Welcome to day three of the Quilts with an Angle Blog Hop.
Today I thought I would tell you about the class I taught last week in my shop, Quilters' Lane. We were making the Pot of Gold quilt from the Strip Piecing chapter of the book.
My version of this quilt was made using all Tula Pink fabrics. I love the vibrant colours and the way the patterns can be used to create different effects. Look at the green block in the middle of the photo above - the fabric that varies from light to dark creates a really fun effect. I also love the spots, they break up the overall design and give you a little surprise. Varying the colours you pick for each row also gives more interest, here I combined yellows and oranges together.
The students in class all chose different fabrics to make their quilts. Some picked vibrant colours with lots of pattern. We started the class with a lesson in fussy cutting - you can find out how I fussy cut my pieces in the book.
I am so excited to be hosting my Quilts with an Angle blog hop, starting Tuesday April 16th (US time).
Follow the Blog Hop to read all about my book, and enter the prize draw at each blog for a chance to win an ebook copy.
Here is the timetable for the Blog Hop. Follow these blogs, enter the prize draws and have fun!
April 16th C&T www.ctpub.com/blog
April 17th Wendy Welsh wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com
April 18th Sheila Christensen www.quiltwithsheila.com
April 19th Angie Wilson www.gnomeangel.com
April 20th Juliet van der Heijden www.thetartankiwi.com
April 21st Kim Moos www.cottoncuts.com/blog
April 22nd Yvonne Fuchs www.quiltingjetgirl.com
April 23rd Aurifil www.auribuzz.wordpress.com
April 24th Jacquie Gering tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com
April 25th Sheila Christensen www.quiltwithsheila.com
I am really excited to be teaching at the Quilt Symposium this October.
I am offering two classes;
Shapes with an Angle is an in-depth, 3 day class where you will learn all about my triangle grid patchwork technique, make sample blocks, play with new ideas and work on your own project. This class is for quilters with experience who wish to extend their understanding of the structure of these contemporary quilts, but you don't need any experience with 60 degree triangles.
Mini Wonders Waltz is a project-based class over 2 days. You will make my Mini Wonders hexagonal table centre, piecing the blocks and you may also get on to quilting in the time available. A fun project to stretch yourself and learn new techniques.
The 2019 NZ Quilt Symposium is being held at St Cuthberts College in Auckland
If you weren't able to join in my 2019 Trendsetters Mystery from Quilters' Lane, never fear, you can now take part by purchasing the pattern and cutting your own fabrics. This is going to be a really fun Mystery in ten parts.
I have designed this quilt using my Triangle Grid Patchwork technique. Everything is rotary cut and machine pieced.
When you purchase the pattern you will be able to join the Trendsetters Mystery Facebook group, where you will find more information and support.
Sign up now in my new Payhip store!
Ten months ago, we started the adventure of Through the Garden Gate.
This Mystery quilt has been so much fun and I have loved watching the progress of detectives as they have posted their clues in our facebook group, which has now grown to over 400 members around the globe.
Before the Mystery started, this colour chart was all people knew about what they would end up with ...
On Friday, Kim from Cotton Cuts did the Big Reveal of the quilt on facebook live, direct from Valley Industries where the US Mystery packs are all cut and packed. You can watch the video and catch up with ace quilter Lincoln's great jokes here
We have been doing a blog hop while making this Mystery, and each month a celebrity blogger has been making one of the clues. The blocks have all been signed, and Kim has now put them together in the completed quilt.... ta da........
'Through the Garden Gate' quilt...
Do you know someone who loves Knights of old, castles and dragons?
This new range from Dear Stella is called 'Winter is Here' and I just love the colours as well as all the cute motifs!
These fabrics were just waiting to be sewn into something fun, and Linda who tests lots of my patterns set to work. Today she brought along the completed Toy Box quilt.
Out in the garden taking photos I laid the quilt on a bush and the goats next door took quite an interest!
On the back of the quilt we used the castle tower print
We loved creating this quilt and you can make one too as this range is now hitting the shops.
Contact your local quilt shop to buy these fabrics. If you are in New Zealand you can order a kit from my shop, Quilters' Lane in Masterton.
Wholesale pattern enquiries - contact me if you are interested in stocking this pattern in your shop.
Last week I made a new table runner, Circle of Stars
I used traditional Christmas fabrics, but I can't wait to see what other colours people will pick for their own runners.
I am busy working on the pattern and will release it soon, as well as teaching the class on August 18th. For now I am getting started on quilting my sample, so I thought I would share the process with you.
I am using fusible cotton batting from Hobbs. This batting is perfect for smaller projects as you can iron it in place, eliminating the need to spend ages pinning.
Use plenty of heat and maybe some steam to make sure it stays in place. I also put a few pins just around the outside. The fusible is not permanent, so if you get any wrinkles you can pull it apart and iron it down flat again.
I put all the layers together and then gave it a good iron - being careful not to twist.
The next step was to choose a thread. I love variegated thread so I picked this cotton one from Gutermann that highlights the...
This month I have been visiting family in England, and while I am here I have been teaching my Triangle Block Party class.
My walk this time doesn't include a quilt, but look at these beautiful native bluebells that adorn many English woods at this time of year
When I was a child, we would gather armfuls of bluebells to enjoy, but these days it's not allowed, and really so much better to see them in swathes in their natural setting. My sister, great niece and I loved our adventure in the woods, and the added bonus was a beautifully built wooden playground.
After a bit of catch-up time, I was off on the train to Huddersfield. Nestled in the Peak district in the North of England, Huddersfield was at the heart of the wool trade in the nineteenth century, and many mills have now been converted for new purposes. Four trains from Bedford, I arrived in the village of Slaithwaite (pronounced 'Slawett'), and met Justine and Lisa, who run Simply Solids. It's a great shop stocking a fabulous...