Wednesday, 28 October 2015

WOW: The Green Bowl

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
Since my last Pinterest fail, I decided that I would find an easy 'do-able' cake recipe that I can make up for my DH without having to pull out the cake mixer and make a big deal of it. Interestingly, I do own a cake mixer (that gets used only yearly), as well as a gorgeous set of mixing bowls that are sitting in the cupboard, nested perfectly and gathering dust. When I need to mix, I always pull out this bowl which is 35 years old. How old?! I can barely believe I just typed that.

In this bowl I have mixed cakes for all my children's birthdays (back when it was the norm to bake your children's birthday cakes yourself) and made countless Easter and Christmas mixes too. It's interesting how a plastic bowl can have so much value, but the truth is, no matter how many times I replace it, I just can't bare to let it go.

It looks like I'll be using it until it falls apart. Unless it goes on to outlive me. It's German made, so anything's possible!

What's Your WOW?

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Patricia Stephans' Love Entwined

Love Entwined 1790 Marriage Coverlet by Patricia Stephans of QLD, Australia (and her long suffering DH helping hold it in place during the photograph :) ) All hand stitched and quiltedPatricia chose the colors of purple and gold as they depict the colors of the jacaranda and silky oak trees that are out in blossom in Queensland

What can I say? It's beautiful and inspiring, Here we have yet another Love Entwined -hand sewn- that reflects the life and nature surrounding the quilter who created it. What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your work with us Patricia, it sure is motivational for those of us stitching along on this extraordinary heirloom.

This quilt will be added to the Love Entwined Gallery so it can be enjoyed alongside other LE's as and when they're made. If you've made LE, please consider sharing it with us all via the gallery.

Details on how to do this are listed on my website, click here for the link.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

'Nelke', my new FREE Quilt Pattern

When I saw Di Ford's new fabric range 'Cloverdale House' I knew I HAD to have it. Then, when I'd purchased enough to make 'something' (I really wasn't sure what it would be quite yet), I left it in my sewing room to keep looking at and pondering over. Well, it started to remind me of 'Nelke', a sketch I'd created and hadn't turned into a pattern yet. And, the more I thought about it, the more I was decided. 
I was certain I would use the beautiful minty blue fabric as the main, but as you can see, I didn't. I think I'm saving it for I don't know what. All I know is, it will come in handy for something, I can just feel it. 

Instead, I've gone for the beautiful greens, browns and beiges which makes it a perfect blender to show off gorgeous fabrics- you can go into brights or mute it right down. This naive sketch is really versatile. Of course, I've set my heart on using the Cloverdale House range, but I do wonder what fabrics you can imagine working with?!
I can't really put my finger on what spoke to me from this range, I thought it was the minty blue, but the rest of the range slotted in so perfectly with my sketch that I didn't want to fight it. I just went with it. In case you're curious (I know I would be), I purchased Cloverdale House on my own at my local quilt shop, this isn't a sponsored post. Frankly, I wish I had been sent the range because with a little bit of forewarning, I would have had the perfect project for the minty blue which I am just itching to use. As it is, I'll have to allow my inspiration to brew a little longer...

This past week, I've been fighting my copier, scanner and PDF software (which died of course). I think I have a new pattern bug - whenever I attempt to release one, something in my house 'retires'.
Hopefully I'll be able to iron out these time zapping annoyances - I've got a line up of patterns ready for release as well as my annual Christmas Project coming soon, so I could really use a bit of technological relief!
This complete pattern is available right now for free in my Yahoo BOM Group

Patterns like this don't suit BOMs, so I'm releasing the entire pattern as a once off. The pattern will be free for a limited time, so if you're interested, the time to download it is now.

Thanks for your support everyone. This year my readership has skyrocketed and I'm humbled by the support and continued kindness that readers of this blog keep showing and sharing with me. Thank you! Sharing what I do with like minded quilters is a passion of mine and giving anyone who's interested the opportunity to take part in my patterns is my pleasure.

Yahoo Group Members: some of you have asked me to start offering A3 options for the pattern template printing and this is something I'm looking into. I know how annoying it is to paste down and construct all those A4 pages when you know you could do it faster in A3. I'm all for saving time! I'm hoping to upload A3 templates this week, so sit tight and I'll notify members over in the group when I get this done.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

WOW: Finishing the Patterns

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
Where did last week go? I can hardly believe it's Wednesday again already?! I've been adjusting my 'processes' since my favorite copier broke down on me and it's taken me longer than usual to find a system I can use to release my patterns. Technology feels like such a pain sometimes.

Anyhow, it's been quiet on my blog as I've been busy creating several new patterns and will be releasing a few of them before the end of this year. The rest are lined up for 2016 - it's going to be an exciting year, so if you're thinking about starting a new quilt project, stay tuned. I've ventured through my sketchbooks and have finally added some of my more modern (and easier) designs as well as more piecing to my regular applique obsession. I can admit it - I love applique and too much is never enough.

I've already started tracing the pattern onto fusible as I hope to get the top done - this is the new aim for my designs, getting the tops done even if it looks like there's no feasible time to get the rest done!

What's Your WOW?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Valerie Harmer's Love Entwined

Valerie Harmer saw Love Entwined on my blog and decided that she needed a challenge. Well, I think she succeeded! But let me tell you how - this stunning quilt you are looking at is hand sewn (applique), hand embroidered and hand quilted. What a feat!

And it just won:  Mixed Techniques: 1st Prize at the Queensland Quilter's Quilt and Craft Show

This incredible heirloom will be going to a grandchild. She's made all her children quilts upon their marriages and is continuing the tradition for her grandchildren in turn (she has 10!).

I'm in awe of her workmanship and just so in love with this beauty. Thank you Valerie for sharing your images with all of us. We all love seeing the work, time and passion that goes into making Love Entwined and I'm grateful to you for being generous to share it with us all to swoon over.

This quilt will be added to the Love Entwined Gallery so it can be enjoyed alongside other LE's as and when they're made. If you've made LE, please consider sharing it with us all via the gallery.

Details on how to do this are listed on my website, click here for the link.

Personally, I'm surprised that so many LE's are starting to appear all over the world - you all work so fast! I must have the most talented quilt readers on the internet.
 The joy of sharing beautiful quilts
thank you for sharing your quilt Valerie :) 

Friday, 16 October 2015

Oma's Blues: Part 10 is Launched!

I was so busy 'playing' with fabric yesterday that I simply forgot to post Part 10 of Oma's Blues! Sorry everyone. I do actually have a planner, whether I bother reading it day to day is another matter entirely!

I think one of the reasons it slipped my mind is because I have already completed these blocks. For the first time ever, I'm 'ahead' of my quilt BOM schedule. I did this so that I could have Oma quilted and finished completely before my birthday which is just round the corner. But then, unexpected machine issues with my ever troublesome Bernina 820 meant that I've been without a machine for 2 weeks and I've been all over the place, ready to quilt but unable to quilt. Distracted

To see my blog post on how I created these corner block in Part 10, please click here, or simply read through my post links in the 'Oma's Blues' quilt archive above this post under my header banner. 

This is where I am up to, my top is done, ready for quilting
I'm so in love with this quilt

Oma's Blues is my current FREE BOM

You can still join this free BOM right now - all parts are available over in my Group

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Playing with the Jinny Beyer Palette

In between drafting my patchwork star, I watched a Jinny Beyer class on Craftsy where she chatted a bit about her Palette - although I've had mine for months, I haven't really been using it as much as I thought I would. I get stuck in the 'samey' kinds of colours sometimes and I can't decide whether that's a problem or not?
On the one hand, I obviously feel drawn to the same kinds of colours and tones over and over again - which makes sense. But sometimes I think I could have used a little more zing - even when I'm not feeling it during the fabric selection. As I'm testing out my draft pattern anyhow, I decided to raid the stash and find fabrics in accordance with the palette, not my eye. This is new for me. I've followed schemes before, but I always somehow end up going off on my own path anyway...
Even though I'm trying to follow the rules, I strike out purple as an option because I don't want it in my 'autumny' star even though I know this almost defeats the purpose of the exercise.
I selected fabrics from my stash that were 'close' to the palette 
because obviously I don't have exact matches
and although I love all these fabrics on their own, I would never have paired them 
 but I can instantly see that it does work and it does, well, zing
and maybe I should have used some purple after all....? Hmmmm I don't know.

It's only a 'play quilt' but I'm really loving just taking the time to experiment with colours and prints in new ways and not have a set destination in mind (the background fabric belongs to another project I'm working on)
I'll be making up some more stars before the weekend and will post my colour options when they're done. How do you decide on a scheme? Do you follow your eyes and moods...or do you follow a formula?
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