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

Tumbling Spools Group Quilt

Earlier this year I had an idea that it would be fun to make a group quilt version of the Tumbling Spools Quilt. The original just has a column of 6 spools and then the words on the right. I contacted all the people who had bought a copy of the pattern and asked them if they would like to contribute to a group quilt to enter into Festival of Quilts.

Tracy (Red Kite & Doe) and I in front of the quilt at Festival of Quilts

Tracy (Red Kite & Doe) and I in front of the quilt at Festival of Quilts

I was blown away at the response. Thirty lovely people wanted to be involved. So I set about designing a layout to incorporate lots of spools.

Tumbling Spools Group Quilt The Crafty Nomad

I gave contributors a block or two to make and gave guidelines on the colours to use. I had a couple for the back so I could put a custom label on it.

Tumbling Spools Group Quilt The Crafty Nomad

Some people chose to add their name, country or Instagram name to their spool.

Two seconds after I took this picture the quilt fell on the ground! (Before the Festival!!!!)

Two seconds after I took this picture the quilt fell on the ground! (Before the Festival!!!!)

Thank you so much to all the contributors to this quilt. I was incredibly happy to see that we got a Highly Commended Badge for our efforts!

Tumbling Spools Group Quilt The Crafty Nomad

Rainbow Steps Quilt for Make Modern

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Just thought I’d share one of my recent makes with you. I made this quilt for Issue 27 of Make Modern Magazine.

Make Modern is a digital magazine focusing on modern quilting projects. It’s always jam packed full of colourful quilter’s eye candy, great articles, interviews and of course the hilarious column by Molli Sparkles which is sure to make you smile!

The magazine is issued every other month. It’s really good value, at only AUS$8 per issue (about £4.35) or 12 month subscription (6 issues) AUS$40 (about £22) or a 6 month subscription (6 issues) for AUS$21 (about £11.50)

My quilt is made of neutral solids with pops of rainbow colour in two tones. It’s a really quick make, perfect when you need to make a new baby quilt in a hurry!

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If you want to subscribe to this fabulous magazine then click here.

If you just want to buy this single issue to try it out and make my pattern, then click here.

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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!

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.

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.

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In the sunlight!

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