Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Trinket Box Quilt - New Pattern release.

Introducing my latest Quilt pattern release -  Trinket Box.  This Quilt has been a long time in the making, having originally drawn up the design about two years ago - earlier this year I knew it was time to get this quilt made.  Inspired by a "Trinket Box" filled with my Grandmothers Gemstone brooches I sat down to draw what would become the design for the Gemstone Blocks.

When I first made this quilt - I decided to go with the 9 Gemstone configuration of blocks you see further down below ("Lap" Quilt).  These are repeated Blocks to showcase stunning fabrics with this Applique.  This quilt then saw not one, not two but three different borders designed, then sewn, sewn on the quilt and then removed.  I was so undecided about how I was going to incorporate a border. Nothing seemed to speak to me and with the meaning behind the quilt so sentimental to me - I had to dig deep.  

I set the quilt top aside and then headed back to my computer to see what else I could do to make this quilt work. I then went back to the drawing you see above and decided that I needed to make this version instead.  

Completely happy with this "Grand" version of this Trinket Box Quilt,  I sent it off to be Custom Quilted by Carol Brady at The Quilting Cottage.  But something was still not right with how I was going to format the pattern.  So I decided to re-visit the smaller version - keep that simple with no border and then I ended up including BOTH versions in the pattern so that you can decide which you would like to make for yourself.

This is the centre block to the "Grand" Quilt version (72.5in x 72.5in / 184cm x 184cm) - it features 12 Blocks with the Round Gems around the outside of the blocks and this beautiful centre Block on point.  I chose to Machine - Blanket Stitch all my Appliqué but the beauty with Appliqué that you can choose your favourite way to Appliqué - by hand or by machine.  

I used my favourite Anna Maria Horner fabrics to make this quilt along with different greys for the background fabrics.  

This is the "Lap" version of the Trinket Box Quilt, it is slightly smaller (60.5in x 60.5in / 154cm x 154cm) but packs just as much punch.  In this version the 9 Gemstone blocks are all repeated with the Round Gems around each of the Gemstone blocks.  If you are new to Appliqué this is a great Quilt to get you inspired.  

So you get to decide with this pattern - which Quilt to make and of course which way you would like to Applique the Blocks.  This Lap Quilt was made using Tilda's Sunkiss range and Essex Line Homespun in Limestone by Robert Kaufman for the background to this quilt. 

The pattern also has Colouring Pages for both designs as well as a Full Size (Download for PDF patterns or A3 pages included in Paper copies) Layout Guide for the Gemstone Blocks which makes it really helpful for positioning your Appliqué pieces.

I also decided that with the Appliqué something that would be very helpful would be a set of Acrylic Templates that could be used for both the tracing and cutting elements of the Appliqué making process.  

Wholesale copies of Trinket Box and Template sets are also available to stores through Creative Abundance.  

A massive thank you to The Quilting Cottage for her amazing Quilting of these quilts.  Also a big thanks you to Tracey Berkmortel Photography for the stunning images of these quilts that she has captured. 

Happy Quilting
Jemima x x

Sunday, October 7, 2018

An Alice Caroline Liberty Exclusives Confetti Quilt

These absolutely STUNNING Liberty Fabrics arrived recently thanks to Alice Caroline Fabrics.  They are the latest in their Exclusives Collection and it's true to say that my heart skipped quite a few beats when I opened these beauties.

Alice Caroline, in this latest collection have taken some of these sentimental Liberty favourites and re-coloured them to work so beautifully as one collection showcasing all the colours of the rainbow.

While I could never pick a favourite - an absolute stand out is the Pink Gold Besty with its touches of metallic gold in the flowers - just the icing on the cake.  The Mint Capel would have to be another one I am really in love with.

It actually took me a little while to decide what I was going to make with these Liberty fabrics.  I wanted to showcase the rainbow effect of these fabrics as well as making something that let the prints shine.  I eventually decided to make my Confetti Quilt pattern using this Tana Lawn Nude as the background.  It is the most elegant shade of slight pink that lets the prints stand out.

As I was busy making this Confetti Quilt - my 14year old daughter quickly claimed this one telling me how perfect it would go with her room.  I used each of the prints from the collection to make this and also added two prints from the previous Exclusives collection to make up the required number of prints for the blocks.

With these rainbow colours, I love how well the prints play together and how even the darker prints compliment the pastel coloured prints in these florals.

Whether you are a die hard Liberty lover or new to these, these Exclusives are a must for your stash!

This Liberty Confetti Quilt is now happily on my daughters bed - being already loved and snuggled under.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x x

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Electric Pop - Road Trip Style!

I have long loved the fabric collections by designer Alison Glass.  Her latest collection - Road Trip for Andover Fabrics though, has me all giddy!  It has all my favourite elements - bright florals, bold prints, saturated colours all in a Rainbow spectrum.  What more could a quilter ask for!  Naturally when Alison sent me some to play with I knew I needed to make a quilt that showcased these prints and to do her collection proud.  Bring on the beginnings of a new Electric Pop.

With a large number of prints to choose which paired perfectly with her previous collection of Shot Cotton and Chambray solids called Kaleidoscope, I quickly knew I was going to NEED to make an Electric Pop Quilt to marry these two ranges together.

As I was beginning to pair up the Solids and prints in each of these blocks - I loved how with having all the Kaleidoscope Collection (In a Fat 1/8th Bundle from Sew Mondo) gave me the selection of Yarn Dyes to match each Print to the perfect coloured Solid.

These prints were just perfect to colour wash across the quilt - I decided to go from lightest to darkest on the diagonal for this one.  I just adore those sweet florals and those Strawberries are just so cute.  

The prints from Road Trip are 100% Cotton while the Kaleidoscope collection are mostly Shot Cottons and a couple of Chambray's.  The Background fabric is "Indigo" also from Kaleidoscope.  These two ranges work so beautifully together and have such a texture and soft drape that I love - I can never go past a quilt swirl pic.  

The backing fabric was an easy choice using Alison Glass's Wideback - Diving Board - Puerto Cool.

It is also available wholesale through Creative Abundance.  

Whilst making this quilt my eldest daughter quickly claimed this one - so I made a matching pillow as well for her to have a new quilt on her bed.  She loves the dark, moody colour of this quilt.

Both Road Trip and Kaleidoscope are out in stores now.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Mon Beau Jardin Blog Tour

Today I am so excited to share with you this stunning fabric collection - Mon Beau Jardin by Nadra Ridgeway of Ellis and Higgs.  Nadra and I met several years ago back at Spring Quilt Market.  Having already been a fan of her work, meeting her and getting to know her over this past few years has certainly been one of the things about the Quilting Community that I really love. Making friendships with people all over the world through modern technology! 
Of course I jumped at the chance to get to work with these beautiful fabrics for the Mon Beau Jardin Blog Tour.

Nadra has an instantly recognizable style to her fabric collections.  Mon Beau Jardin is her latest range for Penny Rose Fabrics and truly has her signature all over these prints.  Stunning florals, whimsical Butterflies and blenders that so sweetly compliment the fabrics, meaning you have everything you need for a project in one range that mix and match perfectly.

You can check out all the beautiful images of the line here.

The differing size scale of the prints make these perfect for any project you have in mind to make.  It was really difficult to settle on just one project to make, so of course I made a few.  I love how many of the colours have both lighter and darker shades to compliment each other - from Pastels to Brights this collection has it all.  And with Geometrics rounding out the collection to mean you have every type of fabric you could need.

Mon Beau Jardin is now shipping to stores so check out your Local Quilt store for this beautiful range.

The first project that I made was this Unicorn Dreams Pillow Set.  I knew all these colours would be perfect for this project with their Rainbow shades.  And how beautiful is the Main Cream large-scale Floral of the cloud - its just so pretty. 

Next up I could resist making one of these "On the Go" Backpacks (pattern by Heather Bailey).  I just love making these and they are always great fun for the kids.  This will make a beautiful gift for a young girl that I will fill with a few special things to celebrate her birthday. And in these fabrics it is just to sweet.

The Mon Beau Jardin Blog tour has some absolutely talented designers and makers showcasing some stunning makes with Nadra's range - Check them out here for the Blog Tour:

7/31/18 Amber -
8/7/18 Jemima -
8/14/18 Ange -
8/21/18 Jennie -
8/28/18 Nadra -

Happy Quilting
Jemima x x

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Aurora Quilt Sew-Along Week 8

How quickly does time fly when you are having a wonderful time - I can't believe this is the last week of the Aurora Quilt Sew Along.  The past 8 weeks have been filled with so many stunning quilts being made that it has blown me away at how many have joined in and how many are working on finishing an Aurora Quilt.

Week 8 is all about getting everything ready to finish and complete your quilt.  You will need to organize and sort the backing for your quilt.  Choosing Binding is always great fun for that finishing touch and also making the decision on how you are going to quilt it yourself (whether by hand or machine) or even enlisting a Long Arm Quilter to do the quilting - this week is all about decisions.

Once you have quilted your quilt (or have had it quilted for you) you will need to sew on your Binding and then either hand or machine stitch the Binding into place.

Here is a Tutorial that I have made on a tip to help you sew the binding continuously around the corners of your quilt

I have had a great time also sewing along making this Spectacle fabric inspired version.  With the quilt back from being quilted, I used the Rifle Paper Co's - Amalfi Stripe for binding.  This was the perfect choice to tie all the colours together.  


Image thanks to @jesslovestosew

Image thanks to @bethannstitches_

Image thanks to @thederpyquilter

Image thanks to @julietapu

This weeks Sponsor is Cassie at Sew Stitching Happy - she has this beautiful Bundle of Fabrics to give away to our last lucky winner.  So to be in the running for the final week make sure to post your pics and progress (no matter which stage you are at) to the #auroraquiltsewalong and #auroraquilt hashtags.  

When I first had the idea to run this Sew Along - I had no idea that it would be so well received and that so many people would join and sew along.  It has been so inspiring to see your quilts progress as well as make lots of new sewing friends along the way.  So thank you for coming on this fun ride with me. 

A massive thanks also to all the Sponsors who donated some amazing prizes each week.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x x

Monday, July 16, 2018

Aurora Quilt Sew-Along Week 7

Well we are getting so close to the end of this wonderful #auroraquiltsewalong.  Week 7 is here and for those who have been keeping this up with the schedule then you have a bit of planning to do, for those who need to catch up then you have this week where you can keeping making progress with your Quadrants.

I am so in awe of the Aurora Quilt tops that are being made - truly they are each so amazing and I love how you have made them your own with your fabric and colour choices.  

Planning for Quilting and choosing your Backing and Binding

If you have put together your four Quadrants then it is time to start to think of how you would like to finish your quilt.  Would you like to Machine Quilt it or are you thinking you may like to Hand Quilt your Aurora Quilt.  

Machine Quilting Yourself - if you are planning on Machine Quilting it yourself then here are some things you may find helpful in making decisions on how you might like to Quilt it

Hand Quilting - if you are thinking you would like to Hand Quilt your Aurora Quilt then here is a blog Post I wrote with some hopefully helpful hints on this technique.

Sending it out to be Long Arm Quilted - if your planning on sending your Aurora Quilt out to be Long Arm Quilted by a professional it is always a good idea to chat with them first about if they have any special instructions for how they like the quilt to be delivered to them.  

My Quilter, Carol from The Quilting Cottage asks that the Backing and Batting be at least 4in bigger on all sides than the Quilt top.  The Quilt top, Batting and Backing can be packed up into a bag ready for quilting - it does not need to be pinned or basted.

Backing Fabrics

I don't think of the back of a Quilt as "just the back".  There are lots of ways you can make your back look just a s spectacular as the front.

You might want to head to your Local Quilt store and choose from their selection of Wide Backs.  These are fabrics usually 108in wide which mean they will fit your quilt without having to piece them together.  They come in a wide variety of colours and are usually cost effective.

Another option is to piece together two pieces of fabric 42in wide that may match the fabrics on the front.  

Or maybe you might like to sew together lots of pieces of fabrics to make your backing.  This is called a "Pieced Backing" is a great way to use up leftover fabric or fabrics from your stash that work well with your chosen quilt top fabrics.

Binding Fabrics 

Start to think what you might like to use for the binding once your Quilt has been Machine or Hand Quilted.  You will need 1/2yd or 45cm for the Aurora Quilt.  Choose a fabric that compliments with your chosen fabrics from the Quilt Top.


Image thanks to @julietapu

Image thanks to @dutchcomfort

Image thanks to @geegeedesign

Image thanks to @rebeccaw.projects

This weeks Sponsor is SewMondo

To be in the running to win these Aurifil 12wt Threads make sure to post your progress to the #auroraquiltsewalong and #auroraquilt hash tags.  Make sure also to tag me @tiedwitharibbon in your post to make sure I see it. 

Happy Quilting 
Jemima x 
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