This pattern does not feature the rock band or a funny-looking car, but it does include nine beetles, everything from the cutest ladybug to the scariest rhinoceros beetle. With beetles, the colors you can use are limitless, and it opens up a whole new world of fabric possibilities to imitate the wing cover textures (lamé, UltraSuede®, leather, etc.!) This pattern would also be perfect for embellishing children's clothing, especially on t-shirts or sweatshirts! This pattern was designed by Marc Konchinsky when he was working with us when he was 25 or so. Now he is our web site designer.
Nine larger-than-life bugs which are great design ideas which you could embellish with metallic fabrics, and or beads.
The quilt in this photo is 37" x 37".
We have made several quilts with this pattern and they all come out with different measurements because the arrangement of the blocks has been different. Should you leave out a block the whole configuration changes. If you make one block twice (reversing the design and using in a different fabric) the whole configuration changes. Also, if you used all the designs in this pattern twice, the quilt could be really big. Combining this pattern with other Critter Pattern Works patterns will vary the size of the finished quilt even more.
How do we combine blocks of different sizes? If you have a long block and a shorter one and you want them to go together, add a strip of fabric in a different value (darker or lighter than the ones around it) to the shorter one. Sew those two fabrics to the longer applique block and square them up on the outside edges. This is now a unit. Make more units. If the units don't fit exactly together, add more strips to make them work together. When all your units sewn together and are big enough to make it the quilt size you desire, add a border and quilt it.
Our son, Marc, made this quilt when he was working with us when he was 25. Why are there triangles added to some of the blocks, you might ask. Marc was squaring up the blocks and didn't realize there were two together and he sliced a cut into a block that became an "oops!". We covered up the mistake with a triangle andOther triangles were added to balance out the goof, and the quilt became better for it.
This pattern is only available to be mailed, (not available as a PDF pattern).
We have How to Applique videos if you learn visually. Watch our designer, Debora Konchinsky take you through all the steps to make a Critter Pattern Works quilt.