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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Oakshott ColourShott BlogHop

Lynne from Lilysquilts and Oakshott are hosting the OakShott Colourshott Blog hop where 8 bloggers have been given the new 10" square packs colours 31-50 and some yardage to complete a project and write a tutorial to share.

I asked them to chose the background colour for me and received purple so I decided to use a design that I have been toying with for awhile based on a 6-patch trip around the world block. It reminds me of a tiled floor with a folk art feel about it.

Folk Tile

Finished block size:  24" x 24"
Finished quilt size: 48" x 48"


  • 1 - 10" square pack 31-57
  • 1 - 5" square charm pack 31-57
  • scraps of red/pink/warm tones oakshott cottons (ruby reds)
  • 1 1/4" yards 50 Electra (Purple) 54" wide
  • Light Fusible Web
  • Templates plastic
  • 54" x 54" square wadding
  • 56" x 56" backing fabric 


From the purple fabric cut:
  • 6 strips -  4 1/2" x width of fabric. Cut into 64 - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares.
  • 16 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares.
  • 4 - 2 1/2" x width of fabric for binding. 
From the 10" squares select
  • 3 - aqua / emerald green tone squares. Cut 4 - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares from each.
  • 4 - green/lime/olive tone squares. Cut 4 - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares from each.
  • 1 brown tone square. Cut 8 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares.
  • 1 light blue square. Cut 8 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares.
  • 4 light purple/ lavender square. Cut 16 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares.
  • 8 Light tones (white, grey, cream, tans, yellows). Cut 80 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares.
  • 3 golds/rusts. Cut 4 - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares from each.
  • 1 rust. Cut 4 - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares.

Applique Preparation

To start with I used the charm pack to do the flower appliqué pieces and continued using the left over pieces from the 10" squares. I used the red tone scraps for the circles. 
  1. Make Templates A, B, C, D, E, F, and G
  2. Trace Template onto dull side of fusible web and cut out 1/8" from pencil line.
  3. Following manufacturers instructions, shiny side down, press the shapes onto the back of each charm. (With careful planning you can fit a few petal shapes onto the one charm piece).
  4. Cut out each shape on pencil line and peel back paper backing and leave aside.
  • 4 - Template A (Large petal inside)
  • 4 - Template B (Large petal outside)
  • 64 - Template C (small petal)
  • 48 - Template D (medium petal)
  • 28 - Template E (1" circle)
  • 24 - Template F (1 1/2" circle)
  • 8 - Template G (2" circle)
Download templates here. Do not scale or Fit to page.

Block Assembly

1. Make 4 - light blue and brown 4 - patch blocks
2. Make 20 - light toned 4-patch blocks.
3. Make 8 - purple and light purple toned 4 - patch blocks.

4. Lay out block pieces on a design wall.
5. Sew units together to make a row. Sew rows together. Press seams in opposite directions for each row. 

6. Make 4.

7. Position flower petals on block and press. 

8. Position circles on flower centres and 4-patch centres and press.

9. Applique flowers and circles to block using decorative stitch with matching or invisible thread.

Tip: Make sure you place the appliqué pieces 1/4" from raw edge of block, especially for the large petals in the centre.

10. Arrange blocks on a design board. Rotate each block so the large petals meet at the centre to form one flower.

11.  Sew 2 blocks together to make one row. Sew rows together pressing seams open.


12. Layer quilt top, wadding and backing. Baste.

13. Quilt as desired. 

14. Bind quilt, label and give it to someone you love.

Once you have mastered this simple appliquéd trip around the world, you can keep adding blocks to make a stunning bed quilt.

The quilt has been finished with Aurifil 2395 50wt cotton.

Make sure you visit these bloggers to marvel at their fantastic projects.

16 February     Jo Avery of
17 February     Alice Blyth of
18 February     Colette Howie of
19 February     Kristi McDonough of
23 February     Amira Ameruddin of
24 February     Hannah Kitching of
25 February     Mary Kolb of
26 February     Jane Davidson of

Thank you Lynne and Michael for the lovely fabrics and the opportunity to be involved in the blog hop.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February Aurifil Designer Mini Quilt

This month Joanna Figueroa has made a chubby churn dash mini quilt finishing at 23 1/2" x 23 1/2".
Meet the face behind the most beautiful Moda fabrics and patterns in an interview with Pat Sloan.

I will be making blocks to place into a quilt using Hawthorne Threads Bengal collection. I will be adding another Hawthorne Threads designed collection Etched into the final quilt layout.

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. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Grey Matter - Quilt Now Magazine

Issue 8 of Quilt Now is available this Thursday and is jammed packed with 23 fabulous projects and inspirational ideas. 

This month I was lucky to be amongst the greats, @lilysquilts (cover Quilt), @imagingermonkey, @j_q_adams and @reeneeatnelliesniceties (cover cushion) @the_littlest_thistle, just to mention a few. 

Photography by Peta Renwick Peace
Grey Matter is a twist on the tumbling blocks or baby blocks pattern using Y - piecing and appliqué. It was a great way to put a dint in my grey stash. 

Photography by Peta Renwick Peace

Visit the Quilt Now blog or FB page on how to order your copy.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Shark Fins

Images courtesy of © Copyright 2015 Jennifer Reynolds 
Jenny of Elefantz asked me to design a new style block from a traditional block. I chose the simple diamond in the square block and made it into a 5-patch block, utilising the versatility of the four framing triangles and the centre diamond to make Shark Fins.

I sent Jenny the pattern instructions and watched closely the IG feed of @jennyofelefantz to see it all come together.

Images courtesy of © Copyright 2015 Jennifer Reynolds 

Images courtesy of © Copyright 2015 Jennifer Reynolds 
The 15" x 15" finished block is a great scrap buster.  While I used needle turned appliqué, you can use your favourite technique. Jenny has fused the fins and will machine stitch around each fin.

This is the prototype block I made while travelling with fabrics I had on hand. Notice I have changed the layout of the fabrics for the corner triangles to produce a different design. 

Why the name Shark Fins, apart from the obvious shape of the appliqué pieces, there has been an increase of shark sightings along our coast line this summer. I could almost imagine them doing a shark synchronised swimming formation as they wander up and down the coast.

Jenny will have some great tips on her blog on how to make this block and we would love to see your blocks when you are finished. Use #SharkFinsBlock and @jennyofelefantz and@quiltjane on IG, twitter or FB. 

Pattern can be downloaded from here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cultured Clams

Issue #71 of Australian Quilters Companion is now available and it is jammed packed with beautiful projects. My cultured Clams, made with Emma Jean Jansen's Terra Australis I and II on a natural linen background, uses appliqué meets drunkard path to create a bright and fun quilt.

Finished with free motion machine quilting using Aurifil 50wt cotton threads the lap quilt would make brighten up any lounge or wall.