Friday 15 January 2016

FREE BOM: Hazel is Launched: Part 1

Are you ready for a gorgeous piecing adventure?
Hazel and Little Hazel are launched today!

You can download the PDF pattern instantly by clicking on either image you see here below, which will automatically start the download. You can also download the pattern from the 'Files" area over in my 'Esther's Blog: Quilt BOM Group"

Before starting anything, please ensure that you have printed to A4 and have checked the 1 inch square test. This month, both Hazel and Little Hazel are working on the same block - the central 8 point star. Hazel is a diagonal quilt, with the centre block set on point. Little Hazel is a horizontal quilt. These quilts use the same size blocks, so if you get addicted to piecing these blocks, you can carry on and 'upgrade' to the larger quilt. Tomorrow I'll be sharing images of how I made the central 8 point star right here on my blog, so be sure to stop by and have a look!
This is an active link: click to download LITTLE HAZEL Part 1
This is an active link: click to download  HAZEL Part 1


Now you've got your piecing BOM for the year started, 
how about some fabulous applique? 

I've just announced my latest applique adventure 
It's called Sweet 2016 and it's a lot of fun.

Why not join the fabric party?

Thursday 14 January 2016

Join My 'Sweet 2016' Quilt Along

I don't know about you, but I feel like it's time for some serious fun. Of course, my kind of fun involves applique - the delicious kind and I'd really love it if you joined me. This BOM is like nothing I've ever done before and I have to tell you, I'm in love with it! The blocks are accomplishable in just a day or two and focus on enjoyment - I want you to really look forward to the installment each month. This BOM is do-able and gorgeous. Suitable for everyone who's passionate about playing with fabric and ending up with something fabulous to show for all those hours of fabric fun. It's my first Quilt Along and I'm already dreaming about perfect fussy cut patches from my stash.

‘Sweet 2016’ is a choc coated mystery

An Applique Mystery 

Released over 11 months: from February - Dec 2016

The pattern will be emailed to you directly on the 14th of each month

The finished size is 53 x 35 inches—a perfect wall hanging size and trust me, 
this is one quilt you’ll want to show off!

You already have the gorgeous fabrics and a fabulous sense of fun—make sure you get in on the mystery and brighten up your month, each month!

And that’s all I’m going to say about. It is a mystery, after all!

Sweet 2016 starts on February 14th which is the perfect start date for this gorgeous project

Wednesday 13 January 2016

WOW: Digging out the Fassett's

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays

Should I even be talking about my new BOM Hazel during WOW? Hmmm probably not. It is after all, a whole new WIP project and the point of WOW is getting WIPs done - not starting new ones.

But, I can't resist.

Here I am, sorting through my Kaffee Fassett stash. I've opted for Fassett's fabrics to make my run throughs. And I'm pairing them with my own hand dyes. Luckily a lot of my hand dyes really work with the Fassett's I have, so I can have some fun whilst I'm running up the blocks.

I don't intend on making the whole quilt - I don't have the time. But you never know, I might change my mind. And having a Fassset quilt in the house is a good motivator, so we'll see. Hazel is launching on Friday and I've got a really good feeling about it. Today I'm making up sample blocks to show how I make each month. This will serve as a guide for new quilters and show a lot more of my process - I know everyone is always keen to see process pics. In my last BOM Group, I had a lot of difficulties uploading images, but with the new improved BOM Group, uploading images are a breeze, so I'm more committed to sharing them than ever.

If you haven't already joined my BOM Group, now is a good time. Hazel and Little Hazel are launching on Friday and over in the dedicated Oma's Blues Group, I'm re-releasing Oma as a BOM too. And I still have some projects I'm finalizing this month for release this year, so  stay tuned, there'll be something for everyone. Including an applique BOM due for launch starting February. But, more on that later..

What's Your WOW?

Sunday 10 January 2016

Would You Please Help Me?

Update 12 Jan, thanks for your help everyone. From now on, I'll be launching current BOM blocks right here on my blog as well as in my BOM Group over on Facebook. 
I need as many people as possible to test whether or not Google Drive is going to work on this blog to download PDFs. To help me, simply download my pattern 'Lily Rose' by clicking the image below. 

The complete pattern should open in a new window, ready to print

If it does, please leave a comment letting me know that it worked. Or not.
That's all. Thank you so much for taking a minute to help me out today!

the link has now been removed, thanks to everyone who took the time to help

I'm testing to see whether or not I can release pattern PDFs on this blog for those of you who don't want to use Facebook to download monthly BOM installments. You probably already know that my Yahoo BOM Group has moved over the Facebook and is therefore not called the 'Yahoo BOM Group' anymore but is now known as Esther's Blog: BOM Quilt Group. It's only been 48 hours, but the improvement for usability, posting pics and sharing is massive already. What a wonderful format. We're never going back. 


There's always a but. No matter how well meaning you are, there are always issues. Some former members just don't want to move to Facebook and I just don't want to leave them behind. So, I'm happy to see if I can release BOM installments right here on the blog post each month. It should be possible, but I don't want to get people's hopes up without some kind of test first. This post is that test.

Thanks again for helping me out 
Please consider your downloaded Lily Rose pattern as my thank you gift

Saturday 9 January 2016

My Free BOM Group Has Moved!

Phew! What a weekend. If you haven't already heard, my BOM Group has 'moved house'. Previously it was hosted on a Yahoo forum called groups, but there were always issues and the format was difficult to navigate. For myself personally, I could never load 'albums' worth of images that I wanted to share with members and felt restricted each month whenever I tried to share and connect with members.

For the last 2 years, I'd been looking for an alternative to Yahoo, but simply couldn't find one. The popularity of LE really showed us all how the Yahoo format simply couldn't cope with people wanting to share their work quickly and easily and this frustrated me. I wanted to spend my time designing and sharing - not struggling with the site.

Then, a dear friend of mine suggested Facebook Groups. Well, I wasn't keen on the idea at first. I only went on Facebook myself a few months ago. But there's no denying how fast, connected and easy the Facebook Group area is to navigate - it's not just better than Yahoo, it's miles better. So we've moved. And now that it's done, I wish I hadn't waited so long to do it.

Images are a breeze, chatting and answering comments is super easy to follow, share and respond to. I love it. Now I can get back to focusing on what really matters - the quilting!

My free BOM Group is called, "Esther's Blog: Quilt BOM Group" and you can search for it on Facebook or simply click the image above (or on the sidebar) to join. All our Moderators have moved with us and our Group is still Moderated to make sure everything runs smoothly and any stuck members can get the advice they need.

Sounds good? It is!

If you were a member of the Yahoo BOM Group and would like to join us in our new and improved location, you will need to join Facebook and join our Group 'again'. You were not automatically transferred over. To do so would have been a violation of your privacy rights and I would never move our membership lists to the new Facebook home without your consent. Join now by clicking the image above. 

Because the Yahoo Group hosts many images of people's work, I will not close it down immediately, but leave plenty of time for members to clear albums.

Membership is, and always will be, free. Why not join today? We're ready to welcome you to our friendly, creative hub.

Wednesday 6 January 2016

WOW: Getting BOM Ready

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
I must admit that I'm still a bit surprised we're already in 2016. Although I've already decided on what fabrics I'm showing Hazel and Little Hazel off in, I can't stop playing around with ideas. And, I'm especially happy that both Hazels work in any fabric pallette or colour scheme - so you can stash bust or splurge on your favourite new offerings and know your quilt will be gorgeous.

Over in my Yahoo BOM Group, we've had over 100 new members join in the past week alone and I haven't even launched my applique BOM for 2016 yet! I'm really excited to welcome new quilting friends and get stuck into what we all do best - creating and sharing.

What's Your WOW ?

Saturday 2 January 2016

'Hazel' my new free BOM for 2016

'Little Hazel' 62 x 62"
Well, it's officially 2016 and that means it's time for me to start showing off the next Free BOM 'Hazel' and 'Little Hazel'. I wanted to make this pattern available to everyone and I know we don't all need large quilts, so I've decided to also offer my quilts into 'little' versions whenever convenient, so no matter your time schedule, you can fit a Hazel BOM into your quilting calendar:)

Didn't 2015 just fly by? This year is going to be the busiest yet, BOM wise. I have several lined up and during the week ahead, I'll be mapping out when they will be released throughout the year. Some will be BOMs, others will be complete patterns released as a one-off. Make sure you're a member of my Yahoo BOM Group - that way you won't miss out on any free gorgeous patterns that are coming!

Here's the first BOM for 2016: Hazel is a pieced BOM which takes me down winding rivers and woodlands. Here is a quilt full of passages, connections and returning to centre - a nice reminder of life's turns and returns.

There are 2 x size options: the full size 'Hazel' BOM at 88x105" and 'Little Hazel' 62 x 62"
'Hazel' 88 x 105"
Something that I like to do whenever I design a quilt is to 'test' it to see which tones it cries out for. In my mind, 'Hazel' was always a nutty brown and muted blue kind of quilt - hence the fabrics below.

But, I couldn't help playing around with the complete opposite of my original idea and colouring it in with striking vibrant primaries of yellow, blue and red. Both are different quilts that evoke completely different moods and I must admit, they both work in their own way. This is a great satisfaction for me, it means that the pattern lends itself to a whole range of 'styles' when it comes to choosing fabrics and this versatility means everything when you're deciding on a new quilt.
I'm really excited about releasing this BOM. I've been meaning to release a pieced BOM for a while now and I'm glad it's actually happening. I already love Hazel and I hope you will too. 

For my fellow applique lovers, yes there is an applique BOM coming, I'm currently deciding which one to release :) 

Hazel and Little Hazel will be released on January 15th over in my Yahoo BOM Group. 
Membership is and always will be free. 

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