Saturday, December 21, 2019

New Sundrop Critter for December


Merry Christmas! There's a brand new Sundrop Critter pattern available on my website: www.sundropdesigns.net. Carolyn and Chris, the Sundrop Caribou, are free until January 20, 2020.

My original plan was to design a more traditional Christmas reindeer, but while researching them I happened upon photos of white baby reindeer and immediately fell head over heels in love!  I did more research and learned that species of reindeer/caribou that live in the extreme north often turn completely white for the winter.  Carolyn and Chris (the little one) were inspired by the Peary Caribou who reside in northern Canada and are the smallest species of North American caribou. 

As the weather warms and the snow melts, Peary caribou shed their thick white coats and grow a shorter coat that is brownish-gray on their upper parts but still a creamy white on their underparts. My pattern includes pieces to portray both winter and summer colors.


Have fun making Carolyn and Chris!

Sandy

Sunday, November 17, 2019

New Applique Pattern: Chloe at Christmas


Meet Chloe, one of my black and white tuxedo cats.  Here she is after being caught in the act of taking off with a Christmas ornament.  Tuxedo cats (IMHO) seem to possess the remarkable ability to portray several oxymoron-like facial expressions all at the same time.  When caught in the act of something they know you don't approve of, they somehow manage to look innocent/guilty, meek/rebellious, penitent/defiant all at once.  I've tried to portray that in this applique pattern, which is free on my website until Dec. 15, 2019.

Although tuxedo cats are perhaps best known for their black and white coats, they come in white with gray, silver, orange or tortoiseshell, too.  So don't hesitate to work up Chloe in the colors of your choice.  You can even go a little crazy and use colors not seen in nature, likke the blue and red illustrations below.



You might remember Chloe from Sunny's Fifth Christmas, one of my patterns that came out about 10 years ago.  There was something about Chloe's white muzzle that seemed to make her look like she was always up to something.  And in fact, she was the most mischievous of my cats.



Saturday, October 19, 2019

New Critter Redux: Cirrus the Turkey


I just uploaded a new pattern for Cirrus the Sundrop Turkey to my website: http://sundropdesigns.net/ .  Cirrus will be free through Thanksgiving Day.

Cirrus is one of the original Sundrop Critters that I created in 2001-2002.  Here's what he originally looked like:


In 2005, I redesigned him to look like this:


While I'm quite happy with this 2005 version, I really wanted a pattern for a fairly simple turkey in profile.  You can blame Missouri Star Quilt Company's Thankful Wall Hanging (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI8HFbhlcCk&t=1316s) for that!  I love that wall hanging and hope to make one someday.  But, instead of making three 6" Dresden turkeys, I want to make three 6" Sundrop turkeys that all look different.  So now I have three different Sundrop turkeys to use under the 10" Dresden turkey that Jenny Doan shows in the video.