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! šŸ™‚

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 ā™„

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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! šŸ™‚

Maria

The Gift of Your Time

Photo: Ben Earwicker
Photo: Ben Earwicker

This year I don’t want Christmas to “sneak up on me”, so I thought I’d make a Christmas Gift Calender – and share it with you šŸ™‚

Where I live in Greece, the weather is still very mild for this time of year, more like a first spring after the summer drought – hard to believe that Christmas is only a few weeks away. And AĆÆ Basilis, the Greek version of Father Christmas, comes on New Year…

In order to jump-start myself – and perhaps you, too šŸ™‚ – I’ve decided on the following Theme of the Month for December: “The Gift of Your Time”.

On this page:
ā™£ The idea
ā™£ “Making time” vs. “Finding time”
ā™£ The 30 Day Christmas Gift Calender
ā™£ Today = Putting on the Sorting Hat

The idea

… is to spend a little time each day reserved exclusively for making a gift for someone.

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Invitation to join the first Quilting Oneness Doublefaced Hexie Hexalong

Quilting Oneness Hexalong 2014On this page:
ā™£ A new approach to Quilting As You Go – One “Star” at a Time
ā™£ What can you expect from this Hexalong/Workshop?
ā™£ What tools and materials do you need?
ā™£ What can you do for me?
ā™£ Anything else?

A new approach to Quilting As You Go – One “Star” at a Time

Starting on Monday 3rd and all through November, I’ll show you in several posts per week what I do with hexagons/Hexies – very special Hexies, because they
ā€¢ are doublefaced: once you’ve sewn them together, your quilt is finished – quilted already, no extra batting or backing or border needed (although you can add it, if you wish)
ā€¢ are so easy that no previous sewing knowledge is necessary (learn as you go)
ā€¢ require only few and easily available materials and simple tools (you’ll probably have all you need already – see further down)
ā€¢ are so quick to make that you probably can’t resist to make another one, and another one (and use up all your scraps)
ā€¢ don’t require basting (with one exception) or paper templates as traditional English Paper Piecing does
ā€¢ add – literally – another dimension to all kinds of Hexie projects large and small
ā€¢ are perfect for quilting on the go
ā€¢ are ideal for whipping up small (or not-so-small) last-minute gifts or items for your Christmas Bazaar

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