Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The ABC of quilting


Shruti from 13 Woodhouse Road is presenting the ABC of quilting. Today, I will be presenting on Shruti's blog "Simple block construction". How to use the most simplest blocks to create wonderful designs for the beginner quilter.

Name Game Swap

I was so excited to receive my Name Game mini quilt this morning from Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations. Sharon used information from my blog sites to create a quilt that embraced my favourite colours, shapes and techniques all with a fresh, modern look. I love it. Thank you Sharon. It will adorn the walls of my quilt room.




You can view all the other name quilts as they appear on the Flickr group.

Dress Up Your Roll Entries


1. Angry Bird, 2. IMG_1834, 3. 002, 4. A Crown for Your Thone - DYR, 5. toilet paper cover, 6. IMG_1833, 7. 1st outhouse roll cover side view, 8. DSC03315-1, 9. DSC03314-1, 10. 013, 11. DSC03305-1, 12. 018

These are the wonderful entries submitted so far for the Dress Up Your Roll Competition. Great prizes to be won from FatQuarterShop and me.

Hurry, entries close 1st March 2012.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Block 30 Heartfelt



Welcome to week 30 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about Foundation piecing a heart for Valentines Day. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.


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Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
(N.B Due to time and date differences, guest bloggers posts do not always coincide with my post)

This weeks guest blogger is Danielle from MesPetitsElefants blog with her fabulous block - Round the Twist . Danielle will be showing us a nifty way to make flying geese blocks.

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Heartfelt
Every action and word we speak must be an extension of what our heart feels and our head knows.

Materials

Scraps of Valentine themes solids or prints and charcoals for background

Assembly
  • Print the foundation templates from here - page 1 and page 2. Remember not to "Fit to Page" or Scale when printing.
  • Foundation piece the block
If you like, add embellishments - beads, appliqué, ric rac, embroidery.

The Block
Auriful Thread Winner - Week 2


Congratulations to 'Fafa Ruban' from Le Blog de Fafa Ruban blog. You have won a sample pack of Aurifil threads by simply making one of the DHWQ blocks and posting it in the Flickr group. Enjoy.


*** Copyright 2011 Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dress up your Roll Competition - Enter Now


Don't forget to make your roll cover for a chance to win some fabulous prizes from the FatQuarterShop and moi. You can find out about the competition here. Make sure you visit the Flickr group to see the entries so far.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Block 29 Painted Road


Welcome to week 29 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about scrappy log cabins. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.


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Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
(N.B Due to time and date differences, guest bloggers posts do not always coincide with my post)

This weeks guest blogger is Shruti all the way from India. Shruti has made a block using the cathedral windows technique. You can find Shruti at 13 Woodhouse Road blog.

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Painted Road
We often follow the yellow brick road only to find that it goes on for ever and ever and ever. 

Materials
  • This block is a perfect way to use up scraps. So dive into the scrap bag and select your favourite fabrics.
  • Cut 1 - 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square for foundation
  • Cut 1 - 2 1/4" x 3" rectangle for centre of block
Fabric Preparation
  • Make the blocks of fabric by joining random pieces of scraps together to make lengths of 10"
  • Cut up the blocks into strips ranging from 1" - 2 1/2"

Block Assembly
  • Place the 2 1/4" x 3" rectangle and a strip right sides together. Pin rectangle to foundation anywhere near the middle
  • sew together, press open and trim excess fabric
  • Keep repeating this step until foundation block is covered.
  • Trim back to 8 1/2"
I hope you enjoyed this weeks block. 

Auriful Thread Winner - Week 1


Congratulations to Cory from The Modern Male Homemaker blog. You have won a sample pack of Aurifil threads by simply making one of the DHWQ blocks and posting it in the Flickr group. Enjoy.

*** Copyright 2011 Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***

    New Arrivals

    Just arrived in my little e-shop is the new Christmas collection Blitzen from Basic Grey. This collection is not due for release until June 2012. I have 4 Layer Cakes to tempt you.

    Blitzen by Basic Grey
    I also have some Layer Cakes in the new Urban Chiks, Urban Cowgirl range.


    Good news - For all those who missed out on the first delivery, Good Fortune will be arriving next week.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    I really want to win that case of Aurifil threads

    Aurifil are running a competition and giving away some great prizes. I have entered the Fractured Star quilt  and would be most appreciative if you voted for my quilt. I hate to ask but I really want to win that case of threads.

    If you wish to make a vote, please follow this link.


    Competition closes 25th January 2012.

    Monday, January 16, 2012

    Simply charmed blog hop

    Today's the day. The secrets out.  Announcing the Simply Charmed Blog Hop. Isn't Valentines Day great.  A day focused on telling those we love just how much they mean to us.  Fabulous.  And what better way to show someone you care than to give them something special made by you just for them.



    So that is why Melissa from Happy Quilting asked some of her amazing friends (and me) from blog land to join her in bringing you the Simply Charmed Blog Hop.  10 days of Valentine tutorials and giveaways kicking off on February 1st.  So here are the amazingly talanted ladies that will be joining me.

    February 2 - Heather from http://www.quiltstory.blogspot.com/
    February 3 - Melissa from http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com/
    February 6 - Angela from http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/
    February 7 - Amy from http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
    February 8 - Natalia from http://www.piecenquilt.blogspot.com/
    February 9 - Jessica from http://twinfibers.blogspot.com/
    February 10 - Katie from http://www.swimbikequilt.com/
    February 11 - Jane from http://quiltjane.blogspot.com/
    February 13 - Corey from http://www.littlemissshabby.com/

    February 14 - Happy Valentines Day and the Grand Prize Winner Announcement.

    The Simply Charmed title came about because each of us created our project using 1 Charm Pack and  added yardage if necessary but only for backing, lining ect.  The bulk of each project is made using just the 1 Charm Pack of Always and Forever by Deb Strain.   And trust me,  you are going to be amazed with what you can create using a single charm pack!!!




    And what fun would a Blog Hop be without Giveaways???

    Thanks to the generosity of our amazing sponsors, there will be a giveaway along with each of the 10 tutorials.    So when the time comes, make sure to enter at each of the contributors tutorial post for your chance to win some major fabric cash.




    Fat Quarter Shop has graciously sponsored the fabric used in making the tutorials.
    They will also be sponsoring the Grand Prize of  a $200.00 Gift Certificate to 1 lucky reader.


    Burgundy Buttons has graciously sponsored three $25.00 Gift Certificates for 3 lucky readers.


    The Intrepid Thread has graciously sponsored three $25.00 Gift Certificates for 3 lucky readers.


    The Green Fairy has graciously sponsored three $25.00 Gift Certificates for 3 lucky readers.

    A huge thank you goes out to each of our sponsors!!!  They are a huge part of making this Blog Hop.  So pop on over to their shops (their icon's are links) and find the special Charm Pack or 2 for you.  (And whatever else might tickle your fancy :)  

    And last but not least, we would love it if you joined the  Simply Charmed Blog Hop Flickr Group.  This will be a place to show us your amazing projects made using the Simply Charmed tutorials!!!  We can't wait to see your own personal take on these special gifts :) 

    So are you ready to hop along with us?  Are you excited for February 1st? 
    Well then grab a button and spread the word.
    Let's see how far we can spread the homemade love this Valentines Day.



     

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

    The perfect square quilt

    Oh how we wish!

    I saw a discussion on Facebook today about squaring quilts so I thought I would post a brief post on my thoughts.

    The best way to achieve your goal of a near perfect square quilt is keeping it square throughout the whole process of quilt making
    • Make sure you have a constant 1/4' seam as you sew
    • Measure your blocks as you go and square each block to one size
    • When adding rows make sure each row is the same size
    • Don't torture the block with a steam iron and distort the pieces.
    • Don't be afraid to use starch
    Now it should be easier to attach the borders. Here are some hints for adding borders.
    • Never cut a border to the size as per the pattern. Always measure through the middle of the quilt, lengthwise and widthwise. Record that measurement.
    • If you are using one fabric for the borders, try to cut the border from the length of the fabric, not the width. More fabric yardage is involved but there is less stretch.
    • Pieced borders should be handled with care. Starch up well and do not stretch. If you are working with bias edges, stay stitch the edges.
    • Once borders are applied, do not stretch them with ironing or hanging.
    How to apply a border to a 'not so square quilt'.

    Sometimes the quilt skews as the measurements of the opposing sides are are not equal. This needs to be corrected.

    I prefer not to take measurements at intervals within the quilt and average. This still leaves distortion in the length or width of the quilt. What we need to achieve, is the illusion that the quilt measures the same from top to bottom, side to side. To so this:
    • Fold the quilt in half lenghtwise and find the midpoint.
    • Take the top border and find its midpoint.
    • Place the a border strip, that is wider than the quilt,  through the centre of the quilt matching midpoints and then pin in the middle and on either side. The border piece must lay flat and not be stretched to fit.

    • Draw a straight line for each side pin point.
    • Cut on this line
    • Repeat for the bottom border.
    Attaching the borders

    If the quilt is not square then we have to ease the borders onto the quilt.
    • Find the midpoint of the quilt and the border and pin
    • Pin at each end.
    If the quilt top is bigger, there will be a wave of fabric that needs to be evenly distributed. To do this:
    • Find the midpoint between the middle and side pin and pin.
    • Then find the midpoint between that pin and the centre.
    • Repeat this process until the quilt is evenly distributed between the pins.

    Attach the border in this order.

    Order of joining borders.

    Hint: If your pieced borders are too large or too small then always make adjustments in the centre of the border. This way if there are decorative corner blocks it does not distort their shape.

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Block 28 Super Nova and Aurifil Giveaway


    Welcome to week 28 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about foundation piecing. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.


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    Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
    (N.B Due to time and date differences, guest bloggers posts do not always coincide with my post)

    This weeks guest blogger is Benita Skinner from  from Victoriana Quilt designs blog. Benita has made this cute little block names Skewed Heart ready for Valentines Day. Be sure to visit Benita's site as it is a fantastic resource for all quilters with a multitude of free patterns and tips.

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    Super Nova
    There is so much a person can tolerate before they explode like a super nova.

    Materials
    • Any scraps from the scrap bin. I pieced scraps together to make my own 'fabric'. Sew pieces together to make blocks larger than the selected section in the foundation template. Make sure you avoid seams close to other seams or it will get bulky.
    Foundation Piecing Tips

    • Use a very small stitch so you can rip off the paper easily when done
    • Cut your seams back to 1/4"as you go
    • Press with a dry iron as you go

    The foundation template can be found here Page 1 and Page 2

    Let's play
    The block

    Horizontal Layout with rotation of alternate blocks

    Horizontal Layout with colour change

    Horizontal Layout with rotation
    I hope you enjoyed todays block. Next week I will doing a scrappy log cabin variation.

    The wonderful people at Aurifil have sent me some sample packs of their beautiful thread. I am sure once you try Aurifil you fill your sewing room shelves with this thread.

    Anyone who has made a Desperate Housewife block (mine or guests)  and posted it in the Flickr group is eligible to win one of these packs. I will be looking through the Flickr group and giving one pack away a week for the next 5 weeks.



    Even Jasper dreams of using Aurifil

    *** Copyright 2011 Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    Dress up your Roll Competition Starts Today

    Today starts the competition where the toilet rolls of the world can regain their dignity and become a part of the quilting world along side the mug rug (caffeine carpet), pot holders, placemats, block bees and runners. You never know - one day they may even have their own swap.



    The official page is found here which outlines the rules of the competition, links and prizes.


    To kick start the competition I will be presenting a simple tutorial on how to make a self lined roll cover. I am sure there are other ways to make a cover but I find this the easiest for me.

    I can find a place for Tula anywhere in my house.
    Materials
    • One lonely and naked toilet roll
    • Fat eight fabric (22" x 9")
    • 2 - 6" x 6" square fabric for top
    • Freezer Paper / Template plastic
    • Fusible web
    Optional
    • Fancy Trim / embellishments / fusible web, embroidery floss
    Base Assembly
    (There are many sizes of rolls available. Therefore, I will show generic cutting instructions for this tutorial) 
    • Measure the circumference of the roll and add 1". This will be the width.
    • Measure the height of the roll and add 1/4"
    • Cut a piece of fabric using the measured width x double the height.
    For example:

    The circumference of my roll was 14 1/2" so I added 1" to make a final measurement of 15 1/2".
    The height of the roll was 4" so I added 1/4" for seam allowance. I doubled the height measurement so my piece will be 15 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Press the piece in half lengthwise

    • Unfold
    • On the bottom half of the right side of the fabric add your embellishments. Remember to leave at least 1/4" free around the edges so the seam allowance is not bulky.

    • Fold piece in half with right sides together and sew 1/4" around the three unfinished sides leaving 3" gap.

    • Trim bulk from corners.
    • Turn piece inside out.
    • Using a stiletto or other pointy tool, push out seams and corners and press.

    • Close up gap by folding seams inward 1/4" and slip stitching the opening.
    • To close roll cover, slip stitch the two ends together.
      Join with wrong side facing out.
    Make tiny stitches through all layers.
    Top Assembly
    • Place the roll on a piece of freezer paper or template plastic. Trace around to make template.
    I used my 5" circle template
    • Cut out template
    • Place the 2 x 6" squares right side together.
    • Place template on back of one 6" square
    • Trace around template.

    • Using a smaller stitch ( circles right side together ) sew on trace line.
    • Cut around trace line adding 1/8" to 1/4" seam allowance.

    • Separate the 2 circles by pinching the backing fabric and make a small incision of 1 1/2".


    • Turn the circle inside out.
    • Using a stiletto or other pointy tool, push out seams and press.
    • Close up the gap in the back of the circle by appliquéing a piece of fabric over it. I used fusible web to add a piece. There is no need to sew edges.
    Hint:You could appliqué this piece and make it the right side.

    Finishing the roll cover
    • Fold the circle into quarters and finger press to give you four registration marks. Do the same for the base.
    • With right sides together, slip stitch using tiny stitches, the top to the base remembering to match the four registration marks.



    • Turn the cover inside out.

    Now you have one beautifully dressed toilet roll and prepared to go forth and make many more for the competition.



    But wait .... there is more .....


    Competition Closed


    Winner are : Trace R, Tracee and Rhonda G

    The lovely people at Aurifil have given me some sample packs to giveaway. To help me promote this competition, I would really appreciate it if you could Blog, tweet, FB, etc about this event. Please leave a comment on this post saying you have spread the word and I will pick 3 winners next Tuesday to receive a pack of Aurifil threads.

    Cotton and wool in various weights
    Good Luck

    Loouise in the pool, going shopping and in evening wear