Saturday, August 17, 2019

10 small Tips that make a BIG difference to your Quilting!

When it comes to Quilting - whether you are new to Quilting or have been doing it for many years here are my favourite small tips that will help to make a BIG difference.

TIP 1 - Check your 1/4in seam allowance.  Accuracy is very important in Quilting.  Double check your seam allowance actually measures 1/4in.  Different brands of machines actually sew at different sized 1/4in seams.  Investing in a 1/4in foot for your sewing machine will help.

TIP 2 - Always pin before you sew. It will help you align your seams to avoid having to un-pick mis-aligned seams.

TIP 3 - Change your sewing needle every 8 hours (or new Quilt top).  This will ensure your needle is sharp and avoid any skipping or pulled stitches.

TIP 4 - Set your Seams.  When pressing, press the sewn seam flat first then press it in the direction you need it to lay.  This will achieve a straighter seam.

TIP 5 - If you are new to Quilting making smaller projects is a great way to build confidence and skills.  Pillows, Mini Quilts, Table Runners are perfect to get you inspired.

Weekend Quilting is filled with small projects to make

TIP 6 - Make sure to read Instructions all the way through before you begin.  It will help you to understand where you are headed, what supplies you will need to organise before you begin and will step you through each stage with ease.  

TIP 7 - Organise yourself and your workspace before you begin a project for example make sure you have all the notions you need, pre wind your bobbins, iron your fabrics before you begin cutting.  All these things will help keep you moving through your project rather than lots of stopping and starting.

TIP 8 - When you are making blocks such as Half Square Triangles (HST's) or Flying Geese (if the pattern doesn't already account for it) slightly oversize the blocks so that you can trim them down accurately to size.

TIP 9 - Take a class at your Local Quilt Store or Online classes.  Getting some help and advice is a great way to learn more as well as meeting like minded creative people.

TIP 10 - Choose good quality fabrics and notions - you will enjoy making your projects so much more without frustration from inferior notions or poor quality sewing equipment.  Buy the best your budget can afford.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Tilda Plum Garden Showcase

Tilda fans will once again be excited with the release of the brand new collection - Plum Garden.  Very true to style - these sweet florals and delicate prints have been paired with wonderful blenders for this new range.  Featuring sweet florals, little ducks and paisley prints, Plum Garden will be a Tilda lovers dream. Thanks to Tilda Australia and 2 Green Zebras for asking me to Showcase these beautiful fabrics.

I was immediately drawn to the blue fabrics in this range and so paired them up with some of the Tilda Tiny Dots to make a Baby version of my Big Blocks Quilt.  So fresh and modern for any baby or toddler.  

Big Blocks Quilt is a pattern designed to showcase your fabrics to the max while making your quilt in a flash.  The size of the blocks means you have a quilt together in not time and perfect to show off beautiful prints such as these Plum Garden fabrics.  In the Plum Garden collection is this really lovely Dot print called - Tilda Plum Dot Dove White.  This made the perfect fabric for the back of this Baby Quilt.

I love the mix of scale in these prints from tiny florals to larger blooms and paisley.

Just perfect for a new little arrival or as a quilt for a Toddler - this Big Blocks Quilt is just so precious in these Tilda Plum fabrics.  

Tilda Plum Garden is in stores now

Check out the other amazing designers showcasing their wonderful makes on the 
Tilda Plum Garden Showcase.

22 JuneMOLLY AND MAMA@mollyandmama
23 JuneA SPOONFUL OF SUGAR@aspoonfulsugar
24 JunePICCOLO STUDIO@piccolostudio_sarah
25 JuneLILABELLE LANE@lilabellelane
27 JuneAQUA PAISLEY@aqua_paisley
28 JuneJO MOLONY DOLLMAKER / ARTIST@deerdarlingdolls
29 JuneKASHZALE HANDMADE COSMETIC BAG@kashzalehandmadecosmeticbag
1 JulyOFFICIAL LAUNCH DAY  @tilda_australia
3 JulyELLIES HANDMADE@ellieshandmade_
4 JulyPRECIOUS LITTLE POPPETS@preciouslittlepoppets
5 JulyA SPOONFUL OF SUGAR  @aspoonfulsugar
6 JulyARABESQUE SCISSORS@arabesquescissors
7 JulyTIED WITH A RIBBON@tiedwitharibbon
8 JulyPATCHWORK AND ME@patchwork_and_me
12 JulyFIGNBERRY CREATIONS@fignberrycreations
13 JulyFRANCES LILLY DESIGNS@franceslillydesigns

Happy Quilting
Jemima x x 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Big Blocks Quilt Pattern Release

Introducing my newest Quilt pattern - BIG BLOCKS!

After the release of Quilt Big, I even more realised the value you guys hold in blocks that come together very quickly to give you results fast.  I get it - our sewing time is precious so when you get the time to Quilt and sew you want to make it count and even more so when you need a project for a present pronto.

So I set about designing a block that would be big in size and fast on completing.  I also wanted it to have a small number of blocks to make in total, so playing with the sizing  became very important.  

Big Blocks is a great design to showcase your favourite fabrics.  You can use Fat Quarters or Bundles you have been hoarding in your stash.  This is also a great design to use up your scraps - so dive right in to your scrap bucket and make a dent.  You can change up the background from one Background colour to using up different fabrics for each block - really this pattern is so versatile.  Make is Rainbow order or choose a more limited colour palette - the sky is the limit and this will become a firm favourite when you need a go to quilt to make.

This version was made using up fabrics from my hoarded Carolyn Friedlander Stash.  I used three main colours - Teal, Orange and Mustards along with a different fabric for each background in each block.

This version was made using Tula Pink Solids and the Fairy Dust print from her Pinkerville Range for the Background.

This really is a fun and fast Quilt to make - the pattern includes 3 sizes - Baby, Lap and Queen sizes.  Also included is a Colouring Sheet so you can plan out your chosen fabrics and colours.

This pattern is also available to wholesale customers through Creative Abundance (who stock and distribute my patterns internationally)

If you are after paper copies then check out all the best Local Quilt Stores.

You should also definitely check out the hashtag - #bigblocksquilt to see some absolutely beautiful versions already made.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Chain of Hearts Quilt Pattern

Introducing my Chain of Hearts Quilt pattern.  I have to admit this design has been in the works for several years.  I first drew up and designed this quilt about 2 years ago, I even pulled this exact fabric that I ended up still using because these fabrics are spectacular.  Over that time, the quilt would come out and then for one reason or another be put aside.  

So back in about March, I decided it was time to get this design out and sewn up because I had lots of ideas for how to make this pattern even better now.  

I wanted to design a beautiful heart inspired design for this quilt and played with the layout quite a bit.  For me this was the first time I had designed a pattern "on point" and so I knew that in terms of how I was going to write out the pattern and work up the diagrams was going to be a new challenge but one I was excited to take on.  After working up this design in the Throw size, I knew that this would make the perfect Baby Quilt and Pillow sizes as well to add more options to this pattern.

In the midst of all this designing and creating in these beautiful Liberty fabrics and Chambrays, I happened to have come across my desk - the amazing Alison Glass Sunprint 2019 arrive and well - I knew what I needed to now include in this design.  That's right - a Rainbow order version.  

Bringing together Sunprint 2019 and the Kaleidoscope collection fabrics was just a made made in Alison Glass fabric heaven.

The Chain of Hearts Pattern includes three sizes - Baby, Throw and Pillow versions in the 4 colour version along with the Throw size in the Rainbow Order colour way.  Full colour photos and illustrations are included in this bumper 18page pattern as well as a Colouring Sheet to help you plan.  

This pattern is also available to wholesale customers through Creative Abundance (who stock and distribute my patterns internationally)

If you are after paper copies then check out all the best Local Quilt Stores.

You should also definitely check out the hashtag - #chainofheartsquilt to see some absolutely beautiful version already made.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

Summer Sampler 2019 - Piecing Bootcamp

Its here - the Summer Sampler for 2019 has just been released and I am beyond excited to have been asked to participate as a designer in this highly anticipated series that is launching again this year.  Faith Jones @freshlemonsquilts, Lee Heinrich @lee.a.heinrich and Katie Blakesley @swimbikequilt invited me to create a block based off one of my favourite Piecing Skills.  Its all about growing your skills and confidence throughout the various piecing and design techniques.

Involved in the series are 17 amazingly talented designers with 21 Quilt Blocks and 2 Finishing Layout Patterns for you to choose.

Kicking off on May 20th, each Monday for 21 weeks, Quilt Along style, you will receive a pattern via email for a specific technique based quilt block.  There are 2 different finishing options so at the end of the quilt along you can decide if you would prefer the curves or diamond layout option for your blocks.

When you sign up you also get access to a Private Facebook Quilt Along group. 

Can you guess which Block I have created?

The cost of the Quilt Along is US$29.99 

I will be showcasing my block in more detail in September so stay tuned.

That is right friends - I designed the Equilateral Triangles Block - "Twist and Turn".

I am really looking forward to seeing the blocks that everyone creates 

Happy Quilting
Jemima x

Sunday, April 14, 2019

End Game Quilt Sew Along - Week 6

Well I can't believe we have come to the final week of the End Game Quilt Sew Along.  I am beyond humbled by all those who have joined in and for all the love this pattern of mine has been shown.  A massive thank you to you all for your support - it really does mean so much to me.

So this week is all abut getting your End Game Quilt Top ready for Quilting, and Binding and being able to then finish it up.  I have put together some tips and links below which I hope will help you with the decisions for this next part of the process with how you will finish it.

Did you see in the Latest issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting that the End Game Quilt Sew Along got a mention. So cool right!

I was asked to put together a list of Aurifil Threads that Match the Tula Pink Solids I have used in my End Game Quilt.  So here is my list of Aurifil Colours to match the Tula Pink Solids.

Top left through to bottom right..
Sapphire - #2780
Cornflour - #2730
Agean - #1148
Limeade - #1231
Pear - #5015
Tula - #2479
Sweet Pea - #2515
Taffy - #2435
Glacier - #2800


When it comes to deciding on how to Quilt your Quilt - you have lots of options.

1 - Quilt It Yourself - for those keen to quilt your own Quilt there are lots of ways you can tackle this.  I have Quilted all of the End Game Mini Quilts I have made.  They don't have extravagant quilting on them - just simple lines following the diagonal of the triangles, using the seam line and my 1/4in foot on my machine as my guide.

If you are quilting the Full Size End Game Quilt you will need to fill in your quilt with a lot more Quilting because of the size of the Triangles.  You can do this in lots of different ways - Straight Line Quilting, Cross-Hatching over the entire quilt, using a Large Zig Zag stitch without needing a lot of experience.

For those wanting to give Free-Motion Quilting a go or already are familiar with this Technique, check out this Blog Post I wrote all about Machine Quilting.  I hope this gives you some helpful tips.

2. Hand Quilting - no this isn't a crazy idea at all.  I love Hand Quilting and am even working on Hand Quilting a version I am making as a gift for an upcoming Baby arrival for a friend.  I love the texture that Hand Quilting creates - it is so snuggly and soft and gives such an amazing texture to the quilt.  If you are keen to Hand Quilt your End Game Quilt then check out this Blog Post I wrote all about my favourite Hand Quilting Tips and Tools to use.

3. Send it to a Professional - there are lots of reasons to use a Long Arm Quilting service.  Find a Quilting service you are happy with and chat to them about your needs for this Quilt.  Always remember that when you send your Quilt to be Long Arm Quilted - your batting and backing fabric need to be at least 4in bigger on all sides than your Quilt top.  

I had Carol Brady of the Quilting Cottage Custom Quilt my Original Tula Pink Solids End Game Quilt.  Custom Quilting is different to Edge to Edge Quilting so chat to your Quilter about what your budget is and what you want the quilting to look like.  

Here are some Pics of different Quilting that The Quilting Cottage has done on some different versions of End Game Quilts I have made.

Original Tula Pink Solids End Game Quilt - Custom Quilted by The Quilting Cottage

Edge to Edge Floral Quilting design all over to compliment these Forage Fabrics 
(collection by Anna Graham)

Edge to Edge Wave pattern on these Sunprint 2019 Fabrics
(collection by Alison Glass)


Carol Brady from The Quilting Cottage is offering those here in Aus 20% off Edge to Edge Quilting if you send your End Game Quilt to her to be Quilted.  (valid till 15th June)

Kaitlyn from Knot and Thread Design in the US is offering 20% of Edge to Edge Quilting if you send your End Game Quilt to her. (valid till 15th June)


Once you have your Quilt all Quilted - now you can turn your attention to Binding your Quilt. There are so many Tutorials for how to bind you Quilt if you Google.

I have put together a Tutorial on how to work the Binding continuously around the corner when you sew it onto the top of your Quilt - its a small but very helpful and useful way to sew your Binding all on in one go.  Check it out here

For our final week we have 2 amazing Sponsors with prizes up for the final week of the End Game Quilt Sew Along.

Sew Stitching Happy are giving away this FQ Bundle, Thread, Pencil and Unicorn Scissors 
Gift Pack to one winner

Aurifil have one of my Quilt Big Thread Collections to give away as a Major Prize for ONE lucky winner.

So to be in the running post your pics from the weeks prompt on Instagram to - #endgamequilt#endgamequiltsewalong and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.  It also helps to tag me - @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post.

A massive thank you again to everyone who has bought my Pattern(s) and participated in the End Game Quilt Sew Along - I am so blown away by how many of you from all over the wold have joined in and just in love with your fabric choices and how your quilts have come together.

Thank you , Thank you, Thank you

Jemima x x 
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