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Frederick, Maryland USA

I love designing and making quilts, especially folk and story quilts. All my patterns are easy to follow with step by step directions and photos. Every pattern begins with a quilt created and sewn on ...

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Pond Life Quilt

from Maryland Quilter
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Pond Life Quilt
Pond Life Quilt
Pond Life Quilt
Pond Life Quilt
Pond Life Quilt
Pond Life Quilt

Pattern Description:

It's a busy life if you're a pond dweller. There's water to swim in for a duck, dragonflies to chase if you're a frog, trees to fell for a beaver, and a meadow to roam in for a turtle. The Pond Life Quilt tells the story of all these animals in a relaxed, folk style.

The applique and the quilting are done at the same time. The appliques are sewn with raw edges. These are designed to fray to the sewn edges and give a cozy feel to the quilt. There are no time consuming satin stitches or messy glue paper.

The binding is a shortcut method where the edges are sewn all around and then clipped to fringe.

Every step in this quilt was planned to create the most beautiful quilt possible in the most efficient way possible. There are numbered steps and photographs to guide you. The pattern pieces are full size designed to be printed from standard computer paper.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • approximately 38x52 inches (96cmx132cm)


  • 1 piece 15 inches (45cm) x width of fabric - fabric for front pond water background on the bottom part of the quilt
  • 1 piece 39 inches (99cm) x width of fabric- fabric for front top background.
  • 1 1/2 yards (1.37m) fabric for the back of the quilt (I used solid baby blue cotton flannel)
  • 1 crib size batting (I like Warm and Natural 100% cotton batting)
  • 1 piece 3 1/2 inch x 19 inches (8.9x48cm) green print for the hill the turtle walks up
  • 1 piece 3 1/2 inch x 19 inches (8.9x48cm) green solid for background fabric for the hill the turtle walks up
  • 1 36x7 inch (91x17.8cm) rectangle of brown print for the tree trunk
  • 1 12x7 inch (30x17.8cm) piece of solid tan fabric for the chewed part of the tree.
  • 1 piece 14x13 inches (35x33cm) brown print for the beaver
  • 1 piece 15x16 inches (38x41cm) green print for the frog
  • 1 piece 13x7 inches (33x18cm) grey print for the duck's body
  • 1 piece 12x7 inches (31x18cm) green print for the turtle's body
  • Assorted small pieces for the turtle legs and head, eyes, duck head, band, beak and legs, in dark grey, green, yellow, white, and brown

You Will Also Need:

  • Darning foot or free motion foot accessory for your sewing machine (optional but very useful)

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