Tuesday, 20 February 2018

What's On March 2018





What's On at Darvanalee Designs Studio 


These are the classes we are running In-Store at 
Darvanalee Designs for March 2018
you can find all the relative information on Facebook 
on our EVENTS tab, as you can see we have lots going 
on this month...and for those of you that are not local, but 
would still like to join in the fun of getting creative 
We have thought of you too... You can now find us on YouTube
we have lots of different tutorials going live this month, everything from 
Block of the Months to Foundation paper piecing and sewing 
there will be something for everyone, Be sure to Subscribe to the Channel, as not 
to miss out on any of our future uploads 









And remember we have an active community 
building on Facebook...
For Support, Tips'n'Tricks, Live Streaming 
and more
Until next time 
Happy Quilting & Crafting ")  N

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Week that was February 12th to February 18th 2018



The Week that was February 12th to
February 18th, 2018

It was another fast-paced week this week, with summer storms,
a heat wave and to top it off,
internet interrupted and power outages...

Quilting 
Monday Rolled around, and it was a hot one, but quilting must go on, so I cranked up the air-con and got quilting, 
Working around a very testy 2yr old was not an easy task on Monday, she was determined for me not to get anything done, 
Ahh but there is always sleep time. 
I managed to get a quilt that had been sitting there since Friday on the machine done and dusted and then I was able to move onto the next one. 
You can see what I go up to on this quilt n the Video below. 




The second quilt in the machine for the week was a big one. 
We started off the week using the Q-bot system on the HandiQuilter Avante-Q18. 
I love it when I get to make a Q-bot pattern it gives my body a rest from quilting.  
It took a little longer than I thought it was going to, 
but this was due to the power coming on and off. 
As I mentioned we had a heatwave this week, so with that comes Summer storms. 
These storms were brewing from around lunchtime of each day.
 In most cases, they were a server and very scary. 
So when this happens the Studio gets shut down, really can't afford for my machines to get fried. 
So it took two days longer than expected but there is no quilting when that sort of stuff is going on, it's just safer that way. 
You can check out this video below and see the pattern being set up and stitched out. 



YouTube
This week was a battle, along with power outages. 
We also had internet issues, dropping in and out. It made it very difficult and a challenge to get content edited and uploaded. 
Yes, mother nature was trying my patients this week, along with Miss 2yr old LOL.
However, I managed to get my videos up.
This Week has seen us upload our Temporary Design Board tutorial. You can see this here, it is a great space saver, and I use it often.




If you are a subscriber to my channel you may have noticed a few changes, 
we now have playlists to make it a little easier for you to find what videos you may be looking to watch.  
This past week has seen me learn how to Download my video content from Facebook and Upload it to YouTube so you would have noticed that there was a lot of little videos that were, uploaded around the 16th of February.
 Everything from Tips'n'Tricks to past Show'n'Tell posts. 
If you haven't had the chance to have a  look yet head over and have a look around, there are some interesting topics, especially in the Show'n'Tell and Live studio Cam Replays. Here is the Show'n'Tell Playlist 
Show'n'Tell Playlist

Finally, Friday rolled around, and yes we had another storm this was the fourth one for the week. 
It was a big one, and it hit right after school was being let out. So it was a mad dash to the school to get the kids. 
At this point I had been trying to upload the Friday craft Tutorial, it was taking forever as the internet was dropping in and out all afternoon. 
We got there in the end by Saturday Morning, and all was good, you can see the Video below.
 I hope you enjoy it, and I had a lot of fun doing this one. 




Facebook Group 

Everyone is so supportive, and I am loving all the blocks that are being made. 
Keep up the good work everyone and thank you for your continued support and encouragement. 
click here to make this block today

This week also ask the Question what do you want to see on our Channel, after all, it is your channel. We got some excellent suggestions, and I have made a list. You can leave a comment below too. I would love to see what you would like to learn.
 I am looking forward to making the items and showing how to make them yourself. 
For the first time, we didn't have our regular Facebook Live Stream, due to the storms and the internet issues, and you know I missed it.
 All night I felt like I was forgetting something LOL, it is funny how quickly something can become such a part of your life.

Well, as you can see it was a jammed pack week yet again and this coming week is looking much the same, with February coming to a close. We are gearing up for a productive March. Keep an eye this week for our Monthly Calendar for all the happenings 
'Till next time 

Happy Quilting & Crafting ") N 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

How to make fabric Rope from scraps Part 1

***This post contains Affiliate links***

How to make Fabric Rope from Scraps Part 1


In today's Video, Part 1 of a 2 part Tutorial. I show you How to take your scrap and turn it into usable fabric rope. I will show you how-to join and your strips together so you can have one continuous piece of rope.

Be sure to join us again here next week for part 2. In that video, I will show you how you can use your Fabric Rope. So get those scraps out and get winding them into something you can use.

Don't have any scraps, but still want to make it.
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we also have a store located on Etsy for you to browse, where we have lots of different items for all your crafty needs.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/DDsBagsAndMore




Thank you for joining me today,
if you like this video give us a Thumbs.
Leave us a comment below and tell me what you think.
Share this video with your friends and Family, and
don't forget to subscribe, so you don't miss any of my future crafty
Videos. Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/c/NicoleReedQuiltingServiceKingaroyQueensland

Here at DDs, we Love, and I mean Love seeing what you are making off the channel. You can share your creations with a creative and supportive community on our Facebook group you can join here.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarvanaleeDesigns

Connect with us on Social Media & Other platforms Click the Social Icons at the top of this post :) 



Happy Quilting & Crafting ") N

Thursday, 15 February 2018

My Longarm Quilting Antics-- Quilt #5 2018



My Longarm Quilting Antics -- Quilt #5 2018

My Longarm Quilting Antics -- 5th Quilt on the frame 2018
Today we are working on a Gorgeous Queens size Quilt; Today will see us using a Handi Quilter Avante Q18 with the Q-Bot system. We will be doing an all over pattern today that looks like a cross hatch pattern. The Customer has asked for a variegated Rainbow Thread, both on the top and bottom. The backing fabric is a Moda Plain wide back fabric so this will make the Quilting on the back of the rainbow thread stand out even more. Stitch length is set at ten stitches per inch, and the quilt had a total of 165,570 stitches. Just a few LOL

you can check the quilt out in closer detail 



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.



Happy Quilting and Crafting ") N

Monday, 12 February 2018

My Longarm Quilting Antics--Quilt #4 2018




My Longarm Quilting Antics -- 4th Quilt on the frame 2018 


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. 


Today we are working on a Charm Quilt; we are putting a simple stipple all over as per customers request. We used a Dark Blue thread

top and bottom. Stitch length is set at 12 stitches per inch, and the quilt had a total of 104,612 stitches. Just a few LOL


Thank you for joining me today,

if you like this video, give us a Thumbs.

Leave us a comment below and tell me what you think.

Share this video with your friends and Family, and 

don't forget to subscribe, so you don't miss any of my future crafty  

Videos. Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/c/NicoleReedQuiltingServiceKingaroyQueensland


Here at DDs, we Love, and I mean Love seeing what you are making off the channel. You can share your creations with a creative and supportive community on our Facebook group you can join here. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarvanaleeDesigns


Connect with us on Social Media & Other platforms 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarvanaleeDesig

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102892027350842244714

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darvanaleedesignsstudio

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/darvanalee

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/DDsBagsAndMore


Happy Quilting & Crafting ") N

Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Week that Was February 4th to February 11th 2018


The Week that Was February 4th to
 February 11th, 2018 


It was another jam-packed week this week
at DDs.
What can I say, I like to keep myself busy
and I also Like to keep you busy too...


So let us look at the week that was.

YouTube

There have been a few little changes this week,
One is that I have moved all my Live chat videos over
to their own Playlist on YouTube.
This is going to do one of two things,
one being that they will be all in one place.
And two, people that are not on Facebook or in the group will
be able to have access to them.
You can find the palylist Here.

this week has also seen the release of the second Block for the 
2018 Free Mystery Block of the Month on our YouTube channel.
It is a quick and fun Block, and as usual, we have our video to go
with the written instructions. 




We have also started our weekly Crafty Tutorials, these will be posted on Friday, AEST (Australia for those that are International)
The month of February has a lot of using what we have crafty tutorials.
In case you missed our first one, you can check it out here 




You can find all the info on the What's On tab every month this
will give you the opportunity to plan for your crafty weekends.
We have lots planned for you this year, so I hope you are ready...

Quilting

This week I had a couple little jobs to do, one was a table runner, and you can see it in more detail below in our Video. 



I also had a few Placemats to do as well, we were using
Q-bot in this Video, you see it in action below. 



Facebook Group.
I am in Awe of our Facebook group, it is a hive of activity.
Lots of people are commenting, getting in and having a go at the projects that are going up on YouTube channel.
We are all loving what we are seeing, you are all very talented...
The community is growing every day and is very supportive
of all levels of crafting experience.
So if you have not yet joined in the fun of our group, then please click the link here and join. I promise you will love the community that we are building. 



This week also saw the start of Show'n'Tell Monday's.
We had so much fun, the topic was, a fun one.
We were going on a Sewing Retreat, and we had to pack one crafty item into a bag, we then had to repeat what the last person had written plus yours LOL...it was very entertaining. There were some very clever responses indeed. 



On the Home Front.

Kids have all settled back into the routine of school and after-school activities. 
The Divine Miss N (11yrs) started back at dancing. This year will see her helping out with the beginner's class. 

Little M (2yrs)  also started Dancing this year, she loved it very much. 
Although I think The Divine Miss N will have her work cut out for her lol. 

Miss S (13yr) has settled into her 2nd year of Highschool, 
headlong into reading already. 
She started back at her weekly Girl Guide meetings.  
This was met with trepidation after one of her fellow Girl Guides, 
and good friend passed away this summer.
After the initial worry and wasn't sure she could go back and face everything, 
she rose to the occasion as did the other Girl Guides. 
To honour their friend, 
they will all be completing as a group her BP award, as she was halfway through it. They will also be completing their awards too. 
Miss S was is pleased with this as she feels that it will Honor her friend and fellow Girl Guide. 

This week also saw me back in the truck driving for my Husband.
On Thursday he popped out his knee and couldn't 
drive the truck and finish the towing jobs he had booked in, 
into the truck it was for Little M and me. 
I was towing 2 at a time as well, but we got the jobs done, 
and the customers were happy indeed...
Although I did get a lot of gees, your wife is driving LOL...
Oh well, the jobs had to get done, and done they were. 


So like I said, my weeks are Jam-packed. 
"Till Next Time 
Happy Quilting & Crafting ") N








Friday, 9 February 2018

Block of the Month (BOM) February 2018 Block #2


Block 2
Capital T
                                                                                 

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 purple Fabric ( Either plain or print)
Sewing Machine with ¼” foot
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Quilting Ruler
Matching Threads
Thread Snips
Best Press
Iron & Ironing Pad

Cutting Instructions:

You can Find your printable cutting instruction HERE
and
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 2 ✂ 5 ¼”  Squares Cut Diagonal twice to yield 4 triangles and repeat
With the second square. So you end up with 8 triangles
Cut 1 ✂ 4 ½” Square

Light Purple & Dk Purple Fabrics

Cut 1 ✂ 4⅞” Squares of each colour, then cut diagonal to yield 2 triangles  

Cut 4 ✂ 2⅞” squares of each colour, then cut them Diagonally once to yield
8 triangles of each colour.

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




*****Note****
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 Light purple & Dk purple  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 units
You will have 2 with light purple and 2 with dark purple
Refer to opening and Closing images if not sure.
HST

Next, we are creating our Flying Geese
you will be creating 4 of these sets
as pictured below and 4 the opposite, So you will have 8 Flying geese sets in total.
One side will have Dk Purple and the other
Will have a light purple triangle. Remembering to use a
Scant 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.
Once you have done these, you will then
Sew 2 of them together as pictured,
To create 2 Units and create 2 units the opposite to the picture, with the dark purple on the opposite side.


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

Step 2.
Take your White 4 ½” square and 2 Flying Geese units, and assemble
as shown below.

Step 3.
take 2 of your HST and 1 flying geese 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 “Capital T”

I hope you enjoyed your second 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