Friday 12 September 2014

Some Louden magic

I can't believe it's been a month since blogging, disgusting I know, but I have a good excuse! I am very pleased to spread the word that I am now working with John Louden & Co fabric company, designing and making fabric goodies to highlight their gorgeous fabrics, as well as providing full illustrated instructions to help you lovely crafty people bring these creations to life.
Those of you who know me will know that I have always been a fan of Louden's fabrics and have made many a quilt for my old employer Doughty's to display in the shop. In fact one of my favourites, the Chanteille Beauty, came from Louden's!
So, the first project made using Louden's Christmas Scandi range...

I do like the idea of a Christmas wall hanging, and I think the shape of the branches in the tree makes the most out of the linear design in these fabrics. I particularly love the rows of cute snowmen and penguins! I also fussy cut around these images to make up the four-patch border. I used Aurifil threads to have some fun with parallel lines, echoing the tree's branches, horizontal on the background, and then cross hatch on the border. In fact I used Aurifil on all these projects, it is lovely to use and the colours are perfect!
This Scandi range also comes in red, which would make these Dresden placemats very eye-catching on any Christmas table. In the first placemat, I echo quilted the Dresdens, and have more horizontal lines across the background. In the second placemat, I echoed the centre circle to quilt lines 1/2" apart out towards to edge, I do love this effect!

I was also asked to make a non Christmassy quilt out of these gorgeous fabrics, and I decided to stick with the Scandinavian feel and use a simple heart block with an hourglass block to create this quilt that could be used all year round. This one's a biggy, bare in mind that's a king size bed!
In my last project with these lush fabrics I decided to have a play with the Cathedral window block, and came up with this cushion. Quite cute isn't it.

I was also given one of Louden's new blender ranges to play with, and after some block browsing, I came across the whirlwind block, very easy to put together, and as you turn and twist the triangles as you sew, I thought the fabric's stripy design would add to the design.
I made so many blocks for this, I had enough for the back too...

The instructions for all of these projects, except the cushion, will soon be available to download on Louden's Facebook page, as well as their website through your local fabric shop.