Monday, 3 August 2015

Beginner BoM August

 Hello! and Welcome

Today we carry on with our Beginner Block of the Month
We really are so close to finishing up you can almost taste it....
The BoM for August is our #8 on the plan. We need to make TWO of these blocks.

This is our block for August - 3 Stars.
By now you have really had every kind of beginner block thrown at you. You are all stars for sticking to it. You can make your block any which way you'd like - scrappy, patterned, plain - I'm sure they are going to be lovely!

I"m really sorry I can't show you all how to put it all together in photos - its because I just can't sew anything right about now. My "frozen shoulder" is really painful and my arm is 'trapped' against the side of my body so everything I do has to be done by my 'stupid - but trying hard' left hand.

The instructions to make your block are really easy:

* you cut out your pieces of the pattern
l* lie them out in front of you and write onto the piece which colour fabric you'd like to use.
* Sew them up as per usual - nothing too difficult here
* Join them up and join them to the body of your quilt.
** You can sew the top and bottom rows together already but the middle section of the quilt will have to wait just a little for the large center block.

I made a 'simulation' of the images for the beginner blocks into a virtual quilt.

The quick links to the patterns are on the Beg BOM page HERE

Have fun making your quilts!

Friday, 31 July 2015

BOM #8 Oceans

Hello to everyone!

Today we would normally do our Friday Link-Up, BUT
because the 1st is tomorrow and on a Saturday, Ive decided to rather go ahead with
the Block of the Month for our Oceans Quilt. 

We will do our link up again next week Friday. 

For the month of August we have a
Red Octopus

You can either make your block with a darker background and sitting on a rock or you can make it lighter and sitting on the sand.

either way they both look great...

Our block was made up for us by a friend -
Jewel Shepherd of the USA. Thanks so much for helping me out. The photos and the block turned out great!

Let's get to it -

Cut out your pattern and write onto the sections which colour fabric you would like to use where.

Looks like a lot of pieces, but none of them are difficult to put together.

You can make a little fabric chart to keep track of everything or you could pin a little note onto the larger pieces of the fabrics - whatever makes it easier for you to quickly grab the correct fabric.

I think this is why I just write the number of the fabric I'm using onto the segment or write the name = just easier for me to follow.

I also do this - I put all the pieces out onto my desk and then divide up the sections into "how best to tackle this beast"

The instructions will tell you how to sew this block together once you have made each of the sections.

Once I've divided and sub divided my pieces up then all that's left is to sew this bad boy together.
This is the #8 BoM for Oceans - Red Octopus = Finished!
Looking amazing!

The block is Free for August in my Craftsy Shop
I hope you all enjoy making this one too

You can find more info and the Quick Links Here


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Lake Quilt-A-Long #5

Today is our #5 installment of the Lake Quilt a Long
We are already starting the second row of piecing this week.

Our photo's are courtesy of Karin Pope of the UK. Thanks so much! They're wonderful and your art quilt is looking fabulous!

Let's get to it -

 As usual preparation is really the key!!
You need to cut out your pattern pieces, tape the larger ones together - you can use bits of sellotape - and plan your colours.

This piece of our quilt will sit next to the piece #1 so you need to carry on with those colours you used for the trees and the edge of the lake.

Write onto each segment the colour you need so that you don't have to go back to the colour chart every single time.

You can precut a few scraps for each piece or you can lay out your colours in front of you and pull from that pile each time you need it.

Eventually you will get a 'rhythm' that works for you and you can stick to that if its comfortable for you.
 Then its onto the sewing!!

 Make each of the segments first before sewing them all together.

That's where the instruction sheet kicks in - once you have your pieces sewn, then it shows you how to put them all together to finish your block.

Here is a close up of piece AV.
you will notice that this piece has a slight angle to it.
What Karin done was sew in one direction from the angle and then turn the piece around and sew on the line up to the place where she started.
You can also just keep sewing in one direction as long as you stay on the line and go with the angle it gives you.

This is our Piece #5 finished. The goose is looking great!

Unfortunately you can't sew #5 to anything yet. Once the row (#5,6,7) are done, you can join them together and then sew the two rows together. 

This is our Lake Art Quilt so far ... Really lovely!

Now it's your turn !!

** If you missed the previous weeks blog posts on how we put it all together, you can find them in the Art Quilt page - under the image of the Forest or the Lake. Each of the 12 weeks will also be posted there for others who will make their quilt a little later....


Anyone still looking to join us with the Lake QAL?


Monday, 27 July 2015

Monday's News

Wow, its already downhill to the end of the month...
July is almost done...

What do I want to share as news today??

I've finished 2 Row A Long patterns - 
the one for the EQ7 Seasons Row a Long happening in September - YaaaY!
A small peek at one of the blocks in my row for Autumn

Going to be EPIC!

and one for a Row A Long I want to host at some time....
This is my African landscape row
still busy on the Desert and the Jungle...
 They are paper pieced and 14x 60" (37 x 150 cm) rows - easy intermediate level
Anyone interested??

So many ideas....
need to give up sleeping it would seem ...

Winner for our Friday Link up:  Link #7 - let me know...

Have a Lovely Monday!

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Friday Link Up #28

YAAAAY! Its Friday!

I <3 Fridays...

Which means -  its also time for our Weekly
Paper Piecing Link Up!!

These are 2 of my new patterns that are in my Craftsy shop.

Tea Cup - 6" (16.5 cm)

Geometric Leaf - 10" (26.5 cm)

Link up your blocks, designs etc and let's have a wonderful party. 
Visit a few, leave some love...

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Week 4 - Lake Quilt A Long

wow, time is flying here
it's already the 4th week of our Quilt A Long

Our beautiful photos are as usual courtesy of Karin Pope in the UK. 

Lets get started:

Cut out your pieces and tape together the largest one - you can use sellotape - and lay the pieces out before you.
Not a lot to do this week.

Make your decisions about which colours you would like to use where, and write it onto the pattern.

Once you have the colour choices down, you can go ahead and either cut your fabric pieces (remembering to have a little extra for seams) or you can arrange the fabrics out before you for easy 'grabbing' purposes....

Then the sewing begins....

This is one of the oysters on the bottom (who cares that they don't live in lakes - they're cute anyway)

Karin was telling me that when she lifted the piece up to check on the fabric placement, she thought they also looked like little eyes looking at her - and now that's about all my brain wants to see.... LOL! it really does.

don't be scared to use your pins if you need the fabric to "stay" where you put it. Some pieces love to test your patience.
Even though I've been doing paper piecing for a while, I still get pieces where I can yank out my hair and rip things out - for the second time - and have to do it again.

All part of the process I guess.
In the end it's all worth it.

This is our Week 4 finished piece. Just beautiful! Karin I love your fabrics.
The geometric feel of the whole quilt is really coming out again here.

Once you've finished, you can sew the week 3 and 4 parts together.


See, I told you a few small bits would make your art quilt totally worth it.

You will have to fight people off - they will all want this once its done....

That's it for this week.

I hope you all have fun putting your lake together.

** If you missed the previous weeks blog posts on how we put it all together, you can find them in the Art Quilt page - under the image of the Forest or the Lake. Each of the 12 weeks will also be posted there for others who will make their quilt a little later....


Anyone still looking to join us with the Lake QAL?

Monday, 20 July 2015

Monday's - Catch Up

Wow of the 8 commission blocks I got in over the last few months, I've managed to finish 6 already! Yaaay! Only 2 more cars to go and I'm done!...

Here are a few of the blocks I've finished lately...

Have a Lovely Monday!

Our link-up winners are ALL of you!
Let me know which free pattern you would like (value up to S5)

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