Crafty Updates

Crafty Updates

I am carving out some time to work on some much needed quilts, that has been promised for awhile now.

Quilt UFO 1 – The Dragon Quilt, this one is for my brother. And I meant to have a dragon quilt done for Christmas, …. last year.

I had every intention of designing the dragons for this quilt, but time was not on my side.

These dragon patterns was designed by Michelle Thompson, a very talented pattern designer. You can see more of her work on her blog Misha29.

Plus the patterns are featured on Fandom in Stitches as well.

This is the first to done, need to finished another 4 dragons,  … I think.

The patterns are all 12 inches. I will be adding wide borders to make it bigger so it fits my brothers body.


Then I started with the Block Of The Month, which the only one I allowed myself for this year.

Paper Piecing Vintage 2017. You can find these patterns at Sewhooked.

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With the BOM, I decided to go with delicate colors. I love how it looks all vintage.


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Quilting Therapy

Quilting Therapy …

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.

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(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.

Princess Leia


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.

Live Long and Prosper!


2017 Year of the UFO

2017 Year of the UFO

It is sad to say, that the second half of 2016 flew by so fast, I hardly had time to post patterns and tutorials.

From September to this past Wednesday I was super busy running a quilt along which was hosted by Fandom in Stitches. I blogged and posted a LOT on FIS and the Facebook page for Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along, and did not have time for my own site. This will be corrected asap. And should not have happened, but I did learn a lot from this Quilt Along, even though I prepared for it for a year, I was still not prepared. AT ALL!

You can find the link to the archive here.

2017 Year of the UFOHere are some pictures from the Quilt Along

The good thing is, I DID learn a lot from this experience and will be running BOM and QAL here a lot now and I have LOADS of ideas, which I really hope you will love and join in.

I have a couple of patterns just about ready to be released, look out for these coming out in the next couple of weeks.

What did I finish off this year? Good question.

  1. Micky Mouse Quilt for Nephew
  2. Minnie Mouse Quilt for Niece
  3. Personalized t shirts for Nephew
  4. Teddy Bear Quilt for expecting mum
  5. The Road home row along table runner
  6. Butterfly embroidered pillow slip for mum
  7. BB8 wall hanging
  8. Star Trek Borg Queen Wall Hanging
  9. Pumpkin Patch Forest Frog Wall Hanging
  10. Duck Pond and Fishies baby quilt
  11. Smart Phone Quilt for mom and dad
  12. Summer Camping Quilt top
  13. Bonsai tree wall hanging
  14. The Final Frontier Table Runner
  15. Seat covers for 4 chairs
  16. curtains
  17. recovered old lounge suite
  18. loads of pillow slips
  19. Duvet covers/bed linen
  20. Multiple patterns
  21. I feel like there was more finished items, but I can’t think of what they were.

WOW, I honestly didn’t think I finished so many projects 2016, not bad at all. If I have to say so myself.

Some pictures of finished quilts

So onto my plans for next year.


First, I have seen a lot of other quilters talk about the UFO lists, and let me tell you I was shocked to find out how long my list is. Filled up with half finished quilt alongs and blocks of the months from other quilters.

So I have the restricted myself to only one Quilt Along or BOM for 2017 from another quilter.  More about that later.

The UFO list has been whittled down to 12, as I am determined to finish at least 1 UFO per month.

Here is the 2017 UFO list I WILL finish.

(with the year it was started)

  1. Star Trek Quilt – blocks finished, complete the quilt top – 2016
  2. My Favorite Things (Jennifer Ofenstein – Sewhooked) – finish up the blocks and the quilt top – 2016
  3. X- Files quilt along ((Jennifer Ofenstein – Fandom in Stitches) – finished blocks and quilt top – 2016
  4. Sunbonnet Sue Block of the month (Marian Pena – Seams to be Sew) – finish blocks and quilt top – 2016
  5. Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along – Mine – finish blocks and quilt top – 2016
  6. Large Hexie Quilt – Aunt gave to me 2016 – started 1986
  7. Eagle Quilt – Designed – make quilt top – 2016
  8. Dragons Quilt – designed – make quilt top – 2016
  9. Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along 2 – Started designing – need to finish designing and make blocks and finish the quilt top by September 2017
  10. Sampler FMQ – Finish practicing all the lessons – learning to fmq – 2016
  11. Jersey – OK this is not a quilt. But I got an unfinished jersey from my late aunt, and it just needs its last cuff on the sleeve to be able to use it. – 2015
  12. Paper pieced house mug rug – Done, just needs binding – 2015

Alright my friends, that was just the short list. I would like to get more done than that, and will attempt more from the lists below if I get time, as I am busy with a bunch of new patterns to be released. Some free, some for sale.

So the FULL list looks like this

Fandom Quilts UFO list

  • Dark Art Project of Doom
  • 2nd Smart Phone Quilt
  • Shopkins Patterns ???? Not sure if I will continue with this
  • Surprise Star Trek Quilt Along planned for 2018
  • One Piece Manga Quilt
  • FQAL Signature block quilt
  • 2017 Vintage quilt from Sewhooked
  • Autumn Panel wall hanging
  • Heart is where the home is applique wall hanging
  • water color trees by the lake wall hanging
  • velvet wood cabin painting panel
  • Quilted Christmas Stocking x 2
  • Quilted Christmas Apron
  • Herb Embroidery Panel
  • Embroidered calico flower pattern
  • Nine patch Table Runner
  • Fabric painted lavender table setting
  • Ribbon Embroidered flower panel
  • B/w Pinwheel / log cabin blocks
  • Fix granny square knitted heirloom
  • Orphan blocks
  • T shirt quilt
  • Denim Quilt
  • Postage stamp quilt
  • Summer Sensations camp quilt
  • Seasons row along
  • Houses quilt
  • Cute whale quilt
  • Orange and white geometric quilt pattern
  • Therapy quilt
  • a fresh snow blog hop
  • Play with me
  • handbag
  • The Sharks quilt
  • The Sharks mug rug
  • Star for Stella
  • Halloween quilt
  • Eye ball quilt
  • Mosaic quilt
  • Craftsy class quilt
  • kitty quilt
  • doggy quilt
  • Quilt Doodle
  • Craftsy bom
  • Hogwarts crests
  • tiny zipper pouches
  • medallion quilt
  • Flower pot quilt
  • 3d steps quilt
  • 365 Sampler
  • Bear quilt
  • Pieced Hexies
  • Perfect pairs
  • Ocean bom

What a list, and it is way to long.

This is why I have named next year, 2017 Year of the UFO

Have a great new Years and will see everyone next year. I am hopefully posting a new pattern this weekend, it depends on how many visitors we have. If not, first week of January 2017.

Live Long and Prosper


The Road Home Row Along Show and Tell Day

The Road Home Row Along Show and Tell Day

So today is the last day of the The Home Row Along, and it is show and tell day.

I absolutely loved ALL of the rows, and I plan on making all of them and making a queen sized quilt. The layout is not finalized yet, but I will share that when I get to that point.

Now! I had every intention of presenting a full queen sized quilt top for show and tell day, but life and other events, have put a serious damper on those plans for now. What I do have to show you, has been quilted up and in use as we speak.  I especially had a problem with my hands at the moment, at my young age (42) I have arthritis in my fingers and wrists. My thumbs are most effected, and it is making the cutting out of pieces very painful.  I tried scissors and the rotary cutter, it makes no difference.  If I could just get that cut out, then I can applique the bits with the sewing machine. Because hand appliqueing is out of the question. I will have to save up and get myself one of there “shape cutting machines”.

Without further ado, here is my 3 rows I have managed to sew. The first one I kept separate from the other 2, as I love it so much.

I decided to turn this one into a wall hanging for my room, as my room has a space theme, being a Star Trek fanatic.

This is the Outer Space row.

The Road Home Row Along Show and Tell Day

The pieces is all machine appliqued, which has quilted all of the layers together. The binding is a bright orange, just because I love orange.

Sarah designed this row, and you can read up about it and get the pattern link here …

hosted by Marian at Seams to be Sew

12011387_744785302334263_7072732987409645872_nThe other 2 rows, is stitched together using quilt as you go. And this is my first time to use the Quilt as you go method, I failed a bit here. As  didn’t follow the instructions in the video properly, lesson learned.

The bottom row is my own row based on our beach here where I live in Amanzimtoti, South Africa.

The top row is the African Sunset row. Which I just love. I made a couple of mistakes here, that I only saw right at the end when I was nearly finished piecing the row. Completely my own mistake. I also left out the Meerkats, that is supposed to fit in at the end. My hands were killing me by this time.

The Road Home Row Along Show and Tell Day

This is my new table runner or topper for our coffee table, which is in use right now.

The African Sunset row was designed by Janeen from Quilt Art Designs, and you can find her post and pattern link here …

And my row pattern here …


The best part of today’s post is the awesome prizes

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a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Last but not least, here is  a list of the other show and tell bloggers for today. Please go and have a look at what they have sewn up, plus they have different prizes available as well.

Have an awesome crafty week. See you again soon.
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Oh yes, come and have a look at what we are up to in the Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along, a Harry Potter inspired quilt in our Facebook Group, they are all paper pieced patterns, and you will finish up with a Queen sized bed quilt.  The Quilt Along started this past Wednesday.
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These are the first 5 blocks that has been released. Click on logo above to go to week 1.
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You can find the Facebook group here…

The Road Home To Maine with Cheryl…

road-home-row-alongThis is my first Row Along and it has been so much fun designing what I saw in my head.  I grew up in southern Maine with the ocean on one side of us and a mountain (my husband calls it a hill, lol) on the other side.  I love walking through the woods as much as spending time gazing out across the ocean.  Our lobsters and famous Nubble Lighthouse attracts people from all over. I hope you enjoy this rendition of our state.

Continue reading The Road Home To Maine with Cheryl…

The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa

The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa

(NB! to comment, click on the comment box right underneath the heading of the post or at the very bottom of the post.)

stbs-Road-Home-long-banner-1-151x300First I need to say a very big thank you to Amy Warner of Sew Incredibly Crazy and Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew for organizing another fantastic event. There has been a lot of hard work planning and gathering sponsors for this row along. And I can’t thank you enough.

Plus we must not forget any of the bloggers and quilters who has designed a row for this row along, they are all beautiful rows, and I wish I had the time to sew all of the rows.

Now for my row.

When this Row Along came along with the theme “The Road Home” it brought up so many images in my brain, the options to choose from was huge. But in the end I chose the beach. It is my favorite place, the ocean makes me feel calm and I just love the water.

And my home town is in Amanzimtoti in South Africa.

This is my row

The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa
Pdf on Craftsy

Clicking on the photo will take you to my Craftsy store to download this pattern, it will be free forever.

The row is 12 x 40″ excluding the seam allowance and paper pieced.

I know it looks a little scary, but if you follow the sewing order and have a little patience, you could easily make this row.

Here is my progress, sewing this row together.

This is the image of the row after I finished designing the row.

The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa

I broke the row down into 4 blocks to make it easier to piece together, the black lines shows where the block was broken down further. The pattern will show you exactly how to sew everything together and in what order.

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First I cut out all of the pattern pieces, and used a color pencil to color all the bits using the color chart, that is provided in the pattern.

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These were all the separate bit for block 1

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Block 1 finished

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Block 2 was easy

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Block 3, the helicopter and volleyball net is sewn separate and then attached to each other.

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And lastly block 4

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After the 4 blocks is sewn together

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Now I need to mention, that my favorite sewing tool of all time, is the add an 1/8 ruler, this is perfect for making those seams as small as possible, to lessen the bulk around those seams. I do think, that I would not be able to live without my little ruler.

I also use my rotary cutter a lot, I tend to wait a little to long before replacing the blade on it, and then tend to cut bits of my finger off, well nearly.

My sewing machine is an 80 year old Bernina with straight and zigzag stitches only.  I do all of my quilting on it as well with no trouble at all, and that includes king sized bed quilts. And it happens to weigh a lot, don’t even ask me why I would mention that.


Now for the awesome bit of the post, the prizes.

Please comment below and enter the competition for these fantastic prizes available today and be sure to visit the other bloggers in the Row Along to enter their competitions as well.

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And last but not least the schedule of bloggers and links to where you can find them. Please go and look at all the patterns available on their blogs, and they are all free to download for the duration of the Row Along.

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September 08

September 13

September 15

September 20

September 22

September 27

September 29

October 04

October 06

October 11

Show ‘N Tell Day

Oh yes! Please look at what is coming up on 5 October.

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Come and join us in our Facebook page for this event here

Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along


You can also find me in my Facebook group here

Quilt In Piece

LLAP – “dif-tor heh smusma”

Vanda Chittenden

Row Along, Blog Hops and Quilt Along

Row Along, Blog Hops and Quilt Along

It had been so crazy busy in my quilting life, that I have not had time to blog. Which is depressing.

But I am going to have a lot to show you in the next couple of weeks and it is going to be awesome.

The first one is the Road Home Row Along starting 6 September 2016 and ends on 4 October 2016 with a show and tell day.  Where some of the quilters will show full finished quilts made from some of the rows.

With 40+ rows, there will definitely something for everyone.

Row Along, Blog Hops and Quilt Along

September 6

Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life
creates Harrisville, MI Sunrise Coast
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
creates Adelaide South Australia
Kissed Quilts
creates Grand Coulee, Washington
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
creates Alberta, Canada

September 8

Sew Incredibly Crazy
creates Colorado
Patchouli Moon Studio
creates Central New Mexico
Seacoast Quilter
creates New Milford, Connecticut
3 Patch Crafts
creates Bulgaria

September 13

Tweety Loves Quilting
creates Edinburgh, UK
creates Heber City, Utah
Seams To Be Sew
creates Idaho Falls, Idaho
Pine Valley
creates New Zealand

September 15

bdieges designs
creates Road to Tehachapi (CA)
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
creates Worcester County in Central Massachusetts
Cloth and Paper Studio
creates North Georgia Mountains
Patti’s Patchwork
creates Toronto, Ontario Canada
Quilt in Piece
creates Amanzimtoti, South Africa

September 20

creates Denmark
Heleen Pinkster
creates Netherlands
Seams To Be Sew For Batts In The Attic — date may change
creates Hollywood/LA
Rebecca Mae Designs
creates Northern Maine

September 22

Words & Stitches
creates Beaches of California
Quilt Art
creates Africa
I Can Quilt 2
creates Baltimore, MD
Any Pattern
creates Port Angeles, Washington

September 27

Creatin’ in the Sticks
creates Dodge City, Kansas
MooseStash Quilting
creates Alaska
Patchwork Breeze
creates West Michigan Shoreline
Sue Griffiths Featured At Just Let Me Quilt
creates Northern Rivers Region, NSW, Australia

September 29

Quilted Fabric Art
creates Burlington Vermont
Westend Quilter
creates Manitoulin Island, Canada
Pamela Quilts
creates Oregon
Quilt Fabrication
creates Silicon Valley, CA

October 04

Just Let Me Quilt
creates Las Vegas, Nevada
Linda Robertus
creates Netherlands
Elm Street Quilts
creates North Carolina
Sarah Quinn Featured At Seams To Be Sew
creates Outer Space

October 06

Cheryl LaPlant Featured At Quilt In Piece
creates York, Maine
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
creates New Hampshire
Bumbleberry Stitches
creates Oklahoma
Needle in a Hayes Stack
creates Mojave Desert

October 11
Show N Tell Day


The second event starts on 5 October 2016 and will end on 28 December 2016.

This is the Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along that I am running on the Fandom in Stitches website.  The patterns will be released every Wednesday and the last week the layouts will be revealed.

Row Along, Blog Hops and Quilt AlongPlease come and join us for this quilt along. It is going to be super fun.


Then the third event coming up soon in October, exact date to be announced sometime soon. Is the Eerie nights blog hop for Halloween.

Row Along, Blog Hops and Quilt Along

For this one I have planned something …. well eerie.


“dif-tor heh smusma”

(Live long and prosper)

Vanda Chittenden

A journey through fabric choices, pattern design and finished quilts.