Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Subarashi Nihon Mystery BOM Part 2

Here is the second part in my Free Mystery Block of the Month.
This block does have some small parts in it, so it can be a little fiddly at times. But I think the finished block is well worth the trouble.


Subarashī Nihon  
Part 2


Monday, 1 August 2016

Fabric Choices for the BOM

While I am finishing up the pattern for the second block in the Free BOM, I thought I would show you all what kind of fabrics I am going to be using for my blocks.

All of my fabrics are either Japanese Yarn Dyed Fabric, Traditional Japanese Prints or very muted tones. My fabrics are a combination of fabrics I bought online especially for this quilt, fabrics I had sitting in my stash and then some I went and bought from the local shops in my area. I just made sure everything was very muted and none of them had any large prints. I bought my Japanese Fabrics online from http://www.bebebold.com/ 

Of course you can make your quilt in any fabrics you choose but if you wan to copy mine at least this gives you an idea of what I'm using.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Cover Quilt

The latest issue of Quilters Companion came out a week ago and I was so happy and surprised to see that my quilt was on the cover!
I knew that my quilt pattern was going to be in this issue but I had no idea it was on the front until the day it came out. It really made my day.
This quilt was the second quilt that I have done for them and they have also done 2 features on me before, 1 on one of my Show Quilts and 1 on me personally. I love there magazine as they still have a lot of traditional quilts and quilting items. So many magazines now are trying to only have modern and bright quilts on their pages. Don't get me wrong I love modern quilts but just like people quilts come in all shapes, sizes and colours and I like to buy magazines that have little bit of everything for everyone.


Saturday, 2 July 2016

2016 Free Block of the Month

Well here it is the new 2016 Free Block of the Month
Subarashi Nihon meaning Wonderful Japan

Once again it is a Mystery Block of the Month but this time it is a Japanese themed Quilt. Most of the quilt is Appliqued but there will be a small amount of Piecing towards the end.

I have never been to Japan but I am longing to go and my Husband and I are planning on doing so in the next few years. At School I learnt the Japanese language but as time has gone by I forgotten most of it. It is such a mysterious land and their History, Art and Culture all seem so magical to me. So this quilt is my ode to Japan and it's people.

Once again I will be posting one block per month for you to download and I will try to post each block sometime in the first week of each month.

I hope you will all enjoy making it

Fabric Requirements

Subarashi Nihon 
Part One

Monday, 20 June 2016

Who Wants a Free Block of the Month

I'm just about to start another free Mystery Block of the Month, with a Japanese theme. But before I start it in July I have a big question for you all.

Does anyone want another Block of the Month???

While I was drafting up one of the blocks I started thinking to myself, is anyone really going to make this or am I just doing this for myself and posting it to an uninterested internet. The photo (below) is of some of the fabrics that I have chosen to make the quilt, I will probably buy a few more but they will be in the same colour way.

So before I go down the path of another BOM, please can I have a show of hands via the comments section on how many of you are interested in doing another one with me.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Finishing my UFO's

This week has been a cleaning week for me. My sewing studio has had the biggest clean up ever and I was ruthless. So much stuff got thrown away that I can't fit all of the garbage bags into the bin. 
Some things I don't even know why I saved them, there were piles of scrap batting that were not even big enough to use for a table runner, a draw full of off cut scraps that probably could have been used for applique but since they had been in the draw for years chances are they would never get used. Then I had other draws full of crap like odd knitting needles, off cuts of ribbon, spools with no thread left and lots of other random items.

And then there were all of the UFO's that had been stashed and forgotten about. Surprisingly I really didn't have too many, there were only 9 of them. That is really good more me, I think.
So this week I got stuck in and finished of one

the tops, all of the blocks were done all I had to do was stitch down the applique on the borders and piece it all together. Now it is onto the quilting, which I plan on starting in the next week or so.
Here are a couple of photos of the finished quilt top and now I'll be moving onto the next UFO in the pile.


Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Back to Quilting

After such a long break I've started sewing again. 
I have written up so many patterns for the website that I am trying to get up and going, that I need to make them all up so I have photos for the pattern covers. 
Here is a little sneak peak of one of the blocks that will be in the first quilt that I am making.


Saturday, 28 May 2016

Entire Mystery BOM Free and New Free BOM

If you missed any of the blocks in the Nancy Jean BOM then here is your chance. 
For one week I will have the entire quilt, that is every single block, available for you to download.
From the 1st of June until the 7th of June every link to every download will be available on the BOM Page here on my blog.

Also I have designed another Mystery BOM for you which will start in July and run for 12 months. It is a big one though and we will be making 4 blocks per month and just like last time it is pieced and appliqued. But for now here is a little clue about my new mystery BOM, it looks like it could come from the land of Geisha's and Samurai's.

Until then don't forget the week of downloading the entire Nancy Jean quilt.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Slowly Getting Excited Again?

This week I did something that I haven't done in months and months I got excited about fabric again. I haven't wanted to touch any fabric or sew anything since last year but this week I got out a project that I had begun last October and worked on it, I didn't do any sewing, I just turning Hexies but still it's a start.
The State guild Quilt Show was this week and seeing all of the photo's on Facebook was what I think motivated me. This year was the first year in a long time that I didn't enter anything and it felt good not to put that pressure on myself. 
So this year since I didn't go I don't have any photos of the quilts to share here on my blog. Sorry. Instead I've got a few Still Life photos that I took a few weeks ago with my new camera.


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Final Construction Mystery Block of the Month

Well here it is, finally the last part to the Nancy Jean Mystery Block of the Month. 

I hope you have all enjoyed the quilt and that you like the way in which I have put it all together. 
I don't have any photos to post yet as both of my quilt tops, Traditional and Modern are not fully completed. I'm hoping to have at least one of them done and quilted with in the next month or two.

If any of you want to send me a photo of your finished quilt so I can post them here on my blog, please do, I would love it.
email it to breccabaroo@yahoo.com 

Just a little side note on the name of this quilt, Nancy Jean was my girls Grandmother, she was killed in a Car Accident years ago when she was only 55. This quilt is a little tribute to her and the love she had for my children.