Thursday, 31 July 2014

August Paper Piecing BOM '14

August already.... you know what that means....

Its time for the "In the Garden" Block of the Month - Yaaaay!

This month is only one block pattern - again 12" (30cm) and on the Intermediate Level now. By now some of our beginner 'paper piecers' will have had a chance at learning this skill and improving it too.

Lets meet Mr August - a sweet little "Squirrel".
We don't see any of these sweet little creatures here in our gardens, but if you go further into the bush or to the reserve, then you see a lot more of them.

The only really small bits are his eye, and that's not even a hard one on this pattern.

This is a little grey squirrel, but they do have a lot of beige looking fur as well. Your choice, you can make it purple if you'd like......

 Sorry I got so into making this one in a hurry that I only stopped to take a photo when I was finished. Not to worry the instructions are clear and I've finally figured out how to add a 2inch sizer on the pattern page so that you will know if it prints out properly.... Live and learn!


The squirrel is holding something to eat in his paws. Tooo stinkin' cute!!

I hope you all enjoy making this one.

The block is available in my Craftsy Shop for FREE for August.
Links are in the PP BoM page too
Please send a photo to the Flickr group and we can all drool over them.. Thanks


Starting Today! 1 August (only because it also falls on a FriDay) 

I'm starting up a
 Paper Piecing Party Link-Up.

 My only other link up on a Friday for paper piecers has shut down :( so I'm going to jump on in and start up my own...

We will also be linking up each Friday with something you have made or even designed, as long as it relates....

Please join me and spread the word far and wide...

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

WIP Wednesday

Wow, this week seems to be in a hurry. Its already Wed and just about the end of July...

This whole time I was taking my time on making my BoM blocks. Then I looked at the calendar and thought - oh my, I better get a move on...

So far I have actually finished the "In the Garden" block - very nice!!! and the HST block just needs to be stitched up...
Everything ready for August...


The designs for the Whimsy Houses has been progressing along very nicely and although I said I had 4 designs, I had a closer look and I actually now have 6. I think by 9 blocks we should have a fantastic looking bunch.

The New Newsletter to the Paper Piecing Magazine (which is FULL of amazing house patterns), goes out with a free pattern download each month -  and for July we had a Traditional House pattern, but for August I'm thinking of including one of these beauties...

To subscribe to the Newsletter - go to and add your email address to the list. You will need to confirm your address as well.

That's it for WIP... now to get it all Finished...

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

More Houses!

Today sees #4 in the Whimsy Houses Theme:

A Handbag House - 14" (40cm)  Intermediate/Hard Level

 This cute leather looking, thatch roof house is sooo cute! The "flowers" in the yard and even the windows can be 'fussy cut' to give it a more personal look.

Other Whimsy Patterns -

All available in my Craftsy Shop.

That's it for Tuesday....

Monday, 28 July 2014

Monday's News...

Hello to everyone!

Thanks so much for a wonderful Birthday Week-end Giveaway - I had just as much fun.
Thanks to everyone for the support and encouragement over the past year. My home business has really grown and I'm grateful to everyone who loves the patterns and has helped me along the way...

Today is also the Winner of the riddle giveaway - Alexandra Jungen.   Yaay!
Please send me a note ( and I'll send you your prize.

What's on the menu today?

These Cute Hippo patterns - 

The Hippo Jogging and Sleepy Hippo are both 14" (40cm) and on the Intermediate Level.
Both patterns are available in my Craftsy shop... 

Have a good Monday!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Giveaway Finale!

Today - alas - is our last day of our Birthday Bash Giveaway!

I hope you all have enjoyed the shopping spree with me and snagged yourself a few lovely items...

Here's a better view of all the patterns -

Thanks for all the support over the past year, its been a wonderful experience and I've met some amazing people too...
The new year is going to be just as great and I hope we all will have tons of fun together creating all the patterns and put Paper Piecing back on the map.....

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Birthday Giveaway Continues!

Day 2:

Yes, we're still at it! 
The Birthday Bash Giveaway is still in full swing...

Yesterday I went to the International Quilt Convention in Johannesburg. SOOOO much to look at, so much to buy, so many things I wanted, needed......
I came home with some amazing new ideas for my home business and an idea for the next year  - so fingers crossed, I'm still going to do my homework on this tho'. More later...

For today - I thought the riddles would keep you all busy, but apparently they were not even hard...
Winner announced on Monday! You can all still keep going if you'd like. Names will go into a draw.

Thank you to everyone who sent their birthday wishes. Thanks, it means a lot... xoxo

 We have a firm favourite - a cute Hummingbird.

These two Cute Bunnies are next up.

The pattern measures 12"(30cm) and is on the Intermediate level

This cute Barn Birdhouse is just so adorable...

The pattern measures 12"(30cm) and is on the Easy Intermediate level

Have a wonderful Saturday.....
Tomorrow the FINALE!!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

First Birthday Bash!

 Whoo Hoo! Today is Quilt Art Designs First Birthday!!

This week-end we will be Celebrating! and having a Giveaway!
First of all - a riddle -
You hear it speak, for it has a hard tongue. But it cannot breathe, for it has not a lung.
What is it?
Leave your answer as #1. Randomly picked correct answer will receive a prize...

But NOW, Lets have some Birthday Cake! 

And while you're here, lets have a glass of something fizzy!

Second Riddle -

Which creature walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening?
Leave your answer as #2. Randomly picked correct answer will win a prize...

Now, back to the giveaways  ....


Before you run off .....Spread a little of the love

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Have a Great Week-End.

Pixel Reveal...

Today is the BIG reveal of my Pixel mini Art Quilt

This quilt top measures 20 x 30" and is now going to undergo a little FMQ - I'm thinking something really modern but doesn't steal the attention.

 This is how it all started -
there are 6 blocks of 10x10 squares
Each square was 1.5" to start...

Actually wasn't difficult at all...
I ironed the pieces onto interfacing and then sewed down the pieces in rows..... 

This was the finished top stuck up on the design wall. When I stand closer, it just looks like a blob, but once I took photos of it, I could see the whole design a lot better. So then we went outside into the sunshine...

Not tooo bad! I like the "woven" look of the blocks.

When I make the photo smaller - as if you're standing further away, it really stands out a lot better.

I'm glad I had this week open to do something a little different. It seemed fitting to just enjoy myself and think about this past year and where everything started and how far its all come, and also everything I would still love to do in the next year.....

Tomorrow will be Quilt Art Designs FIRST birthday! Wow! 

Starting tomorrow I will be going GIVEAWAY WEEK-END Crazy!
Make sure you visit and snag yourself a couple of goodies.....

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Top Half Done!

Day 3 News.....
Pixel Art Quilt Half way done.....

I hear some say that if I only started yesterday, then how is it day 3?
well, I want to be finished on the top by Friday and there are 6 blocks, so yesterday was day 1 & 2 combined. Not that bad tho' because the first block was only one colour.

 Block 1 - background - 10.5" (28cm)

Block 3 - right eye forming

Top half of the Pixel Art Quilt

Thats it for Tuesday ...

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Pixel Art Quilt

This week I've decided to make a Pixel Art Quilt - the easy way...

I've been so inspired by Vera from Negligent Style to make my own pixel quilt with little blocks...
I even watched the mini-class from Craftsy on how to make Pixel Picture Quilts. Interesting. Loads of spreadsheets and maths. Phew! 

I've also seen how to do it the 'easy' way and not sew every little block into strips and then ...
No, I'm going down the iron them onto a grid of interfacing road.... Yaay! quick and easy.

Here's my starting point:

It looks a little fuzzy because its already been taken down in pixels 

 This is after I've worked out the colours and placement

I divided the whole thing up into 6 blocks and made a detailed pattern. So each day I'm going to be able to make 1 block. Not even too much on the work front.

The pattern for the "Eyes Pixel Art Quilt" is on Craftsy if anyone would like to also give this one a go along-side with me...

The size is 30" x 20" (50cm x 75cm) and is Straight sewing - easy all the way...

I'm going to post my progress this whole week. My deadline for the finished top is for FRIDAY!

Have a good Monday!


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