Christmas Caroling Show and Tell

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Christmas Caroling Show and Tell

Today, we can finally show off our rows that we finished from all the rows in the the row along.

I had every intention of making a queen sized quilt, but things happened. I did however make 2 rows, which I turned into table runners. And I love all 2 of them.

Row 1 was mine, with the theme: We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Row 2 is Up On A House Top designed by Jen from A Dream and A Stitch. You can find her blog post and pattern here.

Bonus! Marian from Seams To Be Sew managed to get us some giveaways for today, so don’t forget to enter.

A Hoffman 10 FQ Bundle from the 1895 Bali Watercolors line.

Shipping Is Anywhere / Shipping Cost must be paid by winner. Cost To Ship In USA $7.19
Value 30.00

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Calibre Arts 14×14 Rotating Mat

Shipping Is USA only

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The other blogs posting show and tell today is;

Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy

Beth – Words and Stitches

Carla – Creatin in The Sticks

Kathy – Kathy’s Quilts And More

Marian – Seams To Be Sew

Nancy M – Patchwork Breeze

Nancy S – Masterpiece Quilting

Sandy – Upstairs Hobby Lobby

 

Happy Sewing

Vanda

New Pattern Pinstripe Crossing

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New Pattern Pinstripe Crossing

Pinstripe CrossingNew Pattern Pinstripe Crossing

In July, I started something new. I started a new tester group to help me test out my new patterns, plus was in the process of creating a secret Facebook group just for my testers.

One of my testers Richard Eaves, tested Pinstripe Crossing for me (crib size), and I love the end result very much.

This pattern was meant to be released round about 9 July 2017. But things went very pear shaped straight after that.

I am only now feeling some normality returning to my life, so after I finish of some commitments with some hops and quilt alongs, I will be back with a vengeance with loads of new patterns.

Pinstripe crossing above can be download from my Craftsy store by clicking on the photo above.

See you soon

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Vanda Chittenden

Modern Geometric Kaleidoscope Quilt

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The new pattern is now ready!

Modern Geometric Kaleidoscope Quilt.

Modern Geometric Kaleidoscope Quilt

There are so many modern quilts out there that I love so much and it inspired me to design one of my own. Plus I love the look of geometric quilts, they look so crisp and clean. And so Modern Geometric Kaleidoscope Quilt is now all finished.

This is an easy paper pieced pattern, that went together super fast, the quilting actually a lot longer to do than it took me to make the quilt top.

For my quilt I decided on varying shades of orange and a white background. I just love the cheerfulness of a nice and bright orange.

A close up look of the quilting.

I stitched in the ditch around the outside and inside of each square.

Then I used my walking foot and echo quilted all around the squares.

You can download this pattern from my Craftsy store here.

The pattern consists of 1 block + 1 reversed block. You will need to print 2 of the normal block patterns and 2 of the reversed block to make the full 40 x 40 inch wall hanging / table topper.

Or you can make just 1 block to make a nice, big throw pillow (20 x 20 inches).

Single block

Full Quilt

 

I really liked making this quilt and it was a nice break from my normal quilting meander. The Echo Quilting was fun, if not a bit labor intensive.

So what is next?

Batting and backing has been bought for another new pattern, plus my Star Trek quilt.

But…

First I need to do some more secret sewing for my Fantastic Beasts 2 Quilt Along starting in September this year. It will last for 4 months and there will only be 2 patterns every week. 1 Pattern each week will be very easy to make (designed by me) and the 2nd pattern will be more advanced for the more adventurous paperpiecer (designed by Kristi Lehane)

There will also be 2, yes 2 completely different layouts to choose from this year. So exciting.

The quilt along will be hosted again this year by Fandom in Stitches, I will also post here as well, if you want to follow the quilt along here (that will be awesome).

And…

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoy the pattern.

Have a fantastic crafty and sewing week.

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Fresh Snow Blog Hop

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Fresh Snow Blog Hop

Today I have the great pleasure of taking part in another awesome blog hop with Marian Pena from Seams to be Sew. Thank you so much for organizing this event for us, you are a star.

The theme for this blog hop is Winter. We could make anything that is associated with winter, a thing or an event or a holiday.

We also needed to use something that is not cotton in our projects.

Since I live in the Southern Hemisphere, our winter fall over Easter! Easter reminds me of bunnies, chocolates and eggs.

In the end I decided on bunnies.

Bunny Ears to be exact.

Craftsy pattern download here.

I decided on applique for this project, the block is 10 x 10 inch excluding seam allowance. The green background is cotton for stability, the outer bunny ears a soft fluffy pink fleece, the inner bunny ears is a light brown velvet and had some in my stash.

The technique I used is raw edge applique, as I was not going to fiddle with turn under applique with that fleece.

And machine stitched a tight small zigzag stitch to secure it to the background.

Originally I was going to turn this block into a small bag, but it screamed to be turned into a pillow.

So instead of quilting the block, I just sewed another 10 x 10 inch of the same green cotton fabric to the back of the pillow, and stuffed it with leftover off cuts of batting used for other projects.

I hand stitched the opening closed, then for extra stability, I machine stitched a 1/4 inch along the edge of the pillow. So it looks sort of like a french seam.

The photo above is the only picture I have of the entire project, as my son took the pillow (without my knowledge) and promptly sold it (hey, no problem with that) within 5 minutes after I finished it.  Plus with several more orders for the same pillow, so that was a success. (whoop!)

But did have a chat with to wait until I have taken all my photos before selling my stuff. Hey I might even employ him as a sales manager. LOL.

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Now for the Giveaways!

Marian Pena is giving away kits on her blog throughout this blog hop so make sure you visit her every day to enter and win this giveaway.

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Or click on the link below to go to her blog.

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Here is a schedule of other bloggers and designers for this event.

Jan 20

Jane’s Quilting
Lulu & Celeste
Quilt In Piece – This is me!
3Patch Crafts

Jan 23

Quilted Fabric Art
Sew Many Yarns
Ravellry
Bdieges

Jan 24

Elm Street Quilts
Resourceful Mama (previously Cloth & Paper Studio)
MooseStash Quilting
Any Pattern
SeaCoast Quilter

Jan 25

Life in the Scrapatch
Bumbleberry Stitches
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Seams To Be Sew

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Quilting Therapy

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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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Quilting Therapy

(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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Vanda

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Summer Sensations Camping

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Summer Sensations Camping

Summer sensationsToday 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.

Summer Sensations Camping40 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.

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Unfortunately the lighting was terrible when I took the photo.

And these are some close ups of the separate pieces.

Now for the schedule of other bloggers that is taking part in the Summer Sensations Blog Hop.

Today is

July 21

Quilt In Piece – This is me!
Moose Stash Quilting
Bumbleberry Stitches

The rest of the blogger days.

July 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Sally’s Quilts
Thrift Shop Commando

July 25

Cloth and Paper Studio
Quilt Doodle Designs
Seams To Be Sew
Life In The Scrapatch

July 26

Seacoast Quilter
TeaTme Creations
I Can Quilt 2

Now for the best part, the giveaway. Please comment on this post either at the top or the bottom of the post and then enter the giveaway.

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Thanks again to Marian for hosting this event. She can be found at

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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.

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Vanda Chittenden

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Tea Coffee and Cake Mug Rug

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Tea Coffee and Cake Mug Rug

Mum asked me the other day to make something for her friend, that would be traveling across the big ocean to the other side of the world.

My mom and her friends had coffee and cake on a weekly basis, so I could not think of anything more appropriate to make.

paper piecing, Tea Coffee and Cake Mug Rug

Tea Coffee and Cake Mug Rug

Paper Piecing, Tea Coffee and Cake Mug Rug

Tea Coffee and Cake Mug Rug

The pattern is the perfect size for a mug rug, or any other project you might like to make with it.

I hope you enjoy the pattern, let me know if you would like something else in the same style.

Have an awesome day and see you soon.

More Star Trek Patterns are on the way and don’t forget to bookmark the quilt along.

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My quilt along will be hosted by Fandom in Stitches.

And will appear here as well.

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Nuts About My Day

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Nuts About My Day –

with a my pattern free for the duration of the blog hop.

stbs-Nuts-About-267x300Today is finally my day to show off what I planned for the Nuts About Blog Hop.  I was so excited about the idea of nuts about, that I went completely nuts about it … LOL.

And I think I really was a bit nuts, as you will see from my project. I had decided to go with applique this time round. And not just some blocks, an entire baby quilt.

First I made the duck pond, which quickly expanded into some more fish at the bottom. Once I finished the top, a lady saw it and paid for it, which is why there is a name at the top.

The picture is entirely in applique, except for the name which is paper pieced.

Why did  I do a giant picture like this, because I wanted to do something nuts, and it was nuts. There were times I felt like swearing while working with all the bigger pieces. And it used up an entire roll of fusing.

This one is 40 x 60 inches finished.

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This pattern to download is 20 x 20 for the duck pond + 20 x 10 for the extra fish.

Pattern. Now in my Craftsy store.

Oh yes, did I mention that I have TWO free patterns for you, the second one is my BB-8 Droid from Star Wars, and yes I am Nuts About Star Wars and Star Trek and …

The pattern is entirely paper pieced. And 10 x 10 inches finished.

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And this is what it looks like when I turned it into a mug-rug.

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Pattern

(The link will take you the Google Drive page)

More patterns like BB-8 can be found here at Fandom in Stitches as well.

Thank you so much Marian for arranging another great blog hop.

You can find out more about Marian at Seams to be Sew.

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Nuts About is being sponsored by two wonderful sponsors.

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And the Fat Quarter ShopFatQuarterShopAnd now for our giveaway.

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Please make a turn at all the blogs, who have some awesome patterns to show as well. And remember Marian is releasing a new free pattern every day on her blog as well.

Today we have,

February 4, 2016

Words & Stitches
Moose Stash
Vroomans Quilts
Quilt In Piece – This is me.

And then on the other days.

February 5, 2016

Just Let Me Quilt
DesertSky
Lulu & Celeste
Marjorie’s Busy Corner
Tea Time Creations

February 8, 2016

Batts In The Attic
Life In The Scrapatch
Quilting Affection
Ravelly’s
In The Boon Docks

February 9, 2016

Quilting Queen Online
Elizabeth Coughlin
Bumbleberry Cottage
All Things Sewn

February 10, 2016

MeadowBrook
Sew Many Yarns
From This To That
Seams To Be Sew

Have a super awesome day, Vanda

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Little sewing machine house

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Little sewing machine house

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.

Little sewing machine house

Little sewing machine house

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.

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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.

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(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.

Greetings Vanda

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Christmas is in my heart Pattern

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stbs-2015-christmas-300x225Christmas is in my heart pattern.

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.

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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.

You can download it here.

You can now find the pattern in my Craftsy store here.

I really wanted to make a bunch more goodies, but Christmas is coming … And nieces and nephews wants their own quilts etc.

There is some really awesome patterns and crafts made by all the other bloggers in the blog hop, be sure to visit every one of them to catch all the goodies.

Here is the other bloggers out and about today.

Just Because Quilts
Words & Stitches
Feather Your Nest
Patchwork Breeze
Quilt In Piece – this is me!

And don’t forget the best part, the giveaway today.

A big thank you to The Fat Quarter Shop for the prize.

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 Each day will feature a new giveaway from The Fat Quarter Shop
who once again has graciously given us a $25.00 gift certificate to give away.

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