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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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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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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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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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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Friday, 1 June 2018

June Block of the Month



 Hello everyone following the 'Into the Wild' Block of the Month...


Thanks to all those who have stuck to the blocks with the 'new' birds and the changed look... I read a few comments just the other day about the 'new' blocks and how dissatisfied this person was with the new ones and that they were not going to make any of these new ones....Oh well, I guess you just can't please people - even with free blocks....







For June I've made a Cardinal. We don't get them here in SA but I still love them anyway.


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










This block was sewn up for us by Julie Mirdoch of Canada
Its absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so very much.


Here's a look at our lineup for the first 6 blocks.

You can download your June BOM in my Craftsy shop.....<<<<<
I hope you enjoy sewing this one up 

Have a great week-end!


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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Wonky Vans Wednesday...


Hi there everyone...

I wanted to show how far these Wonky Vans have gone, it seems the ideas for making a center is never ending.

This is the 'Border' part of the Wonky Vans and measures 56x60" (143x153cm). I changed the size so that the borders all round are 12" wide.





This is the Lake center.


They all measures 32x36"



















This is the Beach center

Each has wonky camping elements that are a little exaggerated.

Even though the trees on the border are more triangle shaped, the wonky van still need to drive around to get to the sea...

Some people love the mountains and others love the ocean.

Me - I love the wild and the animals. hmmm maybe another idea...









This one has cabins and campgrounds.

I changed the sky part to a dark blue and it looked like the night with the moon behind a cloud. Just as cute...




This way you get to choose which ever center you like to go with those racing Wonky Vans on the border.










I've added the Borders to my Craftsy shop while I work on the details and instructions of the center blocks. I've even made sure that it prints to a Letter size page.

You can find the Wonky Vans Border pattern here in my Craftsy shop.....<<<<<


Have a Great Wednesday!!


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Monday, 28 May 2018

Commissioned patterns

Hello there everyone!

Today I felt the need to talk about Commissioned Patterns.

It came to my attention that some feel that if they've commissioned a pattern from me, that said pattern and all its rights now belong to them......
Sorry, but you're wrong....

If I design a pattern then the design (pattern) belongs to me. It has my copyright on it and I can choose to resell that pattern as many times as I want. What you bought was a copy of the pattern to sew.
You may sell any of your completed sewn work as you choose. You may not resell my pattern or even make a copy and give it to your friends.

Once I've designed a pattern I decide if I can sell it again or not. Some have too much sentimental connection to the person and obviously I won't be adding those to my shop - not everyone's commissioned pattern will work for resale.

If you choose to show the finished sewn block or quilt on social media, then yaay! but please say that you got the pattern from Quilt Art Designs too. Thank you.

Thanks to those who give me a 'heads up' on patterns or images being used in a way that really just rubs me the wrong way.




This beautiful boy was designed last year and I waited all this time for the person to sew it up and show me a finished photo.



Thing was, that they decided to cut me out of all the narrative - and when I saw the photo on FB (I'm in the same group....) and added my name and answered a few of the people asking where to get it, they promptly removed that and the post and went and reposted somewhere else.

Luckily my peeps told me... thanks!





This pattern measures approx. 55x80" (140x200cm) and is on the Intermediate level.
Just because its large, doesn't mean its more difficult....











So...............
Now I've added it to my Craftsy shop

















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 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


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Friday, 25 May 2018

Wonky Vans


Hi there

I was really busy this morning trying out new ways to make a Wonky Caravans quilt.





I initially had everything showing the same way but then the road area somehow just would not work out so now I've decided to rather have it go in a circle even if the 'bottom' is upside down.





No matter which way you use this quilt, it will have vans that are up and others that are down...






The center part will be filled with other Wonky looking vans that are all over the place.


The whole thing will measure 50x60"
(128x153cm) and will be on the Intermediate level.


Still working out a few of the kinks and will then start the center.









Have a Great Week-End!!


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 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


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Thursday, 24 May 2018

GDPR requirements

Hello Friends! I wanted to send a reminder ...


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 Have a wonderful day!







Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Start of the Watermelon sew a long







Hi there everyone...


Today we begin the Watermelon sew a long.
It shouldn't even take that long... the pattern is really super easy.



There are 8 rows with 8 blocks = 64 blocks in total.


I started the first rows to show you all how it would work.
You don't have to wait for me or anything - you can get going on your top just as you like.



Here's the start on my top.


I'm going to make the top row by row but only sew 4 of them together and then the 4 rows.
So I'll end up with 4 large blocks of 4x4 blocks.
Im only doing this because I have a small sewing machine and having too many blocks under the needle is bulky.

Afterwards I'll sew those together and whala... it will be done...





I wanted to show you all this seam on the block. The white arrow shows towards the seam.  It shows a new section but is the same colour fabric.



You need to make it a seam even tho' its the same, because you want those lines of the slices to be visible.



Don't make it all one section because they're the same colour fabric.
That's it.... I hope you all have loads of fun making the Watermelon. Be sure to post some photos to the Facebook page. I love to see how you're all doing. Thanks.


And that's what we have going on today....
I'm hoping to have my top finished by the first week in June - which is around 3 weeks to work on this one. It could go faster, but I also have to finish a few blocks I'm planning.
I want to make a Wonky Vans quilt, so I'm drawing up some weird looking caravans...


The Watermelon pattern can be found in my Craftsy shop right here...<<<

For those who cannot buy through Craftsy you can email me and we can work something out with paying directly to paypal and I will email the pattern to you


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 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


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Monday, 21 May 2018

Art with Fabric Blog Hop


Hi there everyone!

Today is our Art with Fabric blog hop start and we have a whole week of artists showing their work on their different blogs. Please join us as we take you through a journey of fabric and art and how they come together with our theme of :    1 + 1 = 3

The blog hop is hosted by Alida over at Tweety Loves Quilting. A huge big thanks to you Alida, this hop really pushes me each time to try new designs and I enjoy the whole process every time...

How did it all come together?

I looked up the whole concept of 1+1=3 and found the quote of Aristotle that 'the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts' which is related to the idea that the total effectiveness of a group of things each interacting with one another is different or greater than their effectiveness when acting in isolation from one another.




Which brings me to the idea of Bees... Their hive instincts are exactly what our theme is all about.
I love bees! Don't get me wrong - not on me.... just watching them in nature. The little bees that come to the lavender bushes in the garden always fascinate me.



I found an artist Matthew Willey who is founder of "The good of the Hive" initiative. He wants to paint 50 000 bees all around the world. I love his idea of bringing more awareness about bees.


 



and so...
My art with fabric piece.... which I'm calling Synergy




After the initial design, I wanted to make the background with flowers or something like a garden where they were busy with the flowers.

I tried different fabric ideas in my EQ program to get an idea of what it would look like.







I decided to use this amazing piece of fabric I had tucked away in my draw by Amy Butler called Wind Flower.

After starting with this fabric I decided to use it as the entire background.





I've tacked it to an artists frame and I'm going to be giving it to my daughter for their new house as a 'first' art work.

I've added my pattern for the Bees to my Craftsy shop.


other blogs to visit today are:


Monday, May 21st, 2018




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 Quick link to my full Craftsy Shop <<<<<


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