Monday, 15 October 2018

Halloween Week........are you up for it?


Helloooooo there everyone......

This is our "Halloween Week" of crazy fun and wierd happenings....


This week will be all about Tricks and Treats....
Make sure you stick around for whatever I've cooked up for you!










This week I have a few of my friends who would love to go home with you...

They will be available for a day (24hrs) and then I will put a price on their heads...

You've all been warned......
(insert crazy laughing here...!)




Each measures 10" and the taller/longer ones are 20x10"








Up first we have a shy fellow who feels really misunderstood and sometimes feels as if people treat him 'as if he were invisible'.

He wouldn't mind a dark corner somewhere, maybe an attic or even a basement..... would really be happiest in a 'messy' sewing room.

Can't do any sewing tho'... just saying...


You can find him lurking here for the next day or so.......


Download PDF HERE.......<<<<<<




I hope you all have loads of fun sewing up the blocks!


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I've started a QA Designs Group  on Facebook where you are welcome to join and add any of your finished blocks made with the QADesigns patterns. I really love to see them all.
              
                          
 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


(when you open the shop.... click on the right side 'sort by tab' and press NEWEST.... then everything will show up)








Friday, 12 October 2018

Friday Mug Rug #2


Hello there everyone.




Its already Friday and time for our next

Halloween Mug Rug block.






This week we have a Skull.....
The block also measures 10" (26cm) and is on the easy intermediate level.






You can download your FREE pattern
here ......if you dare.....

PDF DOWNLOAD......<<<<


Once a new block is loaded up I will be removing the old one and adding it to
 my Craftsy Shop.








Don't forget the Week of 15 - 19 October
Im cooking up some really wierd fun!!



I hope you all have loads of fun sewing up the blocks!


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I've started a QA Designs Group  on Facebook where you are welcome to join and add any of your finished blocks made with the QADesigns patterns. I really love to see them all.
              
                          
 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


(when you open the shop.... click on the right side 'sort by tab' and press NEWEST.... then everything will show up)







Monday, 8 October 2018

October Bitty Block


Hi there!

Its Bitty Block time again...














I hope you've been collecting all of the blocks for this year.... I have them all still available in my Craftsy shop.







This month we have a cute dressed up pumpkin..... He's going to be roaming the streets as a "Mummy". The pattern measures 5" (14cm) and is on the Easy Intermediate level.



You can get your FREE Mummy pattern HERE in my Craftsy Shop.


I hope you have fun sewing him up!


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I've started a QA Designs Group  on Facebook where you are welcome to join and add any of your finished blocks made with the QADesigns patterns. I really love to see them all.
              
                          
 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


(when you open the shop.... click on the right side 'sort by tab' and press NEWEST.... then everything will show up)





Friday, 5 October 2018

'Tis October......and time for wierd fun!!


Hello everyone!

Well - now that everything's been washed and packed away and life is trying to get back to normal here.... we need a break from being so serious!!





It's October and time for some FUN!

Last year we had the Halloween Fashion Week which went down a real treat, so this year I'm going to think of something just as wierd....









I think the week of 15 - 19 October seems about right. Make sure you pop in every day to see what I've cooked up for all of you.











Each Friday in October I'll also be making some Mug Rugs which can be sewn up really quickly...


Grab your FREE pattern right HERE.....




I hope you all have loads of fun with it!!


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I've started a QA Designs Group  on Facebook where you are welcome to join and add any of your finished blocks made with the QADesigns patterns. I really love to see them all.
              
                          
 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


(when you open the shop.... click on the right side 'sort by tab' and press NEWEST.... then everything will show up)



Monday, 1 October 2018

October '18 Block of the Month


Hello there everyone!

We had a !!FANTASTIC!! wedding over the weekend, so I will gather all the photos we have so far and I will show you all on Wednesday's blog. Thanks for every prayer, good wish and thought you guys sent our way. I really appreciate every one of them. The photo shows my daughter - Heather and her new husband Rutz Marx. So beautiful!!






Today we're moving onto the next Block of the Month bird - and this time it's a Kingfisher.







These cuties are so small and bright coloured. The turquoise of their feathers is so vivid.






The pattern as usual measures 16" (42cm) and is on the Intermediate level.

















My good friend Joan Wintersgill from Texas sewed up the block for us. It's so gorgeous!! Thanks so much for all your help. I really appreciate it!


 You can download your FREE block for the month of October 2018


I hope you all have loads of fun with it!!


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I've started a QA Designs Group  on Facebook where you are welcome to join and add any of your finished blocks made with the QADesigns patterns. I really love to see them all.
              
                          
 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


(when you open the shop.... click on the right side 'sort by tab' and press NEWEST.... then everything will show up)





Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Quick Update...


Hello there everyone!


I hope you're all fine. Here, its like a Bee Hive with all the last minute small things getting done.
Everyone has a suit, shoes, a dress and now its like a huge clock in my head counting down the hours....

Thanks to all of you for your patience. I know I have been very absent these last weeks.
So much preparations for just one day.... it seems surreal most of the time.







To combat any feelings of abandonment, I've made you all a Llama. He's 16" (42cm) and on the Intermediate level.

He promises he won't spit at you, but then you must make that same promise too. LOL!!

I hope you all enjoy sewing the block up and making it into whatever you like.









You can download your FREE Llama Joe right here on the blog.....<<<<<

I will be back by Monday 1 October for the BOM and hopefully with loads of wind in my sails.


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I've started a QA Designs Group  on Facebook where you are welcome to join and add any of your finished blocks made with the QADesigns patterns. I really love to see them all.
              
                          
 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


(when you open the shop.... click on the right side 'sort by tab' and press NEWEST.... then everything will show up)







Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Row By Row Blog Hop


Hello to everyone out there....


Today is my turn for the Row by Row '18 Blog Hop event.


Each year Marian from Seams to be Sew has hosted this Event. Each year it has grown and this year is no exception. Thanks to her for all her planning and admin for the event.





Northcott Fabrics has once again sent the ladies participating in the event the fabrics and a very special Thank You goes to all of them. I LOVE your fabrics!! and I'm always really happy to make something with them. I chose the Stonehenge Gradation Mixers by Linda Ludovico to make my row.

We had the theme of "My happy place" for our rows this year and I must say that I have really struggled with it. I don't really have a 'happy place' or even think of things in that way, so I jumped around with which pattern to make for the hop. In the end the limited time I have to do any sewing has made the choice for me and the Landscape has won.


I do enjoy being out in nature and enjoying the wide open spaces outside of the city, so this is the row I decided to go with. I also wanted something that was on the easier side and quick to sew up.
The row measures 12x30" (31x77cm) and is on the Easy Intermediate level.

The 4 colour fabrics I chose were the Browns (Northcott #39382-66) in the hills, the Beige (#39382-14) in the road, the Green (#39382-64) and the Pink (#39382-82) in the landscape. I was thinking of making a border around it to look like a frame and then hanging it on my wall like a 'fabric photo'.


You can download this pattern for Free from my Craftsy Shop. 


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Monday, 10 September 2018

September Bitty Block


Hi there everyone!

Its Bitty Block time again.....
which means another cute 5" (14cm) block.







Today we have a sweet
Robin Red Breast








I've added a few fabric swatches to show it with a patterned look


 Don't fight with me that the pieces are too small - I know they're small! the Bitty Blocks are small and that's the challenge. If you don't like it so small, then you will have to copy it to a larger size.

You can find the September Bitty Block in my Craftsy Shop..... right HERE.....<<<<


I hope you have fun sewing this one up!


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I've started a QA Designs Group  on Facebook where you are welcome to join and add any of your finished blocks made with the QADesigns patterns. I really love to see them all.
              
                          
 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


(when you open the shop.... click on the right side 'sort by tab' and press NEWEST.... then everything will show up)









Friday, 7 September 2018

Folk Art



Hi there everyone...
After a week of meeting new people, I think we need a little something different.

I've made a new Folk Art Block.


This time it's a Dancing Duck.....


The pattern measures 12" (31cm) and is on the Intermediate level.

I've added this block to my Google Drive - so you can download it really quickly. Once this one goes on, the previous one needs to get off to make space for it.

Download your Duck pattern HERE......<<<<<






This is our line up we've had over the past year... Only one more after this....

Once we're finished I'll put them into an EBook.


















I hope you all have a great week-end!!

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I've started a QA Designs Group  on Facebook where you are welcome to join and add any of your finished blocks made with the QADesigns patterns. I really love to see them all.
              
                          
 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


(when you open the shop.... click on the right side 'sort by tab' and press NEWEST.... then everything will show up)


























Tuesday, 4 September 2018

2018 Quilters Meet and Greet...



Hi!!

Today I'm taking part in the Quilters Meet and Greet hosted by Benita at Victoriana Quilt Designs. 
Thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of it.


I'm Janeen van Niekerk and I design patterns mostly for the Foundation Paper Piecing technique.







 I do have other Applique patterns too but the paper piecing has really taken over most of my business.


I live in Pretoria, South Africa with my Hubby, 2 sons and my dog Pepsi. My daughter and her cat have recently moved out and will be married by the end of September. Wedding preparations have kept me so busy this last 6 months - it's been crazy!!!






I started my business
Quilt Art Designs in 2013 and after designing a few patterns or blocks, I was hooked and it has grown and improved since then.

I love art and drawing and I love sewing too, so the two seemed to be a marriage made in heaven.

 Before quilting I was making mosaics but my fingers were permanently sore from the glass cuts. Now, I'm basically doing the same thing only with fabrics.


I started a quarterly Paper Piecing Magazine in 2014 so that foundation paper piecing could get more recognition or exposure and that people interested could also see that the designs didn't have to be cartoonish or really ugly.  I had such a hard time finding anything I wanted to sew, so I made my own patterns and others seemed to like them too. Using this technique we could also make some amazing quilts.





I was asked to participate in a Art with Fabric Hop with Alida from Tweloquilting in 2015 and that's when I discovered that I love making a larger more 'arty' quilt. I've made a few myself too but after getting Frozen Shoulder in both arms I've had to be content to just sit and do a bit of design work and not too much sewing. I think only after I rigged up my sewing machine to a higher position where I can stand and sew.... it has made my life easier and I can also get a few things sewn.




Each year I have a Block of the Month where I give away a free block (for the month it's released) and we've had loads of fun producing great paper pieced quilts.



I was asked which quilt or design was my favourite and that was really hard to choose. I love each one of them, but I chose this Farmhouse String quilt. 


It really was loads of fun to make and if I can use up all my scraps then I'm even happier. So many people joined in this quilt a long and there were so many different and amazing quilts that came out of this. 

This was a take on 'string quilts' that also had an arty look instead of it being the usual sewing a few scrappy strips together.



Well, that's me in a nutshell. Thanks for visiting.
You can hop over and visit a few more bloggers and quilters too. 






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I've started a QA Designs Group  on Facebook where you are welcome to join and add any of your finished blocks made with the QADesigns patterns. I really love to see them all.
              
                          
 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


(when you open the shop.... click on the right side 'sort by tab' and press NEWEST.... then everything will show up)