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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Thursday, 24 May 2018

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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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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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Friday, 18 May 2018

Folk Art #5


Hello to everyone

Today we have another of our Folk Art blocks.

This time its #5 - Big Bear...

He likes long walks in the forest, sleeping, eating berries, scaring the odd hiker...
Doesn't like being compared to Bear Grylls.... he's not such a 'nature nut'....

He measures 12" (31cm) and is on the intermediate level




You can download your big fuzzy chum right HERE....<<<

Have a great week-end!



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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Watermelon Sew a Long


Hi there on this icy cold almost Winter day...
Thank heavens it doesn't snow here because the icy wind is really enough right about now...





I want to make the Watermelon string quilt as a picnic blanket or even table cloth for my daughter, and a few have said they wanted to also get busy with it too, SOOOOO

Lets do it together....
I just have to finish the Bees for the Art Hop on Monday, but as soon as its over, I'm all about the melon....

No pressure...
You can join in and have a bit of sewing fun or join in to just watch... up to you...

It really shouldn't take long either. It's really an easy pattern.
I've made it so that the pattern forms in the rows and doesn't get done with the Dresden shapes getting sewn together.




I'll be cutting out my watermelon pattern and digging out a few red fabrics in the mean time - all ready to start by Wednesday next week.

The 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.



*** 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 also on the left side bar near the top....

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Monday, 14 May 2018

New String Quilt...


Hello there everyone

I was feeling so much better so I wanted to quickly say "Thanks" to everyone for the great wishes and the support. It all helps.
I was asked if I get the coffee gifts - yes, they send it all to my paypal acc. Thanks for the help. This wedding is really wearing me thin...

I was looking at a video about a woman sewing a watermelon placemat and I thought - that would be great with the String quilt combo's I've been making, so I sat all morning making this one...
I think it turned out great!.




Its just like the other string quilts with 8x8 blocks and rows and then the paper pieced bits in between.

This one measures 50" (128cm) because I was thinking it would make a great picnic blanket type of thing or maybe a table cloth for outside....



Its just called Watermelon and has a modern style going on with the secondary pattern of the blocks over the dresden pie shapes.

Another great one for using up scraps of fabric.




The sting quilt meets paper piecing is on the Easy Intermediate level. I think a beginner could even manage this one. I'm adding it to my Craftsy shop.

*** 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 also on the left side bar near the top....

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Friday, 11 May 2018

Folk Art blocks


Hi there everyone...

For a few days I've been lying on the couch or plain just sleeping on my bed...
I've had a mysterious cold - at least I think its a cold. I don't feel sick, my head or throat isn't sore, but my eyes are so sore, my nose keeps running, sneezing all the time... I just cannot look at anything with 'light' coming at me. For most of the day the blinds are closed and the light is off...
My dear son in law changed my computer screen to even have a low blue light that I could do some of the work that's waiting for me... Who knows.... probably just needed a rest.....

Do you remember the Folk Art blocks I made a while ago?
This is what they looked like....




I was looking through a few of the files and some of them just needed me to finish them up.
I've already given out the Squirrel, the Fox and the Rabbit...

So today is the Moose' turn...  I'll get to the others really soon ...
The patterns all measure 12" (31cm) and are on the intermediate level.

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


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Monday, 7 May 2018

Bitty Block - May


Hello...
Today we have our Bitty Block for May...


Its a cute little Lamb...
and because I made the lamb jumping first, I've added it to the pattern too...


The patterns measure 5" (14cm) and are on the Intermediate level...


























You can find the Lambkin pattern HERE in my Craftsy Shop...<<<<

Have a great Monday...


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.

*** 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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Friday, 4 May 2018

Weekend Project


Hi there everyone...

Today we're carrying on with our Weekend Projects

This time we will be making a Postcard - from Fabrics...







Here's a look at some of the postcards I've made and sent all over the place....


This was a trapunto butterfly...










With this van, I copied the picture onto fabric through my copy machine.... wasn't sure if it would work and then FMQ'ed around the van and made a few wavy lines...






This one was a paper piecing design of a lake reflection that I reduced in size.


















A more 'artsy' one with flowers cut out, stuck down and then some FMQ all over to look like a garden background...

For the edges, you can go any direction...

You can make your own binding or even just do a satin stitch around it or like this one I found on the web, it has a crocheted edge - very interesting....



















For our Week-end Project-  I have made a Crocus Flower pattern at 5x7" (13x18cm) for you to have a 'try'...
You can download the pattern HERE...<<<<


Have a wonderful Week-end!!
I'm off to do some cake tasting with my daughter tomorrow.... can't wait!!



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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

May Block of the Month - Into the Wild


Hi there everyone...
Today we have our May Block of the Month bird

Its the beautiful Bee Eaters turn. I love these birds! So colourful.


This one was tested by Joan Wintersgill of Texas.



and this one was tested by Julie Mirdoch of Canada

 

 Thanks both of you!!! I love them dearly! They're so Beautiful!!


When the blocks came back from the testers I decided to simplify the birds beaks and eye areas, so I'm hoping that the new block will be a lot easier.

I hope you all enjoy your May BoM...

You can get your FREE for the month block HERE in my Craftsy Shop...<<<<<



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