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
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