Friday, June 23, 2017

Outback Wife Tunic

This tunic I made last year is worn a lot (once a week at the moment). As soon as I saw this beautiful Barkcloth by Cathi of Gertrude Made (the line is Outback Wife by Ella Blue if you are searching online for it) I knew I needed another one. It has lovely drape and was nice to sew. I hope they have more barkcloth in the works, it is great for dresses and skirts and I'm sure the remnants will end up in a quilt soon.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Blue and Green

I've never understood the saying 'blue and green should never be seen'. My Mum rarely wears anything but blue and green so I grew up seeing that colour combination all the time and it is one of my favourites.
I added a few greys to my stack of fabrics and made some quarter circle blocks, rectangles and triangles and randomly arranged them. 
Some times it is just fun to sew and see what you end up with. 

Monday, May 08, 2017

Cotton Rose

There is one thing better than a weekend away at the beach - a weekend away at the beach with a visit to a fantastic quilt shop! I snuck away on Saturday for a quick visit to Cotton Rose. It was so great to meet Tanya (so friendly, helpful and lovely), and I could have bought every fabric in there. Definitely worth a visit if you are anywhere in the south west. 
 I was a little bit excited to see my books as you walk in the door!


Friday, May 05, 2017

Fancy Hen

A present for a friend, because who doesn't need a chicken pillow.
A really fun project and such a well written pattern. 
Pattern - Fancy Hen by Ella Austin.


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.