Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Mimram Quilters' Exhibition

A week ago I received a call for help. One of the traders booked to have a stand at the Mimram Quilters' exhibition had had to cancel at short notice and they needed another fabric trader. The Mimrams always put on a lovely show in Welwyn so I was delighted to be asked if I could go along with my fabrics and threads.
 
And I'm so glad I did as there were some wonderful quilts on display. They hold their shows in the Civic Centre in Old Welwyn and its an ideal venue with a nice big light hall to hang the quilts and another large room for refreshments. They hold their shows every three years which also gives them plenty of time to make new quilts, of which there were a good number of bed quilts. Of course if I had been really clever I would have taken some photos of my favourites.........but I forgot!
 
Instead here's a picture of blocks 1 to 8 of the Layercakequiltalong
 
 
which is coming along nicely!
 
 
 

 

Monday, 3 March 2014

The Layer Cake Sampler Quiltalong

Have you heard about this on twitter or instagram?
 

It sounded like fun so I am joining in too!
 
You can find the instructions for making the blocks on the Material Girl Quilts blog. The quiltalong started a couple of weeks ago but its never too late to join in too.
All you need is a layer cake, cracker or other 10" square pack and a background fabric. You could even raid your stash and cut yourself forty 10" squares if you don't have a layer cake.
 
The basic instructions for making the HSTs can be found here together with details for making the first two blocks.
Details for making the next two blocks are released each Friday.
 
So what fabrics am I using?
 
I couldn't resist the Splash Cracker pack from Hoffman and I thought I would be a little different and use two fabrics for my background, just to make it a little bit more interesting.....
 
 
And here are my first four blocks!
 

Want to play along with me?
 
Joanna

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Ardingly Quilt Show

Finally found a bit of time to report on the first quilt show proper of the year at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex. It's always a great feeling getting back out there and meeting customers again!

This show is also a difficult one though because the access for traders on setting up day and breakdown after the show is via about eight steps, especially for me as I don't feel I am strong or tall enough to try and push or pull a laden trolley down them! So this means carrying things down the stairs which all adds to the time it takes to unload and load again.
 
However it's a great show and there were some great quilts on display. I particularly loved this year's journal quilts with the theme 'Little Landscapes'. Some of them are truly wonderful!
 
 
The show was as successful as usual and I'll be back next year. The Bali pre-cuts were especially popular (well they are lovely colours) but I think it helped having the quilts hanging behind the stand.
 
Also excited to tell you the Peacock colour way of the Lumina Ribbon panel arrived in stock this week.............and its super yummy!

 
The other two colours almost sold out at the show, so get them while you can!
 
Joanna

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Chiltern Quilters

I spent a lovely day today visiting Chiltern Quilters in Buckinghamshire. They meet six times a year in the village hall in Widmer End, near Hazlemere.
Today it was a UFO/Sewing day with a pot luck lunch..........can't beat a pot luck lunch! Quilters are excellent cooks as well as being pretty nifty with a needle.
 
 
I meant to take a photo of the lovely food........but left it too late!
 
I'm happy to say my wares managed to tempt them a little, with my threads
 
 
 
And fabrics, particularly the Hoffman precuts.
 
 
 
Tom and I usually work on our Sylvia's Bridal Sampler blocks when we go to quilt groups. He managed to finish his block today and the chair of the committee, Maureen, very kindly showed it to all the other ladies in their Show and Tell after lunch. His is on the left, I finished mine (on the right) this evening.
 
 
He always loves to tell people about what he is working on.
 
So all in all a great day!

If you would like me to bring my fabrics to your group, then please get in touch. I'm usually happy to travel within a 50 miles / hour's radius of North Herts.

Joanna
 
 

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Lumina Update

I've managed to have a bit more of a play with these new Lumina fabrics from Robert Kaufman.
 
So far I have kept the main panel as one piece and used the swirl print as a thin inner border. This print would make a create binding too, or really cool bias strips for applique.
I fussy cut the Kaleidoscope fabric by ironing a metre of fusible web to one pattern repeat - cool that they are the same width - and then fused the pieces on a wider black border.
 
I now can't decide whether to leave the quilt like this
 
 
Or to add another border using the Kaleidoscope fabric
 
 
 
Decisions decisions!
 

Monday, 23 December 2013

Lumina from Robert Kaufman

These fabrics have just arrived in stock and are available on the website. There are three colours to choose from: peacock, jewel and dawn. Haven't decided which is my favourite yet!
The main print is a panel which measures approx. 24" and runs across the width of the fabric
 

The panel is just so yummy and exciting! You could use it on its own as a wall hanging or make it the centre of a larger quilt.
 
The other prints I've ordered are this great swirl print
 
 
And then this kaleidoscope print which will be sold by the pattern repeat which is approx. 18".
 


Other prints like the Sunstreaks and Radiance, also from Robert Kaufman, work with this collection too.

I've been playing around with the fabrics over the weekend (perks of the job and all that!) and will post a pic shortly of what I've been up to. Just need to get ready for this darned Christmas first........and get the website ready for the sale which will start on 1 January

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Disappearing 9 Patch Mini Quilt Tutorial

Here's a quick tutorial for this traditional pattern.
 
All you need is a Hoffman Snap pack and 50cm of a zinging
co-ordinate fabric and it makes a quilt 29" x 36".
 
 
I've used the brown Caramel Snap pack for mine and a hot orange. You can buy the Snaps here.

First up...........open the packet! Its always the hardest thing for me to do.

1. Split the pack up into five sets of eight squares. Ensure you have a mix of light and dark colours in each set.
2. Cut one, 5" strip from your zinger fabric and sub cut five, 5" squares from it.
3. Take one set of eight squares and arrange them around one zinger square.


4. Join the squares into three rows of three. Press seams for each row in alternate directions. Join the rows together to make a nine patch block with the zinger square in the centre.
5. Press the block and then cut it into quarters.


6. Repeat with each set of squares to make a total of twenty quarter squares.
7. Lay the quarter squares out into five rows of four squares. Rotate them as desired until you like the arrangement.
8. Join the squares into rows and then join the rows together to make the quilt top.
9. Cut four, 2 1/2" strips from the zinger co-ordinate for your border and add to your quilt top, opposite sides first and then top and bottom edges.
10. Quilt as desired. I quilted mine in spirals and my favourite wave wiggle which is really easy to master and is great for filling pre-cut strips.


11. Double bind the edges. I use 2 1/4" strips.
12. Add a hanging sleeve.

A quick and easy quilt in twelve steps!

Make it in pink or blue for a cosy cot quilt or how about the Liquorice  colour with a zingy red?