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

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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

From Nellie, with love

We’re really excited to be announcing our block of the month (BOM) programme, “From Nellie, with love”, a 12 month skill builder BOM, starting in January 2017.

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Rather than committing to a 12 month programme in advance we have decided to make this a pay as you go programme, so that you can dip in and out to suit your needs, which will be especially useful if you are drawn to some of the techniques but don’t want to make the quilt. The patterns will become available in the first week of each month through our Payhip store but we will post details of where to find them here and on our website (possibly even a newsletter reminder) so you don’t miss out.

Each month will feature a detailed guide to a different technique and will include a small project idea that you can make with it if you decide not to make the quilt. If you get really stuck or have any questions as you go along you can email us for advice: reene@nelliesniceties.com

Here is the schedule of techniques:

January – Medallion centre – Curved piecing

February – Dresden fans – freezer paper templates

March – Vines and flowers – bias binding and needle turn appliqué

April – Scrappy trip block – Bargello technique

May – Scrappy hearts – crazy patchwork piecing

June – Flowers – reverse appliqué

July – Bows – Trapunto style technique

August – Geese – fast flying geese technique

September – Prairie points – folded patchwork

October – Hexagons – gathered patchwork

November – Dresden corners – English paper piecing

December – Yo-yos/Suffolk puffs

So, now you want to know how much it is going to cost? £2.00 a month! That’s a bargain, even if we do say so ourselves.

We are pretty giddy as we are also going to be offering a limited number of fabric kits on a monthly basis which will be £12.00 including postage and packing in the UK(international postage will be extra). Kits will be available from our webshop. If you are interested in the fabric kits we would really appreciate you taking the time to fill in this short survey.

Reene will be stitching along to create another version of this beautiful quilt using her favourite print from Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi and bright solids. We really hope you’ll consider sewing along with us or letting a friend know if you think they’d be interested, the more the merrier. Catch you soon x

You can go your own way

Well, I survived the West Country Quilt show! It was exceptionally tiring but worth it to meet so many like-minded people and at this point I’m thinking I’ll do it again next year.

Today I thought I would share with you my progress on the newest round of the Quilt Now BOM. I was listening to Fleetwood Mac while I was designing the quilt this time so it seemed only fitting to call it “You can go your own way”. I was determined to sneak in some EPP blocks so I decided to design two blocks each month; one machine pieced and one EPP. I’m using Art Gallery Fabrics solids for the magazine version but really wanted to make a print version for myself, so I’ve started digging into my favourite fabrics for this project.

It’s been a bit tricky to get decent photographs of the colours in these blocks due to the dreary November light but you’ll get the idea. This is month 1.

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Month 2

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Month 3

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Month 4 is this month’s project so I’ve got a finished machine pieced block…

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and the EPP block is a work in progress.

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I’m really loving how all the blocks look together. I think this will be a special quilt when it’s finished.

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Catch you soon x

West Country Quilt Show 2016

I’m busily preparing for my first trade stand at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show at UWE, near Bristol. I signed up in March in a fit of madness and since then things on the home front (family health issues) have been less than favourable but not wanting to be a quitter I’m gritting my teeth and getting on with preparations. The show runs from 11th-13th November and is open 10am-4.30pm each day. Tickets are £11 on the door but if you buy in advance from the West Country Quilt show website, using code QSA, you can save £2.

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I’ll be on stand 125 all weekend where I’ll be demoing a couple of my EPP designs and generally having a nervous breakdown. The first Quilt Now BOM quilt will be coming with me along with Kaleidoscopic so if you fancy getting a look at them close-up come and find me. A slightly more bedraggled version of me than this photo shows will be more than happy for visitors so please do stop by to say hello if you’re passing.

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Catch you soon x

British Craft Awards

I’m both amazed and thrilled to discover that I’m nominated in the Quilting designer of the year category of the British Craft Awards. There are so many familiar names in the category it’s a real pleasure to be in the company of so many talented friends.

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If you’ve got a few minutes to spare it’s definitely worth heading over to the British Craft Awards website to vote for your favourites in lots of different crafting categories. If you’re a UK resident there’s even the chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher for voting.

Catch you soon x