Thursday, February 28, 2013

More Moda Arrivals

Just arrived in my little e-shop are the following Moda collections:

Calling all Grandmas to Mind Your P's and Q's! Don't miss out on Keiki's adorable new fabric line that is perfect for kids quilts or other fun projects! A whimsical wonderland of quirky critters are at play and doodling away their ABC's. This charming, childlike collection of darling doodles will delight!

Jam-packed with a hearty helping of heartfelt style. PB&J is the perfect blend of classic comfort and down-home design. As you prepare your creative spread using this signature collection, your options are limitless. Maybe a mixture of banana yellow and strawberry preserves red is a personal favorite, or perhaps your a fan of trimming away those crusts...No matter how you slice it, your sweet treat is sure to impress.

Simply Style is a great new line for quilting and more! It is an extension of Simply Color but different all at the same time! This line was created with the thought of making quilts AND hand bags and skirts that look like you bought them at a store. Imagine how surprised everyone will be when you tell them you made that stylish purse, shirt, skirt, or dress! In this line you will find great basics to add to any project on your design wall. Use them as a whole line, as well as fabrics that are great on their own. They are perfect for apparel. This line will make you a hit whether you are making an adorable quilt to be loved or a stylish outfit to go out with your friends.

Since 2004, Nancy Rider Hunt has been keeping women (and men) in 'stitches' with her colorful, sassy, retro humor! In addition to her greeting card company, Nancy's designs have been licensed for many fun products, including calendars, party supplies, travel mugs, coasters, pocket mirrors, and eyeglass cases to name a few. The name, 'Olive Sandwiches', pays tribute to Nancy's 1950's homemaker mother, who loved olive sandwiches, enjoyed a good laugh, and dedicated herself to making life fun and beautiful for her family. The new Keep It Sassy collection of Olive Sandwiches themed images are perfect for creating aprons, potholders, pillows, quilts, tote bags, or whatever your 'sew sassy' imagination can create!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Anti Macassar using Bella Solids, tutorial and giveaway

According to Wikipedia

 "An antimacassar (/ˌæntɪməˈkæsər/) is a small cloth placed over the backs or arms of chairs, or the head or cushions of a sofa, to prevent soiling of the permanent fabric. Also refers to the cloth flap on a sailor's blouse, used to keep macassar oil off the uniform.
Macassar oil was an unguent for the hair commonly used in the early 19th century. The poet Byron called it "thine incomparable oil, Macassar." The fashion for oiled hair became so widespread in the Victorian and the Edwardian period that housewives began to cover the arms and backs of their chairs with washable cloths to preserve the fabric coverings from being soiled. Around 1850, these started to be known as antimacassars. They were also installed in theatres, from 1865.
They came to have elaborate patterns, often in matching sets for the various items of parlour furniture; they were either made at home using a variety of techniques such as crochetor tatting, or purchased. The original antimacassars were usually made of stiff white crochet-work, but in the third quarter of the 19th century they became simpler and softer, usually fabric embroidered with a simple pattern in wool or silk. Annie Chapman, the second canonical victim of Jack the Ripper, was said to have made antimacassars for a living shortly before she was murdered.
By the beginning of the 20th century, antimacassars had become so associated in people's minds with the Victorian period that the word briefly became a figurative term for it. (See also: doily).
Antimacassars are also used on the seat headrests of commercial passenger transport vehicles, such as trains, buses and especially aircraft to extend the life of fabrics"

Maybe we don't have the fragrant Macassar Oil slick in our hair today but we do still need to protect our lounges from all sorts of oils and chemicals.

Moda had just released the new Bella honeycombs and while I was waiting for mine to arrive I thought I might try a little experiment and mix quilting with crochet.

My crochet skills are very basic but if you are an accomplished crocheter then, the possibilities are unlimited. You could make squares, triangles, circles using this technique. Maybe use a combination of crochet and quilted shapes.

I could envisage a whole quilt using this method.

If you have make a crochet/quilt masterpiece, please share in the Flickr Group - Anti Macassars. I would love to see all the wonderful combinations you come up with.

What you will need:

  • 1 pack new bella solids mini charms ( 30 - 2.5" squares )
  • 1 yard bella solid ( 9900-170 Etching Slate)
  • Heat n bond lite ( or other fusible product )
  • 1 yard Iron on light weight pellon
  • 2" heart template
  • 2" finished sided hexagon template (I have a hollow template that has a 1/4" seam allowance included in the template. I could use the outer edge for the solid hexagon and the inner edge for the pellon hexagon)
  • Pencil
  • Perle Cottons 
  • Crochet Hook (1.50 mm #2)

 From the Solid yardage cut:

  • 8 - 4 1/2" strips. Cut 60 hexagons from these strips (Remember to add 1/4" seam allowance if not included in your template)

  • Trace 30 hearts on dull side of fusible web
  • Cut out each heat leaving 1/8" around each shape
  • Press onto back of each mini charm square

  •  Cut out each heart on pencil line. Peel off backing paper from fusible and press onto centre of 30 hexagons.
  • Using an applique stitch, sew around hearts.

  • Cut from iron-on pellon, 30 hexagons measuring 2" on each finished side.
  • Centre and press onto back of 30 plain hexagons.

  • Take one appliquéd hexagon and one pellon backed hexagon and place them right sides together. 
  • Start 1/4" from corner and sew around 5 sides. Pivot at the 1/4" mark at each corner.
  • Turn out the hexagon and push out the points.
  • Fold in the open seams 1/4" and press.
  • Slip stitch the seam closed.
  • Using perle cottons in contrasting colours, quilt around each heart.

  • Using perle cotton and an embroidery chain stitch, stitch all around the edge of the quilted hexagon.
  • Make sure there is an even number of stitches on each side and add an extra stitch on each corner.

  • Crochet around the edge of each quilted hexagon. I chose to do single crochet (sc), with 3 stitches in each corner for first row and then 2 rows of double crochet (dc) with 2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc into every corner.

  • I used single crochet on top to join the rows with a single crochet border all around the finished piece.
I have one set of heart templates to giveaway. Just let me know what shape you would use to make a quilt/crochet project.

The giveaway will be drawn 14th March 2013 AEST.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Aus Bee Block

First blocks back from Gone Aussie Quilting

Jeannette from Gone Aussie Quilting organised a Bee for 14 Aussie quilters.  Each month one person has to send to the other 13 members, a block pattern and fabric to make 2 blocks. This month is my turn and I designed this paper pieced block named Refractatorium. 

The block is divided into 8 easily pieced segments to create a 12" finished block. The quilt should look something like this when it is finished.

Or like this.

A copy of the block can be found here. If you use this block, please show me. I would love to see it. You can post all your finished blocks and projects in the Flickr group.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Modern Quilt Patterns - Free e-book

McCalls quilting have released a Free e-book with 3 modern quilt patterns. 

Baubles and Beads by Susan Guzman, Rainbow Rhythm by Tricia Camp and Lemon Squeezy by Sherri Driver. The three patterns are aimed at quilters with skill levels, beginners to the confident beginner. 

Simple piecing techniques, such as Quilt as You go and Half Square triangles (HST) are used in these quilts to provide a basis for making a modern quilt with endless possibilities using the one or mixed fabric collections or just simply solids.

Each pattern comes with comprehensive instructions with excellent illustrations and hints.

To obtain your free copy, go to the McCalls website found here and follow the prompts.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Giveaway winner of Happy Go Lucky Charm Pack

Thank you everyone for entering the giveaway. The winner is:

I have a pair of navy pants, a navy sweater, a navy suit and two pairs of navy shoes. Navy shoes are not easy to find.
I agree, Navy shoes are few and far between. Although, I have seen some sneaking into the shops lately.
Jane, I have contacted you for your address details and hope to hear from you soon.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

You are in my Heart - Valentine projects

Celebrations are a great excuse to get crafty. Over the years I have whipped up a few little projects with the l'amour theme.

Circle of Love Wall Hanging
Circle of Love Wall Hanging/ Table Topper

Quickie Flannel /Cotton Caffeine Carpet
Log Cabin Heart Cushion
Caffeine Carpet - Mosaic Heart
Fatquarterly e-zine Issue 12
This is my latest Valentines project - CroQuilting - a combination of quilting and crochet. 

My progress so far.

Now to add the crochet and hand quilting around each hexagon.

Enjoy your Valentines Day!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Froggies on The Pond

A few weeks ago I blogged about Sarah Fielke's designer collection for Spotlight. After waiting patiently for it to arrive at my local Spotlight store, I purchased 1 1/2m of the black and white frog eggs and a FQ of each of the range to make a small quilt or wall hanging.

The lily pad was created using pieced circles and appliquéing each one to a 4-patch background. The frogs were fused in place and secured with Superior invisible thread.

The quilting was a combination of a digital pattern and freehand done in 4 beautiful Aurifil threads that I thought matched the fabrics.

Aurifil 50wt cotton Mako 1148 (Light Jade), 2437 Light Peony, 5015 (Gold Yellow/Lime), 4020 (Fushia).

Bound in Michael Miller Clown Stripe in Lime and backed with Anna Griffin Caroline collection by Windham Fabrics in pale pink.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Quilt and Crochet - the marriage of two favourites

Sitting in the dark last weekend without power for 22 hours, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to start on a project that I had on the design board for sometime. 

Moda are releasing new pre-cuts, named Honeycomb. They are laser cut hexagons available for one designer collection - 'Happy go lucky' and 10 popular bella solids (Snow 9900-11, Natural 9900-12, Red 9900-16, Admiral Blue 9900-48, Brown 9900-71, Robins Egg 9900-85, white 9900-98, Black 9900-99, Porcelain 9900-182 and Silver 9900-183)

Honeycombs are due to be released soon and in anticipation of the new pre-cuts I have started playing with solids and hexies.

I am using Bella solid 9900-170 Etchings Slate and a packet of mini charms of the new Bella solids for the heart. Using perle cottons, I am crocheting around the hexagons which will be joined to together.

Stay tuned for the the tutorial.