Wednesday 26 June 2019

WOW: Where Have All The Bloggers Gone?

 WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays 
When I started blogging 10 years ago, I had no idea that I'd still be doing it today.
It takes time, effort and bother - no doubt about it.
But it also gives back so much more than it takes. 

In my life, I've created a lot of things - in many different mediums. Although I 'remember' them, theoretically speaking, I don't have a 'catalog' of them listed anywhere, let alone a dated entry post dedicated to them. And this is where blogging is so valuable for creative people. Believe me when I tell you this; I forget how many quilts I've made. I also forget the order I released my own BOMs in and I forget what I was up to, creatively, this time last year. Let alone what I designed and created in my younger years as a textile designer and before that, a fashion and costume designer. Oh my goodness, what a record that would have been to browse through today! Unfortunately, I've never been a diary keeper and so, many creative pursuits have simply been lost to time. 

Time waits for no person and especially not the creative person. Blogging has allowed me to document and journal my work in way that I had not managed in any other time in my life right up until I sat down to that first and rather brief blog post. It was a very small, very humble beginning. But one I am so glad I started. For now, I have a record, a history and a timeline of exactly what I've been up to these past 10 years and it's a breeze to look things up, share info and sometimes even jog my own memory. Sure, 10 years isn't such a long time, but there are even blog posts I don't remember writing and projects I don't remember starting - all documented here. 

It's certainly proven to be a treasure chest of my time. 

And so, I'm really perplexed and left wondering.. where have all the bloggers gone? 10 years ago you could find a blog on almost any subject and be sure to find someone friendly, knowledgeable and actively blogging - it was such a indulgence. From rose gardening to perfect pancakes, there was a blogger ready and waiting to invite you into their lives. Real experiences, real opinions and no advertising or editorial control over the content - just the real goods, no filler.

Today? So many interesting niche blogs have disappeared. So many interesting spots just disappear into virtual nothingness as the years are ticking by.. and so few are being started. It's such a shame. 

As for me, I'll be blogging as long as I have the internet, which I'm pretty sure will be forever. Or until Google kick me off for using up too much web space..if such a thing even exists. 

 What about you?  
 Have you noticed blogging dropping off? 

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Tuesday 25 June 2019

My Favorite Tables

The most absurd thing just happened. I got another table. 

And now my family have revolted; there's a furniture mutiny in the house. They say I have "too many tables". But I ask you, how many is too many..exactly? I mean, for the working life of a designer, I feel like I don't have enough.

This is my latest table, don't you just love those simple legs? It goes up and down, making it perfect for all my applique pinning work. I found this beautiful table whilst I was casually browsing online. I don't go looking for tables, but they do somehow keep finding me. This one appeared in a sidebar and I knew it was what I was missing.

So here it is, being useful. 
I've turned it into a side attraction to my main event - this square table. I don't know why there aren't more square tables in the world, I love them. This is where I go online and share my work with the world. My computer screen is turned to the side in this picture, so you might not be able to see it, but it's there. I might be showing my age now, but I still think it's incredible that I can sit here and connect with thousands of people over in my Group who are also busy creating. I never take it for granted, it's such a special thing. And it's a special thing that takes place on this table.

Both these tables are to the side of my giant dining table. You can just see a peek of it in the corner of the photo. I start most of my projects over there and then 'graduate' them to these two tables here.. it's a creative process and frankly, I feel like I could use a few more tables but we are definitely out of room, which is a real shame;  I need an extra surface to comfortably draw on without taking space away from anything else.

I suppose I could create in 'shifts' if I absolutely had to, but as soon as I pack something up, I usually forget about it, so these tables keep everything at the forefront on my mind - right where I need them to be.

So, just lately there's been talk around the Sunday Lunch table that maybe I have enough tables now (I don't think I do actually) and it's been getting me down. After all, a quilter needs her space.And then some more. And then just a little pinch extra. Isn't that so?

I feel like no one at home understands or has enough vision when it comes to the importance of tables. And if I can't come onto my own blog to defend my collection of tables, then who else could possibly understand my predicament?

Surely someone out there understands?!

Wednesday 19 June 2019

WOW: Working On Birdy

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
Today I'm working on my 2019 Applique BOM called Hold Onto Your Heart. I'm making it in 2 colourways - yes, I'm really making such an intense quilt..ah... TWICE. 

No, I don't know what I was thinking. One is a full colour anything goes style quilt and the other is this soft and gentle scheme. I've already completed the Birdscene on my full colour quilt, so today I'm completing it on my gentle quilt.

I love Wednesdays because in my house, it's Applique day. And even now, after several years of WOW, I still look forward to it and and I still love applique too. I do wonder how much more applique I can cram into a day.. I think this year is just about my limit!

  What's Your WOW?  
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Tuesday 18 June 2019

Lily Rose: VOTE TO WIN !

I'm over the moon this morning! My quilt 'Lily Rose' has made it into the Quilter's Companion Hall of Fame and is shortlisted for a prize. Please head on over to the Quilter's Companion site by clicking the image above.. and if you love Lily Rose, vote for it!
And when you vote, YOU could win a fabulous prize, so it's worth your effort to click.
To celebrate Lily Rose being shortlisted, I've put the pattern on sale. 
For the next 48 hours, you can buy the complete digital pattern for $4.80 USD. 
  Lily Rose  
  Complete Digital Pattern  
$19.95 USD
It's wonderful to see interest in this lovely quilt: knowing that so many new hands will be creating this quilt brings joy to my heart. Already over in my Group, members are sharing their own Lily Rose's and the images are breathtaking! I love applique and creating new projects and Lily Rose is just so much fun, I can't wait to share my pattern with you and see what you create. 

And don't forget, you can follow how I made my own Lily Rose, step by step, over in my Quilt Archives Page. Simply click here now to browse my Lily Rose creative journey and get inspired to start your own! 
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Monday 17 June 2019

Queen's Garden by Karen Daniel

Karen Daniel from Ilkley, Sunshine Coast, Australia created this stunner: look at these colors! The dark background makes all the colours zing so beautifully.  I am in love with the impact of a dark background on this design, and the centre pinks, yellow and green anchors the quilt perfectly. 

Here's what Karen had to say: This was my first BOM, first attempt at appliqué and my first QAYG Files show front and back of quilt.

Karen, you've sure got that knack for applique! This is more than an accomplished effort, I'm really proud that this is your first applique quilt and honored that you invested your skills in my BOM.

'Queen's Garden' 

Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Karen Daniel for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Sunday 16 June 2019

Hold Onto Your Heart: Part 6 Cacti

By now you've already seen this image, but I wanted to share my fabric switch out. You know I love chopping and changing my mind over fabrics, and the cacti fabric is no different. I started with the sea green above, I just loved it and thought it was perfect. But as the rest of scene started taking shape around it, I felt it was too stark and replaced it with this print below.
It's such a small switch but makes such a huge impact. I get to see these kinds of little decisions all the time over in my Quilt Group and I just wanted to share my own on here, I know how addictive it can be to fuss over fabric. In this instance, it was worth the extra motif making!

How cute are these cacti? I can't wait to show you my subtle quilt too. It looks like this bright version has become my ambassador quilt as it's coming together so much quicker! Luckily for me, they're both on track - I just work in different phases and parts which means the subtle one is never ready for photos, but I'm hoping to catch up soon.
 '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!

Saturday 15 June 2019

Hold Onto Your Heart: Part 6 Orbs

One of the things I dislike about writing patterns is having to name certain elements or motifs for the sake of clarity. I much prefer not to name elements and for creators to develop their own terminology. It's the same with these shapes-I've been calling orbs since I drew them but I know everyone will instinctively just know what to call them. Non quilting friends who have seen this shape laying about tables in my house have called them dials, portals and windows. I love each idea in its own turn. 
So this is my orb: I had played around with keeping the centre empty so that the background fabric would show through, and when I tried this it looked very effective. In the end, as this is such a colourful statement quilt top, I decided to opt for more features rather than less. I settled on this wonderful rose print at just the right size for fussy cutting.
Here I'm using my favourite circle tool. If you don't have one already, get one - it makes circles a cinch!
Below are the pattern shapes cut from the fusible
For the circles all around the orb - these are optional.
You could also reverse cut them out to reveal your background fabric if you like.
For me, I'm adding smaller circles as additional applique shapes over the main motif.
Here I'm using my usual fusible, glue stick and turn edge method
and this is the back view

It's important to remember that these orbs want to grow - I know because I had to keep trimming mine back. Take care because the quilt is busy and the space is a custom fit, you can't allow the shapes to creep up any larger than indicated on the pattern.
When thinking about creating your orbs, remember that you don't have to add the extra circles on the dial, you can fussy cut the scalloped shape to show off a fabric instead if it suits your theme better.

Jenny Henry who is a Moderator in my Group has had the wonderful idea of inserting a photo image in each orb as a kind of photo frame - this works perfectly and is definitely worth considering. In fact I love the idea so much that I have incorporated it on my subtle quilt top and will show it in more detail when I have some images..
 '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!
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