Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Landscape Row #3

Hi all, today is the Landscape Rows turn

How is your progress looking?

This is my first and second block on Landscape #3

I wanted the sky to be in a different colour than light blue, so I opted for the grey. Still not too sure about it, but once the row is all finished then I'll see....

Now I need to get busy with blocks 3 and 4......

This cute row was made by Nicole who added it to a FB group I also see
Its absolutely gorgeous! Love those fabrics!!!
Thanks so very much for sharing your progress with me.

I hope you're all still busy with your Landscape rows... You all still have time to get yours done.  Landscape Row #4 will be available on 14 June.

You could still join us if you'd like....
 Landscape rows 1 - 3 are in my Craftsy Shop.

If you have any photos you would like to share, you can always link them to our Flickr group.


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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Wonky Neighbourhood

My Wonky Dresden Neighbours pattern has been deleted....
It was much too similar to another pattern on craftsy..... and I had to change mine...not a problem!

This is the new Wonky Neighbours pattern

The pattern also measures 24" (62cm) and is on the intermediate easy level.

If you have already got yourself the previous pattern, then you can go and download yourself the new one (free) through Craftsy. I added it as an update.

The pattern is written so that it will be made in 3 rows and then sewn together to form the neighbourhood. The centre part is a 'wonky park with fountain or pond'.

The idea is to use up all your scraps you have lying around or those that are too small for any other project. I've added a fabric guide but all you really need there is the amount of fabric for the background. You can make yours scrappy, a night scene, a snow scene - anything you like.

I only made one of the blocks from my other pattern, so Im going to scrap that and start over. To those who are further along - please carry on, don't let this get in your way.

Thanks for all the encouragement and the positive comments.

New Pattern is in my Craftsy Shop...

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Art with Fabric Day #4

It's already Day #4 of the Art with Fabric blog hop....
I really hope you've been visiting a few, leaving a quick comment, enjoying the art....
Today's line up -

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 

Yesterday was my turn and my Lempicka copy cat was on show.... more info on yesterday's post.
Thanks so much for all the love and comments. Even I need encouragement......

Today I'm finishing off the instructions for all the great Summertime patterns that will be in the new Paper Piecing 1/4" magazine....
Once its done, I'll email it to all who left me a note on FB. Thanks


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Art with Fabric Day #3

Day #3

Our theme for this year's Art with Fabric was "Women" -
We were to find an art piece made or composed by a woman and which depicted "women".

I love the Art Deco style and I found the works of Tamara de Lempicka. A woman who 'made it' in a very much man's world of the time.

Her painting "Kizette" is of her daughter which was really very sweet, although somewhat off in proportions..... The cute face of the child has a wierd adult body..........

But apart from all of that - I decided that I would make my version of it with the paper piecing quilting technique - but of course......

This is the design that I made and it measures 20 x 24" (51x62cm)

Im actually a little sorry I didn't make it wider, but that was only once I was just about finished and there was no going back......

After choosing fabrics for the project it was a matter of where to start.....

The skin colour fabrics are sooooooo hard to find and I had to go down the road of "I'll use patterned fabrics - it will be okay"......

I started with the hair and trying to get the curls with highlights and dark areas to look like something.....

The patterned fabrics in the hair went really well and I was happy with how it all turned out.

Then came the face and the skin tones.....

I started with the eyes and then moved on to the cheeks and mouth, but Im still not entirely sold on using patterned fabrics for the face.......

This was the finished top...

My daughter kept on telling me it looked like a young version of myself.....

I suppose with the blonde curly hair and blue eyes it could have been....

But no! that wasn't what I was going for....
I now have a Lempicka of my own.
A strong woman doing it her way in a man's world - kicking butt and taking names!!!
My kind of lady....

And then came the "fun" of doing some FMQ on the top.....
Its genuinely nerve wracking....
I had no idea what the hell I was doing...... and I could only work on it for around a half hour and had to stop. My arms were numb all the way up to my elbows.... FMQ is not for the faint hearted.

Looking at it up close makes me want to just throw it out..... but hanging on the wall and standing back and letting everything just come together, I can say "Okay" and lift my finger and make a sign of a tick in the air.

Our other blog artists you can visit today are:

A special Thank You to Alida from Tweety Loves Quilting who put this blog hop together and oversaw everyone and their submissions. Thanks for all your hard work and all your encouragement!!


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Art with Fabric Day #2

Day 2 - Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 

You can also visit Alida over at Tweety Loves Quiliting and see the previous years submissions.

Tomorrow is my turn!!!
Hope you're all as excited as I am.....


Monday, 15 May 2017

Art with Fabric

Hello there everyone...

Today is the start of the week long Art with Fabric Blog Hop....
Please join us as we showcase amazing Art Quilts 

Spring 2017 schedule

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday Fun Day!!

Hi Everyone!
WOW its weekend already....

Today we're having a great Giveaway!!

A while ago I made this cute Bobcat Mini for a swap.
Now you can all make one too....

 This pattern is a copy of a Charley Harper print called Bobcat and cannot be sold....
(copyright - I get it) - but no-one said it can't be used in a giveaway....Yaaay!

The whiskers on the nose and around the eyes I added in later because that would have just made the pattern into a nightmare....

I hope you all enjoy your Bobcat mini...
Have a wonderful week-end.


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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Landscape QAL - Row #3

Today we carry on with our Landscape Row #3

This tropical style landscape with palm trees and sea is really interesting. You can change up the colours for the sea and the sky and it looks totally different.

I must admit - I haven't even started mine yet.....
I just have so many things to finish first... but Im planning a whole week-end of catching up.

The row changed a little from the original drawing - I wanted to get rid of the snow on the mountains and make the sea a little darker.

This start of the row belongs to Nicole  who added the photos to a FB group.
Its magnificent!! I love the fabrics - they really make everything look so tropical.
I absolutely love it!

I hope you're all still furiously busy with your Landscape rows... You all still have time to get yours done.  Landscape Row #4 will be available on 14 June.

You could still join us if you'd like....
 Landscape rows 1 - 3 are in my Craftsy Shop.

If you have any photos you would like to share, you can always link them to our Flickr group.


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