Monday, 19 March 2018

Sewing Machine Needle Organiser

In this Step by Step tutorial, We show you how to make this gorgeous. Sewing Machine Needle Organiser. If you are anything like me, you use more than one sort of Sewing Machine Needle for your projects. I know I hate having to rummage around looking for the right Sewing Machine Needle. And that is how the Sewing Machine Needle Organiser pattern came to be...I was tired of searching for my packets of Sewing machine Needles...they would drop on the floor. Now with my Sewing machine needle organiser, you can see at a glance the needle that you are looking for, and you will have your Sewing Machine Needles at hand.

You will need the following supplies 
Supplies List
Outer Fabric
Lining Fabric
Pellon SF101
Fusible Fleece
Clear Vinyl
Craft Felt
Binding Fabric (Jelly Roll or scrap binding strips are good for this.)   
Tissue Paper or Teflon Presser foot to sew the vinyl
Snap Buttons (4 sets)
Snap Button Setting tool

Other Supplies
Sewing Machine and a New Needle (leather 90/14 or Universal 90/14
Quilting rulers
Pinking Shears
Matching Thread
Wonder clips
General sewing Supplies --pins, scissors etc.

and you can find the supplementary video to the pattern HERE

Friday, 9 March 2018

Block of the Month (BOM) March Block #3 2018

Block 3
Saw Tooth

So let us get started!

What you Need:
1 fat Quarter White Fabric - Background (either plain or tone on tone)
1 Fat Quarter each light and dark pink Fabric ( Either plain or print)
Sewing Machine with ¼” foot
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Quilting Ruler
Matching Threads
Thread Snips
Best Press
Iron and Ironing Pad

Cutting Instructions:

You can Find your printable cutting instruction HERE
a colouring page for you to use HERE
or you can use the table below

Cutting Instructions

From the White Background Fabric

Cut 2 ✂ 4⅞”  Squares then cut diagonal to yield 4 triangles.
Cut 10 ✂ 2⅞” squares of each colour, then cut them Diagonally once to yield
20 triangles of each colour.  

Dark Pink Fabric

Cut 2 ✂ 4⅞” Squares of Drak Pink, then cut diagonal to yield 4 triangles.  

Light Pink
Cut 5 ✂ 3⅜" Squares of the Light pink

Block Assembly
Now onto the Assembly of your Block
and Don't forget we have a Video Tutorial for you
to follow along with you can find the Video

We are using SCANT Quarter inch seam allowance throughout the pattern and pressing Seams Open.  Please Reduce your stitch length
2.0 or 1.8 depending on your machine.

First, we are going to create our Half Square Triangles (HST)

You will be creating 4 of these. Reduce your stitch length to 2.0 or lower to what
The machine will allow, We do this as we are opening up our seams. This action of lowering
Our stitch length will stop the block from coming apart.
To Create your 4 HST units, you will,
take your white and Dark Pink triangles
with right sides together sew an
Scant ¼" inch seam allowance from one corner
diagonal to the opposite corner.
Now Press open.
Your HST should now look like the picture below
Repeat with the remainder of the triangles.
You will now have 4 unit.s


Next, we are creating our Light Pink Diamond Blocks
you will be creating 5 of these sets.
Take 5 of your White small triangles at a time
and your 5 light pink sqares and find the center
of both the Square and then on the longest side of the triangle.
Match these center points up, and place a pin and chaine piece
with a Scant quarter inch seam allowance. Press seams open.
Now repeat on the opistsite side
once you have done this, Press open again.
Next we do the same thing again to the remaining sides of the
of the square and repeat till you have 5 Diamond Blocks as
pictured below
Remembering to use aScant ¼” seam allowance and press your seams open
Not sure how to do this, Please refer to the Video
We have posted on YouTube.
You can find it HERE

And don’t forget to Subscribe while you are
There that way you won’t miss out on any
Of my future videos.

Diamond Block 

Step 1.
take 2 of your HST and 1 Diamond unit and assemble as pictured below

Step 2.
Take your 3 Daimnond Blocks, and assemble
as shown below.

Step 3.
take 2 of your HST and 1 Diamond unit  and assemble as pictured below

Step 4. now assemble all your rows and pictured below in
the order following the arrow Directions.

Sew top strip to 2nd strip
See image

Then sew the 2 you have just sewn together, to the next strip
to the 2 that you have just sewn.
nesting your seams

Your block is now assembled and ready to be set aside
do not trim your block until we have all 12 finished
Make sure that you have ¼” around the block we will not lose any points when it

comes to final Assembly of your quilt. Set this block aside.  

Finished Block
Called “Saw Tooth”

I hope you enjoyed your Third for the Block of the Month.
Please don’t forget to share your gorgeous blocks with our
Facebook Community.
We all love seeing what you are creating.
Join us again next Month for another Block

Happy Quilting ") N

Sunday, 4 March 2018

My Longarm Quilting Antics Quilt #6 for 2018

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My Longarm Quilting Antics Quilt #6 for 2018

My Longarm Quilting Antics -- Sixth Quilt on the frame for 2018.
In this video today, we are working on a gorgeous applique quilt. The customer has asked for several different techniques, we are using Q-bot for the borders, ruler work for some of the smaller borders and then finally some free motion micro stipple and ribbon candy around the applique. So join me as I show you what we get up to.

For those that don't know me, My name is Nicole Reed, and I am Longarm Quilter for hire based in Kingaroy Queensland Australia.
And I want to share with you what I do here at Darvanalee Designs Studio on a daily basis.

You can see all of what I got up to on this Quilt by clicking

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Friday, 2 March 2018

How to Install a Lace Zipper

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How to Install a Lace Zipper

Do you know what a Lace Zipper is?
Do you know how to Install a Lace Zipper?
Do you know where to start?
If you answered NO to the above questions, then this Video is
for you, So what will you learn.
In this Step by Step tutorial, We show you how to make this gorgeous Lace Zipper Pouch. We show you step by step, to get the best finish and also show you some tips and tricks for installing these decorative, but functional Lace zippers. So come along with us as we show you how.

Supplies Needed

2 Fat Quarters (outer and Lining) 
50cm of SF 101 by Pellon 
Matching Thread
Rotary Cutter
Thread Snips 
Pinking Shears
30cm Lace Zip
Quilting Rulers
Zipper Foot (optional)
Working Sewing Machine
Iron and Ironing Board

For all your Supplies Check out the links below. 😊
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'Till Next time 
Happy Quilting & Crafting ") N

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


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Free-Motion Meandering: A Beginners Guide to Machine Quilting 

By Angela Walters 

Turn the corner to free-motion success with a meandering makeover! Best-selling author Angela Walters shows you that free-motion machine quilting doesn't have to be scary - with a couple designs in your pocket, you can finish almost any quilt on your home machine and enjoy the process. Practice 8 meandering stitches for beginners plus unique modifications for each, with step-by-step visuals and quilted samples. Improve your free-motion quilting, disguise mistakes, and transition between designs with ease.

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Free-Motion Quilting Workbook: Angela Walters Shows You How!

By Angela Walters 

The master of free-motion quilting, Angela Walters, teaches you everything you need to know in her newest book, Free-Motion Quilting Workbook. Unlike an ordinary how-to manual, this interactive workbook will get your creative juices flowing as you doodle designs of entire quilts, individual blocks, borders, and even negative space. The pages have plenty of line-art shapes and inspiring photographs to help get you started. There's also a bonus section of graph paper to plan your own quilt designs. So, go ahead, start sketching!

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Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: 

Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts 

By Angela Walters 

Popular machine quilter Angela Walters will motivate you to try something new! Learn to stitch her fresh continuous-line designs on your longarm or domestic machine. Includes step-by-step instructions for continuous-line swirls, circles, squares, vines, arcs, and points. Using basic free-motion skills you already have, discover how to approach quilting a modern quilt by working with bold fabrics and negative space, uniting a variety of shapes, and blending designs. Draw inspiration from striking pictures of 20 modern quilts showing Angela’s designs. You’ll love her practical advice for choosing the perfect pattern to give your modern quilt maximum impact.

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Quilt With Tula And Angela: 

A Start-to-Finish Guide to Piecing and Quilting Using Color and Shape 

By Tula Pink & Angela Walters 

Add color and punch to your next project with Quilt with Tula & Angela.

Known for her cool, innovative style, Tula Pink will inspire you to toss your colour wheel and commit to her signature approach to combining colours. Angela Walters creates the complementary finish and surface texture for each design, resulting in the perfect marriage of colour and style for each of the featured 17 quilt projects.
Pairing one shape with one colour family in each chapter, you'll step through quilts of varying sizes, at the same time enjoying a front row seat to the creative collaboration between these mavens of style.
In addition to the 17 signature Tula Pink quilt designs and 42 quilt design motifs from Angela Walters, you will also be treated to useful tips on choosing fabrics and mixing up prints and approaching the quilt process.
Featuring bold illustrations and gorgeous photographs, Quilt with Tula & Angela is the comprehensive approach to intuitive colour choices you've been waiting for.

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Longarm Quilting Workbook:

Basic Skills, Techniques & Motifs for Modern Longarming 

By Teresa Silva

Learn to Longarm with Confidence!

Go from novice to successful longarm quilter with this complete guide to modern longarm quilting. Author Teresa Silva knows exactly what it's like to stand before a new longarm machine wondering where to begin. After years of longarm quilting for some of the biggest names in the quilt community, she's sharing her expertise and giving you the skills you need to longarm with confidence. Teresa covers every detail from thread selection and loading the quilt to planning a design, sewing textured stitches, and more!

In Longarm Quilting Workbook, you'll learn:

  • Longarm machine basics, including essential features to look for when investing in your first machine
  • The best tools, materials, and supplies to get the job done
  • 20+ quilting motifs, from basic swirls and bubbles to more complex paisleys or clamshells
  • How to visualize, plan, and execute multiple styles of quilts through an inspiring gallery of finished samples You'll also enjoy three pieced projects perfect to practice your longarm skills and stir your creative juices. So go ahead, grab your Longarm Quilting Workbook and work aside Teresa Silva to longarm beautiful quilts in no time!

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Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book: 59 Outline Designs to Fill with Free-Motion Quilting, Tips for Longarm and Domestic Machines

By Amanda Murphy 

Quilting rulers have long been used by longarm quilters to make uniform shapes, but now, with the advent of the domestic ruler foot, domestic quilters can join in on the fun, too! Amanda starts with how to use 6 basic shapes of machine quilting ruler to lay a foundation for your quilting, then moves on to executing 59 different designs. Finish up by following Amanda's suggestions for filling in background space with free-motion quilting.

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Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book: • 155 Mix & Match Designs • Bring 30 Fabulous Blocks to Life • Plus Plans for Sashing, Borders, Motifs & Allover Designs

By Amanda Murphy

Take the guesswork out of free-motion quilting with 155 fresh ideas—each handpicked for a specific space on a quilt. Mix and match the designs from each chapter to artfully quilt 30 traditional blocks, borders, sashing, and more! This must-have reference includes an inspiring gallery of finished quilts, tips for domestic and longarm quilters, and complete instructions for a table runner project to hone your skills.

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Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks 

By Tula Pink 

Create a sampler quilt as unique as you are!
Tula Pink gives you an inspiring quilt block collection with Tula Pink's City Sampler. Make a beautiful, modern quilt of your own design with the 100 original quilt blocks or try one of the 5 city-themed sampler quilts designed by Tula.
A note from Tula:
"You will notice...that the blocks are not named but simply numbered. This is intentional. I may have designed the blocks and given you the instructions on what to cut and where to stitch, but I have not infused the blocks with any meaning. This is your quilt. The fabrics that you choose, the colors that you use and why you are making it are what will give the quilt a purpose. Name your blocks, write in the margins, cross out the ones that you don't like, draw hearts around the ones that you love. In a perfect world, everyone's book would end up looking like a journal, coffee stains and all. The more adventurous ones might rename the book and write their own introduction. Tula Pink's City Sampler is a collaboration between you and me. I am the platform and you are the speaker, so stand on my shoulders and tell the future who you are and why you make."

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Quilts from the House of Tula Pink: 20 Fabric Projects to Make, Use and Love 

By Tula Pink 

Inspired fabrics and designs await you in "Quilts From the House of Tula Pink"!
Welcome to the world of cutting-edge fabric designer Tula Pink, where clever quilts show off fanciful fabric, and your imagination can be let out to play. Featuring fabrics that you know and love, Tula offers 20 patterns with her signature flair for colour, design and original style. Between 10 amazing quilts and 10 extra-cool companion projects, you'll be inspired to play with fabric, colour and design in a way like never before!
Step inside to find:
  • 10 large quilt patterns, perfect for the bedroom or snuggling on the couch.
  • 10 accessory sewing projects, like an embroidered lampshade and a fabric cuckoo clock, to make your everyday life extraordinary.
  • Tips from Tula on choosing and combining fabrics, selecting a quilting motif, and even sketching your own fabric and pattern designs.
  • Step-by-step illustrations (hand-drawn by Tula herself) and super-simple sewing techniques for successful quilt making 

    Come on into Tula's house for the ultimate in sewing, style and fabric innovation!

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Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts
By Pam Lintot

Jelly Roll, Layer Cake and Charm Quilts provides seventeen beautiful projects that show you how to get the most from pre-cut fabric bundles. The projects range from smaller lap quilts to full-sized bed quilts and each is made from one jelly roll, layer cake or charm pack (or a combination), making the quilts quick and economical. Using the latest fabrics, the authors provide a main quilt and an alternative colourway for added versatility. Simple step-by-step instructions and illustrations make creating quilts from bundles fun and easy, regardless of your skill level.

English Paper Piecing 

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Quilting On The Go: English Paper Piecing 

by Sharon Burgess

In her new book Quilting On The Go: English Paper Piecing Sharon shares with you her love for English Paper Piecing and Fussy Cutting. She will guide you through all the steps of English Paper Piecing, starting with the basics. Work your way from the humble hexagon to stars, curves and more. Sharon shares her tips, techniques, and her preferred products to help you achieve great results and what to look for when choosing fabrics to fussy cut.

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Hexa-Go-Go: English Paper Piecing • 16 Quilt Projects

By Terry Bruecher

Fat Quarterly Magazine co-founder Tacha Bruecher takes a fresh look at an old favorite—English paper-pieced hexagons—with current fabrics and settings for quilts, table toppers, and more. Modern and traditional designs are both featured, including rosettes, stars, and free form. Learn how to combine settings and how to creatively quilt hexagons. Projects are varied for any skill level or time commitment – make a few hexagons, make a few more, or make few hundred. Making the individual hexagons are perfect for modern quilters on the go; they are terrific stash busters (and stress busters) that take your priceless handwork from repetitive to remarkable!

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All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects By Diane Gilleland

The key to perfect patchwork is getting all of the points to match up — which is no easy feat! Set yourself up for success with the rediscovered technique of English paper piecing. Using paper templates to guide your pattern, you can expertly fit your quilting shapes together before you even start sewing. All Points Patchwork takes you far beyond traditional hexagons and accommodates triangles, diamonds, octagons, and even curved shapes. Simple instructions for decorating clothing, bedding, and home decor open up astounding possibilities for quilters of all levels.