Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Contour Quilt

This quilt top started as a quick sketch on some graph paper and a stack of pretty Art Gallery Fabric Solids. I worked on a block at a time and didn't put them all together until this weekend. I love it when a little idea comes out even better then you hoped it might. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Rainbow Flower Quilt

Rainbow Flower mini quilt. I think this might be the happiest quilt I've ever made. 

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Butterfly Paper Pieced Pattern

Butterflies (or moths) paper pieced PDF pattern!
I couldn't decide on a size so the pattern contains four different sizes: 6"x8", 6"x10", 8"x8" and 8"x10".
You can find it in my Etsy shop here. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Macro Flower Quilt

I'm really enjoying having a slow stitching project on the go. I started this one in March after playing around with some simple collage ideas. I did not plan ahead and cut out each block as I went.
It was quite relaxing to know that I didn't need to have an idea of the finished quilt before I started it. After I made 12 blocks I sewed them together and hand quilted with two strands of DMC embroidery thread. 
I've already started a new slow stitching project and I'm excited to see what it becomes. 

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


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.