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Later Alligator...

Later Alligator...

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From Sandy Gervais...

Hello all! It's quiet right now in my studio - at Pieces From My Heart - but with Spring Market and a new collection coming soon, that will change. For now, I'm enjoying my grandchildren and sewing with Later Alligator.

Adelyn with Adrian.

With our grandchild total standing at four, I thought it was time to design a fabric collection that would appeal to kids.

That is Adelyn - our oldest grandchild - with her cousin Adrian, our youngest.  She takes her big cousin duties very seriously.

Sullivan is our second grandchild and he is Adleyn's brother.  He has curls just like his daddy did.

Our third grandchild is Andersen, he is Adrian's big brother.  Andersen loves pizza!  He has curls too, but only in the back.

Aren't grandkids just the best?!

When the kids come home, we usually spend most of our time at our cabin exploring the creatures that live in and around the lake so I started drawing and painting based on these creatures.  No, we do not have alligators here in Iowa but we do a have a friendly mink that walks around our pier every day.  Since I don't find mink to be very cute, I decided to do an alligator instead.  That's how this Later Alligator was created.

This is the main print.

I made Al a new romper using my favorite print from the collection - Triangles.

The colors I chose for this line are the bright primary colors that you would find in a box of crayons - Sprout, Cloud, Navy, Blue Sky, Sunshine and Red.

I had a lot of fun designing patterns to go with this line of fabric.

Later Alligator - PH704.  It measures 36" x 52" finished size - perfect for kids!  The waves, alligator scutes, and teeth are dimensional for added fun!  (Scutes?  The thickened horny or bony plate on a turtle's shell or on the back of a crocodile, stegosaurus, etc.)

Jacks and Jelly Beans - PH705.  Measuring 35" x 45", Jacks is made with 2 Charm Packs and 2 Mini Charm Packs.

Sail Away - Crib-sized at 42" x 56" - PH706.  A complete alphabet is included in the pattern.

And Sail Away - Twin-sized at 63" x 81".

What's Your Name - PH707.  There are two versions included in the pattern, a frog and a bird.  Since girls like frogs and boys like birds, the colors can be changed and mixed as desired.

What's Your Name is made with two Moda Mini Charm packs, less than a fat quarter each for the creature and letters, and background yardage.  A complete alphabet is also included with this pattern.

Nuts and Bolts.  Ask for this pattern at your favorite shop stocking Later Alligator. This was a free PDF pattern I made available to shops buying the collection. It is a fat-quarter-friendly quilt that measures 54" x 65" finished size.

Happy Quilting,


All images used with permission of Sandy Gervais – All Rights Reserved.