Sunday, June 27, 2021

Confetti Quilt Sew Along Along - Week 1


Welcome to Week 1 of the Confetti Quilt Sew Along.  I am really excited you have decided to join in and make your very own Confetti Quilt.  This Quilt Along is designed to be casual and relaxed so that you can have heaps of fun, meet new quilty friends and be inspired by all the #confettiquilt that will be made during the Quilt Along.  There are prizes up for grabs each week from some amazing Sponsors and I will be here to give tips, tricks or helpful details for you to successfully finish your Confetti Quilt.

If you are wanting to join in - it's not too late at all (you can join in at any point).  To participate all you need to join in is

2. Sign up for the weekly Confetti Quilt Along Newsletter here

3. Post your pics from the weeks prompts on Instagram to - #confettiquiltsewalong, #confettiquilt and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.  It also helps to tag me - @tiedwitharibbon to make sure I see your post.

All the details can be found here at this Blog Post for what you will need to get started.

Week 1 - Selecting your Fabric
This weeks task is all about selecting and choosing the fabric you would like to make your Quilt from. Post a pic to Instagram, using the above hash tags of your fabric pull or quilt planning to show us what you will be making your Confetti Quilt from and to be in the running for this weeks prizes.

This is where the sky is the limit - whether you choose Solids or Prints this quilt works.  You can grab fabrics from your stash or use a collection.

If you are looking for inspiration for fabrics then head to the #confettiquilt hash tag.  There you will see lots of different fabrics that have been used so far to make Confetti Quilts.

Solids work so well for this Quilt and the choices of different Fabric Company Solids is huge.  One way to do this is head over to Pinterest and search Colour Palettes - this gives you lots of boards with a selection of colours already that co-ordinate and work well together.  From here you can pick and choose solids for any colour palette you like.

For this quilt - multi directional prints work best and are easiest.  Geometrics work well as well as smaller scale prints.

This design also works perfectly to pull fabrics from your stash if you want to go with a scrappy vibe.  

Cutting your Fabrics

Now that you have chosen your fabrics, this week is also all about cutting into them.  So let's have a chat about anything you need to take into consideration before chopping them up.

As the pattern calls for Fat Quarters from your print/coloured fabrics.  Here is how I cut up my FQ's to avoid wastage or not having the required number of pieces.

HOT TIP - With your background fabric, I like to roll the yardage onto a spare empty bolt.  You can ask you ask your Local Quilt store for a spare empty cardboard bolt that is used to store fabric on.  Rolling your yardage onto a bolt makes for easy cutting of the yardage which you can roll off and cut from the bolt.

For the Confetti Quilt I am making, I am using Warp and Weft by @allexiamarcelleabegg for Ruby Star Society.  These fabrics are yarn dye fabrics which means they have a much looser weave than regular 100% quilting cotton.  To help make the fabrics nice and easier to work with I have sprayed all of the fabrics with Best Press first.  This is a starch and basically makes the fabric much stiffer so that when I cut them there is little movement of the fibres that make up the fabric.  This will also help with when I sew them together.  Finer fabrics such as Tana Lawn, thin cotton or Loose weave Yarn Dyes are best to starch before cutting and quilting with them. 

This week we have 2 prizes up for grabs from our Sponsors

There is a $50 Gift Certificate from Fabric Pixie for one winner

from Sew Quirky there is 12m SQ Zip Tape and Pulls for one winner

From Doohickey Designs for one winner each week, $20 to store that they can purchase med binding babies, large binding babies, limited editions, or flower spindle.

So to be eligible for this weeks prizes - make sure to post your pics of your Fabric Pull or Fabric Planning on Instagram to - #confettiquiltsewalong, #confettiquilt and #tiedwitharibbonpatterns

NOTE - make sure you are using #confettiquiltsewalong (#confettiquiltalong is being used by another)

I hope you enjoy making your Confetti Quilt with us.
Happy Quilting 
Jemima x 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Confetti Quilt Sew Along - 1 week to Go!

Well friends it is just 1 week till the kick off of the #confettiquiltsewalong. Today I wanted to make sure that everyone has their supplies sorted or knows where to source any of the Patterns or Kits.


The PDF Confetti Quilt Pattern is available in my store here


Dates – June 28th – July 26th
Duration - 5 weeks

Get a copy of the Confetti Quilt Pattern. Follow me @tiedwitharibbon and post your progress pics to #confettiquiltsewalong#confettiquilt AND #tiedwitharibbonpatterns
Make sure you are signed up to the Confetti Quilt Sew Along Newsletter here so that you get the weekly details straight to your inbox.

Week 1 - Choosing and cutting your fabric
Week 2 - Construct Rows 1 - 4
Week 3 - Construct Rows 5 - 8
Week 4 - Construct Rows 9 - 12
Week 5 - Completing your Quilt Top, Preparing for Quilting and Binding 




Aurifil  - Anna Maria Horner Thread Box
Doohikey Designs - to be confirmed
Fabric Pixie - $50 Store Credit
Fabric Stork - to be confirmed
Pink Door Fabrics - $40 Store credit
Sew Quirky - 12m Zip Tape and Pulls
Great Heron Thread Co - A 
bag making kit for my Basic Pouch pattern
Scribbly Gum Quilt Co - 1 
year quarterly rotary blade subscription




Jodie from Scribbly Gum Quilt Co has put together this gorgeous Confetti Quilt Fabric Kit .


Pink Door Fabrics have all the Tula Pink fans covered. Check out this beautiful Fabric Kit for the Confetti Quilt out of Curiouser and Curiouser. 


Don't forget that you must use #confettiquiltsewalong, #tiedwitharibbonpatterns and #confettiquilt in your posts.


Please note – you must use the correct hashtags - #confettiquiltalong is taken by anther Sew Along so do not add this one to your post as I would hate to miss you post.  Make sure you use the above ones. 


Happy Quilting

Jemima x 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Merryweather Crochet Blanket Pattern release

What happens when you take a Quilt design and dream up turning it into a Crochet Blanket pattern - well then Merryweather Blanket is born!

I have always crocheted since I was a young girl.  My Nanna taught me how to at around 6 years of age and I was instantly in love with it.  Many, many Granny Square Blankets later I just would use up any yarn I could find or was gifted.  Fast forward to about 6/7 years ago and after having not picked up a hook since I was about 15 or so (so yes that is a fairly long time ago) I decided I wanted to get back into crochet and went and enrolled myself in a class.  I was hooked again instantly.  At this time I think because Quilting was well and truly becoming my full time job - Crochet gave me a creative outlet at night to just stitch and a break from Quilting.  

Late last year I saw a Crochet Blanket that @insidethepaperbox was making and I immediately fell in love with this Christmas Stars Blanket Jessie was chrocheting.  I was just in awe of it and I thought about how I loved that this was such a mix of Quilting and Crochet.  I couldn't stop thinking about it and how I could try to turn one of my Quilt designs into a Crochet Blanket and how this would be such a great challenge for me to work on.  I looked through my catalogue of Quilt patterns and then as soon as I saw my Aurora Quilt - I knew that was the one. 

So in deciding that a challenge was in order - I spoke with my great friend Bonnie at @greenletterday.  Bonnie is an amazing Yarn dyer from the US and I knew that I needed to work with her on this project.  So after chatting with her about what I wanted to do we talked about how we could use her yarn and come up with a custom colour way to make this Merryweather Blanket (more about how this name came to be later).  Bonnie and I chatted over a great number of DM's, emails and messages in working up this colour palette going back and forth and trust me - Bonnie had the patience of a Saint as I added in yarn skeins and took some away then put them back.  I just wished we didn't live oceans apart as I wouldd have just loved to have dropped over to work through this process in person - but Bonnie made it easy.  We came up with this palette - the Merryweather kit.  10 Skeins in total - 9 colours and 1 Background colour.

I knew that I need to come up with a great name for this Blanket.  The quilt design is called Aurora and as I didn't want to confuse anyone by calling it the Aurora Blanket I then started to look for names that had a connection to the word Aurora.  Bonnie is such an avid reader - most of here skeins are named after book titles, characters or book events.  This got me thinking about the story of Aurora from Sleeping Beauty.  Merryweather was one of Aurora's Fairy Godmothers.  This was the perfect name as this blanket was almost like a Fairy Godmother to the Quilt pattern (rather than the usual "sister quilt" title given to quilts from the same design family).  And so the perfect name for this design was given - the Merryweather Blanket

The Merryweather Blanket pattern with its Half Square Triangle Granny Squares are the star of this design.  This blanket can be made in so many colour combinations, colour order in a rainbow, use an Ombre effect, make it scrappy or even two toned.

It is suitable for the Confident Beginner - Magic ring, single crochet, double crochet, double crochet decrease, changing yarn colour, Mattress stitch join. Crab Stitch border. Written in US Terms (Crochet Stitch Terms Conversion info sheet included).  The pattern includes colour instructions and illustrations as well as a Colouring Page so you can work up your design on the page first.  The Finished size – 52in x 52in (132cm x 132cm) 

And because you have never have too much bling - here I have added tassels to each corner of this Blanket

Wholesale orders can be made through Creative Abundance.

I absolutely you hope enjoy making a Merryweather Blanket for yourself.  Please share it with me @tiedwitharibbon and using the hashtags - #merryweatherblanket, #tiedwitharibbonpatterns.

Happy Quilting - well in this case - crocheting!
Jemima x