Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lucky Ladybugs

April's Across The Pond Sew Along Project

See our past projects  here

It's April  already...and  a perfect time to make a fun sewing project along with the Across The Pond Sew Along girls! 

Ladybugs/Ladybirds   photo by Wikipedia

Let's make Ladybugs... or you may live where you call these lucky little bugs,  ' Ladybirds.'

Here's a few project ideas to get you started...

***Disclaimer-    The following Ladybug projects may become highly addictive...  ***

Amanda, aka The Patchsmith, has "landed upon" such a sweet  little ladybug pouch project.This little felt pouch is a free pattern by Red Brolly.   

Amanda's  Ladybug Purse   
 It is so sweet, it doesn't even need that chocolate candy!!  
You will find a BUNCH of Ladybug patterns link  over on Amanda's blog... hop on over here!

Here is a  free block that I found :     
Ladybug on a tea leaf     photo by Quilting

 I am drawn to  the "tradional" style of this ladybug and leaf together!
{ Translation... you may see this again soon!}

And here is my  finished Ladybug project:

                                    Lady Bugs Mini Quilt/Wallhanging

Pattern -  from Paper Piecing 1/4"  issue 5  April - June 2015   QAD Publishing  {here}

Lady Bugs Mini Quilt/ Wallhanging     by Susie's Sunroom
pattern  {here}     

Mini Quilt size:   20 inches x 20 inches
Fabrics:   Sugar Hill    Tanya Whelan by Free Spirit
               Black and white polka dot,  tonal white, and blenders -  from my stash
These little paper pieced bugs were so fun to make!!  There are 4 different bug blocks, and a flower for the center!  I really loved the fabric with the tiny roses !

I also love the pink tones against the black and white bug fabric.

The  pale pink tonal fabric ( "underneath" wings )  remind me a a lady's petticoat!

I pieced scraps together (for a 5 inch square) for the corner pocket for hanging.

Folded squares in the corner tuck nicely into the binding... for easy hanging with a dowel rod

Oh, and just remember...  I gave fair warning that making ladybugs can be harmful to your "housekeeping and cooking" ??  

You could make another Ladybugs mini quilt, using traditional red and black fabrics, and get another look from the same design!

I already have planned  my next ladybug project to make...

This    Ladybug/Ladybird Mug Rug pattern   by  The Patchsmith :

My next ladybug project!!      { here }  The Patchsmith

We love to see and share when you make any Across The Pond Sew Along project.... 
here  at our ATPSA Flickr Group !   

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:   Paper Piecing Party @  Quilt Art Designs       and
                         Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts
"Fly away" little lady bugs....

Pattern provided by QAD Publishing


  1. I love your Ladybug wall quilt - the colours and style of the ladybugs is enchanting. And thank you for the link to the ladybug-on-a-leaf block. I will make this for my block-a-day project.

  2. very cute projects. I like the idea of making pink lady bugs.

  3. I always liked ladybugs and never knew how many ways they could be stitched! These are sll so cute!

  4. Ooooh! these are adorable!
    My little girl found out that ladybirds BITE last year. She was more heartbroken that such a cute little thing has pinchers rather than being hurt.
    I still love them and all entomology :D

  5. All these lady bug projects are so cute! Susie I love your ladybug wall quilt! You did a terrific job with all the paper piecing and the fabrics you picked out are wonderfully different than the usual red and so perfect!

  6. PS - your sunshine favicon is back again!

  7. So many bugs and projects and all so cute!!! I love this. Must try some my self.

  8. I have a thing for ladybugs and enjoyed looking over all these projects. The paper-piecing you tackled is so sweet, and it came out really well. I hope it's a mini that you'll keep for yourself! ; )

  9. These ladybugs are adorable! I particularly love the pink and green mini quilt version- very Spring-like!

  10. Oh Susie that is SO cute! I love the green/pink combo and those dots!

  11. This is so cute! Great little ladybug blocks!


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