Friday, July 19, 2019

Wattle Skirt

The Wattle skirt by Megan Nielsen in Outback Wife barkcloth. The perfect fabric for this skirt. A great pattern - excellent instructions and quick to sew. 


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Foundation Pieced Orange Peel Blocks

I've been slowly working on these foundation pieced blocks over the last few months. I drew up this block in Electric Quilt based on the classic orange peel block and then pieced four of each before going them together with a little square in the middle. One more to go and they will be ready to sew into a quilt top. 






Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Foundation pieced Pineapple Blocks

I've been trying to find a little bit of time each week to try new things. Either a new technique, make a new quilt block or try a new sewing pattern. A few weeks ago I tried a wonky pineapple quilt block. I was not happy with it when I just tried making an improv one so I drew a few up in Electric Quilt (well 6 different blocks, I do go overboard sometimes) and this is the result. 
I used a stack of Heather Ross Kinder fabric and I love them! There will be more blocks, possible to make a lap quilt!



Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Elephant Lino Print

A little lino printing from a few weeks ago. A super simple design to practise using two colours.











Monday, July 08, 2019

Texture

I've been slowly working on this applique quilt since last year. I used some Hawaiian quilts as my inspiration and then drew it out in Electric Quilt so the blocks were symmetrical. I used just four Kona Solids - Silver, Jade Green, Chartreuse and Storm.
After I finished the top I knew I didn't want to machine quilt it, but hand quilting is not my thing so I decided to try some crosses in matching embroidery threads. I ended up using s threads of DMC which gives a fantastic texture. I did regret this idea a couple of times, I'm not the most patient person, but the texture was definitely worth all the time it took.
And yes before you ask, the back is a bit of a hot mess (ok a lot of one), but it's going to end up hanging on a wall so it doesn't bother me at all.




Saturday, May 04, 2019

Roberts Collection Dungaree Dress

I've been stashing this amazing Kokka fabric for several years waiting for the right project to pop into my head. I suddenly realised last week that the Roberts Collection Dungaree Dress by Marilla Walker would be perfect.
This pattern is fantastic, well drafted, great instructions and very quick to sew. It is a very roomy pattern and I definitely could have sewn a size smaller, but it is very comfortable and I've already worn it a couple of times.



Sunday, April 28, 2019

Lino Cut Pebbles

A little pebble lino cut I made last month. I've really enjoyed carving outside in the morning sun over summer, it's so calming and relaxing. I might need to set up a place by the fire for winter. 




Thursday, March 14, 2019

Applique Ideas

My ideas for quilts don't just come to me when I'm playing around with fabric. A few weeks ago I had 15 minutes before I had to leave for work so I grabbed some paper and began cutting and gluing and this is what i came up with. Four little blocks. 
The flower block has inspired some large applique flower blocks.


And the other ones have inspired a long piece of applique. I'm not sure where this one is going, but I'm enjoying sewing it.

As a bonus my paper collaging became the basis of a fantastic art activity in a primary school class I was teaching later that week!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Lino Cut Flowers

A few little lino cut prints I made in February, perfect for cards and the front of notebooks.




Sunday, March 10, 2019

Springfield Top and Jalie 3668

The Springfield Top and Jalie 3668 are both perfect to sew when you have limited sewing time. 
I used some seersucker fabric with neon spots from the stash for the Springfield top. I've been saving this for the perfect pattern and this was definitely it. I made this a few weeks ago and have worn it several times.
 Eva was desperately in need of a new rashie. I found this crazy bright blue swim fabric (I can spot her in the pool or river instantly!) in the stash and used Jalie 3668. Jalie would have to be some of the most reliable patterns I've ever used and this one is no different.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Mixed Tape Charlie Caftan

My new favourite dress - the Mixed Tape Charlie Caftan.
When I was screen printing simple things onto t-shirts last year using I thought a cassette tape would make a great print, but I knew it was probably a bit complicated for a contact paper template. So I found some drawing fluid and screen filler in an art shop (Riot and Spotlight stock it if you are in Australia). I'm pretty happy with how it turned out for a first attempt. 
They were a great Christmas present for the brothers'-in-law.
Olive has no idea what a cassette tape is.
Before I cleaned that screen and re-used it I thought I'd print some fabric for myself.
I used some chambray from Spotlight.
And I used the Charlie Caftan pattern from Closet Case Patterns.
I've made this pattern a couple times and I wear them lots. 
I'm really enjoying learning how to create my own textiles, what patterns work and the best way to get prints onto fabric. And at the end I have a dress I absolutely love.




Friday, February 15, 2019

Circles of Stars PDF Pattern

Circles of Stars was featured in Homespun Magazine a while ago and the pattern is now available to download!
You can find it in my shop and also on Etsy!




Thursday, February 14, 2019

Lena Pants and Sointu Kimono Tees

I first made a Sointu Kimono Tee over a year ago and since then I've made three more. I love this pattern, so quick and easy to sew and it's perfect in a woven rayon.
When I first saw the Lena Pants pattern I knew they would work perfectly with my Sointu Tees. I made two pairs this summer, one from rayon and one from chambray, and they have been worn lots!
Both patterns are have great instructions, are quick to make, and very comfortable to wear. I'm sure I'll be making more of both!