Monday, 16 January 2017

What's happening this week?

Hello there everyone!

I've been so busy with a ton of commissioned blocks that need to be finished by the end of January, so the poor blog has had a lot of 'slow' days...

This is the design from the UP movie I made for Desley Byers

And just look at how amazing she sewed it all together..... Incredible!!!

 The cute UP patterns are almost finished too...

There were 3 of them and each one is so lovely they made me feel like crying. This is the second one of them at the letterbox.

Carl from the movie looks just like my uncle - so the patterns are really special to me too...

 These 2 are for a Charley Harper swap Im doing (I found it on Instagram - but its closed now) - so I need to finish sewing them by end of January too...

What have you all been up to?

I've also been learning 'Design and Pattern' - its a course Im following, so I have to watch the videos and do my homework....hahahaha.....that just sounds so wierd.... I'm just really super happy to be learning Photoshop and Illustrator. Everything I know is just self taught so its nice to learn how it really works and how it all fits together...
Hopefully this will help improve the quality of work Im doing too....

Then we also have the upcoming Landscape Quilt a Long...
This will be row #1  -  More on Wednesday on fabrics etc...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

WIP Wednesday

Today I was sewing my 'Snapshot' mini and I'm really pleased with the way things turned out...

This is the block without the borders and doesn't look too bad as is...

After adding the white borders for the snapshot look, it measures 10"


On another different note, a few people have been asking about how the "glue edge" on some of the patterns works...

Each of the 'chopped' pieces has a corresponding number which needs to be joined. The software decides this so that it can 'fit' a pattern piece onto a page for printing.

What I do is find the two friends then cut off one side which says glue edge #1

Now I place the side with the cut off bit over the other glue edge side...
All the lines must match up
Now I take a bit of tape and stick it down.

You need to remember that the line made by the glue-ing or the taping is not a sewing line.

Also - if you use glue, you need to wait until it dries before you can sew that piece.
Don't iron over the tape because its a well known fact that irons and tape have a long standing feud...
And that is that....

On a further note -

Ive made our 6th landscape pattern - it has a winter feel and will be available once the end of the year rolls around.

Landscape QuiltaLong will start in February (Feb 2 and then each Thursday on the blog as we progress along)

Each of the rows will be on a 1.5 -2 month work schedule. No rush.

Each landscape measures 40 x 12" (129x31cm).

You can make all the landscapes or just those you really like...
Im going to add them one by one to my Craftsy shop as we need to make them.

More info and the Instructions to come soon....

I hope you're all going to join me for this one...

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Bitty Block for January

Today is our Bitty Block for January's turn....

We have a cute Snowman snowboarding.
As usual the block measures 4" (11cm) and is on the Intermediate level.

There is no plan with these cuties, they're just small and sweet and can be used to fill any little open space. Just as you like.
I hope you enjoy sewing these 'lil bitty blocks.

The blocks are free for the month in my Craftsy shop. I remove them after the month because they all start cluttering up the shop and it already has sooo many patterns there, that Im going to start deleting the really old ones that don't get much attention any more.

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Friday Fun Day...

Hello to everyone!

Today is the first Friday of the year....always a good day....
and just because I felt like it,
Im making a bunch of Friday blocks....

Friday Fun Day will be on every second Friday and the Link Up will be on the last Friday each month.

Ive seen other snapshot qal's and quilts etc, but nothing I would want to make, so I'm making a few paper pieced blocks that also have a snapshot look for our Friday Fun Day - a - long.

The idea was to make a few blocks with a modern feel of things I see around the area where I live, so that could be just about anything....
The only thing was that making them more 'minimalist' in look just made them look really 'childish' and that was not the idea.

This is our first block - Windows - measuring 10" and on the intermediate level.
You can change up the colours just as you like for a more funky look if that's what you want.

 Download your free pattern HERE...

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Monday, 2 January 2017

January Block of the Month

Hello to everyone who is joining us for the 
Wild Babies Block of the Month.

Each month we will be making a new block (Intermediate Level) of a sweet little wild animal. The block will be FREE for the month in my Craftsy shop.

You are welcome to just collect them, or even make just a few. To those who would like to make this into a quilt - there will be 12 blocks that measure 16" (41cm) each.

Ive given a fabric chart for each, but feel free to change up the colours just as you like. I hope you all enjoy the BoM.

Here's our January BoM block:

A sweet Koala baby sleeping in the trees.

I wondered what they were called - so I looked it up on Univ. of Google and it said they were marsupials and the baby was a Joey.... learn something every day...

The block is 16" (41cm) and on the Intermediate Level.

The block was sewn for me by Sunitha Pilli of the USA.

Thanks so much! you really done such a wonderful job.

Ah, so cute! our little Joey is tired and needs to nap...
His little paws are holding onto a dark part of the tree.

I hope you will all enjoy sewing your block too.

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Monday, 26 December 2016

What's Happening in 2017?

Hello to everyone!
I hope you all had a peaceful Festive season!

A lot of people are asking about next year's Block of the Month etc. so here is the low down....

January starts us off with the "Wild Babies" BoM - Intermediate level and Free for the month the same as always.

January block = Koala

Im not sure if we should have another Beginner BoM.... let me know if you would like to.... with enough interest we can always make a plan.

The Bitty Blocks will also continue with the 4 to 5" small blocks - no theme, intermediate level - monthly block

There will be NO mystery this next year.

I want to start a Row by Row Quilt A Long with the theme of "Landscapes" so that I can get to use up my cute row patterns. Still looking at which month to start that...

That's about it for now. I don't want to take on too much and have no time to do my Commissioned work.

Quilt Art Designs has a web site now Yaay! and Im still working on it to get the shop in there somehow as well....

Have a Great Day!

Monday, 19 December 2016

December Bitty Block and Mystery Block

Today we need to finish off two of our blocks we've been working on all year.

The Bitty Block (5") and the Mystery Block (10")

First up - Our Bitty Block for December is a cute Cactus

The pattern measures 5" (14cm) and is on the Intermediate Level.

The pattern is available for FREE in my Craftsy Shop...


Next up is the Mystery Block for December...

This was the Mystery for November - a wreath of Fall Leaves.

our Mystery Block quilt is almost there...

Only one more block for Dec. and its all over...

The Mystery block pattern measures 10" and is on the Intermediate Level.

I hope you have enjoyed the Symbolic Calendar this year...

You can download the FREE PDF of the Mystery Block for December here.....

I also have a Mystery Block page where I will keep all the old mystery blocks and quick links to the patterns that you might have missed.

You can add your photos to the Flickr Group page if you like...

Thank you to everyone who joined in and shared their finished block for all to see!!


I will be on holiday until the 4th of January....

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thank you for all your encouragement, kindness and support throughout the year. I love you all!