Wednesday, November 12, 2014

{Dala Horse} a paper pieced pattern

Dala Horse pillow

Since I created my Dala Horse block for the Penny Sampler, I've had many requests to release this particular block as a stand along pattern.  Well, friends, here it is!  Now's your chance to make your own collection of charming Swedish Dala Horses or one sweet pet for a pillow or other small project.  Wouldn't it be perfect for the holidays?

 Dala Horse pillow

This downloadable pdf pattern includes a Color Sheet for easy planning, left and right-facing Dala versions and even a video to walk you through sketch stitch embroidery.  This is not a difficult machine paper piecing pattern, and I've included pictures to walk you through the assembly.  Dala Horse is appropriate for experienced beginners at machine paper piecing.

Dala Horse pillow

This time around, I made my Dala for Eleni's room.  I've used a non-directional print for the background (Botanics Metallic Foliage in Fern), my favorite Comma Dot for the body and scraps for the rest.  It's framed in a swath of original Good Folks fabric.  I love the bold contrast between the blue-green background and vivid yellows and reds!

Dala Horse pillow

The horse itself came together all in one sitting and then waited patiently for a new feather/down pillow form.  These are my go-to forms.  They hold their shape and are affordable to boot.

Dala Horse pillow

Today I quilted her up...

Dala Horse pillow

and fitted her with a soft, cuddly corduroy backing by Denyse Schmidt.

Dala Horse pillow

Oh, happy handmade goodness! 

Dala Horse pillow

I wonder, what will you do with yours?  Please, somebody make a whole quilt of Dalas!  Pattern available now in my shop.

Dala Horse pillow

For photos of my previous Penny Sampler Dalas see here and here.  I gifted my Penny Sampler quilt to my grandmother, so I'm glad to now have one little horsey all for myself... at least until Eleni claims her!


14 comments:

  1. Ah-just the push I needed to get back to my penny sampler. :)

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    1. Oh, added bonus! Glad to provide some motivation =)

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  2. Oh wow, such a great idea, I really love the Dala horse pillow cover!!

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  3. Hi Rachel,
    I am sure you have posted this somewhere before, but what kind of marking "pen" do you use? And for a dark fabric? What would you use? I am having a hard time with my frixon pens leaving a mark. :( Thanks. :)

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    1. I use Clover marking pencils, in pink, white or blue depending on the fabric I am marking. These are water soluble pencils and they always, always come out.

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    1. You could definitely stitch on a tail with sketch stitch embroidery or hand embroidery!

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  5. This horse is so great - now I just need to stop being afraid of paper piecing. Someday I will get over this fear.

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  6. I love it! So many possibilities!

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  7. Very nice! The colors are so festive!

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  8. I seriously thinking of trying this! It's been on my mind since I saw this post. I don't have a lot if paper piecing experience though.

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    1. Give it a try, Jamie! Some paper pieced patterns have so many tiny pieces, but this one does not. It is not a good idea for a first-time PP experience, but if you've done a couple before, I think you can tackle this one =)

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  9. Such a great design your Dala horse is...definitely worthy of it's own pattern :o) I agree with Agnes (above) I so need to get back to my Penny Sampler...soon, very soon

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  10. this is just so, so sweet! i love it!

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