Monday, 16 July 2018

Some good news...


Good News!! well for me anyway...
Hubby and I will be going away for a few days. We leave tomorrow and come back over the week-end. We're off to watch a few animals!!  Yaaay!

So, to hold you guys over until next week I've got a cute Sugar Cookies pattern for you all...
It was a very old pattern (one of the first I ever designed) and I fixed it up and made it 12" (31cm).


You can download it free-  RIGHT HERE....<<<<<

I hope our week warms up and we get to see a load of animals. I'll even try to make a few short videos... (hoping it works)
I'll probably load a few up to my Instagram account along with blocks for the Mystery quilt that I've been busy with...


Have a great week! and see you all next Monday.



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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, 13 July 2018

Friday the 13th


Hello to everyone who follows along...
Thanks for your visit!

I finally (after 3 weeks) got the call to fetch my sewing machine (in the shop for a service) and this was basically what happened.... lol!!



Its Friday again (yaay!) but its also the 13th (aaah). For some its a real thing. I was wondering where do you think it all started? Who came up with "Friday the 13th is a 'bad day'"??? and its an even bigger wonder that the day hasn't got its own song and dance - something like valentine or halloween with a ton of rubbish to buy.


Anyhoo... its Friday and we have another in our Folk Art blocks waiting to get out of the gate...


Made fun of when he was younger for his 'big beak' but now stands proud as he catches twice as many fish or insects as the rest.

This is Folk Art- Bird. Also measures 12" (31cm) and is on the intermediate level.



you can download your cute and quirky friend right here.....<<<<<

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)




Monday, 9 July 2018

July Bitty Block


Hello there everyone...

Another wierdly cold day here in Africa... It was even raining over the week-end. For us that is unusual because we don't get any winter rainfall here in Pretoria. Was really glad about the rain in Cape Town though. I think they could really do with water right about now.





Today is our Bitty Block day again....











and this time we have a Jellyfish.



The pattern measures 5" (14cm) and is
on the Intermediate level.

I included a pattern with and without the colour numbering codes.



I hope you have fun sewing it up.



You can find the pattern in my Craftsy Shop -
the quick link is HERE....<<<<




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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, 6 July 2018

Folk Art Horse

Hello everyone...

Today is freezing cold here in Pretoria. It's winter for real now.... NOT my favourite...

This past week was so 'all over the place'. I still do not have my sewing machine back from the shop so I've been using my really old machine again. Shame it sounds like a bit of a tractor against my other machine.

I've worked something out and its a bit of Garden Mystery quilt. Each day I've made only one block. The prototype is 30" (77cm) and each block is 5" and based on the Storm at Sea block.

This is Day #1 - Day #4. Once I'm finished with making up the prototype I will add it to my shop.



And for today.....

We have another in our Folk Art blocks. This is something like a Dala Horse, but I just didn't like the look without a tail and besides the Dala image has a lot of copyrights on it too.

So, we have our own version of a Folk Art Horse.

As usual it measures 12" (31cm) and is on the intermediate level.
Once the new Folk Art pattern gets onto the blog, the old ones are removed to make space in my GDrive. 



I hope you all have a wonderful week-end..... no matter what the weather!!

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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, 2 July 2018

July Block of the Month


Hi there friends...

Its already July and we have a new 'Into the Wild' block of the month.

This month we are doing 2 small Sunbirds.



I have these two birds in my garden. When I first saw the bird I was so surprised because its super tiny. I thought it was a large moth, but then I saw the colours on the male bird. Its sooooo shiny. It even brought me to tears. They're so beautiful.


Everyday I go out there and try to see them but its getting really cold here now, so Im not sure if they're going to find somewhere warmer to fly off to.

They aren't humming birds but they are just as small and hover about with tiny flapping wings in much the same way. Their beaks are curved and long.


This block was tested for my by Joan Wintersgill of Texas. Isn't it gorgeous!


 and this block was tested for me by Sylvia Jochem. Another beautiful block. I love them both so very much.




You can find the new July block in my Craftsy shop.....<<<<<


This past week-end we had to go and finalize the table settings and flowers at the venue we have booked for my daughter's wedding. Its going to be the end of September. Now it's all just downhill to the big day.... 

I hope you all have a great week!
Hold thumbs that my sewing machine gets back from the shop this week.... starting to feel jumpy...


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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, 29 June 2018

Stars

Hello everyone!


Today we have 2 different kinds of star blocks






The first is this Star within a Star block


The pattern measures 10" (26cm) and can be found in my Craftsy shop.
















Our second star is a WOnkY Star that has a small corner star that you can add or leave out - your choice...



The pattern also measures 10" (26cm) and is FREE for download right HERE....<<<













I'm working on finishing up the Issue #18 of Paper Piecing Digital Magazine that will be out
on 1 July.

This is the site if you need more info:
www.qadpublishing.blogspot.com



14 Great summer patterns!!





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)



Monday, 25 June 2018

Last week of June...


Wow! the months have really been flying by...
Its already the last week of June... and once July hits, its all downhill to December.

I was going to add my finished block of the Cheetah I was working on, on Friday, but we seem to have had such a slow internet connection that it was all just one big frustration.

I thought - oh well, I'll finish the FMQ on the block and then...................!@#$#!@$!!
My machine decided to die.....
I had to take it in to the repair shop and so I'll be waiting for the news of "what now...."

SO.....

Today we have a few photos and then a surprise pattern too...



My block is 14" (37cm) and is in my Craftsy Shop.

The backgrounds and inner ear are Camelot Fabrics.



The FMQ I decided on was a 'puzzle' but I had to stop when the machine said 'NO' ...
so now it will wait for the outcome.



I was going to give out this pattern on Friday - because .... Friday..... you get it.

The cactus measures 10" (26cm) and is on the Intermediate level.

                       


You can download your FREE cactus PDF here.....<<<

Have a great Monday.....well, try your hardest anyhow...


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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, 20 June 2018

Wednesday's WiP


Hello everyone!

A while ago Camelot Fabrics contacted me and asked if they could make the Baby Giraffe pattern in their fabrics for some show they were attending. They sent me the photo to show everyone too...












These are the Safari Dream Collection fabrics by Teresa Chan.


If you go and look, you'll see my cute little Giraffe also sitting there...
Very sweet!








Camelot also sent me a few small scraps to try and make a block or two.
I decided to make the Cheetah, but the pieces are too small to really get anywhere with them.

So far only the ear and the background are Camelot fabrics and the rest are out of my own scrap pile.






The rest of the background will have to be in a different colour fabric, I've only got the tiny-est piece left.
Could make it interesting...
Hoping it will be finished over the weekend.


The Cheetah Pattern is 14" (37cm) and in my
Craftsy Shop.....<<<<






The colourful scraps I'm thinking would be better for birds or flowers...






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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, 15 June 2018

Friyay!

It's Friday, so at least there's that....

Today I felt like doing something different... so here we have a few Wonky looking Flowers in Wonky looking Vases.

They're also part of the Folk Art patterns because everything Folksie always has a million flowers on it - these are just a little different in their vases...





You can have them sitting on a table or just a solid background.

You could also do a little 'fussy cut' to doll up the vases.




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

You can download your FREE pattern here....<<<<<


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)






Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Wednesday WiP



Hi there!

A while ago I was jumping up and down because I had run out of a red fabric necessary to finish my Watermelon quilt.









After much searching..... I have found it! Oh thank heavens! I thought this was the last stop I'm making and if they don't have it, then I will have to use something else.... and there it was.... as if it was waiting for me to fetch it....




Now to try and catch up and finish this quilt....






The 5th row is done.... Yaay! I will join the 4x4 blocks together first and then the two large blocks together  before the top and bottom halves together.... makes sense in my head....

Hope you're all enjoying sewing up your watermelons!



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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, 11 June 2018

Bitty Block - June

Hello there everyone...


Today we have our June Bitty block on stage....




only problem is that when I upload it to Craftsy... it keeps coming back with an error message saying 'we seem to have a problem.... please try again' and after around 20 tries...... I have given up!!!





This is our June - Eagle Block

The block measures 5" (14cm) and is intermediate but obviously more difficult with teeny tiny sections in the eyes. Before you jump up and down.... That is the point of these Bitty blocks.


****Finally managed to get the block into my Craftsy shop...

IF you would rather make it a different size, then upload the Sizing Chart here....<<<<<


Have a good Monday.....




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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, 8 June 2018

Friday Fun Day!!

Hi there everyone!

Its Friday! Thank heavens!
This was a hard week.

Today I have another in the Folk Art blocks.... a 12" Funky Owl


You can get your Free Owl pattern here as a PDF download.....<<<<

Once a new Folk Art pattern makes its appearance the old ones have been removed.


I hope you all have a great weekend!!

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Thanks so much!


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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, 4 June 2018

Watermelon sew a long



Hi there...

I wanted to touch base again with the Watermelon quilt.








I've managed to get half way with mine
The first 4 rows are done. Its really easy and goes together really quickly.






This is a close up of the different reds I've been using.

Problem...... I seem to have run out of the red fabric with the speckles pattern.

I can't remember where I bought it and now have to go to all the small quilting shops to see if I can find some more...

Have to wait for hubby to drive me all over - still don't drive with my shoulder. Its a load better but I still have no strength in the arm.

Until then, I'm going to have to put this one on hold OR find something similar and just finish the second half with that... I'll see





I'll be finishing up all the Wonky Van center blocks and adding them to my Craftsy shop...

Speaking of the shop... I really need to create my own shop... One where there are categories of patterns but also one where you can pay and receive your PDF straight away.  I'm going to have to find a host with something like this that doesn't cost a fortune - and then a few extra hands to get all that going... sighs..

Have a great Monday!


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*** If you like what you're seeing and enjoying the patterns - would you please consider supporting me by buying me a coffee.... the link is on the left side bar near the top....

Thanks so much!

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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)