Monday, 2 March 2015

Candy Dash - pattern available in Make Modern

Last year I was excited to learn that a group of enterprising Aussie crafters were launching their own online quilting magazine.  Make Modern includes patterns, articles, interviews and lots of interesting tidbits.  I don't buy a lot of quilting magazines, mainly because I think they aren't great value for money (so much advertising!), but Make Modern is really packed with content and well worth the very reasonable purchase price ($6.95).

I'm now very pleased to be able to let you know that I have a pattern in the newly released Issue Four of Make Modern.

Candy Dash 

I really love the classic churn dash block and a couple of years ago now, I sketched out an idea to make the churn dash shape look like it was floating on a multi-coloured background.

Candy Dash 

This mini quilt, called Candy Dash, is the realisation of that idea.  It's paper pieced for accuracy, and although I made the background to my version out of a rainbow of blenders, you could use any combination of fabrics that took your fancy.

Candy Dash

You can preview Issue Four of Make Modern here, and if you like what you see, you can buy the issue (or a subscription) here.

P.S. A QuiltCon recap is coming soon!  

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Caturday Wisdom #109

Happiness is sleeping as inconveniently as possible. Ivy
Ivy is blissed out. The cats are very happy to have ALL the things from America to sniff, and mediumly happy to have Adrianne back from QuiltCon.
I kid, they've been exceptionally cuddly and I expect they're very glad to have her home since they've only had me for company for the last couple of weeks.
Happy weekend, hope you sleep as well as Ivy!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

WIP Wednesday - More Marsala

So I thought it was time for a little update on my Marsala Medallion quilt.  I blogged about it here but I've used the same images in this post so if you're feeling lazy, you don't need to go back and read it again.

So, to recap, I'm making a quilt inspired by this lovely bunch of flowers from my mum, this is my fabric pull, and I'm making a medallion using traditional blocks and some of my own designs.

This is the first block.

This is the second block.

This is the third block.

And this is the block which will take centre stage in the middle of the medallion.  It's my own design and I'm really happy with how it's looking so far.  Now I just need to hand stitch down all the appliqué - this could take a while!

I am having way more fun with this quilt than I expected - to be honest I was a bit blah about Marsala to start with but these odd colours and fabric combinations make me happy.

2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala

I hope you're getting inspired and ready to work on your Marsala quilt too!

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Monday, 23 February 2015

A Quilter's Pantry - a free block pattern

I'm sharing the task of setting the block of the month at my local quilt guild.  It's really good fun - I'm enjoying coming up with blocks that I think people will enjoy making, and seeing the results the next month.

This time round, I designed a simple jar block to let people use their novelty fabrics.  I know I can be a sucker for a novelty print but sometimes they're hard to use.

I've written this up as a free pattern and you can find it in my Craftsy store now.  If you use it to make something - let me know, I'd love to see it.

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Caturday Wisdom #108

Always strive for peace...ful naps on the couch. Ralph

Ralph really does care about peace, sometimes. He cares less about it in the morning when he wants his biscuits immediately and will nip your feet and ankles until he gets them.

Caturdays have been a bit light on the Ivy pictures lately because the box obsession continues. I can't get any novel photos because she's in there All. The. Time.
She's always spent a lot of time in there during the day - see below when I tried (and failed) to catch her unawares, but now it's all night while Adrianne's away at QuiltCon. I don't let them sleep with me because the little devils come and sniff my face in the middle of the night and it gives me a heart attack.
I wonder if she'll change her tune in winter when the coldest room in the house is no longer the most desirable.