Wednesday, 17 September 2014

WiP sort of anyway...

Wow! what a week it's been already...

I haven't done any sewing this week - just too busy with the magazine (really excited!) and catching up on long lost housework....booo!


I was so excited to get a few photos from my friend Ulrike Brandl in Germany. She has been following the Hippos Parade and making some of the blocks. Take a look - they are sooo amazing. Her hippos are sooo cute! I just love every one of them. Thanks Ulrike, I just love your work and all your help with the improvements.


 






I think the Hippo Pirate is still my favourite!

I just love his parrot and then the whole cheeky attitude.


Its just jump up and down dang cute!!!









 Just before I run ....
 

















Do you ever remember this Zebra?
It's made of paper and stands about 15cm high - my son made it for me.
Tooooo Amazing!

Well, now check out this violin he made. Its about 30cm high. The detail is absolutely staggering!




That's it for Wednesday... must get back to work....



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Monday, 15 September 2014

Monday QAL News

Wow, already the middle of September - time is really flying now.... downhill to Christmas....

Today sees our progress (Week 5) on our Art Quilt QAL for the "Quiet Landscape"


 
The pattern pieces were really not a problem this week - no large pieces.
They were actually a lot faster and easier to put together.

The church is a light beige colour but the light in my sewing room shows it to be darker. This is just to get the general idea. Small things like the grass not wanting to line up doesn't bother me anymore, because I can always "fix" it once I get to do a bit of sewing onto the quilt top and a little FMQ later on.
 

 The church is now completed and sewn together.  The bottom and top halves will only be joined last. It makes it easier to handle the pieces and joining them together.

That's It!
I hope you're all still sewing up a storm...

NEWS:  winner from Friday paper piecing party - The Night Quilter.
Congrats! I will email you asap

Have a good Monday!


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Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday's Paper Party

Its that time of the week again....


Its time to show some of your creations, designs, blocks - anything made with Paper Piecing....
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This is my "Waterfall" Art Quilt I've been busy with  - trying to get it finished







The quilted lines of the water was done in grey/ white variegated thread.





Here we have the finished piece. My design wall  is a piece of batting that hangs in front of the cupboard doors, so the cupboard handles keep getting in my way. Aaaargh!!!
They stick out in the quilt and make it bulge in places - 

(Ah ha! idea!) so I tugged and pulled a little and sewed it down in places and held it up in places and a 3D quilt was born.....



I have to take this photo from the side so that you can see the water, some of the rocks and the main part of the waterfall all bulge out and make the waterfall seem much more realistic.


  From the front you don't really get the full effect of it. 


Now! Lets get on with Paper Piecing Party Time!.....

Link up your amazing blocks and lets visit a few too...


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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

WiP Wednesday - again...

Oh my, I feel exhausted! drop down on the floor and just lie there kind of exhausted!
I think after the flu that thought it lived here with us has passed we all might need some kind of tonic to get our immune systems back up.

Anyhoo, what have you been up to this week - anything new? anything exciting?

I've been making my "Waterfall" abstract Art Quilt pattern -


This is the design I made and then just couldn't help myself - I just had to make this one...
The block measures 18 x 22" and is on the Intermediate level
The pattern is available in my Craftsy shop.


and here it is - finished phase 1.  Now it needs to be quilted and given a few details in the sewing.


This is the close up of the water. 

That's it for today
Have a great day!



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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Art Quilt QAL

Today is our Art Quilt QAL Week 4 -



The pieces need to be taped together again - I tried writing the numbers onto each piece so that you all could see which piece belonged where. I hope it helped...

The pieces are all very straight foward - only the one is a little large. Just use pins to secure your fabrics.



This is my week 4 block finished. It doesn't get attached to the other pieces just yet. We are going to be making a top half and bottom half and then sew those 2 together last.





This is a close-up of the sheep grazing in the grass....

I was at first worried that it wouldn't stand out as a sheep, but its cute, so its fine.....







This is the progress so far....

Now you can get an idea of how big your amazing Art Quilt is going to be

I saw the photos posted to the Flickr group and they are Amazing!
I just love the fabrics used... really cool!


That's Tuesday...






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Monday, 8 September 2014

Blog Around the World...

Hello, and Welcome! Please come in..... 
make yourself at home

Today is my turn for "Blog around the World"

Please, sit down, get comfy and let's get started......

Can I get you something? a tea perhaps .....





 So tell me, who is Janeen van Niekerk?

Well, first of all a child of God, a born-again Spirit filled believer, a radical if you will...
Wife of Herman, mother of Kevin, Heather and Johan, 
Owner of Pepsi (Jack Russel), Frank and Chibi (spoilt cats)
Retired Psych. Counselor and now full time Quilter, Pattern designer, stay at home slave.....
quirky sense of humour - just ME...

More tea? 


 











When did you start quilting?


I'm not really sure... I loved sewing in general since I was in Primary School and they let us use those tiny Singers with the handle you have to turn to get it to sew, but we never had a sewing machine at home so it was just something in the back of my head.

Only once I re-married in 1991 (first husband died - all okay, was very long ago) and my 2nd husband bought me a sewing machine did I really start to make small items and generally something for my babies.
We lived in a small town and the women had a small quilting group which I tried to "apply" to but because we weren't very important in the town, so the answer was NO! Boooooo!
I made small quilts on my own and read about them in books from the library...

 
 
 
 Why the love of Paper Piecing?

Only last year in 2013 did I learn that there was such a thing as Paper Piecing - had no clue that it even existed until about Feb '13. Watched YouTube videos on how to and from looking at Images on the Internet, saw a "bird" pattern made by Johanna from Shape Moth and joined in the Forest QAL she and her friends were hosting.


 





This is the first ever quilt I made with Paper Piecing. Blocks were from all over.


 Somehow this was just what I needed and was looking for, and soon I was making patterns from different designers and once I got going I just couldn't get enough! I love art and painting and drawing and mosaic etc. so this was like adding sewing to all of the art and BANG! we got 
Quilt Art Designs.....

Only problem was that I could never find patterns I liked, so I decided that I needed to make my own blocks. I tried to find someone to teach me how to make the patterns, but that was a bust.... I had to basically figure it out on my own..... 

This pattern is one of those very first ones.... Not very exciting but actually works....

My daughter and her boyfriend suggested that I start a small blog and a shop at Craftsy......
In the first 2 months of very nervously starting out and putting about 5 patterns into my very own "Indie Designer Shop" I had officially started something that I liked and that I wanted to do....

People started downloading those patterns at the speed of white lightening and so many emailed me and told me that they had also been looking for something just like the patterns I was making, 
so on we went....  
Now I have my patterns in Craftsy,  Etsy,  EQ7,  Pattern spot and Thread Bias
(all buttons are on my sidebar)

I've also had my E-books on Amazon for a while, but I decided to take them off because they are pattern downloads and on Kindle you can't print them out.....
 now all available in my shops

What's happening now?  

Shew! so much....

In 2014 we saw the start of Paper Piecing 1/4" Digital Magazine and that's been very exciting... still growing the ideas....
For now the magazine has it's own blog - www.qadpublishing.blogspot.com





 Magazine is a quarterly and shows paper piecing can also be fun!


 Can only get better....













We made our own Art Quilt in a QAL -



 

I joined a club where we swap postcards all over the world - love it...





I started the "In the Garden" Block of the Month and that's been a total blast for me as well as those following along.













We also have a Friday's Paper Piecing party day
where people link up their beautiful creations

Need to quickly just add: Winner from Friday - Link #7 (Dreamworthyquilts) - email me please!






I was invited to submit a few of my Art Quilts to a Quilt Show in USA in October (wish I could go with the quilts, but the Post Office won't let me....booo!)


I've made friends with other bloggers in other countries,
learned new skills (Free Motion Quilting - ongoing....),
making videos tutorials for You Tube
Having loads of FUN!!


Still thinking about the African Fabrics online idea.....
just need a better name...


That's it - that's ME ...




Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me, stuck by me, left a positive comment and joined in the general fun.... XOXO...

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Going to Nominate for the next Blog Around the World - Connie from Freemotion by the River








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