Saturday, February 25, 2012

Quilting the Swoon

I made the Mega Swoon (80" x 80") as part of the Katy's Swoon-a-long. I chose to piece within the pieces to give the large blocks some character. The Swoon pattern is from Camille Roskelley and the pattern can be found here and here.


I had 5 yards of a Michael Miller fabric which became the focus print. Fussy cut within the blocks.


I chose the following Aurifil threads in 50wt 5005 / 1148 / 5001 / 2265 / 2612 and used geometric designs to enhance the blocks.




I always think the back is as important as the front so I used different coloured bobbin thread on the Red fabric from the Kate Spain Flurry collection.


I have chosen the 'Claret' Solid used in the centre to bind the quilt. This quilt will find a home in Sydney with one of my many nieces.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Block 34 Dream Weaver


Welcome to week 34 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about 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 is Monica Solorio Snow, our favourite jovial quilter of the living dead - The Happy Zombie. Monica has put the groove back into a traditional block using Moda's Half Moon Modern. Aptly named, 'Funky Wrench - Nuts and Bolts'.

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Dream Weaver
The old cane laundry basket makes its daily journey from the laundry to the hills hoist. The cane is unravelling due to wear and the hot, unrelenting sun seeps through the holes.

Cutting
  •  1 - 1 1/2"strip x WOF Pink. Cut into 12 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
  • 4 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" black rectangles
  • 4 - 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" black squares
  • 2 - 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" dark blue squares
  • 2 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" dark pink rectangles
  • 11 - light 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares
  • 11 - medium 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares
Assembly
  • Using the diagram below, layout the pieces
  • Sew the 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares together
  • Sew pieces to complete rows
  • Sew rows together
 Let's Play
The Block





Try a confetti look by using multicoloured 1 1/2" squares and replacing some of the solid pink 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles with white.



I hope you have enjoyed this weeks block. 

*** 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 ***

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pezzy Prints back in stock

Back in stock are Pezzy Prints in Layer Cakes and Jelly Rolls at my little e-shop.



Just arrived are the handy Bella Solid Jelly Rolls in white.


And the new collection from Deb Strain and Daughters called "Grow with me"

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dress up Your Roll Competition Extended


The competition has been extended to 1st April 2012 so, there is still plenty of time to Dress up Your Roll and win some fabulous prizes.


For the international bloggers, a $100 Fatquartershop is up for grabs and for the locals, a $100 voucher at my little e-shop or a lap sized quilt professionally quilted by me.


There have been many excellent and very entertaining entries submitted to the Flickr group so far.  They are easy and fun to make.

I have designed a very simple tutorial to get you started here.

So, grab your roll and dress it up. 


Friday, February 17, 2012

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Block 33 Crown


Welcome to week 33 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 is Bek Brown from Australia. Bek is a very talented quilter whose gorgeous handiwork can be found at Dreamfctry.

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Crown
A mother is the queen of her home. Her love for her family is the jewel in her crown.

Assembly

  • Paper Piece the three section from using the template foundations found here, here and here. Remember not to 'Scale' or fit to page when printing.
  • Sew the three sections together as shown in diagram below



The Block - 8" finished
Four blocks
On Point
On Point with Rotation

Horizontal Layout with various patterns formed by rotating the blocks.
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks block. Next week, I will be exploring piecing with 1.5" squares.

*** 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 ***

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Simple

The electrician had the power out for 3.5 hours this morning so I took the time to bind this simple charm quilt. Using only 5 charm packs of Park Avenue by 3-sisters for Moda and dividing them into lights and darks, I created this simple lounge quilt in Rita's favourite colours (the recipient of this quilt). I won't reveal when I started this quilt. It was one of those 'I keep putting aside projects because I am starting another project' projects.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Simply Charmed Blog Hop winner



I would like to thank everyone who entered a comment on my post for the blog hop. I appreciate all the stalkers ( followers ) and interesting comments about Valentines memories.

The winner of the $25 gift voucher from Green Fairy is


The first year we were married I made a heart shaped meatloaf. It has become a tradition. This will be the 32nd heart shaped meat loaf!!


Congratulations Cathy.

I would like to thank Melissa and all the sponsors of the hop for their hard work and generosity. Julie, Kimberly, Leah and Judi you are amazing.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Stripping the Dresden

Next month is my turn to create block for the 9 members of the Bee to re-create. I love Dresden Plates but wanted to experiment with strip piecing the blades. I chose solids out of my scrap bag to create this design. I have not decided what background I will use or whether I will leave a plain centre or fussy cut fabric.


Here is a simple tutorial for making strip pieced Dresden plates - an alternative for using single fabrics for each blade.

Step 1 : Download the blade template here

Step 2 : Make 12 copies. Cut out paper foundations.

Step 3: Start adding strips from the top of the foundation. Cut the strips so they are not straight. Don't make the strips too wide, vary sizes to introduce many colours into the blade.



Hint: Attach a wider strip at the top and bottom of the foundation template and avoid having seams where the point is made at the top.


Step 4: When foundation is covered, trim and remove the paper.




Step 5 : Make the blades

  • with right sides together, fold blade in half lengthwise
  • Sew 1/4" along top of folded blade.
  • Snip the corner of the folded piece to allow a nice crisp point
  • Turn the blade right side out. Use a pointed object to push the point out.
  • Centre the seam and press so blade is even on both sides.


I have sewn the strips horizontally onto the blade. Try alternating each blade with vertically sewn strips.

Step 6: Arrange in threes. Sew together to form halves. Sew halves together.

Step 7 - Make centre by cutting a 4" circle and raw edge appliquéing to centre. Alternatively, add a 1/4" seam allowance and needle turn circle to centre.

Step 8 - Applique to background

Finished block 24" x 24"

Home Sweet Home Block - Under the Moreton Bay Fig

Kim Lapacek at Kims Crafty Apple blog is hosting a  quilt along with the theme - Home Sweet Home. I was very honoured to be invited to design a block for the QAL.
Block 7 - Under the Moreton Bay Fig
The requirement for the block was that it had to have a tree or a house or both. I chose both. Using the simple technique of foundation piecing (paper piecing ) and raw edge appliqué I created this block.




Materials
Hint - if you do not have the correct sized fabric, join strips of similar colours to make your own fabric.
Tree and Sky 
Assorted pieces of Green fabric, minimum dimensions 4 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Assorted pieces of Blue  fabric, minimum dimensions 4 1/2" x 10"
Grass
Green fabrics:
1 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2"
1 - 1 1/4" x 12 1/2"
1 - 2 1/4"  x 12 1/2"
Leaves
10" square piece of orange fabric
Tree trunk
7 1/2" square of brown fabric
Embellishments
A piece of fabric with characters and objects that can be cut out and placed within the block. I chose the house, deer and acorn from the Woodlands collection by Khristian A Howell.




Assembly
Step 1  - Print out the foundation template - Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4. Remember not to 'Fit to page' or scale when printing.
Step 2 - Cut out the individual foundation pieces. Use the measurements recommended on the foundations template to cut fabric pieces.
Step 3 - Foundation piece the top half of the block and remove the papers. The block will measure 8" x 12 1/2"
Hint: There are many tutorials in cyberland teaching the beginner how to Foundation Piece (or Paper Piece). Patchwork planet is a great starting point. 
Step 4 - sew together lengthways the three green grass strips. The block will measure 5" x 12  1/2"
Step 5 - Join the two halves together.




Step 6 - Trace the tree trunk template found here onto the back of fusible webbing. Cut out around trace line leaving 1/8" allowance
Step 7 - Press fusible webbing to back of fabric as per manufacturers instructions




Step 8 - Cut out tree on trace line. 
Step 9 - Fuse and cut out other objects to place around the tree and in the hollow of the tree.
Step 10 - Remove paper from backing of fusible web and layer the pieces to be appliquéd on the block. When you are happy with the placement, fuse shapes to block.
Hint - use appliqué glue to secure the tiny pointed edges of the tree trunk. 




Step 10 - Trace 12 leaves onto fusible webbing. Cut out leaving 1/8" around trace line.
Step 11 - Fuse leaves to back of orange fabric and cut out on trace line. Peel off backing paper.
Step 12 - Position leaves on tree and fuse according to manufactures directions.
Step 13 - Using matching threads and a smaller stitch, sew 1/8" inside appliqué shape to secure the piece.
Hint - You can also use thread to add veins to the leaves or texture to the tree trunk. Try embroidery floss or perle cottons to add texture.


FInished block size 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"


Thank for letting me share my block with you today. I hope you have enjoyed the QAL. Please visit the Flickr group to see what everyone has been making and visit the link below to view the previous blocks and tutorials.

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Tuesdays Treasure - my mum

My sister is going through all the old slides and converting them into digital format. I wanted to share this one photo of mum as a piper in her band when she was only 20. It is one of my favourites.


Unfortunately, mum had to abandon the pipes because her eldest child hated the sound.

Tuesdays Treasure is hosted by the lovely Melody at The House on the side of the Hill. Make sure you visit Melody's site and experience her talents as an excellent stitcher and quilter. Melody is also running a penny rug BOM using felt. The first 2 blocks have been posted here and here.

Simply Charmed Blog Hop - Day 10


Corey from Little Miss Shabby has made a beautiful Valentines pillow for the last day of the Simply Charmed Blog Hop. Corey is giving away a $25 gift voucher from The Intrepid Thread.

Don't forget to leave a comment on Melissa's blog post to be in the draw for the $200 Fatquartershop gift voucher. Competition ends tonight.

Monday, February 13, 2012