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!

THREADS
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

QUILTING DECISIONS 

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)

QUILTING OFFERS

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)

BINDING YOUR QUILT

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



PRIZES
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 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

End Game Quilt Sew Along - Week 5


I can't believe we are getting so close to the end of the End Game Quilt Sew Along.  I have been so inspired by all the different and personal stories behind your choices for which fabrics you went with and how so many of these Quilts have an owner eagerly awaiting its finish.

While Equilateral Triangles can be quite tricky when you first start, I hope that after the tips I have given you and a bit of practice you are well and truly feeling more confidant and seeing improvement and satisfaction at your points lining up.

One of the things that I have seen lots of comment about on your posts is, just how quick this Quilt sews together - and that it seemed like this was much quicker than you expected to sew all the rows together.  I am really excited to hear this and I know some of you are already even working on your second End Game Quilt.

This week we are working on finishing up your last few rows - that is Rows 7-9 as well as sewing all the rows together (if you haven't done so already).  Our aim by the end of this week is to have a completed Quilt Top.

END GAME QUILT INSPIRATION


Mini and Full size by @4theluvofquilts




SPONSORS
This week we have some great prizes up for grabs from our Sponsors.


Ava and Neve have this gorgeous Fat 1/4 Bundle of Chambray Linens


Beautifully Mended have this "Bliss" Riley Blake FQ Bundle for one 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.

Next week will be the Final Blog Post for the End Game Quilt Sew Along - if there is anything you would like me to cover in this Blog Post send me an email to - tiedwitharibbon@gmail.com.  So far I will be covering Quilting options, Thread Colours that match the Tula Pink Solids fabrics and a Binding Tutorial to help out.  If there is something else you would find helpful please let me know.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Brand new Tied with a Ribbon Pattern Releases



This is my Confetti Quilt and to say it is one of my most favourite pattern designs is an understatement.  It has recently undergone a makeover for the Pattern with this absolutely stunning range - Pinkerville by Tula Pink.  As soon as I saw this new collection I immediately knew I was going to HAVE to make a new Confetti Quilt with it.


The Confetti Quilt pattern is so versatile as a design - and perfect for any person you choose to make this for.  I have made a huge number of these quilts over the years for different occasions including my Brothers Wedding gift, a nephews birthday, one for my Dad's Birthday, my girls have a version each - one out of Alice Caroline Liberty and one out of Road Trip by Alison Glass.  I have even made a few smaller version to celebrate new baby arrivals.  As you can see this design suits everybody.


I have made this version using Tula Pink - Pinkerville and Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Metallic in Opal for the background fabric.  So if you are a Tula fan - you are going to love this range.  


This pattern is simply machine pieced so it is suitable for even a beginner.  Those more advanced with their sewing skills will breeze through making this fun and addictive quilt.  You do not need to worry about points matching perfectly in this design.  This pattern is Fat Quarter Friendly or also great to dive into your scrap bucket and make a dent.  You will love making this Confetti Quilt.



Also available wholesale through Creative Abundance and available in a large number of Local Quilt stores in paper format.  



There has been such love for the Sewing Quote Mini Quilts that I have designed that I thought it time for a new design to add to the series.  Introducing - Sew Much Fabric Mini Quilt (19.5in x 19.5in - 50cm x 50cm).

Isn't this quote the truth - as sewers and quilters we certainly have lots of beautiful fabrics so this was perfect to use as a design for a new Mini Quilt.


Mini Quilts are fun to make and really quick.  You can use special fabrics you have been hoarding or dive into your scrap bucket for all the lettering and notions in this design. 

These make perfect presents to make for your sewing friends or for you to decorate your own sewing space with.  Also great if you are needing a Mini Quilt for a swap.


I made this version with Pinkerville by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics.


You can Applique your lettering and notions any way you choose - by machine or hand.  The pattern is also Scan and Cut friendly. 


This version has been made using Jen Kingwell's - Looking Froward range and her amazing wovens.


Also available wholesale through Creative Abundance and available in a large number of Local Quilt stores in paper format.  

I hope you love these new designs of mine

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 
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