Free online classes

While we are all stuck at home I've been experimenting with doing some online classes.

It's been lots of fun and the classes are now up online (free of charge) and available to view. All you have to do is click on the images below and join the facebook group for each class. You will find the first videos in the groups already.

Back to Basics is a beginner course in making a simple quilt. So far I have covered information about choosing fabrics, selecting tools, cutting and getting a good 1/4" seam. Next Tuesday 7th April 2020 at 10am (New Zealand time) I am doing the second session on sewing on your sashings and borders.

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On Thursday 9th April at 10am NZ time I will be teaching the second class in my Triangle Block Party. Join me to learn my triangle patchwork techniques.

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To get the correct time for your location, here is a link to a world clock

As well as the classes, the patterns for each of the class projects are included and can be downloaded from the Units sections of the groups.

I hope you enjoy sewing along and look forward to welcoming you to class!

 

 


Become a Trendsetter

Are you ready for a new Adventure?



Every year since 2013 I have designed at least one Mystery Quilt, and this year is no exception. Since last year, as well as my traditionally pieced Mysteries, I have a special Mystery pattern that includes my triangle piecing techniques. I call these Mysteries 'Trendsetters', and they are quite different from anything you will find in other Mystery quilts. You will be using my Creative Grids Half Sixty ruler and the CGRT60 ruler, and learning my triangle patchwork techniques, with lessons, hints and tips included along the way.

Here's Alex Anderson and I in my Quilt Show episode last year, in front of last year's Trendsetters Mystery.



Filming was done in August, and because the Big Reveal isn't until November, we had to ban the audience from photographing the quilt!



This year I am making my sample quilt from Alison Glass fabrics. I love saturated colours, but you could choose any fabric from your stash or go out and find a beautiful range to pick from. I have designed this pattern to work with any type of fabric including traditionals like French General or modern fabrics such as Zen Chic, it's completely up to you.

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There are three sizes included in the pattern - Twin, Queen and King. Details can be downloaded below before you decide to enrol.

When you sign up for the Trendsetters Mystery you will gain access to the exclusive Trendsetters Facebook group so that you can share your progress with other Trendsetters from around the world. This group is restricted to those who purchase the pattern.

Download the requirements
Sign up now for Trendsetters 2020

 

 


I love big blocks and I cannot lie! (plus a smaller option for Topsy)

Do you love big blocks and big quilts? I love a quilt that covers the bed and doesn't get fought over on a cold night!

Topsy is a quilt that is great fun to make and comes in two lovely big sizes, but if you're not into big quilts  I have drawn up options for making it in a smaller format (see below for two bonus formats).

 This was one of the few quilts of mine that got it's name really early in the process of making. The blocks grew so fast I was reminded of the saying 'growing like topsy'

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This is a great quilt for mixing and matching unexpected prints. Stripes look great as the 'petals' in the blocks, and they also work in the sashings. Bright pops of colour for the central parts of the blocks are fun as well. Try combining spots, stripes, large and small prints. The important thing is to get contrast in each block.

I used a half yard pack of Art Gallery fabrics from various lines for my quilt. The teals and pinks worked beautifully together and there are stripes, florals and regular small prints. I also popped in a few orange and yellow prints for the centres to liven things up.

This weekend I taught this quilt as a class in my shop, and had so much fun seeing all the wonderful fabric combinations. I love this stripe and floral together and the zingy orange in the middle.

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Look at these amazing stripes!

 

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The half sixty ruler makes cutting the petals from strips really easy. My students had quite a few blocks made before lunchtime.

You can make this fun quilt using my pattern which is available from quilt shops and also from my Payhip store.

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MAKE A SMALLER VERSION

I have created some alternative block plans for making Topsy in a smaller size as well as the King and Queen.

You could make a lap size quilt like this

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Alternatively if you like to make lots of small blocks, try this version. This one will end up approximately 49" x 54"

Topsy 9 inch blocks

If you would like the fabric requirements and cutting directions for these versions, email me your  proof of purchase for the Topsy pattern and I will send you the link.

I'd love to see your version of Topsy! You can share it in my Triangle Quilters' Group on facebook  - join here

Sheila

Pattern Note: If you have bought the pattern from a shop, just double check the measurements for the setting triangles on your copy. These have been corrected on Feb 25th 2020 and are 9" for the Queen and 11 1/4" for the King size.


Slice it Up!

With the launch of my new Creative Grids Half Sixty ruler I have designed a number of patterns to go along with this great tool. One of these is Slice it Up, a really easy layer cake (10" square) friendly pattern.

At Quilt Market in Houston last October I purchased a pack of 10 inch squares of Gridwork, the gorgeous new range by Christa Watson @christaquilts for Benartex. This range is just hitting the shops now, so it's a great time to nab yourself some of this lovely fabric.

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I started designing Slice it Up by cutting blocks and playing with them on my sewing room design wall.

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Nice - but I always like to let me blocks 'sit' for a while before finally deciding how to put them together. So a few days later I tried this idea, this time with the whole set of blocks in my living room where I am very lucky to have an 8 foot square design wall. Now that is much more dynamic!

 

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With the addition of a solid colour, I was finally happy with the design and got the quilt completed, and pattern written and printed.

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You can buy the pattern for Slice it Up from your local quilt shop, or direct from me in my Payhip store

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Get your Gridwork fabric from your local Benartex stockist, or from Christa's website

My Half Sixty ruler is made by Creative Grids, check out their website to find your nearest stockist.

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I love the combination of geometric shapes that Christa has put together with her pick of stunning colours. I also got a jelly roll pack and I have a plan for that, I'll keep you posted on my progress!

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The love of drawing - and a free stitchery pattern

Over the holidays we closed the shop and I had time to relax a little. I always have to have something to do, and this year I spent time learning to draw on my new ipad. The result is this fun Mandala pattern which is perfect for stitching (or just colouring in!).

Since I don't have time at the moment to turn this into anything bigger I thought I would share it with you as a free pattern and I would love to see what you make from it. Will you put it into a quilt block, make a cushion or maybe a bag?

I am stitching mine up with a combination of Eleganza and Razzle perle 8 and Glamore 12 weight from Wonderfil threads.  These are great threads to use as they stitch so nicely and don't have to be separated into strands. The background is Manchester cotton from Robert Kaufman, which has a great texture.

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I'm sure this adventure will take me somewhere quilt-wise soon!

Click here to download your free stitchery outline.

 

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Happy Stitching!

Sheila

 


I'm a Creative Grids Designer!

Today is the launch day for my Creative Grids Half Sixty Triangle ruler. I've been doing so much secret sewing, so I'm really excited to share these patterns with you and show you the ruler!

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This ruler is a half equilateral triangle, so it's perfect for setting your triangle quilts. The measurements go up to 12 1/2" and are in divisions of 1/4". Grips on the back mean you won't be slipping when cutting your fabric. Creative Grids rulers are available in local quilt shops and in web stores.

Here's the demonstration video

 

With the Half Sixty ruler you can make any of these new patterns. Look out for both in your local quilt shop.

My patterns are also available for download in my Payhip store.

Arrows is fun to make with a collection of fat quarters. These lovely bright colours are from Jennifer Sampou's Chalk and Charcoal range. Backgrounds are Inkwell from Windham.

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I bought a couple of fat quarter packs of Carolyn Friedlander's Instead range at Quilt Market. Together with gorgeous Essex Linens from Robert Kaufman they made this Hover quilt. You could make this in really soft, blendy colours or go with a similar colour range for someone special.

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Do you love a big quilt with BIG blocks? Topsy is available for Queen or King sizes. Carl is so happy his feet won't be getting cold next winter!

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This next quilt is called Slice it Up, and it really is as simple as that! Use up those layer cakes (10 inch square packs) that you have, now you finally have the excuse to go and buy that one you've been eyeing up. I used the stunning Gridwork range by Christa Watson from Benartex fabric.

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Last but not least, have fun playing with the different shapes in this easy table runner, called Be a Mod. Violet Craft's Modern Classics range was perfect for this fresh colourway.

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This Pinwheel Hexagons cot quilt is a Cut Loose Press pattern available from your local quilt shop. It also uses Violet Craft's Modern Classics and is quilted with 12 weight Spaghetti thread by Wonderfil.

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I would love to see what you do with these or any of my patterns. You can share in my Sheila Christensen's Triangle Quilters group on facebook.

I hope you have fun making these or any of my designs,

Happy sewing!

Sheila

P.S. Don't forget when you refer a friend for my patterns you both get 20% off.


2020 Mystery Quilt Sign Ups opening soon!

This year I have designed two Mystery Quilts that will be starting in February 2020.

Both of these are pre-cut and ready to sew, and the registrations open this week - be quick as quantities are limited and many colourways sell out quickly!

The Name of  the Rose

This is one of my classic Puzzle Mystery Quilts. You can sign up for this quilt from

Cotton Cuts

My friend Kim Moos and her team at Cotton Cuts in St Louis will cut your pieces for you and ship to anywhere in the world.

Modern Quilt Club

The lovely Lisa runs the Puzzle Mystery in the UK so if you are in the UK or Europe this is a great option for you.

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This is the Mystery that uses my triangle patchwork techniques. Available in limited numbers from my shop in New Zealand. There will also be a 'cut your own' option for purchase in my Payhip store nearer the launch date.

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If you loved the quilt that I showed to Ricky Tims on The Quilt Show (with the Star Tips block, behind me in this photo) you can buy the pattern for this in my Payhip store. It is called Trendsetters. The instructions are for the general quilt layout but if you send me a note when you purchase I will send you the fabric requirements for the rainbow solids background fabrics.

 

Join the Mystery Quilters facebook group to see how the current Puzzle Mystery is going

Follow me on Facebook here

See you soon for another Mystery Adventure!

 


Introducing Matariki

I had a fabulous time at Quilt Market in Houston introducing my brand new Matariki Block of the Month pattern to shops.

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I designed this quilt in two colourways - this one is called Spectrum, and it uses Violet Craft's Modern Classics fabrics from Robert Kaufman. What fun getting to pose with Violet for a photo!

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The other colourway uses Jennifer Sampou's Chalk and Charcoal fabrics, also by Robert Kaufman. Jennifer happened to be in the booth right next to Violet, so I got photos with both of these lovely ladies!

 

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This block of the month pattern is divided into ten parts. Each month includes the patterns for two blocks.

All of these are made with the Creative Grids CGR60 triangle ruler, using the techniques from my book Quilts with an Angle.

Month 1 includes all the instructions you need for cutting the shapes with this great ruler. You will learn to cut triangles, trapezoids, hexagons, diamonds and parallelograms, all using the triangle ruler plus a straight ruler.

The pattern booklets are complete separate items for each month, making it easy for shops to kit up the blocks with pattern and fabric.

 

 

At the moment the Matariki pattern set is only available wholesale, so ask your local quilt shop to get it!

 

For wholesale enquiries please contact:

wholesale@cottoncuts.com

or

www.checkerdist.com