Last year I released my Dino Party pattern and ever since I've been wanting to re-make it with new and different fabrics. My grandson, James, who loves dinosaurs turned 3 this past weekend, so I wanted to make the quilt for him. I'm always better with a deadline so with his birthday rapidly approaching I got down to sewing and finally was able to complete the new version of the quilt. There are so many ways to change up these pictorial quilts, so it is always hard for me to to decide how and when to finish the original design and move on. Sometimes it is fun to take parts of a design and make a smaller project, too. I'm making another stegosaurus on a pillow just for fun!
This month I'll be part of the August FabShop Hop on the Internet. If you’ve never tried this hop it is a free and fun way to visit and shop participating quilt shops from all over the country. I tried hopping in July and found some new favorite shops for fabrics and quilt ideas. Every shop is unique and you certainly won’t get bored as you hop through the different websites.
There are prizes and gift certificates to win as well. I really enjoyed looking for the little prize bunnies—who doesn’t like a treasure hunt!
‘Hope you’ll take a look at my website at www.marcialaytondesigns.com to find some new and old favorites in patterns, kits, towels and yo-yo makers. I’ll be giving away ten gift certificates to hoppers as well
Check out the hop at www.fabshophop.com.
I’m happy to announce the release of a new pattern this month! Humming Waltzing Matilda all the while, I've been working on a set of towel designs and a quilt to match. Can you guess the theme🦘?
Yo-Yo Accents--Down Under is a collection of six Australian animal appliqué designs. I decided to finish the edges of colorful towels with bright strips of fabric and then sewed the animals to the towels. Then I embellished them with fabric yo-yos and a little bit of embroidery to give them texture and whimsy. They are very fun to make!
To give you a little more inspiration, I've made a quilt to match using the animals in some of the blocks. For a long time, I've been collecting Aboriginal print fabrics because I love the bright designs and colors. The quilt blocks, sashing, and border feature over 40 different prints! You can go crazy like I did or keep your color scheme a little simpler. Batiks are a great fabric choice here as well. I've added some notes about the quilt to the website. Check in the tips section if you would like to give it a try.
My last show this year was in Venice, Florida early in March. It was a lovely show and I’m glad that we were able to attend. After that, as the spread of the corona virus became a worry, my quilt show travels came to a sudden halt.
Like so many quilters, I’m using this time at home to work in my sewing studio. First on my list was to clean up my workspace. That involved clearing off my desk and cutting areas which were piled high with fabric and papers and who knows what. Then I started going through bins and shelves of fabric and sorting the yardage and bits and pieces into some sort of order. I keep many of my fabrics together in color families, but when I’m in the middle of designing or cutting kits, everything seems to end up in a big mess. Along the way I discovered long forgotten and half-finished projects and the leftovers from completed ones. It was like a trip down memory lane! There were a lot of distractions and I’ve yet to finish the cleanup, but I’m enjoying remembering the fun I’ve had sewing all through the years.
Sewing and quilting are wonderful stress relievers. I lose myself in the bright and happy colors of the fabrics as I try to figure out new designs. ‘Hope I’ll have some new ones to share at the end of this time spent at home.
I’m happy to have the store all set up and in operation on the website. Thank you, Dad!! In the past, I’ve just had patterns for sale, but now I’m able to offer the yo-yo makers, towels and even kits to go along with them. If you are wanting to try one of my patterns but not able to get out for the supplies, they are now here for you to order.
Hope you all will find some bright spots in each day and stay safe.
A celebration of 100 years of women’s accomplishments.
Friday, March 6th, 9 am to 5pm
Saturday, March 7th 9am to 4pm
Venice Community Center
326 Nokomis Ave S.
Venice, Florida 34285
$8 at the door and $14 for both days
Dedicated to the accomplishments of women during the past 100 years.
Come join us for the fun.
Look for Marcia Layton Designs booth at the show.
2020 is starting off with some exciting news. This week marks the opening of my online store!
For those of you who can’t find my patterns at your local quilt store or make it to the shows I attend, you’ll now find all of my patterns available for order on the website.
I’m also happy to be featuring a new pattern, Pretty Mermaid, for release this month.
This colorful 53 ½” x 66 ½” lap-size quilt is embellished with rick rack, ribbon, buttons and Yo-Yos! of course.