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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Friday, 27 January 2017

Friday Fun Day...

Hi there...

I've been rummaging around in my stash for fabrics to use in the Landscape QAL...


I like to keep all my colours separate and the scraps too.... loads of little bins to look in. With paper piecing I find that I can use up scraps of colour in a project very easily and you sometimes don't need a whole lot. So if cutting a new piece is not necessary, Im not going down that road.

Here are some of my fabrics so far (everything is open to change at the last minute)...





















I also wanted to quickly show my colour chart for the project.

Each landscape row will have its own fabric colour chart.
I mark mine with how much I still need to get, where it shows up on the design numbering chart etc.

These are all just notes for myself or you could cut out little swatches of colour and tape them to the colour chart - just as you feel comfortable working with.

The software only works in solid colours and will tell you how many times it found that particular colour (#1, used 72x). That is not a colour code reference, its just how many times it was found. The fabric is based on a 'strip' that is 8 - 12" .  The software will always tell you it is a Width of Fabric because that's the way it knows how to calculate it, but sometimes you will only need a scrap of fabric in a particular colour. Look at the black fabric. You dont need a whole strip of black - only a few black scraps.
I hope this helps....

Can't wait to get started, but I have a few other things to get finished first. This one is going to be a slow.....and steady...... sewing project.

I'm adding the first row pattern to Craftsy already so that you can get your fabrics ready....
Im so eager to start on this one!!
For more info you can go to the page - just find the button on the right side bar.



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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Landscape Quilt A Long


Hello to everyone...

We finally have a faster internet connection, so I can post about the upcoming


Landscape 
Quilt A Long

Our first row is the one with the Baobab trees and the mountains...

The row measures:
12x40" (31x129cm)
Intermediate level.

We will be going on a really slow pace on this Quilt A Long so you will have more than enough time to complete your rows along with everyone.

Please join me!


We officially will start it off on the 2nd of February and work on our rows from there. I will be posting a weekly update on what's going on too. You're also more than welcome to send me photos to show everyone of your progress too or you can link them to the Flickr group page. Button for flickr is on the right side bar.

I'm adding the first row pattern to Craftsy already so that you can get your fabrics ready....
Im so eager to start on this one!!


For more info you can go to the page - just find the button on the right side bar.



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