Now I know my ABC’s in Fons and Porter’s LOVE OF QUILTING (March/April 2013)


Hello Friends, it’s good to have you visit again.  Some of you had written to ask where you could access the pattern of this quilt when I had posted the following preview a few months ago.


I am happy I can finally show you the quilt in its entirety, and tell you where to get the pattern instructions.  “Now I know my ABC’s” is officially featured in Fons and Porter’s latest Love of Quilting issue (March/April 2013).  Electronic download is available here.  Kits are also available here.

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This lighthearted child’s quilt finishes at 64″ x 74″ and should sufficiently fit a toddler’s bed.  The fabrics are from Benartex’s Googlies collection.  Click here to view the full range of fabrics.  If you are thinking of making this for a girly girl, be sure to check out the pastel and pink colorway.  But then again, would a girly girl like a Googlies-themed quilt?


This quilt came back to me at the right time because Miss Baby’s is into monsters right now.  She was besides herself when she saw the myriad Googlies characters when I showed her the quilt.


[image source:  Fons and Porter]

Let’s take a closer look… shall we?



Quilting is done using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting.  You will see I outlined quilted the Googlies, and added accents here and there to add a bit something to the overall look.  This quilt is not heavily quilted because I intend this quilt to be used, and not just for the eyes.





I quilted fun swirls on the quilt border.  I hope you can see the yellow thread I used against the printed white fabric.  I shared about how to do these swirls here on my Thread Talk post, and here in my online class.



I don’t really say this often, but I think this quilt is an instance where the backing makes the quilt!  Patch-print fabrics are quite popular these days, and I often use them for backing when they are available in a collection.


I hope you enjoyed my Googlies quilt.  If you remember, I had shared with you here a free quilt pattern I designed, also using the Googlies, but in the pink girly girl colorway.

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Thanks for visiting!  I hope you have a fun-filled day!


My 2013 lineup thus far besides “Now I know my ABC’s” – click on links for more information:

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  2 Wishes, to be posted

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches, to be posted

Quilter’s World (April 2013):  Monkey Around, to be posted

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow, to be posted

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

FREE PATTERN: Richard Scarry Busytown A to Z Child’s Quilt

Have you ever heard of the Busytown series by Richard Scarry?  Miss Baby absolutely adores the characters, and the hustle and bustle in Busytown.  I, the parent, am dragged often into pretend play as one of the props.

Here is another free pattern for your quilting pleasure, download-able in pdf format here.  I had designed this education quilt (one does get to learn the alphabets from the panel print) for easy construction, and as many bright and cheerful fabrics as possible were included in the design:

The fabric collection, Richard Scarry – Busytown A to Z and released by Quilting Treasures, is current.  Do a search on to see who carries the fabrics.  Alternatively, you can conveniently purchase the kit here.

Speaking of Busytown, I will be busy running errands today.  One of them would is to bring a framed needlework piece back to the shop for them to take out a couple of wood chips that were stuck under the glass.  I had picked it up on Sunday thinking I would be able to show you the piece yesterday…. :(