Monday, 27 July 2015

Monday's News

Wow, its already downhill to the end of the month...
July is almost done...

What do I want to share as news today??

I've finished 2 Row A Long patterns - 
the one for the EQ7 Seasons Row a Long happening in September - YaaaY!
A small peek at one of the blocks in my row for Autumn

Going to be EPIC!




and one for a Row A Long I want to host at some time....
This is my African landscape row
still busy on the Desert and the Jungle...
 They are paper pieced and 14x 60" (37 x 150 cm) rows - easy intermediate level
Anyone interested??


So many ideas....
need to give up sleeping it would seem ...

Winner for our Friday Link up:  Link #7 - let me know...

Have a Lovely Monday!





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Friday, 24 July 2015

Friday Link Up #28

YAAAAY! Its Friday!

I <3 Fridays...



Which means -  its also time for our Weekly
Paper Piecing Link Up!!




These are 2 of my new patterns that are in my Craftsy shop.


Tea Cup - 6" (16.5 cm)



Geometric Leaf - 10" (26.5 cm)















Link up your blocks, designs etc and let's have a wonderful party. 
Visit a few, leave some love...




Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Week 4 - Lake Quilt A Long


Hello 
wow, time is flying here
it's already the 4th week of our Quilt A Long


Our beautiful photos are as usual courtesy of Karin Pope in the UK. 

Lets get started:



Cut out your pieces and tape together the largest one - you can use sellotape - and lay the pieces out before you.
Not a lot to do this week.

Make your decisions about which colours you would like to use where, and write it onto the pattern.



Once you have the colour choices down, you can go ahead and either cut your fabric pieces (remembering to have a little extra for seams) or you can arrange the fabrics out before you for easy 'grabbing' purposes....

Then the sewing begins....




 
This is one of the oysters on the bottom (who cares that they don't live in lakes - they're cute anyway)

Karin was telling me that when she lifted the piece up to check on the fabric placement, she thought they also looked like little eyes looking at her - and now that's about all my brain wants to see.... LOL! it really does.




don't be scared to use your pins if you need the fabric to "stay" where you put it. Some pieces love to test your patience.
Even though I've been doing paper piecing for a while, I still get pieces where I can yank out my hair and rip things out - for the second time - and have to do it again.

All part of the process I guess.
In the end it's all worth it.



This is our Week 4 finished piece. Just beautiful! Karin I love your fabrics.
The geometric feel of the whole quilt is really coming out again here.


Once you've finished, you can sew the week 3 and 4 parts together.

Stunning!

See, I told you a few small bits would make your art quilt totally worth it.

You will have to fight people off - they will all want this once its done....

That's it for this week.

I hope you all have fun putting your lake together.















** If you missed the previous weeks blog posts on how we put it all together, you can find them in the Art Quilt page - under the image of the Forest or the Lake. Each of the 12 weeks will also be posted there for others who will make their quilt a little later....

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Anyone still looking to join us with the Lake QAL?




Monday, 20 July 2015

Monday's - Catch Up

Wow of the 8 commission blocks I got in over the last few months, I've managed to finish 6 already! Yaaay! Only 2 more cars to go and I'm done!...

Here are a few of the blocks I've finished lately...


















Have a Lovely Monday!

Our link-up winners are ALL of you!
Let me know which free pattern you would like (value up to S5)
 




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Friday, 17 July 2015

Friday Paper Piecing Party #27

Well Hello!

Come in, sit down.... more than enough room for everyone...


Today is our Paper Piecing Link-Up
 
What have you been up to this week?
Let's see - loads of commissions being done - at last... I know...

This is a cute one - a Robin Red Breast - 10" Easy level


I made this for a friend who was feeling a little nostalgic -
it turned out sooo cute that I'll add it to my Craftsy pattern shop
Joan even sent me a photo of her finished block - wow, its so lovely!


So let me see - what have you made that's new?

Link it up and let's all have our fill
Thanks!!




Have a Lovely Week end!




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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Week 3 Lake QaL

Time just keeps marching along and here we are...
Week 3 of our Lake Quilt A Long


Each week as Karin Pope (the lady doing the sewing ahead of all of you) sends me her week's photos, I get so excited and I can't wait to open up the email to see what's happening.
Lets have a look at week 3...


As you can see, it's not a huge section. Here you can use up random scraps of colour you have to make your fish colourful. The blue colour behind them is under the water and needs to be a different colour to the water that is above.


Cut out your sections and lay them out in front of you.

 You need to get yourself organized and write onto each segment which you would like to be blue and which a colour.

You can cut small strips like the photo shown here before hand or you can just cut as you go along.



Once you're ready, you can begin sewing your sections together. It really does help to first finish the sections before joining them all together. This helps to prevent you getting yourself into some Y seam situation. When I write the instructions, I look for straight line sewing and the easiest way to put the sections together.



When you sew the eyes of the fishes, you will get a lot of seams all gathering in one place.



You can cut your seams smaller to reduce the amount of bulk in one place.



Karin has hers at 1/8". If you feel nervous about doing that, its okay to go ahead and leave it at the 1/4" seam. You will just need to do some fancy press work to make all the seams play nice with each other.



 Once the sections are sewn, you can trim them to the correct size. I usually do mine as I finish the section, but it doesn't matter when, as long as its done. Then comes the fun of putting all the sections together.




 This is our Week 3 piece of the Lake finished...

The fishes have a geometric feel to them to mirror our Forest with all those triangle shapes we made.

You can really make these 2 any colour - bright and scrappy or something a little outrageous even.



Once your week 3 section is finished, you can sew it to the week 2 section.



This is our Lake quilt so far.
Gorgeous!!

Thanks Karin, I love your colour choices too. Its going to be beautiful!!

Weeks 1 - 4 are really not very hard going - the sections are smaller so that everyone can ease back into the quilt-a-long and not feel as if we are doing a huge ton of work.

I hope you are all enjoying your art quilt too.














Any other questions, then please email me, and I will see how we can sort it out... Thanks.

That's it for this week!

** If you missed the previous weeks blog posts on how we put it all together, you can find them in the Art Quilt page - under the image of the Forest or the Lake. Each of the 12 weeks will also be posted there for others who will make their quilt a little later....

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Anyone still looking to join us with the Lake QAL?



Monday, 13 July 2015

Mystery Block #8



Hello everyone! 
Today is our Mystery Block #8


The block is again 6" (16cm) and is on the Easy Intermediate Level.

As usual there is no image to work with - just the instruction sheet

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Download your FREE block PDF Pattern - Here

You can also link up your finished block on our Mystery Page

I hope you all enjoy this cheeky little one too...


Thanks to everyone who gives it a go and sews along!

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Link up Friday Winner:

Link #5

Thank you all for linking up your amazing designs and blocks - they are all wonderful!


Friday, 10 July 2015

Friday Link Up!!

Its Friday!



Which means -  its time for our Weekly
Paper Piecing Link Up!!


I haven't anything to show this week - I'm trying to catch up on the commissions I was asked to do... so please show me something you've been busy with so that I can get my usual Paper Pieced fix...

Link up your blocks, designs etc and let's have a wonderful party. Visit a few, leave some love...




Wednesday, 8 July 2015

WEEK 2 Lake Quilt A Long



Wow, time feels as if it is really flying!
Its already Week 2 of our Lake Quilt a Long


As before, Karin Pope has made the week's patterns for us to all see how to sew it all together

 Thanks so much! x

We are busy with Week 2 of the pieces and as you can see, there is only a small section to put together - the bird calling on the island in the Lake with the shine of the moon or sun behind him on the water. The reeds and the bird's legs are thin but not impossible.... This is nothing - remember the tiny eyes on the birds and the mice. Then you CAN do this...




As usual you need to get yourself organized and put your pattern out in front of you and write onto the pieces which colour you would like to use.




This is the "super" organized road you can also follow.
Cut pieces of the fabrics you have chosen out before hand and keep them with each piece. Just make sure to have a large enough piece of fabric to really cover all your section and a seam too.





This is totally amazing! Im not even this prepared. I do leave my colours all out before me and none are allowed to fraternize with the other colours, and then I choose which ever one I need next and cut off a big chunk.
I must try this!! How do you ladies do your "preparation" work?



As I promised, a few small pieces as well. We must keep it real ladies....

If it helps, you can pin your fabrics in place as you sew them down.




A finished bird leg and the grass on the island. Beautiful!

You might need a "something stronger" than coffee after you've done this bit.....

It will all be worth it once you've completed it all. A few tiny pieces will make your quilt look amazing!




Here we have our Week 2  finished block. 
Totally worth it! Beautiful.

Once you have made the week 2 you can sew it to week 1 already.

* When doing your "matching up" to other points - remember - start matching at the point you want to stay together and not from the sides. I put a pin in through the match up point so that it won't pull apart and then the rest must be happy to sit together after that.
 

Our Lake Quilt so far (Week 1 and 2).
Going to be just as beautiful as the Forest.

Any other questions, then please email me, and I will see how we can sort it out... Thanks.

That's it for this week!
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Anyone still looking to join us with the Lake QAL?




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