Thursday, 3 September 2015

Beginner BOM September


Block #9 of the Beginner Paper Piecing geometric style quilt.....
WOW! we have at last got to the last block

 Block #9 is the center square of the quilt. The block measures 12" (31 cm) 

Here is the #9 LINKS block -

Luckily with this block we only make One

This block works the same as any other of the smaller or longer blocks.

You will print out your templates and arrange them all out in front of you.
Write onto the paper which colour fabrics you would like to use
Sew each of the templates up
Sew the pieces together to form the block

And TA-DAH! you're almost done!!
Now we sew all the rows together to form a quilt

When joining up your rows, watch out for which direction you're ironing your seams. Making them 'opposites' makes it easy to "nest" your rows. Also - watch out for the seams running vertically as you will need to match them up too.

You are welcome to play around with the layout of the quilt or you could just follow the original plan.

There is a Flickr group for Quilt Art Designs where you can link up a photo of your Beginner BOM Quilt and we can all see the progress being made. Thanks.
Look on the right side info bar of the blog and click on the Flickr button.

I love to see other's quilts - so please link up to Flickr or send me a photo. Thanks!

The quick links to the patterns are on 
the Beg BOM page HERE

Have fun making your quilts!


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Lake Quilt A Long #10

It's almost there Ladies......

One last PUSH....

Don't give up now...

 Today we are busy with Week #10

We are then 3/4 done with this second half of the total Forest/Lake Art Quilt!!

Our photos (which are always amazing) are the courtesy of Karin Pope of the UK. Thanks so much for helping me out with these. XOXO.

Doctor's here - Lets get going then:

Today we really don't have a ton of work to do.

Cut out your templates and stick the larger one together with tape.
Lie them out onto your desk and plan which colour goes where.
Write onto the pattern and away we go....

The fabrics can be more colourful or batik - just as you like. This piece is of the plants at the bottom of the lake.
You can cut out strips of fabric or just keep a piece nearby that you have labeled.

and it's done. That quick!

Just stunning. I love the turquoise fabrics for the plant and the pop of red.

The seams can be ironed open to eliminate any bulk.
 Now you are ready to sew this week's piece to the rest of the third row.

Whoooah Nelly! Before you go running on ahead.
Its first time for a tea and to stand back and admire your row. It's simply stunning.

This is the finished third row - I told you it's stunning.
Now we need to sew the row to the other part of your Art Quilt. 
Be careful to match up points on the side of the quilt - tree edge and the water etc
Now you can start the party....
You're so close to the finish I'm sure you can taste it already.

Our finished 3/4 of the way Lake Quilt. WOW!
I think I could just sit and stare at it for hours....
Now hurry my minions, run along and sew, sew, sew....


There is a Flickr group for Quilt Art Designs where you can link up a photo of your Lake or even Forest Quilt and we can all see the progress being made. Thanks.
Look on the right side info bar of the blog and click on the Flickr button.

 ** If you missed the previous weeks blog posts on how we put it all together, you can find them in the Art Quilt page - under the image of the Forest or the Lake. Each of the 12 weeks will also be posted there for others who will make their quilt a little later....


The EQ Seasons Giveaways are all still open. If you haven't had a chance to toss your name into the hat, then scroll back on the blog to the 1 Sept. and DO IT NOW!

Have a Lovely Day!

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

EQ Seasons - Giveaway/Sweepstakes 2015

Hello and Welcome

Today we kick start the
 EQ Seasons Row A Log - amazing Giveaway/Sweepstakes...
This EPIC Row A Long is going to blow you away! 

Marian Pena from Seams to be Sew is our Host for the Row-A-Long!
Thanks for all your hard work Marian! xo

20 great quilt designers are creating quilt rows with the Seasons themes for mixing and matching! I’ve seen some previews of the rows and they are ADORABLE!

If you are creating blocks and rows for your own row quilt from the patterns for EQ Seasons RAL, please consider joining the Flickr and Facebook Support Group. There are drawings for giveaways when you upload your blocks and/or rows to the Flickr Group.
The Craftsy/Flickr giveaway will run the entire length of the RAL.

 Their is no need to sign up, just come and visit on each Tuesday in September, and the first and second Tuesdays in October.  All giveaways will end by October 13, 2015 and winners announced within 48 hours of final deadline.

This is TODAY's blog hop line-up -

September 1
Marlene Oddie at Kissed Quilts – Spring
Lynn Zydon Provencher at Thimblemouse & Spouse – Winter
Dorice Cotten Rice at The Quilting Queen Online - Summer
Janeen van Niekerk at Quilt Art Designs – Fall   
Bea Lee at Be A Quilter – Filler Row
Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg – Filler Row

My chosen row is with the Fall/Autumn theme -

Autumn is a great time of year. The cold wind brings much relief after the HOT summer of South Africa, the leaves start to turn wonderful colours and birds gather everywhere getting ready to fly off for winter. Autumn is harvest time too. A row with all that in mind was born -

This is the row that I have designed using EQ7 software  -
The row measures 8" x 60" - and is divided up into 6 blocks of 8x10" that follow on from each other.
The design is Foundation Paper Piecing on the Intermediate level.

A special thank you to Northcott Fabrics for supplying the background fabrics to make this awesome row, and all of our other suppliers for sharing some EPIC prizes for this Row A Long.

How did we get there??

When I design a block using the EQ7 program, I start with a blank block in the easy draw tab.

Easy draw is similar to using a pen and paper. As long as the lines connect you're good. Paper piecing needs straight lines that connect with each other.

Once I've used the fabrics to "colour" my block, I will save it by adding it to my sketchbook.

I also make a notecard for each block with it's name and the size of the print blocks.

Now I need to turn it into a Foundation pieced pattern. When you click the button that looks like a little printer, the options open and you can choose Foundation pattern.

A pop up window appears and you need to do your "segments" first. You will group your segments that will make the templates and separate pattern pieces.

Unfortunately if you make a mistake, you start again from the very beginning...

Now you move back to the "numbering" tab and you will add numbers to the segments you have created.

Once the numbering is all done, I like to take a screenshot of this box. I save it as a JPeg along with any of my other pages in a file - that have anything to do with this pattern.

EQ7 doesn't let you print out this numbering sheet but I have found that I need it when laying the pieces out before sewing.

Now you are ready to print your pattern pieces.
You cannot just press the print button because you will need to re-arange the segments first.
You only work with the PREVIEW button and then move the pieces around on the page until you get the best fit. Some of the pieces won't fit and will have to be placed over a double page and then joined later.

Now you can print out your pattern pieces.
Remember to always print to Actual size on your printer and not print to fit.

Once the segments are cut out, I arrange them onto my desk - remembering that with paper piecing it will be mirrored so it will be 'opposite' to the layout image.

Now I write onto the paper which colour I want where - to save me a headache later.

You can always make yourself a colour chart and stick small bits of coloured fabrics to a page with a colour number or you can arrange the fabrics around on your desk and just work from there.

I dug around in my fabric stash and found colours that I felt best represented Autum/Fall and decided to go with those.

Northcott Fabrics sent us the background fabric to use on our rows (really cool!) so the white was used in all the blocks as a background.

Each of the segments was finished first and then the fun part came as I sewed them together. The instructions in the pattern will help with this part.

If you find that some of the seams are bulky, you can iron them open as you go along.

Each one of the blocks didn't take too much time to make on its own, and I had to stop frequently because I have 'Frozen Shoulder syndrome'.

Once I had finished making my blocks, I could sew them all together taking care to match up lines from previous blocks.

Blocks 1 - 3

Blocks 4 - 6

This is my completed Autum/Fall row..... 
I hope you will all give it a go...

The FREE PDF pattern can be found HERE and is an immediate download.

I hope you enjoy making this row even tho' Paper Piecing can be a little time consuming, it's always worth it in the end. Your Fall/Autumn row will ROCK!

3 Giveaways from this blog: 
Winners from my blog will be chosen and notified on 9 September.
Rules for giveaways can be read HERE

Giveaway #1
 The Fat Quarter Shop
You can only enter once at this blog.
While this giveaway is specific to this blog, you can enter at each featured blog today.
There is 1 giveaway for each featured blog of the day.
Entries accepted until September 08, 2015
Winners Announced September 09, 2015
$25.00 gift certificat

Giveaway #2
Northcott Fabrics
is giving 1 lucky recipient, 6-8 pieces of fabric at 1 yard lengths each.
You may only enter once
In other words, if you enter it here, do not enter it at the other blogs.
This giveaway is at all the featured blogs today.
Entries accepted until September 08, 2015
Winners Announced September 09, 2015
Value $60-80.00
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway #3

* Craftsy/Flickr Giveaway (lasts for entire EQ Seasons RAL)
Winners chosen by the END of the Row A Long
 As An Incentive To Participate By Making Blocks and Rows
Craftsy Class of your Choice
Value $40.00 based on average cost of Quilting classes,
but the value goes up if you choose lets say a sewing class.
3 individual winners and
Nancy's Notions
2 individual winners
$10.00 gift certificate
When you add a unique block/row to the Flickr Group that you've created from any of the patterns offered each week, you will get one entry into the drawing.
You can enter at any blog featuring the Flickr giveaway once each day of this Row-A-Long until
October 13, 2015 when the giveaway closes.
Winners Announced October 14, 2015
If you enter both giveaways, you need 2 unique blocks per each day you enter.
Duplicate Entries will be checked and if found you will be disqualified.
Filler Rows Do Not Count. These to will be disqualified if entered.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to also visit the other designers with their
Season Themes and giveaways for our 1 Sept. RAL

Thanks for joining me
Have a Lovely Day!

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Monday, 31 August 2015

Block of the Month September

Today we're going to be doing our Oceans Block of the Month because ...
tomorrow I'm participating in the EQ Seasons Row a Long.  

So many things..... so little much FUN!!

This block is our 9th block and sadly our final block in the Oceans BOM '15.
Our September block is a - Blue Fin Tuna

The block measures 14" (37 cm) and is on the Intermediate (lots of patience) level
This block is not harder than the others....

The drill is the same as with every other block.
* Cut the pattern pieces out, lay them out before you
* Write onto them the colours you would like to use or make a small colour chart swatch thingie to help you remember.
* Sew the pieces and then follow the instructions on putting all the pieces together.
* Iron your bulky seams open
* Breathe....
* Have FUN!

Our September block was kindly made for me by Jan from Sew Surprising. 
Thanks so much! You're really kind and generous. The arm thanks you too....

This is the section just before the tail. The Tuna has small yellow coloured fins before the tail.

Here the fins look amazing, but if you prefer you can just leave them out and make the section plain.

With a plainer background they might stand out more.

Here is our finished block - a wonderful Blue Fin Tuna.
Isn't the background fabric just fabulous?? 
I love it! It has a feel of the fish swimming near the coral.

 Our Oceans BOM '15 Line-Up.

I really hope you all had FUN making these blocks and create a very exciting quilt.

Ladies have asked me to make a few other ocean type blocks because they want to make a larger quilt, so throughout the next few months I will make a block here and there and add it to my Craftsy shop. You will just have to be on the look out for them.

At a later date I will have a HUGE Block of the Month link up and Show and Tell for everyone to show their quilts and ooooogle at everyone else's too. Probably some time in November.
Will let you know when....

The block is Free for September in my Craftsy Shop
I hope you all enjoy making this one too

You can find more info and the Quick Links Here

Winner for Friday Link Up = Link #5
Congrats! Let me know and I'll send you off a PDF straight away..
Thanks to everyone for linking up.

Have a Lovely Monday!

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Paper Link Up #32

Whooo Hooo Its Friday!!

and its our weekly
Paper Piecing Link Up

I thought I'd show a few of my 'Lil Catz I've been testing.

As some of you know we are having
 a 'Lil Catz Quilt a Long from the 7th September.

The pattern is really easy and allows for a lot of changes in fabrics to create new little faces.
The plan is to make 1 Catz a Day...

NOT a lot of work on this qal....

The 'Lil Catz pattern shows 9 Catz so from there another nine lives (days) or so on we will have a  Catz Show
The next Friday following another  
Big Cat z travaganza with finishes of tops and quilts...
You link it all up and then we all vote for a winner....

Winner receives an EBook of choice...Will go looking for another surprize prize too...

If you choose to make more than 9 Catz that's cool too. The more the merrier for this Catz Lady

7 September - Start Catz QaL
18 September - Catz Show
25 September - Link up Catz-travaganza finishes- vote for a winner
28 September - Winner announced

 Pattern is tested and found to be Catz Lady friendly..

Get your pattern here:  

Now its back to This Friday's Party!

Link up your blocks, designs etc and let's have a wonderful party. 
Visit a few, leave some love...

Have a Lovely Week-End!

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