Wandering Bear Quilt

I just finished this guy, and I’m a bit smitten…

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I deconstructed the traditional bear claw quilt block, and arranged them into this wandering path. I was originally planning on just doing a solid beige Pin Dot background, but serendipitously was short on that fabric. I decided to do beige scrappy claws instead, and I think it looks way cooler as a result!

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I used all Timeless Treasure basics in this quilt. I really love their basics, and they work quite well in my applique collages.

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The bear, (I should give him a name…. Phil? Bartolomeu? Reginald? I’ll keep thinking…) is a separate applique piece that I made using my raw-edge applique techniques taught in my book, Scrappy Bits Applique.

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I used a very narrow stipple pattern to quilt it; I wanted to give an impression of a wandering path. I left the colored claws unquilted so they’d stand out. On the bear, I did a back and forth kind of pattern that is supposed to look like fur: I think it gives him a nice texture. I don’t know why I decided the bear was a he… probably my preset gender bias toward the color blue.. Eh..

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I am currently working on a pattern for this guy, which will be available in PDF and print soon! I think it would be a great quilt for the husband or dad. The pattern, like all my patterns, will include multiple size options, so it’d make a great baby quilt too!

Now it’s time for me to go sew a tote for Quilt Market this weekend! Way to wait until the last minute, aye? Ah well…

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!



Songbird Quilt

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I’m a little in love with this little fellow.

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I echoed the zig-zag for the quilting. It took a lot longer than straight lines, but I really like how it shows off the herringbone-like pattern.

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Some of my favorite fabrics are used in this little guy. Can you spot them? Architextures, Constellations, Glimma, Sketch, oh my!

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I used Kona Iron and Snow for the background.

Hey There Cupcake!

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A friend of mine owns a bakery, and recently had their first baby! What better gift to give a baker’s baby daughter than a cupcake quilt!?

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I used vintage sheets for all the prints– they were so fun to work with and so soft!

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Every time Davin (my son) came into my studio while I was working on this, he’d say, “That cupcake looks good enough to eat!” Too sweet. I promptly discouraged him from eating fabric. Each time. We have lots of cyclical jokes, he and I.

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I used Kona Ash for the grey– It really complimented the vintage fabrics, and, I think, gave it a more modern look, as opposed to the classic white.

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Those flowers from the vines in my backyard leapt onto the backing!

Scrappy Bits Applique Blog Tour — Last Stop + Giveaway!

This is the last stop of the Scrappy Bits Applique blog tour! It’s been a blast, and thank you to all of you who followed along and entered the giveaways! Thank you also for all your kind words about my book, I’m so excited to hear that so many of you like it and are eager to learn the technique!

Fallen Leaves Quilted Throw Pillows - Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon Brinkley

I am really passionate about the techniques I teach in my book. These are the main reasons why:

  1. The technique is easy to grasp. Very beginner friendly!
  2. The applique pieces can be made quite quickly!
  3. You don’t have to worry about precision!
  4. Use up them scraps!
  5. Reuse an old applique pattern in a new way.
  6. The creative possibilities are endless!!!

Here is my book trailer where I chat more about these things…

Today, I want to share with you some more “scrappy bits” quilts I’ve made! Some can be found in the gallery section of my book, others are quilts I’ve made since.

Modern Bird Quilt-1 Hey There Cupcake Quilt-2 Kraken Quilt

Oh Deer Photos

I’m working on something exciting right now! Some of these patterns just may be involved….! More detailed posts to follow.




Today I’m giving away a copy of my book, two lovely Timeless Treasures charm packs from their new basics lines, Pearl and Dream, along with a 4 pack of Aurifil 50 wt thread! To enter, leave a comment below telling me which of the “Scrappy Bits” quilts that you’ve seen is your favorite, and if, hypothetically, I was working on a line of patterns featuring different animals, what animal you’d like to see! ;) You can enter a second time by following me via your preferred social media; be sure to leave a comment stating you’ve done so in order to be counted!

See the previous post for a list of past stops on the Scrappy Bits Applique blog tour.

**Giveaway Closed. Congratulations Carmen! Thank you to everyone who participated!**

Scrappy Bits Applique Blog Tour!

Around the World Quilt - Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon Brinkley

Yesterday C&T Publishing kicked off the Scrappy Bits Applique Blog Tour! We have a great line up, and I know it will be lots of fun! At each stop, we will be sharing a little more about the book and giving away a free copy! Here is the line up:

8/12 – C&T Publishing Blog
8/13 – Pellon
8/14 – I’m a Ginger Monkey
8/15 – Quilter’s Newsletter Blog
8/16 – Sew Mamma Sew
8/17 – Casey York
8/18 – Generation Q
8/20 – Going Home to Roost
8/21 – Bottle Tree

Also, here is my book trailer that debuted yesterday!

Hope you all will follow along with the fun!