Puzzled Geese Quilt - Blogger's Quilt Festival

This is my second entry to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy from Amy’s Creative Side. I call this my Puzzled Geese Quilt. If you want to see my first entry just click here.

If this is your first time here at The Crafty Nomad then Welcome! Please do take a look around. I’m a quilt pattern designer and sewing teacher based in England. My style is modern/contemporary with lots of rainbow brights. I have lots of free tutorials on the blog and lots of patterns too. I run a bi-monthly pattern subscription club (VIP Club). You may have seen some of my work in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine and Quilt Now Magazine. If you like what you see then feel free to sign up to my newsletter (free pattern included with the first one!). I’m active on Instagram and Facebook if you’d like to follow along there.

Puzzled Geese Quilt Pattern by The Crafty Nomad

So, as I said, the quilt I’m sharing with you today is my Puzzled Geese quilt. This is my latest pattern release. I made it using the latest fabric range from Libs Elliott, called MIxtape. The fabric line is manufactured by Windham fabrics and is fabulous quality and the colours really pop!

Puzzled Geese Quilt Pattern The Crafty Nomad

There is a funny story behind the naming of this quilt pattern that you can read about here. I actually love the final name, far better suited than the original plan. The traditional centre block inside the large flying geese is called a Dutchman’s Puzzle. I kind of think the large geese look like they know where they are going but the little ones are a tad confused (puzzled if you like) and are flying in every direction! Hence the name: Puzzled Geese.

Puzzled Geese Quilt Pattern The Crafty Nomad

I have stuck with simple straight line quilting on this one and I love the look it gives. Keeps it really modern looking.

The pattern is available as a PAPER version or as a PDF version if you’re interested xx

Thanks for stopping by!

Modern Rainbow Kites Quilt - Blogger's Quilt Festival

So today I’m joining in with Amy over at Amy’s Creative Side in her annual Blogger’s Quilt Festival. It’s a fun way to share your quilts with other bloggers and find other quilters to follow! Oh and there are some great prizes up for grabs too!! I’m going to be putting two quilts in this year.

If this is your first time here at The Crafty Nomad then Welcome! Please do take a look around. I’m a quilt pattern designer and sewing teacher based in England. My style in modern/contemporary with lots of rainbow brights. I have lots of free tutorials on the blog and lots of patterns too. I run a bi-monthly pattern subscription club (VIP Club). You may have seen some of my work in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine and Quilt Now Magazine. If you like what you see then feel free to sign up to my newsletter (free pattern included with the first one!).

So then here is the first of the two quilts I’m putting in this year. This one is my Modern Rainbow Kites Quilt. Another one of my rainbow quilts - it’s just so happy! No surprises then that I love Alison Glass fabrics.

The Crafty Nomad Jo Westfoot Rainbow Kite Quilt March VIP Subscription Club

I chose to use fabric from the Diving Board range of fabrics. The quilt is foundation paper pieced.

The Crafty Nomad Jo Westfoot Rainbow Kite Quilt March VIP Subscription Club 2.JPG

I echo straight line quilted and added a couple extra columns of ghost quilting too. I had toyed with the idea of free motion quilting inside the kites, but i quite like the way they pop up, although still not totally ruled it out!

The Crafty Nomad Jo Westfoot Rainbow Kite Quilt March VIP Subscription Club 4.JPG

The pattern for this quilt is available as a PAPER version and as a PDF version if you are interested.

Puzzled Geese Quilt Pattern

My latest pattern release is the Puzzled Geese Quilt Pattern.  I had some fun with the naming of this one!

I was going to call it Confused Geese, that's what I've been referring to it as for the last year, since I'd first sketched it out. But as I was about to send it to the printers I just thought I'd check there wasn't one named that already. Lo and behold there were several! So back to the drawing board. After lots of brainstorming with a friend I realised Puzzled Geese would be perfect due to the central block being a Dutchman's Puzzle! I wanted something along these lines as it seems to me that whilst the large geese seemed to know where they were going, the little geese look like they have no idea lol!

I'e used a vibrant fabric collection called Mixtape by Libs Elliott for Andover Fabrics.  It a really fun and modern, punchy fabric collection.  With a wonderful quality feel.

I opted for straight line quilting which I think works really well.  Especially like the bits where I omitted a line, I think it gives the project more depth.

There are two size options for this design included in the pattern: Baby - 40 x 46 inches; and Large Throw - 60 x 70 inches.

I've included a Foundation Pattern Piecing option for the centre block and also instructions to piece it traditionally if you prefer that technique.  I've also included a small section on making scrappy binding. 

Non directional prints tend to work better with this design.  But if you choose directional prints you just might need to purchase more fabric.

I think this block would also work really well on a bag, or make up a couple of blocks and it's the perfect size for a cushion! Might have to make a cushion now!

The pattern is available as a Printed Booklet (Paper) Pattern which will be delivered to you in one of my fab hot pink polka dot envelopes!

Or as a PDF for immediate download if you don't want to wait for the postie!

Union Jack Table Runner

I'm super excited about my latest project!!! Being British, and I think given that for 10 years I was an expat, I have a bit of a thing for all things British! I even have a Pinterest board for it!  I've made a few British themed things before, a Union Jack cushion for my sister, an appliqued telephone box phone cover, a London Bus bobbin brooch, an applique post box notebook cover, applique Union Jack t-shirt.....etc.

This time I decided to make a table runner.  Featuring foundation paper pieced union jacks, with relevant appliques in the centre.  I was inspired by the upcoming Royal Wedding.  At one point I almost added a US flag too, but then the Union flag won me over, sorry American readers, I know Meghan is American but hey ho!

I've chosen fairly small ditsy prints that are non-directional as these work best.

The pattern will go out to all my VIP Club members early next week and will then be available for purchase on the 10th April 2018.  Plenty of time to get it made up in time for all those street parties and garden parties.  Dress your table in style.  It even comes with the added bonus of instructions to make up matching placemats!

You can buy the pattern HERE.

Apples and Pears Quilt

It seems I have become a very intermittent blogger!  I've been so busy making, writing patterns and social media that my blogging has taken a bit of a back seat.   Sooooo what that means is that we have loads to catch up on!!

Let's start with my Apples and Pears Quilt Pattern.  I wrote this for my November pattern release.  It's got four options, 2 large and 2 small, each with one for beginners and then a more advanced option!

The Crafty Nomad Apples and Pears Quilt Pattern Design - a quilt pattern perfect for beginners and those progressing onto tougher blocks.  It has simple options or a more advanced option with flying geese (pictured)  Be sure to click to find out more  AVAILABLE NOW www.thecraftynomad.co.uk Lots of other patterns and FREE tutorials!

I made the large advanced version.  The only thing that makes it more advanced than beginners is that it has flying geese in it.

The design is based on a set of stairs.  When I was a little girl, at bed time my mum always used to say ‘up the apples and pears’, which is cockney slang for stairs.  We aren’t even from London, go figure lol!  Anyhow that's how it got it's name.  

The quilt is strip pieced, apart from the geese so it comes together quite quickly.

The Crafty Nomad Apples and Pears Quilt Design - a quilt pattern perfect for beginners and those progressing onto tougher blocks.  It has simple options or a more advanced option with flying geese (pictured) Be sure to click to find out more  AVAILABLE NOW www.thecraftynomad.co.uk Lots of other patterns and FREE tutorials!

Two more versions below show both smaller options.  The grey and blue one is the simple version with no flying geese, made by Amanda.  And the one on the right is with the flying geese and is made be Martine.

The Crafty Nomad Apples and Pears Quilt Pattern, 4 options from Beginner to more advanced options

Interested in the pattern? You can get it HERE.

Birthday Gifts Galore Table Runner

Remember my Gifts Galore Christmas Table runner? Well I also made one up for birthdays too.  But this one I used the alternative placement so it doesn't matter which side of the table you are sitting at!!

Birthday Gifts Galore Patchwork Quilt Table Runner The Crafty Nomad Be sure to click to find out more  AVAILABLE NOW www.thecraftynomad.co.uk Lots of other patterns and FREE tutorials!

For this one I used a 'Gift' free motion quilting design.  I've added a video tutorial here if you want to see how I do this design.  Let me know if you have a go!

Interested in the pattern you can get it HERE.

Patchwork Christmas Tree Cushion

Do you remember last month I posted about a free tutorial I had written for The Sewing Directory website? You can find that by clicking here.

 

 

Well, I decided to use the same pattern to make a cushion.  I just added extra borders to make it up to 18 inches square.

Patchwork Christmas Tree Cushion The Crafty Nomad Jo Westfoot Holly Quilting

I quilted it with a holly leaf and berry design I made up.  I've added this video tutorial so you can see how I did it!  Let me know if you have a go!

Holly Quilting Design by Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad

I chose to add piping to the cushion.  I love a piped edge on cushions it gives them a really professional finish.

Patchwork Piped Christmas Tree Cushion by Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad

If you don't know how to do piping and want to give it a go, you might want to check out my Trimmed Cushion Tutorial which shows four different way to trim the edge of cushions: piping; lace; giant ric rac; and bobble or pom pom trim! Lots of tips and tricks to get good results.

Gifts Galore Christmas Table Runner

My latest make is this fun table runner.  I designed it months ago and never actually got around to making it until recently.  I was teaching a lady patchwork and quilting and we were discussing what she wanted to make.  'Something Christmassy...' Aha I thought I have just the thing! Not too big or complicated for a first time patchworker.  So I set to work!

Gifts Galore Table Runner Pattern by The Crafty Nomad

It's actually a relatively quick make.  

The pattern will be available from the 15th October as a PDF or as a Paper Pattern.  But if you're in my VIP Club by 30th September then you'll get a copy sooner than that!

Gifts Galore Christmas Table Runner Patchwork Quilting Pattern The Crafty Nomad
By Lori Kennedy

I quilted it with a snowflake design that I found in Lori Kenning's book: Free Motion Quilting 1-2-3.  

I love Lori's style she makes it all look so easy lol!  The book is brilliant.  Easy to follow and gets you to step outside your comfort zone and give it a go.

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