Thursday, July 10, 2014

The perfect shades for piecing - The Piecing Box by Aurifil

The Fat Quarter Shop  and Aurifil have teamed up to bring you 'The Piecing Box'. I think they should rename it to 'The Perfect Piecing Box', as the 12 chosen threads conveniently combined in a case for easy access and storage, are your go to threads for most piecing. 

These colours / shades will match or blend in with a majority of fabric combinations. The 50wt thread is the perfect weight of cotton for piecing as it helps the seam lie flat.

White 2024 for brilliant white fabrics and the off white 2021 for your 'not so' whites. 2000, 2310, 2326, 2325 and 2370 are brilliant neutral threads which blend in with an array of fabrics. The greys 2600, 2610 and 2605 are again great blenders with a multitude of fabrics. Black 2692 and Navy 2784 are for your dark blues and black piecing. I like to use Navy in the bobbin when piecing black in case I have to unpick (gasp!) so I can see the stitches. 

Why stop at piecing. I am a fan of using 50wt neutrals to quilt, especially very dense designs with overstitching. Dove 2600 and the olive / golds work well with multicoloured fabrics where it is hard to chose one thread. They melt into the quilt.

The Piecing Box is exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop. While you are there, check out all the other Aurifil threads and box sets available. The box sets are great value per 12 -  50wt 1300m / 1422yd spools. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Aurifil Designer Block for July - Camille Roskelley

I have been travelling through outback Australia so I am a bit behind. More on my outback adventure later …

This month the Aurifil designer is Camille Roskelley from Thimbleblossoms. I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Camille and seeing her gorgeous quilts up close on her recent trip to Australia.

You can find the block pattern here in the interview with Pat Sloan.

Don't forget to upload your finished block to the Official Flickr Group each month to be in the draw for some great Aurifil prizes.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Social Toting with Lorena

The lovely Lorena Uriarte from Sydney, flew up to Brisbane this weekend to show our Brisbane MQG how to make the Carolyn Friedlander / Noodlehead Social Tote.

My fabric Selection
Under the excellent tutorage of Lorena, we embarked on a 6 hour class with the aim of at least reaching the binding stage. A Face Book page was set-up with instructions for prep-work and a general forum for any queries about the construction of the tote. A kit, including interfacing and the pattern was supplied prior to the class.

The pin cushion
By the end of the session, everyone had reached the binding stage and everyone proudly displayed their works of art.

So much diversity in fabric selection within the group.

Thank you Lorena for your time, friendship and expertise. It was one of the best classes I have attended. The social tote is not for the faint of heart but with Lorena's clear and helpful instruction the tote came together quite easily.

Lorena is available for classes and can be contacted at
IG: @lorena_in_syd

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Aurifil Designer Block June

Heidi Pridemore the artist extraordinaire behind The Whimsical Workshop is this months Aurifil block designer. I love Heidi's block and can see so many possibilities for using in a quilt.

Read about Heidi, her work and her inspiration for making this block in Pat Sloans interview at Auribuzz. The link for the block pattern can be found in the same post. 

Aurifil are giving away monthly prizes. To participate, load your finish block pictures to the official flickr group

This is a list of the participants. All the patterns and interviews can be found on the Auribuzz blog.

Apr - Angela Yosten

June - Heidi Pridemore

Jul - Camille Roskelley

Oct -Jane Davidson

Nov - Scott Hansen

Dec - Carrie Nelson

Monthly Machine Quilting Tip - Natalia Bonner 

I have so much fun making these blocks.

Nested Churn Dash, Sara Lawson, Katy Jones and Amy Smart

Katy, Sara and Amy are my last three guests in the Nested Churn Dash blog hop. Once again I am inspired by such diversity in each quilters choice of fabrics.

Katy Jones aka ImAGingerMonkey,  is a dynamic quilter and blogger who has dazzled us with vibrant quilts, cushions and fabulous shoes. In short time I have known Katy I found her to be generous, hard working and always encouraging, not only for me but everyone that is privileged to know her. Katy has used fabric from Caroline Hulse's Gleeful collection for Art Gallery Fabrics.  

View Katy's post here.

Amy Smart, is the talent behind A Diary of a Quilter. She is one of the Aurifil 2014 Designers, pattern maker extraordinaire and author of Fabulously Fast Quilts. Amy's website is full of wonderful tutorials and project ideas. The block Amy has created is made up of a treasure trove of fabrics from her scrap box. I love the little matryoshka dolls in the centre block.

Amy' s post is here.

Sara Lawson, SewSweetness, is just as her addy describes. Sara is a kind and sweet person who is a master of apparel and bags. My favourite of Sara's bag patterns would be the Aeroplane bag. I can think of no better way to travel than with a classy piece of Sara Lawson inspired luggage. This year, Sara released her first fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Jungle Ave. The same fabric Sara has chosen to use for the block. The subway fabric is perfect for the background.

View Sara's post here.

Next up in the QAL posts I will be talking about putting your quilt together.

Quilts for Today

Quilters Companion have just released a new magazine called Quilts for Today. It will be available this Thursday.

My project 'Triple 0' is this issue.

A queen sized project made with Art Gallery fabrics amid a background of Moda Kasuri in grey. Quilted with 50wt Aurifil cotton #1148.

Joining me in this issue are Jess Frost, Tracey Petersen, Liz Pinczewski, Deborah Louie and Michelle Marvig. Faith Jones from Fresh Lemons made the cover quilt.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Guest Sherri McConnell Nested Churn Dash - Tips/Hints 6

The lovely Sherri McConnell from A Quilting Life is my guest today. Isn't Sherri's block so summery and fresh. I love the combination of dots and low volume prints. I am a big fan of Sherri and her wonderful quilt designs.  I was lucky enough to be in the Tone it Down QAL with Sherri where she made this gorgeous version of the quilt.

Make sure you visit Sherri's blog and while you are there, have a look at the Summer Organising Series.

Sherri's post can be found here.

Tips/Hints 6 - Part 2 Pinning to make perfect points

In the assembly of the Nested Churn Dash it is important to match seams and not chop off the points of the HST's. This can be achieved very easily by following these simple steps.

Preceding these steps I cannot stress how important is it to have consistency in your seams. If all the seams are the same size, 1/4" or scant 1/4", then piecing will be a breeze. The seams will easily nest together and you won't chop off the tips of your pointed pieces.

Tips of the HST's and intersecting seams of the rows of the NCD block.
Step 1: Place pieces Right Sides together, looking down on the raw edges of the pieces, match the corresponding seams.
Step 2: Place a pin 1/4" from the raw edge directly through the stitched seam on one piece at 90 degrees.
Step 3: Slide the tip of the pin through to the right side of the second piece and find the corresponding seam 1/4" from raw edge. Push the pin through keeping it straight. This pin is called the setting pin.

Pin is set at 90 degrees to the seam at the 1/4" mark.
Step 4: Place a pin on either side of the setting pin, using a small bite for both and the tips just on the stitch line. Remove the setting pin.

You can also try with one pin set very close to the setting pin.
Step 5: To preserve the points of the intersecting HST's, sew 1 thread beyond the point. This will compensate for the fold of the fabric.

Step 6: Press open your seams and marvel at how accurate your points are.

Tomorrow we have Sara Lawson -

Don't forget to visit Carrie, Kim, Pat, Lissa, Kimberly and Frances and view their gorgeous projects.

June 10th - Kim Niedzwiecki -
June 11th - Pat Sloan -
June 12th - Lissa Alexander -
June 13th - Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop
June 16th - Frances Newcombe -
June 18th  - Sherri McConnell -

Coming up soon we will be delighted with projects from these talented people.

June 20th - Amy Smart -
June 21st - Katy Jones -

Upload your finished blocks or projects to the Flickr Group to win some beautiful Aurifil thread packs and other great prizes. Use #NestedChurnDash on IG, FB, Flickr and twitter. Winners will be announced 30th July 2014.