Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekend Quilting - Upcoming Release

Never, ever, ever in my wildest dreams did I think that when I left Teaching several years ago that I would become a Full time Quilter let alone write a book.  Well it is time to pinch myself because after lots of work designing, creating, sewing and quilting my first book - Weekend Quilting is nearly here.  

Weekend Quilting had been designed to get you inspired to Sew and Quilt and make projects from start to finish over several days.  Finding time to quilt doesn't have to be a luxury.  In this book there are Quilts, Cushions, Table Runners and Mini Quilts to make in several days or less.

Written for quilters of all skill levels - there are 16 designs with 8 basic blocks and techniques from Nine Patches, Pinwheels to Appliqué and Foundation Paper Piecing.  There are also chapters on Quilt making Basics and finishing techniques as well as all my favourite tips and tricks.

Weekend Quilting will be released on April 12th and below you will find the list for both Retail and Wholesale Stockists both here in Australia and Internationally.

I will have copies available as well in my store once I get my hands on them and if you would like them signed then I am more than happy to do so as well.

Weekend Quilting is available (retail) for Pre-Order here at Amazon

In Australia Wholesale - Pre - Order through Creative Abundance 
That means you will be able to ask your favourite Quilt Store to stock it

International Wholesale Distribution - Fons and Porter for F & W Media

In Europe and the UK - F and W Media International 

There is much in the pipeline for lots of upcoming Promo for Weekend Quilting  -including a Book Showcase with many of my wonderful Sewing and Quilting Friends as well as a Sew Along planned as well.  There will be lots of other fun things to post about with lots I have planned and extra Bonus materials and patterns that I plan to make available as well. 

I wanted to give a big shout out to my 2 wonderful Editors - Amelia and Jodi for helping to make this book dream into a reality.  I could not have done it without your support and constant encouragement.

Several of my favourite Stores also helped out along the way with Fabrics, Notions and Long Arm Quilting services for this book.  A big thank you to 

I can't wait to see all that you make from my book and gratefully appreciate the wonderful support within this community.

Happy Sewing
Jemima x x

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Going to the Zoo - Homespun BOM - Month 1 - Train Tutorial

Have you seen the first issue of the Homespun "Going to the Zoo" Block of the Month (BOM) designed by myself (Jemima Flendt) and Claire TurpinEach Month a new Block will be featured in Homespun so that you can work through it at your own pace.

You can grab your copy of Homespun in Australia through your favourite Craft/Quilt Store, Newsagents and Target Stores.  Digitally it is available to download on Zinio, The Apple Newsstand or Google Play if you are outside Australia.

This design was great fun to create and make and we can't wait to see these  being made over the coming year.  We are planning on putting together some extra helpful information to help you with some of the pieces of the Blocks like  tips, tricks or like below a Tutorial just so you know exactly how we made different elements of the Playmat/Quilt. 

Month 1 - Entrance and Train Block.

Felt Softie Train Tutorial

Step 1 - Gather the Supplies needed to make your Train (as stated in Month 1). Following the steps in the Magazine, prepare your Appliqué Train and Press it to your felt.

Step 2 - Appliqué your Train using your chosen method - I have used a small Blanket Stitch on the machine in Matching Guitermann Sulky Thread to give it a lovely shine.

Step 3 - Take the finished Appliquéd Train and using a fabric erasable marker, mark a straight line under the train (for sewing). Place this piece on top of the second/backing rectangle of felt. Pin around your Train.

Step 4 - Machine sew around the outside of the train.  I used an Open Toe foot so that I could see where I was stitching better.

Step 5 - Stop about 2in from where you started (the blue pin) and then put the "Needle Down" into the felt.

Step 6 - Lift up the Presser Foot on your machine so that the needle is still in position.  Take your toy filling and carefully stuff your Train (while it is still in the machine).

You can use a blunt ended tool to help "poke" the toy filling to the ends of the train to get a nice even fill.

Step 7 - When you have about half stuffed your train - place the Jingle Bells inside as well and continue to stuff until you are happy with the firmness.

Step 8 - Place the Presser Foot back down and then continue to sew to the end (back where you started) - remembering to back stitch your finished stitches.

Step 9 - Take your Pinking Shears and carefully trim around the shape of your train.

Your completed Felt Softie Train should look like this.

We can't wait to see the "Going to the Zoo" BOM Play mats that you create so please - send us your pictures, tag @tiedwitharibbon and @claireturpindesign in your BOM and #homespunzoobom #homespunbom2017 in your Instagram posts as we are really excited to see these being made.

Happy Sewing 
Jemima x x

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Going to the Zoo - Homespun 2017 Block of the Month (BOM)

Through 2016 I was working on a very secret squirrel project with my sewing partner in crime - Claire Turpin.  Together we were working on creating the feature Block of the Month for Homespun Magazine.
This was a super exciting project to be able to work on and a great way to express our combined creativity to create this Child's Playmate/Quilt.

The inspiration behind the project was all about "Going to Zoo" so we set about firstly deciding upon which animals we would feature and how we could put all these together in an interesting and new way.  We developed the concept for the Octagonal Play mat as an interactive and fun quilt that any child would not only love to have but could actually play and be imaginative with it.  

The quilt features lots of poplar animals that we have brought to life with Applique and by using interactive elements for the kids to play with.  The Playmate also draws up to become a bag so that the fun can be taken anywhere you like.  

Featuring Lecien Modern L's and Minny Muus from Lecien Fabrics, these fabrics are fun, bright and help to bring that unique element to this BOM as we hoped.

The Homespun "Going to the Zoo" BOM runs from the February issue through to November and we will along the way show you some Tutorials and other inspired creations to make.  

We can't wait to see the "Going to the Zoo" BOM Play mats that you create so please - send us your pictures, tag @tiedwitharibbon and @claireturpindesign in your BOM and #homespunzoobom #homespunbom2017 in your Instagram posts as we are really excited to see these being made.

Homespun is available in Australia at all good Quilt/Craft stores, Newsagents and Target stores.  Digitally through Zinio, the Apple Newsstands or google Play for all our overseas friends who would love to sew along with us.

There is a big lists of stores in Australia and New Zealand who will be stocking kits to make.  You can check out the list below for the store closest to you.

Happy sewing
Jemima x 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Quilt Petite Blog Hop

Lets just say I was very excited to receive this wonderful copy of Sedef Imer's first book - Quilt Petite for Tuva Publishing.  Sedef has a style and way all her own and to have a whole book filled with ideas and inspiration it certainly was a hard pick to pick one project to make for this Blog Hop.

A few days before the book arrived I had this bundle of Slow and Steady by Tula Pink arrive and I just loved that there were so many green prints and colours in this range.  I knew these would match my kitchen perfectly and so decided to make the "Pretty on Point Placemats" which I knew would look fabulous on my table for summer.

I do love making Half Square Triangles - and with them turned on point make this design great to feature lots of fabrics.  I decided to make them all with a background fabric to really let the prints and design pop.  After a bit of trimming all my point were perfect and it was easy to work through the steps in the pattern to make these placemats.

I think this is the best binding fabric - EVER!

After some machine quilting along the diagonals of the Triangles and behind the Cutlery pocket these  placemats are almost to pretty to be used on the table but I am a practical person and love to see things I made used and loved.  Summer entertaining will be fun and how great is that Cutlery Pocket. It think that was almost the feature I was drawn to the most.

So I could hardly stop at one - so I made six for our table!  I think I am also going to make a matching Table runner just using the on point HST's and that fabulous Binding to match.

Sedef has announced that she is holding a Giveaway - so for all the details you can head over here to see how to enter.  

Also don't forget to stop by all these wonderful makers to see what they will be making.

November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (intro + giveaway)
November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art
November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place
November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth
November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt
November 11: Minki at Minki's Work Table
November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork
November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama
November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy
November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs
November 16: Amy at Nana Company
November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave
November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew
November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl
November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet
November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design
November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut
November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot
November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox
November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew
November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane
November 28: Kate at The Homemakery
November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon
November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac
December 1: Anorina at Samelia's Mum
December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric
December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made
December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This
December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand
December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs
December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz
December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen
December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (wrap up + giveaway winner)

Happy Sewing
Jemima x x

Monday, November 21, 2016

Just Sew Happy - new pattern release!

I have to say that while I have been creating so many things of late, many of them are all projects that are secret squirrel and I can't share with you just as of yet.  However this is one project I am super thrilled to share with you.

"Just Sew Happy" is the follow up sister Mini Quilt to "When life gives you scraps".  This new design had been buzzing around in my head for a while and the sketches even go back to a plane flight from much earlier this year.  

Introducing - my newest pattern release - "Just Sew Happy" Mini Quilt.  This is a just for fun Mini quilt filled with your favourite sewing and quilting notions.  All done in Appliqué this Mini Quilt would be great in your sewing space, perfect for Mini Quilt Swaps or just to sew - just for fun!

It is also available wholesale through Creative Abundance for stores looking to stock this or any of my patterns.

I'd love to see your versions of my patterns so please tag me over on Instagram @tiedwitharibbon and #justsewhappyminiquilt.

Happy sewing
Jemma x x 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Wistful Winds Blog Tour

Wistful Winds is the latest collection by Shari Butler for Riley Blake Designs.  I had the pleasure of meeting Shari at Quilt Market back in May this year and not a gentler soul may be found.  This range has a very deep and meaningful back story and Shari will be sharing more of the inspiration behind her range through the blog tour.  I was thrilled to be asked by Shari to participate in this blog tour and you can see what I have made below.

I just love the mix of red, blue, yellow white and pinks in the sweetest florals, all that have fabulous co-ordinating blenders in spots and stripes and lots of bold geometric patterns.

I have already made one of these "On the Go Backpacks" and I said I was going to definitely make more.  I just love how this version in these Wistful Winds fabrics have turned out.  I love red and these red florals against the bias stripes are just so cute.  The spots really let the future prints stand out and this pattern works so well.

I am going to make some more of these Backpacks as well as they are so cute and will really make great gifts.

I also used this range to make this sweet pillow from Peta's Sweet Stars Quilt Pattern.

Here is the line up of all the wonderful people that will be involved in this great Blog Tour.

October 3rd:
Amy Sinibaldi –
Kristyne Czepuryk –

October 4th:
Amanda Niederhauser –
Amy Smart –

October 5th:
Meagan Taylor/Kristi Jones –
Christine Cook –

October 6th:
Elea Lutz –
Jodie Carleton –

October 7th:
Sedef Imer –
Jina Barney –

October 10th:
Elizabeth Evans –
Kimberly Bourne –

October 11th:
Jemima Flendt –
Nadra Ridgeway –
Amy Chappel –

October 12th:
Katie Skoog –
Amber Johnson –
Gwen Sager -

October 13th:
Angie Wilson –
Clare Horsman –
Deanna Wall –

October 14th:
Melissa Mortenson –
Jessica Stewart –
Shari Butler –

Happy Sewing
Jemima x 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sweet Stars Sew Along - Machine and Free Motion Quilting Tips and a GIVEAWAY!

Today is my turn as the Guest Blogger on the Sweet Stars Sewalong and I will be sharing all my tips and tricks for successful Machine and Free Motion Quilting.  

This Sweet Stars Quilt was designed by the lovely Peta from She Quilts A Lot.  You can grab a copy of the pattern from Peta's store here and Fat Quarter shop have kits to make this quilt for yourself.

A lot of people find this part of the Quilting process a little daunting - mostly it comes down to practice - the more you practice the better your machine quilting will become.  I am sharing some of the things I think that will help the most and they ways I prefer to do things, to set yourself up to enjoy and be successful at machine quilting.


* Make sure to change your machine needle at least every 8 sewing hours or 
   at the start of a new quilt.
* I recommend using Universal size 80 needles
* If using thicker style threads such as Aurifl 12wt - use a Topstitch needle.


* I love to use a variety of different threads when machine quilting - you can      
   create lots of interest and detail in your quilt by using different colours, 
   weights and specialty style threads such as Metallic and Variegated 
* My favourites are Aurifil threads - in 50wt, 12wt and Brillo (metallic). Always     
   use a good quality thread so that you don't have trouble with snapping,    
   shedding or breaking.
* I like to use the same thread usually top and bottom.  If you make them
   different colours then you need to test your tension on a scrap piece of 
   fabric first so that the thread colours do not blend through to the alternate 


* My favourite tools to mark up a design on a quilt are Masking Tape, Clover    
   Herra Marker or this Sewline Air-erasable Fabric Pen.  Make sure that if you   
   use any pens or fabric markers - you read the instructions carefully for how to 
   remove the pen/marks from you quilt before you iron or wash your quilt.  


* With a Quilt always have your wadding and backing at least 4in larger around  
   all sides of your quilt.  I allow 2in larger for Mini Quilts or Cushions.
* I like to use natural Cotton Batting - there is a large choice of different types 
   of fibre content for Battings - each will yield a different result when quilted.
* I prefer to Pin-baste my quilts - as shown in the picture.  Pin about a "fistful" 
   apart.  Make sure to remove pins from the area you are machine quilting as  
   you go.
* When using white background fabrics I prefer to use a "Bleached White"  
   Cotton Batting so that the white stays nice and bright.  Natural Batting can 
   leave white fabrics looking "discoloured".


* Free Motion quilting requires attaching the Free Motion Foot to your machine 
   and dropping down the feed dogs (the serrated teethe under the stitch plate).  
   When you are stitching with these - you are in complete control of your 
   machine and its sewing - this takes practice but the more you do the better 
   you will become. 
* It is important not to create "drag" on your quilt when machine quilting.  Roll  
   the quilt so that the bulk is on the outside of the machine rather than in the 
   quilting bed (neck).
* Get comfortable - make sure you position yourself so that you are at the right 
   height and can sit well at the chair so that you are not "hunched" over your  
* Start in 1/4 of the quilt and work your way around in a circular motion, 
   unrolling the quilt as you go if you are working on a Free Motion design.  
   When Machine Quilting lines, sew all the horizontals and then all of the  
   verticals.  Take your quilt out of the machine and re-roll when needed to help 
   reduce the bulk of the quilt in the quilting bed and to make sure you don't 
   have "drag" on your quilt.


* There are lot of different patterns you can make when Machine/Free Motion 
* Machine Quilting - you can make Cross Hatching, Double Cross Hatching or   
   Curved Cross-Hatching Tram-lines just to name a few I use regularly.
* Free Motion Patterns I love to use are Stippling, Loops, Geometric Patterns,   
   and designs which incorporate all of these. 
* I recommend going to your local Quilting store and taking lessons on Free   
   Motion and Machine Quilting.  This will really help to increase your confidence 
   and you can work through with them if you are having any issues with your 
   machine and having someone right there can really help.  It is also a great 
   way of practicing. 



* From the pattern I made several of the blocks and then joined them to make a    
   Mini Quilt.  I used my favourite design which is Loops. This is my "go to" Free 
   Motion design as I can sew it quickly and looks great when the design   
   incorporates several blocks and lines within the patterns are less obvious.

EDIT _ GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED GIVEAWAY - If you would like to win a Fat 8th Bundle of Sweet Orchard by Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane for Riley Blake Fabrics then you can leave a comment below.  There is one bundle up for grabs - open internationally and a random name will be drawn on Friday 30th September.  (make sure to leave a contact email)

Happy Sewing
Jemima x x
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