Well it is now March and after a glorious New Zealand summer, autumn is arriving. The tomatoes keep on giving, as does my single zucchini plant - one a day just for me. For us in the southern hemisphere, thoughts are turning to spending the cooler days and nights sewing, while all of you in northern climes are thinking of spring. Whatever the weather, there's always time to make a couple of easy sections for the Mystery Quilt.
I have started making some more of the colourways in my 2016 Mystery. One of these is called 'Pewter and Linen', and uses some gorgeous fabrics designed by Jennifer Sampou, from her Shimmer range.
If you would like to start making my Mystery Quilt, you can download the pattern in my Craftsy store.
This blog contains photos to help those of you who have purchased the pattern or who are making the ready-cut Mystery quilt from my shop, Quilters' Lane
If you are using directional or striped fabric for your Mystery Quilt, take a look at my previous...
This week I have been dealing a lot with striped fabrics. I thought I would write a post about cutting stripes when you have to deal with triangles.
Often people shy away from striped fabrics, apart from using them in borders and bindings (which they are great for). One of the reasons is that they behave very oddly when you are cutting them into triangles.
Take a half square triangle, for example. The way the stripes go will depend on how you place your ruler.
If you put your ruler like this, you will get stripes leaning to the right (I call them 'righties')
However, put your fabric the other way under your ruler and this is what you will get - 'lefties'
Making quarter square triangles is even more confusing! If you cut a square and then cross cut into four, here is what you will end up with
Hm - two of the triangles have the stripes going horizontally, and two are vertical. How can we get around that without wasting fabric?
Make a Template
If you cut a...
Hello from a very sunny and hot New Zealand summer,
Yes it's here, time to start this year's Mystery Quilt!
There are two ways of doing this quilt; you may have signed up for our precut Mystery quilt packs, or you may be purchasing the clues from my Craftsy Store. These clues contain all the cutting and sewing instructions month by month. There are ten clues in total so our Mystery will conclude in November.
Take a look at my other blog posts to see the fun we have had making my previous Mystery quilts!
This year, I am making the Japanese Traditions colourway for my sample.
Here are my fabrics:
Puzzle Mystery 2016 by Sheila Christensen
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Forget boring old sampler quilts, come and join me in my 2016 Puzzle Mystery Adventure!
You can make my Mystery quilt in one of two sizes:
SINGLE – 48” by 60”
DOUBLE (QUEEN): 72” by 72”
What is the Mystery?
The 2016 Puzzle Mystery is available as ten monthly clues in my Craftsy shop. It is the same as the precut quilt offered through my bricks and mortar shop Quilters' Lane. Each month you will get a clue to parts of the quilt. With this Mystery you will be scratching your head right to the end wondering what the finished pattern is going to be!
Here are some pictures of my previous Mystery Quilts:
2013 Mystery Quilt
Blue Hawaiian Colourway
Opulence Colorway - Double Size
Sounds like fun! How...
Welcome to 2016. Have you thought about which projects you will work on this year?
Why not join my MYSTERY QUILT ADVENTURE
Each year for the past three years I have designed a Mystery Quilt. Until now, the only way you could join in with this was to buy the precut fabrics from my shop, Quilters' Lane. This is a very popular project to do and having the fabrics precut is wonderful, every month you receive a package with all the parts ready to sew!
This photo shows one of the 2015 Mystery Quilts
The Mystery comes as either a single or a double quilt, and you can purchase the precut block of the month here
However for those of you for whom postage from New Zealand might be a little prohibitive, or who are keen to cut your own fabric, I have decided this year to offer the Mystery to you. There will be free quiltalong information here on this blog. The only requirement is that you purchase the pattern each month...
Last Saturday was the annual Big Reveal of the Mystery Quilt. It is quite nerve-wracking to finally share my design with everyone, knowing that they have invested time and money in making a quilt when they had no idea how it would turn out!
We started the day by showing the two samples that I had made, with help from Linda who did the binding on both, and Noeline Day who quilted the double.
So, here is the Vintage Roses Single
... and the Blue Diamonds Double
Once we had done the reveal, there was frantic activity while everyone got themselves set up to sew.
There were so many different colourways being made on the day - this one is called Graffitti Chic, and uses fabrics from Moda's Zen Chic range
This one is Lime Zest
Here it is completed
Pauline was busy making her Opulence quilt
Linda and Brenda had been testing out the instructions before the day. Here's Brenda's Kansas...
This weekend I attended the inaugural Aotearoa Quilters Tutors' Seminar in Wellington.
The three day course was full-on and packed with great information, networking with others from the quilting world and of course lots of fun. We also had the Aotearoa Quilters AGM and dinner on Saturday evening.
Bobby Duncan (organiser), Yvonne Roberts (tutor), Jared Murdoch (tutor), Louise Murdoch, Jenny Bacon (tutor), Natalie Murdoch (convenor)
We were divided into two groups - Green group and Blue group - reflecting the colours in the Aotearoa Quilters logo. My group was the Green group. With about fifteen members in each group there was an excellent attendance at the seminar and lots of people to bounce ideas off and to learn from their experiences.
The first day was spent with Jenny Bacon from Australia. Jenny is an internationally qualified Quilt judge. We learned about what judges look for, ways that work (and don't work!) for judging exhibition quilts, and we had a practice session...
Last week we had some fun classes. On Wednesday we made 'Banana Bags' - these are not bags for putting bananas in, but a generous sized zip up bag designed by Wendy Williams that is great fun to make and looks fabulous. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of Lynda's finished bag yesterday.
On Saturday we had a full house for the Pop Stars class. Pop Stars is a quilt from the Material Obsession books.p This is one of my favourite classes as we get to relax and have fun while making beautiful blocks. I have posted more photos on Facebook (www.facebook.com/quilterslane) and Instagram (quilterslanesheila) but here is one of the stunning blocks:
One of the advantages of my job is that I get to go to lots of classes and workshops. This weekend I am looking forward to attending the Aotearoa Quilters Tutors' Seminar in Wellington. This course is going to cover teaching patchwork and quilting, judging quilts and using social media. Hopefully I will learn lots that I will be...
Last month we completed the 2014 Mystery with two amazing reveal days. I have put some photos below.
We have now launched the 2015 Mystery, to see the colourways please visit my new website here
This will be my last typepad post, for more information on Quilters' Lane and my quilting please go to the Quilters' Lane website where you can find all sorts of information and purchase products.
If you are doing any of my classes at Symposium I look forward to seeing you in January. Please note I have now put all of the hand quilting products on the new website.
Here are the photos to go with the August news post:
This is Joanne Farmery's Inner City quilt - it won best amateur traditional quilt at the Taupo Symposium last year. It is completely hand made - piecing and quilting, and created an amazing reaction when people came in to the shop.
Joanne taught the class recently at the shop
and these are the blocks that everyone created:
Don't they look great? Joanne taught hand piecing techniques including how to make those points meet perfectly. Hand stitching is getting very popular, being something you can do while on the move, or in the evening in front of the television.
Upcoming classes include a repeat of Vickye's Petals class on September 17th and 24th
And another chance to make my version of a Flat Mat Bag - very handy for carrying your quilting tools to class - turn up to Symposium in style! The class is on October 24th
I have been busy working on a quilt for...