Thursday, 7 August 2014

Guest Blogger - Juliet from The Tartankiwi

For our guest contributor this week we have the lovely Juliet from The Tartankiwi. You will likely have seen some of her amazing paper pieced patterns around the interwebs and we are so excited to have Juliet involved in our very first issue! Read on to learn a little more about the very talented Juliet!



Hi there everyone,

My name is Juliet and I blog at The Tartankiwi. As the blog name suggests, I'm a Scot who now happily lives in New Zealand with my husband and two children.


I am really excited to be contributing to the first issue of Make Modern and the pattern that I've designed is my new favourite (until the next pattern at least!)

In case you are curious, here's a wee sneak peak:


Can you guess what it is?

What I love about my pattern for Make Modern is that the basic block is very simple in concept, but the possibilities for making many varied projects are endless.


That's the way I like my patterns to be. I view my task as a designer to be to provide a spring board which others can use to unlock the depths of their own creativity.  I like to respect the creative choices of those who make my patterns and therefore prefer not to tell them what fabric to put where. After all, it would be boring if we all used the same colours and made the same thing all the time!? I'm not afraid to say that often others think of amazing ways to use my patterns that I could never have come up with on my own.


Having learnt the basics of sewing at school, it wasn't until my daughter was born that I discovered my passion for blogging, sewing and later quilting. The sewing machine that I own was bought many years ago with the sole purpose of making a pair of curtains. I'm pretty sure that I laughed when the lady in the shop suggested that I might get into quilting- why oh why didn't I buy the expensive sewing machine that she suggested when we were a double income childless couple?!?


It has been lots of fun going on this creative journey over the last four years and I am loving seeing where it takes me.

All my quilt patterns so far have been paper pieced, but who knows, one of these days I might venture out of my comfort zone and try something different instead.


My New Zealand Bird Quilt is one of the first quilts of my own design that I completed and it was a pure labour of love. It all started from my kiwi design and snowballed into a single sized quilt featuring 12 species of New Zealand birds.


 Another of my early designs was the butterfly. I have made up several different projects using this pattern and love how different they all look.


If you fancy a challenge, why not pop over and read about the Butterfly Challenge. You have till the end of the month if you want to join in and win some beautiful Oakshott Cotton.

- Juliet

13 comments:

  1. What a great read, nice to have a sneak peak behind blog curtains so to speak :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it and hope you like the pattern when all is revealed.

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  2. Thanks for the look inside. The panda is so very cute I'm off to buy the pattern!

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    1. I love the panda too! Definitely one of my favourites. Thanks for all your support.

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  3. Looking forward to seeing your pattern in the first issue - exciting!

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    1. Can't wait to share the whole thing! Hope you like it.

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  4. Interlocking unicorns! Everyone needs those ;) . I'm excited to see it! Love @tartankiwi 's paper pieced patterns!

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  5. You are so good at this! Cant wait to see the pattern and where you will venture next x

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  6. Great stuff Juliet! You are one talented women!

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  7. I always look forward to seeing what you have designed. I love paper piecing and your patterns are the best. I know that you are venturing into some new quilting adventures, but don't stop paper piecing.

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  8. Great stuff Juliet! You are one talented women!


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