New pattern: Lady Love Bug

Hi y’all!  Perhaps you’ll remember, like myself, the movie “The Love Bug” from Walt Disney?  You know, the cute little race car, “Herbie?”  Well, my latest collage pattern was definitely inspired by my childhood memories of that movie!!  Cute.  Delightful.  And quite Spirited!! Only this is the “lady-like version!”

Because…

She is also inspired mightily by a special lady I love, Toni Eckart, shop owner of the Quilt-A-Way, who recently retired and is selling her shop.  She drives a black VW Bug, and the pattern really started forming in my head last summer, as I was leaving the shop, and I snapped a photo of the darling little bug in the parking lot…  This pattern is dedicated to Toni, and she’s riding off in her car, into the wild batik yonder on a grand new adventure herself!

I am so very grateful for her, and I give her my utmost humble thanks.

Thank you Toni… you are a gem of a woman, a beautiful lady inside and out, generous, and free spirited!  …and if not for your encouragement, I would likely not be making patterns at all!

Here she is:

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I added charming details…  whimsical  word bubbles in three different areas of the quilt. And I outlined some of those with black thread, for shading, dimension, and added emphasis, too.

And those tires?  From Kaffe Fasset fabric “Dream.” Oh, and perhaps an important note for some of you:  I included the names of fabric lines and designers in the instructions of This Pattern!IMG_5864

And to put the “cherry on top” as the saying goes, she got a license plate from the popular ‘Row by Row’ fabric.  The fabric features license plates from quilt shops all over the United States, and the one from Montana came from the Helena quilt shop, The Sewing Palace, and their motto, or plate was “Piece Baby.”

Perfect!

I love the punch of blue, and I particularly loved the silver bumper and highlights on the car.

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I quilted it by adding a hot pink polyester thread in an over-sized flower shape, inspired by the Michael Miller “Lacey Daisy” fabric, with bobbin play, in silver, from Superior Threads, “Razzle Dazzle” and overall quilting in a light blue polyester that tied together all the colors of the stripey batik fabric I used for the background!  Again, the bobbin play flower shape was inspired by the floral fabric shapes, too.IMG_5865 IMG_5866Of course, the pattern is now available in my shop if it strikes your fancy!

Have a beautiful Easter!

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