Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Makin' it Cute - Butterflies and Hearts

Me and My Sister designs have put the Cute back in cuteness with more Makin' it Cute templates. Butterfly Bliss and Heart's Delight. Now you can dress up anything from clothing to walls with these easy to make notions.

Visit the Makin' it Cute designers and see what they have made. 
Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Stephanie of Quarter Incher
Francine of Callaloo Soup Designs
Laurie of Minick and Simpson
Tammy of Moda Fabrics

Fat Quarter Shop are giving away  10 sets of these lovely notions. Details here.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

More birthday blocks arrive

Thank you everyone for your generosity. It was lovely to return from Sydney to find a mountain of envelopes from Aus, CAN,  USA and Europe.

My lovely block makers for this post are:

Lesley Gubery (UK) made me 2 blocks
ToujoursMoi (Germany)
Jennifer B
Shirley R
Susan B (UK)
Patti S (Can)

If you would like to make me a special 50th birthday block the details can be found here.

For something totally unrelated, this afternoon while I was cleaning my quilt room, I started pulling together my red and white stash for an upcoming guild challenge. I am sure I have more but I will have to start looking out for some more prints. There is something so joyful about reds and whites. What is your favourite white and colour combination?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Aurifil Designer 2014 - October

This month is my turn in the Aurifil Designer 2014 BOM. You can visit the Aurifil blog for the interview with Pat Sloan and the downloadable PDF pattern.

Circle of Love
Finished Block Size : 12" x 12"
I completed another block to go with my set in Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater for Moda. Using the same block pattern, I used red and grey prints to form a log cabin effect. 

Don't forget to upload your finished blocks to the official Flickr page to win some great Aurifil thread prizes.

Still to come are:

Dec - Carrie Nelson http://lavieenrosie.typepad.com/

If you want to catch up on your blocks visit the Aurifil blog - Auribuzz to see the wonderful blocks from:

Apr - Angela Yosten http://blog.angelayosten.com/
June - Heidi Pridemore http://heidipridemore.blogspot.com/​​
​Jul ​- 
Camille Roskelley http://camilleroskelley.typepad.com/

Monday, September 29, 2014

Jolly Bar Blog Hop

Fat Quarter Shop have introduced the exclusive Jolly bar. It's the middle child between the Layer Cake and the Charm pack. Each Jolly Bar includes 42 - 5" x 10" pieces of Moda fabrics and a free pattern to make a quilt. FQS has also put together some great kits for the Jolly Bar.

There are also instructional videos for the Jolly Bar quilts on the Fat Quarter Shop You Tube channel.

Want a chance to win FQS #jollybar Golden Tickets? FQS have sneaked in 4 Golden Tickets, and each is a $50 gift certificate to FQS but they are only in the first batch of Jolly Bars, so you must pre-order for a chance to get one - Jolly Bars.

I chose the Persimmon Jolly Bar by Basic Grey. I am a big fan of their fabrics, especially the grunges. This range has a very Autumn feeling to it with a palette of salmons, olive green, ochres, tans, pale blues, reds and navy. Adding a background fabric from Jenn Ski's, Mod Century collection, I created a simple quilt pattern with a floating, tilted HST block. 

The quilt was finished with a Karlee Porter design - Eyes using Aurifil 50wt cotton 2310 and a nude binding (same fabric as the last border). Backing is a Wilmington wide-back fabric by Kaye England.

The blog hop will run over 5 days, showcasing different projects from: 
Monday : September 29th
FQS Opening Post
Tuesday: September 30th
Jane Davidson
Wednesday October 1st
Thursday October 2nd
Friday October 3rd
@prettybobbins @gnomeangel, @lorena_in_syd, @nightingalequilts.
South Cronulla beach, Sydney, Australia

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

National Quilting and Sewing month

It's my turn for the National Sewing and Quilting Month blog hop from the Fat quarter shop and they have asked me to answer a few questions.

1. How did you start quilting / sewing?

I was always a hand stitcher from when I was knee hight to a grasshopper but I discovered quilting when I was 19 and a friend invited me to a quilt making class. I made a queen sized, hand pieced, self-designed and hand quilted quilt.

2. When was the first time you knew that you were a quilter/sewer?

When I felt an overwhelming feeling of happiness and excitement in making something that was going to be used and loved. I was also pretty chuffed when I sewed something that did not fall apart in the first wash. 

3. Do you have any quilting/sewing horror stories or faux pas?

Besides the occasional mistake of sewing blocks the wrong way, I have had a run of quilting related injuries. Who said quilting was not an occupational health hazard. I dropped a large ruler on my big toe, had a long arm needle go through my index finger and nail and sliced through my thumb and nail with a rotary cutter. I believe I have accomplished the trifecta of misfortunate accidents for one year. They say you leave a part of you in every quilt. Fortunately, I didn't.

4. What advice would you give to someone who's just starting out in sewing/quilting?

Slow down. Think about the real reason you are making that quilt. Make it with love and give it to someone as an act of love. Never stop learning from people, internet or books about the craft. 

For my heart button, I chose, "I love quilting because …. it's a craft of love". 

We were also asked to sew something that you generally would not attempt. I made recently the Social Tote (Carolyn Friedlander pattern). It was a fun project and even better because I did it with a class so, the socialising with the social tote was an excellent combination.

Make your own heart with the Colour my Heart Pattern. Finished quilt size is 27" x 27".

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My first birthday blocks

In a previous post 'Born in 64', I called for my quilting friends to make a simple cross block and sign it with their name and how quilting makes them feel.

Over the last week I have received 6 blocks from all parts of the world. It is exciting collecting the mail from the PO box now that I am getting these blocks.

Thank you - Ros, Carol, Melissa, Elizabeth, Tracee and Vicki. I love my birthday cards and the messages on the blocks. Elizabeth has even added a beautiful crocheted butterfly book mark. Thank you so much.

If you would like to make me a block details can be found here.

I have been working on a little quilt for the upcoming Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Bar blog hop. If you have not seen the new pre-cut exclusive to FQS, they are 5" x 10" cuts from a Moda collection. 42 pieces in total. Each Jolly bar comes with some great patterns. 

On Sunday, a few local quilters and I attended the Samford Quilters show. It is held every 2 years at the  Samford Community Centre.

They Petrie Historical Society had a display on the stage area of the hall with wedding gowns from all eras. What was particular interestings was that they had the wedding photo displayed with each gown. 

There were some exceptional quilts on display but my favourites were the minis.

The skill and patience required to sew all those tiny pieces never ceases to amaze and inspire me.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Happy Father's Day

Today, we celebrate Father's Day in Australia.

Wishing Fathers everywhere a very Happy Father's Day.