Thursday, May 7, 2015

Pattern Play with Bari J

We all love Bari J's beautiful fabrics and original artwork and now you can unleash the fabric designer in you and learn to create your own professional patterns in Photoshop with ease.

Bari J has a class starting 1st June 2015 with Jeanne Oliver Creative Network.

Don't worry if you don't own Photoshop. You can sign up for a 30 day free trial here.

There is an hour of video each day over 5 days and Bari J will be on hand to answer any of your questions during that time. How good is that! You have unlimited access to the class forever. 

Excited? I am. Already signed up ready to conquer fabric design. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Skopelos Blog Hop

Take a trip to the Greek of isle of Skopelos. Katarina Roccella's third collection Skopelos combines the geometric and natural elements of this beautiful island and its surrounding sea.

Set against Pure elements Nocturnal background, this paper pieced design reflects the geometric patterns found in ancient greek art and architecture. I just love the rich coral and pink floating in the soft teals and aquas of this collection.

Finished quilt size : 29" x 29". Quilted with Aurifil 1248 50wt cotton with a dense geometric pattern.

Visit these sites to view many more projects made with Skopelos. LYNNE GOLDSWORTHY - April 20th ALLEGORY LANHAM April 21st ERICA TOOLE April 22nd RACHAEL GANDER - April 23th AMY FRIEND - April 24th MARIJA VUJČIĆ - April 25th DANA BOLYARD - April 26th ERICA JACKMAN - April 27th JESSICA ALEXANDRAKIS - April 28th SVETLANA SOTAK - April 29th KATHLEEN RIGGINS - April 30th PAUL HALLINGER - May 2nd SHARON MCCONNELL - May 3rd CAROLINE HULSE – May 4th JANE DAVIDSON May 5th

P.S Each block finishes at 12" This is a 4 x 4 setting with a border. I will release the paper pieced block pattern on my return from Spring Market.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Coyote Blog Hop and Giveaway

Hawthorne threads collection Coyote is a beautiful collection of mint greens, peach, mustard, greys floating in a background of crisp white. Printed in house, this collection of intricately sketched elements from a trip to Death Valley, combines the wild splendour of fauna and flora from the region. 

I asked for prints that could be fussy cut to make a large pillow but as I started cutting into the fabric my design expanded and I ended up making a small quilt. I could have kept going but was limited by the amount of fabric I had. The setting triangles are Manchester dyed yarn in Taupe.

It was one of those quilt designs on the go. Starting with a hexagon, progressing to a octagon and finishing with a rectangle. I made use of the Jaybird rulers I had on hand to create these shapes.

Quilted in a simple design using Aurifil 2312 50wt cotton. Backed with my favourite IKEA print.

The in house prints from hawthorne threads a printed on a premium quality cotton. It sews and quilts beautifully, with a soft touch and drape. In addition to 32 prints, Hawthorne threads have printed a backing panel 56" x 72" to complete your quilted masterpiece.

Visit these blogs to see the amazing projects made using Coyote

21st April - Sewbon
22nd April - Holly Gets Quilty
23rd April - Telafante
24th April - Quilt Jane
25th April - Hawthorne Threads
As part of the blog hop, Hawthorne Threads will be giving away a FQ bundle of Coyote. To enter, leave a comment on this post or visit my IG feed @quiltjane (Look for the picture of the finished quilt) and tell me which is your favourite desert plant or animal.
Entries close midnight 25th April 2015.

*** Giveaway Closed ***


Take a moment today to remember all those affected by war. Let every generation know the story of the ANZACs so the memory of these brave men and women will not be forgotten. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Teach me to Applique - Fusible Applique that's soft and simple

Pat Sloan, quilter extraordinaire, radio show host/producer, fabric designer and teacher has published her 31st book -'Teach me to Applique - Fusible Applique that' soft and simple' Publisher Martingale.

The book includes a comprehensive section on how to do fusible appliqué by machine that has a soft drape and feel. Pat takes you through step by step instructions of which tools and threads to use, optimum stitch sizes and stitching techniques that will produce the perfect curves, points and corners.


Every one of the 96 pages of this book are visually enticing with 8 fun and easy projects brought to life with Pat's soft and simple fusible appliqué technique.

I especially love Pat's machine binding method in the last chapter and the inspiring sayings and reflections scattered throughout the book. 

I must confess I am a needled appliqué fan because I like the soft and less bulky feel that this technique offers but after reading this book I am looking forward to making the Sweet Bea's Bouquet mini using Pat's simple and soft machine appliqué method.

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Rhonda Quilt and Mini

Introducing the Rhonda quilt and little sister the Rhonda mini quilt.

The Rhonda block is made in memory of my beautiful mother. Sadly, mum passed away six years ago and there is not one day that passes that I don't think of her. Mum was my greatest fan and the one who supported me the most in my adventures as a quilter.

One of my favourite pictures of mum. Rhonda was beautiful inside and out. 

The Rhonda quilt pattern has instructions for crib, lap, twin and king sized quilts. FQ friendly. The pattern uses the EZ-quilting Tri Rec tool. One of my favourites for making a triangle in a square.

The Rhonda and Rhonda Mini Quilt are now available for EU customers at and US, AUS, CAN and NZ customers at

Boat House by Sweetwater for Moda
Aurifil 2026 50wt cotton
Lap Size 72" x 72" 

Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.
Aurifil 2085 50wt cotton
Finished size: 22" x 22"
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