Friday, 23 September 2016

Folksy Friday: Mid-Century Modern

Life is a little stressful over here at the moment, but also really exciting... we're moving house.. again! I know it's going to be exhausting and a lot of work, though it is nice to be moving to a house in the same town for a change.What I'm really excited about is decorating, particularly my studio!! Ikea, here we come! As for the rest of the house, we've recently both realised that we love the Mid-Century Modern style that seems to be everywhere at the moment, so I decided to do a little research into what Folksy sellers have to offer. Enjoy!  

1. Tea Towel in Flowerpress Design, Annabl Perrin, £12
2. Brutalist London Balfrom Tower, Eye For London Prints, £18  
3. Robin and Tree Necklace, Claire Gent, £64.95 
4. Jam Cross Range Reclaimed Oak Side Table, JAM Furniture, £415
5. Bird Print, Cassia Beck Collage, £12
6. Atomic Handmade Lampshade, Rubydo Designs, £32.95
7.  Waterproof Wallet, Jiggle Ma Wiggle, £9
8.  G-Plan Chair, ReCover, £105
9. Ting Coffee Table, La Maison De Furniture, £190

These beautiful items have been designed and created by some of the very talented sellers on Folksy - the online marketplace for modern British craft - go and explore their shops - you may get that September feeling too!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Never Stop Learning

I am a great believer in the adage that you should never stop learning. Not only do new experiences keep your brain working, but it also helps build confidence and provides a great feeling of wellbeing, which can only make you happy, right!?

So having spent far too much time lately staring at the Mac screen or cutting up fabric for kits, I decided to take a whole day to myself to learn something new. I actually ended up trying a couple of new things – foundation piecing using freezer paper, and sewing curves!
Inspired by Jo Avery’s New York Beauty pattern in last month’s Today’s Quilter, I thought it was time to try these curves I’ve been seeing all over Instagram. I then remembered that one of the classes I have on Craftsy was Playing with Curves with Ann Petersen - a class by a very talented lady who takes you through everything slowly and methodically – highly recommended.

Anyway, I thought I’d just refresh my memory on foundation piecing, and found that Ann's method uses freezer paper and that she doesn’t actually sew through the paper at all… this I had to see!

I got stuck in and soon found my rhythm, so much so that I forgot to take any photos of my process! Next time… I think I do prefer this method and it was a joy to just peel back the papers at the end rather than all that ripping. I will do a tutorial on this method for a future project, but for now, why not pop over to Craftsy and have a browse through their classes, they really are worth every penny!

Back to the block... so once the pieced arcs were complete, next came the curves, and they weren’t actually as bad as I thought… I have made some Drunkards Path blocks before, and these were just the same. A few pins and a very slow pace at the machine, and they came out ok. Phew!

Unfortunately I only have fat quarters of these bluey greens, my mum who claims she doesn’t do colour’ bought them for me, and I think she did pretty well! So I think this may be a cushion, and I will try my hardest to not lose it in a box and to actually get it quilted!

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Zig Zag Pattern Release and a Sneaky Peek

When I was setting up my stand at the Harrogate quilt show, I knew I had to have my most striking quilt on display to catch the eye, and sure enough my Monochrome Sunset quilt did just that. Not only did I sell out of the kits, (now back in stock) but many people asked if I had it as just the pattern - which I now do!

I called this kit Monochrome Sunset because of the black and white fabrics, with a splash of yellow and orange used in the quilt. However, I do think this zig zag design would look beautiful in so many colourways, rainbows for instance - I do love a rainbow! This quilt only takes 18 patterned strips to make, plus a light solid/blender that makes up the rest, so you could use any of my 20pc strip sets here, or half a traditional jelly roll that's been sitting on the shelf for ages.

You can purchase the paper pattern here, (£6.95) with free UK postage, or if you prefer digital downloads, you can get a PDF from my Etsy shop here (£6.60).

For the rest of this week, I've been in sewing heaven, it seems likes ages since I've sat at my machine and enjoyed some quilting - and I've actually finished something too! Here is a sneaky peak at next month's Pre-Cut Party pattern, this time based on charm squares. 

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