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 :)


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.
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.


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.

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.

and the book blocks – used some special selvedges there!

and the back …


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!