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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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Birthday Exceptions

I got married a little over a week ago and had an absolutely perfect day! Friends and family pitched in to decorate, cook, and welcome people to our newly-extended network.

Soon after our engagement, I started thinking of projects to make our day special. I knew I would have limited time to pull it all together, but I couldn’t help getting wrapped up in the excitement. It meant my blog pretty much stopped because I wanted the little touches to be a surprise to our guests. Pretty much all my creative efforts were tied up with wedding projects.

There was an exception. A few months ago, I put out this call on Instagram:

Handmade_Birthday

It received a positive response, and we kicked off the club with a September birthday. The project I selected for our first birthday girl was a welcome change of pace after months of wedding to-dos. In response to a questionnaire I circulated, Katelyn mentioned she liked blues and grays as a color combo, loves pillow covers, and admires the work of Elizabeth Hartman. I used those suggestions to make an Aviatrix Medallion pillow cover.

Aviatrix Medallion by East Dakota Quilter

Elizabeth’s instructions are great, but I did have a moment of inspiration for connecting the diamonds. She suggests matching up the dots on her pattern with a pin. I printed two paper copies of the diamonds, matched up the dots with a pin, and used double-sided tape to stick the pieces together. Then, all I had to do for matching up diamonds was place the fabric diamonds over my paper template for perfect placement every time. It made the whole thing SO EASY!

Aviatrix Medallion Templates

Here are a few more in-progress shots… just because I have them. 🙂

Black and White by East Dakota Quilter

Aviatrix Closeup by East Dakota Quilter

Ready to Bind by East Dakota Quilter

Since I wrote “Happy Birthday!” on the package, Katelyn’s mom hid it until the appropriate day. Thanks, Mom, for making the birthday extra-special! If you want to see the other gifts, check out the Instagram hashtag #birthdayclubhandmade.

Now that the wedding is over, I’m trying to source photos of all the projects I mentioned. Can you believe that except for one selfie, I didn’t take a single photo the day of my wedding?!