Monday, 20 April 2020

This Giveaway Has A Winner




We have a winner in this giveaway to celebrate a triple milestone!

1) Julies Name Game has turned three.

This is where I create a new Free Motion Quilting design each week for you to help me name.
The designs are posted here, on Instagram and Facebook.
Click on the Social Media Icons underneath the Home Tab at the top of this page to Follow me. 

2) We have passed Design #150.

3) This blog passed 25,000 views.
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To celebrate I hosted a giveaway to thank you for your continued support!

The prize includes three one meter cuts (just over 3 yards) of beautiful cotton fabric that would be perfect to show off your Free Motion Quilting skills as well as an artists journal for planning that next quilt and doodling your very own new designs.
  

There were lots of ways to enter keeping it light and fun.

All names were entered into a random name picker that would be used to select the winning name.

This random name picker went for a spin at 6:00 PM (Pacific) Wednesday April 15 ‘2020.

And the winner of this wonderful prize is .....
Jordan Tyler of Whistler B.C.

Congratulations Jordan!


Surprise !


I was having so much fun that I decided to take the random name picker for a few extra spins.

Each additional winner will receive a little surprise package from me.
All winners have been contacted and have messaged me with their addresses.


Congratulations to:

Lily Kent of Erskine, Western Australia

Barb Wain of Nanaimo, B.C. Canada

Leona Stolz of Thunder Bay, On. Canada

Brenda Grayston of Nanoose Bay, B.C. Canada 

Thank you to all for taking part and letting me know what your favorite designs are. 

I'll be announcing your top ten designs from the first 150 shortly. 

These will be used to create a new and exciting 
Free Motion Quilting class.

Here's to the next 150 designs.

Julie

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #161


Here is another fun design for you to stitch.

I used 50 weight cotton for this one.

I think it would be spectacular stitched quite large with 12 weight variegated thread.

It would also make a nice background fill with a finer thread.



There were many wonderful name suggestions and in the end it came down to a tie.


This new Free Motion Quilting Design has been named.


The winner was chosen by popular vote (Facebook and Instagram) with a little help from a random name picker 
at 6:00 PM (Pacific)  Sunday April 12, 2020.

Please welcome “Magnificent Magnolias”.

Thank you and congratulations to Philippa Zapf of Nanaimo B.C. for suggesting this winning name.


Follow these Step By Step Instructions To Stitch This Design


Please note that the photos may be turned to allow for greater visibility.

1) Stitch an arc.


2) Stitch an opposite arc ending back at your starting position. 
I like to extend the point a bit to form a slight flame shape.


3) Stitch a vein line that is about two thirds the length of your leaf.
A little bit of a curve adds personality.


4) Stitch roughly over top of the the previous vein line until you're back at the start position.
Don't worry about being too precise. 
The design will have more character if you just let it flow. 


5) Now stitch a curved line shaped like a gentle S on the right side of the completed leaf.


6) Follow the previous line for a few stitches or curve away immediately to leave some space in between the lines then curve in to finish at the start position .


7) Stitch a gentle reverse S curve on the left of the stitched leaf.



8) Stitch back to the start point as in step 6).
You have completed one full motif.


9) To travel and build the design stitch part way up either the right or left "arm" of a complete motif and start again.


As always... have fun experimenting!

Please feel free to post pictures of your work in the comments or Email them to me for the student gallery.

Classes available in both stitching and design.




Monday, 6 April 2020

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #160


Here is a little free motion quilting diversion for you.

This new Free Motion Quilting Design has been named.


The winner was chosen by popular vote on Sunday April 5, 2020 at 6:00 PM (Pacific) from c
omments below, on Facebook and/or Instagram used to suggest a name or vote for your favourite.


Half the fun of this is that I never know what you will see in my designs.

This weeks design was inspired by a funny drawing of a rabbit done by my husband.

Many of you actually saw this but in the end the winning name was quite different.

Please let me introduce 
"Bee Bum Ballet"!

This charming winning name was suggested by  
Sherri Mullin Dawes of Nanaimo B.C.


Oh the fun we have !


Follow these free step by step instructions to stitch this design


The sample design was stitched with 40 weight Rayon thread.

1) Stitch a full circle.
Stop with your needle in the down position. 



2) Stitch an elongated oval shape.
Stop stitching when you come back to the circle. 
The bottom of the oval can come to a point or be flat depending on where you touch the circle.  



3) Stitch a little oval inside the first.



4) Travel a little way around the circle.



5) Now an oval like the first. 
If you line the base of the oval up to the circle the ovals will angle away from each other like a V.



6) A mini oval inside, like before.



7) You have completed one section of the motif.
Travel around the circle stitching on top of your previous stitching.
When your needle is just below the center of the first circle reverse directions and stitch a second circle.



8) Add the outer oval, inner oval, outer oval, inner oval as before.
From now on these oval combinations will be known as "wings".
Continue in this manner until you have five circle units that form a secondary circle.
This is one complete pattern.
The sample shown measures roughly 1½ to 2 inches across.

Isn't it cute ?



9) To start the next pattern stitch over top of the current stitching that forms the outside of a wing.
Stop when you reach the tip.




10) Stitch an oval or wing attached to the previous one.



11) Double stitch one side to bring you to the base of the wing.



12) Now stitch the inner oval.



13) Stitch a circle at the base of the wing then add the second wing.



 14) Continue in pattern to stitch the design.



Have fun with this one and remember to share your thoughts and photos in the comments !



Sunday, 29 March 2020

Free Pattern - Simple Comfort Lap Quilt

Simple Comfort Lap Quilt


The pattern for my Simple Comfort Lap Quilt is now available.
Simply click on the Free Pattern Page above for full instructions.

This fun little pattern is great for all skill levels and though written for Fat 1/4's it can easily be made from scraps.

You could eliminate the border for a smaller quilt or make it with as few as two fabrics for a totally different look.
Some of my long time students will be familiar with this pattern originally written in 2005 as the Six Fat 1/4 Baby Quilt.

I hope you enjoy making this quilt for yourself and for others.


A special request from me to you!


As you make this quilt for yourself why not make a second one to gift to one of our front line workers?

Our Doctors, Nurses, Care Workers, Pharmacists, Grocery Clerks, Gas Station Attendants and more are still on the job and working hard to help us through this very difficult time.
Many have felt the need to live separately from their loved ones to protect them from possible infection.
All are under a great deal of stress.
Let’s show them we care!

Please share your photos here and on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

A little gesture goes a long way





Thursday, 26 March 2020

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #159


This weeks new Free Motion Quilting design is my way of offering a little diversion for you in these unsettling times.

What do you think this new Free Motion Quilting Design should be named ?


Comment below (here or on Facebook and/or Instagram) to suggest a name or vote for your favourite.


The winner will be chosen by popular vote on Sunday March 29 , 2020 at 6:00 PM (Pacific).


And this designs new name is "Spring Hope".
This wonderful name was suggested by Jaynie Himsl of Regina Saskatchewan!


To stitch the design follow these steps.




Start at the bottom of the first teardrop

1) Stitch one teardrop (feather) shape. 

2) Stitch a curved line inside the teardrop. 
This line should be about two thirds the length of the motif and echo the shape of the outside curve.


Stitch a curved line inside the teardrop shape
Re-stitch on top of your previous line to return to the start point.
This completes the first half of the motif.

Stitch back to the base of the teardrop

3) Next stitch a curved line that echos the top edge of the teardrop shape.
Don't worry about being too exact. Just allow the design to flow.

Echo the top arc of the teardrop shape

4) Leave a little space between the lines to create a half moon shape and stitch back to the start point.

Stitch back to the start point to complete the motif

You have completed one full motif  repeat.

One complete motif


Stitch a continuing series of motifs to create the all over design.

To travel to the right start with a teardrop stitched to the left.
To travel left start with a teardrop stitched to the right. 

Please share photos of your stitch out of this design in the comments below.

Happy Quilting !

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #158


I.m wishing you all good health and happiness in these very unusual times💚

The naming of this new Free Motion Quilting Design came down to a tie.

The winner was chosen by popular vote (Facebook and Instagram) with some help from a random name picker on Sunday March 22, 2020 at 6:00 PM (Pacific).

This free motion quilting design is now called “Luck o’the Irish”.

Thank you and congratulations to Irene Harvalias of New Westminster B.C. for once again suggesting the winning name!

Monday, 23 March 2020

Julies Name Game - New Free Motion Quilting Design #157


Inspired by a seed pod this new Free Motion Quilting Design has been named.

The winner was chosen by popular vote (with a little help from a random name picker) on Sunday March 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM (Pacific).


This design is now called “Spirograph”.


Thank you and congratulations to Eleni Harvalias of Parksville B.C. for suggesting this winning name!


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