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high in the mountains of North Carolina

I'm on a mission to teach people to sew, quilt, and embroider. I design patterns especially for beginners and I never release a pattern until I have videos teaching you every skill you'll need to ...

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Rhino applique pattern

from Shiny Happy World
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Rhino applique pattern
Rhino applique pattern
Rhino applique pattern
Rhino applique pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • how to use your sewing machine

Pattern Description:

I've always loved the shape of rhinos - those strong, bulky bodies and that preposterous horn. (I know this is a quilt of African animals - but I hope you all will forgive me for using a single-horned Indian rhino. I just like the look of them better.) And now he's here! I designed this applique pattern especially for beginners. You can make it!

The block is nice and big - 16 inches square! That means even though there are three pointy bits on it (the toughest shape to machine applique) the applique pieces are a nice workable size and easy to handle.

You'll receive a full-sized pattern - nothing to enlarge or reduce. I also include a smaller pattern that fits on a single page for easy enlarging and reducing, in case you want to also use the pattern for embroidery, collage, painting, or other projects.

The pattern includes complete instructions with loads of step-by-step photos and links to video tutorials teaching you every skill you'll need to make this project.

The instructions in the pattern are for a quick and easy machine applique technique that looks very similar to fancy needle-turn applique, but you can also use fusible adhesive or needle-turn if you prefer the look of those methods. You'll find tutorials for those methods at Shiny Happy World.

With this single block you can make a wall hanging or pillow cover. Applique the design to a tote bag, a T-shirt, or anything else you can think of.

You could also repeat the same block multiple times in different colors for a Warholesque quilt.

Or you can sign up for the Safari Quilt Block of the Month Club. Every month for 12 months you'll get a new applique block pattern of an African animal, progressing in difficulty throughout the year until you're smack in the intermediate skill level. This snake is the fifth block in the series. You can see other animals in the series in the additional photos.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • finished block is 16 inches square


  • 1/4 yard background fabric
  • 1/4 yard light grey fabric
  • scrap of dark grey fabric for horn

You Will Also Need:

  • dark brown embroidery thread

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