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Frozen Pillows = VERY Happy Mail

My husband and I will be sending our thank you cards shortly. It’s a great time to send those last few gifts that I meant to hand deliver to people at the wedding (because I am crazy) but didn’t manage to finish in time (because… wedding). One of these finally-finished WIPs was a set of paper pieced pillows for my two youngest cousins.

Frozen Pillows by East Dakota Quilter

Frozen Pillowcases by East Dakota Quilter

Anna Block by East Dakota Quilter

I can just imagine the two girls curled up together with their pillows, watching the movie “one more time” and singing along. Hope these are a fun surprise before the holidays!

Both quilt blocks are available for FREE on Craftsy. Visit Sew Much Mischief’s shop.


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Birthday Club Handmade: October Edition

This month’s birthday girl is a HUGE Disney fan, so I thought a Disney mini quilt would be perfect. I included my three favorite princesses (Ariel, Jasmine, and Belle – in descending order), plus Pocahontas. I can’t say Pocahontas is my favorite movie, but I’ve enjoyed the music since playing it as part of my middle school orchestra.

Disney Princesses by East Dakota Quilter

Hope the birthday girl likes it!

You can see other birthday gifts our swap group has made on Instagram with the hashtag #birthdayclubhandmade. We sew a gift and provide a few extra goodies for each person’s birthday, once a month or less. One of our birthday club members has left the group. If you have a spring birthday (February to May) and would like more info about what it would mean to join the group, I would love for you to email me at dakotapatchwork at gmail dot com.

Here are some more in-progress shots:

paper piecing by East Dakota Quilter

Ariel by East Dakota Quilter

Jasmine by East Dakota Quilter

Maybe because Halloween is this month, I couldn't help thinking the back sides looked like the Disney princesses dressed like zombies!

Maybe because Halloween is this month, I think the back side looks like Disney princesses with zombie makeup!

Free (!!!) Disney princess patterns are by Michelle Thompson and are available on both her website and on Fandom Stitches. She was even kind enough to fix the Jasmine link and email me when I asked! I normally wouldn’t point out mistakes, but I did make a few in the mini above and want to be clear that they are my own and not part of Michelle’s awesome patterns.


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Frozen Queue & Anna Block

You might be wondering why, although I have only two sides left to bind on my Marcelle Medallion quilt, it’s still not finished. Good question. I already posted that I took a break to finish a doll in time for a little girl’s birthday party last weekend, but I also have a new quilt block to share today:

Anna Frozen block by EastDakotaQuilter

This is Anna from the movie Frozen. I still have to embroider her nose and white hair streak, but I am excited by how well it turned out! The pattern is free on Craftsy and was drafted by Sew Much Mischief. You can see her blog post about this block here. Of course, it only made sense that I would buy the movie soundtrack and listen to it on repeat while sewing this block!

I made a couple of changes. I enlarged the block to be 12.5″ unfinished (12″ finished) so I can pair it with some snowflake blocks that are the same size. Considering how small the pieces were for her eyes, I’m doubly glad I made that adjustment! Also note the Elsa pattern as two letter M pieces; if you look at the piecing order, you’ll see right away which would should actually be an N. Finally, note that not all blocks are the same size. You may need to adjust if you plan to make a quilt with the blocks.

Anna block back by EastDakotaQuilter

Perhaps best of all is that I made this block entirely from fabrics I already owned. I got a high five from my fiancé for that! I wasn’t too sure about the hair color at first. It’s an oakshott cotton with woven threads in brown and blue, but it looks great against Anna’s purple cape. Most of the rest were various Kona fat quarters.

Sew Much Mischief also has free Craftsy patterns for Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven. Happy sewing!