New Quilt Pattern and Quilt Kits

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Yesterday Nicole and I launched the next quilt pattern in our series, Dark Mage.

 

We are excited for this latest addition to our pattern line.  The goal is to release one every 2-3 months.  You can see the entire pattern line on Craftsy.

I also started selling Quilt Kits!  These are kits that contain all of the fabric you need to make a quilt top just like my samples!

To see the quilt kits available, check out my Etsy shop.

The next pattern we have planned I am super excited about.  If you follow my Twitch you already know what it’s going to be!

-Toni

 


Quilt a Long – NES Sampler

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Has it been a year already!?  We are almost done with the Quilt a Long!

Time for the eleventh block of the NES Sampler Quilt a Long, Ice Climber

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To remind you, this is what the entire NES Sampler Quilt will look like.

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The NES Sampler quilt will have a finished size of 51″ by 67″.

For those not familiar with a Quilt a Long we will be releasing the pattern for one block each month on the 1st.  You then have the entire month to make the block.  Don’t feel rushed though.  The patterns will always be free and available in the forums so you can join and catch up at any time.  You can pick and choose which blocks to make and in what order you would like to arrange them on the quilt.  You just don’t get the instructions for the next block in the series until the following month.

This quilt can be made by experienced quilters, or those new to quilting.  You only need to know how to use a sewing machine and a rotary cutter.  New quilting tips will be highlighted so experienced quilters can skip over them.

You can find the pattern to Ice Climber here.

Please let us know if there is anything in the patterns that are confusing or need to be explained further.

Happy Quilting!

-Toni


Know Your Resources: Craftsy

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Craftsy provides education and tools that help you bring your creativity to life.

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That is mission statement for Craftsy.com.  Craftsy has four areas that help you as a crafter and maker: Online classes, Supply shop, Pattern Shop, and a community.  I will go through each of these areas and show you how they can be utilized.

Online Classes

I haven’t personally taken any online classes yet, but have been told they are great.  Hundreds of classes include quilting, sewing, knitting, cake decorating, art, photography, cooking, and more.  The classes can be taken at your own pace, never expires so can be re-watched as you like, and your instructor answers questions whenever you have them.

Supply Shop

The Supply Shop has all of the tools you need for the classes and patterns.

Pattern Shop

The Pattern shop allows you to buy and sell patterns for all sorts of crafts.  I have two quilting patterns for sale right now through Craftsy.

 

As a designer, it is super easy to have your patterns available for sale.  The best part I like is once you make the pattern, you can upload it and show it off to the Craftsy community and the pattern designer!  I have bought a LOT of Craftsy quilt patterns including the ones I am using for my rainbow quilts.

Community

The community is a little different than some craft websites.  Craftsy allows you to share your projects, whether they are based on a pattern or class on the site, or not!  It is a great way to talk about what you have created.

The blog shows tutorials in all sorts of Crafts and include free patterns and tutorials.

So check Craftsy out.  Share your work, sell your patterns, and get inspired!

-Toni


Little Lady Tea Cosies

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There are very few things that we take quite as seriously over in Ireland and England as tea (and after the fact, apparently, Brexit). It is a way of life, a life saver, and the very fabric of most of our social interactions. I carry tea with me on foreign trips, because no, you cannot get good tea everywhere and it is necessary for life. Happily, today’s post is about that most marvellous of things that you get to play with when not travelling, tea cosies.

Mary Poppins tea cosy

I can’t tell you how adorable I think these are. HandMadeAwards on Etsy has patterns for these incredibly precious tea cosies.

Alice in Wonderland cosy

HandMadeAwards and their tea cosy patterns, toy patterns, and much more can be found on Etsy.

Now I need to find the time…

~ eliste


What to make with all of this character fabric! – Part 3

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A few weeks ago I talked about Camelot Fabrics new line of character fabric that was released at Spring Market.  If you are a sewer or quilter, the biggest struggle is always what to do with it.  In addition to the new fabrics, Camelot released a few free patterns as well!  Over the next few weeks I will show you some of these special patterns.

This week I will feature the patterns that were released with Star Trek and patterns from previous collections, Batman V Superman, Finding Dory, and Jungle Book.

The Quilt patterns include:

Star1   Star2 Star3  Batman2

Dory2

The Sewing patterns include:

Star4  batman1

Dory1  Dory3

The last 3 weeks have given you a ton of patterns to keep you busy all summer long but I am not done!  I will scour through other sewing patterns in more traditional fabric lines and will share them with you next week.

-Toni


What to make with all of this character fabric! – Part 2

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A few weeks ago I talked about Camelot Fabrics new line of character fabric that was released at Spring Market.  If you are a sewer or quilter, the biggest struggle is always what to do with it.  In addition to the new fabrics, Camelot released a few free patterns as well!  Over the next few weeks I will show you some of these special patterns.

This week I will feature the patterns that were released with Nightmare Before Christmas and The Jetsons.

The Quilt patterns include:

night4 night5   night6 night7

jetsons3   jetsons4

The Sewing patterns include:

Night2   Night1

jetsons2   Jetson1

Next week I will finish off the character collection patterns with Star Trek and patterns from previous collections, Batman V Superman, Finding Dory, and Jungle Book.

-Toni


What to make with all of this character fabric!

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A few weeks ago I talked about Camelot Fabrics new line of character fabric that was released at Spring Market.  If you are a sewer or quilter, the biggest struggle is always what to do with it.  In addition to the new fabrics, Camelot released a few free patterns as well!  Over the next few weeks I will show you some of these special patterns.

This week I will feature the patterns that were released with the Frozen, Disney Villains, and Alice in Wonderland lines.

The Quilt patterns include:

pattern1  pattern2

pattern9  pattern11 pattern12  pattern10

 

The Sewing patterns include:

pattern3  Pattern4 Pattern5   Pattern6

pattern7 pattern8

Next week I will share the patterns for Nightmare Before Christmas and the Jetsons.

-Toni


Quilt a long – NES Sampler – Excite Bike

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Time for the seventh block of the NES Sampler Quilt a Long, Excite Bike.

Excite

To remind you, this is what the entire NES Sampler Quilt will look like.

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The NES Sampler quilt will have a finished size of 51″ by 67″.

For those not familiar with a Quilt a Long we will be releasing the pattern for one block each month on the 1st.  You then have the entire month to make the block.  Don’t feel rushed though.  The patterns will always be free and available in the forums so you can join and catch up at any time.  You can pick and choose which blocks to make and in what order you would like to arrange them on the quilt.  You just don’t get the instructions for the next block in the series until the following month.

This quilt can be made by experienced quilters, or those new to quilting.  You only need to know how to use a sewing machine and a rotary cutter.  New quilting tips will be highlighted so experienced quilters can skip over them.

You can find the pattern to Excite Bike here on the forums.

Please let us know if there is anything in the patterns that are confusing or need to be explained further.  If the the NES quilt is successful then we plan on releasing our own line of patterns for you!

Happy Quilting!

-Toni


Stained Glass Quilts

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I had the pleasure of meeting and taking a class from Joni Newman on April 22nd.  She is known for her stunning quilts, especially the stained glass technique.

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I was super excited to take her class and learn from her.  Over the next few weeks I am going to document my time in the class and finishing off the quilt I made.  First, I want to show you how easy it is to make her stained glass quilts.  She has a tutorial on her website and you can receive a PDF copy for free if you contact her!  The steps I am going to show you are a VERY abbreviated version of what Joni has on her website.  So if you are interested in making the bee, contact her for the PDF and read the complete directions on her site.

Step 1 – Trace the image onto a piece of black fabric.

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Step 2 – Reverse the drawing and trace it onto your fusible web.

Bee2

Step 3 – Cut apart the shapes between the lines, not on them.

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Step 4 – Fuse the pieces to the wrong side of your fabric and cut out the shapes along the lines.

Bee4

Step 5 – Place the cut out shapes in place (peeling off the paper) and iron in place.

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Step 6 – Sew the pieces in place, pin, and quilt!  It is as simple as that.

Joni has an amazing line of patterns and kits including this fantastic beer pattern!

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Take a look at her website for the available patterns and kits you can purchase from her.  Want her patterns in your local quilt store or have her speak or teach a class at your organization?  She does that too!  Just let your local store or organization know you want her patterns and you want to see her.

I am very excited to show you what I created!  Next Saturday I will show you my quilt in the steps I showed you above.  In the meantime, if you make a bee, show us!

-Toni


Hunting for a Pattern

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I have been jonesing lately for some simple lines and stitching. In truth, I’ve been wanting to quilt. I went from doing a lot of baby quilts two years ago which pretty much burnt me out on quilting to doing almost nothing but cosplay related projects in the last year. Lately, I’ve found I miss the quilting.

Quilting is both easy and hard, at least in my head. The simplicity of just putting together pieces so that they lay flat and create a beautiful piece is so different from the difficulties that come with attempting to create 3D patterns to fit your body that take up so much time for me with cosplay. Don’t get me wrong, I love patterning, but I like the drawing part of it rather than the try and retry of getting the fit *just* right.

Having spent the last year struggling with bodysuit patterns and facing more with all my costume plans for this year, its probably no wonder that the simplicity that quilting affords is attracting me right now. But despite being happy to make patterns for cosplay, I’ve never really taken to creating patterns for quilting.

I prefer to work from the base that others have and enjoy the process of creation through colour choice. There are loads of talented quilt designers out there who I was looking at for inspiration and then I found this:

The Droid is Not for Sale- its Free!! That’s the tagline of Sam Hunter’s latest quilt pattern. For the Star Wars fanatics out there like me, its just perfect. (And let’s face it, I appreciate her play on words.)

I love the BB8. I love the Rey. And best of all, Sam is offering it for free.

Sam is an incredibly talent quilt designer whose patterns, book, and tutorials will be both useful and enjoyable for quilters of all skill. Go visit Hunter’s Design Studio for the free pattern, stay for all the incredible tips, tricks and beautiful quilts.

~ eliste