Thursday, April 2, 2015

Vacation Block - April

Have you been following Pat Sloan's BOM for 2015? It's a vacation themed block of the month which culminates in a fabulous quilt.

This is my April block, Penny Arcade.


Made with Me and My Sister designs fabric and solids this block is an easy and fun block to make.

For details of the BOM and other exciting projects going with Pat Sloan, visit her FB page Quilt Along with Pat Sloan.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Fantasia


Sara Lawson is releasing a new collection for Art Gallery Fabrics called Fantasia. A whimsical collection of unicorns, mushrooms, stripes and geometric prints in a warm palette of pinks, oranges, mustards, teal and a hint of mulberry.

I am very honoured to receive a F8 of each of the cotton prints in the collection so I decided to make a
24"x 24" pillow cover. I love large pillow on my lounges. They are like cuddling a mini quilt.
  

Using 15 of the 18 prints and a self designed paper pieced pattern, I created a 16 block pillow top, bound backed in pure elements.

The pillow is quilted back and front with Aurifil 2805 50wt cotton in a geometric pattern by Karlee Porter.




Thank you Sara for giving me the opportunity to create something wonderful with your fabrics. I really love the mix of colours. 

If you would like to make your own Fantasia project using the Fantasia paper pieced block, you can purchase it from my little e-shop


The pattern contains the block templates, outline to colour your own project and cutting instructions for an individual block.

Use multiples of 4 blocks to make any size project.





Saturday, March 28, 2015

Charm Box Quilt

The Fat Quarter Shop have designed another pre-cut friendly quick quilt pattern called Charm Box. Remember the Fat Quarter Fizz and the Fat Eighth Frenzy? This quilt is just as fast and easy to make using 60 charms or 2 charm packs and some yardage. The quilt finishes at 36 1/2" x 45 1/2".


The leftover charms can be used on the backing.


 Visit the FatQuarterShop youtube for a great video tutorial filled with hints and tips.

Charm Box Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/SOwRl2pdClA


Charm Box Quilt Kit in Aloha Girl: http://www.fatquartershop.com/charm-box-quilt-kit


Starring
Kate Spain Cuzco
Bella Solid 9900-174 American Blue
Aurifil #1158 50wt Cotton


You can view the other pattern tutorials on their FatQuarterShopYoutube channel.




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.


Tips

  • 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.

#TheBobBag


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 GnomeAngel.com

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.


Mineral

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


Requirements

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)

Cutting

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