Wednesday 8 June 2016

WOW: Pattern Play

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
This week I've been getting picky choosing between 2 possible BOM designs. I love designing quilts and the hardest thing is always selecting which one to release next. They all have something special about them and it's hard to know what direction to go in sometimes. I'm really excited about the next BOM and can't wait to share it with you. That will be just before I release it. I've learnt my lesson from blogging online and now only show my patterns when they are complete and ready to release.

So in the meantime, here is another pic from the fabric parcel I purchased last week. I just fell for this berry tones one, I have no idea why it's numbered? It just called out to me and I had to have it! Also, the fabrics shown last week were from Di Ford's new collection. I love her eye for style, she always has gorgeous fabrics. I actually used another range of hers for Nelke when I made it. I don't know what fabric I will use in my next quilt, so I've just been shopping for potential play, nothing serious meterage wise!
What's Your WOW?

Wednesday 1 June 2016

WOW: Curating Fabric

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
Can you believe it's June already? It's only a few hours old but this month I've decided that I have to fess up and accept that I am not stash busting 2016 like I declared I would, no - nothing like it. Instead, I've decided to refer to my handpicked assortment of weekly fabric arrivals as 'curated'.

Hazel and Little Hazel only have a couple of months left before they're complete, so I've already been playing around and deciding which pattern from my stash of designs to release next. Of course, I need some new fabrics to help me decide and although I couldn't find any just right for that project, I did find some gorgeous new additions to go with an existing pink I've been wanting to use. What can I say? New fabrics are just too inspirational, I can't resist them!

What's Your WOW?

Wednesday 25 May 2016

WOW: Oma's Blues Beauty!

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
I think time is speeding by at the best of times, but in the last month, I haven't had a real sense of time at all, so I'm more than a little surprised to realize it's now Wednesday again. I'm doing exactly what I was this time last week -playing with my pattern folios, playing with fabric and colour. So this week I thought I would share someone else's WIP. This is the centre block from my BOM Oma's Blues - isn't it incredible? I made my own in Delft inspired blues but several members over in my Oma's Blues Group are going for colour..and the results are stunning. Just like this block. I'm in love with these hues, they're gorgeous. And of course, I love seeing my quilts made every which way and in all different colours.

This beauty is being created by Giuseppina Alaimo who has kindly allowed me to show off her block here on my blog. Beautiful!!

My quilt Oma's Blues is currently being offered for free over in my Oma's Blues Group, so if you'd like to make this BOM for free, you can! All past blocks are available and the BOM will be free until it's finished in November this year.

What's Your WOW?

Wednesday 18 May 2016

WOW: Playing With Colour

WOW= WIPs On Wednesdays
Thank goodness for the Quilt BOM Group - whenever I need some inspiration, I just pop in and take a look at what everyone's up to. A lot, usually! That's the advantage of having over 3000 members, there's always someone doing something wonderful. Today I'm playing around with a quilt top that's been on my WIP chair since last year. The pattern is complete, but I just can't commit to a single colour scheme so I keep playing and changing my mind.

Today I've decided to let the Jinny Beyer Portable Palette lead the way and am relieved to announce that my current scheme is correct, visually, and I can move on to the next block. Sometimes I look at fabric too long and then get stuck when there's no need. I suffer from a serious case of fabric indecision. I rarely decide on a fabric - it's more the case that I simply decide to stop auditioning new ones for the same spot!

What's Your WOW?

Saturday 14 May 2016

Sweet 2016, Part 4: Chocolate Cake for One

This month it's time for a little self indulgence..and who could blame a sorely tempted quilter for tucking into a treat this charming? There's a Chocolate Cake for One under the glass dome and it's adorned with a too cute strawberry and garnished with a pansy. Yes please!
This past month I've eaten more chocolate cake than I care to admit, so it's an unusually fitting month and my mouthwateringly delicious chocolate hued fabrics have me craving yet another slice!
I always knew this Cake for One would feature in the Mystery. In fact, it was the first treat I sketched and became the Mystery mascot - so if you recognize it, that's why!
Be sure to copy and create your template pieces accurately. The Mystery is beginning to grow into a visual delight and it's easy, as the months go on, to get a bit careless with accuracy. The most important thing is that your finished applique block neatly matches the pattern. 
I still haven't sorted out my background fabric. The problem is, I love all the ideas - floral, plain, light, checked, barn wood, grey. black and jet blue. Oh, and I was rather taken by a red velvet also. I've set my many possibles aside and will re-visit them when I've finished my blocks. Or when inspiration strikes - whichever comes first. I've purchased more than 8 separate fabrics for my background and none of them are 'just so' when they arrive, so I've had to put a stop to background daydreaming and stick with the blocks themselves. I'm sure the right background will speak to me when it's least I hope so! Fabric selection is my downfall. I can never decide. 
Here are my stash fabrics for the cake, strawberry and pansy. I had planned on making my pansy from the pattern - putting down a larger outline and then drawing in the small inner pansy shape that is just too fiddle for turn edge. This could be easily done with Indian Ink and penwork. But then I remembered my pansy stash. When I started out in quilting, every quilter I knew had a pansy stash. Lately I haven't seen much evidence of pansy fabrics, but I know they are out there!
 Here's my own favorite. Isn't it sweet?
Of course, if you have any other flower from a fabric in your stash, now is the perfect opportunity to fussy cut and allow it to adorn your cake. It just needs a little flower and I suspect I will get to see lots of different pansies and roses when this block gets made in the Group. I can't wait.
It's a little dome this month. This dome is the smallest size that occurs in the Mystery and it's set aside for the little morsels that need to shine all on their own. Most importantly, be sure that your dome doesn't grow and is an accurate match to the pattern.
I'm still undecided on whether to fringe my domes with flourished edges or not. I can't decide, I let the sweets sway me one way or another each month. This month, I've opted for decorative detail and I just think it makes the stand look so much cuter.
 to make it really tempting, I went in with my permanent fabric pens and enhanced some colours and in lines in the fabric. These little touches can just add the finishing touch, so don't be afraid to play.
 This is where we are up to in the Mystery..
As you can see, I've opted to pin my blocks onto the paper template each month rather than a fabric. It helps me put my fabric indecision to one side and focus on the gorgeous desserts instead.
Understanding the pattern release schedule: anyone can join Sweet 2016 at any time and when they do, they will receive a new block each month from that point onward. The day they receive each new block will depend on the date they signed up and made their first payment. Everyone who starts Sweet 2016, starts at the beginning, Part 1. Specific blocks cannot be purchased out of turn. This means that the Group can be up to Part 4 whilst some members have only received Part 1, 2 or 3. Only the first BOM starters - those members who signed up before and during the launch are up to Part 4.

Whenever you choose to start this BOM, be sure to keep us updated on your progress by sharing your work over in our Sweet 2016 BOM Facebook Group, see you there!

'Sweet 2016' is my current Mystery Applique BOM
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Friday 13 May 2016

Hazel & Little Hazel: Part 5

With everything that's been going on in the last month I've been in something of a time warp. I can't believe it's been a month since my mother passed away - and I'm also shocked when I  consider all the travelling and goings on I've got through in that time too. No wonder I'm exhausted! Luckily the Moderator's kept the Group going like they always so, and I'm reminded all over again that we're so lucky to have them.

I was really surprised to see so many Hazel Swirl blocks completed over in the Group. I couldn't believe how many of you have progressed along each month without skipping a beat! When I fist came across the working from the reverse method (which I showed you in Hazel Swirl), it took me a while to get my head around the whole idea - but you all seem to have taken it in your stride!

It's really impressive and I was cheered up to see all the centre blocks and swirls waiting around so patiently for this month - and the color and fabric ranges out there - WOW! There's so many of you that every taste, mood and scheme is just about covered. I love to browse the pics and see what you've all been getting up to. And I love the ease of Facebook for doing that - sharing, commenting and linking in is so easy. Actually it's the only reason I love Facebook and I wouldn't be there otherwise. But the ease of connecting with you all over there is just too good to pass up.

This month we're creating the Hazel Star block. In comparison to the last three months, it feels like things just got easy. Most of you know how to piece and will have no trouble at all with this block. I love how it comes together, it's really striking and in the quilt design, it moves the eye along to create a visual flow and connection. Last month's Hazel Swirl blocks represented the winds, this month the Hazel Star blocks represent the sky and surrounding the compass centre point, it all comes together to make me think of journeys, pathways and movement in general.

Remember to read through the pattern before making a start and take your time prepping the pattern Templates. Here's how I made mine:
 the first thing I did was to create 'units' as per the pattern
be sure of your fabrics and Template pieces before attempting to group them
 and then sew these 'units' together to create larger units
 which slot into place 

Hazel & Little Hazel are my current Free BOMs  
You can join my BOM Group my clicking here now. It's full of fabulous, talented women sharing their work, ideas and inspirations as they make my quilt patterns. Join us and our friendly, supportive community today. 
Wait until the 15th of each month and download the available pattern right here directly on my blog. The choice is yours. My old Yahoo Group has closed due to limitations on the platform. If you haven't come over to the new group, now is a good time.

Wednesday 11 May 2016

WOW: Comfort Food

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays 
The last two weeks have been completely surreal. I'm just about over the flu, although still over tired. All my plans to get back into a routine are still just plans and I haven't even finished unpacking our suitcases or tackled the washing. I'm torn between taking it easy or getting back to normal and find I still can't decide to do either most days.

On Sunday it was Mother's Day, and also a month to the day since my mother passed. Although I don't have much of a sweet tooth, I had been craving cake all week so we splurged on a beautiful and decadent chocolate mousse which we ate off my wedding plates. I found them when I sorted through my mother's things, and they made the journey home in one piece which was a nice surprise.

I don't know why food tastes so much better when it's beautiful to look at, but I find it is. 
Today I was hoping to catch up on some emails, but my email server, GoDaddy is down. I've googled it and am relieved to know it's not just me, it's worldwide ( I couldn't handle any new tech issues on top of everything else). So I might try and get some laundry done. It's about time.

What's Your WOW? 

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