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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

APQ Quilt A Long - Go Four It

How exciting. APQ are having another quilt-a-long. This time we are all going to be making a variation on a 4-patch quilt. Lissa Alexander, April Rosenthal and Edyta Sitar have all designed a glorious
4-patch quilt for you to make. 

April has created a fun 4-patch block in a summery combination of prints, which when rotated makes a beautiful mosaic design.
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Edyta has used her signature scrappy style to create an elegant 4-patch design on point, floating in strips of a feature fabric.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Lissa has created an alternate 9-patch block using 4-patch units. Floating on a soft background, the rainbow scrap blocks on point, make a dreamy quilt.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Grab your copy of APQ Issue #133 available 3rd February. It has full instructions for the three quilts.

Quilting along with you will be:

April Rosenthal, Prairie Grass Patterns
Barb and Mary, Me and My Sister Designs
Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville’s Quips & Snips!
Camille Roskelley, Simplify 
Debbie Roberts, The Quilted Moose
Edyta Sitar, Laundry Basket Quilts
Jane Davidson, Quilt Jane
Jo Morton, Jo Morton Quilts
Kimberly Jolly, Jolly Jabber
Linda Collins, Quilts in the Barn
Lisa Bongean
Lissa Alexander, Moda Lissa
Shea Henderson, Empty Bobbin Sewing
Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life
Thelma Childers, Cupcakes ’n’ Daisies
Vanessa Goertzen, Lella Boutique
American Patchwork & Quilting staff

We will posting pictures of our progress between 3 Feb - 6 April 2015.

I couldn't choose between the three designs because I love them all, so I have designed a quilt based on all the blocks. I will reveal snippets along the way.

Post your progress on social media using the #APQquiltalong and upload your pins to Lissa's APQQuiltalong pinterest page

Sunday, January 18, 2015

True North

I bought a pattern today because I love this one so much. It's a new pattern from She Quilts A Lot called True North. I can feel a Quilt-A-long in the air. 

The quilt shown is in Moda Bella and Bonnie and Camille fabrics but would be fabulous in any collection.

Jelly Roll and Charm friendly, this design would suit confident beginners and above. The comprehensive pattern with loads of diagrams has instructions for three sizes; crib, lap and twin.

The pattern is available in paper and digital from Peta's e-shop found here.

The block makes a perfect mini.

I could picture this on my bed.

You can find Peta on Instagram and Facebook. Use #shequiltsalot and #truenorthquilt when posting your finished quilts or blocks. 


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

January Blocks

It has began. Yep, 2015 heralds the start of the Aurifil Designer BOM and Pat Sloan's BOM. This year The Aurifil designers are making mini quilts. Gundrun's Flurry block/mini is 15" x 15" finished. You can find the block and Pat Sloan's interview with Gundrun here

Spot the mistake in my Flurry block. I think I will leave it there as a humility block.  The material used is Hawthorne Threads own design called Bengal. I am in love with the intricate sketches in delft blue and white.

My second mystery block for the month is Down By the Boardwalk. A fun block to make and perfect for the fussy cutters. Pat has a great Facebook page where all the information about her BOM and projects can be found. Pat's page has just reached over 37,000 members. Wow!

Keep a look out for everyone's blocks on social media. There are so many different interpretations in the lay outs and fabric choices.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Aurifil Designer Blocks 2014 finish

December marked the last month of a fabulous year of blocks from the Aurifil Designer BOM 2014. To finish the quilt I framed each block in a spool and set them on point with a specially designed spool block in the centre.

The words, "Love is the thread that binds all quilters" is embroidered on the block.

The PDF pattern for the centre spool block can be found here and the on-point lay out design instructions can be found at or

Fabric - Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater for Moda.
(I think we should all petition Moda to reprint this collection ).
Binding fabric - April Showers by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

Thread - Aurifil 50wt cotton 2620 for piecing and 50wt cotton 2600 for quilting.

Quilting Design - Got Thread by Karen Thompson.

Blocks by : 

Apr - Angela Yosten
June - Heidi Pridemore​​
​Jul ​-  Camille Roskelley
Oct -​ ​​​Jane Davidson
Nov -Scott Hansen
​​Dec - Carrie Nelson

I have enjoyed participating in the 2014 BOM and look forward to sewing along with the 2015 team.

For details about the 2014 BOM and upcoming 2015 BOM which starts 12th -15th January, visit the Aurifil Blog.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014