I almost caved…

You know that moment… walking into Spotlight to be greeted by all things licensed merchandise… Frozen, Tinkerbell, Cars, etc.

It happened just before Christmas and little Miss 4 ran over to the Tinker bell bedspreads [we like Frozen but thankfully not obsessed!] But we do love Tinker bell cause she sews and builds and tinkers just like mummy and daddy. And the bedspread was PURPLE – the most favourite colour in the world and would match her freshly painted purple bed. She didn’t ask for it – but I could see the gleam of excitement in her eyes. I almost succumbed – it would replace the doona cover I had previously made her which does not really match her new bed. I decided to think about it and later went back without her. Looking at the giant Tinker bell head I could just not do it – what a mean mama! I know there will come a time when she will rebuke all things handmade – just not at 4 years old!!!

And by chance I stumbled upon a paper piecing Tinker bell pattern from Michelle Thompson and thought it would be a great alternative. Such tiny pieces though!!! I even broke into my cotton + steel collection for her :)

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It will eventually be a cushion for her – When she saw it, she loved it and had that lovely gleam in her eyes so I think mama did good.
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and off course little mister will be needing a cushion as well – he is train obsessed so I used this paper piecing pattern by Quiet Play.

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OMG… Make Modern

Well, sometimes things just start with an idea and a bit of confidence. When I saw a call out on Instagram for contributors to the Aussie Make Modern magazine for submission ideas, I took a chance with a quilt I had been playing with in the iPad app Quiltography.

Well it was not only accepted but it made the front cover – there were lots of happy dances around here!

Make Modern Cover Issue Three

It is a digital only mag – available from Jan 1st 2015 – what a happy way to start next year!

 

 

Skill Builder 2014

I was quite fortunate this year to do some pattern testing for Alyssa at Pile O Fabric’s Skill Builder for 2014. I had previously done her 2013 Skill Builder which pretty much taught me how to free motion quilt, so I was mega excited to help out with testing some of the blocks for this years quilt.
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The theme was “For the Love of Sewing!” and it had some great blocks and techniques. I think my favourite would have to be the folded quilt block using foundation paper piecing.
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and the book blocks – used some special selvedges there!
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and the back …

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I love the quilt as you go method – and adding those sashing strips at the end was a great way to use up scraps of wadding! It is all made using Kona cotton and quilted using Aurifil thread.

Skill Builder BOM 2014 Colours
oh and I cannot wait to do the 2015 one – I will be sewing along with one of my besties who lives on the other side of the country so we will be motivating each other on!