Sunday, April 19, 2020

Free Anzac Poppy Pattern

It's almost Anzac Day.

For those of you that don't know, In Australia and New Zealand, we honour our veterans every year on April 25th. We usually get up before sunrise and attend an honourary service to remember all the fallen soldiers and those that have served our Countries.

This year due to the current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, most (if not all) of these services have been canceled. So I've been working on some free ANZAC themed quilt patterns so that those who can sew, can make a quilt instead.

Click here to download a copy of the 6" ANZAC Poppy Pattern.


I hope to have my next pattern available to download soon, but it's much more complex and designed as a full-sized Quilt (It will be at least 25" wide and 34" long, and possibly bigger). Here's a sneak peek:



I hope you enjoy the free ANZAC poppy quilt pattern in the meantime!
Happy Sewing,
RJ

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Spring Fling Sew Along Week Three

What's your favourite Kona Solid Colour?
I've worked with Cardinal lately, but I do love a good pastel too!

So far its been pretty lonely in the sew-along and I'd love to see you join in!
This week, I decided to make the Iris instead of the Bird of Paradise. Remember you can make ANY block you like from the Spring Fling Quilt Pattern, and as many blocks as you like to make your flower quilt!



If you haven't bought the pattern and that is why you haven't started your blocks, then check out my Etsy store now as it is 20% off until March 29th, 2020! Is it a fear of foundation paper piecing? Think it looks too complex?
Or maybe there's another reason? I love to hear it!

Remember to tag #springflingsewalong when you upload to Instagram to be in to win this week's prize a Fat Quarter bundle of 5 Kona Solids from Rainbow Stash NZ called Meadow! 


This Weeks Prize Sponsor

This week the prize sponsor is Rainbow Stash NZ and the prize is a Fat Quarter Bundle called Meadow. It consists of five beautiful shades of green in Kona Solid! 

To win you will need to:
  • Post a photo of ANY flower block from the Spring Fling Quilt Pattern to Instagram before March 21st,
  • Follow
    @rainbowstashnz
    on Instagram and;
  • Use the tag #springflingsewalong in your post. 
Happy Piecing!
RJ

Monday, March 16, 2020

Spring Fling Sew Along Week Two

I chose to stick to the Pattern for Week Two and make the Daffodil block. I used some Alison Glass fabric from my stash in an effort to use what I have!

This week's Question: What's your favourite Spring-time meal?

I'm really looking forward to seeing your blocks.
remember to tag #springflingsewalong when you upload to Instagram to be in to win this week's prize! 

This Weeks Prize Sponsor

This week the prize sponsor is Online Quilt Magazine and the prize is a one-year Premium Subscription to the Magazine!
Premium Subscribers get access to the whole back-catalog of Online Quilt Magazine Issues, hundreds of patterns and articles.
To win you will need to:
  • Post a photo of ANY flower block from the Spring Fling Quilt Pattern to Instagram before March 14th,
  • Follow
    @onlinequiltmagazine

    on Instagram and;
  • Use the tag #springflingsewalong in your post. 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Spring Fling Sew Along Week One!

What is your favourite Spring-time activity? A walk in a garden? A spot of casual tennis or a picnic in the park? One thing is for sure, the weather is improving and those lovely sunny days are becoming more frequent!

It's also time to get out your Spring Fling Quilt Pattern and start sewing! Here's my first block, I decided to go scrappy and use fabrics that were already in my stash for this one, and It's just so bright and colourful, it definitely screams SPRING!


Plus I used some of the New Zealand Fabric I had leftover from my Kiwi Applique project!

This week the prize sponsor is Morgan from Cedar Makerie and the prize is a collection of PDF Quilt Patterns from her store, including the gorgeous Leadlight Pattern!
To win you will need to:
  • Post a photo of ANY flower block from the Spring Fling Quilt Pattern to Instagram before March 7th, 2020
  • Follow @cedarmakerie on Instagram and;
  • Use the tag #springflingsewalong in your post. 

The FIRST Prize Winner

CONGRATULATIONS
SANNE LEPPERS!
Sanne has won her choice of two patterns from the Kohatu Patterns Etsy Store for sharing her intention to participate in the Sew Along on Instagram!

Happy Piecing!
RJ

Sunday, March 1, 2020

PRIZES PRIZES PRIZES

I thought I’d take a moment to talk about some of the fantastic prizes on offer during the Spring Fling Sew Along
Here’s a complete list of the prizes for each week:

The first prize that was up for grabs was two patterns of the winners choice from the Kohatu Patterns Etsy store - no sewing required to win this one! The winner simply had to share their intention to participate on Instagram with the following graphic before midnight on February 29th 2020.

Congratulations Sanne Leppers who was the winner of this prize!

The prize list for the other weeks are as follows:

Week One (March 1st-March 7th): A selection of PDF Quilt Patterns from Cedar Makerie including this beautiful pattern called Leadlight!




Week Two (March 8th - March 14th): A One-year subscription to Online Quilt Magazine! These subscriptions include access to every issue ever published and hundreds of quilt patterns and articles! Make sure you follow Online Quilt Magazine on Instagram to win!

Week Three (March 15th - March 21st): This beautiful Spring Meadow Fat Quarter Fabric Bundle from Rainbow Stash NZ!




Week Four (March 22nd - March 28): A copy of the Kiwi Applique Pattern from Kohatu Patterns

Week Five (March 29th - April 4th): A One-year subscription to Online Quilt Magazine

Week Six (April 5th - April 11th): A mystery Fat quarter bundle from Fabric Stork!

Week Seven (April 12th - April 18th): 1 ½ yards of fabric of the winners choice from Funky Flowers Design Collection on Spoonflower for backing your Spring Fling quilt from Little Quack Fabric there are 37 designs in the collection to choose from, here are a few of my favourites:




Week Eight (April 19th - April 25th): A One-year subscription to Online Quilt Magazine

Week Nine (April 26th - May 2nd): From byNessie505 the winner of Week Nine will receive a PDF copy of the awesome 'Lady in Red' Pattern!




Week Ten (May 3rd - May 9th): A Tailors Clapper from Rainbow Stash NZ!

Week Eleven (May 10th - May 16th): This Primary Colours FQ Bundle from Rainbow Stash NZ and a copy of the Shape O Quilt Pattern by Kohatu Patterns!




Week Twelve (May 17th - May 24th): A copy of the Mayday Quilt Pattern Card from Just a Simple Stitch

Plus of course, then there is the Grand Prize - A Mystery Box full of quilty goodies worth $200NZD!


FAQ
How much does it cost?
The sew-along is free, You just need to have a copy of the pattern (Hint: Sign up to the Spring Fling Email updates for a discount) and a public Instagram account.

What if I don’t have an Instagram account?
You can still sew along! If you want you can email pictures of your blocks to me at kohatupatterns@mail.com or post them on Facebook, however, only pictures posted on Instagram with the correct tag will be eligible for prizes.

I already have parts of the pattern from Online Quilt Magazine do I have to buy it again?
No. You can make any blocks you like in any combination. So you could make a quilt with 12 of the same flower if you want. If you need certain individual blocks, they are all available in the Etsy Store separately as well.

What do I have to do to win a prize?
Easy.
Follow the prize sponsor on Instagram.
Post a photo of ANY flower block from the pattern during the week the prize you want to win is being judged AND
Tag #springflingsewalong  
More blocks=more entries!

What about the Grand Prize?
To win the Grand Prize you will need to
1. Follow @kohatupatterns on Instagram
 2. post a photo to Instagram with your completed quilt or quilt top/flimsy with at least 6 blocks of any combination of flowers from the pattern, and;
   3. Use #springflingsewalong in your Instagram description.



Happy Quilting!
RJ

Thursday, February 20, 2020

A Custom New Zealand Quilt and Quilting Brave.

I don't usually make custom quilts, as I find I struggle to get them done in a timely manner for a variety of factors. The first reason being that most of my time is spent chasing after a 2-year-old, and the second being that I often find that I lack motivation and like to quilt for my own pleasure and not because I have to. This is possibly why I have such an enormous stack of unfinished quilts that I keep promising myself to get to in the future.


However, I was recently asked by my Aunty to make a quilt for her first grandchild and she wanted some input into the design. Primarily she wanted it to have a distinctly New Zealand theme. I immediately had a whole heap of ideas, such as creating a foundation paper pieced Buzzy Bee, Red Band Gumboots or a Rugby Shirt with a Silver Fern. But my Aunty wasn't so fussed on those ideas. She was thinking Nikau palms and birds.

Birds - That gave me an idea... I cranked out Electric Quilt and showed her my applique Kiwi Pattern and started playing around with some colours. When she saw the idea of a flock (is that the correct word) of Multi-coloured Kiwi, she was sold - and quite frankly, so was I. I was so excited to get started, that we immediately searched through my stash to find scraps for the colours. I wanted to go for bold prints like the Fuschia Blueberry Park fabric I had in my stash, however, Aunty wanted more plain fabrics, with subtle prints. On a side note, she later agreed that the bold prints stood out exceptionally well in this design. Plus she really liked the fabric by Nutex with the Kereru, Tui and Takahe on it, so I decided to use that as the border and sashing for the quilt, which worked well as the colours in the fabric were reflective of the colours in some of my Kiwi, as well as including the Nikau Palms she wanted!




I really enjoyed piecing this quilt, and if you are a regular follower, you will be well aware that my applique skills are somewhat lacking, however, this quilt was great for helping me to practice this technique and find out the style of applique that works best for me. I still used Raw-edge applique, and love love love HeatNBond EZ Print Lite Sheets for appliqué projects. I have discovered that I much prefer a zig-zig stitch over a blanket stitch for my applique - it looks neater to me.

After I had completed my blocks with the nine colourful Kiwi I laid it out to make sure I had balanced my colours, and I had a helper, who kept telling me that the quilt I had created was "Ten Kooky Kiwi". This is a New Zealand Children's book and Song which has Kiwi getting into all sorts of mischief. I will be honest, I hadn't made the connection until he said it, but when he did, it seemed only fitting to make a tenth Kiwi, and place it on the back of the quilt (I used ‘Crazy Paua Shell’ fabric by Nutex for the backing)

This quilt for me was really about pushing myself out of my comfort zone and practicing some new skills. As well as being an applique quilt, I also tried doing some free-motion quilting using the hopper foot. I whipped out those $3 gloves I got from Bunnings Warehouse and jumped in. It may have been careless of me to try a new technique on a quilt that was not for me. However, I also felt that if I didn't give it a crack, then I might be held back by the same fear in future quilts. Besides, there was always my handy seam ripper to help me unpick if I really screwed it up.


I practiced doing a stipple on a small square of fabric, and then put my Kiwi Quilt under the needle and let rip. I was using my new Sulky PolyLite thread for the quilting and it came out very nicely.  Hopefully, I made Leah Day proud, but possibly more importantly - I definitely surprised myself and was super pleased with my effort. By the time I had finished quilting my hearts and the stipple to fill in the spaces between, I was much more confident, and actually very happy with the result. It's a hard thing to break out of your comfort zone and try something new, but ultimately if we keep letting that fear rule us, we would never try anything new. Therefore I think its sometimes important to take a leap of faith and give it a go. Quilt Brave, and be fierce in your dedication to hone your craft.

This time I was brave, comes and all in all, I think the resulting quilt was better for it (and yep - it definitely has a New Zealand flavour!). Would I be this brave in a quilt again? Absolutely.

Happy Quilting!
RJ


Monday, January 20, 2020

Choosing Fabrics for the Spring Fling Sew Along!

The Spring Fling Sew Along is drawing nearer and I’m starting to consider my fabric choices for the sew-along. 



When I made this quilt last time I used a variety of fabrics, however, relied heavily on Moda Grunge Fabrics as the basis for my quilt, and raided my fabric stash for the rest.  I found that the Grunge fabric gave my blocks a lovely depth, especially the roses. However this time I’m thinking I might go a bit more adventurous and use something different, to create a very different version of the quilt using some bolder patterned fabrics. 

One of the things I love about a sew-along, is the community that builds around them and seeing so many different versions of a quilt based on the quilters individual taste and the fabrics they like and I can’t wait to see the different versions of this quilt and the blocks when the sew-along starts.

In order to make the quilt top as per the pattern you will need the following:
  • ·         Background Fabric: White/Off White/Grey: 1 ¼ Yards
  • ·         Dark Red: 1/8 Yard
  • ·         Light Red: 1/8 Yard
  • ·         Green: ¼ Yard
  • ·         Yellow: ½ Yard
  • ·         Orange: ¼ Yard
  • ·         Brown: ¼ Yard
  • ·         Dusky Pink: 1/8 Yard
  • ·         Tan: 1/8 Yard
  • ·         Dark Purple: 1/8 Yard
  • ·         Light Purple: 1/8 Yard
  • ·         Black (For sashing): ½ Yard
However, for the sew-along, you can pick and choose which blocks you want to sew. So you might choose to sew each block twice exactly as the pattern indicates, or you could decide to sew 12 roses instead in various colours or alternate roses and irises in your quilt. Or you may choose to make an even bigger quilt and post more than one block each week - go for it, this will double your chances of winning a prize! Just keep in mind that your fabric regiments will probably change if you choose to make your quilts differently. It might also be a good opportunity to dig through your stash and audition some fabrics in there and Smash that stash

Because of the Fact the pattern uses lots of different colours and has a number of small pieces, using Fat Quarters or small cuts is a great way to buy your fabric for the quilt. So if you do need to buy fabric here are some suggestions for bundles you might like:

If you are contemplating doing your quilt in solids then Rainbow Stash NZ has a great variety of Kona Cottons available, including some great Fat Quarter Bundles like this one 


which gives a fantastic variety of colours and would be great for making a beautifully colourful version of this quilt. Rainbow Stash also have a wide variety of other precuts and yardage available for you to choose from too.

For a Pastel themed Spring Fling Quilt you might consider some of the new blenders from Little Quack Fabric these blenders work together so well, as you can see in the cheater quilt that Rachel has been making here:



Or for fabrics with a bolder print or colour check out the numerous fat quarter bundles from Fabric Stork on Etsy! Personally, I’m a fan of the Spark bundle:



or the Midnight Bliss bundle if you are looking for some deeper colours to make your quilt with.   



If you are in Australia and looking for a local shop, I highly recommend some of the fabrics from Sew-Inn Colac. They have a great selection from awesome designers like Tula Pink, and Anna Maria Horner, plus a good range of Liberty Fabrics.

I really can’t wait to see what you use for your quilts! I expect there will be lots of variety in the finished quilts at the end of the sew-along. Tell me what your plans are in the comments!

Happy quilting!
RJ

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Spring Fling Sew Along is coming!


In March 2020 I will be hosting a Sew-Along on Instagram called #SpringFlingSewAlong

During the sew-along, I will be making another version of my Spring Fling Quilt and will be posting my progress on Instagram! 




Why should you join me and make the Spring Fling quilt? It’s free and all you need to participate is a copy of the pattern and the ability to sew a quilt block using the Foundation Paper Piecing! 

If you have done a sew-along before you will know it’s a lot of fun and there are opportunities to bounce ideas off other quilters and learn new things. Plus if you are like me and have difficulty finishing quilts you have started, a sew-along gives you some accountability and a goal/deadline to finish by.  Also, this sew-along has been planned to coincide with both International Quilt Month and Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and I hope that we will be able to fill Instagram with lots of pretty flower quilt blocks for Spring! You can sew as many blocks as you like.




Plus there are PRIZES on offer! The grand prize is a mystery box of quilty goodness that I have been collecting including fabrics, tools and some of my patterns, valued at over $200 NZD. Is there a picture? Nope - the contents of the box will remain a mystery until the winner receives it!!! 

There are also some other great sponsors offering prizes: 

Each week a winner will be chosen from the photos posted during the week of completed quilt blocks. If you want to receive email updates you can sign up here (it’s not a requirement to win, however, all the winners will be announced via email). 

What do you need to do to win a prize? 

  1. Post a photo of a completed Spring Fling Quilt Block from the Spring Fling Quilt Pattern to your Instagram account between March 1st, 2020 and May 24th 2020 (it’s best to make your profile public to ensure it will be seen by me) 
  2. Use the hashtag #SpringFlingSewAlong
  3. Follow the prize sponsor on Instagram! 


To win the grand prize you will need to post a photo of your finished quilt (or quilt top) containing at least 6 quilt blocks from the pattern in any combination you like to Instagram before May 31st, 2020, tag #SpringFlingSewAlong and follow me on Instagram! 

Are you as excited as I am?

Happy Quilting!
RJ