Momma Quail Pattern Tour and Freebie Free Motion Applique Pattern


Happy Friday everyone! I can’t tell you how excited I am about today’s post. This post is part of the Momma Quail Blog Tour. Why am I so excited about this tour?!?! Because Amy Macdonald is the most awesome. She is not only an awesome pattern designer, she is just an awesome person. She is a great friend and someone that is great to have in your corner. She has cheered me on more than I count. She is a member of the Sewing with Boys team and is constantly inspiring me. Ok enough of my praise, let this pattern speak for it’s self.


This pattern I sewed up is the Jackalope Tee. One of the challenges of having 1 boy and 1 girl is finding sewing patterns that I can use for both of them. All of Amy’s patterns are so versatile that it makes it so easy to customize for my girl or boy. I love being able to sew for both of them with just one sewing pattern.


The next thing I LOVE about the Jackalope Tee is the ease to mix and match fabrics and the ability to incorporate woven cotton into a t-shirt. There are SOOOOOO many cute woven’s out there and they are MUCH cheaper than most of the custom knit fabrics, this pattern really appeals to my frugal side. On Miss G’s shirt I used 5, yes 5 different fabrics. She adores all the colors and it makes my inner Punky Brewster smile. The side stripe on Miss G’s shirt is flannel to make it extra cozy.

For Mr T’s shirt I used a Marvel t-shirt from the clearance rack and some woven Marvel fabric from the remenants bin at Joann. This shirt cost me $4 in fabric. That makes my frugal heart swoon.


When you first print out the Jackalope Tee, you may think that it is a lot of pieces for a t-shirt. But have no fear, Amy makes putting this shirt together a breeze. I made these 2 shirts and 1 other in about 1.5 hours, including cutting out the fabric. I sew pretty slow so that is a quick sew for me.


So where can you get this and all the other fantastic Momma Quail Patterns?!?! Etsy, Friends Stitched Together, and join the Momma Quail Pattern Group on Facebook. Use the coupon code “MQPATTERNTOUR” for 30% off in the Etsy shop through 11/21/15. This is going to be the biggest Momma Quail Pattern sale in November – don’t wait til Black Friday.
Amy is also generously giving away a pattern to 3 lucky winners. Make sure to go all the way to the bottom of the post for the giveaway.



For Miss G’s shirt she requested a giant cupcake on the front of it. We recently saw a t-shirt that said something along the lines of “happier than a unicorn sitting on a rainbow eating a cupcake.” I wanted a little more detail than a freezer paper stencil and I have recently been swept up in the free motion applique frenzy. Sooooo…what’s a blogger/pattern maker to do…make a pattern for a cupcake free motion applique. I also decided to offer this pattern to my readers for free.

Cupcake-FMA-illustrations-01You can download the pattern here CutieCupcakeFMA-ByKnotSewNormal, all the instructions are included in the file.


Make sure to go check out all the other fantastic looks on the blog tour and enter the rafflecopter giveaway.


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The Berry BunchPaisley RootsCall AjaireFalafel and the Bee


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Knot Sew Normal’s Back To School Tutorial Round-up

Knot Sew Normal's Back To School Week - Tutorial Round Up Welcome to Back To School Week here at Knot Sew Normal. School starts here in 2 weeks and Miss G will be starting Kindergarten so this is my very first school year. To keep my mind off the fact that my little girl is starting school I wanted to bring you a Back To School Week.  Continue reading


30 Minute Superhero Cape Tutorial

30 Minute Superhero Cape by Knot Sew Normal Sometimes you are in the middle of a big project and your children NEED something. Lucky for me it was just a Superhero cape and I whipped this one out in less than 30 minutes and you can too. This would be a great project to use up an old pillowcase or even a towel.  Continue reading


Knot Sew Normal’s – Top 10 List of Cheap Summer Fun Activities

 top-10-summer-activities Summer is in full swing here and I have been scouring the internet for activities for Miss G and Mr T.  I think I am feeling extra motivated to do things with them since this is the last full month we have before Miss G starts Kindergarten. Last week I brought you my free water play station and this week I am bringing you my top 10 Summer Fun Activities.  Continue reading


Tales from the farm…

KSN-FarmDaylogoI didn’t post last week since it was Memorial Day. I missed posting, but I used the day to just hang out with the kids and Allen. We sure have been busy around our little square of Earth.  Continue reading


The Ladybug Persimmon Tunic – Willow & Co.


It’s here, it’s here. The launch of the Willow & Co. Wanderlust patterns. They should be on sale this afternoon. You can follow them over on Facebook to keep up with the latest news.  I can’t decide which pattern that I want to buy today. They all look so cute!! I am really leaning towards the Hawthorn Zip-up Sweatshirt. It is just such a wardrobe staple!

I have made a couple of versions of the patterns I tested already. Today I am bringing you the Ladybug Girl Persimmon top.

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Miss G is a HUGE fan of the Ladybug Girl books. We read one almost everyday. When I was looking through my fabric I saw the red and black fabric and immediately thought ladybug. I also had some sweet little ladybug buttons that I picked up one time because they were so cute. (I may or may not have a button obsession.)


Since this top is cotton and dark fabric I just did the bodice facing instead of the full lining. It came together so quick and it only took me about an hour to whip it up. I see lots and lots of Persimmon tunics and dresses in our future and with the size range on this dress, 6 months – 12 years, I will get YEARS of use out of it.

Here are a few of the outtake photos. This girl just loves being silly in front of the camera!

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Stayed tuned later this week for another version of the Aster Cardigan and the Clover Shorts. I have something perfect for those days at the beach or the lake in the works.