Saturday 31 December 2016

Regatta Quilt Pattern Release

As I made the Regatta Quilt and linked it to the Blogger's Quilt Festival in October 2014 never did I imagine the positive feedback I got!

More than half of all comments I received for this quilt are gone though because I changed the settings of my blog from 'Blogger only comments' to 'Everyone comments' at the beginning of 2015. Unfortunately that meant that all previous comments have vanished, but I opened up my blog to everyone to comment on future posts and that is a good thing. 

I never thought that the very first quilt top I ever made would reach such an enormous amount of people. 

The original blog post has been pinned over 14,400 times until now and counting! It has almost equally as many views on my blog. In fact this is by far my most viewed blog post of mine. More than two years after it was originally posted it still is the most popular post every year.

With the rising popularity of the Regatta Quilt requests for a pattern came in. I was completely overwhelmed by these requests since firstly I never intended to write any quilt patterns nor did I know how do do that. And secondly the Regatta quilt kind of happened accidentally. I could never write a pattern how I actually made it.

But I had so many other ideas and quilts I wanted to make and, honestly, that pattern was not my number one priority. I never would have thought that so many people wanted to make a similar quilt though. Requests kept on coming in.

The more people asked and the more I needed to tell them that the pattern is still 'in progress' the worse I felt. I attempted this pattern about four times. I knew without making another Regatta Quilt I would not be able to write a proper pattern. Since this is not a block- based design there has to be whole quilt.

So I made another quilt! And a pillow! More about the quilt later.
And today I can finally release the pattern. And you know what? I had fun writing it!
At this point I need to thank Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs for her Pattern Writing Blog Series, without that there still would be no pattern! If you're stuck writing a pattern I can highly recommend reading through Cheryl's blog series!

And I also have to thank you for your patience! I still hope that some of you will make the quilt. I know that releasing a pattern some two years late in this industry is a killer, but I don't see myself as part of an 'industry', I just want to make quilts. And I promise if there is any future requests for another pattern it will not take that long!

Now, because you all needed to wait for such a long time I'm giving the pattern away for free. I don't intend to make any money from the pattern, I would be just happy to see a few versions of the quilt. So if you do make a Regatta Quilt and if you'd like to share please use the #regattaquilt on social media such as Instagram. That would make me a really happy girl!

Pattern download here.

Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the pattern!

I am also linking this to Cheryl's Best of 2016 Linky Party because this is my biggest achievement of 2016 for sure!
Also linking to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish Up Friday

Thursday 29 December 2016

Scrappy Log Cabin Pillow

I am finishing all my WIPs before the year end so I can start 2017afresh.

Here is a scrappy log cabin pillow I started already in May, hence the happy colours.
I met with a friend back then who wanted to learn how to quilt. So we each sewed a log cabin pillow. Mine just took a lot longer to finish. But here it is:

The overall size is 23 x 23'' (65 x 65cm). The blocks are randomly pieced and I intentionally made them in different sizes.

I used red cross hatch fabric for the back, this is a great contrast to the white sashing and let the blocks really pop.

I quilted the individual blocks in straight spirals. I did this method before and had quite a lot puckering. I think this worked a lot better now.

I used Aurifil variegated thread for all the blocks which coordinated very nicely with the scrappy fabrics of each block.

I'm very happy this pillow is finally finished!

Linking this to Crazy Mom Quilt Finish Up Friday

Bee blocks for Yara and Vicky

I have both bee blocks to show today I made for Yara in Sept/ Oct and for Vicky in Nov/Dec 2016.

It was Yara's turn for Sept/ Oct and she went with a scrappy wonky triangle block design.
The colour scheme was red/ orange/ yellow/ and purple, happy colours for one happy quilt. 
You can see all her bee blocks here.

These are all my colourful blocks. They have different heights but needed to be 4.5'' at the base. I really enjoyed a bit of Improv piecing!

And here are Vicky's blocks:

Vicky designed her own fish block, how cool are they? The requirements were azure blue background fabrics, bright yellow fish with black accents in the body of the fish.

This Allison Glass fabric was perfect for the background and the yellow Kona Citrus couldn't be any brighter. I improv pieced the black accents into this fish's body.

Since I don't have that may azure blue fabrics I went with a solid colour which matched the required blue tone. Yellow purl bracelet fabric and black cross hatch fabric complete this fish.

I had so much fun with these blocks and I'm looking forward to the see the finished project!

These were the last bee blocks for 2016. We have scheduled 2017 already and it's my turn in January/ February!

Sunday 4 December 2016

Lovely Hexie Pillow

Today I want to share my first ever Hexagon project: a pillow!

The hexies are made using the English Paper Piecing method (EPP). My hexie paper templates were a supplement with one issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine which I have subscribed. 

The hexies have a side length of 1.5'', the pillow is 23 x 23'' / 65 x 65cm big. I used my scraps in every colour you can think of. The backing fabric is Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed linen in black, which I love! It has so much depth and a great texture. I quilted it in Aurifil 40wt #2600 Dove, which blended in nicely with all colours and the linen alike.

I have sewed the hexies on top of my backing fabric following this tutorial from Nicole of Modern Handcraft.

I am the proud owner of two old cinema chairs. Ruby red velvety fabric, seat numbers 7 and 8, 8 being an end seat with an arm rest in stripy fabric. LOVE them! Great back drop for this lovely pillow.

The pillow was a gift for a close friend of my husband and me, we are especially thankful for all her hard work. Our hexagons change all the time, hence all the different colours.