Happy Friday, Friends! I hope you are well. I had mentioned to you that I will have a series of free downloadable patterns to share with you in the near future… Princess Aiko is one!
This sweet quilt is designed with Benartex‘s Cherry Blossom Festival fabrics. I just love the fabrics – they are really SWEET for sure!
The pinwheel blocks are used to symbolize the cascading cherry blossoms in the springtime when one stands under a fully blooming cherry blossom tree.
Now, the REALLY fun twist in this design is none other than Princess Aiko herself. Benartex is offering a three-dimensional doll panel in the collection to make a most adorable craft doll (16″ height).
Instead of using the doll panel to make the softie doll (which would probably be a flop had I attempted it — because I simply can’t sew to save my life!), I used the front pieces of the Sakura doll for applique on the quilt top. It is a fun use of doll panels if making a soft doll isn’t your thing to do.
Click here to view full fabric range. Fabrics are out now – so check your local quilt shops to purchase fabrics. If you purchase your fabrics online, check www.quiltshops.com to see which stores carry the fabric line.
Click here to download pattern instructions.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a lovely and blessed weekend!
More 2013 free downloadable patterns designed by yours truly:
January: Mediterranean Dream (Quilting Treasures)
February: Butterfly Kisses (Quilting Treasures)
March: Pumpkin Patch using Autumn Fauna (Benartex)
March: Floral Linda using Catalina (Benartex)
April: Forest Floor using Wildflower Wood (Lecien/Lynette Anderson)
April: Nature’s Harmony using Silent Harmony (RJR Fabrics)
May: Tied With A Bow using A Gingerbread Christmas (RJR Fabrics)
June: Simply Sweet using lief!Lifestyle (Quilting Treasures)
June: Birds on a Wire using Let’s Tweet (Benartex)
July: Silver Lining using Urban Oasis (Benartex)
July: Rooster Royale (Quilting Treasures)
August: The Gallery using Floral Philosophy (Benartex)
September: Country Stars using Mending Fences (Lecien/Lynette Anderson)
October: Moonflower (Quilting Treasures)
October: Tutu Cute (Quilting Tresaures)
November: Movement in Squares using Op Art Reflections by Benartex