Olson Otter Applique Pattern
Meet Olson Otter - the current pattern in the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club!
Right now this pattern is exclusive to members of the Funny Faces Club. Join now and get the pattern as an instant download, then get a new exclusive pattern on the first of every month as long as you're a member!
This charming design features an adorable otter with bright, sparkling eyes.
With detailed instructions, step by step photos, and video tutorials, this versatile pattern is easy enough for beginners. Use it to make quilts, pillows, wall hangings, tote bags and more!
Perfect for an animal-themed nursery or kids room.
Join the Club!
The last day of every month is changeover day - no new sign-ups allowed. I need this day to change the monthly pattern to an adorable new face. :-)
How much does a club membership cost?
It's just $4 a month!
What do I get as a member?
Each month you'll receive a brand new digital pattern for a block with a cute face on it - usually an animal face but there will be occasional monsters and people. The blocks will always be sized to finish at 10 inches square so you can combine them into a Funny Faces quilt, or mix and match them with other Shiny Happy World patterns. Members also have access to a library of how-to videos and free patterns for non-quilt projects to make with their blocks (pillows, tote bags, placemats, and more).
How are these designs different from the ones in the shop?
I create a brand new, exclusive design for the club every month. They're always sized so you can mix and match them with other Shiny Happy World quilt patterns.
Is this club for beginners?
Yes! Every pattern has links to video lessons teaching you every skill you'll need to make your blocks - plus lots of other projects.
I don't live in the US. Can club members be international customers?
Yes! Everything is delivered digitally, so there's nothing to ship - which means no pricey international shipping charges!
When will I get my first design?
As soon as you sign up! You get your first pattern immediately, then a new pattern on the first of every month..
How much is shipping?
It's free! Everything is delivered digitally, so there's nothing to ship.
When do I get charged?
Your credit card will be charged when you sign up, then again on the first of every month when your new pattern is delivered. You'll get an email reminder a day before each charge, with a link to your account so you can update payment info if needed, or make any other changes to your subscription.
I've already made all of your quilts. Will these be new patterns?
Yes! Every club pattern is brand new. They'll be released in the shop after their month in the club is over - but then they'll be a little more expensive. Club members are getting 20% off what the price will be later in the shop.
What if I don't like the design I receive one month?
I try my best to design blocks I think club members will like, but I can't make everyone happy every time. :-( Sorry - trading out for a different pattern isn't an option.
Do I need a fancy sewing machine?
Nope. All of the patterns use a simple straight stitch - nothing fancy. If your machine has the ability to adjust the stitch length (all modern machines do) that will make it easier to sew around tight curves. You'll definitely want to have a walking foot for quilting your blocks. You can get a universal walking foot to fit just about any machine. It will also make outlining your pieces MUCH easier if you have a clear applique foot. Those are also available for just about any machine - and they're not expensive. If you don't have a clear applique foot, an open toe foot is your next best option.
What other supplies do I need?
Fabric, cotton batting, thread, and fusible adhesive. Nothing fancy or hard to source.
I'm not sure if I'm ready to make a full quilt. What else can I do with my pattern?
So many things! The pattern has links to free tutorials for making tote bags, pillow covers, wall hangings, receiving blankets, placemats, Christmas stockings and more - all designed especially to incorporate these applique patterns.
What if I want to quit?
No problem. You can cancel your membership at any time.
The club started years ago. If I join now, do I get access to all the earlier patterns?
No. The club is designed so people can join at any time and quit at any time. While you're an active subscriber you get to download for free the current pattern of the month. You can buy patterns from previous months in the Shiny Happy World shop.
I have a question you didn't answer!
Send me an email at email@example.com and I'm happy to answer any questions you still have. :-)
- A digital pattern delivered by email. (If you're not sure what a PDF pattern is, you'll find more info here.)
- SVG file for use with electric cutting machines
- Full-sized applique pattern templates so there’s no enlarging needed
- Reversed and exploded appliqué pattern to print directly onto freezer paper or fusible adhesive. No tracing!
- Detailed instructions and lots of step by step photos – you’ll never feel lost or wonder if you’re doing it right.
- Video showing how to assemble the block from start to finish, both with and without a light box to guide placement.
- Links to additional videos teaching you all the skills you’ll need to complete the project.
- Links to additional patterns (free ones!) for finished projects you can make using your pattern.
The block finishes at 10" square.
This is an easy project, great for beginners.
I used appliqué with fusible adhesive and Quilt As You Go to make a super easy quilt - all done on the machine. Shiny Happy World also has videos teaching needle turn appliqué and machine appliqué with freezer paper, in case you prefer those methods.
You can find links to sources for many of my favorite tools and supplies here.
For a single block you'll just need an 11" square of fabric and some scraps for the applique. You'll also need a sheet of fusible adhesive. I use Heat & Bond Lite for all my quilts.
If you're making a quilt in one of my standard sizes, here are recommended fabric amounts needed.
Crib Size (50" square)
- 3 yards of a variety of background fabrics
- assorted prints for the appliques (get at least 7 fat quarters, but you’ll probably want more for variety)
- 2 1/2 yards fabric for the quilt back (or 1 1/2 yards Cuddle Fleece)
- 1/2 yard binding fabric
Napping Size (50" x 60")
- 3 1/3 yards of a variety of background fabrics
- assorted prints for the appliques (get at least 8 fat quarters, but you’ll probably want more for variety)
- 4 yards fabric for the quilt back (or 2 yards Cuddle Fleece)
- 1/2 yard binding fabric
Twin Size (70" x 90")
- 7 yards of a variety of background fabrics
- assorted prints for the appliques (get at least 16 fat quarters, but you’ll probably want more for variety)
- 5 yards fabric for the quilt back (or 4 yards Cuddle Fleece)
- 5/8 yard binding fabric
You'll find materials lists for additional quilt sizes here.
This pattern is not available for commercial resale. That means you may not copy and sell or digitally distribute the pattern or any variation of the pattern.
For example, you may not print the pattern and sell those copies.
You may not use the designs in the pattern to create and sell an embroidery pattern, or acrylic templates of all the pieces in the pattern.
You may, however, sell anything you make with Shiny Happy World patterns as long as you are the one making it.
For example, if you're using this pattern to make pillows which you sell at a craft fair or in an online shop, that's great!
Talk to Me
If you're hiring out any part of the process, please get in touch and we'll work out a fair licensing agreement.
For example, if you want to hire someone to sew those pillows, or if you want to have the design printed on fabric that you sew into pillows, those two scenarios would require a licensing agreement. Get in touch! I'm easy to talk to. :-) firstname.lastname@example.org