It is done!
The paper piecing pattern “Chugging Along” is finally finished!
Last night I uploaded the various sets to Craftsy and I will add the individual blocks in the upcoming days. It will take a while as there are 31 separate blocks.
(Yes not 30… I needed one more!)
The GIVEAWAY for this pattern is still OPEN… but just for a few hours more! Tomorrow afternoon at noon (local time) it will close, so hurry up! Click here to go the giveaway.
The GIVEAWAY is now closed!
Now I only have to show you some suggestions on how to use the pattern!
So here goes!
You could combine two blocks and turn them into a pillow.
Why stop at one pillow? Make more pillows of all various train cars and the locomotive. By rearranging the pillows, the train will be rearranged!
You could also make a long quilted strip of trains to act as a bumper pad in a todler’s bed. Or make a long quilted strip of trains as a cushion for a bench.
Create a wall hanging of various rows of trains or just keep adding rows to create a lap quilt!
The train could also become a border on a quilt!
Or like this!
You could make the pattern more dynamic by turning the blocks.
This type of lay out would become more balanced if you picked just one background fabric, like this:
The individul blocks themselves can take some tweaking too!
The Station Block can be turned into a house!
Turn the clock into an attic window! Also leave out the frame of the timetable and turn that whole part into another window.
These next blocks would like some embroidery!
You can always decide to ignore lines in the pattern to get some variation in blocks you are repeating!
These are detail shots of the exhausts on the train.
Just like in the pattern:
Ignore one line and do some fussy cutting!
Use a different fabric than suggested and create exhausts of different hights.
The last suggestion is to use fussy cutting!
Maybe you would like to add a conductor in the train ( a monkey maybe? ) and show the passengers in the passengers car or the cattle car! The station could have a “real” clock or if you turn that block into a house; a lead-painted dormer window would be so wonderful!
One of my blogreader Kathleen had another great idea:
Wow, again, this is such an awesome set of patterns. And believe it or not, after reading this post, I actually thought of another way to use them. How about making each one up individually, sort of mug rug style, so a child can play with them and arrange and rearrange them on the floor!
Wouldn’t it be fun to use the blocks like a puzzle? Or placemats?
Here are all of the blocks one more time and than I will stop talking about trains for a while, ha ha!
And than there are the 4 Finishing Blocks (5 actually):
An empty block and the two corner blocks.
For those who would like to add tracks there are substitutes for these parts of each of the pattern:
Yes, now I am done!
Phew, that was three months of intense work (really intense!) I have learned so much in this process. The most important being not to write about a new pattern before I am almost done. I have grocely underestimated how much time it takes to create a set of patterns.
It will not stop me from creating a pattern set again though! :-)))
If you would like to read more blogposts and see more pictures of this pattern, please click on any of these next links:
To go directly to my Craftsy store, click here!
I have written up a “Print & Play ” document with all of the blocks in the pattern. Print the pages with the pictures and lay out your unique train quilt! You can find that document here.
I will be linking up with Linky Parties today as I feel like CELEBRATING!
Have a wonderful weekend and a fabulous Quilting Day this Saturday!
( Linky Parties : TGIFF at Quilt Matters, Can I get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, I Quilt at Pretty Bobbins, Paper Piecing Party at Quietplay, SEWjo at Go Go Kim, Anything Goes at Stitch by Stitch.
Go over to Janeen to wish her a happy birthday: Birthday Bash Giveaway @ Quilt Art Design