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Easter Sunday Stash

I have been doing pretty well using my stash more often. The past week or so, I have made some purchases.

Did you know Lotta Jansdotter now has fabrics at JoAnn’s?? She does… and I loved them. They are a little expensive without coupons (@ $13 a yard), but luckily they were on sale (@ $9 a yard) + I had a 40% off coupon, so they worked out to be around $5.50 a yard. My favorite is that oar print on the left…it was also end of bolt so I landed up with just over 2 yards of that print.


I have been doing some new designs that need to have a brown but I could not work out which Kona would work. I had chocolate and earth but did not like those two with the other colors. I landed up buying most of the others from Fat Quarter Shop. I have immediate plans for the espresso!!


Lastly, I decided to pick up some prints from Sew Lux Fabrics, and a few books from Amazon. These were a great welcome home from my business trip yesterday. On my way to the airport and while reading my new Dwell magazine, inspiration hit. So on the plane yesterday, I decided to do some sketches, making sure I did not forget what I was playing around with in my head.Books_Fabrics

That’s it for this week. Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash (see button on the right).

My Lotta Aerial Quilt

Melanie said it best over @ Mel in the attic with her Aerial quilt finish. This quilt represents so many great memories of one short weekend.

As mentioned in my summary of Sew Down Nashville, one of my favorite activities was Carolyn Friedlander‘s paper piecing class using her mini aerial quilt. Everyone’s quilt reflects their own personality, and it is so much fun seeing some of them being finished now.

Well good news, I managed to finish my top today.LottaAerialQuiltAll the blocks are made with various prints from Lotta Jansdotter Echo, Bella, Glimma, Mormor and Sylvia lines. The border is black yarn dyed essex linen.

I am thinking of quilting it with a crop circle-like design, like these:
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Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.


My week of sewing…Progress being made

I am loving my new machine. Thank you all, who commented and wished me fun on my new machine – sorry I have not had a chance to reply. I have a good reason though…I have been sewing most nights…

Over the weekend, I finished all my blocks for Carolyn Friedlander’s Mini Aerial quilt. I used various prints of Lotta Jansdotter’s lines (echo, bella, glimma, mormor and sylvia). I plan to finish the top for Friday.

AerialQuilt_FinishedBlocksI am pleased with how it is turning out. I think I am going to add some Essex-dyed Linen around the edge and possibly bind it in an eggplant print or teal print from the Lotta Jansdotter lines.

Monday night, I spent the time redesigning my sampler quilt to include the right colors based on the bundle I selected and adding the sashing. I also simplified a couple of blocks.
I then moved on to cutting and writing up the fabric requirements and cutting instructions for making the top row of this quilt. This is the fabric selection (check out this post for details), but I have decided to drop the pink and possibly use it for binding.
Tuesday, I was sewing up the second block of the top row, it turned out fantastic. I am so looking forward teaching the blocks at Spoonflower next month.

The rest of my week, I am planning on keeping up with my great progress:

  • Wednesday – last block of first row of my sampler quilt
  • Thursday – Photograph blocks + sewing together my aerial quilt blocks and finish top
  • Friday – Start 15/30 min. daily practice sessions for FMQ ( I plan on blogging my progress over the next two weeks – 1 month…maybe in a photo a day type style via instagram with a week blog summary??).

That’s it for my week of progress and activities. Keep an eye out for Book Review Tuesday next week – it will be a FMQ special.

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

Sunday Stash #9: Lotta Jansdotter

I was so excited for the Lotta Jansdotter’s Mormor and Sylvia lines to be released, and available at Hawthorne threads. That happened last week and I put my order in (+ a few other prints)…..


Here are the Mormor prints, the colors are fantastic.

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Sylvia is her other line, that is just black and white!!

Linking up with Sunday Stash that is being hosted by Alisa at A Stitch In Between.

New star block design

I have been playing around in threadbias again today. Growing up in New Zealand gave me an amazing chance to be exposed to a lot of Pacific arts. One of my favorite arts are Tapa Cloths. Here is an example of what a Tapa Cloth is. Can’t you see a quilt design in there 🙂ed875c35d028d0c57343d0792073a8c4

Tapa Cloths use a lot of basic shapes such as triangles, circles and squares. Here is my new design inspired by this art form. This view is using some Lotta Jansdotter print to highlight the simple shapes.


What about how it would look as a monochromatic block (1 color)….

Tapa Cloths art form fills “in between” shapes with stripes and other fillers. For example, see above, the flying geese have all those stripes in the “in between” spaces. So, I took the same monochrome view of the star block and added some stripes to get this……

I am thinking of making these into paper piecing patterns. What do you think…paper piecing pattern or just a block pattern?

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

New York Finale + Give Away

So, I am finishing up my posts on our visit to New York this week….and in celebration of my 40th birthday last weekend, the fact I have reached 200 followers (thank you all), I would like to include you all in my experience in the Lotta Jansdotter Surface Printing class I have a GIVE AWAY  :-).


The lucky randomly chosen winner will receive:

  • A Lotta Jansdotter Strawberry Journal
  • A Charm Pack of Bella Fabric Line (Lotta Jansdotter)
  • Lotta Jansdotter’s book – Lotta Prints (which covers most of the things we learnt in the surface printing workshop)

All you have to do is leave a comment below, by midnight Thursday 20th June, about what inspiration do you get for your projects from the environment around you. For a second entry, just let me know if you are a follower. If you are a no-reply commenter please leave an email address. I will announce the winner next Friday.


Previous posts from our New York Visit:
40 and Lotta’s Surface Printing Workshop
New York Part 1: The City Quilter Fabric Stash Additions
New York Part 2: Quilting Inspiration

The New York finale is really simple, here are some of my favorite photos and views of New York.

Central Park
The park is so large we only saw a small part of it. We had amazing weather both days. The boys visited the Central Park Zoo where the Polar Bear was the star. There was a great sense of community and fun here. I also loved the statues at one of the entrances of the zoo.

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The High Line
This was a great (new-ish) place that used to be a railroad track above the factories in the meat packing district. It is now ~ 2 mile walk through gardens,  some vendors (like coffee, ice pops, and food items) and various art pieces. This is my favorite place in New York.

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Rockefeller Center
To get a good view of the city on such a wonderful day, we took advantage of the views at the top of Rockefeller center. We were lucky with the atmosphere which was buzzing as it was Puerto Rico Day and a parade was occurring. At the top we saw the Empire State building on one side and a great view of central park expanse on the other (wow is all I can say).IMG_7538 IMG_7562 IMG_7565

Grand Central Station
What an amazing Building, even in the pouring rain it was captivating. Celebrating its 100 anniversary, it is still in its glory. Look at the amazing ceiling with its celestial paintings.
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Times Square
We were very lucky with the atmosphere in Times Square when we were visiting. Obviously we went at night to get the full impact of all the lights….but the night we went there was a viewing party going on.  In the middle of Times Square you could sit and watch the Tony awards which was broadcasting on an extra-large screen – there must have been thousands of people out that night.
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I hope you enjoyed our view of New York.

Have a great weekend!!! Linking up with Amanda Jean @ CrazyMomQuilts.

40 and Lotta’s Surface Printing Workshop

First off – this is a picture heavy post. Today, I am turning 40 and decided to embrace it!! I am celebrating it with a trip to New York to attend Lotta Jansdotter Surface Printing Workshop. We (I took the family along) started the trip out with delays from Tropical Storm Andrea, but thankfully we got to the hotel, even though it was midnight (4 hours late).

This morning, I couldn’t wait to get in that yellow cab and be driven to Brooklyn to Lotta’s workshop. One of those cab’s below will be mine!!


The workshop was held in an amazing space that included the shop, workspace and office.  And yes, in the photo below those are shelves of fabric bolts. I made a purchase while I was there, of course – a strawberry journal, a table runner and the 1 yard of the dandelion fabric from her Echo line.





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The course, itself, was run by Lotta. I shared the experience with 11 other great people who helped me celebrate. The course took you through working with potatoes, rubber blocks and stencils on both paper and fabric.



I loved Lotta’s teaching style. She made sure that the main goal of the course was just to experiment and go with the creative flow, which was very liberating and stress-free. The four hours flew by….I so wished the course was a weekend course (2 days) – I enjoyed it that much. I would highly recommend anyone coming to New York, to check out her shop at the very least, and if possible sign-up for a class. You will love it.

Potato printing

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Block Printing 


Inspiration – Pohutukawa flower, the New Zealand Christmas Tree:PohutukawaRed PohutukawaOrangeRedPink

Inspiration – Pacific Island tapa clothes. Designs which are typically painted on woven flax sheets:TapaOrangeSilver BlackTapaPrint

Fabric Printing

Final Products of Work
Stationary – Pohutukawa and Tapa Cloth Card Sets.
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Tote to carry all the goodies home with 🙂