As mentioned in my crafty updates post. I decided that I would only join one quilt along this year, as I have to many of my own projects that needs finishing up, loads of patterns and quilts on the way…
I chose to join in with Jennifer Ofenstein at Sewhooked for her quilt along this year. And it is called Paper Piecing Vintage.
You can also follow Jennifer in her Facebook group. You have got to see some of the awesome blocks being posted there by other PPV quilters.
These are the blocks I have made so far.
It was so difficult to choose a color scheme for this quilt, I went through my stash and first was going for a range of cream to browns, and then it was purple.
But in the end I decided on a scrappy pink and white with a touch of green.
And a close up of all the blocks.
I have a couple of blocks left to do to be able to finish the quilt top. Can’t wait for it to be finished.
Is the name of my new and first pattern for 2017. It is a very easy paper pieced pattern, perfect for beginners.
The idea came to me one day, as I was commenting to someone about not needing a psychologist, as quilting is my therapy. It is what I do at the end of every day, after a day at work. Basically every spare minute I have. What about you, do you find quilting therapeutic? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.
(Need to work on my quilting photography)
The pattern has the capsule template, plus the layout instructions for a crib, twin and queen sized bed quilts. Clicking on the picture above will take you to my Craftsy Shop.
I had a bit of fun here, as I included a bunch of “special” fabric. This therapy quilt, as jelly beans candy, umbrellas for rainy weather, some African birds, flower, apples, yarn etc. You know, things that makes us happy. Plus some random fabric, that could look like things you will find in capsules.
So there you have it.
There is another project I finished this year, but I cannot show you yet, as it is for a blog hop coming up 20 January. The theme is winter and it is hosted by Marian from Seams to be Sew. Link in the picture.
The 3rd pattern is just about finished. I designed an applique Star Wars pattern. I made the square, just have to finished up the pattern and will then share it here for free. Look out for that in the next couple of days.
And I sewed up another BB8 block, this one is 20″ in size, a paper pieced pattern.
Clicking on the picture will take you to my Craftsy shop for the free download or you can download BB8 at Fandom in Stitches, there is a whole bunch of other Star Wars patterns there as well.
And that’s me for today. I hope everyone had a super awesome start of the year.
Today marks the first day of the Summer Sensations Blog Hop hosted by Marian from Seams To Be Sew. I am not sure which fountain she finds all the energy and time from, but I want the GPS location please.
So, what do I think of when I think of Summer Sensations, well for me it is camping. I love summer and camping in nature, looking up at the stars and feeling the breeze on my face, listening to the crickets singing their songs. I especially love the thought of summer right now, as I live in the Southern Hemisphere and it is freezing cold. Summer can’t come fast enough.
This is what I came up with for the blog hop.
Camping themed quilt.
40 x 40 inch quilt, just add binding.
This is a paper pieced pattern.
(Clicking on the picture above, will take you to the download page)
Pattern will be available soon in my Craftsy shop.
For the duration of the blog hop, this pattern will be free, so grab it while you can, as it will be going up for sale.
My finished quilt top looks like this. I still have to quilt it and add the orange binding.
Unfortunately the lighting was terrible when I took the photo.
And these are some close ups of the separate pieces.
Magnifying Glass and Water Bottle
Campsite sign board
Map and Compass
Flash Light Plus Camp table and chairs
Campfire with pot
Now for the schedule of other bloggers that is taking part in the Summer Sensations Blog Hop.
Thanks again to Marian for hosting this event. She can be found at
Special note: Every effort has been made to make sure the pattern is correct. But should you find a mistake please let me know via email (in the pattern) and will correct the pattern and resend it to you.
Thank you for visiting my post today and please visit all the other bloggers as well.
In one of the quilting groups Lapkoors, that I am a member of, I offered to design a house in the shape of a sewing machine, for the little house quilt along.
There has been a mish mash of styles, from applique to paper piecing, to normal piecing.
And every quilter, has added their own personal touch to each block.
All the blocks is 6″ excluding seam allowances.
This is what I designed.
You will notice that the stitching is not quite finished yet, still need to embroider some button holes in the buttons. The buttons is the colored circles.
If you like the pattern, you can download it from here. This will take you to another page.
Going off topic here now, I have finished designing the Tribble from Star Trek the Original Series and a block for the Deep Space Nine series, that was on request.
Hopefully in the next day or two I will have that pattern available for download, for free of course.
(Warning! Stop reading here if you don’t want to read the sad bit.)
On a personal note…
After doing some work last night until about 11pm, I went to bed and then awoke at 1am. I heard a commotion going on with my 15 year old puppy dog.
I ran outside, to find that he was having violent seizures, so bad he was bashing himself on the wall and tiles, getting hurt.
After sitting with him for hours, trying to stop him convulsing. He lost control of his bodily functions. But the seizures did eventually stop. Just to be followed by the dog going round and round in circles.
Needless to say, I was devastated. I knew whatever happened to him has damaged part of his brain. And I knew that the only humane thing to do is to have him euthanized.
The vet opened at 8am, and confirmed that my fur-baby had a stroke, which caused the seizures, and he sustained brain damage from the stroke, so bad, that he could not function anymore.
So it was with heart-wrenching sadness that I had to say goodbye to him this morning, I stayed with him till the end, then wrapped him in the sheet I took with for that.
I am going to miss him so much. He has been a member of the family for 11 years.
Now I need to try and get over my grieve, so that I can support my son, who has taken his death very, very badly.
Marian from Seams to be Sew, has managed to pull together another fantastic blog hop. This time the theme is Christmas is in my heart. And she really wanted some hearts to appear in any of our crafty projects.
I didn’t want to disappoint, here is my Christmas is my heart table topper / place mat.
This pattern is free for my day. I hope you enjoy the pattern.
The pattern is appliqued, red and black to symbolize Christmas. And of course, the words Merry Christmas.