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 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?