Rainbow Hoops - Quilt Now

There seems to be a bit of a rainbow theme going on here!!! Here is the latest project I made for Quilt Now Magazine.  These two Hoop Art pieces use the latest Sun Print fabric range from Alison Glass (Sun Prints 2018).

 Photo credits to Quilt Now

Photo credits to Quilt Now

The first one features hexies that have been hand sewn together using the English Paper Piecing technique.  I hate hand sewing with a passion but I love how this turned out!!  I have machine sewn Quilters Gonna Quilt on with a walking foot.  I've added some echo quilting around some of the hexies in silver thread.

Rainbow Hoop Art Sewing Room Decor Jo Westfoot

The second one is foundation paper pieced using a simple pattern I designed.  This one says Sewists Gonna Sew.

Rainbow Hoop Art Jo Westfoot Sewist Gonna Sew

The background of both white sections I have just added some loopy free motion quilting.

Rainbow Ribbons Quilt - Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 64

It's always exciting to see my designs in magazines.  And this one was no exception!  My Rainbow Ribbons quilt is in Issue 64 of Love Patchwork & Quilting.

 Photo courtesy of Love Patchwork & Quilting

Photo courtesy of Love Patchwork & Quilting

I thought you might want to see some extra pictures of it taken in my back garden!

Rainbow Ribbons Quilt By Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad

I just love this range of fabric designed by Shayla Wolf of Sassafras Lane for Windham Fabrics.  The range is called Foundation and there is a perfect rainbow spectrum available.  I used it for my Create Every Day Mini Quilt.

Rainbow Ribbons Quilt By Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad

I love how this one makes it look like a cityscape view!

Rainbow Ribbons Quilt By Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad

A close up of some of the free motion wavy quilting lines.  I switched colours to match the fabrics.

Rainbow Ribbons Quilt By Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad

In the sunlight!

Rainbow Ribbons Quilt By Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad
Rainbow Ribbons Quilt By Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad

One Way or Another...

I'm excited to share my latest quilt pattern is published in the latest issue of Quilt Now1  I totally love this one!  Most of my designs start life on a tiny post note! And this one was no different!  Sat at the kitchen table and idea pops into my head I reach for the nearest scrap of paper and pen and start sketching.  Introducing my arrow quilt: One Way or Another. With matching cushion.  It's a got a very modern look about it.  Reminds me a bit of road signs.  My daughter says its like the recycling motif! But isn't that three arrows?

 One Way or Another Quilt Pattern by Jo Westfoot for Quilt Now - Photo courtesy of Quilt Now

One Way or Another Quilt Pattern by Jo Westfoot for Quilt Now - Photo courtesy of Quilt Now

I think it would be perfect unisex quilt but I did think when making it that it would probably suit boys a bit better!  But i guess it just depends what fabric you use.

One Way or Another Quilt by Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad

I used a variety of colours from the Twist range by Dashwood Studio.  I used Stitch It 80/20 wadding from Empress Mills

I kept the quilting really simple and went for straight diagonal lines.

Rainbow Hexies Cushion Re-make!

So back in 2011 I made a Rainbow Cushion.  I was fairly new to my sewing and quilting life back then.  But I loved that cushion!!! Fast forward 6 years and it was starting to look a bit dogeared and tatty so I decided to make another version of it, using all the skills I had learnt over the last 6 years!

 Rainbow Hexi Cushion by Jo Westfoot Photograph courtesy of Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Issue 55

Rainbow Hexi Cushion by Jo Westfoot Photograph courtesy of Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Issue 55

So here they are side by side.  I definitely prefer the new one lol.  Have you ever re-made something?  What did you learn about yourself?  

This one has been featured in this month's Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine (Issue 55) and will be demonstrated and sold as a kit on the Sewing Quarter TV Channel on the 6th December.  I was so excited to see it on the cover!!!

LP&Q 55 Rainbow Hexi Cushion 6 Dec 17.jpg

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Excited to see that Amy from Amy's Creative Side has decided to host the Bloggers Quilt Festival again this year!

It's a bit of fun where you can share a quilt or two that you have made recently.  And on the plus side there are heaps of cool prizes too!!

So I decided to share one of my recent makes! The Tumbling Spools Quilt.  I made this quilt for the Quilt Now Magazine.  It was always intended to go on my wall in my craft room!

The Crafty Nomad, Jo Westfoot Tumbling Spools Quilt

It's no secret that I love the rainbow palette, and therefore no surprise that I LOVE Alison Glass's fabrics, particularly the Sun Print ranges as they are sooooo vibrant!

The Crafty Nomad Jo Westfoot Tumbling Spools Quilt

I wanted to challenge myself with the quilting on this one.  So I did a spools design that was modified from one I did previously on a cat quilt.  Also until now I hadn't been a big fan of pebbling, but found it was perfect for filling in the words! I used Rayon thread so it would catch the light more and make the words stand out.

The Crafty Nomad Jo Westfoot Tumbling Spools Quilt

The pattern appeared in Issue 39 of Quilt Now.  Always so exciting to see my work in a magazine!  If you missed the magazine when it was out, you may be able to order back issues from them directly [I just checked and print copies are all sold out, but you can still get digital copies].  Alternatively you can wait until February 2018 when I'll be able to release the pattern ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Bye Bye Summer

OK so when I finished up teaching back in early July I had every intention of starting up regularly blogging.  And then, well then, I decided to take the summer off!  It's been lovely to take a break.  I've still dipped my toe into social media.  But it was pretty obvious to me that I needed a good long break.

Quite a while ago I got to play with Sun Print 2017 fabric by Alison Glass.  I love a rainbow palette so I love all of Alison's fabric ranges!

Rainbow Tumbling Spools Quilt by Jo Westfoot Quilt Now Issue 39

I made this fun Rainbow Tumbling Spools Quilt.  It appeared in issue 39 of Quilt Now.  It features a column of thread spools that appear to be tumbling.  

The Crafty Nomad Tumbling Spools Quilt Jo Westfoot

The words are then free motion quilted with a pebbles design.

Rainbow Tumbling Spools Quilt by Jo Westfoot Quilt Now Issue 39

The background is quilted with a spool design.

Quilt Now Issue 39 The Crafty Nomad Tumbling Spools Quilt Jo Westfoot

Always so exciting to see my work in a magazine!  If you missed the magazine when it was out, you may be able to order back issues from them directly [I just checked and print copies are all sold out, but you can still get digital copies].  Alternatively you can wait until February 2018 when I'll be able to release the pattern :-)

They Say it Comes in Threes.....

Lots of fun stuff happening on the magazine front lately.  Here is the third fun thing! I worked on this quilt way back in March/April and had to keep it a secret all that time!!!!  It's been published in this month's issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting (Issue 37).  So excited to finally see it in print, and also to have the quilt back.  I literally finished it about 2 hours before it was packaged up and sent off with the courier! So, there was no time to enjoy all that hard work!!

The quilt was a follow on from my I Spy Snapshots Mini Quilt Pattern which you can buy HERE.

I thought I'd share a few more snaps with you of this big quilt.  Took these in my neighbours garden with her kids perched half way up the tree holding it! Oh lengths I go to for a good photo opportunity!  In this larger quilt I decided to vary the size of the snapshot blocks.  I love how it turned out!

The Crafty Nomad Picture It Quilt LP&Q 37

I looked carefully at the value of the fabric and decided to grade from dark to light going across the quilt.  I included a little 'how to' on that in the magazine.

I had so much rainbow fabric leftover I decided to make the back a bit more interesting too!  

The Crafty Nomad Picture It Quilt LP&Q 37 Back

As this is an I Spy quilt I used the alphabet font on my sewing machine to stitch out a fun label for the back.  The tricky bit was getting the label block on the back to line up with a corresponding block on the front so the quilting would not ruin it!

The Crafty Nomad Picture It Quilt LP&Q 37 Label Block

I kept the quilting pretty simple, straight lines.  I love how it turned out at the corners.

If you are local, and would like to see the quilt up close, it is currently hanging in the window of Sew Busy in Fleet.  They will also have copies of the magazine on sale in the next few days if you would like to get a copy and have a go at making one of these yourself!  It's a great scrap buster project and charm square friendly!