Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 18

This weeks sweet little block is Old Maid's Puzzle and this is a very quick and easy block to piece. It's one of those blocks you often see in sampler's and antique Amish quilts, and I've included it because it was one of the first blocks I made when I started my first sampler quilt back in 2007 (Sylvia's Bridal Sampler).
I love the simplicity of this block and how the paired triangles create a classic bow effect. Have a play around with the colour placement on this one and make this simple, yet very pretty block shine in your quilts.
To download this weeks block visit HERE.
Blocks 10-18
Happy sewing :)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Quick Reference Chart- Cutting Guide

Have you ever wondered how many squares you can cut from a fat quarter, a fat eighth or a layer cake square? My last Quick Reference Chart is a great guide help you out:
This is a very helpful reference when you are deciding on the right precut to purchase or to choose from you stash, before starting a new project. Its also interesting to see just how many squares you can yield from each precut, making it easier to achieve good use of your lovely fabrics.
You can download and print your free chart HERE.
I hope these charts have been helpful; they definitely have been to me and will be used often in the studio while I'm designing.
If you have missed any of the other charts, just visit the "Free Printables" tab at the top of the page and you will find them listed under "Sewing Room".
Happy sewing :)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spider's Web

On those cold winter mornings, as the sunlight burns through the lifting fog, it's such a treasure to find a intricately spun spider's web glistening in the garden. These natural beauties, begin with a single strand of silk which is woven into gorgeous orbs. Primarily, they are used to catch prey, but the webs also act as a safety line if the spider is in danger of falling as it moves from place to place and for protecting and preserving it's precious bounty of eggs and food. 
My latest mini quilt design, Spider's Web was inspired by those hardworking and talented spiders who weave such beautiful treasures in our garden. They are such a wonder to behold and admire.
This mini quilt is a pieced version of a spider's web and I used a lovely mix of Bonnie and Camille fabrics, which I think work perfectly. The outer spirals of the web are made using two shades of aqua and orange, which give the web a lovely translucent effect.
The Lemoyne Star centre, is pieced using HST's and flying geese units and represents the talented little eight legged spiders responsible for the the pretty webs we discover.
I had a lot of fun with this mini quilt; it was such a pleasure to design and sew. For the quilting, I chose to machine quilt using my favorite flower design:
I do love the effect of this free motion motif and I thinks its absolutely perfect for this design :)
The mini quilt finishes at approximately 14 1/2" square and would be perfect as a table topper, or a cushion front or as a wall hanging and I do include two options for adding a hanger, if that's the option you choose.
PDF patterns of Spider's Web are now available in my store HERE and from today until the end of March 2015, they will be available at the discounted price of $3.95 (normally $5.95).
I do hope you enjoy this mini quilt; its a little wonder of nature, made with beautiful fabrics and it will add that special touch to your home decorating :)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Free March 2015 Calendar

February is almost over and its amazing how easily we have settled back into the routine of work, school and Uni. It has been a great month for us; February is all about celebrating "the love" with Valentine's Day and Les and I celebrated 26 wonderful years of marriage on the 11th. Now we are ready to embrace all the wonderful possibilities a new month has to offer, so it's time for your free March calendar:
This months featured quilt, you may have seen a few times before, is my free pattern, Star Cluster Mini Quilt.
If you haven't grabbed your free pattern as yet, you can visit HERE for all the details.
As my monthly special, to celebrate March, I will be discounting a new mini quilt pattern which I will be releasing tomorrow; this gorgeous mini requires a blog post all of its own :) So make sure you head back to my blog tomorrow, for all the details.
For now, you can download your free March calendar HERE.
I hope March is a great month for all of you and I would like to thank everyone who has taken advantage of the pattern sale I run every month with the featured quilts; your support is amazing and I really hope you enjoy sewing your projects :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 17

This weeks gorgeous block is Ohio Star and this is another of my favorite star blocks. It may be simple in design but I think its very pretty and quite elegant. Its history dates back to the early 1800's and it is a very popular block. It looks lovely when used as an all over pattern in quilts and it is also quite effective when used as a border.
Constructed with some pretty hourglass blocks and simple HST's, it is a quick and easy one for you to sew, and I hope it becomes one of your favorites as well :)
To download this weeks block, just visit HERE.
Happy sewing:)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Quick Reference Chart Blocks/Layout

My third Quick Reference Chart is a guide for calculating the number of blocks required to achieve the ideal size for the three most popular quilts, depending on the initial size of the block:
I prefer to keep my quilt blocks under 10" because I love working on smaller blocks but I did include 11" and 12" layouts as well, just to be helpful.
This chart is a guide for a horizontal layout and doesn't take into account any sashings that you may wish to include, so you will have to modify your requirements accordingly. It is also based on the size of the mattress only, so you will need to add borders or make extra blocks if you prefer, to achieve the required drop or overhang.
Its a handy little guide when planning your larger projects and gives you a clearer idea of how many blocks you will need to sew, depending on the block size and it also gives a suggested layout, to achieve the ideal size for your quilt.
To download and print this reference chart, just visit HERE.
The have one more chart for you, which I'll post next week but for now I hope the ones I have already shared have been useful. If you have missed the first two, there are listed in the "Free Printables" tab, at the top of my blog, under "Sewing Room".

Friday, February 20, 2015

February's Fun Free Projects

I had a lot of fun working on this months free projects. It's a great way to spend a few hours in the studio, sewing just for me. First up is the February block for the Snapshots quilt, being run by the Fat Quarter Shop:
This month is a sewing machine and it represents women handing down their sewing skills to the younger generations. My mother was a dress maker and my great grandmother's spent hours behind a treadle, so I was a lost cause really but sadly my daughter has no interest. Maybe my (in the way way distant) future daughter in law will or my grandchildren.......cross fingers.
I raided my Bonnie and Camille stash for this one again. They are such lovely fabrics and I really want to use every scrap I have in one project or another.
And my second monthly project is this little cutie from Anne of Bunny Hill Designs:
The February Snow Happy Heart. These are just adorable and I cant wait to have them all together as a Christmas garland, this year.
If you missed last months freebies and want to join in, the links are on this blog post HERE.
Happy sewing :)
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