Wednesday, July 16, 2014

112 shades of Kate - Aussie Charm Swap

The lovely and talented Melissa of MsMidge co-ordinated a fantastic Kate Spain charm swap. 56 members sent 56 each of two unique Kate spain fabric charms to Melissa who brilliantly sorted them into piles, packaged and sent out 112 unique charms from an assortment of Kate Spain fabrics from nearly every collection. 

Grabbing my trusty Jaybird Rulers, I made a traditional jewel shaped flower pattern, sans 'Y' seams, using all 112 charms on a background of Robert Kaufman quilters linen in grey.

The flowers are made using the jewel shape of the hex n more or mini hex n more rulers.

Using the same ruler(s), equilateral triangles are cut to be sewn to each side of the jewel. This makes a 60 degree, equilateral triangle shape. 3 pieces are sewn together to make a half - hexagon shape.

The quilt is assembled in rows using the half flowers. Setting half-hexagons and half-triangles were cut to square the quilt using the hex n more and side kick ruler.

The back is from the Kate Spain Daydream collection, pieced with the remaining charms in the grey colour way. The label is made from a left over half flower.

Pieced with 50wt Aurifil cotton Grey - 2620 and quilted using Dove 2600 50wt. I am in love with Dove ! A perfect neutral thread for quilting.

Thank you so much Melissa for all your hard work and thank you Kate for being Kate and designing the most gorgeous, happy and colourful fabrics for us to create with.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Makin' it Cute ( or should we say, "too cute")

The dynamic duo at Me and My Sister and the It's Sew Emma team have designed and packaged this really cute notion, called Makin' it Cute.

The Petal Pack comes with 3 different flower templates, centre circle, a leaf template and clear instructions on how to make your own cute flowers.

Taking my Japanese fabrics from the sacred stash, I immediately thought I could use these fabric flowers to dress up my denim skirt. The fabric was perfect for fussy cutting the flowers.

I made three flowers, 2 for the belt and one for the back pocket using the small flower template and centre circle. I used Aurifil invisible thread for the flowers to secure the three layers and Aurifil 12wt cotton to attach the button to the centre of each flower.

Flowers ready to attach button.

Bari J 12wt cotton from Aurifil

Back Pocket
Visit the Jolly Jabber blog to win one of 20 pack of cuteness to spruce up your projects and see what everyone else has been doing with these petal packs.

You can purchase these packs from Fat Quarter Shop or It's Sew Emma.

See the quilt market video here on how to make the flowers.

Tiana modelling the Makin' it Cute belt
Also ……..

FQS recently launched their first Fat Quarter Shop t-shirt – “Sew What!
To celebrate, they are hosting a “Sew What Selfie” contest on social media.
Their contest begins on July 8, 2014 and to enter, all participants have to do is take an awesome selfie with your Sew What shirt and use the tag #sewwhatselfie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Google+. FQS will choose two winners every month from July to September and the winners will receive a $100 Fat Quarter Shop gift card. Isn’t that pretty sweet?!

Chloe is modelling the Sew What T-Shirt

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The perfect shades for piecing - The Piecing Box by Aurifil

The Fat Quarter Shop  and Aurifil have teamed up to bring you 'The Piecing Box'. I think they should rename it to 'The Perfect Piecing Box', as the 12 chosen threads conveniently combined in a case for easy access and storage, are your go to threads for most piecing. 

These colours / shades will match or blend in with a majority of fabric combinations. The 50wt thread is the perfect weight of cotton for piecing as it helps the seam lie flat.

White 2024 for brilliant white fabrics and the off white 2021 for your 'not so' whites. 2000, 2310, 2326, 2325 and 2370 are brilliant neutral threads which blend in with an array of fabrics. The greys 2600, 2610 and 2605 are again great blenders with a multitude of fabrics. Black 2692 and Navy 2784 are for your dark blues and black piecing. I like to use Navy in the bobbin when piecing black in case I have to unpick (gasp!) so I can see the stitches. 

Why stop at piecing. I am a fan of using 50wt neutrals to quilt, especially very dense designs with overstitching. Dove 2600 and the olive / golds work well with multicoloured fabrics where it is hard to chose one thread. They melt into the quilt.

The Piecing Box is exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop. While you are there, check out all the other Aurifil threads and box sets available. The box sets are great value per 12 -  50wt 1300m / 1422yd spools. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Aurifil Designer Block for July - Camille Roskelley

I have been travelling through outback Australia so I am a bit behind. More on my outback adventure later …

This month the Aurifil designer is Camille Roskelley from Thimbleblossoms. I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Camille and seeing her gorgeous quilts up close on her recent trip to Australia.

You can find the block pattern here in the interview with Pat Sloan.

Don't forget to upload your finished block to the Official Flickr Group each month to be in the draw for some great Aurifil prizes.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Social Toting with Lorena

The lovely Lorena Uriarte from Sydney, flew up to Brisbane this weekend to show our Brisbane MQG how to make the Carolyn Friedlander / Noodlehead Social Tote.

My fabric Selection
Under the excellent tutorage of Lorena, we embarked on a 6 hour class with the aim of at least reaching the binding stage. A Face Book page was set-up with instructions for prep-work and a general forum for any queries about the construction of the tote. A kit, including interfacing and the pattern was supplied prior to the class.

The pin cushion
By the end of the session, everyone had reached the binding stage and everyone proudly displayed their works of art.

So much diversity in fabric selection within the group.

Thank you Lorena for your time, friendship and expertise. It was one of the best classes I have attended. The social tote is not for the faint of heart but with Lorena's clear and helpful instruction the tote came together quite easily.

Lorena is available for classes and can be contacted at
IG: @lorena_in_syd

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Aurifil Designer Block June

Heidi Pridemore the artist extraordinaire behind The Whimsical Workshop is this months Aurifil block designer. I love Heidi's block and can see so many possibilities for using in a quilt.

Read about Heidi, her work and her inspiration for making this block in Pat Sloans interview at Auribuzz. The link for the block pattern can be found in the same post. 

Aurifil are giving away monthly prizes. To participate, load your finish block pictures to the official flickr group

This is a list of the participants. All the patterns and interviews can be found on the Auribuzz blog.

Apr - Angela Yosten

June - Heidi Pridemore

Jul - Camille Roskelley

Oct -Jane Davidson

Nov - Scott Hansen

Dec - Carrie Nelson

Monthly Machine Quilting Tip - Natalia Bonner 

I have so much fun making these blocks.

Nested Churn Dash, Sara Lawson, Katy Jones and Amy Smart

Katy, Sara and Amy are my last three guests in the Nested Churn Dash blog hop. Once again I am inspired by such diversity in each quilters choice of fabrics.

Katy Jones aka ImAGingerMonkey,  is a dynamic quilter and blogger who has dazzled us with vibrant quilts, cushions and fabulous shoes. In short time I have known Katy I found her to be generous, hard working and always encouraging, not only for me but everyone that is privileged to know her. Katy has used fabric from Caroline Hulse's Gleeful collection for Art Gallery Fabrics.  

View Katy's post here.

Amy Smart, is the talent behind A Diary of a Quilter. She is one of the Aurifil 2014 Designers, pattern maker extraordinaire and author of Fabulously Fast Quilts. Amy's website is full of wonderful tutorials and project ideas. The block Amy has created is made up of a treasure trove of fabrics from her scrap box. I love the little matryoshka dolls in the centre block.

Amy' s post is here.

Sara Lawson, SewSweetness, is just as her addy describes. Sara is a kind and sweet person who is a master of apparel and bags. My favourite of Sara's bag patterns would be the Aeroplane bag. I can think of no better way to travel than with a classy piece of Sara Lawson inspired luggage. This year, Sara released her first fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Jungle Ave. The same fabric Sara has chosen to use for the block. The subway fabric is perfect for the background.

View Sara's post here.

Next up in the QAL posts I will be talking about putting your quilt together.