Wednesday, December 19, 2018

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT. Craftsy store no longer in operation.

I just received an email from Craftsy stating that they will be closing my pattern store, (along with the stores of many other indie designers ) as of December 28th 2018.

"Over the years, we’ve received many suggestions for improvement from designers and members alike, and we are taking the first steps in re-shaping our marketplace now. While we do so, we will be significantly reducing the number of stores and patterns available on our site at the end of this year."

To all customers that have previously purchased through Craftsy - Thank you, and don't worry, I checked with craftsy and you will still have access to your purchased patterns in the future. This is what they have said:

"Any patterns purchased will still be available in members' Pattern Libraries, regardless of the status of your store. If your pattern(s) were removed from the site, the PDF will remain available to those who have purchased them, just as any patterns you have purchased as a customer will be available to you in your Pattern Library forever."

I know that customers like to have some choice in where they purchase patterns from, so with that in mind I have added a link to the new Payhip store on the main page. Just bear in mind that the full inventory is not available there yet... but I'm working on it!

Thanks for your continued support!


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Up in the Air Pattern Pack released !

Today I have finally finished my second helicopter, ready for my Up in the Air Quilt. I'm loving how these Aircraft Blocks are turning out and I'm sure that when the quilt is finished, it will become a treasured item for the lucky little person who receives it.

These helicopter patterns were a lot of fun to make, and the pattern is quite easy to put together - I think this is worth giving a try, even if you are relatively new to the paper piecing technique.

Julia has also completed her helicopter block and as usual, it looks amazing: 

Julia is a very talented quilter and I really encourage you to check out the quilts she has for sale in her Etsy store.

Having completed all four patterns, the Helicopter, Rocket, Plane and Hot Air Balloon, I have decided to release a pattern pack with all four included in the Etsy store, Craftsy store, and also the new Payhip Store. Buying all four patterns as a pack is a little bit more cost-effective, than buying all four of the individual patterns.

Buy Now

These patterns are super cute and so much fun to make - also I will be giving away one pack to the first person to comment on this post and let me know what you think! 

Happy Piecing!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Competition Winner

Thank you to everyone who signed up to the mailing list and entered the recent competition I held, to win a Gift Certificate and 2 free patterns of the winner's choosing.

I'm pleased to announce that we have a winner! 

Congratulations Jane Valentine!

Jane received her Gift Certificate recently along with her free patterns. Jane chose to go with a nautical theme with her patterns and picked the Dolphin pattern and the Whale pattern as her free patterns.

12" Jumping Dolphin

Whale Pattern - Available in both 12" and 18" Pattern Sizes

Enjoy your winnings Jane!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Blast Off!

As you may know, I have been working on a number of blocks recently with the theme of being 'Up in the Air'. So far I have completed blocks for a Hot Air Balloon, and an Aeroplane. One of my awesome pattern testers Julia from Julia McTeer Quilting has also been working on her own version of this quilt. Over the past couple of weeks we have been both working on a 12"  Rocket Pattern. I have to say - Julia's turned out MUCH nicer than mine did!
These examples are both good to show how much fun Foundation paper piecing can be though - and that just because a pattern suggests a certain colour, doesn't mean you can't make it your own and choose something funky instead!

Check out both our Rockets below:

Next, we will be working on the Helicopter Pattern and then hopefully soon after that, we will be able to show off our completed quilts!

If you are interested in joining us or testing some of my other patterns - please do enter your name and email address in the sign-up field on the bottom of the Kohatu Patterns home page, or Click Here.

I need people of all skill levels, including beginners, so don't be afraid!

Happy Piecing!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Fixing 2 Common Foundation Paper Piecing Mistakes WITHOUT reaching for a seam ripper.

Yesterday I had a terrible day in the sewing room. It was one of those days where no matter what I tried to sew, it went wrong. After the second needle breakage in less than five minutes (admittedly I was sewing something very thick, even for the leather needle I was using) and then several mistakes while doing some foundation paper piecing (of a new secret design I'm working on *wink), I stormed out of the room in frustration. Ultimately there are some days when it is easier to say that today is just not your day - go and get a cuppa and do something else. So I went and mowed the lawns.

But it got me thinking. I realised that there are a couple of tricks I have used to fix foundation paper piece projects without reaching for the seam ripper that might be useful to help someone else on an off day, - or at least make it less stressful. Rather than spending ages pulling out those tiny stitches and risking ruining your fabric, as long as you spot your mistake right away and not after sewing a new line - you should be ok to use one of these tips. So today I set out to purposely make mistakes on my rocket pattern to show you how I fix them... You're welcome!!

Problem #1. Not enough fabric to cover your section.

There's nothing worse than realising after you have sewn your section that the piece of fabric you chose from your scrap pile, or even worse cut to size, doesn't quite cover what you need it to. The obvious answer to this is to always use a piece bigger than you need and you will never have this issue. But if you are like me and like to use your scraps, and don't want to waste too much fabric, then this mistake is bound to happen at some point. So what do you do when it does?

How to fix it: Don't panic. Take a look at the block and estimate how much more fabric you would need to cover that little bit extra. Do you have enough of the same fabric in your scrap pile to cover that small piece? If the answer is no, then you might be stuck with having to rip the seam and starting again, or using the fix from Problem 2. However, if you have another scrap about the right size then grab a pencil and a ruler and draw a new line1/4" from the edge of where your fabric ends, place another scrap here and sew the new line you have drawn.

It may mean you have deviated from the pattern slightly, but that shouldn't be a big deal, as the mistake will disappear once your block has been quilted into your larger project.

Also, To help you avoid this mistake to start with - Lee from has a great tip here.

Problem #2. Put the wrong piece/colour of fabric in a section.

I like to try to avoid doing this by colouring my template in first. That's right - my sewing room comes complete with a pack of children's coloured pencils. Despite this, I have still made this mistake in the past when I have gotten cocky and decided that I was so good I didn't need to colour the template, or when I wasn't concentrating.

Some people won't like this idea, because it does create a little extra bulk in the seam. But if you really want to avoid using your seam ripper then it's another technique you can use if you wish.
First, though I should note that this is not a good idea if you are replacing the fabric with a lighter colour as the darker fabric underneath will show through.

How to fix it: Chances are that you have trimmed your seam and ironed it open before realising that you made this mistake. If not - go ahead - trim and iron open the seam.

 Then place your new fabric directly over the old seam and sew the same line again just to the side, so you are using your previous stitches as a guide, but covering them at the same time.

This will mean you have two pieces of fabric covering the same section. You may disagree, however apart from the slightly bulkier seam, I personally don't believe this is too much of an issue. I see it as knowing that section is going to be quite stable now - even after my paper comes off!

Hopefully with these little hacks up your sleeve, it will make your piecing more enjoyable!

Happy Piecing!

Sunday, November 18, 2018


Tell your friends! Every one of your friends who enters gets you ten extra entries in the draw!

Entries Close 4 December 2018!
Here's an oldie but a goodie...
I recently revised and updated the Hot Air Balloon Pattern. It's now a bit simpler with only three sections to put together.
If you wanted you could use this pattern with a jelly roll and make an entire quilt of Hot Air Balloons and it would look awesome!

If you are a newbie to using the paper piece quilting method this would be a good one to start with. This block together with the Aeroplane will be going together as part of my 'Up in the Air' series Quilt.

Here's another example of the Hot Air Balloon - This one was made by Julia from Julia McTeer Quilting Julia makes some fantastically beautiful quilts and sells them on Etsy. They are definitely worth checking out!

Next week I'm working on the Rocket Pattern in amongst other projects, including a quilt pattern using a jelly roll which although it's not a paper piece pattern, I know you will love!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

New 18 Inch Parrot Mini Quilt!

I recently designed this 18-inch Mini Quilt Pattern for a family member who loves Eclectus Parrots. It is based on George - a larger than life pet who talked (when it suited him) and enjoyed spending time riding around on people's shoulders.

The 18 Inch Pattern was a lot of fun to design and even more fun to sew. In addition to raiding my stash for a few scraps for his flashy colourful wings, I also purchased some new fabrics, including Bear Essentials Berries from Spotlight for the cream background (I also already had some of this in Blue in my stash, along with the Marble Texture, which I used in the wings) and Some beautiful quality greens, Including Sketch Basic by Timeless Treasures for the body from my local Bernina Store, and some other blenders from Spotlight. 

Most of the quilting was stitched in the ditch. I did have fanciful ideas of doing some free motion lines on the log to make it look more like a tree branch, but chickened out in the end, fearing that my sub-par free-motion skills might just ruin the whole project.

I also made some fabric loops at the back for a piece of dowel to slide through allowing the quilt to hang nice and straight on the wall when it reaches it's intended recipient. Hopefully, they will like it as much as I enjoyed making it! 

This Pattern is available in the Craftsy and Etsy Stores now if you would like to make your own.

Happy Piecing!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

New Aeroplane 12" Quilt Block Pattern for the Up in the Air Series!

One of the things I love about Paper Piece Patterns is that you can make some really unique modern quilts that kids will love and treasure. I recently designed this new Aeroplane Pattern and it came out really quite cool. I'm planning to mix this pattern with my other 'Up in the Air' patterns - including the Hot Air Balloon, Rocket and Helicopter Pattern to make a quilt for a single bed.

This pattern is great with so many colors and fabrics too - here's what Julia, one of my very talented Pattern Testers, created using this pattern. I love the spotted fabric she used and the contrasting white background:

Enjoy your Piecing!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Pattern Testers

I'm currently looking for quilters and sewers who enjoy using Paper Piecing (or want to learn!) to test my patterns before they are released for sale.

If you are interested in becoming a Pattern Tester for Kohatu Patterns please email and let me know why you would like to become a pattern tester and what quilting experience you have. Send me a photo of a pattern you have completed and let me know what you liked and disliked about it!

As a Pattern tester, with your permission, your photos may be featured on this Blog and in my stores. You will get access to FREE paper piece patterns and will get to see what I am working on before anyone else!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Big Vehicle Construction Quilt

Welcome to Kohatu Patterns!

As many of my email subscribers will already know, for the past year I have been working on a quilt for my son, which is inspired by the roadworks going on nearby.
Well, the good news is that it's finally finished!

This Quilt has utilized a number of Patterns including the Construction Vehicle Pack, Steam/Road Roller, Front End Loader, and Grader Patterns. The Border fabric I used was Richard Neuman's 'Diggers and Dozers' by Clothworks. I have been unable to find this fabric again since however, has some pretty awesome fabrics from independent designers which would work just as well.

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