Monday, 23 May 2016

Mondays News!

Hi there!
You're not going to believe it.....


I have finished with all my commissions, finished with the BOM blocks,
 finished with the magazine patterns....

This whole week I have almost no work to do.....

FANDAMNTASTIC!! 




Im going to have a mini holiday before we start with June BOM's etc....




Our Ribbons QAL will be starting 6 July for a quick 6 weeks...
Easy pattern - even can be completed by a novice.
I'll post more about it in June.








The Noah's Ark QAL will be a loooong one....
It has quite a few sections to be done - but totally worth it...

Once the Ribbons are done, this one will start and we will just have to keep one another encouraged...













If you're up for helping to test the Magazine patterns - then please let me know and I'll send you the pattern.

Have a good week...

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Thanks for stopping by!







Friday, 20 May 2016

Friday Fun Day


Today's Friday - and that means
another Friday Fun Day!!

I wanted to show you all a new Art Quilt that I've finished designing and writing up all the instructions.



This one can be turned into a quick 6 weeks QAL.

Its on the Easy level and I'm confident that even beginners who have a little experience with paper piecing could even make this one...










This Art Quilt Measures 38 x 52" (90 x 130 cm) 
and is beautiful in either a light or dark background.

QAL will cost USD $15.00

Anyone interested? 
Its good to go for the 1 June - 6 July OR alternatively the 6 July - 10 Aug.

Let me know at - janeenvn (at) gmail (dot) com
and we can make this beauty using up a lot of scraps and odd colours from your stash.

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Now it's your turn to Link up something you'd love to share with everyone ...



Have a Great Week-End!






Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Lighthouse QAL Week 7&8




Hello!




Today Im doing the last 2 weeks of the Quilt A Long on the Lighthouse.

Im going to be doing Week 7 & 8








This is Week 7 pattern piece

Only once I had finished the whole thing, I realized that I didn't take any photos of the process....


I made the top of the lighthouse first and then the middle and small bits of the rocks and sewed the two together.

At some point I pricked my finger with a pin and I didn't notice I must have got a drop of blood on my blue fabric.

 )(^)(&*^&*(&**!!







I heard somewhere that you need to use your saliva to get it out and not water because it will leave a mark. Okay, I know.... its not pretty, but that's what I did and after it dried - gone! Apparently its the enzymes in your saliva that will break down the blood.
Now you also know...

 This is our Week 8 Pattern pieces.
Not a real ton of work - so that's why it's going to be sent out with Week 7


This is really quick and easy and its done!! Then to just sew the two weeks (7 &8) together


Now all that's left is to sew the lighthouse in place and then sew the two halves of the Art Quilt together.


Boom and we're done!! Fantastic, now all that remains is pulling all that paper out.
I don't even mind that part - gives me time to think about things.....
Hopefully by the week-end I can have the quilt sandwich together and ready to do something to the top - still not sure what tho'


I hope you have also all enjoyed sewing your Lighthouse Art Quilt...



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Have a Great Day!








Monday, 16 May 2016

Mystery Block #5 - May


It's time for our Mystery Block....


Today we are busy with our #5 - May in the "Symbolic Calendar" blocks.



This was #4 - April's block - an umbrella in the rain.....
This past week-end we had so much rain it was really hard to even get off the couch....




The blocks are FREE and you can download them immediately from GDrive as a PDF.
Download Block #5 HERE...


I also have a Mystery Block page where I will keep all the old mystery blocks and quick links to the patterns that you might have missed.


A link up button will also be added to the page where you are welcome to send me a photo of your finished mystery blocks or add them to the Flickr Group page



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Thanks for stopping by!









Friday, 13 May 2016

Friday Fun Day...

Hello
Thanks so much for all the wonderful encouragement and great comments. Loads of hugs for everyone!

It's Friday! Whoo Hoo!
I loves me a Friday...


Today I'm remembering the Hula Hippo and the Pirate....
So cute!



These 2 amazing wall hangings were made by Ulrike Brandl of Germany. I love them so much!!
You can find them all in my Craftsy Shop

Visit JaneenVN's Craftsy Pattern Store »



Now it's your turn to Link up something you feel is real fun to make...










Thursday, 12 May 2016

Art with Fabric





 Today is my turn with the  
Art with Fabric Blog Hop...

I love art! all of it - even the really wierd stuff....
and lately Ive been inspired by the works of Charley Harper.

What a great guy! I love his illustrations!
When I look at them I get a flood of new ideas for things I want to try or to make.... alas, I only have two hands....





Charley Harper (1922 - 2007) had an alternative way of looking at nature. Illustrating our world for six decades, he created thousands of bold, stunningly colorful works that manage to be both elegant and amusing. He revealed the unique aspects of his wildlife subjects through highly stylized geometric reduction in a style that he coined "minimal realism".

 Visit the Charley Harper site here...






Here's my touch of Harper....



I wanted to make something that wasn't a copy of one work but a combination of a whole bunch of them in one quilt, so I gathered a few images and started to play with them until I was happy.
Most of his book illustrations are very 'busy' and have a load of animals, birds etc in the one illustration, so I also wanted to capture that in my version too.






This is the design I came up with.
It has loads of birds and animals that you can find hiding in the leaves.

Some are in the absolute foreground and then others like the fox is far down in the floor of the woods.

Everywhere you look there is something new to discover and that is the thing about Charley Harper's work that I love so much.



my "Woodlands" art quilt measures 38 x 52" (130 x 90 cm) and is all Paper Pieced (of course!).



Once the quilt top was done, the new challenge was to do Free Motion Quilting on it....

Something I'm not very good at and I only have a small machine with limited space, so this was really a huge thing for me.


I ended up doing the bigger birds and animals and then all the leaves.


 The Hawk was the closest to the viewer so he had to have something done and the racoon too, but I was really scared of overdoing things.

Just look at that fabulous tree/wood fabric my friend Jan sent me from Australia...
Thanks Jan!!


The sweet Deer with her Fawn was only given lines where I wanted the suns rays shining in through the leaves.

  The butterfly - well, I just had to do that to him...


 Some of them were only given the bare minimum of FMQ or not even at all.



I hope you enjoyed the whole journey with me...



Other bloggers for Thursday, May 12th are:

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Have a Great Day!







Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Lighthouse QAL Week 6

It's Week 6 and the bottom of the Lighthouse Art Quilt is done!






We're rounding the last bend before the sprint to the finish....





This week we don't have a ton of work - which is a good thing (for me).

Once your sections are taped or glued, then its time to get going on finishing them so that it can all get joined together.



 Sections of the pattern done, now its time to follow the instructions sheet that came with the pattern and join all the pieces together.

You can sew the Week 6 to your Week 5 piece and then do the happy dance that you're finished with the bottom half of the quilt....


In my excitement I forgot to take a photo of the completed week 6 piece and I joined it to the rest of my top already.




This is what I have got going on here on my design wall. Only the last corner and boom its done!!

Now I need to get moving and design all of the July to September Magazine patterns so that they can get tested ....


I hope you are also all enjoying your Lighthouse Art Quilt...


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Have a Great Day!







Monday, 9 May 2016

May Bitty Block #5





  Hello!
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day...

Today we go on with our Bitty Block for May.

Its a little Shop
The block measures 4.5" (11 cm)











This is my wonky little shop....

I had a few more things to sew on my block, but I ended up with so much bulk on the back that it was hard to see where to sew it together - so I changed the design and simplified it a little.
Now the bench outside only has a seat and not the back, the sign for the shop is bigger and the gutters are off and the downpipe is right next to the wall.

The sign outside and above the window can be done with "fussy cuts" to show what's selling inside...


The FREE pattern will be available in my Craftsy Shop.


More info on the Bitty blocks HERE

Thanks for stopping by!





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