Sunday, October 25, 2020

#Babyontrend Fabric Showcase

Assembling a talented team of people to work with #Babyontrend was easy.  I have a number of designer friends whose work I admire so much so asking them to be a part of making and working with my new Fabric Collection - #Babyontrend was something I was so excited to ask.

I want to share with you the Projects that they made mostly using the Blenders from the Collection.  As the Panels spoke for themselves I wanted people to create and make with the other fabrics to show how they could be used not only to make Nursery items but a whole range of Quilts, Softies, Clothes and other Projects.

Below you will find all the Projects and where to find the Patterns and the talented makers themselves.


Forrest Friends Cushion from the Forrest Friends Quilt Pattern by Lauren of @mollyandmama

Isabella Flutter Sleeve Top by @townmousepatterns

Custom Quilted Blush Panel by Carolyn of @freebirdquiltingdesigns

I am beyond thrilled to have been able to share these Projects and makes with you.  If you are making something with #babyontrendfabric then please tag me @tiedwitharibbon and use the hashtag so I can see what you are making.

#Babyontrendfabric is now available in stores - you can get all the details for where to get your hands on some here.  Also available in my store.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x x

Monday, October 12, 2020

Introducing #Babyontrend - my debut Fabric Collection for Two Green Zebras in Collaboration with Robert Kaufman Fabrics

This is the story of how the #Babyontrend Fabric collection came to life.  Designing Fabric had always been on my dream list of things to work towards.  Through the years there have been opportunities but they never turned out to be the right opportunities to bring a Fabric Collection to life.  Last year while working on some projects an idea sparked in my head.  Having worked in the Quilting industry for many years one thing that I saw missing from the Market was Modern and Contemporary designs for Cot Panels.  I saw lots of Cot panels with fluffy ducks or Noahs Ark or character/cartoon style animals or people but nothing like what I was picturing in my head.

I wanted to take my Quilt Pattern designs and turn them into a Panel so that there would be some Modern options for all the sweetly decorated nurseries I could see on Pinterest and other Social Media pages. So I set about designing a Collection that would feature one of my most love Quilt Designs - the End Game Quilt and then some Blenders and Designs that would essentially work as the Backings and Binding for the Cot Panels but also as fabrics that could make some projects in their own right. 

Narrowing down the Colourways was tricky, I wanted to offer both Boy, Girl and Unisex options in the colours but have them Neutral enough that they would compliment modern Nursery decor. I worked up Mood Boards and searched for lots of pictures from Store Catalougues and Colour Paint Chips to put the palettes for each collection together. Usually I am a Brights girl - I love working with bold and bright colours but knew that the palette for this collection would draw on softer tones.  I eventually settled on the three Colourways - Dove, Blush and Woodland and then went about working out what colours in those palettes would go where in the designs. 

#Babyontrend consist of 3 Colourways - Dove, Blush and Woodland with each featuring a Panel Print and then 4 Blenders that go with each of the Colourways.  

Two Green Zebras in collaboration with Robert Kaufman Fabrics have been onboard and behind me on this project from the start.  The team at Two Green Zebras have been amazing to work with to bring this collection to life.  

Working through the steps of Designing Fabric was certainly a learning curve - from how Sampling of the fabrics worked to Colour Corrections - this was all new to me and I am thrilled with how it has all turned out in the end.  While world events slowed down the production and release of #Babyontrend, I am so excited to see it now hitting stores and for people to make their own projects and Quilts using these fabrics I designed.

I know how busy our lives are and I wanted this Fabric Collection to be a way that people who don't have a lot of time or quilting Skills could make a Quilt or project that they could have in their own Nursery or would make the perfect gifts to celebrate New Arrivals.  Hence with the Quilt Panel and all the fabrics that co-ordinate to make the Backing and Binding this is a great way to make even your first Quilt. No matter what your Skill level or greater experience then you can make something beautiful and creative with these fabrics.

I will never forget the day that this stack of #Babyontrend Bolts arrived in my Studio.  It was so surreal to see the idea that I had originally had turned into fabric that people could actually sew with - defiantly one of those "pinch me" moments.  

Earlier I had received some Sampling of the the fabrics so I was able to work up some Quilts and Projects with these.  Here are the Quilts that I made with the Collection.  

Blush #Babyontrend Cot Panel Quilted by Carol at The Quilting Cottage

Dove #Babyontrend Cot Panel Quilted by Marina's Quilt Studio

#Babyontrend is now available at Local Quilting Stores and you can find the Entire collection at these Stores below

I am so excited to see what you make with #Babyontrend.  Make sure to tag me @tiedwitharibbon and use the #babyontrendfabric so I can see what you create.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Love Triangle Quilt Along Week 5

Well I can't believe we have come to the final week of the Love Triangle 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 Love Triangle 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.


When it comes to deciding on how to Quilt your Quilt - you have lots of options.

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 Love Triangle 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 is just one of many options.

Carolyn Friedlander "CF" and "Jetty" Love Triangle Mini Quilt

Libs Elliot "Phosphor" Love Triangle Mini Quilt

I also did Matchstitck Quilting on the Tula Pink Solids version that I made.  This is always an effective method and the time it takes, is well worth the textural element that this type of quilting adds.

If you are quilting the Lap or Queen size versions Love Triangle 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.

                                   Machine Quilting and Free Motion Quilting Tips

Send it to a Professional - I have had two Lap size Love Triangle Quilts quilted.  Both by Carol Brady at the Quilting Cottage. The original Tula Pink Version was Custom Quilted.
I also had this 80's Pop Music inspired version I made all over Quilted.  The pattern we chose works so well not to distract from the lettering and add to the geometric design.


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

The Longarm League have partnered with us to bring you special Deals and Discounts for those in the US and Canada participating in the Love Triangle QAL

A team of Longarm League quilters will be standing by to help you finish your Love Triangle top! Send it to one of the quilters listed below by December 31, 2020, and receive a discount of 20% off edge to edge quilting services OR free batting! Your choice!

We have EIGHT quilters from the United States and TWO quilters from Canada ready to help you out! Visit their websites or social media accounts for more details or to ask specific questions.

Aurifil have a Tula Pink Homemade Thread Collection for one winner

Fabric Stork have an American Road Trip FQ Bundle by Jacqueline Colley for Figo Fabrics

Troll Brothers Quilt Designs have a $50 Store credit for one winner

So to be in the running post your pics from the weeks prompt on Instagram to - #lovetriangleqal, #lovetrianglequilt 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 Love Triangle Quilt 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, September 20, 2020

Love Triangle Quilt Along Week 4


I can't believe we are getting so close to the end of the Love Triangle 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.

This week we are working on finishing up your last few rows - that is Rows 9-12 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.


My Fabricology has a $100 Gift Certificate for one winner

Great Heron Thread Co is giving away a FQ Bundle of these Figo Fabrics (9 x FQ's)

So to be in the running post your pics from the weeks prompt on Instagram to - #lovetriangleqal#lovetrianglequilt and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.  It also helps to tag me - @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post.

Happy Quilting 
Jemima x x
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