Thursday, 17 April 2014

Magazine Launch!

Today I'm really excited to tell you all a nugget of good news.....

Drumroll please ...........................

I've launched the First Edition of my digital magazine - Paper Piecing 1/4"

This will be a quarterly digital magazine showcasing paper piecing patterns and designers.

If you would like to submit a proposal for the magazine then please contact me:
janeenvn@gmail.com

Thanks


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

WIP Mini-Quilt

Wow, its Wednesday already!

I've been busy on another project for Fine Craft Guild doing a mini-quilt or a table mat for total newbies. It has actually been a load of fun deciding which block and how big and then all the photos that need taking of each step of the way.

Here's a quick photo overview -




 Here's the start - choosing fabrics ....












Then came the cutting of the squares..

we cut 4 Light colour blocks - 4.5"
4 Medium colour blocks - 4.5"
and 1 Dark colour block - 1"

 (!! no, not really - 4.5")




I decided that the easiest for a beginner to quilting and patchwork would be a "Nine Patch" block.

Then we sewed the rows and joined it all up....




But Nine Patches are soooooo boring, so we decided to chop it up again......

Loads of fun!




Spin two blocks around and then ....
sew it all back together again!!!






A "Disappearing Nine Patch" is soooo much better. This cute technique can produce so many different looks...


Great for beginners.


 
Making rows of 3x3 blocks
The rows are great, there is no lining up of small bits.
If your seams are correct - 1/4" then everything should work out perfectly without any headaches....

Second row already on and then...


3x3 rows of the finished top of our mini-quilt. The top is 34" (87cm)
Now I just need to do the borders and back...


This is it for Wednesday...
I've finished designing the block for my BOM "In the Garden" and its beautiful!!!

But for now I need to get busy with my block for QAL  Friday.

Thanks to everyone who has been posting photos to our Flickr group - I just love seeing all your hard work. Really wonderful!


Linking up with:


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced  Sew Fresh Quilts 


Monday, 14 April 2014

Block back from the Tester!

What a lovely Surprise!!

I always wonder if beginners will be able to 'figure out' the paper piecing blocks that I design and if I make them too hard. The word "easy" on a pattern is so subjective and what's easy for me is not necessarily easy for anyone else.

But today, yes I have renewed hope today ......

I have a 'pattern tester' who is a complete newbie - and she amazed me with this block she made from my Transportation Collection Blocks.

This is the "Bus" block. The block measures 12" (30cm) and is really easy to put together. (I have Proof!) All the Transport blocks are available in my Craftsy  Shop.

Just look at those little kids on the bus, sooooo cute!

This is just amazing!! I LOVE IT!

Thank you very much! This is just wonderful!

We have won over another one to the paper side! LOL!

Have a good Monday....






Friday, 11 April 2014

Friday Roundup!

Yaaay! it's Friday.

Friday always feels good - even if the weather isn't, even if the laundry needs doing, even if there's a ton of work to be done..... Friday is a 'good' day!!

First up on our parade we have "Girl in the Wind" Art Quilt - Week 7.






I made my 4 pieces first and then gave them a good press. Then joined up the pieces according to the instructions and BINGO sewed up the block in no time at all.

This is the week 7 block done and dusted!!

I taped up a piece of batting onto the cupboard doors and pinned my blocks onto it so that I could take a better photo of our "girl" without cupboard door handles in her face.


Only thing it fell down as soon as the camera went 'click'. LOL!! I really need a design wall, but this room has NO available space for me to make one - What to Do???



After this 'column' of blocks we have one more - 4 columns altogether and then we do the face, join up all the rows and presto we will be finished!

Second item on our agenda today - My triangle randomness......


This is how it all started.....

That itch! The need to sew something ......

and must visit the fabric factory.....

Then the cutting madness starts..








 

Then it breaks out even further and the joining starts,

you break out into a cold sweat,
but you just can't stop ....








 One row becomes two, then three, you tell yourself you'll only do one more, you can stop anytime you want to........




When you look at the time, it says 00H01 and you know its all downhill from there......




But in the morning, with the sun shining in through the windows, it all looks rosey!!


This is 7 rows in, not sure when the madness will end.....

Random is proving to be a wild ride!!











This is the finished top - I had to lay it on the floor to get a photo - 36 x 48"
Now I need a rest......

Have a good week-end....



This is going to be my new Avatar  -  I just love it - even looks like me with the curly hair and glasses - really...no, really!

If you look really close, you'll see the wrinkles etc. LOL, really LOL!



Linking up with TGFF, Crazy Mom, Quiet Play and anyone else having a party today.......


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

WIP Wednesday

I've been doing a little of what I love most - designing new patterns...

Here are 2 new patterns I've been working on in between sewing up my triangles.



This is the 'mini-excavator'

This block measures 12" (30cm) and is part of the Transport Collection I'm working on. So far we have 8 blocks altogether.


slowly but surely I'll get all of them done....




This little cutie also measures 12" (30cm) and was just screaming to get out and meet you all.
Meet "Cute Rabbits".

This is not part of the Garden Theme but is soooo damn cute it could be if you so decided.




Both blocks are in my Craftsy Shop.







Now it's back to my Triangles - I never would have thought that 'random' could be so difficult for me....

I keep thinking that 'this one is too close to that one, and this colour clashes with the one next to it, or the patterns make my eyes feel like I'm watching tennis'. My quilt top is half way now, so I'm hoping for Friday, but I've also remembered I have to make my next block for my Art Quilt......

Have a good Wednesday!!


Monday, 7 April 2014

Monday's Progress

Its Monday and Im already busy......

Today I'm posting about our Art Quilt QAL and the Triangle QAL progress.

We're already at week 6 of the "girl in the wind" art quilt.... wow, time just flies when you're having to do everything at once. LOL!!

Here's my block and a little on how it got there...

 I made all my segments first and then joined them up into two big pieces.



Here you can see the block completed.


This block does not get joined to any other block just yet, so keep it one side until the next block which will go beneath it and join up to it.






Here are all my blocks still stuck with press stick to the cupboard doors. When you stand back and get a good look, you can already see the movement in the hair starting to form.

Not too long and we will be done with this one...

How far are all of you with your blocks??




Next up on the progress report is my Triangle QAL - (its over at Sassy Quilter) - button on sidebar...



 These are some of the fabrics I started out with - I wanted something in purples and blues. I later had to go back and get a few more because everything started to look too dark.

Then it was the cutting, cutting, cutting .....





 I wanted to just do something with random colours anywhere, and that turned into a bit of a nightmare for me. I never really realised that I would struggle to just let things flow.

With that said, I've only done 2 finished rows and started with the 3rd.
I'm hoping between the housework and the workmen, I'll get a few more done this week ....

Last night the geyser went on the fritz and when we woke up the bathroom and passage were under water.  WTF!!!


 Anyway, that's it for now, hope you're all having a better day!



Friday, 4 April 2014

April HST BoM

Today is our Half Square Triangle BoM turn, so let me introduce you all to:

"Letter to my love"

I've decided to call it by that name because I see 4 letters to be posted in the pattern, as well as one large parcel being opened and there is something inside.

What do you see?


 This is how I made my HST Block-

I had White and 4 other darker white with black print fabrics.
After cutting my squares 4,5" and paring them up (instructions in the pattern will tell you how many you need), I drew 3 diagonal lines on each of them - my lines each a 1/4" apart.

 

 I sewed along the 2 outer lines and then cut along the middle line - to make 2 HST
I 'chain pieced' all the squares this way to save a little time.





When doing this method to get 2 HST you need to add 1" to the desired measurement of your square. This is so that you can still sew and cut and then have space to trim and still have your 1/4" seam.

(want a 3,5" HST block - then add 1" = cut two 4,5" squares, sew, cut once diagonally, trim - will have two 3,5" squares)




 These are some of the HST waiting to be trimmed down to 3,5".


The small 4,5" ruler is the best thing ever. Once you line up the middle line and find your 3,5" mark, you cut around the ruler and turn your work and do the same for the other two sides, you are left with a lovely square. 

Then all that's left is to follow the instructional guide for placement of the squares. Sew each row of blocks with seams in opposite directions for easier  lining up and then sew each row together.


Here is my finished block for April - 18"

I'm just loving the monotone effect of the black and white on this project.




This block is something of a mind puzzle. I was counting how many squares I could find in the pattern and I counted ........

wait, tell me how many squares you can see in this block first -

First who gets it right - prize follows.



 These are our other HST BoM blocks so far -


Pattern is available in my Craftsy  shop or find the link in the HST Bom Page

I hope you enjoy making yours too.

The "Girl in the Wind" QAL post will be up on Monday.

Have a great week-end!


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