reproduce in any way without written permission from me.

I will see you on 9/3/2010! Thanks for stopping by.

13 thoughts on “Ladybug in Polka Dotville: Housekeeping

  1. Wendy, I am very excited to see this project start!! Working on finishing up a few things at the moment so I can get to work on this one!!

    Thank you for all of your hard work for this :)

  2. i wouldn’t want to see all those ladybugs in a jar either, but my husband was in red lake minnesota in the 60’s and saw for a half mile on the shore it was covered in ladybugs. he wrote a poem about it and i did the poem in cross stitch with ladybugs all around it. i wouldn’t have wanted to be among them. they all flew away in large groups

  3. Hi, Wendy ! Very nice project this one! I won’t be able to do it (other works on process I am afraid ) but I’ll report the photo on my blog, if U don’t mind, and will give instructions for those who want to pop in yr site.
    Thanks for sharing this littel jewel then!
    hugs, gloria

  4. I’m afraid I can’t join in the fun….several things started already and little personal time to sew. But I really like the pattern & hope to add it to my ‘to do’ list. Ummm….do you think that when you’re done with the weekly installments you’d be able to put them all together in one post or tutorial?
    I LOVE the polkadots!

  5. I’ve signed my name on the dotted line! I may or may not get the fabric in time for the first lesson, but I will surely catch up. I’ve got the bug!

  6. What type of paper-backed fusible do you use or recommend? Also, about your machine applique stitch, what length and width do you use for the blanket stitch?

  7. hi wendy… :) its me again.. i tried to save the ladybugs file././ but unfortunately there was no pdf./..only html.. so can i know is there any other way i can save it other than html…

    still i can read the instruction online if no other way.. :)

    thanks wendy. :D

  8. Hi, I just found you today and I am very impressed. i LOVE the Ladybug in Polka Dot quilt. Can I download it. I know just the person for it. One month old Molly who has 3 sisters. This quilt is so different but so cute. Please tell me how to get the pattern.
    Thank you and “see you soon”.

  9. I would love to make this cute little quilt, but I am having a hard time finding the polk a dot material. Can’t seem to get all the color’s in the right size polk a dot’s to match. Don’t want to order on line, because of the different sizes of polk a dots and there too, I haven’t found all the right colors. Please help!

  10. I love ladybugs and plan to do this project after I finish a Civil War Reproduction quilt and a quilt job for a friend. It is so cute!

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