Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Honey Bee Week #2

 HI!
Its Week #2 of our
Honey Bee Art Quilt
 





Lets get started.....
This week we put section #2 together which is the Queen Bee legs and body.








I taped together the large pieces with their corresponding numbers and then arranged them out on my desk.
I like to do this because I can then see the sections that need to get joined together




I write onto each little piece the number or the name of the colour fabric Im going to be using.
Please remember to match up colours - The wand in the queen's hand needs to be the same as the piece 1 pieces and not like mine...
Not a train smash - things like this can get fixed with FMQ later on. I only noticed it once everything was joined, so I decided to leave it. 




This is our Week 2 pattern pieces joined together.
I gave my Queen some cute bee shoes..... just because...

 This piece really didn't take long to put together.
If there are some ladies wanting to still join in - then go for it - there isn't a lot to catch up on...



You can go ahead and join week 1 and week 2 together. Make sure to match up the body and wings.



SOOOO CUTE!!


She is just so darn cute. I'm sorry I didn't add eyelashes to the pattern now. No worries. You can add some with FMQ. If you are going to do a lot of sewing over the top in one place, then remember to iron a piece of interfacing to the back. It will stabilize the section.

I hope you all have loads of fun sewing this Art Quilt together.

If you would still like to join us then -
Honey Bees Info HERE

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 Thanks for stopping by!









Monday, 8 February 2016

'Lil Bitty Block #2

Hi there everyone!
Today we have our Bitty Block #2 for 2016...


A beautiful Rose...
and just in time for Valentine too



Considering that the block is supposed to be 4", I've been a little lenient and made this one 5" because otherwise you might bust something and that wouldn't be good....


Only one section (B) is a bit of a challenge. You might need to do some colouring in before the time to save your sanity.

Make sure to write the correct names down and that should also save you wanting to throw something at a later stage.





This is my finished Rose.

I trimmed it down to about 4.5".

 I like it even with its stupid mistake.... and when I looked at what I had written for that section, I did write the grey colour which should have been the background colour.....

I'll just have to make some more in different colours ...







Ive included in the pattern a smaller size (5") and a larger size (6") Rose. 

FREE Pattern in my Craftsy shop.
I hope you give it a try....


More info on the Bitty blocks HERE



Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, 5 February 2016

Happy Friday #1....

A while ago I received a very nasty email telling me NOT to link my blog to their "finish up" blog whatever.... because my work was not a finish and they have to remove it every time ..... what a joke! I laughed so loud....







My design is a finish in my eyes. Once I've gone through the whole process from start to end result of a pattern, then I most certainly do call it a finish....
but not to worry, I won't bother to add my stuff to blogs that have that kind of attitude again, I'll just make my own - a Happy Friday to you !!






Please know that you are welcome to add whatever quilting photo you feel you're happy about ....
I'll post these up on random Friday's so that you can link your work - even if it isn't a FINISH...



This is a Feather design I was working on this morning

The pattern measures 10x8" (26x21cm) and is on the Intermediate level





Its a FREE - Happy Friday to you -  pdf download...
Enjoy!
















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Have a Great Week-End!



Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Honey Bees Quilt A Long - Week #1


 Hello!

Today we start with our 
Honey Bees Art Quilt

This quilt measures 38x52" (130 x 90cm) and is on the Easy Intermediate Level


Our weekly chart will show which parts of the quilt we will be making.
As you can see, we start with the Queen Bee's face.


 I printed out my large size design and colour numbering guide, so that I could get a real good look at what I was doing. If you feel this is too much for your printer, then just keep the file open on your computer screen and have a look at the face and eyes close up from there.




As usual I will start by lying the pieces onto my desk, write the names of the colours into the sections and then lets get going....


The face is so dang cute! Im sorry I didnt add big eyelashes to the pattern. I can always add then doing the FMQ later.




 And now we get to Piece R
a problem child...


 The numbering went up the creek, so we will all need to take a scissors, cut piece #6 and #7 along the line off from the rest of the piece. Now it will work. But please remember to add a seam to both sides when sewing. Then, sew the two finished pieces back together again. Problem solved.




Soon all the smaller parts are joined together and then its only the larger pieces that need to be sewn together too.


I leave my paper on the back until the quilt is finished so that I can match up seams that come later on...
Really up to you how you tackle it.

 My top corner of the quilt - the Queen.

I hope you all have loads of fun sewing this Art Quilt together.

If you would still like to join us then -
Honey Bees Info HERE

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 Thanks for stopping by!











Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Wanderlust BOM February


Hello
Today is the turn of the
Wanderlust Block of the Month


 This month we will be visiting the Netherlands.

Our landmark we will be sewing is at Kinderdijk. A series of windmills that is now a UNESCO Heritage site.
Our February block was sewn up for us by Yvonne ten Wolde from the Netherlands. Thank you so very much. Your block turned out beautiful!!


The block measures 18" (46cm) and is on the Intermediate level



Making yourself a fabric key is an important part of the preparation work.
Once the pieces are all cut and laid out, you will need to join some with tape to their corresponding numbers.
I also like to write onto the pieces the number of the colour Im using or the name - just as you prefer.










 Once all the sections are made, you can start joining them together.



Make sure to line up the pieces that continue through on the mills and the tops with the bottom


 Second part of the mills - the smaller mills in the distance are a little trickier - they have smaller pieces, but NO FEAR - it is do-able.
Slowly does it.

This is our finished Windmills at Kinderdijk, Netherlands

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The block is FREE for February and is available in my Craftsy shop.

I hope you have fun with your blocks!

The BOM information is in the button to the right of the blog where you can also find the BOM buttons if you would like to spread the word. Thanks



















Monday, 1 February 2016

February Beginner BOM

Hello and Welcome!
Today we are busy with the February blocks

for Beginner Block of the Month


These blocks are really easy to put together and require the basic knowledge of how paper piecing works. The blocks were inspired by Susan Briscoe who designed the traditionally pieced blocks for her guild meetings.



For the month of February we need to make 2 blocks if we are going to have enough time to make all 16.

This is Feb Beg block #1













This is Feb Beg block #2

Both are very easy and quick to make.















As usual we start with cutting out our templates, and writing the names of the colour fabrics you have chosen onto the paper.

I have chosen a burnt orange for the accent colour in the block.






 Once you have made all 4 pieces, you can join them together to make your Feb BOM block.







When joining the top and bottom pieces make sure you line up the middle seam to get a good continuous line through the block.


 I pressed the seams to each side to eliminate too much of the bulk.











These are my finished blocks for January and February.

You will notice I changed my January block from the blue accent to the orange. Now I like it more....



There are 16 blocks in this BOM so we will have to make 2 blocks a month every second month.
This month has a second block which is also very easy to make.








  Follow the same procedure as with the first block and you will sew up the block in no time at all.


Only thing.....
dont copy mine on this one, I goofed and sewed the block in the wrong order.
The orange is not supposed to be on the top if you look at the pattern .....


Lesson here is that you need to follow the design page and not your head....
I'll remake mine when I get a little more time.


We should all have 3 blocks by now.




The patterns are Free for February.
 You can find both in my Craftsy shop.

There is a BOM page button on the right of the blog where you will find all the block of the month information. On each of these I will add the pattern with quick links too.














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