Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Top Half Done!

Day 3 News.....
Pixel Art Quilt Half way done.....

I hear some say that if I only started yesterday, then how is it day 3?
well, I want to be finished on the top by Friday and there are 6 blocks, so yesterday was day 1 & 2 combined. Not that bad tho' because the first block was only one colour.

 Block 1 - background - 10.5" (28cm)

Block 3 - right eye forming

Top half of the Pixel Art Quilt

Thats it for Tuesday ...

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Pixel Art Quilt

This week I've decided to make a Pixel Art Quilt - the easy way...

I've been so inspired by Vera from Negligent Style to make my own pixel quilt with little blocks...
I even watched the mini-class from Craftsy on how to make Pixel Picture Quilts. Interesting. Loads of spreadsheets and maths. Phew! 

I've also seen how to do it the 'easy' way and not sew every little block into strips and then ...
No, I'm going down the iron them onto a grid of interfacing road.... Yaay! quick and easy.

Here's my starting point:

It looks a little fuzzy because its already been taken down in pixels 

 This is after I've worked out the colours and placement

I divided the whole thing up into 6 blocks and made a detailed pattern. So each day I'm going to be able to make 1 block. Not even too much on the work front.

The pattern for the "Eyes Pixel Art Quilt" is on Craftsy if anyone would like to also give this one a go along-side with me...

The size is 30" x 20" (50cm x 75cm) and is Straight sewing - easy all the way...

I'm going to post my progress this whole week. My deadline for the finished top is for FRIDAY!

Have a good Monday!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday's Round-Up!

These past 2 days I've been standing in line .......
Seriously. Just waiting, and waiting..... (typical!!) - and not because there were sooooo many people in line....
I waited with my daughter in line at the license department, first to get an appointment and then to hand in a piece of paper, pay for the temporary license, and GO Home!
Can't complain too long tho' because she did get her license the first go.... Thank heavens!

So, what do we have finished for the round-up Friday?

I was asked to make a few "whimsical" houses, so I've been having a lot of fun making new designs...
Take a look -

 This is the Mushroom village and a cute Tree house with its own look-out deck.....

 The Pencil School house is sooo cute and then I had to change the ABC on the blackboard to look backwards - so obvious and yet I missed it.......
All fixed now..

This is the Shoe House minus the "so many children" - maybe they've all grown up...got their license and moved out??
and the cute Tea Pot House.

I have a few more ideas that I still need to get busy with......

All these patterns are for an Intermediate Level and are available in my Craftsy Shop.

Also, don't forget that the Issue 2 of Paper Piecing 1/4" Digital Magazine is all about houses - every different kind....

 Have a great Friday and a good week-end!

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

College Days

                                   College Days Blog Hop 

College Days Blog Hop - MY Turn...

What do I think of when I hear "College"or University - loads and loads of reading!!!

I think I'm the kind of person who loves learning and wants to understand everything! At school I couldn't put my finger on any one thing that I wanted to do above the rest.
 I think I've studied just about everything over the past 30 years -
Education - Primary school; Book-keeping; Fine Arts; Theology; Sociology; Psychology; Design.

At my age now, all I want to do is a little sewing .....and study my fabrics....

This is the block I made - "Study" and is available in my Craftsy Shop

Some days all you can do is go and sit outside and read, read, read.

Hope you are all enjoying the blog hop and all the amazing blocks...

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Portrait Art Quilts

At Last! At Last - I've finished all the piecing and instructions for my Portrait 3 Pattern...

This one is on the Intermediate level and has a fabric and colour guide in the instructions too.

 Portrait 3 - Lost in thought

This art quilt Portrait measures 20" x 24" (52 x 62cm). Paper piecing like this offers a 'more structured' feel to doing art quilts but still gives that feeling of making something artsy...
Once done, you can do FMQ onto the face and the negative spaces.

Others in the Portrait Quilts theme are:

Portrait 1 - Monotone Portrait

Portrait 2 - African Woman
 Portrait 4 - Face in the Mirror

This cute little girl looking into the mirror is still under construction....
Should be finishing the pattern up by the end of July.
All the others are in my Craftsy Shop

A Penny Saved...

... is a penny I can use on quilting supplies! Val over at Val's Quilting Studio is hosting a spare change challenge and I've decided to participate. The rules are simple: designate something to be your piggy bank or spare bottle, decide what you want to buy, and start saving! Once I get a big enough bottle, I will take a photo for the blog...

I've decided to save for some Online Fabrics! Maybe from Japan....  - that for me is a big thing....
How about you, want to penny-pinch with me?

Last thing:

Tomorrow will be my turn in the College Hop so be sure to check out what block I made....
Blocks are free! not all are paper pieced...

'Til then

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Cold Fruit Abstracts

WOW! its cold outside.... and I think its even colder inside... No Joke!
The time for a gas heater has come! Just wrapping ourselves in blankets and quilts is not enough...
Last night my iPad even told me the temperature was below 0 deg C
That, for here where it rarely gets so cold is not funny.....

I haven't started anything new yet, and someone asked me for a design of a pear a while ago,  so I was playing around with abstracts of the designs.

These were the originals:

Both ways are actually great! could make an interesting wall hanging for the kitchen...
I've shipped them off to my Craftsy Shop.
Both blocks measure 10" (25cm) and are easy intermediate level.

have a good week-end!

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

E-Books Done!

Yesterday was soooo cold here, it felt as if my hands were on strike!

I've been busy finishing a few projects and writing up the instructions...

At Last we have the showing of the Transport Collection E-Book!
Now available in my  Craftsy  and  Etsy  shops as well as with EQ Boutique

Also finished is the lovely Art Quilt E-Book and Instructions: Quiet Landscape

Thinking of only making this one available from August and then we could be thinking of making it into a Quilt-a-Long again with a piece a week for 12 weeks. Don't want to kill ourselves with too much all at once ....... Anyone interested can leave me a comment... thanx!

Have a good Thursday!

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Monday - New Design

This week-end I was busy designing another Art Quilt -

This time we have a "Quiet Landscape" - measuring 120cm x 90cm = (36" x 52")
This is again on the easy intermediate level

A quiet country scene with a gentle river and a church with a sheep grazing peacefully.....
cue classical music......

This type of quilting is much more structured but still offers the feel of "art". The paper piecing aspect of it helps to get the 'picture' to come alive without having to do traditional quilt piecing.
Once finished you can always go Free Motion Quilt crazy on the top.

I'm thinking of making this into an E-Book from the start (large pattern)....
The sections are large so I'm thinking this quilt top could be done over 4 - 5 week-ends.

Anyone up for making a "Art Quilt Landscape"??

Another bit of news ...

I've made a 'Newsletter' to accompany the Paper Piecing 1/4" Digital Magazine
you can subscribe to the free newsletter HERE

It gives the lowdown on what you can find inside the magazine, etc.


Oh and don't forget:

"College Days" Blog hop has started and for the month of July you will be able to get FREE blocks depicting College.

Remember to Hop over and see what everyone is doing!   My turn - 15 July....

Schedule over at www.whimsandfancies.com



That's it for Monday...

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Throwback Thursday

When I was going through all of my older files, I found a pattern that I never finished.

This is Circle of Geese 

 This pattern comes in 3 different sizes - all in same download:
6"(15cm); 10"(25cm); 12"(30cm)

Mini quilt idea -

Pattern is available in my Craftsy Shop.


Don't forget:

"College Days" Blog hop has started and for the month of July you will be able to get FREE blocks depicting College.

Remember to Hop over and see what everyone is doing!   My turn - 15 July....

Schedule over at www.whimsandfancies.com

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