Plans afoot!

Since the 2016 Mystery Reveal I have had a lovely break away, doing a little traveling around New Zealand.

You may have heard the news about the large earthquake that hit the South Island. There are lots of photos in the news of the damage to the roads and infrastructure there. Although we only felt relatively little shaking here in Masterton, a lot of damage happened on the other side of the mountain ranges in the Wellington area.

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This is the Queensgate mall  which was closed for a couple of weeks and is now only partially open. I travel past here when going to my Capital Quilters meetings, and when I went last Saturday it was eerily quiet - usually at this time of year it would take ages to drive through the town. Buildings are being demolished and there is a lot of work going on to get things back to normal.

Meanwhile back in Masterton, I am preparing lots of exciting things for next year.

MYSTERY 2017

We had so much fun making the 2016 Mystery quilt. I'm loving seeing the results that people are posting in the facebook group.

Here's Sue's Glittering Paua colourway

  Paua Sue
Miep made the Teal and Steel with extra large borders

Teal and Steel Miep

This is  Stone and Moss made by Marion

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If you missed making the 2016 quilt, you can still buy the month by month clues in my Craftsy store - see the link on the right. Start with the Puzzle Mystery Details download which tells you how to pick your fabrics.

The colourways for 2017 are all ready to go and will be launched on the shop website this Saturday, December 3rd.

There is also exciting news for those of you in the USA who want to take part in my Mystery - I am partnering with a company in the US to offer the Mystery as a precut block of the month. Watch out for more information in the next few days.

 

TOTALLY TRIANGLE QUILTALONG

The second project is my Modern Triangle Sampler, which I will be running as the #totallytrianglequiltalong next year. My trusty pattern testers have been busy making blocks and checking my instructions. Linda has made the sampler quilt in all red and white fabrics

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I love it in these colours!

I will be polishing up the pattern over the next couple of weeks and then it will be available in my Craftsy store as well as in the shop. There will also be classes to learn the techniques - at Quilters' Lane and also in the UK next year at Lady Sew n Sew and Simply Solids.

Ask your guild or local quilt shop nicely and they might get me to come along and teach it too.

The Quiltalong to make the 25 blocks starts on January 7th, and I will be posting information about how it will run and what you need to get started. 

2017 is going to be so much fun,  I do hope you will join me in one of my projects!

 


2016 Puzzle Mystery - All is Revealed!

Hi there! What an exciting day - it's the Big Reveal of my 2016 Puzzle Mystery Quilt.

If you have been quilting along, this blog post contains photos of putting the quilt together. You will need the month ten instructions - either from your Mystery pack or by downloading from my Craftsy store.

If you are new to this quilt, the clues are all available on Craftsy. Start by downloading the free information which will tell you about the quilt and how much fabric you need.

So without further ado, let's take a look at the quilts.  My samples are in two of the colourways that we offered through the shop. We had fourteen different colourways altogether, and I will show you some photos of other colourways after the reveal day.

The single quilt is shown here in the Tokyo Garden colourway.

Mystery 2016 Tokyo Garden

And here is the double in the Pewter and Linen colourway

 Mystery 2016 Pewter and Linen Double

Did you guess the layout?

So now it is time to show you how to put all the pieces together:

Here are the photos that follow the instructions you will get.

Step One

D1/K1     D1 k1

 

B1 / D1/ K1

B1 d1 k1

Step Two

F1/M1

M1 f1

AA1/H1

AA1 H1

F1/M1/AA1/H1

F1 M1 AA1 H1

Step Three

Centre Section top half

Centre Section bottom half

Centre Section completeThat's the centre section completed!

 

Step Four : E1/L1

E1 L1

E1/L1/C1

E1 L1 C1

Step Five: G1/I1: - oops my label slipped, thank goodness for Paint,  I fixed it up on the photo!

G1 I1

G1/I1/J1

G1 I1 J1

Step Six

Step Six

Step Six 2

Step Seven

Step Seven 1

Step Seven 2

Step Eight

Step Eight

 

So here is the main part of your quilt top complete! Follow the written instructions to add your borders.

I hope you have enjoyed this year's Mystery quilt

 

Sheila

 


Remember remember the fifth of November!

Hi everyone

Here I am at Quiltmarket and feeling frustrated that I can't give you photos that are the right way round - I promise to post lots when I get back!

It has been an incredible few days and I have lots of news ahead, so stay tuned, and don't forget to look out for the Big Reveal of the 2016 Mystery this Saturday 5th November!


Mischief

A few years ago we had a great range of fabric in the shop by Nancy Halvorsen, called Curiosities and Mischief. Curiosities had a lovely combination of pink, lilac, strawberry and yellow. Mischief was full of green, brown, orange and teal. Both had cute little pictures on some of the fabrics. We got through metres of that fabric!

One of the projects we made was a railfence quilt based on a mini jelly roll of twenty strips. Since we have now sold out of the fabric I really need to get round to making another sample quilt in a new range, and the sample we had in the shop has been unloved for a while. When I was looking for a quilt to take for a walk this week it seemed like the perfect opportunity to give Mischief a little love.

In a few weeks I am going on a long (73km) walk with my sister, so to get in a bit of training I decided to hike up to Rocky Lookout. It's a 350m (over 1000 feet) climb in just over 3 kilometres, so quite a challenge for me if not for the super fit Kiwis who run up there every week!

The view of the mountains with the snow still on the very tops was gorgeous

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It was hard work getting up the hill so I didn't take any photos, but when I got to the top and emerged from the bush I had time to look out at the view back down the valley

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Out came Mischief!

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It was pretty hard to get a decent photo as it was a little bit breezy up there

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It's also quite a busy track on a bright spring day, and I'm still a little bit shy about people seeing this crazy lady with her quilt, so I took a few more photos and headed on back down the hill.

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Another lovely walk completed, and the rest of the day to sit behind the computer dreaming up new designs!

If you like this Mischief quilt there is a pattern available in my Craftsy store, just click the logo on the right hand side.


2016 Puzzle Mystery Clue Nine

Here we are at the last but one clue! Will you be ready for next month's Big Reveal? Make sure you get all of your clues up to date and labelled. It doesn't take long once you sit down and get sewing.

I'm so excited to have both sample quilts back from Noeline at the Quilting Shed, she has done a lovely job with the quilting and I just have to get the binding on them now!

 

M1 M2 4 and 7

Here is step 1

M1 M2 7 and 4 step 2

step 2

M1 M2 4 and 6

 step 3

M1 M2 6 4 and 2

and step 4

M1 M2

and here are my parts M1 and M2 all done.

Now onto parts N1 and N2

N1 N2

N1 N2 step 3

N1 N2 step4

N1

Extra pieces for the double quilt....

LC1 LC1

LC3 1 LC3

LC1L LC1L

LC1R LC1R

 

That's it! All the pieces are made and ready to assemble next month. The Big Reveal is on Saturday November 5th (New Zealand time).

See you then!

Sheila

 


Playtime in the Park

Today was pretty wet and miserable. Not really a great day for taking my quilt for a walk. I decided that rather than go to the mountains where it would probably be even wetter, I would walk to our local park. It's about a 6km (3-4 miles) round trip, so would give me a good stretch.

To cheer up the grey weather I decided to bring my latest quilt, Playtime.

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On the way I saw this beautiful Kowhai tree.

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Native New Zealand Kowhai Tree

Kowhai is the Maori work for yellow, and the blossoms let you know that Spring is here.

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Kowhai Blossoms

 Where better to take a Playtime quilt than to the park? Here it is, at the amazing kids playground. This was a community project built by the town just before I came to live here. Nearly all the posts have the names of people who contributed.

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To make this quilt I used Riley Blake's Wheels 2 range and added some solid colours. On the back is the Wheels2 playmat in canvas, so it's a reversible quilt. Here it is one the only dry surface I could find - in the middle of the bandstand!

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Queen Elizabeth II park is a masterpiece of Victorian visionaries. There are so many different elements that make up the whole. The lake is the centrepiece, and plays host to many wildfowl.

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Black swan
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The Duck family enjoying the rain

 

There is an island in the middle of the lake, with a mini train that runs around it. No trains today though!

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Playtime decided it wanted to sit on the steps to the Flying Fox

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If you are interested in making the Playtime quilt/playmat I have the fabric in store and will be releasing the pattern soon.

Have a great week

Sheila


Binding 101 - Part Five - the final step

Hi and welcome to Binding 101, the final step.

Don't you love it when you get to the end of a project and know that all the hard work you have put in is finally done, and you can move guilt-free onto the next one?

Once I have my binding sewn down by machine I look forward to spending the evening quietly contemplating the enjoyment of the project, and anticipating the next, while sewing down my binding.

Love it or hate it, hand sewing does make for a lovely finish, and hopefully with these tips you will find it enjoyable.

To start off, I press my binding back.

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Press the binding back from the face of the quilt

This is what the corners will look like

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Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt.

Use a fine needle to sew down your binding, this makes it easier to achieve an invisible stitch.

I use a fine applique needle #12 (Clover or Bohin brands are what I have available). These are easy to thread with the Clover desktop needle threader.

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I am using Aurifil #50 cotton in Dove grey. This is a beautiful fine thread and I used it for quilting on this quilt.

As you can see, I am left handed and I sew from left to right. Just turn this round for right handers!

Fasten your thread, then insert the needle in the quilt side right next to the binding, travel a short distance and come out through the binding, right next to where the needle exits the quilt.

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Now put the needle in the quilt again, right next to where you went through the binding. You are doing all the 'travelling' inside the layers of the quilt, so the only part of the stitch you see is very small.

  Continue around the quilt, When you reach a corner, fold the fabric down following the direction the fabric is folded on the front.

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Take a few stitches through the corner to anchor it down on the back and on the front.

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Now your quilt is going to look great!

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Join me for my next Mystery Adventure, starting in February . Look out for the fabric requirements in December here on my blog!

 


Binding 101 - Part Four - Easy mitred join (no rulers!)

Welcome to part four of my Binding 101 tutorial.

Joining the ends of my binding was always a bit of a hit and miss affair. I used to fold one end inside the other and hope for the best. This didn't look good as it produced a lumpy, straight join when all the others were mitred and nice and flat.

I tried using various binding gadgets but could never figure out from one quilt to the next what to do, and got frustrated when I cut too much off, or cut the wrong way round.

Then one day I decided the only thing to do was to try and figure it out for myself, and I eventually came up with this method which for me is more intuitive and I can now actually remember how to do it every time!

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Get a beautiful join in your binding

Give it a try next time you join your binding...

Start by leaving yourself PLENTY of room to work with. I start sewing my binding 10-12" from the beginning of the strip, and leave a good 12" gap at the end. The orange pins in this photo show where I started and stopped sewing:

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Leave plenty of binding free

Now you need to take your quilt to the ironing board and have a few pins handy.

Take the right hand flap of binding and fold up at 45 degrees, then press:

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Fold up at 45 degrees and press

Now take the left hand flap of binding and fold it downwards at 45 degrees so the two folds match up. Press.

 

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Fold the left hand side downwards and press

So now we have marked where the binding is going to be joined, we are now going to pin the seam.

Open out the right hand binding strip. You can see the marks where we pressed.

 

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See the 'V' where the pin points to

Now lay the left hand side over the top of the right hand side. Line up the pressed marks like this:

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Line up the pressed marks

Open up the left hand binding and pin.

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Open out the left hand binding strip
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Pin the binding flaps together

Now mark a diagonal line.

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Mark a diagonal line for sewing

Sew on the marked line

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Sew the two ends of binding together

Hey presto! We have a mitred join.

Before I cut anything, I always fold everything back and check that my join is in the right place. Then I can safely cut off the excess binding.

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Test for fit before trimming

 

Trim the seam to 1/4" and press open.

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Trim the final seam

Finally, sew this last bit of binding to the quilt.

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Sew down the final part of the binding

Join me in part five where we sew the back of the binding down and I give you tips for some great tools.