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 - www.gigisthimble.com
8/7/18 Jemima - www.tiedwitharibbon.com
8/14/18 Ange - www.alittlepatchwork.com
8/21/18 Jennie - www.cloverandviolet.com/blog
8/28/18 Nadra - www.ellisandhiggs.com

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 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Aurora Quilt Sew-Along Week 6

This is it - Week 6 - where your whole quilt will come together.  Its all about getting your last quadrant together and then being able to assemble your quilt top!

All that hard work from prepping and trimming your Half Square Triangles will hopefully be making the construction of your rows so much easier.  

There are so many different versions of the Aurora Quilt starting to be put together and the quilt tops finished.  It is really exciting to see how different fabrics and different patterns can make the same quilt look so different.

For some of you this has been the first quilt you have made and I am floored by how beautiful they are looking, for others some of you are nearly getting so close to finishing, for others they have totally tried to used their stash to make these Aurora Quilts - no matter why or how you have joined in I really hope you have enjoyed making this quilt so far and I cant wait to see so many of these quilt tops being finished over the coming week.


Image thanks to @mashie_v

Image thanks to @thequiltedarrow

Image thanks to @julietapu

This weeks Sponsor is Maker Valley

To be in the Running to win a Voucher for one of Maker Valley's T-shirts along with 3 Pins then make sure you post your progress pics to 
#auroraquiltsewalong and #auroraquilt 
along with tagging me @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Electric Pop Pattern Release

For ages now I have been wanting to design a quilt based on making the colours the star of the show.  A quilt that allowed for exploring Ombre fabric options and colouring of your Blocks as compared to the quilt being about the actual prints.  Sometimes Quilt designs come together literally in a week but sometimes as in this case with Electric Pop - the time working and re-designing it as meant that I have come up with exactly what I was working towards in my head.

Introducing - Electric Pop!  

A quilt that allows you to use the colours of your fabrics to do the talking.  So if you love to Ombre Quilts or use Rainbow colours or even Colour-wash your prints then this one is especially for you. However if you have a Bundle stashed on your shelf then this also will be perfect for this quilt.

It's no secret just how much I love Tula Pink All Stars Fabric range so to pair them up with the Tula Pink Free Spirit Solids was like a match made in heaven. 

Electric Pop includes 3 sizes to make - choose from a Baby Quilt, Lap Quilt or even a Queen Quilt.  There are lots of diagrams to help you through the construction and Layout process of this design.  

Also included is a Colouring Page - so for those that love to get out their colouring Pencils first and design then you will love this feature of the pattern.  I also included a list of the fabrics that I used to make this Tula Pink All Stars version. 

A massive shout out to my Quilter - Carol Brady from The Quilting Cottage.  Carol worked her magic on this quilt to come up with the perfect design - after working together to tweak the design it all but came out perfect.  And the back looks just as fabulous.

Electric Pop has already had a great Pattern debut and I hope you love this Quilt as much as I do. 

For Stores looking to order this pattern wholesale you can get it here at 

please share your Electric Pop Quilts with me @tiedwitharibbon
using the #electricpopquilt and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns

Also a BIG thank you to Tracey Berkmortel Photography for helping out with the beautiful Studio shots of Electric Pop.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 
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