I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block One Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block One Plus Prizes

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Week 1 Block 1 of the Quilt Along. It has been so much fun designing for this quilt along and who doesn’t love Christmas.

Without further ado, here is block 1. A snowflake, I just could not resist making a snowflake. You see where I live in South Africa our Christmas falls in summer. And I would absolutely love to see a snow white Christmas.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block One Plus Prizes

For the snowflake I decided to design an applique pattern. It is super simple and easy to make.

You can download the pattern here. Plus clicking on the picture above will take you to the download page as well.

I have put together a tutorial for you to make it easier to follow the instructions.

Tutorial to make the Snowflake block

First you need to cut a 12 ½ inch square for the background. Because this is an applique block it will shrink a bit once appliqued, so cut your square slightly bigger. You can always trim the block down once you are finished.

Step 1:

Cut a 13 inch square of background fabric.

Iron out any wrinkles, then press your square into quarters, I will explain this a little later.

Step 2:

I chose to use raw edge applique.

Place your choice of applique paper (I used fusible applique) on top of the Snowflake template, you should be able to see through the paper or use a light table or press the paper and pattern to a window so that the light shines through.

Trace the patterns on the applique paper with a pencil. Then roughly cut out the pieces, ready to be ironed onto fabric.

Step 3:

Placing the glue side down onto the back of your chosen fabric. Iron it down with dry heat.
Make sure the glue has melted and that the paper is sticking to the fabric.

Step 4:

Cut out all the different shapes using your paper scissors, not your special fabric scissors. This will dull the edge of your fabric scissors.

Step 5:

Once all the pieces are cut out, you can start assembling the pattern.
Normally you will started from the bottom and work your way to the top piece.
Here I decided to place the center white circle down first.
DO NOT iron this yet. Just press down gently on the circle to keep it in place.
See you the quarter lines are coming in handy now.
I used the lines to center the circle nicely.

Step 6:

Place the the inner red circle and finger press it down to hold it in place.

Step 7:

Now place all the inner blades down, pushing the tip of the blade underneath the bigger circle to hold them in place.
I started to place the first one with it’s one edge ¼ inch from one of the creased lines in the background fabric. Continue laying them out.
Then place the larger blades down. Start with the four pieces that will fall on the crease lines. Making sure the top and bottom points are lying right on the crease line. Slip it down in between two smaller blades, until there is just a tiny space left between the smaller and larger blades.
Then place the last four blades. And you finished the pattern. Lightly press with your iron.Additional steps.

I decided to make this quilt with the quilt as you go method.

You could decide to applique the pattern down, by hand or by machine using a zig zag or satin stitch.

I will be using a satin stitch for most of the applique on my machine, once my block is finished I sandwich it and use the satin stitch on my machine. This way I am quilting the block as I am appliqueing the pattern pieces.

To start I have cut some scrap batting lying around in my batting bin. I found two pieces that will work for this block and just need to stitch the together. There are many different ways to put scrap batting together. Using a very loose, large zig zag, I just pull the two edges together on my machine and zig zag all the way.

Sandwich you backing, the batting and your block together and lightly baste them together.

You could use spray baste or pins, whichever is easiest for you. I chose pin basting, as the block is so small.

Stitch the bottom circle first.

Then all the smaller blades.

Now the larger blades.

That inner circle need red thread, I think.

This is what the back looks like.
I wanted the stitches to show up on the back, looking good.

You could use invisible thread so that none of your stitches will show up on the front or the back.

Snip of all your threads.

And there you have the finished block, already quilted, using an applique stitch on the machine.
I might add some more quilting, once all the blocks have been put together.

You can download this tutorial right here.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca at Pretty Piney
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy at SandyStar Designs
Sherry Shish Powered by Quilting

Let us not forget the prizes!

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

Our lucky winner will receive the Sugar Plum Christmas thread collection from Aurifil, and a digital pattern from Quilt in Piece. The giveaway is open to participants worldwide.

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Have a happy crafty and sewing week.

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Vanda

2017 New Quilt Bloggers

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2017 New Quilt Bloggers

Clicking on the button, will take you to Yvonne’s blog at Quilting Jetgirl. Yvonne plus Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and Leanne at She Can Quilt  is hosting the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers event this year.

So what is this event all about?

It is for a group of quilt bloggers who wishes to learn more about blogging, the hosts will help with advice and technical issues. Plus within our groups we will have a critique, where fellow bloggers will give friendly pointers to where you could do something different, improve something or maybe point out something they like or don’t like.

All of this will happen in a friendly environment.

I am looking forward to the critique starting next week, as I really feel my blog needs a bit of tweaking to make it a wonderful, creative place to visit.

Pattern designing is a lot of fun and turning my patterns into something that will be loved by my family and friends is even more fun.

As a result, I haven’t really been paying attention to my blog.  The menu needs re arranging, a new design maybe and my galleries need to improve.

But most importantly, the shop space I have worked on, needs to be finished asap. Yes, I do have my patterns on Craftsy, but I would like my OWN space to really get myself permanently woven into the fabric in the Creative Realm.

A lot of what I have tried to do with my blog is a guessing game for me. Since moving my blog over to a self hosted site. There has been a LOT of technical “things” I have to learn to do from scratch.

Picture me: Sitting with my admin site open, on a second tab, googling what a word means or how to do something on the blog. Yes! Peeps, that is me!

Now that I have the basics done, it is time to make things pretty and easier to find things for my viewers.

The other thing that is a major downfall for me, is me! I am a major introvert, the person who forces themselves to mingle with people, but who is the listener. I am not a talker. My friends always jokes with me about talking too much, NOT.

With my personality, I find it difficult to write a blog post that seems friendly or conversational. Looking back on old posts, I cringe at how short and to the point they are with bullet points.  With … no … personality …

I think I have improved over the last couple of year, it seems to become easier every time you write a blog post.

Then about 2 years ago, I made my first YouTube video, the first one was hilarious. It lasted less than a minute. And I looked like I was scared witless.  The videos is a major stepping stone, so far I have not made any tutorial on video, mostly just quilt and craft show and tell to get myself used to talking on a video.

But that will all change in the future. I will be starting a range of tutorials very soon.

Well, that is all from me today.

In the next month or so, there will be some changes on my blog, so please let me know if something doesn’t work, while I tweak a couple of things. I should also not be offline at all for any reason.

Have a happy crafty week!

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Vanda

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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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Hope everyone has a wonderful crafty week, see you next time.

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Vanda Chittenden

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Star Trek Quilt Top Complete

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Star Trek Quilt Top Complete

My fellow Star Trek fans, the quilt top is complete. I just need to find the perfect backing for it and get quilting.

Check it out, isn’t it the best thing you have ever seen?

Star Trek Quilt Top Complete

(really need to work on my quilt photography)

I will post a nice photo once the quilt top is quilted.

Most of the block patterns are mine, but there are some other designers in there as well. You can find them on my Star Trek page here.

Or on Fandom in Stitches

and Some can be found on Sewhooked

Originally I thought it would be a good idea to have both black and brown starry fabric for the background. It doesn’t look to bad, but I think I would have gone with just the black background.

Also these Star Trek patterns were some of the first patterns I designed when I just started designing. And there was no plan of action on anything at all. I just designed willy nilly.

So when it came time to put them all together it became a problem, I had to add fabric to some, and trim off on others to make them all fit together.

Since them I have planned all my quilt tops, to ligically fit together, so that it does not become a problem for other quilters to put together.

Now!

I know there has not been any new Star Trek patterns posted recently, but there is a reason for that. I a planning a Star Trek quilt along for 2018. It is themed The Next Generation. Whoohoo, my favorite series. So all the patterns being designed is specifically for the quilt along and cannot be share yet.

If you would like a quilt along based on the other series as well, no worries they are coming as well. But you can help me decide which one will be next.

Please comment below or fill in the the contact form below and let me know what type of Star Trek theme or a completely other theme you would like to see.

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Hope everyone has a wonderful crafty week, see you next time.

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Vanda Chittenden

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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.

Paper Piecing Vintage update

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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Vanda Chittenden

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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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Vanda Chittenden

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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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Fresh Snow Blog Hop coming up plus schedule

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Fresh Snow Blog Hop coming up plus schedule

The first hop I will be taking part in this year is the A Fresh Snow Blog Hop.

The mission: create something from fabric other than cotton. And something that happens during winter.

Can’t wait to show you what I have created for you, there will be a pattern to share with it.

And here is the schedule

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
MooseStash Quilting
Any Pattern
SeaCoast Quilter

Jan 25

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

Please come back and see what all the wonderful designers have created for you on their day.

See you soon.

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Vanda

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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.

Crafty Updates

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

Vanda

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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.

Quilting Therapy

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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