Sunday, 7 February 2016

A Fresh Start for February!

It's been on my wall for a few months now and this is what I've finally done with my own version of the panel - I gave my tree a trim and re-arranged a few things, and now that I'm satisfied, I'm packing it away into a WIP box. One day, I'll return to it. But for now, February 2016, it's time to focus on my next BOM - which starts next week and is a quilt along. I'm just in the mood for some prettiness and fabric play and I'm looking forward to a month of frivolity and I make my Sweet 2016 blocks to show off. I didn't plan on making Hazel myself, but couldn't stop myself. And like Hazel, I was happy to release Sweet 2016 and move on to my next BOM but now that I've picked up some new fabrics,  I'm suddenly planning on making these blocks myself because they're completely irresistible.

So today, I'm clearing my design wall. Hazel comes down and my applique arranged tree comes down and Sweet 2016 goes up.

It's going to be a gorgeous February!

Friday, 5 February 2016

My 'Little Hazel' Quilt Top

Oh how I wish I had more Fassett fabric to turn my 'Little Hazel' into 'Hazel' but Little Hazel will have to do, and nicely too I think! These colours match my sofa perfectly and Little Hazel is an ideal quilt throw size. Oh I love it, I really do.

Remember, Hazel and Little Hazel are my current FREE BOMs available over in my BOM Group on Facebook (link here) join in and make your own. It's gorgeous, even if I do say so myself.

I'm just thinking about whether to add a tiny slip of green in before finishing off with my print border. I'll decide after looking at it up on my wall for a few days. I think going straight into the print fabric might be too much, but maybe not. I'll see how it settles on my eyes.
But then again, looking at it now below in the image, I do like it. 
Maybe I should stop complicating things and just follow the pattern!
And this is all I have left of this gorgeous Fassett print. I'm so pleased to have it off the stash shelf and on the design wall in blocks I'm going to get so much use out of
Phew! With the top done now, I can focus on a guilt free delicious adventure in fun - of course I'm talking about Sweet 2016 and if you haven't joined my Mystery Applique BOM - then why ever not?! It's only $3.95 per month and I can tell you, it's fabulous! Think of it as a monthly fabric party. I'm mixed delicious up with gorgeous and turned it into a monthly surprise. Go on, treat yourself.

You can join my BOM Group my clicking here now. It's full of fabulous, talented women sharing their work, ideas and inspirations as they make my quilt patterns. Join us and our friendly, supportive community today. 

Wait until the 15th of each month and download the available pattern right here directly on my blog. The choice is yours. My old Yahoo Group has closed due to limitations on the platform. If you haven't come over to the new group, now is a good time.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

WOW: Hazel Taking Shape

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
 I've been busy! 

What do you think? I'm really in love with Hazel, and made up in Fassett's, it's bold and striking.This quilt is no shrinking violet - which is funny given that I originally envisioned it in soft, gentle colours. I'm loving seeing what fabrics you choose over in the Group too. The range of fabrics and schemes is great, with something from all styles on offer. I can't wait until Part 2 is released on February 15th and you all move onto your star rounds. I've had to finish my own Hazel early as I've been making 'samples' to photograph and show as block tutorials right here on the blog. This takes so much time - much longer than actually making the blocks, so I decided it was best to do it 'all at once' whilst I had the chance. 

Now I can see that the green really works and I'm happy with the balance of fabrics (I originally repeated the stripe fabric as the 8 Point Star background - but removed it because it changed the mood completely. Now I think it all zings! Today I'll be finishing up my blocks.

What's Your WOW?

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

LE? Oh Yes, You Can!

Every finished Love Entwined quilt (and the number of these is steadily growing) started with just one stitch. But I know, that for some of you, taking on the whole quilt has felt, well, a bit daunting.
But it doesn't have to be. Love Entwined is a 'once in a lifetime' quilt - beautiful, intriguing and perfectly accomplished. If you missed it the first time around as a free BOM, you can still start your own wonderful version, wherever you are in the world, and join us in reviving the spirit of the mysterious original.

Making LE in 2016 is easier than ever. How? Now, instead of having to consider the whole quilt all at once - you can tackle it block by block. It makes it easier to manage. Consider it a BOM 'on demand.' It starts when you do and arrives by email each month. And, once you're ready to make a start. there's a committed Love Entwined Group you can join to share your progress pics, share ideas and ask advice. Whatever step you're up to, someone's done it before you. Now is a great time to start your own Love Entwined.

Love Entwined: 1790 Marriage Coverlet 

SUBSCRIPTION - start any time

Pay $9.95 (USD) per month for 14 months 
and receive an installment each month, delivered to your email in-box

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Go Ahead, Treat Yourself!

Well I just can't help myself. I'm getting all excited about Valentine's Day because it's the day my fun Mystery Quilt Along  Sweet 2016 launches. Oh yes, I'm ready for bite sized blocks of fun each month. Something gorgeous, something fabulous and something that makes each installment feel like a fabric party. I can't wait.
Have you joined the monthly mystery party yet? 
The time to join is now!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

WOW: Hazel & Moving with the Times

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
I was never into Facebook. I must admit the whole FB "revolution" passed me by and I was happy about it. But now I see that it can serve some purpose other than being an annoying intrusion. Moving over to Facebook is the best decision I have made regarding my BOM Group and if you haven't come over yet, I encourage you to do so. Yes, I know the resentment many feel towards FB which is why I offer my block downloads right here on my blog each month too. But let me tell you; the support, conversations and networking over in my BOM Group is really incredible. The amount of creativity and connecting and image sharing has taken the Group to a whole new level. One that I'm really enjoying.

This blog will always be my home, but over in my BOM Group, the conversation never stops. So if you'd like to link up with others creatively, it's the place to be. I suppose you could say I'm moving along with the times.,.and not a minute too soon.

This 8 Point Star block is my Hazel centre and this is where I'm up to right now. I'm loving the Fassetts and think I'm content enough to leave it as is. I'll see how I feel after having it up on the wall for a few days. Today I'm sewing and photographing stages of sample blocks to show members next month.
What's Your WOW?

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Hazel: Playing With Kaffee Colour

I know I said I wasn't going to make Hazel, but it looks like I've changed my mind.
I think it's the Fassett fabics that finally swayed me. That and making the samples - now that I'm making samples to show members how to make the blocks each month, it seems silly to stop. So, I've just been carrying on..

Do I have time for this? No I really don't. Have I found time to squeeze it in? Yes I have so far and now that I'm this far down, it looks like I will complete the top. I really didn't want to - I have other BOMs waiting in the wings that need my attention. But the Fassetts have been calling me and I couldn't resist. At least I'm using stash fabrics. And now the idea of having a Fassett around the house really appeals so I can't wait to finish!

What do you think of this blue? I thought it was a great zinger at first, but after having it on my wall for a few hours, changed my mind. It just clashed too much. I wanted a calm blue enthused quilt. I think the pattern really calls out for floaty fabrics and dreamy colours. But not my Hazel.
And the funny thing is, I didn't want a green quilt. I just didn't. And now it's happened and I love it. I really think it's gorgeous now. You can see these Fassett greens below just work so much better.
I'm still planning on using the stripes again for the corners. But you never know. Lately, I've changed my attitude about selecting quilt fabrics. I let the quilts decide up on my design wall. If it pleases my eye after a few hours (or days) on my wall, it stays. If it doesn't 'look right', then it has to go. This used to cause me so much anguish - especially after I painstakingly purchased so many specific fabrics with quilts in mind.
Still, I think this scheme is going to stick now and I can't wait for next month when I release the next block. I have loved Hazel from the moment I designed it, it just 'felt' right, but now I'm making it, I love it even more. I didn't think I'd be as keen about a pieced quilt, but I am and it's a really nice surprise.

This post is related to my current free BOMs 'Hazel' and 'Little Hazel'

To take part in my free BOMs, you simply need to be a member of my BOM Group
This 'Group' used to be on Yahoo, but last month I moved it to Facebook for technological reasons
My Facebook BOM Group is a huge improvement from the old Group format - uploading images and connecting with other members is easy now - it's really years ahead of the old platform.

If you were a member of the Yahoo BOM Group - you will need to move to my Facebook BOM Group in order to continue taking part in my BOMs. To do this, sign up to Facebook and then search for "Esther's Blog: Quilt BOM Group" OR simply click the image above.

For those of you who don't want to join Facebook, you will be able to download the monthly block installments right here on my blog.