Wednesday, 11 July 2018

WOW: Signs of Creative Progress

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
An over flowing applique bin is a sure sign of progress. As a rule, on Wednesdays I don't care about housework, I set this day aside to get on top of my projects and WIPs. Now that it's almost mid July, I am in full swing to get my yearly list completed - I have things to do and exciting plans to put to work.

I can't wait to share them with you as the year progresses. But today, they're still under wraps.

What's Your WOW?


Monday, 9 July 2018

Queen's Garden: The Current Free BOM

We're past the half way point for my bright and fabulous free BOM 
'Queen's Garden' 

I love sharing my designs and I love releasing a stunning design each year for free. And by free I, of course, mean completely free. There are no pesky sign ups or email lists or other hurdles. You're all more than welcome to take part. Now, just lately I've been getting a lot of emails about this BOM, there's been a sudden and unexpected surge of interest. So I thought I'd post this reminder of how and where to access this fun Block of the Month. 

This is a 10 Part BOM: the files are released each month. I always release BOMs on the 15th of the month, although this year I've been posting them a bit earlier, usually in the first week of the month owing to other conflicting schedules and overlap. The Finished Size is: 70 x 70 inches. The pattern is released in 10 parts: January - October 2018.


You can download the pattern via the FILES area of my Free BOM Group. This Group is hosted over on Facebook and is also a fabulous spot to share your ideas and pics in a friendly and busy spot. We've built a wonderful community over there, thanks to our Moderators, so be sure to join and get involved. I'm sure you'll stay long after Queen's Garden is finished, we really are a hub of creatives.


There is also a dedicated 'Queen's Garden Group' which is an offshoot of the large quilter's Applique Group. It's also located over on Facebook and the parts are also available in the Group's FILES area.


For those of you who hate Facebook and don't want to do anything there, you can also download all pattern parts from my Pattern Area over on Craftsy. Again, it's completely free.

If you love this pattern, be sure to let all your quilting friends know it's available and please remember to submit an image of your finished quilt or project to my OPEN GALLERY when you're done - this allows me to swoon over all the talent out there. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

WOW: New Habits

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
I've started two new working habits that are motivating me a lot more than I expected they would. The first is purely celebratory - each time I finish a design or pattern, I buy a bunch of flowers. Look at these lilies! This photo doesn't do them justice, they are a bright, deep orange in real life and I am smiling each time I pass them on my kitchen table. Designing is a celebration, especially at my age.

When I started quilting I had no idea that my new hobby would take me into such a new direction. After all, I am supposed to be retired. But I work more now than I ever have. It's a curious turn in life events and one I am grateful for. I only wish I'd started 30 years earlier!

With so much of my day taken up by my creative pursuits, my reading has mostly fallen away. I feel completely out of the loop when it comes to modern literature. I found that I couldn't keep up with my book group about 10 years ago and simply stopped going. Recently, I've been missing my reading time. My DD suggested that I listen to Audio Books whilst I prep applique pieces and do those boring bits. At first it didn't appeal. I sometimes already watch the Quilt Show on my laptop for company when I'm in the mood for it. But as I'm sewing and doing things, I often lose track of what's happening on screen. I was reluctant to spend money on audio books for the same reason. I just couldn't see myself getting enough value from them.

Boy, was I wrong! Call me the new Queen of Audio Titles! I have 30 in my library at the moment and it's growing at a rate of 2-3 a week. I know 'netflix' bingeing is a thing with younger people, well I am doing the same thing with audio books. Except, instead of sitting in front of a screen, I am working away and enjoying every minute. In fact sometimes, I keep working beyond what I planned just to finish the chapter! I use an app on my phone and simply listen whenever I feel like it. I really don't know how the Audible revolution passed me by before this. I can't recommend it enough for an afternoon of creativity. I love it.

What's Your WOW?


Tuesday, 3 July 2018

'Nelke' by Lin McQuiston

I was delighted when I saw Lin's 'Nelke' quilt: for one thing, her fabrics are beautiful, I am head over heels with this whole warm, soft pallette. You know, when I was thinking up a name for my quilt, I had always 'seen' it in my mind's eye as being hazelnuts, gingers and reds - a nutty pallette if you like. And Nelke literally means 'clove' so it fit perfectly.

Lin's use of lighter green on the large outer leaves add an air of delicacy to this quilt visually and it all works together in perfect balance. I was super impressed when I saw the fabric border, I think the print Lin chose is ideal, it looks custom made!

Look at this superb quilting - it offsets the applique beautifully.
I love everything about your Nelke, Lin. 
Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us all.

Have you made Nelke? Lin made changes to this quilt to make it suit her. And since the pattern was released, I have added an extra bird and bows to the corners. This was one quilt I simply couldn't help 'updating' so for this reason, you will see several varieties out there. Each is as gorgeous as the next. 

If you'd like to read more about Nelke, you can check out the Nelke post archive right here on this blog by clicking the image below. 
'Nelke' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

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Thanks to Lin McQuiston for sharing her finished quilt pics with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Clear here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.


Monday, 2 July 2018

Morning Glory: Making Part 7

This month it's time to make the corner triangle blocks - they're quarter Dresdens with overlapping petals which are completed using applique. This is a perfect block for showing off some stunning fussy cutting. Or, like me, you might simply enjoy seeing your selected fabrics harmoniously come together.
First up, it's time to prep all the Templates. I wish there was a quick way to end up with all the right pieces just waiting for assembly - but there isn't! Take your time and make sure your pieces are all accurate.
There are 8 x wedges forming the Dresden Triangle Block. Start by appliqueing the curved edge wedge first, as below
 back view
 turning over the petal top edges
and front view
Next, it's time to create the 'blade' layer
stitch from pin to pin marked below
and sew between the same lines
back view of blades stitched together
front view
Next, sew in the blade tips
 back of the block
 front view
Now that all the elements are assembled, it's time to bring them together
Using the constructed pattern as a guide, 
 I positioned my pieces, overlapping with small dabs of Roxanne Basting Glue

 Building up from the corner outward
 back view of completed block
 Make sure you check your piece sizing and positioning as you glue down the pieces
1 x Corner Triangle Block applique motif shapes completed


BOM 2018, My Biggest Year Ever! 

Morning Glory is my current paid BOM. It's an applique and pieced quilt. 

You can start this BOM today! 

Simply click the quilt image to learn more.

To see some of the breathtaking examples that are taking shape, simply visit my Free BOM Group on Facebook where progress images are being shown all the time. It's a massive inspiration and I warn you, it's addictive!