Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Art Quilt Week 3


Today's turn is the Art Quilt QAL - "Quiet Landscape" 

This is week 3 of the QAL - 




This is where we start - cut out your pieces, lay them out...

Stick together those that are supposed to be "glued" together. Thank heavens the pattern software has included which piece joins where.

Then start sewing the segments.







Follow your instructions and sew the pieces together.

I'm really going with much more printed fabrics this time and although a little hard for me (total solids junkie) I must say that I don't think it's too bad....

 Be Nice!

Photos taken in the sewing room really looking 'yellow'.... must get a better light...

This is my Week 1 - 3 all sewn up.
It makes more of a square now and you can really start to get the idea that this is not going to be tiny.... This is the top right corner of the Art Quilt.
The sewing is pretty straight forward on this quilt and is not hard - not at all.

I hope you're all enjoying putting this lovely scene together.

You are all welcome to post your photos of your progress to our Flickr group Page. 

Have a great Tuesday!



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Monday, 1 September 2014

BOM September '14

Block of the Month - September


Today we have another beautiful block for our "In the Garden" theme. This is our 11th Block....

This time its a Dog and Koi Fish
This nosey dog is poking his nose into the Koi Pond and is maybe getting more than he bargained on...



This is how we get started - cutting our pieces, joining 2 of them, and then laying out the puzzle.

I like to make groups of the pieces where I know they will be sewn together.


Then its just a matter of choosing your fabric pieces and lets go........

These Koi fishes are usually red, orange, black and white - so it is up to you to decide on how your fish will look. The beige areas I added were to look like the white bits that are under the water.
The water is just full of shadows and movement, so you can play around with the fabrics a little.




Then it was the dog's turn. Here you can go any colour you like. I chose a beige/golden colour because I wanted it to look more like a German Shepherd, but .... well, its a dog......

The side of the pond I used a green with small vines on to look like moss growing on the sides.

The brown in the water is the dog's shadow on the water.







This is my finished block of the Dog and Koi Fish -


A close up of the Faces and the noses

The block is available in my Craftsy Shop for FREE for September...

Links are in the PP BoM page too

Please send a photo to the Flickr group and we can all drool over them.. Thanks

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Today was to be my turn for the Blog around the World as well -
 but I want to rather re-direct you to another cool blog -  
ipatchandquilt in the Netherlands (Esther),   
and ask you to come back to me on the 8 September.

I just have soooo much going on this week that I need to post on and finish and I don't want to squeeze it in somewhere and no-one will read any of it......
Thanks for understanding.....

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Our Art Quilt - Quiet Landscape will be up on the blog tomorrow - Tuesday.... thanks!


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Winners of the Friday Paper Piecing Link-Up:

All of you -
Send me your email and which pattern you like and I will send you your prize!!!!
Thanks...




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Friday, 29 August 2014

Paper Piecing's my Thing!


Guess what today is?
Go-on have a guess.......


That's Right - It's our Friday's are for Paper Piecing Party Day!!! 
Everyone Welcome!
Bring your paper piecing delights and wow us all.....

Last week's winner was Link 9 - "Sewing out of my Comfort Zone" with the amazing "Lets do the Time Warp Again".  You still need to contact me about your prize.....


Each week a random winner gets to choose a pattern from my Craftsy Shop - a little incentive to do more paper piecing.... MWHAHAHA.....
The winner will be announced on Monday...

Lets Get to it!!


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Thursday, 28 August 2014

T-B Th :)

Haaa Yaah!

This is Ninja Hippo
a crime fighter by night, pool attendant by day!
Out to get anyone who looks suspicious or dares to lay in his spot! 








 Each of these cute as heck hippos is a 14" (36cm) Pattern and on the Intermediate level.

Paper pieced (but of course!) and available in my Craftsy Shop....









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Today is also
ThrowBack Thursday!

I wanted to show the amazing E-Books that are available in my Craftsy shop. These books make up collections of the different themed patterns I have made and are a fraction of the price of buying each pattern separately.

These 2 e-books - African Safari each have 10 patterns of African animals in them.
Patterns are 12" (30cm) and are on the Easy Intermediate level.

Book 1 has the Big Five Animals - Lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Leopard and Buffalo patterns
Book 2 has the other wild animals - monkeys, giraffe, zebra, wild dog, hyena, warthog, hippo, meerkat
There is also a Abstract African bush pattern as a freebie as well.

Next up we have the Sea Life Collection Patterns
Each e-book has 12 patterns
Each pattern is also 12" (30cm) and on the Intermediate Level
* These 2 e-books are also available in EQ7 for download and then the print size can be changed to anything you'd like.



The 2 Christmas e-books are a whole load of fun with different Christmas themed patterns -
 Festive Season and 12 Days of Christmas...
Each book has 12 patterns. The Festive season book has patterns of different sizes.
The 12 Days of Christmas has patterns that depict the Festive Song and each pattern is 12" (30cm).


 The Halloween E-Book 
has 10 different amazing patterns with this theme and the patterns also differ in sizes.
Really spooky with a twist of cute!


The Quick and Easy Stars e-book 
has 23 different star patterns for you to try. 
* This is a great book for beginners to learn paper piecing too. Pattern differ in sizes.


Our Farmyard Collection patterns are just sooooo adorable.
16 Farm Animals all sitting for their portraits. Patterns are 12" (30cm)
and are on the Intermediate level. 
* This is another e-book that is available through EQ7.


A slightly different E-Book also available is our Art Quilt - Girl in the Wind.
The book is the whole patten divided up into 12 parts with instructions.
The size of this pattern is 52" x 38" and is on the Easy Intermediate Level.


The Transport Collection E-Book is just so darn cute!
This was just for the little guys out there - 

16 Patterns in total and on the Intermediate level. Each pattern is 12" (30cm)
This is another e-book available through EQ7 as well.

That's it for Thurday!
Have a good one...




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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

WIP Wed


I seem to have a whole load of things on my plate this week - I might need to give up on sleep....





















This is the start of a 3x3 modern look mini quilt.
The whole thing is just blue fabrics of all kinds......



















This is another quick art quilt I'm doing, the FMQ now needs to get done.



If you can't go to Italy, then bring Italy to you......


















These little babies were all sewn and chopped this morning - waiting to be made into a great looking block for the HST club.


Wow, can't believe its already 9 blocks down. I've actually enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought.















Then there's this - a cute little waterfall in the forest.... It's a postcard I'm making... Actually I need to make 2 so I'm going to have to hurry it up and get designing on that one too.








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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Photos to show you ...

Today I just have to show you all something totally AMAZING!

Do you remember the Hippos?








This is Hippo Pirate and Hula Hippo....







I designed these two for a little bit of fun! And they really deliver.... They are both soooo darn cute!
Both patterns are 14" x 18" (35cm x 46cm) and are more Hard Level. Both are waiting for you all in my Craftsy shop...

A good friend = Ulrike Brandl from Germany has made them and sent me the photos to show you all... She is just the most amazing sewing artist... I LOVE her work. So neat and so accurate.

First let's look at Hippo Pirate and parrot





Just look at Ulrike's Pirate - he is fantastic.

This is also a close up of the parrot on his shoulder. This was sent to me a little while before the pirate was finished.


The parrot also has a wooden leg.....

I should have designed a gold earring in the hippo's ear...


Now look at Hula Girl Hippo




I just adore her. She is sooo sexy! That bikini and grass skirt are toooo cute!

I think she's busy telling him he better behave or he'll lose the other leg....

Ulrike - even the flower behind her ear is lovely. You really done an amazing job with these two...
I love them both!
Thank you!








Here we have both of the hippos together.
They are going to be turned into wall hangings. Wonderful!



That's Tuesday...
I better get some housework done......



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