Sunday, March 26, 2023

Heatwave - it's getting HOT in here!

Nervousness, excitement, trepidation... Thankfully, release time is also SUPER busy, so I'm able to channel those emotions into the work that has to be done in the lead-up. 

Of course, as I'm releasing one project, I'm always working on something else behind the scenes, and it's been no different this time, but this week it's all about Heatwave

Heatwave is here (and it's SUPER HOT!) Designed for maximum impact, the Heatwave Quilt works well with a range of fabric choices - a combination of your favourite bold solids, the prints in a specific fabric collection, or fabric scrap magic (like my Anna Maria Horner version below). 

Three sizes are included in the pattern: Baby quilt - finished size 49½in x 52½in or 126cm x 134cm Throw quilt - finished size 69½in x 71½in or 177cm x 182cm Large Queen quilt - finished size 98½in x 104½in or 250cm x 265cm. 

There are clear set out instructions with illustrations and photos to help you with your machine piecing of this quilt. Suitable for beginner quilters or quilters of any level. This design is made using Equilateral Triangles. And there is even a Bonus Pillow pattern included for you to complete the set.

The Heatwave Quilt Pattern includes: 

  • Illustrations and photos
  • List of Fabric requirements
  • Cutting Instructions
  • Sewing Instructions
  • Pressing Tips
  • Layout and Assembly instructions
  • Binding instructions
  • EQ Template pages
  • BONUS Pillow Pattern
Whether you want to give Equilateral Triangles a go for the first time (don't worry, they're not as tricky as they seem!), or you've tried one of my other designs (End Game, Labyrinth or Love Triangle) you now have a new EQ design to add to your project list! 

To keep things really easy, you can buy the matching EQ templates in my store. They've had a bit of a glow-up with new packaging and are looking pretty schmick, as you can see! And don't forget the BONUS pillow pattern that's included! 

Check out all my tips for sewing with equilateral triangles in my blog post here.

“This design is modern, fun to piece, and comes together quickly with Jemima’s clear instructions and step-by- step diagrams. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to cut and piece the triangles that make up this pattern. It’s a thing of beauty, sewing friends!” Lauren @sewlosew

"This was my first time working with equilateral triangles in a quilt. The strong visuals and clear instructions in the pattern helped me to feel confident at each step of the process and made piecing triangles a breeze. I couldn't believe how quickly the quilt top came together once I got going!"    Danielle @the.reds.quiltco

The Heatwave Quilt pattern is out now.

Available as a PDF Pattern or Paper Pattern in my Store.

Wholesale customers can purchase through Creative Abundance or Checker Distributors.

Please tag me @tiedwitharibbon with your #heatwavequilt so that I can see the beautiful versions you make.

Happy Quilting 
Jemima x x

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Equilateral Triangles - My Best Tips and Tricks

I have a real love for designing Equilateral Triangle Quilt patterns – some of my popular designs such as my End Game Quilt and Love Triangle Quilt use these EQ Triangles as the basis for the design.  

I understand that these can often feel intimidating or just maybe a little bit tricky - cut I am here to share with you some of my best Tips and Tricks so that you can tackle Equilateral Triangle's with ease - and see that they really aren't that tricky.

You have seen all the Equilateral Triangles all over the Internet and Pinterest and wondered how do makers achieve all those perfect points? You have tried to put some Equilateral Triangles together but none of your points meet and it doesn’t come together how you imagined!


I have taught many Workshops on Tacking Equilateral Triangles, so I am here today to share with you some of my best tips for sewing with Equilateral Triangles to get perfect points every time.


My top tips for Perfect points.

1. Pressing 
Use a Starch Spray (I love Best Press) to help starch all your fabrics before you press them all.  This will help flatten your fabrics and make your fabric “feel” nice and firm to cut.  You will also notice how this helps the bias in the EQ Triangles stay as firm as possible for when it comes to sewing your Equilateral triangles. 

2. Cutting 
It’s best to make sure that you start on the right track. Before you begin to cut you will want to ensure your Templates are accurate.

Begin cutting our your project with a nice sharp blade in your Rotary cutter and take your time.  Accuracy in cutting will help at the next step of sewing.  Rushed cutting can snowball and turn into pieces that don’t align as you sew so your patience will be rewarded.

3. Not all Rulers are created Equal
Ruler – There are many rulers on the market and again this is important to test any ruler size you have against any paper Template provided. Always double check alongside the given paper template in the pattern (check the size scale – 1in square).  

Also, if your ruler is “Top Trimmed” - meaning it has flat points – cut these off when cutting out your pieces.  These will help you line up your seam allowance.

4. Sewing  
When it comes to sewing your EQ triangles together - match your points at the seam intersection (not along the raw edge of the fabrics). Place a pin where the seam meets at 1/4in to hold these points together. I like to put my pin through on a diagonal to hold down seam allowances from either side.

Sew the seam through where the points intersect. You may need to sew slightly scanter or wider at this point, so your stitch runs exactly through this point. 

With these helpful tips you will find it easy to tackle Equilateral Triangles.

If you have found these tips for sewing Equilateral Triangles helpful, then you will want to sign up for my Newsletter which is always full of helpful quilting tips and tricks.  

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When you sign up, you will receive a 20% Discount code that you can use Storewide in my store.  In my Newsletter there is lots of information about all my upcoming patterns, special offers, where I will be teaching as well as great tips and tricks to help improve your quilting.

Happy Quilting

Jemima x

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Christmas handmade gifting in no time at all

At this time of year as Christmas and the Holiday season is just right round the corner, time seems to be short on for most.  It's such an amazing time of the year to gift to those we love and especially when those gifts are handmade making it all the more precious.

But with not long to the big day I am here with my top picks for beautiful, quilt and fast to make gifts you can sew in next to no time to have ready for under the tree.  

Great hat pattern to make for the kids

Make this for your baking loving friends or to fancy up your own cooking

perfect for the teenager or scrunchie loving friend

for your sewing and quilting loving friends or yourself

for all the kids you sew and gift for

perfect for all those gifts under the tree - both big and little kids

perfect for everyone

And how about some FREE Tutorials that you can find on my Blog.  Sure they may be oldies but boy are they still goodies.

I hope you enjoy sewing up these super quick and super fun projects.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

Choose your Own Adventure Quilt Pattern Release

Sometimes patterns take a while to come to life and be released out into the Quilty universe.  This is exactly the case for the Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt and I am so excited to introduce my latest release to you and I promise it has been worth the wait.

The Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt features 1 pattern that has 2 design colourways.  This means that you can make either the Inside Out version or the In Colour Order and be walked through exactly how to make either one.  No guess work, no reading between the lines and trying to figure it out yourself.  This pattern includes everything you will need to know to make either design.

For the In Colour Order version I made it using Speckled from Ruby Star Society inspired by the beautiful Floral Backing fabric by Melody Miller also of Ruby Star Society.

The Inside out version was made using Art Gallery Fabric Pure Solids and the beautiful floral again inspired the colour way which is called Boho Fusions by Art Gallery Fabrics.

This pattern is made by Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) and no matter whether this is the first time you have tried this technique or you are a pro FPP'r then you will find that everything is explained.

The Choose your own Adventure Quilt is 56.5in x 70.5in (145cm x 180cm) and the pillow finished size is 20.5in x 20.5in (52cm x 52cm)

The bumper sized pattern includes:

Full colour step-by-step instructions

Cutting Guides

Pictures and diagrams

Full colour layout guides

Full size templates

Colouring pages and even

BONUS - pillow pattern so that you can accessorise with the scraps.

And because I like to make things as easy as possible - I have made a FPP Paper Pack that goes with this Quilt pattern so that you don't have to worry about printing off templates yourself - simply cut and sew.  All the printing is done for you so that you can make one complete quilt.  Check them out here in my store.

You can now get the Choose your Own Adventure Quilt pattern in both PDF and Printed Booklet formats in my store.  FPP Paper packs are available here.

For wholesale customers you can get the Choose your Own Adventure Quilt pattern and paper packs at Creative Abundance and Checker Distributors.

I have also had the most amazing pattern testers work on this new design - make sure you check out #chooseyourownadventurequilt on Instagram for some absolutely breath taking versions.

Happy Quilting

Jemima x x

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Tied with a Ribbon Woven Labels are here

am so excited to be finally telling you about my Woven Labels.  These have been a project I have been working on for about 12 months and then finally the last 6 months has been working on the finished Woven Labels that are now available. 

Let me start at the beginning.  I was always loving how there were lots of label options to add into clothing and I wondered about adding these into my quilts.  After lots of research there wasn’t anything that suited what I was looking for in adding some sparkle and personality to my quilts that were a good size or reflected more of a quilting aesthetic.  So I started researching and having samples made based off my Mini Quilt collection sayings.  I discovered Sarah Hearts earlier this year and collaborating with her to bring these labels to life was the perfect fit.  

There are 5 Labels in the collection:

Just Sew Happy - end fold

LOVE - centre fold

Cut Sew Press Repeat - centre fold

Notions - centre fold

Each of the Label designs are sold individually in an 8 pack.  The Notions are the only different ones, as you get 2 of each of the notions in the pack of 8 (2 machines, 2 rotary cutters, 2 tape measures and 2 thread spools).  They are $12.50 per pack and l have a Bundle deal for purchasing all 5 label packs for $58.00


The labels all feature metallic elements and are such a high quality and I am just so thrilled with how these have come up.

Sew these labels into Quilts, pouches, bags, clothes, pillows, pin cushions - anything you would like.  

If you are looking for just that extra bit of sparkle and that finishing touch to your projects these are the perfect final detail.  They make great gifts for your crafty friends and you can stack them, add more than 1 together to make a little a story. I can't wait to see how you use them.

Happy quilting 

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Quilt Symposium - Wellington, New Zealand, 2022

What an amazing 8 days away at Quilt Symposium in Wellington, New Zealand.  I was so thrilled to be invited to teach at this event and boy did I love being back in the classroom teaching and also all the amazing inspiration I took from the trip.

Quilt Symposium was held in Lower Hutt, Wellington and completely run by an outstanding Quilt Group.  Seriously this was an event that hosted 1000 students and 40 Tutors and then there was everything that went into the behind the scenes and it was truly a remarkable job.


Over 4 days I taught 4 different classes.  In these classes I met some remarkable women from all over NZ and even a large number from AUS.  I really loved being able to share and show with these quilters all about my patterns and help them through making their chosen design.  Here are just a few of the pics I took of some of my students work.

Held also in conjunction with all the teaching classes were many Exhibitions of makers work in all sorts of categories and collections.  This was so inspiring to see some amazing artistry in the Quilts and I was left not only wanting to come home and have a big clear out of my studio and take a new look at my fabrics and way of putting quilts together but also just so amazed at the details and work in these quilts.

"Lockdown life" by Robyn Croft

"Stolen Moments" Kathy Doughty

"Going Going, Goin" by Debra De Lorenzo


Have you ever heard of the saying - "Work so hard the people you admire become your colleagues" - well this couldn't be more true.  I really enjoyed meeting and catching up with so many Australian and NZ teachers who all have such amazing talents of their own.  I learned a lot from these amazing and very inspiring teachers and women.

When I wasn't teaching I was making sure to get out and about and experience all that Wellington has to offer.  Such a beautiful city and just a few highlights below.

WOW - World of Wearable Arts Awards

The event is held only in Wellington and is a cross between an amazing Arts Costume Display and Cirque Du Soleil. It's only on for 2 weeks and happened to be on at the same time as I was there.  This show was truly amazing and I was able to nab myself a last minute ticket the night before in the back row.  And being in the back row, was no less thrilling.  This really was such a feast for the eyes and incredibly inspiring.  I encourage you to check out @wow for loads of pics and videos of the event.

I had the most amazing 8 days aways and can't wait to see more of the finished quilts from my students as they finish them over the coming weeks and months.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

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