Friday, June 29, 2012

Sweet Celebrations

I am so excited to finally (and officially) share with you the new book from the Moda Bake Shop chefs.

Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop complied by Lissa Alexander will be on the shelves in October this year.

A book filled with over 35 inspirational projects made especially for celebrations throughout the year. I was excited to have three of my own designs included for Christmas, Fathers Day and New Years Day. (If you look here you can see a glimpse of my Snowflake quilt in the bottom left hand corner of the mosaic)

The book can be pre-ordered here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Win 10 yards of new Bella Solids

The FQS Bella Solid Parade hosted by 13 Woodhouse Road and Mommy's Naptime is drawing to a close and up for grabs is 10 yards of the new colours in the Bella Solids range from Moda. The instructions on how to enter can be found here and here.

Monday, June 25, 2012

North Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild

The first meeting of the North Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild will be held at

Chermside Public Library
375 Hamilton Road, Chermside

Wednesday 27th June 2012
10am - 12noon
Meeting Room 1

Everyone Welcome. Bring along your show and tell, finished or unfinished to share with everyone.

For information about the North Brisbane Modern Quilting Guild visit our blog.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Playing around with Hexies

I have collected these 75 hexies from the swap I have been in for the last couple of years. I was playing around with some settings tonight and designed these two options.

Circles or radiating flower

Simple Radiating Flower

Which do you like best? I have not decided on colour yet. Maybe a collection of grey solids, textures and small prints.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Flock Wave

I was so excited when Thomas Knauer sent me two of his recent fabric collections to make a quilt - Flock and Savanna Bop. Using Flock, I have made a children's quilt, aptly named 'Flock Wave' because I used a curved block based on Jennifer Lanak's 'Roller Coaster' block. Wishing to alter the slope a smidgen, I drew my own in EQ7 and inverted alternate blocks to make a wavy effect. 
Block Size 6" finished.
Quilt Size 48 1/2" x 60 1/2"
Adhering to my 'White Rule', I searched for a suitable background solid to complement the fabrics. Being inquisitive and willing to try anything, I found a spandex 4% / cotton 96% blend fabric at Spotlight ( on my twice yearly visit ).

While it has the weight of a home dec fabric, it was the nicest fabric to sew and quilt with. I had no trouble at all on the long arm or the domestic machine. I even used an iron set just below cotton to press the fabric and it did not scorch the fibres. This blend came in some gorgeous colours, 54" wide and has a beautiful lustre, changing shade, depending on the light and how it was cut. At $AUS 12.99 / metre not a bad buy.
Superior Highlights and So Fine threads
For the backing I pieced together some Flock FQ's and one of my favourite solids from Kate Spains Flurry range in blue.

Super Model - Jasper Carrot
Now to finish off the quilt with either the beige or scrappy binding. I have an appliqué and EPP design planned for the Savanna Bop. Stay tuned for more TK loveliness.

Free Spirit - Christmas in July Block-A-Thon

Hey everyone! We will be kicking off the Christmas in July Block-A-Thon in just a few weeks and wanted to give you all of the juicy details! Below is the amazing list of bloggers that will be participating and showing you how to create some amazing blocks. So be sure to check out their sites and watch here for their block tutorial.

It is a jam packed month with lots of blocks, but if you do not get them done in the short amount of time, we will be putting together an E-book that you can click through that will have all the blocks and tutorials inside. Very easy for catch up!

Watch the Free Spirit Blog for more details

2 GRAND PRIZES include all the fabrics to create the Christmas in July quilt. They will be randomly selected at the end of the QAL in a comment manner.

Post your progress in our Flickr group that you can find here. 
Also, if you are joining in, grab our button on the sidebar to post on your blog!

List of Bloggers!
July 2th - Heather at Fiberosity
July 5nd - Pat Sloan
July 6th – Melanie at Melanie Dramatic
July 9th - Pam at Pam Kitty Morning
July 11th - Kelsey Creates
July 13th - Katie @ Swim Bike Quilt
July 16th - Kim at Persimon Dreams
July 18th - Amanda at Sasikirana
July 20th - Jane at QuiltJane
July 23th - Kristy at St Louis Folk Victorian
July 25th – Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
July 27rd - Lee at Freshly Pieced
July 30th - Jennifer at MJandCo
August 1st – Mishka at Quilting Gallery
August 3rd - Tiffiny at
August 6th - Tacha at Fat Quarterly
August 8th – Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations
August 10th – Jocelyn at It’s Sew Emma
August 13th – Final Quilt Reveal!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A bit of Marmalade,Gypsy Girl, Serenade and Odds n Ends

Next week in my little e-shop I will be listing the following pre-release, pre-cuts from Bonnie and Camille, Kate Spain, Lily Ashbury and Julie Comstock.

Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille
Back in the good ol' days kids would jump off the bus and run into the house, dropping their books as they went, heading straight for the kitchen. Mom was usually there in her frilly apron, cooking something delicious. Jellies and jams were always a favorite. Depending on the season, it could be strawberry, raspberry, huckleberry or peach. Mom knew just how to make it so that when you spread butter on bread fresh out of the oven and smothered it with marmalade, you knew you were home.

Odds and Ends by Julie Comstock
Gather together a treasure trove of trinkets, a menagerie of memories and a handful of heirlooms and you get what we call Odds and Ends. Inspired by vintage typographic elements and antique books, the patterns in this line are filled with historic charm. The color palette features a brighter twist on vintage for a fresh, spring-like feel. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Odds N Ends
Gypsy Girl by Lily Ashbury
Remember when you were young and could spend your afternoon weaving a daisy chain or lying in tall grass dreaming of summer romance! Gypsy Girl is inspired by a longing for carefree summer days. Bright and cheerful colors blend together with a warm and youthful charm. With a modern twist, Gypsy Girl will add youthful vibrance to any project, enjoy!

Gypsy Girl
Serenade by Kate Spain
As the crisp air of Autumn whirls in, a kaleidoscope of lively colour dapples the wooded landscape in shades of damson, orange and green. Delight in the season's melodious "Serenade" of migrating butterflies, brilliant foliage and meadow thistles. Create a pat work panorama with these harmonious designs, or make your own amusing kitchen apron with the cut  and sew panel where a barn owl wisely sings, "Life's a Hoot". A bountiful harvest creativity awaits you!

If you are planning your Christmas in July projects or getting in early for Christmas, I have some festive pre-cuts in the shop, Joy and Blitzen. Soon to come is the beautiful Aneela Hoey's - Cherry Christmas

Sunday, June 17, 2012

50 weeks of desperation

It all started last year when I had an insane idea to challenge myself to design 50 - 8" blocks in 50 weeks. I also asked 50 guest bloggers to join me and together create a total of 100 new blocks for everyone to enjoy.

Block designs would be drawn on the back of serviettes in a coffee shop or on scraps of paper when waiting to pick up the children from after school activities, then transferred into EQ7 for manipulation.

The blocks were a menagerie of different techniques, using mainly fabrics from my scrap bin, with a  traditional, modern/contemporary theme. When I could, I would show how the blocks would look in different settings and colour ways. The designs were based on things that were part of my everyday life as a stay at home mum running a small business. 

This was not a traditional quilt-a-long but a quilt-if-you-like-along, where the participant could pick and choose which blocks they would use in their projects. There are some blocks I really liked and one day will make quilts using the single block or a combination of a few.

Here is the collection ( not in order ):

1. DHWQ Week 21 - The Star, 2. DHWQ Week 12 - Diamonds in the Rough, 3. DHWQ Week 11 - Kiss Kiss, 4. DHWQ Block 10 - New from Old, 5. DHWQ Week 9 - All washed up, 6. DHWQ Week 8 - Board Games, 7. DHWQ Week 7 - Salt n Pepper, 8. DH6 Week 6 - Phillip Screwdriver, 9. DHWQ Week 5 - Flower Power, 10. DHWQ Week 4 - Bar Jello, 11. Desperate Housewife Block 3 - Evolution, 12. DHWQ Raindrop - Block 2, 13. DHWQ Block 1 - Eight Squared, 14. DHWQ Week 15 - Chocolate Box, 15. DHWQ Week 14 - Venetian Blinds, 16. DHWQ Week 13 - Umbrella, 17. DHWQ Week 16 - Caught in a Web, 18. DHWQ Week 18 - Reflective Surface, 19. DHWQ Week 17 - Swing me around on the Hill hoist, 20. DHWQ Week 20 Talkin' Turkey, 21. DHWQ Week 22 - Ornamentallist, 22. DHWQ Week 23 - Light the Candle, 23. DHWQ Week 24 - Wreath, 24. DHWQ Week 25 - The Sad, Little, Elf Decoration, 25. DHWQ Week 26 - Christmas Lights, 26. DHWQ Week 27 - Four Makes Two, 27. DHWQ Week 28 - Super Nova, 28. DHWQ Week 29 - Painted Road, 29. DHWQ Block - Week 30 Heartfelt, 30. DHWQ Week 31 Layer up Layer upon Layer, 31. DHWQ Block 32 - Shattered Pane, 32. DHWQ Week 33 - Crown, 33. DHWQ Week 34 - Dream Weaver, 34. DHWQ Week 35 Simple, 35. DHWQ Week 36 - Mowing the Lawn, 36. DHWQ Week 39 - Crosses

And here are the 50 blocks made by guest bloggers ( not in order ):

1. DHWQ Week 22 - Guest Blogger Melody, 2. DHWQ Guest Blogger Sharon - Nameless, 3. DHWQ Week 19 - Guest Blogger Lauren - Burst, 4. Week 20 - Guest Blogger John Adams - SpinOut, 5. Guest Blogger Ros - Week 18, 6. Guest Blogger Melissa - Brady Bunch, 7. Guest Week 12 - Linked Squares, 8. DHWQ Guest Blogger - Week 11, 9. Guest Blogger Week 10 - Inspired by Peacock Feathers, 10. Guest Blogger Week 8, 11. DHWQ Guest Blogger Week 6 - Perspective, 12. Guest Blogger Week 7 - Rolling Divide, 13. Guest Blogger Week 5, 14. Guest Blogger - Week 4 Quasar, 15. DHWQ Week 9 Guest Blogger - Lazy Susan, 16. DHWQ Week 23 Guest Blogger - Pat Sloan, 17. Guest Blogger Week 2 - Funky Flower, 18. DHWQ Week 13 - Paint Chips Lynne Goldsworthy, 19. DHWQ Week 24 Guest Blogger Charlie Scott - Snowflake, 20. DHWQ Week 24 - Guest Blogger Sue Belleli - Scrappy Tree, 21. DHWQ Week 25 Guest Paloma - Broken Dishes, 22. DHWQ Week 26 Guest Blogger Belinda, 23. DHWQ Week 27 Guest Blogger Siobhan - Spots and Stripes, 24. DHWQ Week 28 Guest Blogger Benita Skewed Heart, 25. DHWQ Guest Blogger Shruti - Cathedral Windows, 26. DHWQ guest blogger Danielle - Round the Twist, 27. DHWQ Week 31 Guest Blogger Tammie, 28. DHWQ Week 32 - Guest Blogger Jamie Elfert - Amor, 29. DHWQ Week 34 Guest Blogger Monica - Funky Wrench Nut, 30. DHWQ Week 35 Guest Blogger Jan Lanak - Roller Coaster, 31. DHWQ Week 36 Guest Julianna Gasiorowska, 32. DHWQ Week 40 Guest Blogger Charlotte - Katherine Wheel, 33. DHWQ Guest blogger Week 37 - McKenna Powell, 34. DHWQ Guest Blogger Shirley Week 42 - Twisted Triangles, 35. DHWQ Week 44 Guest Blogger Laura - Apple, 36. DHWQ Week 45 guest blogger Jess Frost 37. DHWQ Week 46 Guest Kat Soper, 38. DHWQ Week 47 Guest blogger Debbie Grifka- Pebble Path, 39. DHWQ Week 48 Guest Blogger - Chevron Fly, 40. DHWQ Week 49 Guest Hollie - Shattered Glass, 41. DHWQ Week 49 Guest Mary Anne - House for Sale, 42. DHWQ Week 50 Guest blogger Tracey - The Thrifty Housewife, 43. DHWQ Week 32 Guest Tonya - Pastel Stripes, 44. DHWQ Week 43 Guest Toni - Recycled Denim Daisy, 45. DHWQ Week 50 Guest Blogger Kate - Killers don't wear aprons, 46. DHWQ Week 5- Guest Blogger 4 Patch Fancy, 47. DHWQ Week 50 - Guest Blogger - Button Bug, 48. DHWQ Week 50 Guest Blogger - Wonky Churn Dash, 49. DHWQ Week 50 Guest Blogger - Tumbled Rose, 50. DHWQ Week 50 Guest Blogger - Peach Blossom Perfection

Hard to find good help these days.
The boys were too impatient to let me straighten the quilt.
This quilt is made using all the blocks. I chose the freeform look (laying it on the floor and cutting 3" strips to be randomly placed around and between each block ) I chose greys, charcoals and a text print as a background filler to subdue the vibrant colours in the blocks. These blocks were never supposed to be made into one quilt, I just wanted to collate them into an 'Album' as a memento of the challenge.  My dilemma will be how to quilt it!

My assistant
I hope those who visited my blog each week to view the blocks enjoyed it as much as I did making them. I am so appreciative of all the guests who made their wonderful blocks to share with us each week.

Now on to some unfinished projects.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Chateau Rouge and Juggling Summer

Look what I will be unpacking early next week.

Juggling Summer by Zen Chic

Overlaying laces, dancing balls, juggling circles, nesting labyrinths - let your eyes explore the richness of Juggling Summer's intricate prints. They give you all the colors of a late summer day - the color stories range from rich jewel tones to classic, decadent naturals. With a refined European design esthetic, Zen Chic's premier collection for Moda is a sophisticated line not only for the modern quilter.

Juggling Summer by Zen Chic for Moda
Chateau Rouge by French General

The Chateau Rouge collection was inspired by an old brick chateau we stayed in one summer in a small town, just north of Aix-en-Provence, called St. Remy. The chateau was built in 1789 and throughout the house were armoires that were brimming with old French textiles. I spent days looking through each of the armoires and sketching ideas and color combinations. Outside each window was a field of sunflowers - their brightness seemed to light up the house. The subtle mustard yellows mixed with the old reds - reminds me of the colors at the chateau and my summer in France.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

So proud of my Sister

I am blessed to have four talented sisters. The second youngest, a podiatrist for over 20 years, has developed a new range of beautiful shoes - Lilysole

These shoes were designed to provide the ultimate support and comfort for your foot and look great at the same time. No more clunky shoes or sandals.

Model : Molly the Australian Shepherd pup
I have my eye on the leopard skin ballet slippers. One can never be too stylish while at the long arm quilting machine. I am on my feet most of the day and they are so comfortable.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Eat Your Fruits n Veggies

I was lucky enough to be sent a charm pack of Pat Sloan's new collection - Eat your fruits n veggies. so I made up an EPP (English Paper Pieced) Dresden to showcase the fabrics.

This one will be finding its home on a 15 1/2" square of Grey quilters linen or maybe red Sketch? Hmm, which will I chose?

Chose the grey....

I will use citrus, lime, orange and grey perle cottons to quilt this panel.

This is the second block I designed using the blue/red combinations from the charm pack.

Jasper Carrot

Today I visited the beautiful Jenny and her lovely dogs. Two and a half years ago I was lucky enough to take home Jasper at 9 weeks old to become part of our family.

Jasper is the most loving and gentle dog, as are all Jenny's pups.

Not only did I receive a wonderful dog but made a lovely friend in the process.

This is Jaspers family saying good-bye.

Left to Right: Jake (Dad), Charlotte (GF), Gemma (mum) and Madeline (Grandmother)
Today, I went bearing gifts for Jenny's wee grandchildren.

For the grandson - a quick and simple quilt made from 2 charm packs of Max and Whiskers and some co-ordinating yardage.

T - Max and Whisker by Basic Grey for Moda.
Washed to give it that crinkly look
Dancing poodles and other dogs for the quilting
My favourite Max and Whiskers print for the back
For the Granddaughter - the Pink with a splash of Orange quilt from the ModabakeShop.

Thank you Jenny for your beautiful friendship and most beloved family pet.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt Week 50 - Hair

Welcome to week 50 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about curved piecing from 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.

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 will be chock a block with guests to make up the missing spots over the last 50 weeks.

My first guest for this week is the lovely Tracey Rampling from The Peony Teacup. Tracey has created two blocks for me. Firstly, this gorgeous heart themed block - The Thrifty Housewife and secondly - Peach Blossom Perfection, made from 1" hexagons.

My second guest this week is the bubbly Kate Haydon Cruchley from Kate Quilts. Kate has designed this scrumptious block - Killers don't wear aprons. Hmm

My third guest is Shirley Petersen who enjoyed making her first block so much she is back for a second. Shirley does not have a blog but her post can be found here - 4 patch fancy.

My fourth guest is Elaine Morgan from Hand Made -n's. Elaine has made this cute little foundation pieced bug block - Button Bug

My fifth guest is Anna Veach from Urban Stitches. Anna has revamped the classic churn dash - Wonky Churn Dash

My Sixth and final guest for this week is Cassie Joughin from Cass the Coolest blog. Cassie has made this cool dimensional rose block - Tumbled Rose

Flick your hair in the slow motion and feel like a movie star.

  • Freezer Paper or Template Plastic
  • Extra fine Permanent Marking Pen / Pencil
  • Large Fabric Scraps
There are many methods to make templates and sew curves. Today I will show you one method which involves, freezer paper. If you don't like sewing curves by machine, this block would be very easy to hand sew.
  • Download the templates from here. Remember not to 'Fit to Page' or Scale when printing. (Templates are already mirrored)
  • Trace the template pieces on to the dull side of freezer paper. Cut out adding 1/4" seam allowance all the way around.
  • Using a warm iron, press the pieces onto the wrong size of fabric, trace around the template to mark the fabric and cut out piece.
  • Remove freezer paper and clip sparingly the inside curves. (This relaxes the seam so it it easier to manipulate the seam when sewing the curved pieces together).
  • Sew pieces, C,D,E,F,G, and H together.
  • Sew pieces A and B together.
  • Join the 2 sections.
Here is a one video on how to do curved piecing. The web is full of great tutorials, so have a look around and pick one that is comfortable for you.

The truth be told, I don't pin and I use my 1/4" foot for most curved blocks. I use my left hand to hold the top fabric and lift slightly and the right hand to manipulate the bottom fabric. I find that only doing a few stitches at a time and then readjusting works for me. I use a stiletto to anchor the pieces at the end where it can get a bit tricky.

Don't be afraid of the curve! If you think about it, a curve is a bent straight line. If you can sew a straight line, you can easily sew a curve. Just slow down and sew a few stitches at a time.

If I am doing a whole quilt in curve piecing I will use the Curve Master foot.

Let's Play

The Block - 8" finished
On point layout
On Point Layout 
Horizontal Layout
Horizontal Layout 
Horizontal Layout

This is the final block in the series. I hope you have enjoyed the blocks as much as I have had making them.
Over the next few weeks I will be posting the completed quilt.

*** 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 ***