Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fat Quarterly - Issue 9 All about Kids and Teenagers


Issue 9 of Fat Quarterly e-zine is about to hit the e-shelves and this issue is dedicated to kids and teens. I was privileged to be invited to make a quilt for the Linus Project , an organisation that distributes quilts to children in need to bring them love, sense of security, warmth and comfort.

Here is a sneak peek of the teenagers quilt.


Fat Quarterly subscribers will be receiving their copies of Issue 9 soon and single issue release later this week.


Lest we Forget


You are not forgotten.
Thank you.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Week 43 Three Leaves



Welcome to week 43 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about Applique. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.


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Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
(N.B Due to the differences in time and date zones, the guest blogger's block may not appear at the time of the initial posting)

This week I have the very creative and talented designer - Toni Alexander from The Red Boot Quilt Company. A fellow Aussie and local, Toni is presenting her Recycled Denim Daisy block.

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Three Leaves
The wind lifts the leaves from the Gum Trees and tossing them around the yard, resting in gutters, paths and pools. 



Materials
  • 1  - 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" background square
  • Favourite Fusible web or Freezer Paper ( Use something that is soft or can be washed out. Needle turn would be the preferred method if making a whole quilt ).
  • Scraps for leaves
Assembly
  • Print out the Applique Templates here
  • Trace onto dull side of fusible web ( without 1/4" seam allowance )
  • Cut out leaving 1/8" around shape
  • Iron onto back of fabric.
  • Cut on traced line
  • Using a cooler iron, press onto background square using the diagram below as a reference to placement of the leaves. Remember to place the edge of the leaves 1/4" inside the block.
Hint: If making multiple blocks, create a template that you can lay over the 8 1/2" block to position the appliqué pieces. Alternatively cut a paper square 8 1/2" x 8 1/2", draw the leaves and use this as a template with quilters carbon paper to mark each block. 



  • Applique leaves to background fabric using your favourite stitch
Hint: If you are using needle turn appliqué remember to add 1/4" seam allowance when cutting the leaf shape.



Let's Play

The block 8" finished

Horizontal Layout with Rotation

Horizontal Layout with Rotation

On Point Layout with rotation and  alternate coloured blocks

On Point Layout with Rotation

I hope you enjoyed todays block. Only 7 to go.

*** Copyright 2011 -  Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***

Monday, April 23, 2012

Arriving tomorrow - Good Morning and Birds and Berries

Arriving in my little e-shop tomorrow are the 2 new collections from Me and My Sister - Good Morning and Lauren and Jessi Jung - Birds and Berries. These collections are not due for release until September 2012.








Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Week 42 Linked



Welcome to week 42 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about curved piecing and making templates. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.


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Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
This weeks guest is Shirley. Shirley has created this very simple but extremely effective block using HST and squares - Twisted Triangles.

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Linked
We are chained to our lives by the circumstances that all link us together.





Assembly
  • Download the templates from here
  • Make your templates and label them
  • Trace template onto back of fabric
  • Cut out
  • Sew pieces together in sections then join sections as shown in diagram below

The Block - 8" finished
Horizontal Layout with Rotation
Horizontal Layout
Horizontal Layout with Rotation
Horizontal Layout with Rotation
On Point Layout
I hope you enjoyed todays block. Only 8 to go.

*** Copyright 2011 -  Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***

Thursday, April 19, 2012

FMQAL at Quokka Quilts

Laura from Quokka Quilts invited me to design 2 Free Motion Quilting designs for the Quilt a Long. Row 6 of the project was 'Choose your own Adventure' theme. My first block was sharks surfing waves. I have a great respect for sharks and waves, growing up in Cronulla. This is an easy filler pattern for a beginner.


My second block was Flowers and Echoes. A little more involved but still a fun pattern to play with.


Pop over to Quokka Quilts and have a look around at what's been happening in the quilt-a-long.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Phylls Quilt

Remember the collaborative efforts of Anne, Glennis and I to make this quilt in a day?


We recently had the opportunity to photograph Phyll with her quilt. Phyll has the most beautiful, gentle soul and she was overcome with happiness when she received the quilt. Mission accomplished. May this quilt always bring you happiness and wrap you in love forever. Love you Phyll x

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Block 41 Tiles


Welcome to week 41 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about Foundation. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.


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Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.

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Tiles
We often miss the patterns in the tiles as we scrub away. Our bathrooms could be our next quilt pattern.



Assembly

The foundation template can be found here. Please remember not to 'Fit to Page' or scale when printing. For this pattern you will need to print 4.

The Block
Horizontal Layout with highlighted blocks
Horizontal Layout
On Point Layout
On Point Layout with alternate solid setting blocks
I hope you enjoyed todays block. Only 9 to go.

*** Copyright 2011 -  Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***

    Ipad Slip in 30 mins

    Packing for the airport the other day, I realised that I did not have a protective covering for my iPad ( or a padded one that involved pretty fabrics ). So, with 30 mins to spare, I used Sisboom fabrics and Aurifil threads and made this little slip on cover.



    No pattern. Just made it up as I went along.

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    The Swoon Quilt has found its home

    Remember the Mega Swoon? It has now found a loving home with my niece in Sydney. Ashlin loved it and couldn't wait to place it on her bed. 


    I am one happy Aunty. Enjoy!

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    Happy Easter

    Wishing everyone a very safe and happy Easter.


    Last night at the Ceremony of Light, Judith and 8 other candidates were received into the church. I was a sponsor for Judith and made her a lap sized quilt reflecting water (Baptism), Cross (Death, Life and Forgiveness) and Oil (Healing and Confirmation)