Friday, 19 May 2017

Art with Fabric Day 5 and Wonky Neighbourhood...

Its the last day of the Art with Fabric blog Hop and these are the submissions for today -

Friday, May 19th, 2017 


Today we also start off with the Wonky Dresden Neighbourhood
Its a 24" (62cm) mini quilt or wall hanging and is on the Easy level

The idea with this one is to use up those cute scraps you have and they're too small for anything else...
The pattern is on a 4 block grid and the instructions are easy to follow.
Each Friday we will be making one of these blocks....
Hope you'll join us!!

I've managed to scrounge up all my bits and pieces for the wonky houses and now I need to cut out my pattern, arrange everything into alphabetical order (it really does help) and then find the pieces to complete block 1. 

Pattern is in my Craftsy shop.

Next week Friday we start up on block 2....
You can link up your photos to our Flickr group. Look on the right side bar. Thanks!

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Art with Fabric Day #4

It's already Day #4 of the Art with Fabric blog hop....
I really hope you've been visiting a few, leaving a quick comment, enjoying the art....
Today's line up -

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 

Yesterday was my turn and my Lempicka copy cat was on show.... more info on yesterday's post.
Thanks so much for all the love and comments. Even I need encouragement......

Today I'm finishing off the instructions for all the great Summertime patterns that will be in the new Paper Piecing 1/4" magazine....
Once its done, I'll email it to all who left me a note on FB. Thanks


We will be busy with the Wonky Dresden Neighbourhood Day 1 tomorrow.....yaaay!!

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Art with Fabric Day #3

Day #3

Our theme for this year's Art with Fabric was "Women" -
We were to find an art piece made or composed by a woman and which depicted "women".

I love the Art Deco style and I found the works of Tamara de Lempicka. A woman who 'made it' in a very much man's world of the time.

Her painting "Kizette" is of her daughter which was really very sweet, although somewhat off in proportions..... The cute face of the child has a wierd adult body..........

But apart from all of that - I decided that I would make my version of it with the paper piecing quilting technique - but of course......

This is the design that I made and it measures 20 x 24" (51x62cm)

Im actually a little sorry I didn't make it wider, but that was only once I was just about finished and there was no going back......

After choosing fabrics for the project it was a matter of where to start.....

The skin colour fabrics are sooooooo hard to find and I had to go down the road of "I'll use patterned fabrics - it will be okay"......

I started with the hair and trying to get the curls with highlights and dark areas to look like something.....

The patterned fabrics in the hair went really well and I was happy with how it all turned out.

Then came the face and the skin tones.....

I started with the eyes and then moved on to the cheeks and mouth, but Im still not entirely sold on using patterned fabrics for the face.......

This was the finished top...

My daughter kept on telling me it looked like a young version of myself.....

I suppose with the blonde curly hair and blue eyes it could have been....

But no! that wasn't what I was going for....
I now have a Lempicka of my own.
A strong woman doing it her way in a man's world - kicking butt and taking names!!!
My kind of lady....

And then came the "fun" of doing some FMQ on the top.....
Its genuinely nerve wracking....
I had no idea what the hell I was doing...... and I could only work on it for around a half hour and had to stop. My arms were numb all the way up to my elbows.... FMQ is not for the faint hearted.

Looking at it up close makes me want to just throw it out..... but hanging on the wall and standing back and letting everything just come together, I can say "Okay" and lift my finger and make a sign of a tick in the air.

Our other blog artists you can visit today are:

A special Thank You to Alida from Tweety Loves Quilting who put this blog hop together and oversaw everyone and their submissions. Thanks for all your hard work and all your encouragement!!

Before you run off - 
We will be busy with the Wonky Dresden Neighbourhood Day 1 on Friday....

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Art with Fabric Day #2

Day 2 - Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 

You can also visit Alida over at Tweety Loves Quiliting and see the previous years submissions.

Tomorrow is my turn!!!
Hope you're all as excited as I am.....


Monday, 15 May 2017

Wonky Neighbourhood Mini Quilt

Hello there everyone...

Our Wonky Houses has taken another 'twist' and there's a new pattern out -
the "Wonky Dresden Neighbourhood"

This cute 24" (62cm) mini quilt is quick and easy intermediate level
All those scraps you just can't throw out - well, here's the answer....

PDF Pattern is in my Craftsy shop.

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Today is the start of the week long Art with Fabric Blog Hop....
Please join us as we showcase amazing Art Quilts 

Spring 2017 schedule

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday Fun Day!!

Hi Everyone!
WOW its weekend already....

Today we're having a great Giveaway!!

A while ago I made this cute Bobcat Mini for a swap.
Now you can all make one too....

 This pattern is a copy of a Charley Harper print called Bobcat and cannot be sold....
(copyright - I get it) - but no-one said it can't be used in a giveaway....Yaaay!

The whiskers on the nose and around the eyes I added in later because that would have just made the pattern into a nightmare....

I hope you all enjoy your Bobcat mini...
Have a wonderful week-end.


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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Landscape QAL - Row #3

Today we carry on with our Landscape Row #3

This tropical style landscape with palm trees and sea is really interesting. You can change up the colours for the sea and the sky and it looks totally different.

I must admit - I haven't even started mine yet.....
I just have so many things to finish first... but Im planning a whole week-end of catching up.

The row changed a little from the original drawing - I wanted to get rid of the snow on the mountains and make the sea a little darker.

This start of the row belongs to Nicole  who added the photos to a FB group.
Its magnificent!! I love the fabrics - they really make everything look so tropical.
I absolutely love it!

I hope you're all still furiously busy with your Landscape rows... You all still have time to get yours done.  Landscape Row #4 will be available on 14 June.

You could still join us if you'd like....
 Landscape rows 1 - 3 are in my Craftsy Shop.

If you have any photos you would like to share, you can always link them to our Flickr group.


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Monday, 8 May 2017

May Bitty Block

Hello there everyone!!

Today is another in our Itty Bitty Block collection

This time we have a "Quirky Bird" pattern.
The pattern measures 5" and is quick to put together.

If you don't like the sun part he's talking to, then you could just make it one solid piece of fabric.

Cut off the seam allowances on A and B and stick them together and then stick them to C. Now its one big section you can make as one solid piece.


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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Landscape Quilt A Long Row #3

Hello everyone!
Today we start our Landscape Row #3

This one has a more tropical feel to it and so I changed the original pattern to take out the snow from on top of the mountains. Still great tho'.

Pattern measures 12x40" (31x129cm) and is on the Easy Intermediate level.
These rows might look complicated, but they are really much easier than you think and go together very quickly and easily.

This is the new Landscape Row #3
The pink parts are either flowers growing in the trees or even some fancy looking moss.... your call.

You could still join us if you'd like.... We're taking this one really slow...
Each of the rows has a 6 week time frame on it......

All the Landscape rows are in my Craftsy Shop.

If you have any photos you would like to share, you can always link them to our Flickr group or send them to me via email. Thanks


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