Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hippo- A Pattern Release

I feel as if I've been drowned by a torrent of pattern ideas recently.

It has been really fun puzzling these ideas, working out how the pieces best fit together. That said, it has left me with what feels like a thousand half finished patterns, each at varying stages of completion.

This week I told myself that I had to finish a few things before starting anything new, so I pressed on and I'm glad to report that the hippo has just been released. I decided to release two sizes of this pattern. The 12 x 30 inch pattern that I used for my own safari quilt and a smaller 6 x 15 inch block.

On top of the pattern ideas, I've been busy sewing my  utopian safari quilt. It has been such a fun project and I can't wait to share pictures of the finished quilt. The sewing has given me the opportunity to test out my new Juki sewing machine and I am almost ready to share my thoughts on it.

As you can tell, there should be a few more blog posts to follow soon!

The hippo pattern is one of those patterns that has really surprised me. Every time that I have shown photos of my Safari Quilt recently on instagam, the hippo has gained a ton of compliments and it was the pattern that my pattern testers were falling over themselves to sew. I hope you enjoy sewing it!

You can find the hippo pattern in The Tartankiwi Etsy Store and in my Payhip Store.

As with the previously released Big Cat pattern, this pattern will eventually be part of the Safari Bundle, but I cannot yet say when this bundle will be ready for release.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

IN FLIGHT- Block 4 - Curlew

The fourth block of the In Flight Quilt-Along is the Curlew.

Although I will admit that the majority of my favourite blocks of the quilt-along are the more complicated ones towards the end of the quilt-along, I have a big soft spot for this block.

I think its because I have fond memories of seeing curlews flying low over the fields during my childhood in Scotland. Other members of the family were the birdwatchers, but even I could recognise the sight and call of a curlew with no difficulty. My Mum died when I was a teenager, but I can still hear hear gently imitating their call with a low cur-lew, cur-lew cur-lew.

Or it could be because I took a real pleasure in the way that this block is constructed. Sometimes designs just fly onto the page and this was one of those occasions.

I hope you enjoy sewing the Curlew. There are a few long narrow pieces, but take your time, don't panic and you'll do fine!

You can find all the In Flight Patterns here in my Etsy Store.  You can also find all the In Flight patterns but especially the complete bundle the single Curlew pattern in my Payhip Store.

Don't forget that this month's linky is already open so you can add your block as soon as you have finished it.

In case you've forgotten, there are some wonderful prizes to be won at the end of this quilt-along.

1st Prize
(This prize will go to someone who has created a complete quilt top consisting of at least 9 blocks)

- $25 Fat Quarter Shop token

This beautiful large box of Aurifil thread.

2nd Prize 
The winner of this prize must have made at least 6 blocks and have a complete quilt top or finished item.

A $25 Fat Quarter Shop token

This beautiful box of Aurifil thread.

Umbrella Prints Mosaic Kit
If you are not familiar with Umbrella Prints fabrics, go and look them up, you won't be disappointed in these beautiful organic screen printed fabrics.

3rd Prize
Open to any item created using an In Flight block or blocks.

A $25 Fat Quarter Shop token

As you can see, you don't have to make all the blocks, its up to you.

If you are late joining the party, don't worry the final linky where the big prizes will be handed out does not close until 1 September! There is still plenty of time to join in the fun!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Safari Quilt- Pattern Release- Big Cat

Today I am excited to be releasing the first of my Safari Patterns- the Big Cat.

The Safari patterns were all inspired by Frances Newcombe's Utopia fabric range. I love how the strong and vibrant colours of this fabric range have given such vitality to the animals.

I tried to be grown up and wait till all the Safari patterns are complete so that I could release them as a bundle, but do you know what?!- I'm a bit impatient and excitable and I quite like releasing things as and when they are ready.

If you are more patient than me, feel free to wait for the release of these patterns as a bundle. It may take some time but will definitely follow in the fullness of time.

Big Cat has deliberately been give a vague name. I leave it up to you to decide whether it is a lioness, a tiger, a puma, a leopard or another kind of big cat. Fabric choice will be the all important factor!
My version of the block measures 10 x 20 inch, as such it is slightly smaller than the published block which is 12 x 24 inch

For me the big cat is a lioness. I love the gracefulness that she exhibits as she leaps in the air. Is she playing with her cubs, is she about to leap on her pray? I leave it up to you to decide!

I must say that this pattern contains the two extremes of paper piecing- teeny tiny pieces and huge big pieces. As such it probably falls into the scope paper piecers with intermediate skills.

I was lucky enough to have three very talented testers for this block. As always, it was a joy to see their different interpretations of the pattern.

I love that Patti made the pattern her own. She called her project "Stealth". Don't you love the way that the cat is camouflaged as if it is hunting and ready to pounce.

Caroline has informed me that her children are fighting over her big cat so there will probably be another one made in the very near future.

I guess that it should come as no surprise that Fiona's big cat is a lioness- isn't she a beauty!

 You can find the Big Cat pattern in my Payhip store and my Etsy store.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

How to Join a Linky Party

When joining a linky party, the first step is to make sure you have an image saved online somewhere. This can be on a blog, it can be on flickr and these days it can even be on instagram.

Now go to the blog post where the linky is. Click on the blue button at the bottom that says "Add a link"

A new screen will open which asks for several pieces of information. The most important of these is the link.

What you do now depends slightly on the location of the image that you want to link up.


If you are sharing a picture from flickr then open the image in flickr in a different tab or window.

Down in the bottom righthand corner, you will see a curving arrow. Click on this (I have placed a big orange arrow above it in the diagram below).

A small window will now appear. Click on "link" to ensure that it is chosen and then copy the text that appears in the box below.

Go back to the linky and insert the link.

A link title will now automatically appear, but you can easily delete this and write something else if you prefer.

Add your email (so that I can get in touch with you if you win a prize).

A number of images will appear in the box below. If you wish to crop the image, press "crop". If you are happy with the image as it appears then press select.

All that then remains to be done is to press "done" and your link should magically appear in the linky party.

If you are sharing a blog post in the linky party then the link that you need is found in the address bar up at the top of your screen. Make sure that you have the specific blog post that you want selected.

If I were to link up my blog post with the seagull block I would fill in:

Filling in would technically be correct, but it would only link to my blog so anybody following the link would have to sift through my posts to find the one that they were after. Linking directly to a blog page is much easier for everyone!

Apart from this, the method of linking up for blogs is exactly the same as for flickr.


When adding a link from instagram, your link will be www.instagram/com with your username added directly after the /

There should be no spaces in the address.

Fill in the link address and your email as required.

Now click on the small instagram icon below. You will be asked to authorise access to your instagram account.

 A variety of your recent pictures will then appear below. Click on the one you want. Ensure that all other information is entered and then press "done".

Part of the fun of having a linky party is visiting the links that other people post and seeing how they are getting on. Be sure to leave them a comment- tell them if you love their fabric choices, encourage them or give them tips if they are having difficulties.

I hope that this wee tutorial will help. If anything is unclear just give me a shout!

In Flight Quilt-Along - Second Linky Party

In a bit of a change of plan, I have decided to open the second linky party earlier than previously announced.

It will remain open until Monday 9th March at 8:00am (NZT)

To be in the draw to win an Oakshott Charm Pack and two Tartankiwi patterns of your choice, please post a link to any of first four block of the quilt along (on condition that you did not link them up to the previous link-up). I will be checking and any repeat blocks will be deleted.

This means that those of you who posted to Flickr last time but didn't join the linky have up to 4 (make that 5  if you choose to do both seagulls) chances to win. It also means that those of you who are a bit behind will get the chance to catch up and can still share your work.

For those of you who are new to this mysterious world of linky parties, I will write a separate post with instructions of what to do.

Any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
I'll do my best to help.


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