Monday, 20 April 2015

Marsala Mail Organizer

Today I'm showing my

 Marsala Mail Organizer 

because I've finally decided to enter it into the 2015 Pantone Challeng
that is being held over at On The Windy Side

My mail organizer is 14 x 18" (36 x 46 cm) and will be entered into the Mini Quilt Category

I started out with these ideas for the pockets - and also the ideas for the layout.

I decided on the smaller organizer because it just looked so much cuter...

The front pockets were done with paper piecing patterns I designed for the organizer.

I went to the Pantone website and looked up what colours they suggested would go with the wine colour Marsala and all the colours that I used are those suggestions.

I decided on the lighter Marsala colour in polka dots for the background and darker for the pockets and envelopes.

The layout was pretty simple but really striking with the bold pops of colour.

Once the layout was finalized, I joined the pockets and then sewed a thin backing fabric onto them.

The pockets were joined to the back and then the strips for the sides were added which held everything in place.

I didn't have a pattern to work off, I just "winged" it to get it how I would like to see it.

Once they were joined, I sewed lines into the pockets to separate them and also into the pencil pocket to hold my pens without them falling to one side all the time.

The backing on, quilting done, I also made a sleeve for it to be able to hang up with a dowel stick.

A closer look at the quilting done onto the top, middle and bottom.

The sides got a petal looking pattern.

the back of the organizer has the same fabric as the front.

This is the finished Marsala mail organizer  - Taa Daa!!

The links to upload are open at the moment, as soon as the voting starts I'll ask you to go and spread some love.....



Our Friday paper piecing party link winner = Link #10
Let me know and I will send you a free pattern (value up to $5)
Thank you to everyone for joining in!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Paper Piecing Party #15

Today is Friday

Friday means - Party!

Its our Friday Paper Piecing Party!

What have you been working on, designing, frustrated with, threw it one side, picked it up again, now its at last done, thinking about making????

Let's all have a look....

This week I was making a few designs of cars and bikes for different people - and as I finish their instructions etc I will be adding them to my shop too.

                             Vintage Cars -
Now I just have to make a Beetle (old and new one) too....

Motor Bike - 

 Muscle Cars - 

 Link your blocks and designs, Visit a few, Have some fun

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

WIP Wednesday

WOW! we have had no electricity this morning, soooo frustrating!

Today is our Forest Quilt A Long day! Yaay!

I must say that I am really enjoying putting this Art Quilt together. I think it's because of the freedom to do anything that came with it. There is still loads of structure, but the colour fabrics and choice to add any colour fabric anywhere is really enjoyable.

Lets get on with WEEK #7

This week there are not a lot of pieces to add to our Art Quilt, which sometimes is a good thing - when you have a hundred other things to finish....

As usual I wrote onto my pieces where I want my darker green fabric and which colour the flying geese were to be.

I decided on a darkish grey/purpleish background colour for the rest of my background.

Boom and there it is....
That went really quick!
 I decided to also sew my pieces together already, but just left a small gap where week 8 would join in.

The small gap is only about 2" (5cm) which will be enough for joining the other trees in next week.

You can just wait with yours if you feel you need to first join the week 8 - its okay! Whatever works for you.

Here we have week #7 finished and next to the other weeks. Im going to join mine together already, but you can wait if you would like.

I first sewed the white sky piece to the trees, then folded over the piece to lie on top of the section I didn't join last week to get a straight line and then joined the top of the geese to the tree piece.

(WOW, did that all make sense???)

Here you have my Art Quilt up to week #7. I'm eager to get on with week #8 already....

ALSO:    I have a small photo tutorial on how to manage the tricky angles in Paper Piecing

I'm going to be emailing everyone's pattern pieces right now....
Hope with me that the electricity holds.....

Monday, 13 April 2015

Mystery Block #5

Today we will be continuing with
the Mystery Blocks

We're already up to block #5

Today I'm going to add another Mystery Block to our already growing collection....

There is no image to work with - just the instruction sheet

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 one too...

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


Link up Friday Winner:
Link #11
Thank you all for linking up your amazing designs and blocks - they are all wonderful!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Paper Piecing Party #14

Hello and Welcome to another
Friday's Paper Piecing 
Link-Up Party!

Great News for the Paper Piecing Digital Magazine!
You can get an Issue straight from Craftsy - Instant downloads.... YAAAY!!!

Our Issue #5 has 10 amazing Full Patterns with a Springtime flavour


To usher SPRING in, we have
cute patterns with Lady Bugs, Trees, Apples and even Hen and Chicks to be turned into
the cutest mini quilts, wall hangings, mug rugs, placemats
or anything you can think of 

Featuring in Magazine

Click on the Image of the Magazine to go to the Store

Visit JaneenVN's Craftsy Pattern Store »


 Let's get on with the Friday Link-Up! 
Show me what you've got -

My Friday Finish -
Welcome to London Pattern Collection

#1 Beefeater (is that what they are really called??)

Visit a few links and leave a little comment - BE NICE - Thank you!

Have an amazing week-end!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

WIP Wednesday

Hello all! 

Today we carry on with our Forest Quilt-a-Long
We're up to Week 6 already - wow! half way done....

As usual I laid out the pattern pieces in front of me and spent some time finding the birds and the frog.

I always end up grouping the pattern pieces as you can see here - it helps me to understand how it will be sewn together later.

Then I wrote onto the pattern where I wanted the Dark Green fabric and the colours of my birds and beaks.

I decided to start with the frog because it was the smallest pieces - then it would be out of the way.

As usual I'm not planning the colours too much. I only write the Dark green (same as the dark colour for week 5). The rest is up to whatever I fancy for that row of tree branches at the time.

Your colours are really all up to you... Have fun with it. 

Ta Da!!    Here is the small frog hiding in the undergrowth.

I realize he is small, but not impossible to make. If you feel the mouth is too small for you, then just leave it out and the green from next to the eye will cover it. No problem.

Same with his leg pieces.
Don't sweat it..... In this colour he will still look like a frog. The back of my frog just looks wierd here because I chose that fabric with the brown specs. You can make it all bright green if you like.


Once all my pieces were done and assembled - this is your piece for week 6.

Lots of cute birds and the frog.

Now I need to attach it to Week 5 piece of the tree (top half)

I'm going to sew the tree to the rest of the quilt top for now, because I have no patience and want to see what it looks like.........

You can wait until week 7 pieces arrive and then attach everything - up to you really.

If you sew it together - Just Remember!!
Leave a piece un-sewn at the top of the tree. We still need to attach week 7 to that part of the flying geese. I started about 3/4 down of piece AB on the top.

 This is my Forest Art Quilt so far! I'm really loving this one. 
Using up loads of scraps, loving the cute little critters hiding in the trees...

I hope you are all enjoying your QAL as well....

** A friend from Germany asked if I would extend the Forest down into something else too, because she wants to make the quilt larger - so I've been thinking about it for a while now.

As a second QAL I'm going to make the lake, small reflection and then the fishes in the lake under the water that can either be a second quilt altogether or it can be attached to this Forest quilt.

Let me know your thoughts on this....

Have a Great Wednesday and 
a great time sewing!


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