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I've been quilting for over 30 years, teaching advanced quilting classes for over 20 years, and pattern designing for over 15 years. Every minute that I can spend quilting is a joy, and I hope to ...

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Cacti and Friends Quilt

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Cacti and Friends Quilt
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • paper piecing
  • rotary cutting

Pattern Description:

There is a love/hate relationship between cacti and my family. My youngest daughter, when she was around 2 yrs. old, fell into a bed of cacti and we haven't been the same since. But considering that it is one of the few things that grows so well here in our Austin heat, I decided it was time to decorate the inside of my house with a safe, quilted version of the little beasties. So here we have a paper pieced version of my new friends, with original cacti and pot designs for your quilting fun!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • finished quilt 30" sq.


  • 12 sheets, 8 1/2' x 11", vellum/interfacing/tracing paper for pattern printing
  • scraps for cacti and pots
  • 1 yard background fabric
  • 1/4 yd. sashing fabric
  • 1/3 yd. border fabric
  • 1/3 yd. binding fabric

You Will Also Need:

  • thread
  • printer for pattern printing
  • sewing machine
  • batting and backing