A little Mini Mini for Lynne

So recently I made a little thank you gift for my friend Lynne. She had kindly given me tickets to the Christian Dior exhibition at the V&A that she could no longer go to.

I had an inkling her favourite colour was yellow so decided to make her a mini mini spool quilt.

Mini Mini Spool Sew Quilt The Crafty Nomad

I chose the radiating star block from the Tumbling Spools Sampler Pattern and added the word Sew in free motion quilting. I like to use rayon thread from Sulky so the colour really pops.

Mini Mini Spool Sew Quilt The Crafty Nomad

I used Sun Prints 2019 fabric from Alison Glass.

Mini Mini Spool Sew Quilt The Crafty Nomad

Good Vibes Only Blog Tour

It’s no secret that I love the rainbow spectrum and sew with it pretty much all the time! So when Shayla showed me her latest line of fabric for Windham Fabrics, I absolutely loved it!

When I saw it, a phrase popped into my head: Live Life in Colour. I knew that somehow that phrase would have to be incorporated into the project.

The Crafty Nomad Jo Westfoot Focal Point Live Life in Colour Color Good Vibes Only

The fabric line is a mix of bright, fully saturated blends in the rainbow spectrum. With the addition of low volume, dark and texty prints. It’s a super fun range of fabric.

Explore the Collection: the collection | the lookbook | on instagram

Good Vibes Only fabrics  Shayla Wolf Windham Fabrics

I have a bit of a thing for mini quilts and my wall in my craft room is starting to fill up but I couldn’t resist one more! Can you spot it? There is actually two projects using this new line of fabric on that wall!!

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So here it is. My Live Life in Colour Mini Quilt. I picked 20 of the rainbow spectrum fabrics to surround the words. I wanted them to be kind of exploding out from the words in true colour burst style!

I love the little fun touches Shayla has incorporated into the fabrics. I really wanted to try to keep those within this project. So I was happy when I managed to fussy cut ‘Hello’ into the exact place I wanted it!

The Crafty Nomad Jo Westfoot Focal Point Live Life in Colour Color Mini Quilt Good Vibes Only

The words have been constructed with strips of fabric and then appliqued onto the dark background. Obviously I’ve gone for the British spelling of the word colour as I’m British! But you guys from across the pond could just omit the ‘U’.

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The borders were added, and Yes, those are Y Seams at the corners. But seriously they shouldn’t be feared!

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Deciding how to quilt a project is always fun. But, I always curse myself at this point for loving the rainbow spectrum as it often means I need to quilt with lots of different colours which means lots of thread changes! But it is so worth it!

Choosing thread, live life in colour

People often ask me what brand of thread I use. Well to be honest I don’t stick to one particular brand, but I do have my favourites and the common theme is that they are all good quality threads. I love using Sulky, Aurifil and Guterman. I use a variety of weights and types: cotton; rayon; metallic and polyester.

I’ve worked like a crazy woman to get this pattern finished, so I’m happy to say if you want to make one of these for yourself, you can!!! Get the pattern HERE.

If you are new here then do stick around and have a browse. Sign up to my newsletter so you don’t miss a thing! On social media? The follow along on Instagram or Facebook.

Oh and I couldn’t resist using Good Vibes Only to make up a micro mini version of my Create Every Day pattern (which coincidentally is what I designed for the blog tour last year for Shayla’s Foundation range of fabric!).

Micro Mini Create Every Day The Crafty Nomad

To see more of the wonderful creations made with the fun Good Vibes Only fabric by others participating in this blog tour then click on the links below. There have already been some amazing projects shared already and more to come! Be sure also to check out the Good Vibes Only lookbook put together by Shayla. You can find out more about Shayla here:

Blog: https://sassafras-lane.com/blogs/news 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SassafrasLaneDesigns/ 
Twitter: twitter.com/sassafraslane 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sassafraslane/ 

Also for your chance to win some Good Vibes Only fabric for yourself head over to my Instagram page!

If you are based in the UK you can get your Good Vibes Only fabric here at Purple Stitches.

Here is the full Blog Tour lineup for you to check out all the amazing makers and have more chances to win some yummy fabric!

Monday, June 3rd: Shayla Wolf | Sassafras Lane Designs

Tuesday, June 4th: Emily Dennis | Quilty Love

Wednesday, June 5th: Nichole Vogelsinger | Wild Boho

Thursday, June 6th: Irene Sytema | Sugaridoo

Friday, June 7th: Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts

Saturday, June 8th: Robin Long | Robin Ruth Design

Sunday, June 9th: Jessica VanDenburgh | Sew Many Creations

Monday, June 10th: Nicole Young | Lillyella

Tuesday, June 11th: Sherry Shish Powered by Quilting

Wednesday, June 12th: Tara Curtis | Wefty Needle

Thursday, June 13th: Jo Westfoot | The Crafty Nomad

Friday, June 14th: Janet Nesbitt | One Sister Designs

Saturday, June 15th: Natalie Barnes | Beyond the Reef

Sunday, June 16th: Elisabeth Hardy | Elisabew Quilts

Monday, June 17th: Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House

Tuesday, June 18th: Joanne Hart Unicorn Harts

Wednesday, June 19th: Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie

Thursday, June 20th: Kaitlyn Howell | Knot and Thread Design

Friday, June 21st: Nicole Daksiewicz | Modern Handcraft

Saturday, June 22nd: Sarah Thomas | Sariditty

Sunday, June 23rd: Shayla Wolf | Recap

Break out the Bunting Quilt

Thought I’d pop on here and show you my latest quilt (& cushion!).

I’ve called it 'Break out the Bunting', because it was inspired by outdoor garden parties with bunting fluttering in the warm breeze.  It plays with the humble corner block, using two different sizes of corner that cleverly fit together when rotated to create lines of triangles that look like bunting.  

Break out the Bunting Quilt Pattern The Crafty Nomad

It was a great scrap buster, I think I must have used every single bright fabric I have in my stash! I used Kona white for the background on the quilt. I quilted the quilt with an all over free motion meander design.

Break out the bunting quilt pattern The Crafty Nomad

I made a matching cushion too. But for this one I used low volume prints for the background instead of the solid white fabric. And did straight line quilting for a more modern look. Not sure which I prefer! What’s your favourite?

Break out the Bunting Cushion Pattern The Crafty Nomad

I’ve written this up as a pattern which is available to buy here. When I was designing this one I played with lots of different layouts of the blocks, so I included all of those other layout ideas in the pattern too. Two of my lovely pattern testers, Martine and Abigail opted to make up some of the alternative designs.

Martine made this wonderful Ombre version.

Break out the bunting Quilt pattern ombre version by Martine Tanis for The Crafty Nomad

And Abigail made this striking version of the Radiating Squares idea.

Break out the bunting Quilt pattern Radiating Squares version by Abigail for The Crafty Nomad

Have a lovely day!

Fancy a Ho Ho Ho Cushion Sewalong?

This sewalong has finished now. But do check my social media feeds or recent blog posts about other sewalongs I might be hosting!

I’ve been mulling over on social media whether to run a fun, short Sewalong for the Ho Ho Ho Cushion to help encourage you all to get it made before the big day! Quite a few were keen so here you go!

We’ll start on Friday 30th November and aim to be finished by the 10th December. That gives you two full weekends. Making this totally achievable! Plus it will be finished in plenty of time to look great with all your other holiday decorations!

Sign up to the Ho Ho Ho Cushion Sewalong email newsletter to get the prompts.

To join in you’ll need to get the Pattern which you can purchase HERE. It’s available as a PDF or as a Paper version.

Post a picture of your finished cushion to Instagram or Facebook before the 10th December 2018, using the hash tag #HoHoHosal, and you’ll go into a draw for a prize! (If you are doing this on Facebook, you will need to set the post to public so that I can see it though! And on Instagram if your profile is set to Private then I won’t be able to see it!)

Come find me on social media: Facebook; & Instagram.

HoHoHo Cushion Sewalong with The Crafty Nomad

Here are a couple of versions made up by myself and one of my customers.

Really looking forward to seeing your creations!!

Tumbling Spools Sampler Mini Quilt Pattern

A couple of years ago I made my Tumbling Spools quilt for Quilt Now magazine. I knew I wanted to release it as a pattern as there was a lot of interest in it. But I decided I wanted to redesign it before releasing it as a pattern. I wanted it to be smaller so it would be perfect for most people’s craft rooms. I also wanted to make it a bit more interesting!!

So, say hello to the Tumbling Spools Sampler Mini Quilt.

A stack of spools on the left that look like they are about to come tumbling down and some Quilty words on the right.

The quilt finishes up at about 22x32 inches.

I’ve made the centres of the spools into sampler blocks so each one is different. You can choose to make up the six different sampler blocks if you like. But there are also patterns where the centres are plain so you can fussy cut your favourite fabrics instead.

When it comes to the words you also have a couple of options too. Quilt them in place. Or appliqué them! Templates and instructions for both.

The really exciting thing about this quilt for me is that this one is going to be at Quilt Market and Quilt Festival in Houston this week!! So if you are going and want to see it in the flesh then head on over to the Sulky of America booth.

I’ve used Sulky 40wt. Rayon threads as they are perfect for the quilting as they really catch the light and stand out so well. In the UK these are sold under license by Gutermann and also I think directly from Sulky.

The pattern is available as an immediate download PDF on my website. So you can print at home and get started straight away!

You might also be interested to know that I’m hosting a Quiltalong for this mini quilt in January! Plenty of AMAZING prizes from AMAZING sponsors!! And plenty of time to get the pattern and gather your supplies! You can sign up to a Quiltalong Newsletter so you don’t miss a thing!

Here are the amazing companies sponsoring the Quiltalong:


The quiltalong starts on the 4th January and will run for 10 weeks.

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Week 1 Blog Post can be found HERE.

Week 2 Blog Post can be found HERE.

"Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas"

Said in my best Father Christmas voice! This is my latest pattern! November’s release had to be a Christmas design really didn’t it!

HoHoHo Cushion The Crafty Nomad

It’s an applique design with 3D holly leaves to liven things up a bit. Just love the calorie free, guilt free Christmas pudding! Yum!

Here’s a close up!

HoHoHo Cushion The Crafty Nomad

I also made up an alternative version to show how it looks in non modern fabrics. I made this one for my sister as she loves all things vintage. We are the total opposite!

HoHoHo Cushion The Crafty Nomad vintage

Love this version too. I used floral vintage fabrics with a linen background. Little pink buttons for the berries.

The pattern is available now HERE.

And if you need a little nudge to get it made before the big day then I’ll be hosting a Sewalong of this pattern on my Instagram page. Would be lovely if you joined in!

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.

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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!

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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.