Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Can't grow a Mo, Sew a Mo

Danielle from DJ Cool Bear blog is organising a quilt to raffle to raise money for Movember and the Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington NZ. Danielle's father passed away this year from prostate cancer and is calling quilters from all over the world to make a block to donate to the quilt. There will be two quilts made, one for UK and one for NZ.

You can find the details on Danielle's blog - Can't Grow a Mo, Sew a Mo post.

This is my contribution.

A bit of Tula Pink - finished size 11" x 12 1/2"
You can visit the Flickr Group to see more Mo-mentus Mo blocks.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

EPP Templates galore and giveaway


I have just added to my little e-shop a range of 'peeper' acrylic templates made for some of my favourite English Paper Piecing designs:

To celebrate the new addition to my shop I will hosting a giveaway with my favourite English Paper Piecing gal, Joanne from PBPatch. Joanne supplies a comprehensive array of precision die cut papers and fabric shapes to suit any EPP project. I am so excited about her new "Cut to Order" section of her website where you can mix-and-match any Moda layer cake with any shape/size die-cut and it will be cut for you. Ingenious!

Look at some of the beautiful Rose Stars Joanne has made. Fussy cut heaven.

One lucky blogger will receive a complete set required to make the Rose Star, Lucy Boston and Ferris Wheel plus a pack of papers to get you started.

To win:

  • stalk me on my blog ( follow me )
  • follow Joanne's blog
  • Write a comment telling me about the amazing things you would make if you won.
  • or, if you are a seasoned EPPer, share your best tips
Good luck! The winner will be drawn Sunday 2nd September 2012 AEST.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sling It

If you run out of room in your cupboards to store your pre-cuts then why not 'Sling 'em'.

What you will need:
  • 1 - 5 1/2" x WOF strip of solid (remove selvages)
  • 1 charm pack ( Featured is Coquette by Chez Moi for Moda )
  • 1 length of twill approx. 50" ( I used a Moda ribbon from a F8 bundle)


  • Fold 5 1/2" x WOF strip in half and sew 1/4' seam around the folded piece. Leave a 4" gap for turning.
  • Trim corners and turn right way out.
  • Press and close in gap by folding raw edge under 1/4"
  • Topstitch 1/8" all around edge
Prepare strips from charm pack
(I took advantage of the serrated edge of the charm square to leave a raw edge. An alternative is to fold the strip lengthways, press and sew on raw edges, much like a peeper.)
  • Cut 1" strips from the entire charm pack
  • Start 1/4" from short edge of foundation. Using a 1/4" seam, sew each strip, exposing serrated edge.
  • Overlap the next piece by 1/4"
  • Continue until the foundation is covered ( I had to cut extra until I had enough pieces to cover my foundation)

Attach Ribbon
  •  Sew the ribbon down the middle of the piece leaving even lengths of ribbon on each end for ties. I sewed a few stitches inside the edges of the ribbon all the way around.
Fit 2 Jelly Rolls comfortably.
Hang it on a door knob, hook or curtain rail.

After thoughts : If I were to remake I would -

1. Insert the 5" cardboard packing from the charm pack into the foundation piece to act as a base.
2. Make a pieced sling using my favourite mini blocks.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I am therefore iQuilt

Moda Bake Shop are having a Show off your stash linky party where you can show off your quilting space and how you store your fabric.

My space became 'My Space' when we closed in the double garage to house my long arm machine. It is a wonderful haven where I can escape into creativity in the form of design, sewing and long arm quilting. It is frequented by my family and Jasper my poodle, where they just sit, play and chat while I work.
Zoid attacking my Bella Solid
Jasper has excellent taste in threads
This is my office /design niche. It doesn't always look like this but it wouldn't be a creative space if it did not have some chaos to it.

I love the soft, beachy hues of pale turquoise and white with a dash of warm red. The wall and floor are neutral so I add colour within the room when required.

Years ago I had a cabinetry maker put together a sewing table and an pressing table with basket storage underneath. On my wish list for next year is a large cutting and basting table where I can layout a quilt (Pending a Lotto win).

I have a lovely view into the bushland behind the house.
I hang the scissors on a cup stand and some rulers on wooden ruler stands
The rest of the rulers are on hooks at the end of the table.
Spotted around the room are old silky oak towel racks to hang quilts and WIPs on and a tub chair for long arm workstation desk. For my birthday last year, my beautiful friend Tania made me these divine covers for my chairs.
Tania's Chair Covers - very posh
Silky Oak Tub Chair. I find all these gems second hand. A good sanding and
coat of Shellac or Polyurethane, new upholstery and a place to
be useful is all they need.

I love my pressing table because I can iron wide pieces of material (When it is not cluttered with all my projects). The drawers make a handy storage area for my yardage stash.

These cupboards were removed from the kitchen when we renovated last year. They make an excellent vessel for my threads and fabrics.

All the WIP sitting in boxes on top of the cupboard.

I have some tall baskets to house the interfacing and fusible media.

Behind sliding doors, I have a little e-shop where I sell Moda pre-cuts and a notions. I was lucky enough to inherit the storage area from the old garage which has floor to ceiling shelving. It is a clean, dry area to keep my stock, stationery and wadding rolls.

I wish I could keep them all!
Behind the long arm machine rests the silky oak quilt hanger which was made by a friends husband. I have my Fractured Christmas Star hanging at the moment but often change the quilt to suit my mood. ( I feel Christmassy at the moment ).

The long arm takes up most the room in my sewing space. I run a long arm business and have had the privilege to quilt for some gorgeous ladies and their quilts.

Well, that was a simple tour of my little piece of quilting paradise. I still have to mount a design wall and add a few hooks around the place to hang the odd trinket or two so I guess it will always be a work in progress.

Oliver + S and Tim and Beck Delights

Just in at my little e-shop are 'The Ladies Stitching Club' by Oliver + S and 'Bungle Jungle' by Tim and Beck.

The Ladies' Stitching Club by Oliver + S
The ladies’ stitching club was formed when an independent minded young lady awoke from a dream in which she had worn a beautifully embroidered blouse. Yearning to make her own she was able to find both knowledgeable seamstresses and others like her who wanted to learn the craft. These ladies of all ages joined together to form a club of eccentric women who met monthly to stitch, teach and support each other, and celebrate their diversity and strengths. Prints are available in three color ways: tea cakes (shades of plum, pink and gold) solarium (red, gold and blue) and garden party (plum, blue and green).

Bungle Jungle by Tim and Beck
Get crafty with a whole herd of cute critters. Don’t worry these pals won’t bite, they are ready to be snugly in your next quilt creation. Be inspired to let your imagination run wild with Bungle Jungle, the premier collection from Moda’s new design team, Tim and Beck.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday Treasures - My on-line friends

Social Networking via the Web has opened up a whole new world of global interaction with fellow quilters. Many will become involved with the swaps, bees and competitions that flood the internet but it is a rare blessing to receive an unexpected handmade gift.

I have been one such lucky person.

Recently, I received a gift from Tracey made with the gorgeous Marmalade fabrics and Camille for Moda. I know Tracey from The QCA on FB, Twitter and Blog Land. Tracey is a talented quilter with a gentle soul. I hope one day we can meet up.

Beautiful Echo Quilting
Pieced Backing
The other lovely surprise I received in the mail today was this groovy bag from Mary in Ohio. Mary won some gorgeous text fabric at Lilysquilts and I expressed that I was extremely jealous of her bounty.    (I am in love with text fabrics at the moment. They make such interesting backgrounds). Guess what, Mary used some of the fabric to make me this. Eeek! I am so lucky.

I will treasure these forever. Love you both x

Love this Book

Amy from Badskirt has tempted me with review on this book - Patchwork 163. While it is written in Japanese, it still has easy to follow pictures and diagrams to draft or resize the blocks. As they say,"A picture is worth a thousand words".

Interesting Face: The book cover opens in the opposite direction.
Cute Dresden
Love this flower
Thank you Amy for the heads up. Ordered it only three days ago and it arrived this morning. This will be my reading selection for tonight. Better I think than 'Fifty Shades of Grey' which for the naive sounds like a modern quilting book based on mono tonal fabrics.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Practically Paper Piecing Blog Hop - 'J' through the looking glass

Kristy at Quiet Play is hosting a blog hop filled with unique orphaned paper pieced blocks. Look at the fabulous line-up of guest bloggers.

Button Designed by Alyce

1 Kristy from Quiet Play
2 Kate from Kate Quilts
3 Diane from From Blank Pages
4 Lara from LuellaBella
5 Sunday – Day off
6 Charise from Charise Creates
7 Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts
8 Kiera from Kizzie’s Korner
9 Marieka from Bespoke Bites
10 Sally from Sally Bally Creations
11 Jane from QuiltJane
12 Sunday – Day off
13 Taryn from Pixels To Patchwork
14 Jane from Where Jane Creates
15 Laura from Quokka Quilts
16 Emily from Emily the Enabler
17 McKenna from Textile Diva
18 Sat Lauren from Renrad Craft Studio
19 Sunday – Day off
20 Fiona from Finding Fifth
21 Beth from Plum and June
22 Megan from Jaffa quilts
23 Juliet from Tartan Kiwi
24 Katy from The Littlest Thistle
25 Sat Tracey from the Peony Teacup
26 Sunday – Day off
27 Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches <
28 Anorina from Samelia’s Mum

I have whipped up a 12" block named 'J' through the looking glass, as I deliberately inverted the letter J to make it a little quirky and surreal ( Why not, I say!) It could also be an upside down candy cane, fishing hook, umbrella handle or weird looking hockey stick.

I have plans to embellish the block with trim and make the T-shirt hang from a clothesline with pegs. It will be eventually made into a cushion.

Pattern for 12" finished block found here and here. I have even included the segments mirrored for those that love a perfect 'J'.

Join in the fun and upload your finished projects to Flickr Group and Pinterest Board with all the finished blocks and projects.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday night 10pm and still sewing

Busy, busy, Busy ...... working into the night. A project using Bella Solid 9900-174 American Blue and Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater. All will be revealed soon.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Walking on Clouds

My beautiful sister Cathy who has been a podiatrist for the last 20 years, has designed a young and stylish shoe range - Lilysole

I was lucky enough to receive some pairs today when Cathy flew up from Sydney to work with me for the day. They are like walking on clouds. I have very pronated and wide feet so I am unable to wear flat ballet shoes. Cath has solved this fashion dilemma and developed a ballet flat that has ultimate support. They are so comfortable and they don't look like Frankenstein boots.

A bit of Tula Pink for the backdrop
Tracey from Peony Teacup blog made me this beautiful Dresden
block from Marmalade. Don't they complement each other.
I shall look so stylish at my quilting machine with these exquisite gems on my feet.

Cath and I had fun photographing some of the other shoes she brought up to show me using my favourite fabrics as backdrops.

Cathy has many gorgeous styles and colours which you can browse on her website - Lilysole. Cathy will send anywhere in the world.