Tuesday Treats: A Free Pattern Download

Have you been keeping up with our Free Pattern for the Modern Welcome Wall Hanging?

It is a small wall hanging, approximately 50cm x 60cm (20″ x 24″), so very manageable and easy to make for yourself, or for a gift.

PS: We planned the schedule so that it could be finished for Christmas

A Modern Welcome Finished size 20x24

A Modern Welcome
Finished size 20×24

We are up to month 3,  of a 10 month “Block of the Month”.

Watch for the free instruction each month.  Judysew4th posts the next step on the blog, on the first Friday of each month.

Month one included a selection of applique designs, or you could use a design of your own choice. As you can see, I am planning to use my welcome quilt in my sewing room.

The instructions are available as a free download each month.

The instructions are available as a free download each month.

Each month is a small simple step so, for once, I have been able to keep up with the program!!

My blocks for months one, two & three

My blocks for months one, two & three

I am using a darker background fabric than Judysew4th, and a romantic Moda charm pack called “Dream On”

You only need half a metre of background fabric, plus a Moda charm pack to complete this wall hanging.

You only need half a metre of background fabric, plus a Moda charm pack to complete this wall hanging.

The pattern has been designed to use all four thread weights in the Cotton Mako’ range.  So far, I have used:

  • Cotton Mako’ 50 colour 4653 for the applique
  • Cotton Mako’ 40 colour 2325 for the piecing
The wall hanging has been designe dto utilise all four thread weights in the Cotton Mako' range. The perfect way to test sew each thread weight.

The wall hanging has been designed to utilise all four thread weights in the Cotton Mako’ range. The perfect way to test sew each thread weight.

and I plan to use

  • Cotton Mako’ 28  colour 2220 for the quilting
  • Cotton Mako’ 12 colour 2115 for the stitchery

To see the wall hanging progressing, and get ideas for alternate uses for each block, read Judysew4th’s posts for previous months here:

Month One:    Applique

Month Two:    Four patches

Month Three:  Half square triangles

I can’t wait to see the next block in June.

Now a Special Offer for blog followers:

Special Welcome Quilt Offer:

Save 10% when you purchase one spool from
each Cotton Mako’ thread weight
to make your quilt.

 

 Here is how to activate the Offer:

1.    Go to our online store

2.    Choose colours that will work with your fabrics.

3.    Make sure that you have selected one spool from each of the 4 cotton Mako’ thread weights

4.       Type “Welcome Quilt” in the comment box when checking out of the online store. 

 

We will apply a 10% discount to 4 spools in your order before processing your payment.

Share the fun! 

Tell your friends about the pattern downloads and this great thread offer.

Collect all the patterns for the Modern Welcome. (You do not need to register or “sign in” to access the patterns using this link. Once the page opens, simply use the “More Options” arrow, to the right of each file, to preview or download that file)
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Space Maker Sale

You know the old saying that you accumulate possessions to fill the available space … well I think that the space must have shrunk as we have way more stock than can possibly fit in the space.

So we are having a
Space Maker Sale
at our online store with a great offer
save 50% off the price
for Aurilux thread.

Aurilux satin finished polyester (216 colours in the range)

Aurilux satin finished polyester (216 colours in the range)

Here on the blog, we seem to talk about the Cotton Mako’ & Lana threads all the time, but we have tended to overlook the Aurilux  threads .

It is a very sad comment on my passion for traditional patchwork which means that I  spend very little time doing machine embroidery, either digitized or free motion.

All my beautiful examples of Aurilux machine embroidery have been stitched by other people.

This pretty butterfly was designed & stitched in Aurilux by Janice Heitbaum

This pretty butterfly was designed & stitched in Aurilux by Janice Heitbaum

However, my preference for patchwork does mean that I can happily confirm that the Aurilux (polyester) is great for machine quilting when you want to add a touch of glitz to the project.

It is a machine embroidery thread, and therefore has a similar breaking strength to a cotton thread that you would usually choose for machine quilting, making it “safe” to use single lines of stitching.

Unlike Rayon, which can break when it is wet, polyester threads are colourfast and have a good wet strength so they will stand up well to any laundering that a quilt may need, making Aurilux polyester thread a good choice to add a highlight to your quilting.

Free motion quilting with variegated threads on black fabrics can be very effective.

Free motion quilting with variegated threads on black fabrics can be very effective.

Aurilux also creates a neat machine stitched edge for applique. try it for both blanket stitch and satin stitch and you will be very happy with the results.

Just a tempting taste of all the beautiful colours in the Aurilux range

Just a tempting taste of all the beautiful colours in the Aurilux range

So pop over to the online store to stock up on some well priced Aurilux threads to jazz up your next project.

For more ideas for stitching with Aurilux:

Jazz up a T-shirt with Aurilux

Glitz up for Spring

Making Coasters with Aurilux

Using Aurilux to embellish an art piece

Tuesday Treats: It is still Autumn somewhere in the World

For so many years I lived in northern & central Australia where there are only two seasons, so I delight in the changing seasons in Victoria.

Bright-trees-web

Autumn colours always signal the end of summer, cooler temperatures and rain, time to re-energise and to work inside on creative ideas.

The fallen leaves make beautiful mulch

The fallen leaves make beautiful mulch

The fall colours on the pavement caught my eye one morning and had me wondering what I could stitch.

A traditional embroidery stitche dwith aurifil Lana
A traditional embroidery stitched with Aurifil Lana

I already have some great traditional embroidery  pieces in my collection but, this year, I really want to break away from traditional stitching to create an abstract project.

So the first step for an Autumn collage was to hunt out some autumn coloured threads.

I've collected a pack of threads for my autumn collage

I’ve collected a pack of cotton Mako’ threads for my autumn collage

And some fabric

Will this fabric make a good starting point?

Will this fabric make a good starting point?

You will have to call back at a later date to follow the progress of my Autumn project.

Spolit on Mothers' Day (Mothers' Day Spoils)

Many of the gifts I am given are related to quilting, and this Mothers’ Day was no exception.  I received two beautiful quilting books.  (I must admit, I did have a hand in their purchase, but my family members are all well-trained and quite happy to indulge me!)

One of the books I received is Di Ford-Hall’s “Primarily Quilts”.  I have long been a fan of Di’s patterns and when I heard that she was publishing a book I was eager to own a copy.

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The book is published by Quiltmania, (www.quiltmania.com) and is beautifully set out with lots of photos and text in both French and English.

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A look inside the book.

The book has 240 pages, containing  16 of Di’s patterns, so there are plenty of quilts to tempt me, and yes, there are several I would like to make! The quilts are inspired by nineteenth century quilts and use techniques which include hexagons, broderie perse,  fussy cutting, hand and machine piecing and lots of applique. (Quilting heaven). I am pleased that all patterns and templates are full size so there is no need to enlarge, and the three large pull-out pattern sheets all seem very clear.

Now I must confess that one of my UFOs is a quilt made from a Di Ford pattern, but one which is not in the book. It is “Homage to Sally Ann” which I began over five years ago and stitched while on a 15 week trip around the eastern half of Australia.  I came back from my holiday, but Sally Ann appears to have left on one….and no progress has been made for a long time.

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The incomplete centre block.

The original quilt was on a cream background with mid to deep pinks and burgundy flowers, and I have also seen Helen Hayes Sally Ann quilt which is on a vibrant red background.  As you can see, mine is different again, being on a pale aqua background with coral, gold and brown flowers.

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One of the corner blocks.

Aurifil Cotton Mako 50 weight thread (the finest weight) is my choice for the needleturn applique I use in this project.

And now that Sally Ann has reappeared I might have to add the odd flower or two!

As for the other book I received on Mothers’ Day, I’ll write about that in a future blog post.

Now Sally Ann, where were we….?

Why do I do it??

Some of the lovely fabrics I was "forced" to buy

Some of the lovely fabrics I was “forced” to buy

More of the 'requirements'

More of the ‘requirements’

I went away for the weekend to another patchwork “Retreat”. When I use the word ‘retreat’, I should say there is nothing relaxing, or private about this one – hard (sewing) work, lots of talk, too much eating and sometimes drinking, sleeping in ‘bunk’ beds made for youngsters (not middle aged women) AND we go on waiting lists, send our expressions of interest on the overnight mail to get in and pay money for the privilege of attending this weekend!!

I am sure this situation happens all over the quilting world – and we love it!!!!!!!!!! However, I come home with yet another quilt/wall hanging/table runner/bag etc to finish. Why do I do it to myself???? and I think I would not be the only person attending a weekend retreat workshop asking themselves this question.

I had a wonderful time. Enjoyed every moment. Came home tired (and I wasn’t doing the driving), with washing to do, bags to unpack BUT fabulous memories of good times shared with like minded patchworkers who enjoy quilting and sewing just like me.

Oh !! to show the next project to finish – here are some glimpses.

Some of the 'work'

Some of the ‘work’

I am going to make a small wall quilt with eight blocks – only 4 more to go.

Assortment of autumn toned fabrics with contrasting backgrounds.

Assortment of autumn toned fabrics with contrasting backgrounds.

And I am lucky enough to be able to choose some gorgeous Aurifil threads to sew the raw edges with, and quilt the project at the same time.004

Thank you Dianne Johnston and the Patches Weekend at Phillip Island.

Tuesday Treats: A Cotton Mako' 12 stitchery treat

I love surprises when they are like this email from Zoe:

 I have just finished a new block of the month quilt comprising stitchery blocks. The quilt has been made using Aurifil Mako 12 threads. I thought you might like to see a photograph.

"Flowers in My Garden" pattern designed by Zoe Clifton

“Flowers in My Garden” pattern designed by Zoe Clifton

This delightful quilt is a clever mix of pieced & embroidered blocks and is now available as a “Block of the Month” project directly  from The Blanket Box .

Some of the Cotton Mako' colours used in the quilt.

Some of the Cotton Mako’ colours used in the quilt.

The embroidery has been stitched with Cotton Mako’ 12, simplifying the stitching preparation as the thread is ready to use directly from the spool.

There is no need to waste time winding a hank of stranded thread on to a card or separating, and straightening, the strands before threading a needle and there is no wastage as you only cut the length required as you work.

A close up of one of the Flowers embroidered with Cotton Mako' 12

A close up of one of the pretty flowers embroidered with Cotton Mako’ 12

If  you wish to support your local store, and they do not have the pattern, suggest that they contact Zoe, at The Blanket Box  to inquire about the conditions for wholesale orders for this delightful Block of the Month pattern.

Watch this space for more sneak previews of patterns by designers who work with Aurifil.

A Modern Welcome-Month 3

A Modern Welcome-Month 3

Half Square Triangle

Half Square Triangle

This month we tackle half square triangles; also referred to as HST. There are many constructing methods. This month’s BOM shows you one method that results in an accurate sized unit without handling the bias edge of the cut triangle.

Once you are able to create accurate HST the sky is the limit.

Can you Spot the Half Square Triangles

Can you Spot the Half Square Triangles

The Half Square triangle

The Half Square triangle

Half Square Triangles in 2 sizes

Half Square Triangles in 2 sizes

Half Square Triangles

Half Square Triangles

More Half Square Triabgles

More Half Square Triangles

All Half Square Triangles

All Half Square Triangles

There and countless blocks and quilts you can make from HST. How much fun are these half square triangles?!

Just in case you have been putting off getting started on your Modern Welcome we have these delicious charm square collections from Moda at Always Quilting.

Just some of the Charm Square Collections at Always Quilting

Just some of the Charm Square Collections at Always Quilting

It is never too late to get started.

My BOM Grid Month 3

My BOM Grid Month 3

My placement for Month 3 Blocks

Until next time, enjoy your patchwork.

Collect the Half Square Triangle variation instruction this month and start stitching. (You do not need to register or “sign in” to access the patterns using this link. Once the page opens, simply use the “More Options” arrow, to the right of each file, to preview or download that file)

There will be several chances to win some wonderful raffle prizes just by sending us photos of your WIP (Work in Progress) after Month 5 and again with photos of your finished top after Month 10!