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My Multi-Fandom Quilt

Multi-fandom quilt.
My multi-fandom quilt.

My grandmother–an amazing quilter, among other things–taught me a little about quilting when I was a little girl, but I hadn’t done any in years.

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across a site called Fandom in Stitches, with patterns for making paper-pieced quilt blocks for a variety of fandoms. These patterns got me so excited that I actually taught myself paper piecing. I made these blocks from their paper-pieced patterns:

Mockingjay from The Hunger Games.
Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.
Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.
Hedwig from Harry Potter.
Hedwig from Harry Potter.
Aslan from Narnia.
Aslan from Narnia.

This one of Aslan, alone, took me WEEKS to piece together. Lots and lots of teeny tiny parts.

I even requested a design of my favorite Return of the Jedi poster from the Fandom in Stitches site, and someone whipped one up from me. Of course, it was pretty complicated and took me weeks, too:


Star Wars/Return of the Jedi
Star Wars/Return of the Jedi.

I have to make a confession. After doing all this, I started to decide I really didn’t like paper piecing. It’s a little tedious for me. I was learning to do machine applique during this time, so I used a couple of the paper-piecing patterns for applique, instead. Otherwise, I wasn’t sure I’d manage to finish the quilt before I was too old to be able to see it!

The One Ring
Lord of the Rings
Harry Potter.
Harry Potter.


Millennium Falcon from Star Wars
Millennium Falcom from Star Wars.

And then, there were two blocks I made up out of my head and appliqued. The Pirates of the Caribbean block was great fun. Just free-form and fussy-cutting.

Pirates of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean.

And this last one is one of the simplest, and yet, one of my favorites. I did the lily from a Fandom in Stitches paper piecing pattern that I appliqued instead, but I just winged the silver doe.

The Silver Doe from Harry Potter.
The Silver Doe from Harry Potter.

Hope you enjoyed my quilt.

It’s now hanging on my wall at work, and it certainly helps me through long work days!




Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts About God’s Creation by Kimberley Payne

AdamAnimalsAwhile back, I shared a story with you when this book was in the works. Now, Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts About God’s Creation has released! Author Kimberley Payne is sharing the following information about this wonderful children’s book–ways you might use it and how to get it.

Is your church running a Vacation Bible School (VBS) program this summer based on the Weird Animals curriculum?

Consider using  Adam’s Animals along with the accompanying craft book, Super Simple Animal Crafts in your Sunday School program leading up VBS. It’s a great resource for your church to generate interest in your summer programs.

Adam’s Animals is an entertaining and educational book that offers children loads of fun while they learn about the Bible.

Inside you’ll find:

• Bible stories about the animal

• Fascinating facts about each animal

• Whimsical illustrations for creative colouring fun

• Word search puzzles to learn new words and improve spelling


Watch a video of author Kimberley Payne reading from Adam’s Animals

View sample pages from Adam’s Animals

Kimberley Payne author

What others are saying about Adam’s Animals

“Kimberley looks at the creatures found in the Bible and gives children some incredible scientific facts about them. She then follows those facts up with Scripture references from the Bible on what God has to say about the many animals she has listed in this book. If your child is one who likes “Did you know…?” books, they’ll love this one. Included in the book are word search activities and pictures to colour. ” – Laura Davis

“Author Kimberly Payne has done a thorough job of researching the animal kingdom and combining it with scripture and biblical stories. This book has many fascinating facts about animals and is laid our in a very organized manner with pictures to color and word puzzles.” – Carol Stratton

“From ants to worms, children will not only find the facts interesting, some will even make them giggle. At the same time, they are learning how creative God is that he would make so many animals with distinct characteristics.”– Carol Round

“I plan to use this book in our home school program as it integrates faith, science, language and art.
My kids love it – there is much information in it, our 12 year old couldn’t get through it in one sitting.” – Michelle Evans

“This is a delightful book filled with (as promised) fun facts about God’s creatures. I appreciated the focus on scripture and how Kimberley aligns God’s word with God’s creatures. The word challenges are a wonderful way to hone other skills such as spelling and reading, too, so this is a great activity to go along with the information. “– Glynis Belec

This children’s activity book cleverly ties in scripture, so not only does it teach the inquisitive child about God’s creations, but also about God’s word.”—Melanie Fischer


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About the Author

Kimberley Payne is an award-winning author who combines her teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for children about family, fitness, science and faith. You can visit her website at