Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blog Tour Winner

Well thank you to everyone who particiapted in the blog tour.  It was lots of fun although extremely hectic as my modem died on Monday night and it wasn't until today... and four modems later... that I have been a ble to reliably connect to the innternet from home.  Luckily I was able to keep up to date with what was happening in the blog tour from work, but most days time was limited.

Now for what everyone wants to husband chose number 85 as the lucky number and the winner is Susie Rhodes from Fortville IN, don't know what IN stands for but that is no problem as the people fromQuiltmaker are sending her the magazine direct and they are US also:)  Thank you again to everyone who entered the tour and the competiton.  Looking forward to actually seeing the magazine.  It is due to   hit the newsagents November 16th in the US, but I don't know when for us in Oz.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Project - Braided Rag Rug

Well here is another project which I intend to make in the near future.  

I actually made a rag rug about ten years ago.  It was lots of fun and I have been meaning to make another one since. Found these instructions and they show an easier method than my previous attempt so I will hopefully get around to making one of these in the near future also.

For instructions click here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

100 Blocks Blog Tour - my day

Tuesday already!  I can't believe how quickly today has come around.  My blog and website are one of those being featured today on the 100 Blocks Blog Tour.

Now if you have arrived here through the main link, you already know about the blog tour and are here for your chance to win your own copy of this fantastic issue.  

The first issue was a total sell out but is now available as a digital download for anyone who has decided they would like to check it out.  There are another two issues in the planning. So if you buy all four  you will have 400 new original blocks from both established and new emerging designers.   

Ok so back to today's entry.  To be in the running for your own copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 2 simply check out my website and  then come back here and tell me which pattern you like the best or which version of Isobel's Flight you prefer.  You will need to leave two comments.... the first is the pattern you like best and the second is your contact email so that I can contact you if you win. Please don't put them both in the same comment as I don't like to publish people's emails.

Isobel's Flight

Well here it is my block from the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks collector's Edition Volume 2.  Funny in the small image it looks very higgledly piggledy but in real life it flows really well.  I designed this block for a friend Isobel who wanted to make a quilt for her grandson.  She wanted a design that would flow across the entire quilt.

Several years ago I had made another quilt Trails which Isobel had loved and it was the first of my quilts that she decided to make.  Anyway Trails was also the first really complicated pattern that I had ever written and as I later discovered many people wanted extra directions for joining it together.  The circles were easy enough.  The paths were easy enough but several people found that they wanted more instructions for joining the paths to the circles.  After writing these for Isobel, and the people who contacted me, I learnt that what may be obvious to one person is not necessarily obvious to someone who is not inside my head..funny that:)

Last year when Isobel wanted to make Pathways she contacted me to find out if it was easily modified for a different size.  I replied that it was easily made in any size but if she wanted a different design I had one in my head and no time to make it.  Isobel's Flight came from that idea.  

Don't you agree the full quilt version looks a lot better than the single block version:)

I have worked out a few colour variations but am desperately looking for time to make what would be to me the best... a completely scrappy version... one day.

Monday, November 8, 2010

100 Blocks Blog Tour

WOW today is the start of the 100 Blocks blog tour, which will be running for the entire week.  Every day there will be new blogs featured at this link, so head on over and see which blocks and blogs are featured today. 

Also check them out to see what you need to do to win your own copy of the magazine.  Each and every blog is giving away one copy of the magazine.  On the main link there is also the opportunity to win other great prizes... Top way to spend a few hours.

My feature day is Tuesday.  Now I'm not sure if this is supposed to be Tuesday their time or my time but suspect it should be US time... which fortunately is behind Australia so I intend to post my entry Tuesday Sydney Australia time (+10 hours GMT), but if I am running a little late it should still be up  before Tuesday US time :)  So head back here on Tuesday for another chance to win a copy of the magazine.