Saturday, August 16, 2014

Nested Churn Dash Class

I would like to thank everyone who attended the Nested Churn Dash class at Patches Indooroopilly today. It was a pleasure to teach such a fun group of ladies who embraced the block with such enthusiasm and creative flare. I am looking forward to seeing all the wonderful quilts made with such diverse and amazing fabric selections. 

A special thank you to Sharon Frazer, the owner of Patches, who provided an excellent service in keeping us well fed and topped up with caffeine.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Winner of the Fat Quarter Shop Gift Certificate and another giveaway

To celebrate the release of the new Fat Quarter Style book from the Fat Quarter Shop I am giving one lucky reader a copy. Just leave a comment on this post telling me:

What is your style?

The winner will be announced 31st August 2014 at midnight AEST.

Visit these bloggers to see quilts they have made from the book as part of the Book Tour.

#4  August 11th : Caroline of Sew Can She

#5  August 13th : Jana of Jana Machado

#6  August 15th : Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock

#7  August 18th : Lee of Freshly Pieced 

#8  August 20th : Holly of Bijou Lovely

#9  August 22nd : Ashley of Film in The Fridge 

#10  August 25th : Erin of Why Not Sew?

#11  August 27th Kristyne of Pretty By Hand 

#12  August 29th : Amy of Diary of A Quilter 

Thank you everyone for sharing your favourite nail polish colours.

The winner of the $50 gift certificate is



I also wanted to give you a sneak peek of a quilt I am making with the gorgeous Katarina Roccella's Indelible collection from Art Gallery Fabrics. I am working on this in my spare time (along with many more projects). More on this quilt later.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Fat Quarter Fizz

Thank you FQS for inviting me to make the FQ Fizz quilt. There are so many great projects happening at the Fat Quarter Shop and I am always excited to be a part of the fun.

Fat Quarter Fizz is a free pattern by Fat Quarter Shop. As the name implies, it is Fat Quarter friendly and the pattern has instructions for Crib, Lap (small and late), twin, Queen and King Size quilts.

The cleverness of this pattern is the placement of the light and dark fabrics to create a cascading effect. The pattern is easy, quick and can be made with a multitude of FQ combinations. 

I have made the large twin which finishes at 60 1/2" x 72 1/2" with 20 FQ's from the Basic Grey, Basic Grunge bundle from Moda. I just love the texture of the Grunge fabrics and the selected colours in this bundle are like a heavenly rainbow.

To prove how quick the quilt is to make, I started at 10am one morning and finished quilting it by 11pm that night ( with 1 million interruptions in between ). The binding I did the next evening. The multi-coloured binding was made by joining all the left over bits of the FQs.

FQ Fizz was quilted with Aurifil 2600 50wt cotton using a geometric pattern by Karlee Porter. The light, silvery grey thread beautifully melts into the colourful grunge fabrics.

Backed in my favourite IKEA print.

Read the Jolly Jabber today to see the blue and white version of the quilt and links to other bloggers and their fabulous take on FQ Fizz.

Shruti of 13Woodhouse
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Melissa of Happy Quilting 
Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Caroline from Sew Can She
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
Tonya from The Crafty Mummy 
John from Quilt Dad
Jane from Quilt Jane
Michele from Quilting Gallery

The free pattern can be found here :
and the link to the accompanying video tutorial can be found at

Monday, August 4, 2014

Nail Polish Mini Quilt by It's Sew Emma and giveaway

The fabulous team of Fat Quarter Shop and It's Sew Emma have done it again with their free mini quilt pattern - Nail Polish. Make sure you check out the accompanying video at the Fat Quarter Shop Youtube channel.

I made mine into a quilted pillow/cushion cover. I just need to find an insert.

This is a great project to use up your solids (or in my case, some textured solids).

The finished mini quilt is 14 1/2" x 22 1/2". Using my Art Gallery Pure Elements, Laura Gunn Painters Canvas and Metallic Tussah from Robert Kaufman I made the nail polish in a plumb shade. I used Oval Elements for the backing and binding.

Using Aurifil 5015 40wt, 2600 50wt, 2024 50wt, 4030 50wt and 2630 50wt cotton thread I used a combination of freehand and digital quilting to give body to the cushion/pillow cover. The back is also quilted in 4030 50wt cotton.

The Fat Quarter Shop have kindly given me a $50 gift voucher to give to one lucky reader. 

Think of all the beautiful solids you could purchase with $50. 

To be in the draw for the gift voucher, just leave me a comment on this post telling me your favourite shade of nail polish.

The competition will be closed Wednesday 13th August midnight AEST.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A pinch and punch for the first day of the month ….. Aurifil Designer Block

This was a little game we played growing up. The first day of the month yielded a race to see you could sneak in the 'pinch and punch'. Mind you it was a very gentle pinch and punch.  The first day of the month also heralds the release of Pat Sloan's globetrotter BOM and the Aurifil Designer block for 2014.  If you follow Pat on her FB page - Quilt Along with Pat Sloan, you will be able to access the block patterns or links to the block patterns and see everyones blocks they are making.

This month we visit Paris. One of my favourite cities in the world. 

Michele Foster from the quilting gallery is the Aurifil Designer for August. Michele brings together the quilting community with her wonderful website, designs and many fantastic tips and tricks to help us along on our quilting journeys. 

Michele has designed a very cute button block. You can read the story behind the block and download the pattern from here. Wouldn't this block make a fantastic quilt!

Don't forget to add your finished blocks to the official Aurifil Flickr Group. There are some great Aurifil thread prizes to be won each month.

Next month's designer is 

If you have missed any of the blocks they can be found on the Auribuzz site.

Apr - Angela Yosten
June - Heidi Pridemore​​
​Jul ​- 
Camille Roskelley

Coming soon.

Oct -Jane Davidson
Nov - Scott Hansen
Dec - Carrie Nelson

Here is my version made in Moda Sweetwater Mama Said Sew fabrics and Basic Grey Grunge.

And last but not least some trivia ……. the 1st of August is also the birthday of racing horses in the Southern Hemisphere. Happy birthday horses everywhere!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Winners - Nested Churn Dash QAL

I would like to thank each and everyone of you that participated in the QAL. I was so inspired by all the different combinations of fabrics used for the block. You can view Nested Churn Dash projects on social media by using #nestedchurndash or on the Flickr group

Congratulations to the following people who have won a sample pack of Aurifil threads just for using the Nested Churn Dash pattern and posted it on FB, Twitter, IG or Flickr using #nestedchurndash.

Swan River Quilt Designs

I have contacted you via IG or Flickr mail and will post your Aurifil packs when I receive your details.

Each pack contains a small spool of 12wt, 50wt, 40wt, 28wt cotton Mako,  Floss and wool in one beautiful Aurifil colour.

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.