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Craft/ food story Developer, Writer & Photographer for Newspapers & Magazines. first Book on Quilts out March 2015 with @Interweave All images and content belong to Siobhan Rogers, if you would like to use my images please email me.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bella Quilt

Hi !

Just a quickie

I have a quilt on the cover of Down Under Quilts :)

Issue #156 in store now 

and pattern inside

Its a nice big pattern great for a bedroom overhaul - Its a big but achievable pattern. 

This quilt is made completely out "Bella" by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics

because the pattern has large blocks its great for using large scale designed fabrics on 

all three of Lotta Jansdotters fabric ranges would work perfectly in this pattern - as would many other Fabric ranges 

I would love to try a version  using Julie Paterson's CLOTH Fabrics - It would look lovely! 

I havent had a chance to photograph the quilt after the magazine finished with it....

I'll get round to it!

Xx Siobhan 

Monday, February 11, 2013

when I'm teaching......

When I'm teaching patchwork and quilting.....

the thing I start with is usually learning how to use a rotary cutter and cutting mat and accurate (ish) piecing.

I've been reminded this most recently when all my classes for the year started last week and I had lots of new students - which is great!

It can seem daunting at first but its not so bad once you get use to it and work out what works best for you.

Every one does things differently

this is how I do it :)

for this project I have cut 30 X 7 inch squares 
Finished quilt size
33 inches X 39.5 inches
perfect for a baby rug

When cutting fabric you should always try to fold fabric selvedge to selvedge. 

1 - I use the grid lines on my cutting mat to help line up my fabric and keep it square and then trim the end to make it a straight edge.

2 & 3 - once I have lined up the fabric and it is trimmed I then measure my width strip that I need - in this case it is 7 inches

4 - I then cut this strip into 7 inch squares

repeat until you have all 30 squares cut

Lay out your squares in your desired layout - in this case I have gone with a random placement of pattern and colour.

Sew the squares into strips and iron the seams. 

I iron my seams open, lots of people iron their seams all sorts of ways - to the side all in one direction, to the dark side etc Its personal preferance. I sew mine open as I find it easier to quilt on my machine and the long arm machine quilter I use prefers it too. 

Once the strips are sewn then sew the strips together

here you have one finished patchwork quilt front!

next steps are 

1 - making a backing
2 - wadding
3 - making a quilt sandwich and basting
4 - machine quilting

Squares are a very versatile shape in quilting and can be very effective in lots of different sizes and colours

Hope that helps some new Quilters


Xx Siobhan 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Everyday the sun comes up

Life does not stand still ....

everyday the sun comes up and life continues

at the moment that life entails chasing children - getting them to sleep, getting them to wake up, getting them dressed and getting them out the door - lots of other "getting them..." in between 

Usually all that stuff doesn't bother me
but every now and then I get huffy 
and when that happens I find the best thing to do (other than go for a walk) is make something. 

Luckily for me I had been watching everyone else in the online quilting world over the last month make a scrappy trip quilt.

If you don't know what that is - then take a look at the FLICKR group hosted by Just a bit Frayed and it has all the links to the original pattern by Quiltville etc

Its a great pattern 
as usual I changed it a little bit
I used 3.5 inch strips as it was what I had in my scraps from previous quilts

1 X 3.5 inch strip selvedge to selvedge (42 inch useable print) will give you two blocks

1 X Fat Quarter strip (21inch long usable print) will give you one block

each block finishes at 18inches 

I think I am going to do 
4 Blocks X 5 Blocks?

anyway - its been lovely to just mindlessly sit and sew over the last few days
and I love the results so far

One of my jobs for this week is to list fabric in my etsy shop!

I took delivery of lots and lots of Fat Quarters of the below text fabric with the white base cloth

I finally got my hands on some copies of my two recent magazines!
They are in Australian shops now 

The below fabrics are available in my spoonflower shop - I'm thinking about buying some bulk and selling it through etsy ..... lets wait and see how I go :)

I'm off to make more scrappy blocks

Xx Siobhan 

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