Tuesday, 29 July 2014

More Houses!

Today sees #4 in the Whimsy Houses Theme:

A Handbag House - 14" (40cm)  Intermediate/Hard Level

 This cute leather looking, thatch roof house is sooo cute! The "flowers" in the yard and even the windows can be 'fussy cut' to give it a more personal look.

Other Whimsy Patterns -

All available in my Craftsy Shop.

That's it for Tuesday....

Monday, 28 July 2014

Monday's News...

Hello to everyone!

Thanks so much for a wonderful Birthday Week-end Giveaway - I had just as much fun.
Thanks to everyone for the support and encouragement over the past year. My home business has really grown and I'm grateful to everyone who loves the patterns and has helped me along the way...

Today is also the Winner of the riddle giveaway - Alexandra Jungen.   Yaay!
Please send me a note (janeenvn@gmail.com) and I'll send you your prize.

What's on the menu today?

These Cute Hippo patterns - 

The Hippo Jogging and Sleepy Hippo are both 14" (40cm) and on the Intermediate Level.
Both patterns are available in my Craftsy shop... 

Have a good Monday!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Giveaway Finale!

Today - alas - is our last day of our Birthday Bash Giveaway!

I hope you all have enjoyed the shopping spree with me and snagged yourself a few lovely items...

Here's a better view of all the patterns -

Thanks for all the support over the past year, its been a wonderful experience and I've met some amazing people too...
The new year is going to be just as great and I hope we all will have tons of fun together creating all the patterns and put Paper Piecing back on the map.....

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Birthday Giveaway Continues!

Day 2:

Yes, we're still at it! 
The Birthday Bash Giveaway is still in full swing...

Yesterday I went to the International Quilt Convention in Johannesburg. SOOOO much to look at, so much to buy, so many things I wanted, needed......
I came home with some amazing new ideas for my home business and an idea for the next year  - so fingers crossed, I'm still going to do my homework on this tho'. More later...

For today - I thought the riddles would keep you all busy, but apparently they were not even hard...
Winner announced on Monday! You can all still keep going if you'd like. Names will go into a draw.

Thank you to everyone who sent their birthday wishes. Thanks, it means a lot... xoxo

 We have a firm favourite - a cute Hummingbird.

These two Cute Bunnies are next up.

The pattern measures 12"(30cm) and is on the Intermediate level

This cute Barn Birdhouse is just so adorable...

The pattern measures 12"(30cm) and is on the Easy Intermediate level

Have a wonderful Saturday.....
Tomorrow the FINALE!!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

First Birthday Bash!

 Whoo Hoo! Today is Quilt Art Designs First Birthday!!

This week-end we will be Celebrating! and having a Giveaway!
First of all - a riddle -
You hear it speak, for it has a hard tongue. But it cannot breathe, for it has not a lung.
What is it?
Leave your answer as #1. Randomly picked correct answer will receive a prize...

But NOW, Lets have some Birthday Cake! 

And while you're here, lets have a glass of something fizzy!

Second Riddle -

Which creature walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening?
Leave your answer as #2. Randomly picked correct answer will win a prize...

Now, back to the giveaways  ....


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Have a Great Week-End.

Pixel Reveal...

Today is the BIG reveal of my Pixel mini Art Quilt

This quilt top measures 20 x 30" and is now going to undergo a little FMQ - I'm thinking something really modern but doesn't steal the attention.

 This is how it all started -
there are 6 blocks of 10x10 squares
Each square was 1.5" to start...

Actually wasn't difficult at all...
I ironed the pieces onto interfacing and then sewed down the pieces in rows..... 

This was the finished top stuck up on the design wall. When I stand closer, it just looks like a blob, but once I took photos of it, I could see the whole design a lot better. So then we went outside into the sunshine...

Not tooo bad! I like the "woven" look of the blocks.

When I make the photo smaller - as if you're standing further away, it really stands out a lot better.

I'm glad I had this week open to do something a little different. It seemed fitting to just enjoy myself and think about this past year and where everything started and how far its all come, and also everything I would still love to do in the next year.....

Tomorrow will be Quilt Art Designs FIRST birthday! Wow! 

Starting tomorrow I will be going GIVEAWAY WEEK-END Crazy!
Make sure you visit and snag yourself a couple of goodies.....

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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