Thursday, November 21, 2019

Prairie Queen Quilt - Classic & Vintage Series

Ohh my poor wee blog, there are such big gaps here it's getting ridiculous!!

I have every intention of coming here and being more accountable for the process of making the quilts I do but Instagram is soooo quick and easy....and I'm lazy LOL

Anywhooo I'm here and I have a new quilt to show you...YAY!

Say Hi to the Prairie Queen Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop's Vintage and Classic Series

This is such a great quilt for beginners and more experienced quiltmakers alike, it's a simple block that relies on precise cutting and an exact 1/4" seam throughout for everything to nest and stay symmetrical...not at all difficult just be methodical :)

I chose to deviate from one particular line or designer and shopped my stash doesn't even look like I touched the mint and aqua blue piles so I clearly love them but need to use them in my quilts more than I do.

This OOP Aneela Hoey Posy print I have been hoarding forevahhhh, and I no longer need to hoard all the fabric and never use my I forced myself to use it, and the gorgeous Moda Regent St Floral Lawns was hard!!

I used a vintage 100% cotton sheet for the backing and this Riley Blake fabric for the binding....even though it only leaves me a tiny's ok it's ok...I keep reminding myself LOL

The small person struggled to hold it up for pics in the wind so I had to lay it down so you can hopefully see the gorgeous texture from the all over floral panto....sooo cute and I love being able to quilt my own quilts on my longarm. So much fun choosing a new pantograh and then holding my breath as it starts sewing and hoping I haven't made the wrong choice?!

 I will list this in my Etsy Shop as soon as I can get some decent pics with a taller quilt holder LOL

Talk soon Peeps, nice to see you XX

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Ultimate Beginner Quilt - Supplies and Getting Ready

Hi Peeps!

It's the 1st of August and the means it's time to prep for the Ultimate Beginner Quilt!!

Kimberley from the Fat Quarter Shop will be hosting videos on their You Tube channel starting to day and she will teach you everything you need to know about making your first quilt from beginning to awesome this would've been when I first started quilting!!

I won't blather on here as I'm sure everything will be covered in the tutorials, but as I sew along I will let you know little tips and tricks I've learnt that may be helpful and any notions I find helpful.

1. Rulers and Rotary Cutters are a must, I have far too many but they have a weird habit of disappearing under piles of fabric LOL but you really only need one of each to get started.

I still have my very first ruler that I bought years ago, made in NZ and warped when I left it too close to the heater... oops .. but 16 years later it works perfectly fine with a little help from these sandpaper sticky circle thingys that stop it slipping on the fabric.

I use 80/12 for piecing and change my machine needles regularly, if you have tension issues, change needle and clean the fluff from your machine...ask me how I know?! LOL

Try to buy the largest mat you can afford and/or have space for and throw out pins that bend or get burrs on them, they're cheap and the thinner the heads so you don't melt them with your iron....ask me how I know that also LOLOL

My fabric hasn't arrived yet...but this bundle sort of made itself on my table and looks pretty cute dontcha think?

My last piece of advice is to make friends with your machine and it's manual!! This is Lady Muck's screen ( Elna Innovate 720 ) and I had her for almost 2 years before I realised I could move the needle position left and right. 3.5 is factory setting for 1/4" but 4.5 is a scant 1/4".

Hard to photograph but stitching between 4 and 5 is factory setting and around 2 is a scant seam, just inside the 1/4' ruler line....makes a difference on tricky blocks.

These are great blocks to learn multiple skills on and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's different fabric choices. I'm also sewing along with some very clever quilters so if you know anyone who would love to learn our crazy habit feel free to share and visit the people below :)

Pat Sloan







Priscilla and 

Talk soon Peeps xxx

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

My First Quilt - Well Actually My Second

Wowsers Peeps!!

 It has been a really, really long time since I've been in this little corner of the world wide web! How've you all been? I know I connect with a lot of you on my main gig which is my Insta page but I really do miss this bigger more wordy forum.

Those of you that do follow me there will know that I quite often pattern test for different designers, just for fun, and I occasionally participate in QAL's, mostly for The Fat Quarter Shop

They are doing an awesome Beginners Quilt QAL and the lovely Pat Sloan has offered to organise us all...we all know I need that!!

Pat has asked us all to show our first quilt??!!!
Disclaimer * this is my 2nd quilt, my first was so awful and wonky I gave it to a friend for a dog blanket :)

I was so proud of this quilt as I hand appliqued all the little boys and quilted it myself on my teeny tiny Bernette

Nothing dainty or tiny about that blanket stitch mwahahahaha

Still loose threads on the back from 2003??!!!

Something that I don't do anymore as I have my own custom labels, but I love that now I know this quilt is 16 years old?? and my middle baby boy drew that picture when he was 5.....yes it did make me all nostalgic and teary...don't you love the Debbie Mumm labels tho LOL

Ok now I've shown you where I started from you can get yourself on board to show a non quilting friend how awesome this crazy hobby of ours is and participate in The Ultimate Beginner Quilt QAL

This is being run by The Fat Quarter Shop and if you watch their You Tube channel on August 1st you'll see a tutorial for the first block.

Check the Fat Quarter Shop Blog and see all the fabric requirements and who is following along :)

It will be loads of fun!

Talk soon Peeps xx