Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Bob Bag

Today is my turn in the Bob-A-Long blog hop hosted by Angie at GnomeAngel.  Angie is a very talented quilter, baker, blogger and the fearless leader of the Fussy Cutting FB Club. I designed this little box and bag to hold bobbins of my favourite Aurifil threads for my on the go projects, such as appliqué and EPP.


  • While the box pattern can include the bolts for holding the thread, I made another with no holes as a wonder clip bag. 
  • For the box insert I used the white cardboard from a Layer Cake. Template Plastic works well too. Whatever you use, ensure you can punch a hole through it and it can keep its shape when supporting the bolts and bobbins.
  • If you don't have 1" twill, try making your own 1" wide bands. Peta will be including this technique in her tutorial during the hop.
  • Make more than one box to fill with different project notions and threads to insert into a single bag.
The pattern can be made in under 2 hours. Finishing at 4" x 2 1/4" x 4" it makes a great gift for your stitching friends and a nice swap project. The pattern can be purchased here.

Joining in on the fun are:

Friday 27 March – Peta @ She Quilts A lot
Monday – 30 March – Anita @ Daydreams of Quilts
Wednesday 1 April – Jess @ Elven Garden
Friday 3 April – Melissa @ Ms Midge
Monday 6 April – Cat @ Cat + Vee
Wednesday 8 April – Gemma @ Pretty Bobbins

Don't forget to link up your projects Friday 10 April – Angie @ GnomeAngel. There are some great prizes from Aurifil and Fat quarter shop.


Monday, March 23, 2015

The Bob-A-Long

The lovely Angie Wilson from GnomeAngel is hosting the Bob-A-Long to coincide with the release of my new pattern, The Bob Bag. This little zip case can hold thread, notions and any tiny portable project that you may be working on. The box insert can be made to hold the thread and bobbins or left just as a box.

Join the happy bob bag bloggers for their marvellous creations with project tips and tricks:

Monday 23 March – Angie @ GnomeAngel
Wednesday 25 March – Jane @ Quilt Jane
Friday 27 March – Peta @ She Quilts Alot
Monday – 30 March – Anita @ Daydreams of Quilts
Wednesday 1 April – Jess @ Elven Garden
Friday 3 April – Melissa @ Ms Midge
Monday 6 April – Cat @ Cat + Vee
Wednesday 8 April – Gemma @ Pretty Bobbins
Friday 10 April – Angie @ GnomeAngel (Link Up & Prizes from Aurifil and Fat Quarter Shop)
Grab your button and code here.

Quilt Jane's Bob-a-Long on

You can grab the pattern here. Don't forget to add #TheBobBag to any photos posted on FB, IG, Twitter or Pinterest.

The Bee Hive - Mineral

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts is hosting the Bee Hive Block Along. This block-along is a year long project which 12 bloggers and Alyce have designed a block perfect for a Block Bee. Using a number of techniques these blocks are easy to make and make a great repetitive design.


Finished block size: 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"


This is a scrappy block perfect for using up tiny left over squares from other projects. 
  • 1 - 10" x 10" square for background centre
  • 1 - FQ for outer background
  • 32 - 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" squares (Piece A)
  • 16 - 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" squares (Piece B)


From the 10" x 10" background centre fabric cut:
  • 4 - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares
From the FQ background outer fabric cut:
  • 12 - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares

Block Assembly

  1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 1 3/4" and 1 1/4" square with a pencil or erasable pen.
  2. Lay out all the background blocks and place the 1 3/4" (Piece A) and 1 1/4" (Piece B) squares on the background squares.

  1. Sew a thread width inside the diagonal line of each square. Trim the excess leaving a 1/4" seam allowance and press corner triangle over.

  1. Sew units together to make a row. Sew rows together making sure to match the seams. Press seams open.

This is how the block would look in a horizontal layout.

Share your blocks on social media using #thebeehivequilts and tag @blossomheartquilts and @quiltjane

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St Patrick's Day

Wishing everyone a very happy St Patrick's Day.

Aurifil mini designer March

This month's designer is Kimberly from the Fat Quarter Shop with a fun asymmetrical approach using flying geese and half square triangles.

Using a combination of Etched and Bengal from Hawthorne Threads I was able to fussy cut the tiger for the centre diamond and make an interesting border from the Etched vanes.

Finished quilt size: 15 1/2" x 18 1/2"
To make the March mini, visit the Aurifil blog where you can download the pattern and read the interview by Pat Sloan.

Follow the MQOM (Mini Quilt of the Month) at the Auribuzz blog and upload your finished blocks to the official Aurifil Flickr Group where you can win fantastic monthly prizes. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

APQ 4-patch quilt-a-long 2015

'Four patch units are anything but boring!' is the opening line of the article in the current American Patchwork & Quilting magazine Issue 133 April 2015. I totally agree with that statement.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Lissa Alexander, April Rosenthal and Edyta Sitar show how the humble 4-patch block can become fun designs perfect for scrappy quilts.

I joined the #APQquiltalong and designed a quilt using all 3 blocks. I am fascinated with tiled floors so the layout was supposed to mimic an intricate tiled floor. 

Finished Block Size : 6" x 6"
Finished Quilt Size: 66.5" x 66.5"
The background fabric is Grunge (Blitzen) by Basic Grey for Moda. The text prints are a combination of Moda Passport and Sweetwater Feedsack fabrics. The lime greens, aqua and teal prints are a collection of moda (origins / grunge), Denyse Schmidt, Laura Gunn fabrics.

The pieced backing was created from scraps I had from other projects. The IKEA text print is my favourite 'go to' backing. 54" wide and quilts beautifully.

I chose a very simple wavy quilting pattern to add the illusion of movement using Aurifil 2085 light aqua blue 50wt cotton. I used up some old bobbins with colours ranging from light grey to dark teal on the back.

Pick up your copy of the magazine today and join in the fun of the #APQquiltalong. Don't forget to use the hashtag when posting to FB, Twitter and IG. There are some fabulous 4-patches in the making by:

April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns
Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts
Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane
Jo Morton of Jo Morton Quilts
Linda Collins of Quilts in the Barn
Lissa Alexander of Moda Lissa
Shea Henderson of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes N' Daisies
Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
Debbie Roberts of The Quilted Moose
American Patchwork & Quilting staff

Stop by their blogs and see what they have been making.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bunny Pin Cushion

Anorina at SameliasMum found these little ceramic bunnies at Woolworths and made a pin cushion insert to fill its tummy. I just had to make one too.

Made with Jennifer Paganelli's Lucky girl fabric, a Spotlight daisy trim and stitched with Aurifil 5005 50wt cotton, this little bunny makes a perfect Easter present for your quilting friends. #BunnyPinCushion