Saturday, August 31, 2013

A new pattern - Twist and Shout

In the nick of time for August - here's Twist and Shout.

I finished quilting it yesterday. Sadly, not at all my best quilting job (even by my admittedly low standards, this one is particularly bad. I guess I should baste my quilts more carefully.)

However, I love the pattern. I actually helped my mom a fair bit with this make, I think I made the first half of the quilt, and she finished it up. It goes so quickly! The blocks are a modified rail-fence/snowball, and both are very easy to construct.

This particular quilt is heading to a little baby boy (not yet born, both me and my mom should be astounded at our lack of procrastination!) Again, baby quilts are such a great make! They are a lovely and meaningful present, and also a quick way to try a pattern out.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Twist and Shout

Eeeks, time just flies by in summer. I can't believe it's been a month.

Basting in progress
So, at the start of August, I gave my mom a new pattern to test out. She gave me the finished quilt top a couple of days ago, and I'm currently in the process of quilting it.

Twist and Shout - as I've named this new pattern - is based off a Moroccan tile (again!). I'm reasonably sure this is the easiest pattern I've ever designed. I'm hoping to have it complete and published this Friday, but worst case - next Friday. (I'm off to New York for an extended weekend, so not much work will get done in that time, I'm afraid!)

Before I publish it though, I need to quilt it, and as you can see, I have a helper. Or rather, the exact opposite of a helper. It's adorable when Biscuit jumps up on my sewing table to keep me company, but less adorable that she lies right on top of the quilt I'm working on.

Nah, she's just too adorable. Also, I should clean this space.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Intertwined gets a photoshoot!

Intertwined has been the quilt on my bed for a few weeks now, and it was time to launder it this weekend. While it was hanging on the clothesline, I spent a bit of time taking pictures - I haven't really taken photos of it since it was quilted and bound, and again, Pauline, my long-arm quilter had done an exceptional job quilting it.

Beautiful blue skies. Too nice a day to be doing laundry, really, but I was out to hang the clothes on the line...

I also worked a bit on my next quilt. It is turquoise and navy blue - intense, saturated colours, I love it! I'm hoping to have it done by Friday.

How did you spend the weekend, and did you have beautiful weather? 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mirror Mirror - version two

At the start of June, I found myself shopping my mother's stash, pulling out fabrics that were very non-me. My quilting style tends to favour a lot of white paired with bright solids - this time, I pulled out the most subdued fabrics, the biggest prints, etc. and got to work making a version of Mirror Mirror. (In chronological order, this one actually came first, and then I did the baby quilt second.)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mirror Mirror - my newest pattern!

Happy Wednesday! 

And I have a new quilt pattern! Available for sale at Craftsy.

This one - Mirror Mirror - has been in the planning and sewing stages for a while (all of June, I think!), but trips out of town kept intervening, and then, everytime I wanted pictures, it would rain! 

Anyway, I finally caught a couple of moments of sunshine, took some pictures, and here goes! 

This one is also for a set of friends who are having a baby. Thankfully, this time, I have a bit more time to quilt it - the baby's not due for another three months. (Of course, knowing me, I will leave the quilting to the very last minute, but hey - I do that.)

The pattern is a log-cabin variation. Two oval rings are nestled inside each other. Perfect for scraps (I raided my mother's scrap stash for these), for jelly rolls, and for fat quarters!

Like I said, happy Wednesday indeed! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Giveaway results!

I plugged all your lovely comments into a random number generator - and the winners are (insert drumroll) - Quilting Nonnie, Sandy and CreativeInstincts. Ladies - please send me an email at globalnomadquilts at gmail dot com and I'll email over your patterns!

All the others, I'm really sorry! But I've resolved to run at least one giveaway a month, so keep an eye on my blog (I'm trying to get a proper followers widget - any suggestions?) and good luck for the future!

Monday, June 10, 2013

A giveaway!

Edit: You must follow me on Etsy or Craftsy to enter the giveaway. If your handles on blogger and on Craftsy/Etsy aren't the same, please let me know in the comments who you are on Craftsy or Etsy so I can verify. Thanks!

My most excellent cousin just sent me updated photos of Birds of Paradise. She's all done quilting it - she did an amazing job!

I really love the simplicity of the white binding. 

Summer's such a great time for quilters - great outdoor photos! 

Look at that quilting detail! She hand-quilted it, I think. I really admire her patience!

Anyway - to celebrate her new quilt, I'm going to do a little giveaway (my first on this blog!). 

I'm giving away 3 copies of the Birds of Paradise pattern (it's a PDF file, I'll email it to the winners.) To enter the giveaway, here's what you'll need to do: 

1. Follow the Global Nomad Quilt Company either on Craftsy or on Etsy.
2. Once you've followed me on either Craftsy or Etsy, leave a comment on this post. 
3. Leave me some way to contact you to send you a pattern if you win. 

I'll close the giveaway on Tuesday June 18 at noon EST - which gives you a whole week to enter! Good luck!