Monday, 24 November 2014

Monday News!

Wow! Already the last week of November. 
I really need to get going.... so many things to do....

This past week-end we sat here in the rain....without electricity! Thanks for nothing Eskom! Literally.

It is so surprising how our lives are so dependent on having electricity and how much of the technology we take for granted just sits there and stares at you. Useless!
A lot of people have small generators but we thankfully have a lot of gas camping equipment (not that we camp!) so we can help ourselves up to a point.

Eventually boredom just gets too much. My daughter and I sat and made felt dolls. So cute!

I also had time to sit and sew my handbag frame....

I already had the body all finished. So quick - 3 layers - the outside fabric, thin batting, and the inside fabric. Outside and batting sewn together as a little bag, lining sewn as a bag. Lining over the whole of the outside of the 'outside'. Sew top closed (small opening for turning) and pull all through the opening, push the lining back down into the outside of the bag. Finished.
Then comes the frame part. There is a little groove and the sewn top of the bag fits into that groove and you hand sew it on.

Thanks to everyone who linked up something for our Friday paper party! Thank you for hanging in there with  me. 

This week's winner is Irene Grimes (link 7) - your QAL landscape is coming along really nicely. I also have the last corner to finish on mine. I really need to get MOVING!!
Let me know which pattern you would like...

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Paper Piecing Party Week-End Fun!


Today is our Friday's are for Paper Piecing
Link-Up Party!

 This week I've been trying to catch up on older projects - one stitch at a time... and also trying to make a few new designs...

My latest Itty Bitty Block ( 4 x 4")
"Hot Drink"

Please feel free to link up all and any of your latest paper piecing projects. 
We all love to see them! 

Visit a few of the others as well and enjoy your Friday!

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Monday's (well, that's it really...)

Well Hello there!
Good of you to join us ...
(need to say that with a posh English accent..)
Just because it's Monday! and it's still raining outside.

This week-end I basically sat in front of the TV like a potato - because it was raining outside
and I done - not very much - because it was raining outside...
you get the picture..

I did manage to finish my Cardinal Bird Pair block - 12" (30cm) Intermediate Level

 The block is finally done and is now in my Craftsy Shop.

Oh and I did also design one of the blocks for next year's "Ocean BOM" - 

a Scuba Diver
I hope you will all be joining me with this adventure....
The info is on the side bar button 

Our Winner for Friday's Paper Piecing Party Link-Up is Link #5. 
You get to choose a free pattern to the value of $5. Let me know.

Thank you to everyone who is so amazing at joining in and showing us your great work.
Medea your designs are just tooooooo cool! I love them all.

Have a great day!

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Paper Piecing Party Link-Up #15

Today is Paper Piecing Party Time!

Link up your designs, blocks, paper pieced creations.....
What has kept you busy this week?

This is my design of a Candy Cane (6") block that I re-done and printed out at 4" (10cm) and another
Itty Bitty Little block was born....

These are actually very quick and loads of fun!

Not sure if anyone else would like to try?

Have a good Week-End everyone...

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Mugrug Ideas

Have you started to make little items for the Festive Season yet?

Need a few ideas?

Our Issue 3 Festive Season Digital magazine has loads of easy patterns to make quick gifts.

You could always get someone a subscription to the magazine or even send them a single issue.

Inside we have mug-rugs a plenty for you to try -

The Apple is part of the Christmas patterns and is very quick to put together.
Very cute as a stocking filler.......

The 6" (15cm) Candy Cane is just as adorable to make into a mugrug or even part of a Festive Season quilt. 
This amazing block was made by Kristi Hughes (one of my pattern testers) and it turned out really great!

The 6" Pumpkin mugrug is just as adorable and also very quick to put together.

All these patterns are inside the Issue 3 Magazine.

Our Festive Season E-Book is also available in the Craftsy Shop ($15) for 10 amazing patterns with a Christmas theme.

Patterns are on every level from beginner to intermediate.

Don't forget to visit my Pattern Shop to view all the
different categories of patterns available through Craftsy.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

'Tis Monday!

Hello Friends!
It's Monday again.....

it's raining outside and the internet is super slow....
What a good start to the week.

It's been soooo hot here the past few weeks, so rain is really welcome right about now.

What have you all been up to this week-end?
I finished my Sew Sweet block from Joanna at Shape Moth - Hot Chocolate

Now my 9 blocks are finished and I can (slowly) get them all sewn together.....

Blocks from Shape Moth, Quiet Play and Quilt Art Designs.

I found some grey / silver shiny fabric for the strips between the blocks and a inside border - looks like something shiny found in kitchen utensils.

I really need to make a run at the fabric shops - to get more greens and fabrics with tiny leaves to finish my Landscape Quilt and then maybe a light turquoise for the back of the kitchen quilt.
Easier said than done...

Our Paper Piecing Party Link up winner - Link 1 - Finished Sew Kitchy Quilt. Beautiful!

Have a good Monday!

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Paper Party #14

Today is Paper Piecing Party Time!

Link up your designs, blocks, paper pieced creations.....
What has kept you busy this week?

Here is my Itty Bitty Block (4"- 10cm) - Christmas Ball Ornament
This was the prototype so I plan to make a few others.

Itty Bitty Blocks are collectables - something like stamp collecting.
Didn't know it, now I do.... Never too old to learn...
You swap these little blocks with friends.

Have a good Week-End everyone...

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

In the Garden News!

Today I'm going to try to answer a few of the questions about 
finishing up our "In the Garden" QAL Quilt.

First of all I must say that I've had a lot of fun planning, designing and making the blocks each month. I hope you all did too. It almost seems we should just carry on - but sadly we all need a rest too. So now..... we need to put our quilt top together.

Planning the quilt top is to me the most important part - after getting all you blocks done. I've come up with a few ideas (use it, don't use it - up to you) for laying out our blocks. You don't need to use all the blocks or you could even make more of the trees and scatter them around in your garden.

Here is a plain 3 x 4 layout.

We actually made 13 blocks, so you can choose which ones you like more and then leave some out.

You can always make pillows with the others.....

This is a more unusual layout - I was going to do this from the start (reason for so many blocks).

The middle block was also supposed to be open but then we made the cute girl reading in the garden and she seemed to fit really nicely in the middle.

The open fabric sections remind me of mowed lawns. This just makes a rather huge quilt.

Another more traditional approach with each block surrounded by a strip of fabric. 4 x 4.

Here you can see I made more small trees and added another larger tree block to the corner.

With this layout you can always leave out blocks you don't like and make others or add others from other garden blocks you like.

Each of the layouts seem really nice to me, so I'm still a little undecided on mine.

Once you have your idea down for the layout, I would suggest going through all your blocks, removing the paper and instead of sitting there groaning about the mess it's making, think back to each one and the love and care you put into making it. Check the seams.

For tiny places where you might suspect a hole going to happen or a seam that is really just not going to hold, I would suggest a piece of iron on interfacing (not the too stiff kind) and iron it over the seam to give it more hold (onto the back = of course). Give your seams a good pressing! Iron them into submission!

You will need to also trim down your blocks to one uniform size. Measure each one and find the smallest. That is the size you need to make each of them. Don't just hack off a large piece of fabric on one side - trim a little each side until you reach the correct size.


Quilting or not to quilting?
I can only really speak for myself here - I've never quilted the blocks on their own before sewing the quilt top together, but I have heard it is possible.

I actually think I will go down this road this time because lugging the huge top under my tiny machine sometimes just frustrates me and my back and I don't want to give up on this one.

I'm going to find a thinner batting and cut it the size of my block and quilt it down using something more simple. The pictures are already very eye catching so I don't want some elaborate quilting to start a playground fist fight.

The denser you quilt the top the 'stiffer' your quilt will be and the wider apart you have your quilting lines, the softer and more pliable your quilt will be. Both ways are fine!! Its really just up to you.


The washing and care of the quilt was another question asked -
I see this type of quilt the same way I would a traditionally pieced quilt - which also has a ton of seams. Once you have taken your time to prepare the blocks, ironed them down, prepared the quilt sandwich and done the whole quilting, binding thing - its a quilt the same as any other. 

 Okay lots of talk, talk, talk......
Now we need to get to work

By the end of November I will post a Link-Up for our In the Garden Quilts 
(for tops or finished quilts)

Good luck - get going.....



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