Saturday, November 22, 2014

Night Sky QAL

Camille Roskelley has released a new pattern called Night Sky and Jana Machado is hosting a QAL so we can all join in and make this gorgeous quilt. Information about the QAL can be found here.

Today joining me in making the quilt are:

Visit their blogs to see versions of the Night Sky quilt coming together in an assortment of different fabrics and styles.

I chose solids for my stars and assorted grey prints for the backgrounds.

In my Moda Shrine (cupboard full of moda fabrics), there was a stack of Bella mini charms and a 5" charm pack of rainbow solids. I used the 2 1/2" mini charms for the 4-patch star centres and the star points.

The centres of the remaining small stars and the larger star points were cut from the 5" charm squares. I did not want to waste half of the charm square using the method shown in the pattern so I used the nifty Folded Corner Clipper ruler to trim the background rectangle and cut the 5" charm once on the diagonal to yield 2 corner triangles. 

My quilt will double as this years teacher's quilt so I only made a portion of the complete quilt (approx. 48" x 56"). My lovely, tall son is holding up the finished quilt top which will be pressed, quilted, bound and labeled before friday. 

Thank you Jana for inviting to play along with you in the Night Sky QAL. 

Night Sky is the pattern of the month at FQS and as part of the Night Sky QAL blog hop,  Fat Quarter Shop are having a giveaway of a fat quarter bundle of Miss Kate

Friday, November 14, 2014

More birthday blocks have arrived.

I finally caught up with opening and organising mail pre and post market. 

Thank you for your colourful blocks and birthday wishes:

Deidre W @deihil
Lucy A D
Cheryl G (2 blocks)
Jeneta @plumjam
Bea @beapatch (3 blocks)
Marie W @ollieandmay
Peggy M
Jane H @quiltingistherapy (2 blocks)

… and a special thank you to Heidi E from Germany, who has send a package overflowing with quilty gifts of Lindt chocolate, ribbons, notebook, Cuzco charms and a block. A very colour co-ordinated package indeed. 

Every block, card and gift is well received and loved and will become part of my 50th birthday memories (although I wish I could forget I am 50!). 

The quilt is still growing and if you would like to make a block for my 50 quilt all the information can be found in this post.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month

Today take a moment to remember all those that lost their lives or suffered during times of war and armed conflict.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fat Eighth Frenzy

My version - 'Eight-Y'
Fat Quarter Shop has added to the Shortcut Quilt family with the Fat Eighth Frenzy pattern.

Here is the link to the FREE Fat Quarter Shop pattern:
Here is the link to the Fat Eighth Frenzy video:
And also the bonus quilt video:

If you’re unfamiliar with our Shortcut Quilt series, here are a couple of examples:
Jelly Roll Jam 2:
Fat Quarter Fizz:

The FQS also offer a kit version

Visit these bloggers to see what they have made from their F8th bundles.

Sherri of A Quilting Life

Andy of A Bright Corner
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Lindsay of The Cottage Mama
Tricia of Notes of Sincerity
Jane of Quilt Jane

Heather of House of A La Mode

I chose to be adventurous and make my own pattern using every piece of my LOL F8 bundle by Me and My Sister Designs from Moda.

Finished Block Size : 20" x 20"
Finished Quilt Size : 68 1/2" x 68 1/2"
  • 1 - F8 Bundle (40 - 9" x 22" pieces)
  • Binding : 3/4 yard  (8 - 2 1/2" x WOF)
  • Backing : 4 1/2 yards

Step 1 - Cutting
  • Select 36 - 9" x 22" pieces from the F8 Bundle.
  • Cut into 1 - 9" x 12" and 1 - 9" x 9" piece.
  • From the remaining 4 - 9" x 22" pieces, cut 9 - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares.

  • Cut the 9" x 9" squares into 4 - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares.

Step 2 - Block Assembly
  • Select 72 - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares and draw a diagonal line on the wrong side.
  • Place a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square on opposite corners of a 9" x 12" rectangle.
  • Stitch a thread width on inside of the line.

  • Trim excess fabric leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Press open.

Step 3
  • Select a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square.
  • Place on lower corner of block. Right sides together.
  • Starting approximately 1 1/2" in, stitch to end. (Partial Seam).
  • Press towards the centre.

  • Continue adding blocks around the centre square.
  • Complete the last seam.
  • Make 9 blocks

Step 4 - Assembly
  • Sew 3 blocks together.
  • Make 3 rows and sew together.
Step 5 - Scrappy Border
  • Using the remaining 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares, sew 2 sets of 15 blocks for top and bottom border.
  • Sew 2 sets of 17 blocks for side borders.
Note : In a perfect world, the measurement of the quilt centre will be 60 1/2" x 60 1/2" and the pieced borders should fit perfectly. Always measure top, middle and bottom of your quilt top and use the average of the 3 measurements. If you need to, adjust your pieced borders to fit this measurement.

Step 6 - Finish your quilt
  • Layer, baste and quilt. I chose a modern daisy design in a thread that highlighted the aqua prints in the collection.
  • Bind and label and give it to someone you love.

Quilted with a modern daisy pattern with Aurifil 50wt cotton # 2830 and backed in Bella Solid 9900-168 Terrain Iris. Finished with a binding of Michael Miller Clown Stripe.

Monday, November 3, 2014

A chat with Pat Sloan

There are many great things about going to Fall Market and one of them is catching up with the lovely Pat Sloan. Tomorrow, I have a chat with Pat on APQ radio (podcast). 

The show time is Monday 4pm eastern, 3pm Central, 2pm mountain, 1pm Pacific for US and approximately 8am, November 4 for Aussies on the East Coast. 

Visit Pat's website for list of all interviews and hints on tips on how to download and listen to the podcasts. I love listening to the show while I quilt.

In the interview we mention the soon to be released book - Desert to Sea. A self published book using the Createspace platform. A compilation of 8 Australian designers and 10 quilts. Watch this space for more news.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Aurifil Designer 2014 - November

This month, Scott Hansen from Blue Nickel Studios is presenting 'Tossed Salad', a fun and happy block just like the creator. I have had the pleasure to meet Mr Hansen at market one year and was immediately captivated by his kindness and fabulous sense of humour. Read here about Scott and his amazing quilts and learn the story behind the block.

Only one more month to go ( Carrie is next ). If you have not caught up, visit the AuriBuzz blog for the block patterns or the individual designers and their blogs.  
Upload your finished blocks to the official Aurifil Flickr page to win some great thread prizes. Every month a winner is chosen - ​​

Monthly Machine Quilting Tip - Natalia Bonner 

This is my version of the block using Moda Sweetwater Mama Said Sew fabrics. I can hardly wait to get this sampler finished and quilted. 

Scott included in his post a layout design using the block. This is what mine would look like.

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.