Perfect 5 Quilt Along

Welcome to my stop on the Perfect 5 Quilt Along!

I am very lucky to be one of the bloggers showcasing the new Sew Emma Perfect 5 Quilts Book and Creative Grids Perfect 5 Ruler.

Fat Quarter Shop launched the Perfect 5 Quilts book in early September and it is filled with block and quilt ideas for charm packs, all inspired by the sweetest cookies ever baked.

All 16 quilts are made using 5 inch squares of fabric, which you can make using  pre-cut charm packs or use the Creative Grids Perfect 5 Ruler to make you own using your favourite fabrics!

As part of the quilt along I had the opportunity to make two blocks from the book, the Pizzelle block and the Pinwheel Cookie block.

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Pizzelle Block from The Perfect 5 Quilts

The Fat Quarter Shop also sent me the latest Tula Pink collection Monkey Wrench from Free Spirit to use.  Its definitely different to my usual colour palette but I must admit I loved working with the saturated colours and fussy cutting those cute monkeys and ladybirds was so much fun (and easy because of the distinct lines on the ruler)!


Pizzelle Block from the Perfect 5 Quilts Book

Normally I use a 12 inch square ruler to cut out my fabric but the Creative Grids Perfect 5 ruler made such a difference to making my blocks.  In particular it features little grippers that grip on to your fabric when you push down to cut out the fabric.  The extra grip ensures precise measurements and prevents costly slippage, and Im speaking from experience – I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve accidentally sliced a hole in my fabric when my ruler has slipped.

Now I couldn’t just add my cute blocks to my unfinished object pile, so instead I used my versions of the Pinwheel Cookie and Pizzelle blocks to make sewing machine accessory pouches using the free tutorial from the Fat Quarter Shop.


Using the blocks I made for the zipper pouches is a great way to not only showcase the sweet blocks but also a fantastic opportunity to experiment with quilting designs.


In fact I had so much fun making the blocks that I actually made two more pouches – this time using the Anagram collection from Ruby Star.


Hopefully I’ve inspired you to make your own Pinwheel Cookie and Pizzelle blocks and if you head over to the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber Quilting blog you can see all the other sweet cookie inspired blocks that feature in this Quilt Along.

And if you are looking for gift ideas for yourself or a quilty friend check out the Fat Quarter Shop Perfect 5 Quilts book combo pack!

Happy Sewing!




Rainy Day Sewing Book Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Rainy Day Sewing Book Tour!  The sweet Rainy Day Sewing book is the latest publication for Amy Sinibaldi and Kristyne Czepuryk with Tuva Publishing.

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The books features 18 sewing projects from quilts to totes to toys to pencil cases to potholders.  It really is the perfect combination of projects, so you are sure to find a project to sew, stitch and create no matter your amount of experience or spare time!


The first project I made was the Doll Quilt, which I actually made as a mini quilt.  I used a combination of low volumes from my stash and paired it with some of the recently released Liberty Fabric prints from the AW19 collection from Ava and Neve.

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To make it extra special I hand quilted the block using Aurifil 12 weight thread in 1125 and 6724 and bound it using Blossom fabric in Gray. Its the first mini quilt I have made for our lounge and I’m looking forward to making a few more over the coming months.

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The second project I made from Amy and Kristyne’s book was the Olivia Pencil Case.  Its a really sweet  case that only uses Fat 1/8th pieces of fabric so it was a perfect way to inexpensively showcase one of my favourite Liberty Betsy prints. I’m looking forward to making a few more pouches for Christmas gifts as they are super quick to make and are the perfect size to fit into both a school bag or a handbag.

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Thank you for stopping by my stop on the Rainy Day Sewing book tour, yesterday Faith showcased the sweet Chloe the Cat pattern and doll bedding set.  It is definitely worth stopping by Faith’s blog to see all the details!  The book tour continues on the 9th on Kristina’s blog Centre Street Quilts with the below makers to follow after.


Happy sewing







Loyal Heights Project Tour

Today is my stop on the Loyal Heights Project Tour.  Loyal Heights is the gorgeous collection by  Jera Brandwig from the Quilting in the Rain blog.  Jera, is a quilter, author, fabric designer and a mum of two so I am very excited and inspired to work with her.

This is Jera’s fourth collection with Lecien and I always appreciate the opportunity to create with her delicate designs.  The collection features Jera’s sweet floral, fauna and cottage illustrations in a range of soft colours with gold accents!  The designs are perfect for so many projects, you can see the full collection here

For my projects I chose to make two pouches but both have a very different look to them.

For my first project I used a pattern from the Zakka Handmades book by Amy Morinaka. I used the stunning blues and reds from the collection to make a bright little pouch -perfect for a little girl to store all her favourite treasures in.


For my second project I used the softer colours in 1 1/2 inch 6 sided diamond shapes (from Tales of Cloth) to make a super sized zipper pouch.  I hand stitched the diamonds together (trying to fussy cut as many cute designs as possible).

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I then hand quilted the blocks to quilt batting and added a zipper.  The super size of the pouch makes it perfect for storing larger projects or even a book or laptop bag.

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I didn’t use a pattern but if you are new to sewing zipper pouches Jera has a brilliant tutorial on her blog here.

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Thanks for taking to time to stop by my blog, next on the stop is Faith from the Sarana Avenue blog and I can’t wait to see how Jera’s collection has inspired her.

And if you want to be inspired by more makers here is the full list of blogs participating

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Happy sewing


Fat Quarter Shop Precut Parade

Today is my stop on the latest Fat Quarter Shop quilt along, Precut Parade, celebrating their updated webpage that lists all their exclusive free quilt patterns! To make it easier they’ve now separated the free patterns by manufacturer and precuts.

Over the next two months a different blogger is going to make a quilt using one of the free precut patterns and then give away the precuts they used via Instagram.


I was lucky enough to be selected to make a project using a fat quarter bundle.  I chose Alison Glass’ Road Trip collection with Andover.  A beautiful collection featuring prints that Alison designed to represent a combination of imagination, memories, and themes.

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I decided the Fat Quarter Shop Cobblestone Shortcut Quilt would be the perfect pattern to showcase the bold colours and larger designs.   The quilt would be perfect for a beginner because there are no seams that need to be nested or aligned (although I would recommend using a rotary cutter and mat to get even rectangles).

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If you make a pattern using one of the precut patterns and are on Instagram make sure you use the tags #fqsquiltalong and #precutparade so the Fat Quarter shop can see your quilt!

Happy sewing



Quilt Big Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Quilt Big Blog Tour! Quilt Big is the latest book written by Jemima Flendt of Tied With A Ribbon  and published by The Quilting Company.  This is Jemima’s second book and is all about making bigger sized blocks for faster quilt finishes.  With over 20 different projects and beginner friendly instructions and guidance this book is perfect gift for quilters or those wanting to start quilting.

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Jemima shows you how to use single block patterns to create big and bold quilts.  The upsized scale of the blocks are also a perfect way to showcase your favourite prints without having to sacrifice any of their details.

I chose the Home Treasure quilt to make for the tour as well as to use my favourite print from Heather Ross’ Kinder collection.  The print features rosy apples which I paired with some solids!


I made the quilt in an afternoon and spent the next few weeks hand quilting it using Aurifil thread in 12wt.

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I backed the quilt with a Heather Ross lawn print and because of its soft light feel has been used every night this summer.


As the projects come together so quickly I also made the Indian Star block from Jemima’s book. I used the latest Blueberry Park prints from Karen Lewis and the stripes from Amy Sinibaldi’s Les Petits fabric collection.

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The block is a 24 inch square so its perfect for a mini quilt (as suggested in Jemima’s book however I made it into a supersized cushion, perfect for leaning up against in a cozy sunny spot or relaxing on the floor with a great book.

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Make sure you pop over to Jemima’s blog to see a few sneak peaks of projects from her book.  Meanwhile tomorrow Nadra from Ellis and Higgs is showcasing her super sweet project on the Quilt Big Blog Tour and then the tour keeps going for the next 3 weeks!

28th Jan          Jemima Flendt at

29th Jan          Melissa LeRay at

31st Jan           Nadra Ridgeway at

1st Feb            Alyce Blyth at

4th Feb            Lauren Wright at

5th Feb            Aurifil Thread at

6th Feb            Amanda Castor at

7th Feb            Samantha Dorn at

8th Feb            Sharon Burgess at

11th Feb          Peta Peace at

12th Feb          Elea Lutz at

13th Feb          Shannon Fraser at

14th Feb          Saija Kiiskinen at

15th Feb          Sedef Imer at

18th Feb          Kate Basti at

19th Feb          Minki Kim at

20th Feb          Ayda Algin at

21st Feb          Elizabeth Chappell  at

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Happy Sewing


Marsupials and Monotremes Fabric Blog Tour

I am very excited to be the first blogger on the blog tour for  Amanda Brandl’s latest collection with Kennard and Kennard, Marsupials and Monotremes.  This is the second time I’m working with Amanda’s sweet fabric designs, previously I was lucky enough to work with her Bush Gum Blossom collection.

I chose a few of the floral prints to use for my blog tour projects, I loved how they featured Australian native trees in beautiful non traditional colour ways.


For my first project I made a scallop trivet using the pattern from Sedef Imer’s latest book Zakka Home.  I paired Amanda’s gorgeous Grevillea on Aqua design and Gum Leaf Shake in Pink and Aqua with a dark cream spotted fabric and hand quilted the trivet using Aurifil thread in 12 weight, with a little ribbon detail for the centre.


My second project I really wanted the bold scarlet print of the Grevillea on Red to be celebrated so I paired it with a linen and then added hand quilting using Aurifil Thread in complimentary red, blue and cream tones.



I didn’t use a pattern for my pot holder but simply cut out two rectangles ( 4 1/2 x 8 inches) in the linen and Grevillea on Red print then stitched the long edges together. I hand quilted a piece of insulated batting (8 x 8 inches) to the wrong side of the pot holder and then cut another piece of Amanda’s print in 8 x 8 inches for the back.  I used a plate to draw round the corners and cut the excess fabric away to give me curved edges.  I then made a quilt sandwich by putting right sides of fabric together and stitched them together using a 1/4 inch seam (leaving a gap to turn the pot holder out).  I then hand stitched the gap closed and added a ribbon and wooden button.  A really simple gift idea and perfect way to showcase the work of a talented young Australian designer!

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Marsupials and Monotremes is a celebration of Australian animals and flora using Amanda’s signature aesthetic of combining beautiful colours and sweet illustrations.

I love that Amanda manages to capture the Australian landscape in a way that can be used for so many projects, from patchwork to clothes to whole quilts, and you will get to see great examples of these and many more during the Blog Tour over the next few weeks.

Tomorrow Kylie from Wombat and Poss is on and I can’t wait to see how Amanda’s designs have inspired her.  To see the entire schedule of the tour pop over to Amanda’s blog page.  You can also find out full details of stockists for the Marsupials and Monotremes collection on Amanda’s webpage and on the Kennard and Kennard webpage.

Happy Sewing!



A Stitch In Time Blog Tour

A Stitch in Time is Sharon Burgess’ latest book with Tuva Publishing.  Sharon from Lilabelle Lane Creation has written a book that is a wonderful celebration of needle craft featuring 18 different projects, and it is perfect for those who have never stitched to those like me who stitch most nights.  The first 33 pages has all the hints and techniques you’ll need for hand quilting, embroidery and adding those personal touches to your projects to make them truly unique!  Sharon has included lots of detailed instructions and pictures for each of the steps.

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I also love that Sharon has used Tilda Fabric throughout her book, and the collections she’s used are still readily available (so no need to spend hours hunting for out of print collections or wondering what fabric she used).

The first project I made was the vintage pouch.

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A sweet spin on a simple pouch design and would be a great first project for someone new to sewing.


Making 1 inch hexes from Tilda Fabric in Bird Pond and Devonstone solids  I embellished my pouch not with a vintage doily like Sharon did but instead following her steps at the front of the book stitched lazy daisies using 12wt aurifil thread.  It was the first time I had tried creating lazy daisies but Sharon’s instructions guide you through every step and are all accompanied by clear illustrations.

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The next project I made was the All My Love baby doll quilt.  A lovely paper piecing project that would be a perfect gift for any child who loves their doll or softie.  I accidentally ordered the wrong size paper pieces from Tales of Cloth (1 ½ inch not 1 inch jewel pieces) but followed Sharon’s piecing instructions to ensure my points would all align.  This time I used a combination of linen and Tilda Apple Butter.

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Apple Butter is released next month and I love the playful 1940s style of  colours and prints.  And while I was making the doll quilt I decided it was too sweet not to be hung up in my house and instead turned it into a mini quilt for my lounge room.

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If you have a friend interested in learning to stitch or if you want to sew up a few new projects that are a perfect combination of pretty and useful then I highly recommend A Stitch In Time!

You can also see more versions of projects from the books made by a great range of inspiring bloggers by following the hashtags #astitchintimeepp and #stitchintime or #tuvapublishing!  Always a brilliant way to see how different fabrics can change the look of different projects!


Happy Sewing

Mon Beau Jardin Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour celebrating the latest collection from Nadra, the very talented designer, quilter, teacher from the blog Ellis & Higgs.

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The Mon Beau Jardin collection is Nadra’s fourth with Penny Rose Fabrics and my first opportunity to work with one of her collections. Nadra use of colour with her beautiful floral designs has been a huge inspiration to me in the past and even more so with her latest collection.  You can see all the sweet details of each and every print on Nadra’s blog here.

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The collection was inspired by Nadra’s new found love of gardening and I adore the way Nadra has combined candy colour hues with pretty floral prints and classic stripes.

I choose to create with the pink prints from the collection and wanted to showcase the pretty designs (especially those sweet butterflies) as much as possible.   I used hexagon papers from Tales of Cloth and created a supersized hexie flower cushion.  (Nadra’s designs are the perfect size for fussy cutting 1 inch hexies!)

This project was insipired by youngest daughter learning to read and needing a special little reading spot just for her.

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The sweet butterflies, candy coloured hues paired perfectly with a red dotted cot sheet which I wanted to incorporate – a little reminder of when we used to read to her when she was a baby.  I then hand quilted the cushion using Aurifil thread in 12 weight.



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With the leftover fabric I couldn’t help but make one of See Kate Sew’s pencil pouch with a bow. It’s a free pattern on her blog and is as fun to make as it looks.  It was the perfect way to use the last pieces of prints because not only is my youngest learning to read she’s also learning to write!

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I feel very honoured to help celebrate Nadra’s collection Mon Beau Jardin and can’t wait to see how it inspires Jennie next at week on her blog Clover and Violet.  It’s also definitely worth having at the previous bloggers projects.  They include Amber from the Gigi’s Thimble Blog sweet baby quilt and Jemima from the Tied with A Ribbon blog’s adorable unicorn cushion and bag.  All super sweet but super different ways of using the collection!

Happy sewing




Fat Quarter Shop Cubes Quilt Along

Today is the launch of the latest Fat Quarter Shop quilt along, this time it features their free Cubes Quilt pattern and I was lucky enough to be asked to make a version of it.

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I adore the Cubes quilt pattern because it features my favourite quilty things – big blocks, very little cutting and doesn’t leave me with lots of fabric leftover. It uses a fat quarter bundle (18 fat quarters in total) and a few yards of background fabric, so it’s perfect for any of those bundles you have been hoarding for years.  Especially as the size of the blocks means you can really showcase your favourite prints.

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I used Welsummer the latest collection by Kim Kight for Cotton and Steel which features tiny chickens and has a vintage kitchen print feel to it.  And I paired it with Kona fabric in Snow so I could frame the gorgeous Cubes blocks.

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The quilt comes together so quickly (easily made in a day) that I spent a few evenings hand quilting it in 12wt Aurifil thread in Black (number 2692).


If you would like to join along with the Fat Quarter Shop quilt along then make sure you pop over to their blog to get all the details.  And don’t forget to look at all the different versions of the quilt, its always a great way to see the impact print and colour has  on a quilt pattern.

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Happy sewing



Dolly Book Tour


Today is my stop on Elea Lutz’s Dolly Book Tour and I’m feeling very honoured to be included in helping Elea celebrate her second book.  Elea was the inspiration behind me becoming a blogger (when she reached out for me to join her blog tour to celebrate her Strawberry Biscuit collection a few years ago).  And I am so glad Elea encouraged me to blog because I have had so many wonderful creative opportunities including sewing for this blog tour!

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Dolly BookElea’s first publication with Riley Blake Designs, is perfect if like me you want to recreate those memories of your childhood. Like Elea I had a rag doll that I absolutely loved growing up, and now thanks to her book, my 7 week old niece has one just like the one I had.

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This was actually only second time I had made a soft toy and it is definitely very beginner friendly thanks to Elea’s well written and simple instructions.   PS if you are concerned about stitching the dolly’s face Elea and Penny Rose have got you covered – with fusible felt eyelashes!! In fact you can also buy a Dolly Making Kit which would be the perfect Christmas gift for someone wanting to try doll making!



I am also incredibly blessed to have my niece due with her second baby so the second
project I choose is Dolly’s Own Mini Quilt.  However as I wanted to make a baby quilt and not a mini quilt I enlarged the measurements slightly.  I made 16 blocks, (increasing from the original 9) and then added a white solid border of 3 1/2 inches wide and then a second floral border also of 3 1/2 inches wide.


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I used Elea’s latest collection with Penny Rose Little Dolly for my fabric and hand quilted around each flower and block using Aurifil thread in 12 weight.  I absolutely adore the result and most importantly so does my niece!




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I love and admire Elea and her designs so much and I really encourage you to pop over to her blog to read the inspiration behind her book Dolly.  You can also see the full list of bloggers who have created gorgeous items from the book and although I will be sad to see this tour come to an end, I can not wait to see Nadra’s project!  Nadra will be closing the blog tour this Friday so make sure you visit her blog Ellis and Higgs to see what she has made!


Happy Dolly Sewing!