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" squares 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.

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
John Adams
Wednesday October 1st
Sherri McConnell
Melissa Corry
Thursday October 2nd
Sinta Borland
Shruti Dandekar
Friday October 3rd
Rita Hodge
Katy Jones
@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.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Aurifil Designer Block 2014 September

Designer Pat Wys is the September Aurifil Block designer. You can read all about Pat and what inspired this block in the interview with Pat Sloan here. Pat is an amazing woman, quilter and new grandmother extraordinaire. Visit Pat Wys/Silver Thimble Quilt Co. at

I loved making this block with the tiny 3" finished pinwheel units. The pattern can be found here within the interview post.

Don't forget to upload your finished blocks to the official Flickr Group to win some great monthly prizes of Aurifil threads. 

I am so excited to be the designer for October. If you have missed any of the blocks the interviews and pattern link can be found at the Auribuzz blog. 

Apr - Angela Yosten
June - Heidi Pridemore​​
​Jul ​- 
Camille Roskelley
I am looking forward to making blocks from 

Nov - Scott Hansen
Dec - Carrie Nelson

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

National Sewing Month

It's national sewing and quilting month and to celebrate Fat Quarter Shop is filling September with all sorts of fun projects, staff challenges and new product releases.

There is even a challenge for the following bloggers to make something they have never made before. I have no idea what I am going to make!

Sherri of A Quilting Life

Charise of Charise Creates

Lucy of Charm About You

Rachel of Family Ever After

Anne Marie of Generation X Quilters

Marni of Haberdashery Fun

Melissa of Happy Quilting

Elizabeth of In the Boon Docks

Jana of Jana Machado

Lynne of Lily's Quilts

Maureen of Made by Marzipan

Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs

Melanie of I Heart Stitching

Kaye of Miss Print

Natalia of Piece N' Quilt

Denise of Pieced Brain

Stephanie of Quarter Incher

Jane of Quilt Jane

Heather and Megan of Quilt Story

Cheryl of Quilter Chic

Michele of Quilting Gallery

Allison of Quilting Mumma

Leslie of Seasoned Homemaker

Liz of Sew4Home

Sara of Sew Sweetness

Leanne of She Can Quilt

Vickie of Spun Sugar Quilts

Tonya of The Crafty Mummy

Erin of Why Not Sew?

To share the love, FQS have also created a Free Pattern - Colour of My Heart Quilt Pattern for you to make a 27" finished mini quilt. 

This is my special button for sewing and quilting month. What would you add to your button?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Born in '64

I am a bit of a sentimentalist and cherish everything that is given to me. This year I turn 50 (half a century, 29 years old with 21 more years of experience, The Golden Age ), and was wondering if I could ask quilters around the world to make a block for me so I can make it into a birthday quilt. It would mean so much to me to have you as part of the story of the quilt. I love scanning social media and blogs to see all the wonderful things you make and how happy it makes you feel when you sew.

The block is a very simple 9 - patch signature block.

Unfinished Size 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"

  • White / Ivory /very light Cream solid for cross
  • Solid for corner pieces
The best solids to use are those that do not run when washed. Please do not use hand dyed fabrics or fabrics that have not been washed and set. If unsure, place in warm water with a dye catcher.

  • Black Pigma Pen / Black Pental Gel Fabric Pen ( use a pen suitable for fabric only that are acid free. Read instructions for setting pen ink. The Sharpies permanent pens are not recommended for fabric.)


From the solid fabric cut:
  • 4 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares

From the white fabric cut:
  • 2 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares
  • 1 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle


Using the fabric pen, sign your name and addy (what you are known as on social media) and/or write a word or phrase that sums up how quilting makes you feel.

When you are finished, post to:

Jane Davidson
PO Box 77
Albany Creek QLD 4035

I am looking forward to all your blocks.

Possible settings could be floating on a white background or nested amongst a silvery grey background.

Thank you x