My Happy Place Row Along Start Tomorrow


My Happy Place Row Along Start Tomorrow!

My Happy Place RAL 2018

Northcott Fabrics has kindly given fabric to the designers participating to help them create their rows.

The Designers For My Happy Place RAL 2018

Sponsors For My Happy Place RAL 2018

Please come along tomorrow and see what the first group of designers have planned for you.
Happy Sewing!

Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Eight


Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Eight

Today brings a fantastic pattern for block 8 in the Fall Into A QAL.

Jennifer Fulton of Inquiring Quilter, has designed the Autumn Leaf block, it is a paper pieced block and super easy and quick to make. Jennifer kindly included a beginners version of the block, for anyone who might not be familiar to the technique. I decided to make the original leaf.

I wasn’t easy choosing oranges and yellow for this wonderful block, as I am fast running out of oranges and yellows. But I am determined to only use from my stash.

Here is my leaf.

Full instructions is in the pattern that you will download.

You can download the pattern here.

As I am planning to quilt as you go for this quilt. The same as I did last year.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please also visit all the the other hosts and designers, to see how they have made with block one. Each host has their very own unique style. And I loved all of their hedgehogs very much.

April Adams –
Sherry Shish –
Sandy Maxfield –
Kathleen McCormick –
Bobbi Bridgeman –
Jennifer Fulton –
Karen Thurn –
Sandra Healy –
Abbie Danahy –
Jennifer Fulton –

And don’t forget to join our Facebook group to join in the fun of sharing your creations.

Let us not forget the prizes!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to win these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released.

Our lucky winner will receive the following prizes. The giveaway is open to international participants worldwide.

Here is Block 8 prize info.

Make Modern is a digital magazine for the online quilting community, brought to you from a group of passionate modern quilters in Australia. Every issue includes 10-14 modern quilt patterns plus 10-14 feature articles by amazing quilters from all over the globe.

The Big Grand Prize at the end of the quilt along, is for anyone who completes a full quilt top. And it is worth it, just see what you can win.

“These are our prize sponsors throughout the QAL” … “The Final Grand prize will be announced 10/16/18”.

In addition, the following members of Partners in Design are providing prizes as well:

Abbie at Sparkle On

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing

Sandra at Sandra Healy Designs

Sherry at Powered by Quilting

Vanda at Quilting with Vanda – this is me.


This Quilt Along is brought to you by our group of talented designers and hosts Partners in Design.

Have a happy crafty and sewing week.


Enter If You Dare Blog Hop Day Two


Enter If You Dare Blog Hop Day Two

Yesterday started the Enter If you Dare Blog Hop, a Halloween theme.

I had so much fun, making the mug rugs, and wall hanging for this event.

But first!  A big thank you to Marian at Seams to be Sew for planning and running another awesome event. Be sure to visit Marian blog every day to get the pretty awesome patterns she is giving away.

The Bonus Blocks

Ok! yes I am starting this post a little back to front.

Marian asked all the bloggers if they were interested in making some of her bonus patterns to show off during the hop. (The free patterns mentioned above). And I jumped at the chance.

Here is my two that I chose for my day.

This one looks just like a ghost emoji. I think it is so cute. Click on the photo to go to the page where all these patterns are shown.

I chose a black background, as you would see your ghost during the night, and bordered it with a green to match his eye. A super easy applique pattern, I chose to machine applique the pieces to the background at the same time quilting it through the quilt sandwich. I then back stitched the features in the face. You can just make them out in the photos, I do wish I had chosen a darker green.

This one above is a traditionally pieced pattern of Frankenstein. Mostly squares.

I chose to quilt this wall hanging (20 x 20″) in a criss cross pattern, and think it turned out very well.

Click on the photo to go to the pattern page.

My contribution

Alright, I need to confess something here.

Every single hop and quilt along I have taken part in, I have designed something new.

But circumstances in the last couple of months had been against me for this one.

The patterns I am showing today, is both free and new to me. Freshly made, quilted and bound, hot of the presses.

But not designed by me. Both these blocks below can be found free on Fandom in Stitches and is designed by my friend Jennifer Ofenstein, these patterns can also be found on her own website called Sewhooked.

A list of other bloggers during this event.

Wednesday, Oct 18
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Doodles
Tea Time Creations
Thursday, Oct 19
Tweety Loves Quilting
Patchwork Breeze
Quilt In Piece – this is me
Ms P. Designs USA
Friday, Oct 20
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Maria Magdalena Living Ideas
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Just Because Quilts
Monday, Oct 23
Bumbleberry Stitches
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Pumpkin Patch
Tuesday, Oct 24
Words & Stitches
Seams To Be Sew
Moose Stash
Quilted Delights

The best part – The Prizes

a $75.00 gift certificate,


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Timeless Treasures bundle of fabric.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cost To Ship 7.19 USA / Canada/Europe rates will be given when address for winner is known.
All US Winners bundles are shipped via USPS Priority Mail. No Exceptions.

Blog Giveaway Guidelines

Please take the time to read it.

Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.

You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.

All winners will be announced on October 25, 2017.

You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.

Winners are expected to pay shipping costs for the product they won.

You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don’t do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.

If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.

In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway… do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and…

Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don’t win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.

No purchase whatsoever is necessary.

You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.

You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.

Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.

This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.

Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.

The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.

Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn’t read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.


Happy sewing!


New Pattern Pinstripe Crossing


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


Vanda Chittenden

Beginner Paper Piecing Tips


Beginner Paper Piecing Tips

Thank you Sam Hunter from Hunter’s design studios, for planning this series of tutorials and tips. There has been some really good reviews on a lot of the tutorials.

Today is my day for some tips on paper piecing for beginners.

A lot of people who think about paper piecing shudder in revulsion or fear. I promise you, paper piecing is not difficult.

There are various skill levels in paper piecing and my tips for today, will be for the very beginner. For those who has never paper pieced before, or is still very new.


The right tools is very important to get a good result with your paper pieced blocks, and will make your life easier.

Here is my favorite tools to use and why they are important.

Self healing cutting mat

Rotary cutter

Quilting rulers


scissors for paper

scissors for fabric


ironing board

add an 1/4 or 1/8 inch ruler

tape or glue

color pencils

card stock or ruler



When choosing a pattern to make, choose wisely. Start with something simple and easy. Something that consists of 1 piece only. Once you are comfortable with easy 1 piece patterns, you can move on to more difficult patterns, that has multiple pieces that needs to be fit together in the right order.

Take the time to learn and practice with an easy pattern, before attempting the advanced ones, otherwise you will just get yourself frustrated and upset.

Here is an example of an easy pattern.



Change your stitch length to 1.5. The shorter stitch length will make it easier when pulling the paper off when you are done.

Cut out you paper template on the dotted line, this is where you will trim your block and includes the seam allowance.

The photo sequence that follows will show you how I sew a simple paper pieced block.

Pin your first piece of fabric to the paper. You need to see the lines on the pattern.

Use your little ruler or a piece of card stock, place it right on the line. And fold the paper over to crease it.

Now using your add an 1/8 or 1/4 inch ruler, make sure that the thick part of the ruler sits snugly against the fold on the paper. Depending on your ruler, it will sit over the edge by a 1/4 or 1/8 an inch. This will be your seam allowance. Holding your ruler firmly and keeping your fingers safely out of harms way. Cut the excess fabric off with your rotary blade. If you do not have one of these rulers, you can use your normal quilting ruler, just make sure that the edge of the ruler sticks over the edge of the paper fold.

Place your next piece of fabric underneath the first piece, make sure you line up the two edges of fabric to line up.

Keeping everything in place, fold open your paper, so that you can see the line you will be sewing on. And place your foot and needle, so that you can clearly see the line.

First line done.

It looks like this on the back.

Turn over and fold the second piece of fabric over.

You can either finger press the fabric or press it down. I like to press it with the iron, as it gives a nice crisp look.

Fold over the paper and trim the excess. See when you fold the paper open again, that the edge of the fabric sticks out past the line.

Carry on sewing more lines of fabric in exactly the same way.

But here is a big tip. Look and make sure that the strip you are using is wide enough. See the mistake I made here. I forgot to check, and when I folded the paper over, I saw that I was short by a 1/4 inch.

Meet Bruce the Unpicker.

Ok, checking if it is wide enough. Yep.

Once all the pieces have been sewn, your block will look like this.

Place your ruler on the edge of the paper and trim all the excess of. So that your block looks nice and neat.



Taking the paper off.

I hope this tutorial has helped you, in the journey into paper piecing.


I hope you follow the rest of the hop as there’s some fantastic content coming your way! BTW, the contributors are from all over the world, so please be patient is everything is not posted at bright and early in your exact timezone! 

Day 1 – August 15 – Sam Hunter: How to spray baste a BIG quilt –

Day 2 – August 16 – Mandy Leins: Thread Dread: removing stray bits after quilting –

Day 3 – August 17 – Nancy Stovall: The Sweet Creamy Filling –

Day 4 – August 18 – Ebony Love: 7 Indispensible feet for your sewing machine –

Day 5 – August 19 – Michelle Freedman: Machine throat plates –

Day 6 – August 20 – Teresa Coates: Edge/Under/Top stitching –

Day 7 – August 21 – Kelly Cole: Ten ways to regain your sew-jo –

Day 8 – August 22 – Megan Dougherty: Choose to Fuse: tips for working with fusibles for applique –

Day 9 – August 23 – Kim Lapacek: Tricks to being productive while hauling your kids around –

Day 10 – August 24 – Yvonne Fuchs: Circuitboard quilting on Domestic and Longarm Machines –

Day 11 – August 25 – Sandi Hazlewood: Chain Piecing Quilt Blocks Tips –

Day 12 – August 26 – Juliet van der Heijden: Paper-piecing with children –

Day 13 – August 27 – Maddie Kertay: Fabric folding for any storage solution –

Day 14 – August 28 – Cath Hall: Working with Lawn fabric –

Day 15 – August 29 – Tracy Mooney: Tips for the perfect seam –

Day 16 – August 30 – Teri Lucas: How to bury thread –

Day 17 – August 31 – Debby Brown: Securing machine quilting knots – www.

Day 18 – September 1 – Flaun Cline: How to put some sparkle in your fabric pull (part 1) –

Day 19 – September 2 – Jessica Darling: How to put some sparkle in your fabric pull (part 2) –

Day 20 – September 3 – Trish Frankland: A bigger blade really IS better?! –

Day 21 – September 4 – Robin Koehler: Tips on how to travel with handwork –

Day 22 – September 5 – Jane Davidson: How to make scrappy HSTs –

Day 23 – September 6 – Linda Pearl: Low cost tips for organizing your sewing room –

Day 24 – September 7 – Christa Watson – Top 10 tips for quilting on a domestic machine –

Day 25 – September 8 – Sarah Nunes: To Starch or Not to Starch –

Day 26 – September 9 – Suzy Webster: Testing fabric for bleeding –

Day 27 – September 10 – Sarah Goer: Machine bind your quilts like a pro –

Day 28 – September 11 – Vanda Chittenden: Beginner paper-piecing tips (YOU ARE HERE) –

Day 29 – September 12 – Cheryl Sleboda: Needle threading tips –

Day 30 – September 13 – Kim Niedzwiecki – Different thread weights and when to use them –

Day 31 – September 14 – Sandra Healy: Conquer Your Fear of Machine Appliqué –

Day 32 – September 15 – Sandra Starley: The Basics of Antique Quilt Collecting –



Vanda Chittenden


TTMT 67 Packages, UFOs & Other peoples UFOs


TTMT 67 Packages, UFOs & Other peoples UFOs

Hi everyone,

Today’s video contains mostly UFO’s and a work in progress of the Pink Geometric quilt. It is busy being quilted right now. And a tiny peak of my new extension table. More on that next week.

What I also wanted to say in my video, is that I wish I could meet all of you in person. It is definitely on my bucket list for the future.

Looking for the Geometric Quilt Pattern? Here is some links;




TTMT 67 Packages, UFOs & Other peoples UFOs

Or if you would like to follow or would like to join our group of TTMT crafty members and show your own videos, you can join us here on TTMT.

Be sure to check out the about TTMT page, to see how to join and all the rules.

The pillow case was made by Jewels, a friend in the TTMT community, you can find her blog here and see what she is up to as well;

That’s all from me today. Have a happy crafty and sewing week.
See you all next week. I should have a finished quilt to show off then.


Modern Geometric Kaleidoscope Quilt


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.


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).


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

Have a fantastic crafty and sewing week.


Vanda Chittenden





I want to believe X Files Quilt


I want to believe X Files Quilt

Geek alert! As you know by now, I am love my Geek, Fandom and Nerdy stuff. So when this gorgeous Quilt and Stitch Along started last year, I just could not resist, it is called the I want to believe X Files Quilt.

And I love this quilt so much.

I just finished the quilt top and will be hanging out with my other UFO’s will be quilted later. UFO! Whahaha, how ironic.

Oh Yes! You want to see what it looks like.

Here is my quilt top

I want to believe X Files Quilt

And some close up photos of the blocks.

In this quilt, there is 3 paper pieced blocks and many embroidered blocks.

You can find all the patterns FREE at Fandom in Stitches.

The designer is a fellow quilter and friend, Jennifer Ofenstein. Her own personal blog is Sewhooked. Go and check out some other amazing patterns available at either Fandom in Stitches and Sewhooked.

So, with this quilt top, I have completed 3 UFO for the year so far, so I am on track with my list. Now for no. 4

What’s cooking?

There are several BIG things coming up this year.

  1. Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along 2 starting in September this year.
  2. “MY Favorite” Fandom quilt along next year (I am working on the patterns this year)
  3. 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop now in April, date will be announced.
  4. LOADS of new patterns.

Till next time. Have a happy sewing week.


Vanda Chittenden




a Scatter of Pillows


Pillow talk!

Just recently I was asked to make a scatter of pillows, for a couple of teenage girls.

They specifically wanted some quotes on their pillows, which is all right (at the time). Until I saw how long these quotes were. They took awhile to make, as all the letters were paper pieced. Plus pulling the paper off afterwards was a pain in the backside.

Once that was done though, the rest was easy and quick.

I lightly quilted the front of the pillow, added a back and then stuffed them. The seams were french seamed to make it easier to close the small gap on the side that I had to leave to add the stuffing.

There will be no patters for these pillows unfortunately. As they wanted a one of kind pillow.

Here is the first one.

I unfortunately forgot to take a photo of the pillow, before I sent it off. This was a picture she sent via messenger.

Then the second one is here.

a Scatter of Pillows

With this pillow I tried quilting with invisible thread again. The first time I used invisible thread was a disaster and I didn’t like it at all. Everything was wrong with it.

This time I decided to try it first with straight line quilt, with a walking foot. And it worked perfectly.

Here is the progress photos for the quilting, with some close up photos.

I just found it funny though that, the shiny thread is showing, so technically it is not invisible.

That’s all from me today.

Hope everyone has a super crafty week and weekend. Till next time.



Vanda Chittenden

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