Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Smitten Quilt

Slowly, slowly working on my Smitten Quilt.




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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Daisy Quilt Pattern

The pattern includes 2 foundation pieced blocks - the daisy flower block and the stem and leaf block.
There are 2 ways you can make the stem and leaf block. You can paper piece the entire block or you can just paper piece the leaves and traditionally piece the rest of the block.

As a bonus I've included instructions for making a 50" x 60" quilt from the blocks!

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Daisy Quilt

I'm so excited to finally share this quilt that I've been working on for the last few months!! 
I loved every moment of making this quilt. From choosing the colours of Cotton Supreme Solids to use.
To drawing it out in Electric Quilt 8.
 To paper piecing each block.

 To quilting and finally binding it.
To see more details go to the RJR blog

 Go to their Instagram page for a chance to win a pack of the fabrics I used in the quilt!

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Monday, May 07, 2018

McCalls 7333

One thing my wardrobe was missing was a light weight jacket, especially one I could wear over button up shirts. Enter McCalls 7333. I found this amazing Nani Iro linen at Miss Matatabi (sold out now) and I knew it would be perfect. I made a size Large and the only adjustment was to take it up an inch as I was running out of fabric (plus you'd never say I was tall!!). It is a really generously sized pattern, I like it being quite big, but I probably could've sized down. 
I'm really happy with this, I'd definitely consider using this pattern again. 

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Sunrise Block

When I write patterns for my books I always play around with different colour combinations in Electric Quilt before I make a decision on what to use. I love the combination of oranges with a low volume cream and blue background fabric in my Sunrise quilt in Scrappy and Happy Quilts, but I always wanted to see what it would look like with a charcoal background and bold colours. 
I had an hour the other day so I tried it. I love it! I think I need to add it to the huge pile of WIPs and finish it. 

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

More Archer Shirts

More Archer Shirts. I think I can sew them in my sleep now.
I used an amazing wool/cotton blend by Gertrude Made from Ella Blue Fabrics for this one. I think this might be the most favourite shirt I've ever made. 


I also made this one using Nani Iro sateen.  I bought this not knowing how heavy it would be. It is surprisingly lightweight and has beautiful drape. So it became another Archer and it is beautiful to wear!




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Monday, April 30, 2018

Vogue 1549 and Pink Banana Shirt

I bought Vogue 1549 as soon as it came out last year. It has really interesting seam lines and an interesting shape. I searched for reviews last week and was surprised I could not find any. So I grabbed some wool (a wool blend from Spotlight) cut the pattern to my bust size and got sewing.
It's a surprisingly good fit and I really like the shape, it's almost a cape like shape. I think I made a mistake using this wool, it is quite thick and it was hard to get the pockets to sit right. If I could go back in time I would make the pockets from the lining fabric. 
The jacket it is really warm and will be perfect for standing on the sidelines at early morning football. 
If I find the time I'd love to try and make this with some quilted fabric, I have some Nani Iro gauze which would be perfect for it.  
I haven't made a button up shirt for myself for a couple of years so I pulled out the Archer pattern and got cutting. I used some Cotton and Steel lawn with pink bananas for my first one. Their lawn is beautiful to sew and has a nice drape and pink bananas!!


Friday, April 27, 2018

Margaret Sampson George Workshop

This is my first year in 13 that I don't have any children at home with me during the week and while I do miss having a little one chatting to me and being there during the day it also means I can get out and learn some new things. So when I heard Margaret Sampson George was coming to Cotton Rose last month I booked in straight away!
It is great being able to learn things over the internet, but there is nothing like seeing someone demonstrate a skill in real life and being able to ask questions and get immediate answers. 

I learn so much and was completely inspired by her use of fabrics, colour and shape.


This Dodecagon quilt is on my to do list!
I spent most of the day watching and learning, but I did manage to start on a bag which uses all the techniques that were talked about. 
There was also a little shopping (I could have bought everything in there!), I couldn't resist buying some of the Gertrude Made wool blend to make a shirt.
I think I did a good job only buying one piece.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Stamp Carving

I'm a little obsessed with stamp carving again. Now to stop carving and actually start printing on fabric. 





Monday, April 23, 2018

Another Jalie 2679

Not much more to say about Jalie 2679 that I haven't already said. I've made another two, one for Milly and one for Grace, and they have been worn a lot. I used soft shell from Spotlight. This feels completely different to the stuff I used for Eva. This is more like a knit on the outside, so I don't think it will be as water resistant, but it's still nice and warm on the inside. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Foundation Piecing

My obsession with foundation paper piecing continues. 
This is a little carrot I made with some Heather Ross Kinder fabric. I love Electric Quilt for drawing out my paper piecing ideas. I upgraded to EQ8 as soon as it came out last year and I am so glad I did. The new version make much more sense to me and I find it quick and easy draw up my ideas, print them out and sew them up. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it. I'll just add to my wall of odd paper pieced blocks and a plan will come to me eventually.
I've also been playing around with the Sunrise Block that's in my book Scrappy and Happy Quilts. I love it in scrappy blues, but I'd like to try it in solids next with a grey background. 

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kaleidoscope of Stars

The Kaleidoscope of Stars quilt is now available as a PDF!
This is a fantastic weekend project. You just need a layer cake (or a stack of 10" squares) and some background fabric. Choose from two sizes -  large,  60” x 60” (152cm x 152cm) or small, 36" x 48" (91cm x 122cm).
Available on Craftsy and Etsy.




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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Jalie 2679

 I made a few Jalie 2679 jackets for the girls 2 years ago. They are still going strong, but are getting a little small. When all fabric was 40% off in Spotlight a few weeks ago I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try it out and make some new jackets.
I'm pleasantly surprised by it. The outside feels like the good jackets you buy at Kathmandu or Mountain Designs. The inside of the fabric is fleecy (and bright red) and I think they will be quite warm.
Eva is very happy with hers. Now onto the next three.



Monday, March 19, 2018

Sewing Storage

I'm always looking for new ways to display quilts and store notions. I love this super wide old clothes airer that can fit three large quilts. The top one is from Strip Savvy and the middle and bottom ones are from Striking Strip Quilts. 
A beautiful vintage Arabia of Finland salt pig I found on eBay is perfect to store Aurifil thread.