Friday, April 21, 2017

The Big Book of Strip Quilts

Just out from Martingale is The Big Book of Strip Quilts. You'll find a few of my quilt patterns inside including Ocean Waves!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ottobre Overall Dress

Milly is a big fan of the overall dress. She has one she wears all the time so when the latest Ottobre (1/2017) arrived with a great overall dress pattern in I asked if she wanted another one (or two). Of course she did. This one is made from some stretchy denim from the stash. I think it might have come from Textile Traders.  
I used scraps of quilting cotton for the binding and pocket facing and some press studs from Spotlight instead of buttons. They weren't hard to put on, but they don't feel good quality and I wouldn't want to be opening and closing them much. I think I'll use buttons on the next one. It was all top stitched with Gutermann top stitching thread. 
As usual the Ottobre instructions did not make total sense as I read through them, but I followed each step and it worked out pretty well. I might alter the order a couple of things were done next time and shorten the length of the straps (the extra length is hidden inside) but it is a great pattern. I have quite a stack of Ottobre patterns and each year I think I should stop the subscription but it's hard to find good patterns for the 12 year olds and Ottobre is one of the few places the girls find things they want to wear. 
The fabric for the next one is already on the cutting table in the 'to make' pile. 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Greyhaven Hat #2

Greyhaven Hat in Madelinetosh DK. I could knit with this yarn all day. 


Monday, April 17, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spring Flower Mini Quilt

A little appliqué.

And a little improv piecing.
To make a little flower.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Modern Clamshell Mini Quilt

One of my goals for this year was to make some time each week to go through my notebooks and try some of the things I've sketched in them. 
This is the Creative Grids Circle Savvy ruler. Once you work out the maths and which lines you need (hint - make them with washi tape) it is easy to use. 
I joined my quarter circles to make clamshells.

And then arranged my 16 clamshells to make this mini quilt.
Working with only solid fabrics is a change from what I normally do and part of me wishes I added in just a teeny bit of patterned fabric into at least one of the clamshells.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Inflorescence Shawl

A new shawl just in time for the cooler weather.  The Inflorescence Shawl by Jen Lucas from Sock Yarn Shawls. All the details on Ravelry.  


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Simplicity 2246 #2

Another Simplicity 2246 for Mum. Mum's favourite colours are blue and green so this Liberty lawn from my stash was perfect. The great thing about sewing a pattern for the second time is you have all the fitting issues sorted so it is quite relaxing. She has picked fabric for one more so a little more relaxing sewing is coming up.


Saturday, April 08, 2017

Improv Mini Quilts

I made an improv wall hanging for my Mum a few years ago and have always meant to make a few more for our house. So much fun and quite relaxing to make. 
The first two are made from quilting cotton most of which came from our wonderful local quilting shop Sew Gentle Era. 

For this one I incorporated some scraps of barkcloth, left overs from a tunic I made last year and some Kaufman chambray. The chambray was so nice to sew with and I think I need to use it on more quilts.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Everglade Mini Quilt

I've finished my Everglade blocks. I'm not sure if it will end up as a mini quilt or a big pillow. I loved sewing these blocks and I'm already onto my next appliqué project!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spotty Shirt for Olive

A new spotty shirt for Olive. 
I've had this Japanese sewing book (ISBN 9784579112890) for years, but don't think I have ever got around to making anything from it, despite little post it notes on several pages. 
The fabric was in my stash, I'm pretty sure it came from the Spotlight sale table one day for only a couple of dollars a meter.  Big decision but I went with the whale buttons.
It was the perfect combination. Now to make the pants to go with it.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

On The Go Backpack

I think this might be the perfect kids backpack! Its the On The Go Backpack by Heather Bailey, which I bought after seeing it in Heather's booth at Quilt Market last May. 
Eva chose the fabrics (this is where having a large stash is very useful) and I whipped it up while she was at school one day. The instructions were very clear it went together perfectly. She loves it, it was used immediately, and think a couple the other girls might want one. If you want to make a backpack I highly recommend this pattern!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017


No deadlines this month and Olive in kindy a few days a week means I have had time to try new things, experiment with ideas and get excited about creating.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

McCalls 6044 - Again

Another McCalls 6044, this time in a wonderful lawn fabric by Jen Kingwell, from her line Moving On from Moda. It was a dream to sew and I think it will be really nice to wear. 
There is not much to say about this pattern I haven't said before. Sewing a tried and true pattern is so relaxing, there is no stress about what size to cut or what modifications to sew. You can just sit and sew. 


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Everglade Quilt

My plan is to try some new things this year. First up is some hand appliqué. This is the Everglade pattern by Carolyn Friedlander.
I'm using a mix of fabrics. Each block needs two 4 1/2" squares so it has been fun searching my stash.
These are nice and portable and quick to do in the evening while watching tv or listening to podcasts.
I think I could become addicted to this hand sewing thing.