Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Terri's Treats

There is no greater thrill I think than seeing a quilt made by someone you don't know of a pattern you wrote and so I was really pleased when Jennie sent me this photo of her quilt.

The pattern, Terri's Treats, was published a few years ago in Australian Patchwork and Quilting. 

My colours were nowhere near as bright as Jennie's and her  border in particular is superb, don't you agree?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Yet Another Border


Well the designing continues, thankfully it is only a draw and colour exercise at this stage as this is the best out of about nine borders I have drawn up so far. 

Boy am I glad I did that class with Robbi Eclow as the skills she taught me about designing with Illustrator have been invaluable.

Although I think the edges look great I'm not keen at all on the corners so I suppose it is as they say back to the drawing board.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Judi Lawson


 One of the quilt groups that I am a member of is the Red Berries. They meet twice a month in Berry and at one of those meetings they usually have a guest speaker. Last month's speaker was a good friend of mine who as you can see from these gorgeous quilts is into reproduction, or reproduction style quilt. Don't you just love them. 

The blue star quilt is one that I hope to make at some time in the future while the hexagon with orange inserts is one that I have already made TWICE. Must take a photo of those quilts soon. Say when I finish quilting them... well that means it won't be soon.

Judi was interesting to hear. In her first few quilts, in an endeavour to more closely reproduce old style quilts she had used flannelette sheets rather than wadding. She said that this had been very difficult to hand quilt and actually resulted in damage being done to her thumb. I would have thought it would have been easy to hand quilt through the sheet. Live and learn.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mary Prince Squared Off



Well I know it has been ages since I posted a photo of my hexagon quilt but here it is. I am yet to attach the triangular sections but you can see it is moving along. Should be ready for the NSW Quilt Show in Sydney ... 2016 that is. I have never been one to rush things and no point changing a system that works.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Carol is still at it.

Carol LeMaitre
Well isn't this a great block? You can tell that Carol is still into the hexagons and EPP. You would have thought she'd had enough of both having finished making Raconteur!

This is her block from Quiltmaker's 100 blocks. Isn't it great and of course she still insists on using those great prints. I just love how the star in the middle stands out. 

Oh in case you haven't already done it slip on over to here and enter Quiltmaker's competition you could win your own copy of the latest edition of 100 blocks or you may even win one of the other great prizes. These competitions are open to everyone world wide.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Quiltmaker Blog Hop Begins

Well today is the day. Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Volume 11 blog tour begins here

This is my block Tall Ships which developed from my Raconteur - The Storyteller's Collection quilt. Isn't it amazing the difference made with different colour/value selection. All that I have done is reverse the darks and the lights and the block looks fantastic now ... says she with a totally biased opinion. Don't you love the starburst in the middle of the block .. it is so much more alive now?

The actual plan for this block was to make it even slightly larger than what it is, but unfortunately I didn't realise that when I printed the foundation papers my settings were 'fit to page' rather than the usual 'do not scale'. This meant that it printed at 93% and explains why the points don't quite reach the end. We all live and learn

The original quilt was started in 2012 and consists of 363 miniature hexagonal blocks. I have been able to design many new quilts and blocks from that treasure trove. 

One thing I discovered making this block for Quiltmaker is that when you make something bigger it is a lot easier. The original block was 2 1/4in ... including the border. Quiltmaker blocks are 12in. That makes it a lot easier. In fact the Quiltmaker block took only a bit over an hour to make, whereas the Raconteur block took several hours. 

Today is my wedding anniversary ... what a coincidence. Paul and I have been married for thirty wonderful years.

If you would like to have a chance to win your own copy of the latest issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks simply leave your name and the year that you found someone special in the comments below. 

Make certain that there is a link to your email addy or there is some way that I am able to contact you as anonymous entries cannot win. Good luck. 

After leaving your name check back to Quilty Pleasures for links to other blogs where you may win.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Pattern Giveaway

In celebration of having another block chosen for Quiltmaker's latest 100 blocks magazine I have decided to have a huge sale. Everything is 50-60% off. 

Including my multi award winning Raconteur which was selected for inclusion at Houston last year as well as other major shows in the US. 
Raconteur has also won numerous awards at UK Festival of Quilts, the UK Nationals, Viewers Choice of the Show at four major shows, as well as first or second ribbon at five other shows. Bonnie Hunter, of Quiltville,  even featured it in her post from the UK Festival of Quilts.
This quilt is made of 363 different hexagonal blocks, many of which are original. All patterns include both the miniature and a large size patterns allowing you to make your own quilt in a size that suits both your skill and your needs. 

As part of the celebration I'm having a giveaway. You may win the pattern of your choice, original value up to $50,  by simply leaving your name and which pattern you would like to win from my website in the comments below. I will do a draw for the winner next Friday. Good luck.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Collection 31 - Where Did That Name Come From?




Collection 31

Sugar and Spice the colours suggested a little girl of yester years in a time when girls were described as being sugar and spice
C31 Sugar and Spice

Floating Star was such an obvious name at a time when I was definitely not feeling very creative :-)
C31 Floating Star

There were so many pieces in this blocks that is suggested the Tinkle of the Keys
C31 Luca

Luca was a young girl that brightened everyone's day whenever she crossed one's path.
C31 Tinkle of the Keys

I know that it looks nothing like the hammer and sickle but the asymmetric setting just reminded me of the Russian flag
C31 To Russia With Love

Absolutely no idea where South Street is nor what is so great about number 16 but it seemed like the perfect name when I thought of it.
C31 Lady Liberty

The Statue of Liberty has influenced many designs since its construction and this is yet another.
C31 16 South Street


Thursday, April 30, 2015

BOM 31 - To Russia With Love


I thoroughly enjoyed making this block and although to any knowledgeable person it looks nothing like the hammer and sickle, it still suggested that Russian symbol to me. 

If you want to pick up the free block go here and use the coupon code BOM4Me

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Wedding Quilt Border



Well have been working on the border of the wedding quilt again. Must say if nothing else my Illustrator skills have improved :-) it still needs more work but I think I am heading in the right direction.... well I like it and that's a start.