In reverse

It’s time for month 6 of the From Nellie with love BOM. This month we’re looking at reverse applique and adding two borders to our quilt top.

fig j These cute flower blocks are really fun to make. At this half-way point it’s starting to get exciting now as we can really see the quilt top coming together.

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This month’s companion project is a journal cover. A fun, speedy make ideal as a gift for your journal loving friends.

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You can find this month’s pattern in our Payhip (UK and Europe) and Etsy (Rest of the world) stores. Catch you soon x

Scraptastic hearts

Slightly later than usual this month due to technical difficulties (laptop had a hissy fit), but it’s finally time for month 5 of the From Nellie, with love BOM. This month we’re featuring Crazy Patchwork and machine applique.

fig jThis technique is perfect for using up lots of scraps and a great excuse to try out your fancy machine stitches. This month’s project is a cute half apron.

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You can find the PDF pattern in our Payhip (UK and Europe) and Etsy (Rest of the world) stores.

I’m off to find some time to catch up with my solids version of this quilt!

Catch you soon x

Tripping

Slightly later than intended this month it’s time for the next installment of the From Nellie, with love BOM. The pattern for month 4 is now live in our Payhip and Etsy stores. This month features the Bargello/Tube technique.

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This month’s project is a Christmas sack.

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I’m looking forward to making these blocks up in my Paperie and solids version.

Catch you soon x

In bloom

On a rare dry day last week I braved life and limb to pin my From Nellie, with love BOM quilt to hubby’s new shed for a progress photo. Let’s just say that hubby was less than impressed that I dared to put pin holes in his new shed.

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I am totally in love with the navy print from Paperie that I am using for the background, it makes the solids sing. I’m currently debating which colour to use for the first solid border, I’m drawn to the yellowy tone solid but as I’m still a bit unsure I’m going to wait until I’ve made the next 3 months worth of blocks before committing to it.

Catch you soon x

Louie’s Lattice

I’m working on a new EPP design called Louie’s Lattice. I often use names of family members for my designs so I thought it would be nice to share a photo of the lady behind the name of this new design.

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Aunt Louie was a bold and intrepid woman who travelled across the Atlantic to Canada a number of times in the 1920s, returning to the UK as a seamstress. There are lots of strong women in our family and the roots of this strength go back a long way! I like to think that she’d be proud of the way the most recent generations of our family’s women are living.

I’m considering having acrylic templates and precut paper pieces made for this design. I love the immediacy of printing off my own paper templates but must admit that the cutting out stage is tiresome. I’d be very grateful for your feedback on this topic.

Catch you soon x

I heard it on the grapevine

The first day of a new month means that it’s time for the next installment of the From Nellie, with love BOM. This month we’re focusing on bias tape and basic appliqué. We’ll be making four of these pretty vine and flower blocks.

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We’ll also be making up our first border using the previous 2 months blocks and adding a second solid border. If you’re not interested in making the quilt you might be interested to have a go at this month’s companion project which is a quick and fun wall art piece.

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You can find this month’s pattern here (UK and Europe) or here (Rest of the world).

I managed to push through my sciatica issues and finish up my Paperie and solids version of the Dresden fans from month 2.

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I’m really looking forward to putting the central medallion together with it’s borders this month. I think I am going to love this version just as much as the original (if not more).

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Catch you soon x

With love

Happy Valentine’s day to you all. I’ve been working on a new EPP design over the past few weeks along with the help of a few lovely testers over on Instagram. As I’ve called it Hidden Hearts I thought today was an appropriate day to release the “pattern”.

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This design is a single block that when tessellated in alternate rotation produces the hidden hearts. At least four blocks are necessary to get the best effect from the hearts. The blocks are approximately 7″ each and they go together really quickly. They offer the perfect opportunity for some fussy-cutting if that’s your thing. You can find some lovely examples from my testers on #hiddenheartsepp over on Instagram.

single You can find the instant download PDF template set with piecing guide in our Payhip store and our Etsy store. We’d love to see your version if you try it out. Feel free to send a photo to reene@nelliesniceties.com or use the hashtags #hiddenheartsepp and #nelliesniceties on social media so we can find your work easily. Catch you soon x

Dresden love

It’s the start of a new month so it’s time to release the next part of the From Nellie, with love BOM! This month we’re looking at Freezer paper template piecing and re-visiting curves to create these cute Dresden fans.

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This month’s companion project is a tablecloth/picnic blanket. Why not start planning for the spring? I am looking forward to some sunnier days! You can find the pattern for month 2 of the BOM here.

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I’m having a horrible time with Sciatica at the moment so I haven’t been able to start making my solids version of the blocks yet or prepare any fabric bundles. I’m hoping to get on with both of those things next week….fingers crossed. Catch you soon x

2 day streak

Blogging 2 days in a row doesn’t happen often around here but I managed to finish the medallion for the From Nellie, with love BOM today so I thought I’d pop in to share it.

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I love the way the colours pop against the navy background fabric! It’s so satisfying when something you’ve had in your mind looks exactly the way you hoped it would in reality.

Catch you soon x

New beginnings

Hello to you all. The first day of a new year always brings me a little excitement (at least until lunchtime) with the promise of new challenges and goals. I’m going to try to be realistic this year and not over-burden myself with new projects so that I can also work on my substantial WIP pile. One project that I will be most definitely working on throughout this year is the “From Nellie, with love” BOM. I’m hoping to get my medallion centre finished by the end of the week so that I can share it with you here.

The first month’s pattern is now available in our Payhip store. This month is all about curved piecing and a brief introduction to foundation piecing.

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This month’s pattern also includes a tote bag pattern using this block if you’re not keen on making the quilt.

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I mentioned in my previous post that there would be a limited number of fabric kits each month to accompany the BOM and I’ve spent a bit of time over the Christmas holidays cutting  those. I’ve chosen Art Gallery fabrics  because I really do love their colours and the feel of the cloth. There are two fabric kit options, the first being low volume and bright prints. This month’s selection features low volume prints from Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi and Wonderland by Katarina Roccella. The bright prints in each kit will vary, as I have cut them from my personal stash for a truly scrappy quilt, but the colour palette is similar throughout.

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The second fabric kit option features one of my favourite prints from prints from Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi as the background fabric and Pure Elements solids. I am sewing along with this version and am really loving how it looks so far!

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You can find the fabric kits for sale here. There a limited number of each type and they are priced at £12.00 including UK postage (International postage will cost extra).

I hope you will consider sewing along with me. I’m off now for a pleasant afternoon with family. Catch you soon x