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Craftsy quilt patterns – quilt-as-you-go appliqué monster pattern

Craftsy quilt patterns – quilt-as-you-go appliqué monster pattern

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Craftsy quilt patterns - quilt-as-you-go appliqué monster patternI’m so excited to share my version from a fun set of Craftsy quilt patterns; the class is taught by Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World! You get to watch videos walking you through the entire quilt process, which is so helpful if you’re new to quilting. The blocks are “quilt as you go, which makes it even easier to finish the entire thing. She sent me a free review copy of the class, but all opinions are my own and honest.

EDIT: Since Craftsy has closed, you can’t get the exact same thing right now but you can still access the pattern on Wendi’s website here.

Craftsy quilt patterns – quilt-as-you-go appliqué monster pattern

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When Wendi emailed me back at the end of summer about her new class Cute Quilt-As-You-Go Appliqué Monsters, I was immediately on board because the monsters are adorable and it’s well documented that I love projects that use up scraps! I didn’t want to make an entire quilt, so I thought I’d make a floor pillow or maybe a soft baby book with their faces. Once I started, I couldn’t stop so I kept sewing along until I had a full “napping” size quilt top.

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I made the squares with quilting cotton but all of the monsters are actually knit fabric scraps (more ideas on how to use up knit scraps in this post). I do a ton of upcycling for my kids’ clothes, leaving me with large chunks of tshirts that aren’t small enough to shred but not large enough for another shirt. It was so much fun, pawing through my bins of scraps and remembering the outfits they came from.

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Those polka dots are made with cotton velour, super soft to touch. If you aren’t familiar with the term “quilt as you go” it means literally just that – you quilt each square to the backing by itself, then applique, then attach all the squares to one another. I’d never tried QAYG before, but it was amazing to use up all my batting scraps on top of the knit fabric scraps! This method is also ideal for beginners or folks in a small sewing space.

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I really love the “under/over bite” option that is shared in the class – there is something so delightfully impish about this monster’s expression! Cutting all out these faces is so easy when you trace the patterns on to Wonder Under or Heat’n Bond Lite.

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Adding stripes in was a no-brainer, I love them.

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Normally I am all about the brights, but decided to tone this down a little and use all neutrals for the background since I’ll be gifting the finished quilt. There are a ton of different options for making the faces, with teeth and ears and different size eyes/mouth; I tried to keep some sense of consistency, using the same shape of mouth on most of them.

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That purple stripe is from a pair of pants that my son wore holes in, they’ve since been patched and my daughter is wearing them! I found that pink fur in a random Goodwill Outlet bin (they aren’t like normal Goodwills, see the difference here!) and also added some random pom-pom trim behind the orange monster’s face.

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I love how it turned out! I tried a few of the 3D elements and mixed in different fabric choices for a really funky quilt that has lots to touch and feel.  I’m going to pair this with a movie gift card and some popcorn as a family gift – so much better than some toys, right. My kids absolutely loved the monster faces, so I saved all the scraps in a bag in the hopes of making one for our family soon.

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I love how it turned out! I bound the edges in a simple grey and used Nature-Fil batting, buying a big bolt off Amazon* made it less than $5 a yard! I backed it with cuddle fleece from Shiny Happy World (Wendi is also the designer of this quilt pattern) and it made it SO thick and cozy. I sat underneath it while I hand sewed the binding and couldn’t believe what a difference the fleece backing made in terms of weight and warmth.

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I included one of my favorite labels, because it is true. This is my third quilt (first one here that I made for my husband, and second one here that I made for my mother-in-law) and I was still surprised at how long it took to finish!

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You can see the “model” quilt above, from the class, it is so fun! Wendi was much more adventurous in her quilting patterns, as you can see, and I’d love to work up to some of the more free-motion-esque designs.

I’ve never reviewed a Craftsy course before; this is actually the first/only one that I’ve watched all the way through! I downloaded all the episodes so I could watch on our Ipad during a road trip (while my husband drove), which worked really well.

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What’s included in Cute Quilt-As-You-Go Appliqué Monsters! :

Six separate segments: 1. Quilt As You Go Blocks – 2. Making Monsters – 3.Pieced QAYG  – 4. 3D Effects – 5. Unique Fabrics – 6. Sashing & Finishing. There are printable templates for all the monster faces, a supply list, and then an easy interface to ask Wendi questions or other classmates. Scanning the project gallery* gives lots of visual inspiration, seeing what others have made.

Positives

  • If I wasn’t writing this as a review, I admit I probably would’ve skimmed the videos and just used the patterns, since I knew how to applique. I would’ve missed out on a lot of valuable information that she covered, looking at color theory, contrast, and warmth in fabric choices – all things I have heard before but it was helpful to see them with examples and in the context of this project.
  • There are a ton of examples for each step, which I love.
  • She also uses the term “straightish” which is an apt description of almost all my sewing.

Negatives

  • I wish the monster face shapes were organized differently, and labeled – while it doesn’t *matter* if something is an eye vs. a tooth, etc. I wanted to know. Different size pupils are squeezed in around other shapes, which is great for saving paper (something I really appreciate) but not as great for my style of applique assembly.

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Beginner friendly quilt alert! This is a fun and easy Craftsy class that I'm reviewing, to make your own quilt-as-you-go applique monster quilt.

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Jenny

Saturday 6th of June 2020

Hi, I Love your quilt!

Is there a way to contact the person who did the classes as the link for the videos is not working. Would love to watch the classes even if it cost me money to make this little quilt. I know a little boy who would love this quilt!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 12th of July 2020

emailed you and updated this post with a link to the pattern elsewhere!

Dottie

Saturday 27th of January 2018

What a wonderful adventure your quilt is! It's fun & fabulous! Such variety. Looking forward to making one.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Friday 2nd of February 2018

I hope you like it! One of my favorite projects!

Roseann Hampton

Sunday 29th of January 2017

This quilt is so adorable!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 12th of February 2017

Thanks so much Roseann!

Pam @Threading My Way

Monday 21st of November 2016

I adore your quilt, Stephanie!!! Love how you've used different textured fabrics for the monsters. You have to make one for your family now. Featured today...

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Friday 25th of November 2016

Thanks for the feature Pam!

Hélène Martin

Thursday 17th of November 2016

This is just the cutest! I love that you went with neutrals for the backgrounds and the faces you came up with are amazing. 👍

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Saturday 19th of November 2016

Thanks Helene!!

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