Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Pattern! Skipping School

It feels like it has been a while since I released a new pattern. A lot of things were happening here (some good, some not so good) and this quilt got put on the back burner. I was worried the curves would be too scary for people but in the end I just couldn't push this idea out of my head. It was just screaming to get made so I went ahead and made it.

My boys are all wanting to keep this one and my oldest (who will be EIGHT in a couple days) kept taking pictures of my progress with his I-pod touch.  I think that is a great sign.

I used an accuquilt  3.5" drunkard's path die to cut all the pieces and it made the sewing a snap (little registration mark in the middle kept me on track). This would also work with any 3.5" acrylic template. A paper template is included in the pattern...just make sure the settings on your printer don't make your template print too large or too small as this will affect your fabric requirements and quilt size.

I learned how to use EQ7 to import the latest fabric lines so I did a little mock up for you guys.  The quilt I made in the photographs is the baby size (39"x45.5").  I have included a "border option" for those who want to take this up to a lap size (53"x58").

Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater for Moda (available May 2012).

Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket for Moda.

School Days by American Jane for Moda.

This quilt is also a fun way to use up scraps.  I also relished getting to use 2 of my favorite hoarded prints for the back.

And yes...I do know that one fish is going backwards or "skipping school".  If you like them all swimming orderly, all you have to do is flip that block- easy peasy!  It's your quilt so do it YOUR way!

If you want to purchase Skipping School, it is currently available at PatternspotFat Quarter Shop

So what do you think? 


  1. highly original and totally adorable! Ironic that this underwater scene is a breath of fresh air!

  2. So cute. They remind me of Goldfish, and I like those crackers, so just another reason to like it.

  3. Oh my gosh! How adorable. You are a genius!

  4. So super cute. Love love this one. The fish are so darling.

  5. I love it--perfect for any baby or young child--I have never tried a circle block though....makes me a little nervous. Great work!

  6. Love it! Reminds me of Goldfish...the snack that smiles back at you,

  7. Such a cute idea and a very creative way to use those blocks

  8. Oh my goodness, it is wonderful!! LOVE it!

  9. awesome as usual!!! so proud of you!!!

  10. Adorable!! What a great design!


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