Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday Fun Day!!!

Hi there everyone!

Thank heavens its Friday..... even though I want to scream  WHAT ?? ALREADY!!
It must be phychological, but a Friday can always make me feel better...

I've posted out the patterns, now it's time to sit and do the commissions...

This is one that I made this morning... Isn't it a beauty?!! Its called Dancer #1 and it measures
24" (62cm).  I'll also add it to my Craftsy Shop.



Now its your turn. What's been keeping you busy?
Lets have a look!! Link up a photo or two and be sure to visit and leave a comment. Thanks.





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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

WIP Wednesday....


I've frantically been trying to catch up with a few of the blocks I need to sew, and I'm happy to report that I finished the first block in my Landscape Row....


Yaaaay for me! I went with the clouds fabric for the sky, so it made a lot of head scratching moments when it came to directional piecing. I didn't have to rip any out..... phew!!

Now I've laid out the next section onto my desk, but I need to first finish a few commissions...




I like to do it this way so that I get a good visual of what I'm supposed to do without having to constantly be looking at the instructions.


I just need to draw in some direction arrows for the sky fabric and then its sewing time!















Here is how I join the two pieces of the pattern that have been cut in half by the software. Each has a corresponding number. I like to cut off one of those 'glue edge' tabs and then stick it down with tape over the other and line up the segments. You can also use glue if you like but it must be dry before you sew it. Also, remember that you can't iron over the paper side where the tape is - tape and iron don't mix.....


That's it for now

I hope you're all busy with your Landscape Row #1....
I've seen one of them finished and its fabulous!!

*** I forgot to do the instructions for the magazine patterns, so Im furiously doing those too, as soon as they're done, I'll send out the patterns to the testers. Thanks so much.


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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Tuesday.....

Hello everyone!

We're back from a few days off and now its back to the grindstone....
Our holiday wasn't without upheaval.... Cyclone Dineo hit Mozambique while we were in the park and by Wednesday it rained as if it were going to flood the world....

Our plans to go to the lower part of the park had to be changed and they moved us to the main camp and found us bungalows to sleep in. Actually it was great, we got to sleep in the hut for handicapped people and everything was so open and big (I imagine to fit wheelchairs), so it worked out just fine.

I uploaded a few videos onto my QADesigns facebook page and a few on Instagram. I could only use my phone and sometimes the animals were so far away that no amount of zoom would even show them on the screen....

Anyhooo, its now time to work!! and I have a ton waiting for me...

Lets first talk new patterns for the magazine...
I'll email the ladies on the list and ask if they can help with a block.

Our "Springtime in the Garden" theme is going to be soooo cute!



Then there's the Landscape QAL sewing I better get to doing....
Still stuck on the first piece....
Luckily this one is a 'relaxed' piece and I still have around another 2,5 weeks before the next one is released.


Have a wonderful day
Its raining cats and dogs outside today.... looks like the rain followed us home.

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Friday Fun Day...

Hi there everyone!

Its time for a FUN Friday!

I wanted to show you all a project I've been working on since the beginning of January.
I'm sure it would have gone a lot faster if I didn't have a thousand others to also get done....

It's a Charley Harper Swap that I'm part of. It was on Instagram and I threw my name into the hat too. Here's a few photos of the progress.....





This was the first Bobcat...

I designed the pattern from the image of the Bobcat from Charley Harper.

The eye section ....

no, it wasn't that hard.....





and then there was a face....


Problem....
I don't do FMQ that much, so I suck at it...
and I didn't want to mess it up.

I decided to rather just go with the lines of the whiskers....













I really need to order myself a few labels to add to the quilts...
I just pinned a name that I sewed onto a piece of fabric for now, but I'm still not too sure..

Anyone know where I can get some labels that aren't too expensive but still look good?

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The second pattern I made was another Bobcat (because I couldn't decide on which one my partner would like)...






This one really was going along quite quickly....


I just struggled to find fabric that matched the artwork poster...






I divided the work into 4 large sections and here you can see that 3 of them are already done...

Now for the home stretch and every other thing now needs to get done first...

Isn't that just typical?
Housework you are sooooo selfish!!




I'm busy with the eyes and ears next and slowly but surely it will get done!!!


So many have asked about the patterns, but I don't think I'm allowed to sell them. They're both copies of Charley Harper's work. I don't know, will give it a think...

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*** Great News!!

This next week I'm going to go to the Kruger National Park with my Hubby, so I won't be at home until the following Monday..... Oh, I cannot wait!! I really need some time away from my computer...
I will take my iPad, so that I can see emails etc.
I'm planning on making a few videos of the place and the animals too, and will try to upload them to the blog for everyone to see.

When I get back I will be asking the pattern testers to help with the new batch of patterns I've made....

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Now it's your turn....
What have you been up to and busy with these last weeks??
Link your photos and lets have a look. Thanks.






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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

WIP Wednesday...




Hi there to everyone and those doing the Quilt A Long..

We've started on our first Landscape Row which looks like the African trees with mountains in the background.


I hope you're all enjoying the whole experience.

I have something that came up with the joining of the sections.
A lady sent me a message saying that her top section was larger by a half inch than the bottom half.

Lets see....
I would check to see if I joined the sections correctly
I would check to see if my seams were all according to the lines given
then as a last resort, I would rip some of the paper out along the seam where it needs to be sewn, because the paper hold the fabric really tightly in places. Sometimes free - ing the piece from the paper will give you the small stretch you need to sew it all  together.

I don't understand how these things happen, but sometimes they do.
The pattern is really very accurate and will fit together properly, its just that sometimes fabrics, ironing, how you sew all play a part in making the thing 'goof'....
I've had to 'fix' things in the past, so it does happen and it has happened to me too...


And this is still as far as I am with the row....
I've really just been swamped with other work, but not to worry, I'll try to power through this one and show you all something great really soon...


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Monday, 6 February 2017

February Bitty Block




Hello everyone!

Its Bitty Block time again...
This month we have a cute block with a Valentine theme...

Paper Dolls








The pattern measures 5" (12.5cm) and is on the Intermediate Level
I hope you all have fun sewing this one up...



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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Landscape Quilt A Long Start!


Today is the start of the longer Quilt A Long project - The Landscape Rows... yaaaay!

Row #1 is the "African Landscape"

I've added the first row pattern to Craftsy 



This is how I do my 'thing'...

I cut out the whole pattern....

I sort it into groups of the alphabet that is on the pattern pieces and I also put them in alphabetical order.... (maybe a little OCD)

I found this small packaging box which will hold the pattern pieces while I need the space on my desk for other things.




Im going to do this starting with section A.

I found pieces A to O (easy because it was already sorted out)
I laid them onto my desk and group them where I can see they need to be joined together.

I'm going with a directional print for the background, so I marked the pattern pieces with a direction arrow.

Then it was fun time - I sewed the pieces and then joined them according to their groups.


Then I joined the whole lot together and gave it a good press with the iron.


We have until March 15 to finish this first row, so I'm going slower than usual but still need to get my work done...

You're more than welcome to add your photos to the Flickr group (on right sidebar).

I really hope you all enjoy this QAL with me...

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

February Block of the Month - Wild Babies


Hello everyone!

Today is the Feb. BOM Wild Babies turn....
So many of you are really excited to meet the new baby....

Today we have a Baby Fox - or also known as a Pup, a Kit or a Cub.
Any which way - really cute!


My daughter always wanted one as a pet when she was younger, but unfortunately that wasn't going to happen....


 This is the design for our cute baby...


 The pattern measures 16" (41cm) and is on the Intermediate Level.
You are free to change up the colours just as you like.


The background on the right side of the pattern might be a little confusing, so I made a quick colour map for any who want to know what's going on behind the fox...


















Now, lets have a look at 2 of the blocks that came back from the testers...






This cutie was made by
Lisa England from the USA.

Oh he is so cute! I just love him!

Thanks so much for all your help Lisa - as usual your blocks are amazing!!














Our second block was made by Susanne Maxl of Germany.

You just want to hug him and never put it down.
Its so beautiful!!!

Thanks so much, I love it!
I also love your fabrics. Its so hard to find lovely batiks here in SA.











Pattern for February is FREE and is in my Craftsy Shop

I hope you all enjoy sewing the block!

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