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 www.silverthimblequilt.com.


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 http://blog.angelayosten.com/
June - Heidi Pridemore http://heidipridemore.blogspot.com/​​
​Jul ​- 
Camille Roskelley http://camilleroskelley.typepad.com/
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I am looking forward to making blocks from 

Nov - Scott Hansen http://bluenickelstudios.com/
Dec - Carrie Nelson http://lavieenrosie.typepad.com/


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"

Requirements
  • 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.)

Cutting

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



Assembly



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
Australia

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

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

*** The competition is now closed ***

Congratulations to

Jeneta " I'm not sure I have any style! I like modern vintage, though I do think the word 'eclectic' describes me! "



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

nerospost

Congratulations!

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.