Printable Patchwork Calendar 2017 for colouring in, tangles and doodles

(Reposted from World of Magnifica)

No time for sewing? How about some colouring or tangles!

Or are you still looking for a special – and very different – Christmas gift?

It’s Launch Week – and the Treasure Hunt is on!

Until midnight GMT 11th December 2016, World of Magnifica celebrates the Launch of the

Morning Star patchwork blocks
Morning Star patchwork blocks – Colourists Dee Dee Boseman and Shannon Woodruff Schuler

Fill-Me-In Patchwork Calendar 2017

Here a quick run-through:

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This bi-weekly Calendar with 26 pages for colouring, doodles or tangles is available with black lines for more contrast (and black tangles), or gentle grey lines which after colouring look like hidden seams.

But because not everyone wants a calendar, I’ve added as an alternative a couple of packages with JPGs for printing out and digital colouring, either the 13 Blocks or the 13 Quilts.

The Fill-Me-In Patchwork Calendar and the JPGs are available on the World of Magnifica page on Payhip.

Note: The designs are fairly simple, based mostly on suquares, rectangles and triangles. Intermdiate quilters will recognize most of them and be able to turn them into a quilt. But both the Calender and the JPGs are hand-drawn designs for colouring and tangles, not patterns, and do not include any instructions!

Let’s Party!

Contests, discounts, freebies and giveaways and more fun and games!

Come join us on Facebook in the CTTC – The Colouring, Textiles & Tangles Connection,

or the special Launch Party Event organised by The Coloring Co-op (private group – in order to access this Party you must join the group first)!

Everybody who joins gets a Welcome gift plus the Unexpected Treasure for colouring in – and that’s only two of the freebies you’ll find!

Unexpected Treasure (multicolour) – Colourist Maria Hoffmeister

This Unexpected Treasure colouring page is only available for free and for a limited time! πŸ™‚

Treasure Hunt Shortcut

If you can’t or don’t want to join the groups: You can get the Calendar and the JPGs – and other colouring pages and cards – on the World of Magnifica page on Payhip.

And until 31st December 2016, I’ll give you a 20% discount for sharing on Facebook or Twitter!

Enjoy!

Maria β™₯

How do you feel about quilting patterns or designs without instructions?

The reason I’m asking is that a couple of months ago I had to make a very difficult decision.

The question was: How can I make a living doing what I love?

You all know that I love textiles, especially quilting and embroidery – well, I can’t do without stitching. πŸ™‚

And I also love drawing and designing patterns.

Since the Small Product Lab last summer, I had been thinking about selling quilting patterns with step-by-step instructions. I recycled a few old ones and drew a few new and started sketching and outlining illustrated tutorials.

But for some strange reason none of these got finished. It was only after giving myself a mental break around Christmas that I discovered why I was procrastinating with what I believed was exactly what I wanted: It was way more than I could handle time-wise.

Considering that ideas and images keep popping into my mind all the time, turning a design into a pattern was a frustratingly slow process, and working out, writing and illustrating the instructions the way I want to slows it down even more.

So although this idea got a “love it” on my evaluation chart, it got an “insufficient” in the category Making a Living. I was about to give up, including this blog.

Anyway, the word art tutorial I created for the Small Product Lab had also got me re-started on pen & ink drawings, and after designing some Colouring Cards for adult friends, I saw a new door opening.

I didn’t need to abandon this blog at all, just as I wouldn’t give up stitching, so…

the difficult decision I made was to consider All Things Textile – including this blog – a hobby, with no pressure, no planned schedule, and no aspirations…just for joy and fun.

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My website World of Magnifica (Printables for Colouring Pages and Tangles, eCards, Tips & More) went live about a month ago and my days are getting into a new rhythm. I also know by now that I will have time to maintain this blog with occasional posts and patterns. πŸ™‚

What I don’t know, though, is: Are you interested in quilting patterns and designs without detailed instructions?

I’m thinking of patterns and templates and perhaps an outline of the order of piecing, but no pictures of the quilted project or the process, nor indications of size/measurements or how much fabric you’ll need – they’d be up to you.

What do you think? Please comment – I’d love to hear how you feel about this.

Maria β™₯

PS: These are a few colouring examples from the Mini Colouring Book “Patterns for Tumbling Blocks”. You can download it from Gumroad.

And by the way: I’m more active on the Quilting Oneness Facebook Community Page – and a World of Magnifica Community Page also exists. Perhaps see you there?

Quilt Pattern Variations

Mini Sketchbooks Quilters Kit

Designing or making quilt patterns, or both?

I finally got round to digging out some patterns I designed in 1996 (!) when I had my first major quilting phase. Most of them never made it into Fabric World, and if you are designing quilts yourself you’ll understand why – so many designs, so little time…

Still, although I already knew at the time that I’d never make most of them, the creative act of designing (or doodling, as I call it) gave me great pleasure and kept me balanced during a time that was rather stressful and difficult for me. Giving myself frequent mini breaks of sometimes only ten minutes made a whole lot of difference to my days. And doodling can be a lot more mind-freeing and relaxing than even handstitching.

Anyway, browsing these patterns led to three conclusions:

I don’t need to make everything myself

Even if I might not get around to making these quilts, perhaps they can see the light of day with help from someone else – therefore I’ve decided to publicise them during the next months. Stay tuned!

When I find something highly enjoyable, I should share my experience with others

Because of my positive experiences, I also want to encourage you to start doodling, be it patchwork and quilt patterns or just free-form designs.

You haven’t got time? I’d say: especially if you haven’t got much time for the actual sewing.

You’d be interested but don’t know how to get started? Maybe this will give you the kick you’ve been waiting for: On 3rd September I’ll release a sketchbook kit for quilters, consisting of

Mini Sketchbooks Quilters Kit
Click the image for the Mini Sketchbooks Quilters Kit.
  • the How to Make a Mini Sketchbook Tutorial,
  • a collection of special grid papers for quilters,
  • suggestions and instructions for how to use the grids
  • and how to turn the sketches into full-sized patterns,
  • ideas and tips for coming up with variations,
  • and of course examples (read: blocks and quilt patterns for you to make).

The first part, the Sketchbook Tutorial, is available for download on 3rd September (but you can pre-order already), the rest will be released in installments until 30th September.

Thinking big – but making miniatures

My third conclusion has also to do with the fact that my sewing machine is playing up and I had to stop working halfway through a bed-sized quilt. But a few days ago I came across a lovely little quilt: Zigzag Love in Miniature by Hope @ Hope’s Quilt Designs. And I thought, yes, there’s the answer: make mini quilts! I love handstitching anyway, and mini quilts are not only a lot quicker, but also so useful because I can turn them into mug rags, placemats, cushions, pillows, wall hangings, covers for books and folders… So that’s something to look forward to!

What are you working on?

Do you prefer small or large quilts? Have you tried designing yourself, or have you encountered doubts or problems?

As I’m not finished writing the Mini Sketchbook Quilter’s Kit, I’d love to hear about your design experience in the comments. Maybe there’s a question or problem you have which I can address?

In any case, whatever you create, create with joy! πŸ™‚

Maria

Block of the Month – December 2014

Block of the Month December 2014

I’ve finally come up with a flexible format that will allow me to offer a special project for each Theme of the Month: A Block of the Month (pretty obvious, really…)

Another point of focus this month are letters or writing, be they pieced letters, applique, or quilted, or embroidered, or…, as long as they are made using a textile technique – no paints or markers this month.

Download the free printable for December – 16 pages, including guidelines and many inspiring fonts!

Theme: The Gift of Your Time

Block of the Month December 2014
Block of the Month December 2014

or: Take your time before someone else does πŸ˜‰

β€œBlock of the Month” does not mean that the block has to become part of a quilt, although it can of course. Alternatives are for instance Continue reading

Watercolour Inspiration

Sorting, sorting, sorting … and I found something πŸ™‚

Today I spent decluttering, or, rather, shifting shelves and creating space for fabrics which already believed plastic bags were their home…

I came across some paintings I did a few years ago, which I suddenly saw through a completely different lens: My “quilting glasses”.

I’m not committing yet to anything, no, just wondering… Don’t they look pretty fabric-y?

 

Dream Scarf - watercolour 2008
Dream Scarf – watercolour 2008

 

Fresia - mixed media 2009
Fresia – mixed media 2009

Serendipity??

Yesterday I joined Society6, a company that makes art prints on a variety of products. I thought the act of signing up would encourage my mind to come up with some ideas. I had no clue that my Muse would present me with paintings I’d already done πŸ™‚

Anyway, I uploaded the images, discovering that Society6 has a special sale today: Free shipping worldwide plus 5$ off every product!

So, if you like my paintings enough to buy them as a print, have a look at my page at Society6.

What inspires you? Or: How do you get yourself inspired?

Have a good week!

Maria