Modern Rainbow Sampler Quilt - For The Quilter's Planner 2020

It has been almost impossible to keep this secret! I am beyond excited to share with you that I have a quilt featured in the 2020 Quilter’s Planner! And it went all the way to Costa Rica for a photo shoot! Wish I could have hand delivered it!! Just look at these amazing pictures Kitty from The Night Quilter, took of it!!

📸 Photo credit to Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter

📸 Photo credit to Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter

My quilt is a modern sampler quilt with lots of negative space. I mixed up the sizes of the blocks as I love the sense of depth you get from doing that.

When it came to colours, obviously it had to be rainbow , I think if you cut me in half you'd find rainbow running through my core lol! I loved working with the Quantum range by Giucy Giuce.

📸 Photo credit to Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter

📸 Photo credit to Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter

Does all that negative space freak you out? Well I also think this pattern would make a fabulous table runner! That’s next on my list!

I decided to quilt the large sections of negative space with straight line quilting. I then echoed the blocks and filled in the gaps with a variety of free motion quilting.

📸 Photo credit to Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter

📸 Photo credit to Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter

📸 Photo credit to Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter

📸 Photo credit to Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter

Each year Stephanie from The Quilter’s Planner works with a fabric designer to design the look of the planner and to be featured in it. This year that designer is a fellow Brit: Karen Lewis!

Have you had a Quilter’s Planner before? I love mine! With your planner you also get a magazine with all the patterns for the featured quilts, of which there are twelve, plus the Block of the Month project by Karen Lewis.

The Planner is chocked full of useful info as well. I particularly love the page for tracking all my projects! It helps to get them done! But the info pages are great for easy reference.

If you are in the States you can pre-order your planner now and even get to customise it. Options for customisation include: Cover; Sunday or Monday start; and which weekly layout you prefer. I think I’m going for the Teal and for me it has to be the horizontal layout with a Monday start!

And I’m loving these matching accessories too. Particularly love the dry erase lists.

If you aren’t in the States you can do that too, although sometimes the shipping can be off putting. So the good news is that Karen Lewis will be stocking these for anyone based in the UK or Europe. Sadly they won’t be customisable, but I think she might be stocking some of the accessories too.

📸 Photo credit to Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter

📸 Photo credit to Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter

Jungle Weave

Earlier in the year I made this little baby quilt for Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. It’s in the current issue (75). I’ve used fabric from the Monsoon range by Makower which they kindly supplied, paired with white Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman supplied by Anbo Textiles.

Photo Credit: Love Patchwork & Quilting

Photo Credit: Love Patchwork & Quilting

The quilt is strip pieced, so it’s a pretty quick make.

Jungle Weave quilt by Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad

The fabric is so bright and fresh. It makes me think of tropical holidays! Think I need a cocktail!

Jungle Weave Quilt by Jo Westfoot The Crafty Nomad

Want to have a go at making one? then you can get a copy of Issue 75 here.

Just Wanna Quilt Podcast

So a couple of months ago I became aware of a group of people working on the issue of copyright within the quilting world.  I'm always interested in this area.  Elizabeth Townsend Gard is a law professor working out of Tulane Law School in New Orleans and is heading up the project.  They call it Just Wanna Quilt.  You can read more about it on their website, Facebook Page or why not join their Facebook group!

As part of this project Elizabeth is interviewing all sorts of people from the quilting world.  And she interviewed little old me! LOL!

So if you want to hear about my journey into the quilting world you can do so here.  If it hadn't been for the lucky stroke that I ended up living next door to Lorraine during our first assignment to Australia, I know it would have been unlikely I would ever have found my way to the quilting world!  Lorraine started off as my neighbour and became one of my Aussie besties!  We started off making cards together as that is her other passion.  But as I started sewing again she was willing me to make a quilt!  I resisted due to the time investment, I much preferred to get an item finished in a few hours!  But eventually I did, and the rest, as they say, is history lol!  It's always the people you meet that have such an impact on your life and the directions you may go in.  I've loved the fact that we have lived in different places and have been able to meet lots of different people!

There are lots of other fascinating interviews on there too so be sure to check them out. 

Lately I've been listening to quilty podcasts as I go out for my run!  Some of my other favourites are: Abby Glassenberg; and Crafty Planner.