Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cultured Clams

Issue #71 of Australian Quilters Companion is now available and it is jammed packed with beautiful projects. My cultured Clams, made with Emma Jean Jansen's Terra Australis I and II on a natural linen background, uses appliqué meets drunkard path to create a bright and fun quilt.

Finished with free motion machine quilting using Aurifil 50wt cotton threads the lap quilt would make brighten up any lounge or wall.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

APQ Quilt A Long - Go Four It

How exciting. APQ are having another quilt-a-long. This time we are all going to be making a variation on a 4-patch quilt. Lissa Alexander, April Rosenthal and Edyta Sitar have all designed a glorious
4-patch quilt for you to make. 

April has created a fun 4-patch block in a summery combination of prints, which when rotated makes a beautiful mosaic design.
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Edyta has used her signature scrappy style to create an elegant 4-patch design on point, floating in strips of a feature fabric.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Lissa has created an alternate 9-patch block using 4-patch units. Floating on a soft background, the rainbow scrap blocks on point, make a dreamy quilt.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Grab your copy of APQ Issue #133 available 3rd February. It has full instructions for the three quilts.

Quilting along with you will be:

April Rosenthal, Prairie Grass Patterns
Barb and Mary, Me and My Sister Designs
Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville’s Quips & Snips!
Camille Roskelley, Simplify 
Debbie Roberts, The Quilted Moose
Edyta Sitar, Laundry Basket Quilts
Jane Davidson, Quilt Jane
Jo Morton, Jo Morton Quilts
Kimberly Jolly, Jolly Jabber
Linda Collins, Quilts in the Barn
Lisa Bongean
Lissa Alexander, Moda Lissa
Shea Henderson, Empty Bobbin Sewing
Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life
Thelma Childers, Cupcakes ’n’ Daisies
Vanessa Goertzen, Lella Boutique
American Patchwork & Quilting staff

We will posting pictures of our progress between 3 Feb - 6 April 2015.

I couldn't choose between the three designs because I love them all, so I have designed a quilt based on all the blocks. I will reveal snippets along the way.

Post your progress on social media using the #APQquiltalong and upload your pins to Lissa's APQQuiltalong pinterest page http://www.pinterest.com/modalissa/apqquiltalong/.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

True North

I bought a pattern today because I love this one so much. It's a new pattern from She Quilts A Lot called True North. I can feel a Quilt-A-long in the air. 

The quilt shown is in Moda Bella and Bonnie and Camille fabrics but would be fabulous in any collection.

Jelly Roll and Charm friendly, this design would suit confident beginners and above. The comprehensive pattern with loads of diagrams has instructions for three sizes; crib, lap and twin.

The pattern is available in paper and digital from Peta's e-shop found here.

The block makes a perfect mini.

I could picture this on my bed.

You can find Peta on Instagram and Facebook. Use #shequiltsalot and #truenorthquilt when posting your finished quilts or blocks. 


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

January Blocks

It has began. Yep, 2015 heralds the start of the Aurifil Designer BOM and Pat Sloan's BOM. This year The Aurifil designers are making mini quilts. Gundrun's Flurry block/mini is 15" x 15" finished. You can find the block and Pat Sloan's interview with Gundrun here

Spot the mistake in my Flurry block. I think I will leave it there as a humility block.  The material used is Hawthorne Threads own design called Bengal. I am in love with the intricate sketches in delft blue and white.

My second mystery block for the month is Down By the Boardwalk. A fun block to make and perfect for the fussy cutters. Pat has a great Facebook page where all the information about her BOM and projects can be found. Pat's page has just reached over 37,000 members. Wow!

Keep a look out for everyone's blocks on social media. There are so many different interpretations in the lay outs and fabric choices.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Aurifil Designer Blocks 2014 finish

December marked the last month of a fabulous year of blocks from the Aurifil Designer BOM 2014. To finish the quilt I framed each block in a spool and set them on point with a specially designed spool block in the centre.

The words, "Love is the thread that binds all quilters" is embroidered on the block.

The PDF pattern for the centre spool block can be found here and the on-point lay out design instructions can be found at www.patsloan.com or www.auribuzz.wordpress.com.

Fabric - Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater for Moda.
(I think we should all petition Moda to reprint this collection ).
Binding fabric - April Showers by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

Thread - Aurifil 50wt cotton 2620 for piecing and 50wt cotton 2600 for quilting.

Quilting Design - Got Thread by Karen Thompson.

Blocks by : 

Apr - Angela Yosten http://blog.angelayosten.com/
June - Heidi Pridemore http://heidipridemore.blogspot.com/​​
​Jul ​-  Camille Roskelley http://camilleroskelley.typepad.com/
Oct -​ ​​​Jane Davidson http://quiltjane.blogspot.com/
Nov -Scott Hansen http://bluenickelstudios.com/
​​Dec - Carrie Nelson http://lavieenrosie.typepad.com/

I have enjoyed participating in the 2014 BOM and look forward to sewing along with the 2015 team.

For details about the 2014 BOM and upcoming 2015 BOM which starts 12th -15th January, visit the Aurifil Blog.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

Spool block

The Aurifil Designer BOM for 2014 is coming to an end and all 12 blocks have been published. To finish my quilt I set the 12 blocks on point and added this spool block to the centre. The final on-point lay out will be published at a later date.

Hint: The final lay out is an on-point design so if you are using this block, position the embroidered centre in the correct position. 

The block unfinished is 16 1/2" x 16 1/2" using a combination of appliqué and embroidery.

In the free pattern I have used the fusible appliqué technique but for those that prefer needle turn or EPP the supplied templates are adaptable by adding a seam allowance.

The embroidery was stitched with Aurifil 12 wt cotton thread. The wonderful thing about this weight thread is that unlike floss, you don't have to separate strands. Aurifil also supplies the floss wound on beautiful wooden spools. For a finer look, use 28 wt cotton. The 12wt, 28wt and floss all come in 270 colours.

The pattern can be found here

*** The pattern will be FREE until Jan 31st 2015 so our friends in the EU can get a copy. After that it will be going into my shop where I will charge a small fee to download and use and restricted to countries outside the EU. ***