Signature Blocks Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along

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Signature Blocks Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along.

Signature Blocks Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along

Whenever I take part in a quilt along, the hosts always ask for a Signature Block. It is in no way compulsory, it is for those who would like to send one to the designer.  And to be honest, the quilt along I have been taking part in, the patterns are always free, so it is a big pleasure to send the designer / host a signature block.

So what do the designers to with the signature blocks?

Well, you can turn them into a memory quilt. How awesome!

That’s why, when I ran my very first quilt along last year, (Fantastic Beasts) I decided to do the same thing. I chose a simple paper pieced block. The participants can choose any fabric choices regarding color and pattern and put their name, place where they stay and the Quilt Along name.

And as you can see from my photo above, that is the layout I was thinking of using for my memory quilt.

The blocks have been arriving from all over the world.  I love how it is looking already.

Some of the really awesome participants, even added some really cool extras in their packages, which was a complete surprise.

Here is some close ups of some of the blocks I have received. At the moment, I could get away with a wall hanging or a table topper. And that is OK. I know that there is some more on the way, which is great.

Signature Blocks Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along

In memory of Gail Conner who passed away Mid January 2017.

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Signature Blocks Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along

Signature Blocks Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along

I am sure I had more photo’s but these is the ones I have for now. Will add the rest when I find them.

What I was thinking with these signature blocks, would be to continue on with them through to the end of this year, as I will be running my second Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along from September to end December 2017. Anyone taking part in the second quilt along is welcome to send me a signature block then.

Did you miss the first quilt along?

Here is a link to the patterns on Fandom in Stitches

And here on my Fantastic Beasts Page

There is people joining every day.

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As mentioned at the 1 photo, Gail Conner, one of my participants sent me a block a couple of week before she passed away after a long illness.

Her family let me know, and it was a blow. I only knew her through the Facebook group, but everyone is always chatting and sharing there, that everyone feels like family.

For any of her family who might be reading this post, my sincere condolences for your loss.

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Paper Piecing Vintage update

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Paper Piecing Vintage update

Hey everyone!

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.

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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.

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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.

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Dragon Quilt Adventure

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Dragon Quilt Adventure

The Dragon Quilt Adventure

Hey everyone,

In January I mentioned I was working on the Dragons, and I am finally finished. And my brother has received his dragon quilt, bonus he is very happy with it.

Here is a picture of all the dragons separately.

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I just love all these dragons, they were such fun to sew. They are all 12″ patterns and paper pieced.

Here is the finished quilt, just before I gave it to my brother, the photo obviously needs lots of improvement.

The Dragon Quilt Adventure

I did some pebbling on the dragon’s skin, and straight line stitching. The background is a small meander.

I used marble fabric for the sashing and pebble fabric for the binding strips. To attach all the blocks. The center panels was quilted separate to the borders. So it was semi quilt as you go.

All these patterns is designed by Michelle Thompson from misha29 are available for free.

Plus they are also available on the Fandom In Stitches.

And with this finished quilt I completed UFO #1. Whoohoo.

Now on to the next adventure.

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Crafty Updates

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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.

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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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Live Long and Prosper

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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.

Princess Leia

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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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The Road Home To Maine with Cheryl…

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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.

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The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa

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The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa

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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

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.

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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
TBA


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

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You can also find me in my Facebook group here

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The Borg Queen

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The Borg Queen

Welcome back to another Star Trek pattern!

The Borg Queen

The Borg Queen

This pattern is the Borg Queen from Star Trek, she appears in several episodes of The Next Generation and Voyager, and in the movie First Contact.

 I have been working on this pattern for some time now, and have been delaying sharing it until the time was perfect.

 

The pattern is the perfect size for a wall hanging, but can easily be turned into a small quilt with some borders.

My friend Jennifer Ofenstein loves Star Trek just as much as I do, so this was the perfect gift to make.

Some of you might know, that Jennifer is the blog owner for Fandom in Stitches, where I design and write posts. And she has become a really good friend, plus she share the same birthday month as me.

So when I made this quilt,  it was a bit of tongue in cheek reference here to Fandom and Stitches as the collective and Jennifer as the Borg Queen.

(Please take note! The words in the quilt is not included in the pattern, if you would like them, please message me in the contact form below and I will gladly make up a pattern for the words.)

Just for fun, I am including my video to Jennifer about the wall hanging and Jennifer’s video where she shares the gift with us.

This is me!

And this is Jennifer our FIS Queen

 And the Borg Queen

Have an awesome crafty week.

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Vanda Chittenden

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Completed Smartphone Quilt

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Completed Smartphone Quilt

It is done, finally! It took a couple of months, but here she is on all her glory.

Completed Smartphone Quilt

All these patterns and much, much more is still available for free on Fandom in Stitches in the link below.

Completed Smartphone Quilt

There are several layouts to choose from as well, in the end my mom decided in the Ipad layout, as this quilt is for her. And she is completely addicted to her Ipad.

You can still join in with the quilt along. Even though it “ended in December”, there is still people joining in and starting their quilts.

And some closeups of all the blocks that went into the quilt.

There will be a second quilt, and has been added to my list of things to do. But not right now, as I have to finish off some current bom’s and qal’s.

Plus I need to finish preparing for my Fantastic Beasts quilt along starting in October.

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I will keep a database here, and you can follow the quilt along from here as well. But the main event will be hosted by Fandom in Stitches.

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Tomorrow I have some catch up blocks to show, from the My Favorite Things block of the month.

My Favorite Things

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And lastly, but definitely not least, I have been working on a Romulan Pattern for my Star Trek Series. Hopefully I will have this one tested in the next week or two and then I will share it with all of you.

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Celebrate International Craft Month

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Celebrate International Craft Month

Celebrate International Craft Month

You can not imagine the excitement I felt, when I was included in the blog hop for International Quilting Month.

Here is the whole list of bloggers taking part in the event. Please go and visit everyone, you never know what you might find.

And don’t forget to leave and comment and enter your name in the Rafflecopter to win a prize. There are19 prizes to be won, the full list is available on Quiltshopgal. Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.

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But what to do?

I wracked my head for weeks until it dawned on me, that I can share my inspiration. The whole reason why I am addicted to quilting, in particular paper piecing or foundation piecing as it is also called.

Did you know, that I only started quilting and paper piecing January 2015. It feels as though I have been quilting forever.

The quilt that got me started was a quilt along that started in January 2015, it was paper pieced and it was magical, to say the least. Never in my whole life, did I think I would be able to make any of the things that was posted.

Here is my finished project from The Project of Doom quilt along, a Harry Potter inspired Quilt.

Celebrate International Craft Month

Project of Doom, a Harry Potter inspired quilt.

Celebrate International Craft Month

Harry Potter inspired quilt, number 2

Jennifer Ofenstein is the mastermind behind these awesome patterns. And best of all, these patterns were shared with us for free.

Jennifer runs a website called Fandom in Stitches, where you can find all of these patterns, plus a lot more.  The website has any genre you can think of to satisfy any fandom, geek or nerd.

What is even more inspirational is a lot of these quilts are donated to the Linus Connection (their mission is to make and deliver handmade security blankets for children in crisis situations in our area. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, in crisis centers, in foster care, battered women’s shelters, to any child who is in need of a little extra security in their lives.) You can also find Jennifer on her own website Sewhooked.

This has also inspired me to work on my own quilt along, which is why I didn’t have time to make anything new for this hop.

I can’t show anything to do why my qal yet, but here is a blog button.

Celebrate International Craft Month

Now for the rafflecopter

a Rafflecopter giveaway

See everyone soon and enjoy the blog hop.

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Vanda

PS: to comment from my front page, the comments is at the top of the page under the heading, just click on the word comments.

If you click on the heading and go to the specific post, then the comments is at the bottom and the top of the page.

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