Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lua Sleep Sack

A few weeks ago I pattern tested the Lua sleeping sack for An from Straightgrain. This was really perfect timing as it is getting cold here and Olive really needed a new one for winter.
 This is such a great sleeping bag pattern. It has an invisible side zipper and buttons at the top so it is easy to get a baby in and out of. I made the largest size for Olive who is 18 months, but quite short. It fits now, but there is also lots of room for her to grow.
I've had this gorgeous blue and green fabric in the stash for a while. I am not sure where it came from, but I think it is some sort of Japanese cotton. I used some spots to line it and scraps of wool batting for inside.
 The instructions are really clear. The piping went in perfectly with my piping foot and my zip went in perfectly the first time. One of these would make such a great present for a new baby and are a great way to use up those batting scraps that are too small for quilts.

It was a little tricky to get a photo of Olive in it, but a I bribed her with a biscuit and a sit in the beanbag on the verandah and she stayed still for 30 seconds.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Little Fabric Piles

There has been some sewing this week, but nothing is finished and the room looks like a fabric bomb exploded so here are a few pictures of the nice neat piles before I started and one of my April Showers scraps - love that fabric line.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Strip Savvy In My Shop

There are some signed copies of Strip Savvy now available in my shop!

Photos by Brent Kane, courtesy of Martingale 

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Simplicity 2591

I seem to have discovered Simplicity 2591 way after everyone else had and now it is out of print and very hard to find. Thanks to the lovely Jen for lending me a copy so I could try it out. I'm so glad I have tried it, it is my new favourite dress pattern.
I made a few adjustments to the pattern. I lengthened the bodice a little, scooped out the neckline and took the back in a little at the top as it gaped. This is a lot of ease in this pattern and after I made a muslin of my normal size I had to go down a size and then take a bit more in at places. Instead of using facings I used bias binding for the neckline. The only issues I had with the instructions were the pockets. There was a little unpicking, but now I know what it is meant to look like it makes much more sense and the next time I make it it will be a lot quicker and easier.
I know it is a big call, but I think these are the best pockets in a dress ever!
The fabric is Just My Type by Patty Young for Michael Miller which a bought from The Fat Quarter Shop.

I know it is Autumn here and getting cooler, but think I might be making some more for winter and wearing them with boots and long sleeved t-shirts underneath.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


As soon as I received a Moda jelly roll of Honey, Honey by Kate Spain I knew it would be perfect for the Butterflies quilt in my book. I am not really a very girly girl, but I loved the colours and patterns in this line of fabric and it makes a really sweet quilt. 
 Most of the sewing for my book was done in a bit of a whirlwind so when I have a little bit of time I am enjoying choosing a pattern and some different fabric and spending a little bit of time sewing a few blocks without the pressure of a deadline.
 I really love Sketch by Timeless Treasures as a background. I think using this green and some mist, cream and pink as the background would make a beautiful butterfly quilt.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

This Week on Instagram

A few snippets of my week on Instagram.
I have been playing around with some blocks from my book and thinking about what I will be doing and saying at Quilt Market in Pittsburgh!
Some good mail from Bendigo this week. I may have ordered just a little bit of Rustic when I heard it had been discontinued.
I cast on a Tiny Tea Leaves for Olive in Madelinetosh Pashmina. So so nice to knit.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Jet Pack Bag

I am a big fan of messenger style bags, All the bags I use have a strap that goes across the body. I usually make all the bags I use and I love to have a new one a couple of times a year. When I saw the new Jet Pack Bag pattern from Betz White I knew I had to make one to take to Quilt Market with me in May.
I used fabric by Ellen Luckett Baker from Kokka for the first one. I was a bit unsure about interfacing as I didn't think I had any fusible fleece so I used some very heavy interfacing I had hoping it would make a sturdy bag. It certainly did that! This bag holds it shape and stands up by itself. It was quite difficult to sew the gusset, especially around the corners, but I do love the finished bag. I didn't bother with any of the extra straps as I knew it would just be worn around the body and I used some black webbing I already had.
This pattern makes a very decent size bag and I think it will be great when I am out with Olive over winter as there is plenty of space for nappies, food and extra clothes.
 I normally don't carry huge amounts in my bag when I am not too far from home so I thought I would print the pattern at 85% and see what happens. Then I found some fusible fleece when I was looking for something else so I used that for the interfacing. It gives a completely different feel. It is not as sturdy, but it is nice and soft, I think I do prefer this, especially in this size bag.
I bought this fantastic red fabric a few years ago and have made a few bags and other things out of it, I only have a few scraps left now. I am so glad there was enough for the front pocket, it goes so well with the grey fabric that is also from Ellen Luckett Baker.

 I couldn't be happier with these bags. The Jet Pack pattern was great, the instructions were clear and I can imagine I will be making more of them. Now to decide which one is coming to Quilt Market with me!