Wednesday, 18 September 2019

WOW: Working Out Of Turn

 WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays 
Hold Onto Your Heart is turning into my favourite quilt; the more I work on it, the more I love it. I'm happily making two at the same time and last week I was happy to finish Part 9 on my brightly coloured version - the celebration bouquets. I had planned to then swap back over to my gentle colored quilt, but I find I'm just not in the mood. So although I should be working on the bouquets for my second quilt, I am instead charging ahead with my bright beauty. 

Today I'm making the baskets. I can't help myself, sometimes the quilt dictates the mood and I am in the mood for some bright and cheerful prints. 

Hopefully I'll have time to double back and finish the other so that they're both at the same stage of progress. I don't want either to fall behind in schedule!

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Friday, 13 September 2019

HOYH: Part 9

This month it's time to create the celebration bouquet; these pics are from my full colour quilt version (as I'm making 2x) and I'm still working on my subtle shaded one!
How bright and cheerful are these fussy cut bloom heads? I had planned to turn them the usual way from a selection of fabrics, but these bright and snappy flowers stole my heart and I decided that maybe I could squeeze in some fussy cutting after all (usually I prefer to make each shape).
I spent lots of time fiddling all the flower heads into position whilst making sure the overall shape wasn't growing. I tried transferring it the usually way two or three times, but kept messing it up. So finally, I arranged the flowers facing upright until I was happy and then I ran sticky tape over them (a gentle scotch tape) to keep everything in perfect position. It's a really useful trick and I can't believe it didn't occur to me sooner.
This is what the back of my flower cluster looks like
 and this is what the back of the motif looks like once the leaves were added
Hopefully my gentle quilt bouquet comes together as easily as this one has...
     ' Hold Onto Your Heart' is a paid BOM   
It's a breathtaking quilt full of meaningful symbols and beauty. The floral border is a triumph which offers an additional  pieced option - making it versatile for all skill levels. Perfect for lovers and enthusiasts of applique. 
  You can start this BOM today!   
Be sure to visit my Online Quilt Group on Facebook where progress images are being shown all the time. It's a massive inspiration and I warn you, it's addictive!
 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

WOW: Celebration Flowers

 WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays 
Today I'm back in my studio, working on this month's design for HOYH. I had a vision of myself turning these flowers in the usual way, but when I saw this fabric I knew fussy cutting would be perfect for my bright version. It's such a pretty scene and I'm excited to be preparing the glorious borders next.. it's all going to snowball from here..

OK, back to work!

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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

WOW: Stuck on Applique

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
My applique production line has come to a grinding halt today! I'm all out of glue! I sometimes wonder how my love for applique turned into a fussiness for glue.. I'm always seeking out my favorite glues because no matter how many I buy, it's never enough. And although I know - intellectually- that I should buy more, I worry about the glue drying out.. so I'm in a constant glue shopping cycle.

I get asked all the time what my favourite glue is, and I have three: Roxanne Basting Glue (although lately it's stickier than usual, has anyone else noticed this?), Elmer's Disappearing purple in the small tubes and Sewline Glue in the blue version. It also comes in a pink and they're both good, I just seem to prefer the blue.

My usual stockist has been out of stock for 2 weeks, so I did try to be organized and stop this happening, but it happened anyway. So today, I'll be looking for new places to do my supply shopping and tidying up my sewing room which is currently out of control.

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

WOW: Where It All Began

 WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays 
This past week I've been celebrating 10,000 online quilt group members by putting my most popular patterns on sale for 50% off. Today, I come full circle with my first ever quilt pattern and first ever BOM and the reason why I ever started blogging in the first place: Red Delicious. 

This sweet quilt started a lot for me. For one thing, I had to get computer savvy (something that held zero interest for me) and learn to 'blog'. This also meant I had to learn to take pictures, download them, shrink them and upload them to google. Sounds simple I know, but it was quite the learning curve for me! Next I had to learn how to release patterns via PDF - another totally new skill set and my first ever pattern.

Who knew a simple cherry basket could start so much? 


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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Celebration Sale: Morning Glory 50% Off !

This week my online Quilt Group 
passed the 10,000th member mark!

Now it's time to celebrate with a huge pattern party: For the next few days, I'll pick one of my best selling patterns to go on sale at 50% off. 


I'll be selecting my most beloved, most requested and most in demand patterns to reduce, so be sure to check in daily to see which new pattern has been marked down. Sounds good, huh? 

I know there are many of you who have only just joined me in the last few years and you may not be aware of the incredible back catalog of patterns available for you to love and make yourself.

This is a strictly limited offer with limited sale amounts on each pattern, so if you love it, get in quick and buy it whilst it's heavily reduced! 


  Happy Quilting Everyone!   
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Morning Glory
Finished Size: 72 x 72 inches 

Complete DIGITAL Pattern

Original Price: $49.95USD
Price Today: $24.95 USD 

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To read more about Morning Glory click here now
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You are buying a DIGITAL pattern

Payment is securely completed via PayPal
You don't need a PayPal account to pay as PayPal also securely processes Credit Card payments

Pattern downloads are INSTANT and followed up with a live link to your email inbox. 
Check your email for the follow up email (and check your spam / junk folders if you can't see it)

The pattern will download to your computer directly

You REQUIRE an UPDATED PDF Reader in order to open and print the PDF Pattern

Note:
When you receive your download, be sure to SAVE it to your computer.
If you print it directly from the browser download screen, it will not be backed up to your computer. 

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Sunday, 25 August 2019

Celebration Sale! Love Always 50% Off!

  This week my online Quilt Group 
passed the 10,000th member mark!  

Now it's time to celebrate with a huge pattern party: For the next few days, I'll pick one of my best selling patterns to go on sale at 50% off. 

I'll be selecting my most beloved, most requested and most in demand patterns to reduce, so be sure to check in daily to see which new pattern has been marked down. Sounds good, huh? 

I know there are many of you who have only just joined me in the last few years and you may not be aware of the incredible back catalog of patterns available for you to love and make yourself.

This is a strictly limited offer with limited sale amounts on each pattern, so if you love it, get in quick and buy it whilst it's heavily reduced! 


  Happy Quilting Everyone!   
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Love Always
Finished Size: 84 x 84 inches or Finished Size: 56 x 56 inches
The pattern includes BOTH sizes

Complete DIGITAL Pattern

Original Price: $59.95USD
Price Today: $29.95 USD 

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What you need to know:

You are buying a DIGITAL pattern

Payment is securely completed via PayPal
You don't need a PayPal account to pay as PayPal also securely processes Credit Card payments

Pattern downloads are INSTANT and followed up with a live link to your email inbox. 
Check your email for the follow up email (and check your spam / junk folders if you can't see it)

The pattern will download to your computer directly

You REQUIRE an UPDATED PDF Reader in order to open and print the PDF Pattern

Note:
When you receive your download, be sure to SAVE it to your computer.
If you print it directly from the browser download screen, it will not be backed up to your computer. 

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Friday, 23 August 2019

Flash Sale Celebration! Love Entwined 50% Off

  This week my online Quilt Group 
passed the 10,000th member mark!  

Now it's time to celebrate with a huge pattern party: For the next few days, I'll pick one of my best selling patterns to go on sale at 50% off. 

I'll be selecting my most beloved, most requested and most in demand patterns to reduce, so be sure to check in daily to see which new pattern has been marked down. Sounds good, huh? 

I know there are many of you who have only just joined me in the last few years and you may not be aware of the incredible back catalog of patterns available for you to love and make yourself.

This is a strictly limited offer with limited sale amounts on each pattern, so if you love it, get in quick and buy it whilst it's heavily reduced! 


  Happy Quilting Everyone!   
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Love Entwined: 1790 Marriage Coverlet
Finished Size: 96 x 96 inches

Complete DIGITAL Pattern

Original Price: $95 USD
Price Today: $47.50 USD 


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What you need to know:

You are buying a DIGITAL pattern

Payment is securely completed via PayPal
You don't need a PayPal account to pay as PayPal also securely processes Credit Card payments

Pattern downloads are INSTANT and followed up with a live link to your email inbox. 
Check your email for the follow up email (and check your spam / junk folders if you can't see it)

The pattern will download to your computer directly

You REQUIRE an UPDATED PDF Reader in order to open and print the PDF Pattern

Note:
When you receive your download, be sure to SAVE it to your computer.
If you print it directly from the browser download screen, it will not be backed up to your computer. 

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

WOW: Fiddling for Fabric

  WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays  
Today I'm hunting down this green fabric - isn't it a beauty? It didn't do much for me when it was on the bolt, but once shaped, I love the graduation running through the pattern. It's called Midnight Garden by Jinny Beyer and it's from back in 2017. It also came in a lighter green and I'd love to snap some of that up too.
I've reached that stage of applique where I'm looking over my quilt top and picking out fabrics and swapping them for others. I like these leaves on my bright HOYH quilt and have decided that I need to replace the leaves in my first block (below) with this same green fabric. I think I might also want to use it in the tumbling rose borders if I can get enough.

As you can see in this pic below, the leaves behind the bird aren't visible enough, it definitely needs some of this darker print. Fingers crossed I will find what I'm looking for today so that I can make a start on that gorgeous rose border!
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Saturday, 17 August 2019

Hold Onto Your Heart: Making Part 8

This month it's time to create the welcoming and abundant bowl of produce. This bowl is a platter of plenty; pineapples represent welcome, friendship and hospitality. The pomegranate has long been associated with success, marriage and birth and shows up in carvings and ornaments all over the world as a symbol of prosperity. The berries represent bounty and pleasure and the zinnia flowers represent endurance. Each fruit and bloom in this bowl is in it's own peak season, so lavish all your attention on making this scene as inviting as you can. For my gentle quilt, I opted for calm colours to blend into the existing pallette:
When I was considering my pineapple options, I was mindful that I wanted a fabric to replicate the skin without creating a double layered applique shape. It was on my mind that I might have to do this, or perhaps use paint to create that additional depth, however once I set eyes on this fabric I was in love with it and decided to keep things simple.
This is what my fussy cutting process looked like
As you can see, I numbered every last shape
And you can see what I mean here about painting in the extra shapes to create depth. When I say extra shape, I mean the overlapping piece on each layer. I really like the 'cap' over each piece and would have painted it slightly golden over a chosen fabric.. until I came across my chosen fabric and didn't have to. 
This is what the back of my pineapple looks like
and of course, the front
and my zinnia
For my full colour quilt top, I fussy cut my flower head
and used this gorgeous swirls fabric for my berries
my pineapple was made from a bright and bold print which best suits the mood of this quilt top
I can't wait to show you more and see what you've been up to also..
     ' Hold Onto Your Heart' is a paid BOM   
It's a breathtaking quilt full of meaningful symbols and beauty. The floral border is a triumph which offers an additional  pieced option - making it versatile for all skill levels. Perfect for lovers and enthusiasts of applique. 
  You can start this BOM today!   
Be sure to visit my Online Quilt Group on Facebook where progress images are being shown all the time. It's a massive inspiration and I warn you, it's addictive!

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

WOW: Preparing my Pineapples

 WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays 
Today I'm preparing my pineapple blog post to ready BOM 2019 members for the next installment of Hold Onto Your Heart. As you can see, I'm busily creating behind the scenes and quickly running through my supply stash.

I've almost used up all of my favourite applique glue and I'm thinking hard about where I can quickly buy some. A focused errand to just get that one thing. But I know me, and if I head out I'm sure to see someone I know.. or get sidetracked by some lovely new fabrics and before you know it, the afternoon will be gone.

So in the interest of getting on with my WIP, I'm going to scoop, dig out and preserve as much glue as possible in the hopes of completing this block before I set out.

Priorities!

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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

WOW: Creating Community

   WOW = WIPs On Wednesday  
I've been blogging for over ten years and right now, my online Quilt Group is quickly approaching it's 10,000th member. It feels like a nice milestone. We only started up on Facebook in 2016 and this number seems staggering to me. I feel incredibly blessed that not only am I doing something that I love - but that I get to share the adventure with like minded people and form friendships along the way.

It still strikes me as almost impossible that there's a little community out there, from all over the world, creating my designs and sharing it's talent and inspiration with each other in such a friendly space. 

So today, as I start pottering about my studio for the first time in weeks since being struck with the dreaded flu, I'm thinking about this WOW: it's a real life work in progress I never expected or saw coming and yet, here we are.. and I am so grateful.

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

WOW: Influenza Break

  WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays  
I've got a bad case of influenza so today I'm doing absolutely nothing. Not a thing. Just rest, bone broth and plenty of fresh air. With a WIP pile resembling a mountain in my sewing room, I hope to be better real soon.

Until then, happy wipping everyone, I'm going back to bed..

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Saturday, 27 July 2019

Gorgeous Gracie

Good morning Saturday! I've woken up today with several emails asking after this gorgeous quilt Gracie. Apparently it's been shown somewhere which has spiked interest and I'm over the moon about it. Here's the pattern!

Gracie is one of those quilts that has so much going for it - it can be a sweet girly quilt, or a modern folk style quilt - all on the whim of the fabric you choose. I am head over heels with this design, all you have to decide is, which hue suits you?

Finished Size: 68 x 68 inches
Gracie
Complete Digital pattern
$12.95 USD

Gracie is available as a digital pattern, in PDF format for easy home printing in A4. Once payment through Paypal has processed, your download is instantly sent to your email in-box. (Be sure to check your spam and junk folders if it doesn't arrive within 3 minutes.)

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

WOW: Yarn Bombed!

  WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays  
Do you ever buy things and then promptly forget you've purchased them? I went online to buy some yarn in colours to finish off my existing stash supplies so I could (in theory) complete some projects this winter. Although I am living under a quilt WIP mountain, I do still like to knit or crochet in the evenings when it's really cold and this year has been an especially long and cold winter down my way. So I thought I better be ready stocked with yarn supplies.

Well then I got influenza and forgot all about my evening knit plans.. until this box arrived. Is it just me, or is it normal for yarn to arrive so tumbled?! This is the view right after I tore back the lid. I was really surprised that the yarn looked like it had been plucked off the shelf and literally thrown in the box - because each colour has multiples of 10 x, I expected it to arrive in 'lot' bags which is usually what happens. So now I have to think of a way to safely store these balls safely from the clutches of the months which have invaded this winter.

I really wonder why I keep making so much work for myself?! My shelves are groaning with fabric, so there's definitely no room there. I have seen some suitcases over on pinterest put to good use for storing yarn, so I might have to do that.

But maybe after my influenza nap. Just the idea of doing any of that has left me exhausted. It's back to bed with me..
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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Time For Some Blooming Therapy!

What a week! If I've ever been in need of some blooming therapy, it's now!
I've been struggling with a very nasty strain of influenza that has zapped all the colour from my days.Today's the first day I've been back on my feet and I've been thinking about my On My Window Flowers Bloom wall hanging pictured here. I love the idea of a bright shelf of flowers, always in perfect bloom, shining from any wall, any time I feel like it.

I think it's about time I finished this gorgeous wall hanging to cheer me up on days like today. And you know what they say - every cloud has a silver lining- so here's my contribution to some sunshine indoors; if you'd like to make your very own On My Window Flowers Bloom, go ahead and do it!

On My Window Flowers Bloom
An applique wall hanging, finished size 38 x 48 inches
Complete Digital Pattern
$19.95 USD

This pattern is being sold as an instant digital download. The moment payment is processed by PayPal, you will be redirected to a download page. You will also be sent an email with download details so you can download this pattern instantly. 
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