Thursday, 23 October 2014

Paper Piecing Party Link-Up #12

Hello and Welcome
 to another Paper piecing Party Link-Up!

Thank you to every one of you for joining in and showing some of your incredible talent. I love all of them - and to visit your blogs or photos - really amazing!

 Only thing I've managed to finish this week was a 'commission' piece design -  
Sleeping Dog (18 x 24")

Thanks so much for all the 'get well soon' messages. I really appreciate all of them. 
It's unfortunately back to the dentist for me for more of the root canal treatment. Happy Day!

Link up your blocks, designs and photos and let's have a party! 
Visit a few and we will all talk on Monday! 
Luv u guys! 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WiP Wednesday

Wow this month is really in a hurry!

Do you also feel that way? It feels as if just yesterday was the beginning of the month...
This is really time flying.....

I still haven't done any sewing - much to my anxiety! but I really can't even sit down or walk around for ten minutes. Doctor says it must be a nerve that is angry..... something to do with the large intestine and the amount of medication I've been taking for my teeth....
Getting old just plain sucks!!

Anyhooo.... I'm showing a few of my designs for Halloween. We don't dress up or do the collecting sweets thing here - I guess with good reason...just not very safe anymore.

If you need me, I'll be the one lying down and looking at all your blogs from my iPad.

Halloween Patterns:
Visit JaneenVN's Craftsy Pattern Store »

There is still the free download of the Halloween Bat here on the blog too -
Don't forget to visit my Pattern Shop here on the blog too - thanx!

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Monday Already!

Hello and welcome
please make yourself comfortable
grab a tea and a cookie and lets chat...
 Free Download Pattern (10")

I can't actually believe its Monday - already...
the week-end flew by in a haze of pain pills and backache

I must first of all say Sorry! to the QAL ladies, I haven't made my week 10 block yet, so I can't show anything... sewing is just killing me right now - who knows?????

The only thing I finished was my "Donut" block from Shape Moth Sew Sweet QAL on Friday. These blocks are just so cute, I actually can't wait for the next 2.

I was looking at everyone's amazing work from the Link-Up party we had on Friday - Well Done! You have all  made such amazing blocks and quilts. I love them all.

Here is another link to a free pattern - Halloween Bat Mug Rug/table mat (10 x 14")

Thanks for joining in!

That's it for Monday - I really need to go and lie down...

Don't forget to visit my Pattern Shop here on the blog too - thanx!

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Friday Fun!


Today is another Paper Piecing Party Link-Up!
Bring your amazing creations and join in the fun

Just look at this amazing mini-quilt Ken Ritzline made - Totally Awesome!

Here is something I'm working on at the moment. I started making the Retro Kitchen blocks from Kristy @ Quiet Play but I lost interest, and now I'm going to add the Sew Sweet desert blocks from Joanna @ Shape Moth. I can't wait to make my "doughnut" block to add to these.
It seems to have got the mini-quilt back on track...

Please link up something new that we haven't seen before....

Don't forget to visit my Pattern Shop here on the blog too - thanx!

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Cupcakes anyone?

What have you been up to lately?

Yesterday I had a day of just sitting and sewing - and not even a pattern of my own. It was loads of fun. Sometimes working all hours to get things done and finished can suck the fun out of things. On my short break I realized that I want to also have more ME time and do other things too.

This cute "Cupcake" block is designed by Joanna from Shape Moth.
She is having a QAL - "Sew Sweet" over on her blog.

I have such a soft spot for her and her designs because this is where I learned to love paper piecing. After making a few beginner blocks I found her site and started doing the Forest QAL. Totally fell in love with all things paper......

I'm going to use these sweet blocks together with my other retro kitchen blocks and make up a whole cute kitchen mini-quilt.

I also decided on our next BOM for 2015 -
The theme will be "Oceans"
I'll make up a page for it all soon and you can already decide if you're in....
Everything will work the same as this year's BOM - In the Garden

That's it for today...

Don't forget to visit my Pattern Shop here on the blog too - thanx!

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Monday's News

I haven't posted anything on the Art Quilt QAL - "Quiet Landscape" for about 2 weeks now.

Here are some of my photos of how I caught up with all  of you still busy doing the weekly pattern piece.

I think this is where I was last. I had also just changed the grass fabric behind the sheep.

The photo makes the whole quilt look so small here, but believe me, its really large....

Here is week 7 - completing the river bank and the road.

Here I wanted to show you all something really unusual. After figuring out the puzzle that was Piece A - I found that when joining the top and bottom part there was a 'step' in the pieces. Thank heavens it was repeated on the top piece as well and still fitted together really well.

One thing must be noted. I only do the design. The software produces the pattern to the size. Ive never had problems with the patterns, this was just really unusual.....

This is the river section - week 8 all done.

Here is week 9 and now the river banks are finished.

The bottom half is now completed and now we work on the trees. In 3 weeks all is done and dusted!!

This is my Art Quilt's bottom half. Not looking too bad. I'm also starting to think of what type of free motion quilting I want to use on the river and on the grass.

That's Monday....

Don't forget to visit my Pattern Shop here on the blog too - thanx!

Thanks to everyone who posted something for our Paper Piecing Party...... 
Link 5 will be getting a free pattern. 

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Friday, 10 October 2014

Paper Piecing Party #11

Hello! and Welcome to
our Paper Piecing Party Link-Up

I've been really busy this week doing all kinds of "catch-up" and I squeezed a few new designs in too...

This little foal is just too cute!
He measures 16"
The sections are all large so its actually very easy to put together.

These are 2 'traditional' designs that I spruced and now are even put together with ......

yes, paper piecing....

You knew I was a junkie.....

Just look at these options with the Weave block -
it makes a fantastic looking quilt.

The halloween fabrics quilt is just as cute!

Don't forget to visit my Pattern Shop here on the blog too - thanx!

Now, show me a little of your latest paper piecing craze.....

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

WiP Wednesday...

Wow, I have actually already caught up on all my work and blocks I had to finish!! Yaay! It just shows you what a holiday can do for you...

I want to show you a few other designs I also have been working on and a few are already in my Craftsy shop.

Before we get there - I would like to draw your attention to something I have also finished -
My Pattern Shop - here on my blogsite. It replaces all the old galleries and images I had and now it also is a direct link to the pattern in my Craftsy Shop too.... Tooo Coool!

The page is on the header bar above... Take a look - everything is sorted into Categories and is alphabetical. The Free patterns are also there. Every time I add to my shop it will update and be available immediately. Wonderful!!!

Now lets have a look at a few new patterns -

 The Parrot is a large size:
30 x 24" and is on the advanced intermediate level.
This would make a fantastic wall hanging.
Category - Birds

The Arum Lilies are 12 x 18" and also on the Intermediate Level.
category - flowers

This is "Cat and Pumpkin" and just in time for something for Halloween.

This pattern measures 18" and is on the intermediate level.

Category - Halloween


Our Circle of geese is on the easy intermediate level and measures 12"(30cm)

Category - Geese

The cute Scarecrow Girl is 12" (30cm) and on the easy intermediate level.
Category - Thanksgiving

The Snowflake pattern measures 12"(30cm) and is on the easy intermediate level.

 Category - Christmas

The "Leaf" is an Easy level pattern and measures 6" (16cm).

Category -Traditional

 That's it for today. I have a few commissions to finish, so I need to get cracking!

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Monday's News!

Hello to everyone!

We are back from our quick trip and it was really good for the soul...
Some much needed rest and seeing so many amazing animals.

Here are a few of the photos we took. I dont have a good camera, so my daughter took these with her cell phone camera - can you believe it? (Good Grief they turned out really great!) - its the new Lumia from Nokia....

This group of Lions lying in the sun was really cool. Really close to the road. They blend in so well you have to struggle to find them sometimes.

 We saw loads of Elephants. Always a treat to see the babies... 

This old Buffalo was really holding up the traffic.

On our morning drive we saw this hippo in the road. Usually just see them in the rivers or on their "beach".

  These Hyenas were having a snooze at the side of the road. My husband kept shouting "Mufasa" at them to see if there was any reaction.....
We really had such a week of laughing - just what I needed!

The Rhino's were really scarce ......
Leopards we did see, but only through the binoculars

Wild Dogs also having a nap and a lovely Giraffe at the side of the road.

Lots of the southern part of the park was burned for the summer season so there was hardly anything to see there.

The days were very hot so after about 11H00 we just went to lie on our beds in the chalets. (38deg C)

Anyway, now its back to work! I will be on "catch up" this week so I'm hoping that by next week this time it will all be back on track.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Paper Piecing Parties - I had my iPad with me so I could see what everyone was posting (that's when there was any signal). Really great! I will be sending you all a pattern I have been working on...


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