Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Rabbit Week - Part 2

Hi there everyone!

Wow, a little late today. I forgot my daughter was coming over this morning and we had to sort out her old room and pack the things she still wants, make piles of donate and throw out - so that took all morning. Done now, so that's another one to mark off on the huge list of "to do's".

Don't let anyone tell you moving is fun or exciting or anything enjoyable. It isn't!!!
The amount of throw out has grown considerably and the donate it pile too. Only thing is now to decide where to take it all.

Today we go on with Rabbit Week....

I've made 2 other Retro Rabbits (both are 10" - 26cm) and they're both really easy intermediate level.

This one was running so fast you couldn't even get a decent photo pose.

Very retro....

All patterns are available in my shop under the Animals>>>Farm animals category.

This cutie has had his tail manicured so he's showing it off a little.

This Cute Rabbits pattern is actually an old one that I re-worked and made a little 'better'. It measures 12" (31cm) and is also really a easy-ish intermediate level pattern.

I'm going to be house sitting and looking after my fur-grands for the long week-end. 
I'll be back by Tuesday.

Have a wonderful Resurrection Week-End!!


Monday, 15 April 2019

Rabbit Week...

Hi there everyone!

It's Rabbit Week here on the Blog
 and I'll be showing a few new patterns with a whole lot of fluffs

First up we have our
Hipster Rabbit Private Investigator

This one measures 14" (36cm) and is super duper cute!!

This one is part of the Hipster Animals category.

Second up we have the Retro Rabbits 

These cute silhouette styled patterns are 10" (26cm) and really easy to sew up.
They can be found in the Farm Animals Category.

I still have another 2 Retro Rabbits to finish up. I'm saving those for Wednesday.

The Rabbits at the Fence is also in my shop
They're in the Farm Animals category too.
This one is much larger at 40x60" (102x153cm)


Friday, 12 April 2019

Cute Hen block

Hello everyone!

The whole moving and finding a house has been finalized and we're moving on the 25th April.
I'll be packing my office and 'sewing studio' up on 23rd so I'll be working off my iPad until I can get it all up and running before the end of April.

Hold thumbs etc. that everything will be smooth sailing...

I made a cute Hen and chicks pattern while I was finishing off the Rabbits and Puzzle quilt - can't call it Tetris - the name is a registered trademark. ooops!

The Hen and Chicks block is 16" (42cm) and is on the Intermediate level. It will be in my shop under the Animals >> Farm Animals category.

Have a great Week-end!


Wednesday, 10 April 2019

WiP Wednesdays

Hello everyone!

Well, we seem to have found a house and everything seems fine. Not a fancy place, but big enough is I'm guessing - close enough.

I was busy designing a few new larger quilts

This one is exactly what it looks like -
A game of Tetris...

The pattern measures 42x63" (108x162cm)
Large size but VERY easy!!

This one should also be super quick to make.

It's in the shop under the Geometric category.

This cutie is -  Rabbits at the Fence

The pattern measures 40x60" (102x153cm)
and this one is more Intermediate level.

I'll finish up this one's instructions and then add it to the shop under the Animals >> Other

Have a great day!


Monday, 8 April 2019

March and April Bitty Blocks

Hello everyone!

Today we're talking Bitty Blocks
These poor mini blocks have had to wait in the corner while I sorted out so much ... over the past weeks.
Shame, they're really patient and today we catch up to where we're supposed to be.

The block for March is a Kokeshi Doll.
Its a small wooden Japanese doll.
Very cute in her kimono.

The block measures 5" (14cm) and is on the intermediate level.

The block for April is Chicks and also measures 5" (14cm).      Two newly hatched chicks 

Both of these will be FREE for April
You can find them in my Online Shop.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, 3 April 2019

WiP Wednesday

Hello to everyone
Glad you're joining me today

News on the electricity front - we've actually had un-interupted electricity for more than a week now....hmmm..... then I read in the newspaper that a bank in London sent Eskom (our electricity supplier) a HUGE cheque to 'help them out' -  so...... it turns out that it was a PLOY to beg for money from foreign banks.  Typical!!!! such blatant corruption!!!

Now for more bad news - the people who were renting their house have still not signed the contract - and this after we've sent the deposit to the agents etc.... The agent let us know and cancelled everything and thank heavens sent out money back to us.  Now we start all over again....

I was talking to someone at church about this and they said that it could be a 'good thing' because there could have been problems with the house, the owners, the agents further down the road and we've missed all that. So, that's what Im also going with. It was a 'way out' of a potential problem.

Now for the sewing portion of our day....

I've managed to only sew 2 letters on the second part of my mini quilt.

I changed the i on mine to have a small heart over the top.

I keep having to 'pep talk' myself into doing another piece of the pattern. I should be done by the week-end, but who knows, I could be finished by the end of April by the looks of things.

Have a great day!


Monday, 1 April 2019

April - Block of the Month

Hello everyone

It's already April and now it's time for another of our Amazing and odd animal blocks.
This month we have a Duiker or a Blue Duiker.

The coat is a grey blue colour on these tiny timid creatures. They have small pointed horns that I can't imagine are much use except to look cool. They have the worst over/under bite you've ever seen.

They're only around 30cm (12in) up to their shoulders in height and weigh around 4Kg. Something like a small dog. So when you've seen idiots going out and hunting these small things with huge rifles, it just breaks my heart. 

Our block is as usual 12" (31cm) and on the Intermediate level.
Our test block was sewn up by my good friend Joan Wintersgill of Texas. Isn't it gorgeous!


You can get your Free for the Month Blue Duiker in my shop

Next month we will be doing 2 blocks to be able to finish the 13 blocks for this year....

I hope you all have fun sewing this cute block.

Today is also the release of the New Issue of Paper Piecing 1/4" Dig. Magazine
You must check this one out! 
Fantastic Spring Flowers for you to sew.

Issue 21 is also in the shop.

Have a great day!


Monday, 25 March 2019

Just checking in...

Hello everyone

Its been a very hectic week here with absolutely no sewing done... booo!

Our electricity has been off more than its been on and with it our internet connection too.
Not because we didn't pay, just because Eskom - our electricity supplier - has been using this lights on, lights off to F^%#$&%^$# with the people. Their excuse - we don't have enough.... Such a joke!

Anyway, I've been trying to finish up some commissions and get the housework done in the short hours we have electricity or connections.

This week I also have to finish the magazine for April - June (Issue 21) and that just makes me want to jump up and down. People have taken patterns to test and not returned them...
Will be re-thinking this approach of testing in the future.

Thanks for all the wishes for my birthday. I had a very quiet day with my family - so that was lovely.

Lets hope by Wednesday I have something more interesting to show you.


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Monday, 18 March 2019

Week 2 Sewing Quilt A Long

Hello everyone

Another week of the "Sewing Quilt A Long"

I've seen a few on FB that are finished already. Wonderful!! Post your photos - we love to see what you're up to.

My own mini is about half way now.

We're having a really hard time with all this 'electicity's on, no, now its off, yaay back on, no, its off' business. It goes off twice a day for around 3 to 4 hours at a time. It's really working on my last nerve. I have to do everything double time to get things done, or sit and wait and catch up on all the housework etc.

I've also laid out the next piece that I need to do, so as soon as I find a little time this week, I'm hoping to get to it.

I hope you all have a great week!!

** If you would like to join in the fun, then YAAAY! 
You can find the patterns (you can choose whichever one you like) in the shop 
under the GIRLS category.


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Monday, 11 March 2019

Week 1 Sewing QaL

Hello to everyone joining in for the Sewing Quilt A Long

March still has another 3 weeks, so I'm thinking that it should take me about that long to sew this up. Once I've moved I want to hang this mini quilt on the door or the wall.
I finally decided to make the Sewing Studio mini. A girl can dream....

So, let's get started!!

First things first..... we need to cut out all the pieces of the pattern and then put them into alphabetical order. Believe me, it helps.

Then, those pieces of our puzzle that were separated by the software and given a 'glue edge number'. Those pieces need to be joined. I like to use tape - preferably some kind of paper based tape like washi tape because it doesn't melt and stick under my iron, but you can glue yours if you think it's better..... not a problem.

This is how I stick mine together. I will cut off one of the corresponding number tabs and then stick it up over the tab that is then under it.
I used adhesive tape on these so that you could see what I was doing.

Either you need to cut off the smallest bit of the black line and stick it up onto the other line so that you don't get a line in the join, because its not a sewing line, or you can just make a little squiggle with a pen to remind yourself that its not going to be sewn on that line.

I like to then put a section of the pattern onto my desk so that I can see how I'm going to sew them together once that piece has been made. I just gives me a better visual idea of what I'm doing.
I've also worked out how many I will be doing each day to stretch it out over 1 week. So, no pressure, Im only doing 2 or 3 pieces each day.

By now you've probably thought about what fabrics you'll be going with. I tried adding my pattern to EQ8 to see the different fabrics, but the image you get out of it doesn't really help me very much.

I did decide that I preferred to use one colour fabric on the "sewing" part and not multi-colour.

You do you.... however you want to make your mini, in whatever colour is fine.

Over the weekend I made the "G" part of the sewing letter.

Now its up to you to get yourself sorted out and start on your mini.
Please share your photos on the FB group (all links below) or even on Instagram. 
The tag is #qadesigns  Thanks

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You can find the patterns (you can choose whichever one you like) in the shop 
under the GIRLS category.


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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Quilt A Long Choices

Hello Everyone!

Our "Sewing" QaL starts on the 11 March 2019 until...... when we're finished...

I've decided to finish up all 4 of the sewing patterns. They measure 24x14" and the Mends the Soul is 24x24". You can decide youself which you would like to make for your sewing room or space.

Please join in the fun and post your photos of your progress to our FB group. I love to see everyone's blocks and work - I find it really encouraging too.

You can find the patterns in the "Girls" category in the shop. There's also other sewing things in there too.

Im going to the Hobby Expo in Johannesburg today. We've (me and my daughter) been looking forward to going and hope to see interesting new things.


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Quick Quilt A Long

Hello everyone!

I have good news..... I found a lovely new place to live.... YAAAY! I will have to move the end of April. So there's enough time to do a HUGE cull of everything....and then pack the rest...not the greatest job, but I cannot live in this current house any more! Too many things broken and old and the owner will not fix them. Too much getting on my last nerves.

Anyway, enough of all that!!
I want to get back to doing some sewing, some designing.... the good stuff!

I looked into all my patterns for a quick Quilt A Long, but a lot are a long term project or just not what Im feeling right now.
Soooooo, I made these 2 options... They are both 24x14" (62x37cm) and are a lot easier than they look. They aren't in the shop yet.

I couldn't decide which one we should make...
I think we should take a poll and then the winning one will be our QAL.
Leave your answer in the comments....