Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Peppermint Jumpsuit

And now for something completely different.... a jumpsuit!
I really didn't feel the need to make a jumpsuit until I saw the In The Folds collaboration with Peppermint Magazine and then I really needed to make one!
I used some chambray I bought at Spotlight and made no alterations to the pattern except to shorten the pattern 6 inches before I cut it out.
I love it! I'd be surprised if there isn't another one made soon. 

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Swimsuit Sewing

The girls always have two weeks of swimming lessons in January and Olive was desperately needing new bathers/swimmers/togs/swimsuit (depending on which state you live in - we call them bathers in WA). A perfect opportunity to buy some of the awesome coastal fabric from Ellie Whittaker.
I had planned to make the one piece in the new Style Arc pattern, but Olive finds separate bottoms and tops easier so I made the top from the pattern. I basted the collar together first and checked that I could fit it over her head and when it fit I decided not to add the zip so this was finished very quickly. The only other change I made was to shorten the sleeves by a few inches as they seemed quite long. I did make the bottoms but they were a bit big and didn't fit quite right so I pulled out an old Kwik Sew pattern (2605) and made new pants with that. 
I love this fabric, I kind of wish I had bought enough to make myself some bathers or a rashie top.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Screen Printing with Contact Paper

I did a lot of screen printing with my class when I was teaching up in the Kimberleys. We just used paper templates and it always seemed to work quite well.A few months ago I thought I'd try printing on some fabric and had no luck using paper templates. They always crinkle, let paint through in the wrong spot and the result was smudgy. A few weeks ago I did a google search for alternatives and found a few people using contact paper. It works fantastically!!
I just trace my design onto the paper side of the contact, cut out the design, peel off the backing and stick it onto the screen. It also allows you to cut out tiny pieces, like the centre of a flower, and stick them onto the screen. 

I had a stack of tea towel blanks I'd had for years so printed a few teacher presents.

There are a lot of second hand t-shirts around here that are a bit stained, but still have a lot of wear in them, so I printed a few for Olive and they are good for another summer!
Next I bought a few plain t-shirts from Target. 
 I'm been using Procreate on my iPad pro to sketch simple designs to screen print then I can print them out in various sizes to see what is best on the shirts.

I do have a few ideas that are a little too complex for contact paper so I've ordered some drawing fluid and filler to see how that works.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sunflower Blocks

The sunflower blocks are finishes! Now to plan the layout. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Sunflower Blocks

Working on something new and enjoying every minute of it (ok maybe not the unpicking last night when I made a ridiculous mistake while sewing tired). 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Get 20% off Electric Quilt!

Use code EQ8KATE until October 14th 2018 and save 20% off the entire website!!

It's no secret I'm a big fan of Electric Quilt. I started using EQ6 several years ago and as soon as updates have come out I've upgraded straight away. I play around in EQ8 most days and use it to design all my quilts, including all my quilts in Scrappy and Happy Quilts!
It is so easy to design blocks and then play around with layouts. 

EQ8 has so many amazing tools and I'm always discovering something new. One of my favourite things at the moment is designing foundation pieced blocks. I've also been working on some applique blocks which I hope to show you soon!

 If you've have EQ8 on your wish list I thoroughly recommend it.
Use the code EQ8KATE until this Sunday to get 20% off.
 You can find my PDF patterns here.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Electric Quilt Block of the Month - September

The block of the month for September on the Electric Quilt blog is Metalwork which is found in the Royal Crown section. It's always interesting to see the different designs people come up with using the same block as the base and I got to play around with a block that I had not come across before!

I coloured the block in two different ways and set it on point. 
I love how easy it is to play around with colours and fabrics in Electric Quilt.