Thursday, September 30, 2010
For those of you who are wondering about my cut strip sizes:
Yes, they are wider than the pattern. The simple reason for this is so that when paper piecing, I would like have more room to position. I would rather cut off the difference than not have enough.
Yes, there is a 3/8 seam allowance. I prefer to cut down to 1/4 inch allowance later on. I prefer to trim down rather than be left short.
You don't have to make all 12 blocks with the same fabric. I recommend that to keep a 'style' you should keep the 1st fabric in the diamond block the same - it just looks more uniform.
Feel free to choose your own technique. I work comfortably with paper piecing but if anyone has a preferred technique, please do use it.
The diamonds are worked up in green as they will be representing a tree.
Printing your diamond block: a little difference in printing % wont make a difference if all 12 blocks are the same. From the PDF file, the pattern is set to print at the correct size. Please ensure your printer is set to print at full A4 size.
It is a mystery, but as so many of your have asked ...so I can say that the finished size of this wall hanging is approx. 42 x 56 inches, depending on a few inches here or there owing to border variations.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Ready for some festive sewing?
This free mystery BOM will be released in 6 parts over 6 weeks
It’s nearly Christmas and that means there’s just a little time left for some seasonal sewing. At this time of year I give up ideas that my UFO shelf is going to be finished…and move onto sewing something simple (ish) for Christmas. Every year when I unpack our decoration box, I always find something that I forgot we had – I love these moments. We usually also find out that our lights have gone missing again…(we end up buying new ones each year!) and every year without fail, we decide that we need more Christmas themed tablecloths, table runners, wall quilts…. Home sewn items that make Christmas special.
It’s like Christmas baking, you could buy most of what you make, but there’s something special and enduring about making it yourself. In a way, this wall hanging is a bit of a UFO – I have been meaning to make it for a few years and now it’s finally going to arrive. And it’s definitely a stash buster so that’s good too.
I think that the 12 days of Christmas is a charming carol and I love imaging all the presents arriving each day with a big bow over them.
Aside from the fun, some argue that this carol dating back to the 1600’s was sung to secretly teach and represent religious doctrines. (If you’re interested, you can read more about this here: )
This first week is all about paper piecing in tree themed greens ...
Let's get started!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Feel free to take this pic and post it on your blog or website, simply 'save as' the above pic and link the image to this address: http://www.estheraliu.com/current-free-bom.php the more the merrier!
I can't supply you with a code - that is too advanced for me.
Coincidentally, if any tech savvy quilters out there know of easy to use software which allows you to generate / create 'buttons' please let me know as I am always struggling in this area. Any advice much appreciated.
You may have noticed the button is looking shinier and better all of a sudden. Well, it's thanks to Brenda from Serendipity.
Brenda has been wonderfully generous and re-worked my button in a matter of minutes and sent it back to me via email. Wow! Of course, I'm not suprised... as Brenda always answers my cries for tech help.
Thank you so much!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Kay of Qld, has created this In The Pink quilt top and has made it even better by adding an extra pillow top border. What a great idea. The colours just 'sing' and I love the green. It's so harmonised, thank you for sharing this Kay.
This is the final month for In The Pink, (hasn't it just flown by?)Have you finished yours?
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
It looks good. I can't wait to start. I have already pulled some stash fabric out to see if it will do. I think I might have to buy some new Fassett fabrics. It shares some design elements with The Civil War Bride Quilt (which is also on my UFO shelf) so I will have 2 similiar in style - but they are both beautiful in their own way. I think that if you see something you know you will love making and having, it has to find a home...somewhere in your studio...
Is anyone else making this quilt?
I will post updates as I go through making this quilt. I don't know when as I have a lot of my own to get through. But it can sit on my UFO shelf. I have hungry eyes!
This quilt can be purchased here: http://www.gloriouscolor.com/
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
We can do no great things, only small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa
If you have the time, please make the time to put together a block in any size and any colour -ASAP
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Here I am toiling away at the kitchen table (well, my studio is full!) and my DD snapped a pic of me having a bad hair and paperwork day. Dream Fountain is on the table as I was writing up a piece about it.
Yes, In The Pink is finished, however it is not the last BOM on offer this year. Stay tuned...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I've been looking for a good wool supplier for a while now. At this years Showcase I came across Yarn Barn. They are located in Melbourne and have wonderful quality wool at very reasonable prices. Importantly, their wool is a real pleasure to work up. It glides beautifully. I bought some new colours to top up my ripple blanket (below) and went with Fuschia coloured flowers and green leaves for my motif hex blanket.
I am glad to report that I have been keeping up the nightly motif habit and can't wait to have a flowering afghan. The great thing about the Yarn Barn is that they
offer 8ply 500gm 'cones' which is so much better than