Friday, 13 May 2016

Online Quilt Guild

If you've subscribed to my newsletter for a while, you'll have heard about the Online Quilt Guild. I've somehow neglected to mention it properly here though, so now it's time to remedy that. The Online Quilt Guild is the brainchild of Becky Jorgensen of Patchwork Posse. Becky has put so much work into the group, it's truly amazing value and really worth checking out.

quilt guild logo

How it works

The Quilt Group starts the day you join. Everything from 2015 is available once you join, as well as the year to date. During each month there will be a fun sewing project, two block of the months, a doll or plushie pattern, printable, guest designer pattern, with the occasional mystery quilt, sew along, swaps and giveaways. Each Sunday you will get an email from the quilt group about what’s happened during the week- but the group online is always open! You can share any time during the day.

Why should you be part of “the quilt guild”?

The group is online. You will have access to all the patterns, members and show and tell 24/7. No missing out on anything. This is a group that fits your schedule, has members that are passionate about quilting, gets you excited about designers you would normally not have access to.

When you join you will also have full access to 2015 patterns - both in the group and by the guest designers. There are more patterns than you have time! You will be kept sewing all year long.

Besides the private Facebook group where you can upload pictures, ask questions and meet other members, you can also share your work over on Instagram - we’ll be using the hashtag #quiltguild you can follow on Instagram here. There is also a private forum at the website to upload photos and interact with other members.

Becky is the chief designer, providing lots of patterns for a variety of sewing projects. Joining her this year are guest designers: Jacquelynne Steves, Bustle & Sew, Christa Quilts, SewCanShe, GillyMac Designs, Esch House Quilts, Quilty Habit, May Chappell, Cute Quilt Patterns, and New Leaf Stitches, and me! More about the Guest Designers here.

quilt guild guest designer

Quilt Guild Location: sign up for the quilt group here

Finished projects: During 2016 there are 2 Block of the months (one is a mini quilt - see my previous post for a preview), 13 tea towels, doll quilts, plushie patterns, printables, bags, pin cushions, table runners and more! More about the projects here.

Skill level: Beginner – Confident Beginner. Because of the community atmosphere, you are able to get help if you are stuck, ask questions and share a hint.

Technique: Because of the guest designers and variety of patterns you will be exposed to a rounded amount of different styles and techniques, including applique, embroidery, paper piecing, patchwork, hand sewing hexagons etc.

Price: $35 / year (price will be rising) - one year with over 30 patterns PLUS previous year is included!

Pattern Format: PDF files (download and save instantly)

Quilt Group Format: The group has a private Facebook group for members only. There you can share your own projects you are working on or have finished, meet and get to know the members from around the world, download patterns, and participate in the group. Everything is in one spot- simple and easy to use on your computer or on your phone.

See you over there,

Hope x

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Online Quilt Group - Mini Quilt BOM

This year I'm participating in a mini quilt block of the month, one of the many free patterns included with Online Quilt Guild membership. Three blocks are available so far, each one three inches square. This month's block is a log cabin:

I'm using mostly Daysail by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. It's all scraps left over from this quilt and the backing of this quilt. I'm adding in other fabrics where I need to, such as for the dark blues in the log cabin block. Here are all my blocks to date:

This is a very manageable BOM. The little blocks don't take long to make and store easily with the scraps I'm using. It's fun! There is another BOM going on at the Online Quilt Guild too, but I think one at a time is enough for me. :)

Have you heard of the Online Quilt Guild? It's like a regular quilt guild, but all online. There's a Facebook Group for chatting and sharing photos, lots of patterns, and a friendly community. 

There are also patterns from a different guest designer each month. This month is Kristin of Cute Quilt Patterns. She makes adorable baby quilts with dimensional elements. I'm the guest designer for July. I really encourage you to check it out.

Tell me, have you participated in a block of the month before? What did you make? I'd love to have a look. :)

Bye for now,

Hope x 

Friday, 8 April 2016

A 'Hearty' PB&J Pillow

In my last post I promised a look at the first version of my Heart Spin Mini Quilt, which I was making into a cushion cover. This version was my test piece, where I made sure the pattern came together well and experimented with seam pressing. Here it is:

The design has quite a different look in these PB&J fabrics by Basic Grey, don't you think? I mean, it's obviously the same pattern, but isn't so... sweet?

I opted for an all-over meander in a variegated thread. I planned from the first to make it a cushion cover and I think an all-over design in a smallish scale is a good way to add a bit of stability to the patchwork, which will get pulled around a bit with use. I added some feature stitching on the hearts and around the edges of the background too.

Though I am very happy with how this cushion cover turned out, I'm not pleased at all with how long it took me. I changed my mind about how I was going to make the cushion cover twice - after I'd already started it! So I unpicked, then sewed, then changed my mind, and unpicked and sewed... and finally ended up going with my initial plan. So silly!

Here is the quilt 'pre-cushion', so you can see it flat:

I think this is my favourite version of the quilt so far. Basic Grey are one of my favourite fabric designers - I just love the slightly worn and comfortable look their fabrics have.

Do you have a favourite fabric designer? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now x

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Heart Spin Mini Quilt - A New Pattern

I have a new pattern available! Meet my Heart Spin Mini Quilt - and prepare for lots of pictures. ;)

Finishing at around 14" square, this little quilt uses 2.5" mini charm squares and just a little yardage. It's quite a quick make. Instructions include pressing directions that allow seams to nest, making it easier to get them lined up. I also made sure to construct it in a way that keeps the sides of the heart smooth, so if seams don't quite match up there shouldn't be any jagged edges to the heart shapes.

For the hearts and border I used Hello Darling by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. I didn't have a mini charm pack, so I cut my own 2.5" squares from the ends of a jelly roll - cutting two squares from two of the prints to give me the required 42 squares.

The background is a solid from my local quilt shop, and the binding is from Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell for Moda. It took me a while to choose that binding, but I'm really happy with it. To rest my hands, which get a little sore at times, I chose to bind it all by machine.  

I was in a bit of a sad mood when it came time to quilt this mini, so to cheer myself up I decided to have a bit of fun with free-motion quilting. I find it both relaxing and absorbing, and the concentration required took my mind off my mood and cheered me up immensely. Does quilting have that effect on you too? I didn't plan the quilting out in advance, just went with a few different designs as the mood took me. It's such a fun way to quilt! 

The quilting is done with Aurifil for the most part, but I tried out an organic cotton thread by Sew Easy for the pink stitching around the inside of the border. It is a bit thicker than the Aurifil 50wt, which means that it stands out a little more and is great for feature stitching. It went through the machine beautifully and is nice and smooth. 

Organic is something I am gradually moving towards with both my thread and my fabric purchases... but that's a topic for another post.

So that's it! I hope you love it as much as I do. It is such a fun little quilt, I want to make more. I already have another one waiting to be turned into a cushion cover. It's actually my first version of this quilt, made to trial pressing and construction. I'll show you that next time and you'll see what a difference fabric makes to the feel of this quilt.  

You can purchase the PDF pattern now at Craftsy or Etsy, or through my Pattern Store

Happy sewing!

Hope x 

P.S. Did you know that if you purchase through my Pattern Store you can get a discount on purchases of two or more patterns? Simply enter code MORETOLOVE at checkout. 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Heart Spin - A New Pattern Using Charm Squares

I am so excited to introduce to you my newest pattern - Heart Spin. This lovely heart quilt is charm pack friendly. One 42 piece, 5" charm pack will give you all you need for the hearts and border, and you'll need just half a metre (or a very accurate half yard) for the background.

My inspiration for this quilt was the Card Trick block, though the construction is quite different. As many have noticed, the Card Trick block looks a bit like four hearts. I took that a bit further to make the hearts more obvious. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out. 

I've designed this pattern to be beginner friendly, including lots of illustrations and tips as always. The quilt finishes at 35.5" square, and would make a beautiful wall hanging, child play mat or even a table topper.

Go check out the pattern now over at Craftsy, or head to my online store where you'll find a special offer when you purchase two or more patterns.

Happy sewing!

Hope x

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Queen of Hearts

I'm happy to report that I've completed one of the items from my Q1 Finish-Along list!

A couple of people mentioned that the quilt reminded them of Alice in Wonderland, and since then I haven't been able to not think of that whenever I look at the quilt. So, I've called it "Queen of Hearts".

The backing has something of a romantic feel about it, don't you think? It's a Timeless Treasures print I bought from Hall of Fabrics.  

I was a bit lazy with labeling, choosing to write the name of the quilt on one corner hanging pocket, and my name and date on the other corner. Somewhat lacking in detail perhaps, but it will suffice. 

Looking back at my original post about this quilt, I see that it is over a year old! Unable to decide whether to make it a cushion cover or a wall hanging I let it sit in a cupboard being neither. I am so, so happy to have it finished!

You can see all the Finish-Along participants' finishes here: Quarter 1 Link Up.

Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings

Bye for now x 

Friday, 15 January 2016

2016 Finish-Along - Q1

In keeping with the purging, finishing and tidying urges I wrote about last time, I've decided to participate in the 2016 Finish-Along and get some WIPs completed. There are lots of hosts this year, but I first read about it at Elven Garden Quilts so head on over and have a read if you're not sure what it's about.

My Quarter One goals are as follows:

Etchings 'Spot On' Quilt 

I'm about half done with the quilting. I need to decide on what I'm going to quilt in the borders, sashing and spots. The binding is cut out ready to go. 

ZigZag Love in Black and White

This mini just needs binding. It is actually quilted and trimmed, but it's too dim for photos today.

That's it for the first quarter. I will be working on other things I'm sure, but these are a couple that I have been wanting to get done for ages and need the extra motivation to finish. So, by the time March is over I'll (hopefully) have these two projects finished and in use. Much better than having them sitting in a cupboard!

Wish me luck... ;)

Hope x