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.
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!
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.
Micky Mouse Quilt for Nephew
Minnie Mouse Quilt for Niece
Personalized t shirts for Nephew
Teddy Bear Quilt for expecting mum
The Road home row along table runner
Butterfly embroidered pillow slip for mum
BB8 wall hanging
Star Trek Borg Queen Wall Hanging
Pumpkin Patch Forest Frog Wall Hanging
Duck Pond and Fishies baby quilt
Smart Phone Quilt for mom and dad
Summer Camping Quilt top
Bonsai tree wall hanging
The Final Frontier Table Runner
Seat covers for 4 chairs
recovered old lounge suite
loads of pillow slips
Duvet covers/bed linen
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)
Star Trek Quilt – blocks finished, complete the quilt top – 2016
My Favorite Things (Jennifer Ofenstein – Sewhooked) – finish up the blocks and the quilt top – 2016
X- Files quilt along ((Jennifer Ofenstein – Fandom in Stitches) – finished blocks and quilt top – 2016
Sunbonnet Sue Block of the month (Marian Pena – Seams to be Sew) – finish blocks and quilt top – 2016
Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along – Mine – finish blocks and quilt top – 2016
Large Hexie Quilt – Aunt gave to me 2016 – started 1986
Eagle Quilt – Designed – make quilt top – 2016
Dragons Quilt – designed – make quilt top – 2016
Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along 2 – Started designing – need to finish designing and make blocks and finish the quilt top by September 2017
Sampler FMQ – Finish practicing all the lessons – learning to fmq – 2016
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
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
T shirt quilt
Postage stamp quilt
Summer Sensations camp quilt
Seasons row along
Cute whale quilt
Orange and white geometric quilt pattern
a fresh snow blog hop
Play with me
The Sharks quilt
The Sharks mug rug
Star for Stella
Eye ball quilt
Craftsy class quilt
tiny zipper pouches
Flower pot quilt
3d steps quilt
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.
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 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
The 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.
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 …
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.
These are the first 5 blocks that has been released. Click on logo above to go to week 1.
This 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.
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.)
First 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
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.
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.
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.
These were all the separate bit for block 1
Block 1 finished
Block 2 was easy
Block 3, the helicopter and volleyball net is sewn separate and then attached to each other.
And lastly block 4
After the 4 blocks is sewn together
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.
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.
Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life
creates Harrisville, MI Sunrise Coast
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
creates Adelaide South Australia
creates Grand Coulee, Washington
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
creates Alberta, Canada
Quilt in Piece
creates Amanzimtoti, South Africa
Sew Incredibly Crazy
3 Patch Crafts
Just Let Me Quilt
creates Las Vegas, Nevada
creates New Zealand
Tweety Loves Quilting
creates Edinburgh, UK
creates Heber City, Utah
Seams To Be Sew
creates Idaho Falls, Idaho
creates New Milford, Connecticut
creates Road to Tehachapi (CA)
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
creates Worcester County in Central Massachusetts
Cloth and Paper Studio
creates North Georgia Mountains
creates Toronto, Ontario Canada
Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design
Seams To Be Sew For Bats In The Attic
creates Hollywood/LA — date may change
Rebecca Mae Designs
creates Northern Maine
Words & Stitches
creates Beaches of California
I CAN QUILT 2
creates Baltimore, MD
creates Port Angeles, Washington
Creatin’ in the Sticks
creates Dodge City, Kansas
creates West Michigan Shoreline
Sue Griffiths Featured At Just Let Me Quilt
creates Northern Rivers Region, NSW, Australia
Quilted Fabric Art
creates Burlington Vermont
creates Manitoulin Island, Canada
creates Silicon Valley, CA
Patchouli Moon Studio
creates Central New Mexico
Elm Street Quilts
creates North Carolina
Sarah Quinn Featured At Seams To Be Sew
creates Outer Space
Cheryl LaPlant Featured At Quilt In Piece
creates York, Maine
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
creates New Hampshire
Needle in a Hayes Stack
creates Mojave Desert
Show ‘N Tell Day
Oh yes! Please look at what is coming up on 5 October.
Come and join us in our Facebook page for this event here
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.