Bush Gum Blossom Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the fabulous Bush Gum Blossom blog hop for Amanda Brandl’s debut collection with Kennard and Kennard, Bush Gum Blossom  I adore the modern aesthetic of Amanda’s collection, its unlike any other Australian themed collection I’ve seen before.  It features pretty pinks, yellows and greens and on top of that is printed on extremely soft fabric with a high thread count (my favourite type of fabric to create with).  Processed with MOLDIV

As soon as I saw the collection I knew it was the perfect fabric to make a few patchwork accessories for my friends beautiful children’s vintage outdoor setting.  It was her setting when she was little and she had recently refurbished it for her own daughter.  The bright cheery colours of Bush Gum Blossom is perfect for a little girls tea party, the perfect backdrop to making childhood moments.

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So I got to work making a two little chair pads and a matching cushion (I also used a few fussy cut magpies from Amanda’s other debut collection Taking Flight!).   I made an improv log cabin and then added hand stitching. And of course I also made bunting, because what’s a garden tea party without pretty floral bunting!

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Amanda’s collection paired perfectly with the vibrant colours of Aurifil thread in 12wt (my favourite weight to hand quilt in).  In particular I used 2530 (dark pink) and 6720 (light blue).

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Kennard and Kennard also sent me a few pieces of  Amanda’s other gorgeous collection Taking Flight.  I love the deep vibrant tones of the magpie prints from Taking Flight and paired them with some equally strong toned solids.   The cute prints were a perfect size for a Wee Braw drawstring pouch (a super cute and simple pattern by Laura Zuckerkuss).

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I’m so excited to be part of this blog hop to not only celebrate Amanda and her beautiful designs but to join along with so many talented Australian makers.  Definitely pop over to Amanda’s blog where she has a link to all the blogs featuring in this hop, the range of makes is a broad as they are inspiring! And if you are wondering where you can buy Amanda’s two new collections wonder no more – you can find all the stockists details here 🙂

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Happy sewing



Spool Souffle Quilt Along

Earlier in the year the Fat Quarter Shop advertised on Instagram the opportunity for bloggers to work with them on their upcoming sew alongs.  I  jumped at the chance and had the opportunity to preview the quilt along commencing today.  The Spool Souffle quilt is part of their shortcut series and features 8 by 10 inch sized blocks.

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I made my quilt using a layer cake from Cotton and Steel featuring the Print Shop collection by Alexia Abegg.  My background print is a Kona Solid in PFD Bleach White which I quilted with Aurifil 50 weight thread in 8021.

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This is the biggest quilt I have ever made and it all came together in one weekend, guess that is why its part of their shortcut series!  Further details about the quilt along is on the Fat Quarter Shop blog Jolly Jabber.

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Happy sewing!




Quilting on the Go Book Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Quilting on the Go book tour!

I was super excited when Sharon Burgess from Lilabelle Lane Creations announced on Instagram she was releasing an English Paper Piecing book with Tuva Publishing because her ability to fussy cut and paper piece is incredible.  So you can only imagine my excitement when she asked me to join the book tour celebrating her book, Quilting on the Go, English Paper Piecing!


I have been practicing English Paper Piecing for the past two years, and I mean practicing.  There is still so much I have to learn but thanks to the fantastic step by step details written by Sharon I learnt quite a few more things within the first few pages.  I particularly liked the information on fussy cutting patterns to create your own new pattern.  I am now looking at fabric prints in a whole new fussy cut light.


The hardest part of any blog tour is choosing which pattern to showcase.  Sharon’s book features so many gorgeous  blocks as well as projects to use them for.  I choose to make a mini quilt using the block from the Summer Star table runner.

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With a nod to Sharon’s ability to use and combine colours from all parts of the colour wheel, I decided to move away from my usual pink palette and instead used blues and greens as my main colours.

I hand stitched the paper pieces together using Aurifil thread in 80wt, it is such a fine thread your stitches practically disappear.  I then added hand quilting using various 12wt Aurifil threads including a Green Lana Wool.  It was the first time I had used the woollen Aurifil thread and I loved the texture it added to my block.




I absolutely adore the final result and will definitely be making a few more Summer Star blocks to decorate my family room wall.


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and make sure you visit Sharon’s blog as she is doing a weekly recap of all the projects being completed.  Its a great way to see the various projects in the book while also having a look around Sharon’s inspiring blog.

Happy stitching




Weekend Quilting Book Tour

Welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Jemima Flendt’s debut book with Fons and Porter – Weekend Quilting!

The sub title for Jemima’s book is Quilt and Unwind with Simple Designs to Sew in No Time and that is a perfect summary of the book. Jemima’s debut publication covers a range of techniques from english paper piecing to raw edge appliqué and if you haven’t tried one of those before, don’t worry because the book gives you step by step instructions and illustrations to create simple yet beautiful pieces. I also love that Jemima has used a variety of colours and prints for each of her projects, which really shows the impact these selections can have on your project.

The first project I made was the Avenues Mini Quilt project which uses foundation paper piecing. I have only paper pieced a few times before. However Jemima’s fantastic guidance filled me with confidence so I decided to make that particular mini to help Jera Brandvig’s showcase her latest collection with Lecien Fabrics La Conner at Spring Quilt Marker 2017.


For the blog tour I decided to make another foundation pieced quilt, this time one of the projects from the front cover. The sparkles mini quilt uses foundation paper piecing and is great way to use some of your favourite scrap pieces.  I decided to add a border to the mini as I made it for my soon to be here niece as a baby quilt. I selected the Teacup Pavillon Print from Amy Sinibaldi’s Charleston collection with Art Gallery fabrics. I tried to pick up the key colours in the print by using fabrics that featured red, green and blue as well as adding a few yellow tones.


For my low volume background I used the text print from Amy’s collection Paperie andtried to match the tones with a few other prints I had in my collection. I hand quilted the quilt using Aurifil 12wt thread in 2026 (a pale cream thread). Finally I backed my mini with double gauze which is hands down my favourite backing to use as it seems to get softer and cosier with use. And I definitely make my quilts to be used.





I have already started on my next project. The raw edge appliqué project titled Blooms Mini Quilt. I got some of the acrylic templates for this project from Ministry of Project (being see through they are fantastic for fussy cutting) and my test piece turned out so well I can’t wait to make the mini with all its gorgeous blooms and pretty leaves.IMG_6964

Thank you so much for joining me on my stop for the Weekend Quilting blog tour and most importantly you can now buy Jemima’s book  direct from Jemima’s Tied With A Ribbon webpage or from most book stores including Amazon and Book Depository!

If you are on instagram make sure you check out the latest #weekendquiltingthebook, #weekendquiltingshowcase, #weekendquilting, #tiedwitharibbon, #tiedwitharibbonpatterns, #fonsandporter hashtags to see all the amazing projects that have been produced so far.

And then on Monday pop over Heather from the Quilt Story blog to see what project she has chosen to showcase.

Happy Sewing.

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Quilt Petite Blog Hop

Welcome to my turn on the Quilt Petite blog hop!

Quilt Petite is Sedef Imer’s from Down Grapevinelane first book which she has produced with the brilliant Tuva Publishers.


The first thing I notice about Quilt Petite is what a true representation of Sedef’s beautiful style and creative process the book is. It features a wide range of sewing techniques from hand quilting, embroidery, english paper piecing and foundation paper piecing.

Sedef is a self taught quilter and the book reflects that, each technique features step by step instructions as well as extra tips to help you learn. I am a complete novice when it comes to embroidery and foundation paper piecing however this book is now my go to guide!

(Actually I go to it not just for the projects and the help but also for inspiration – even the introduction will want you to stop, drop and sew.)

Ok so the title might make you think that this is a book solely about mini quilts, however it features pretty quilts and so much much more! Quilt Petite has 18 projects (all as sweet and inspiring as each other) which will have you creating the cutest cushions, mug rugs and placemats. Each project has such detailed photos and instructions its ideal for both those new and old to sewing.




So what project did I choose to create? Well for my turn on the blog hop I choose the Quilted Noticeboard. I used fabric from Sedef’s debut range Sweet Orchard, Strawberry Biscuit by Elea Lutz and The Simple Life by Tasha Noel .




I thought the Noticeboard would be a perfect way to showcase some of my favourite designers. Tasha Noel’s prints have always featured heavily in my girls childhood from their nursery curtains, first party dresses and now her prints are being joined perfectly by Elea and Sedef (and I see this talented combination of designers featuring heavily as I renovate their room)








img_3067The Noticeboard was a lot of fun to create, if you can cut and sew in a straight line then this is the project for you ( and my favourite type to make).

I added a few personal touches with a handmade tag from Cheri of Tinker With This and the pretty strawberry button from Alisha’s store Ministry of Fabric (its also where I bought the Pelon Flex Foam that used for the inside of the Noticeboard).



Of course with a book as sweet as this I couldn’t just make one project. I made the Flower potholder which may or may not be too sweet to use……..

(ok its definitely too sweet to ever use 🙂




The blog hop has only just started and has already featured some amazing makes from some super talented ladies.  And I can’t wait to see what beautiful project my fellow Aussie Lauren from Molly and Mama posts tomorrow.

Sedef has the Quilt Petite blog hop schedule with the full list of bloggers being featured and if you pop over to her blog make sure you enter her Quilt Petite giveaway! You could win a bundle of sweet gifts like the book, hard to find sewing notions and a super cute tin to store it all in.

Happy Sewing


Creating with Dreamscape Collection

Last week I was very excited to receive a gift from Dear Stella Design – a gorgeous bundle of Rae Ritche’s latest fabric collection Dreamscape!  Dreamscape was released in September and builds on Rae’s previous gorgeous collection Moon Garden. It features  soft tones of navy, purple and cream – making the collection perfect for so many projects (especially when you see that the collection features sweet mama elephants and their babies, galloping horses and an elegant floral design).
I think the collection would be especially perfect for a handmade gift for expectant parents!

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I decided to make her a few cushions for the nursery.  I used the pattern from Kerri Horsely’s book Lovely Little Patchwork. I have made this pattern before and knew it would work perfectly as I really wanted to showcase the elephant print (and the 5 inch square centre would be ideal).
I separated the bundle into the light and dark tones and was amazed at how different the two cushions looked. It was a real lesson in the impact colour and print placement can have on your project!


Hopefully I have inspired you to create and if you adore Dreamscape as much as I do ask for it at your local or online fabric store.

Happy creating!


High Tea Blog Hop

Welcome to my turn on the lovely High Tea blog hop! High tea for Lecien is Jera Brandvig’s debut collection and oh my goodness its a truly sweet collection. Even the print names are yummy, with colourways like Fig Red, Butter Cream and Brown Sugar two name a few.

I wanted to use the fabrics in a way that would showcase the divine soft colours and pretty high tea inspired prints.  I knew what ever I created it definitely needed to feature fussy cutting.  I actually made this little dresden before I had a plan on what to use it for.


After much consideration I decided to make a treat for myself, by making a sweet tea cosy featuring Jera’s prints and linen. Growing up my Grandma always crocheted tea cosies for the family however since her passing and my inability to crochet that tradition kind of stopped. And when you realise how cute they can be with fabric like High Tea and how easy they are I’m pretty sure a tea cosy will be added to your handmade Christmas gift repertoire.


I followed the fantastic free tutorial by Jesse at the IMG_1352Messy Jesse blog. I did waver slightly after step four.  I skipped step 5  and instead separately sewed bias binding to the bottom edges of the two sides of the tea cosy.  Then I placed the tea cosy sides wrong sides together and sewed around the curved edge with a 1/4 inch seam.   You should now have a tea cosy (albeit with a messy edge).  However by adding the bias binding to this curved edge you will conceal those messy edges.


Of course if I am going to have a tea cosy it only seams fitting to have matching coasters. So I used Cheri’s from the blog Tinker With This free hexie coaster pattern to make two perfectly sweet and matching High Tea coasters.



I think this tea cosy and coaster set would make a perfect gift (especially in High Tea fabrics) when combined with your favourite tea and handmade biscuits. (or shop bought biscuits – if like me you are a maker not a baker 🙂


Thank you for taking the time to read my post! And great news the blog hop continues tomorrow with the very talented quilter Peta from She Quilts A Lot working with this pretty collection.

Apple Farm Blog Hop

Hi! Welcome to my blog and my turn on the Apple Farm Blog Hop for Elea Lutz’s latest collection for Riley Blake Designs.

IMG_1670Ok let’s be honest Elea is yet to create a collection that I don’t absolutely adore so no real surprise how much I love this collection. But seriously who wouldn’t! With its pretty
pops of colour, pretty ginghams, sweet apples and adorable critters it has been so much fun to create with (especially as our Australian winter has been filled with many gloomy grey days).



The arrival of Apple Farm coincided with the arrival of my first great niece. And so I set to create a few special gifts for her. For me one of the greatest quilting honours I can have is for a designer IMG_1279to ask me to work with their designs. I wanted to make a truly special quilt that honoured the traditional side of quilting whilst celebrated the vibrant colours of Apple Farm. So after seeing so many gorgeous Lucy Boston blocks posted on Instagram I decided to give them a go. Sewing these blocks was quite a challenge because as well as fussy cutting the pieces, fabric placement can have a huge impact on the look of the block. (The nice IMG_1256part about these blocks is they only use one shape – elongated hexies – and as it only takes 24 papers to make a block  you don’t have to make a huge financial investment to give them a go.)



After two weeks of solid hand stitching (and many moments thinking I would never finish)completed my great niece’s baby quilt. I hand stitched everything except the sashing between the blocks and after hanging it on the line to dry I couldn’t believe the effect the winter sun had shining through my hand pieced blocks.



I also made my great niece a cute bear pillow to match her quilt. I used the pattern from Amy IMG_1724
Sinibaldi’s book Sweetly Stitched Handmades. My hope is that my niece and her baby daughter use this teddy pillow to snuggle with, lay on, read books next to and it becomes all squishy and well loved like the ones I made my girls




It feels so special to share my quilting with my family and to create pieces that are designed to be loved by children and their parents. I am sure that is what Elea had in mind when she designed this collection and the fact that I have this fabric because I was asked by Elea to create with it makes these handmade gifts that much sweeter.


I hope I have inspired you to try a technique, create with this collection and continue enjoying the blog hop. Make sure you check out Lauren’s creations at Transient Art and tomorrow have a look at Jessica from Euphoria Jessica and Kristyne from Pretty by Hand blog posts.

Posy Garden Blog Hop


Welcome! Today is my turn on the Posy Garden blog hop.

Posy Garden is Carina Gardner’s latest collection for Riley Blake and is a perfect combination of soft tiny florals and bold colours. Along with the pretty prints and colours what I really love about Carina’s collection is how versatile the designs are!  One week in and the blog hop has featured a wide range of makes from baby quilts, a fantastic tote and a gorgeous tunic for a little girl.

IMG_1498The Posy Garden prints are so pretty so I decided to use it for a project I had long promised my youngest daughter – a tooth fairy pillow… well actually a tooth fairy wall hanging. My eldest has a pillow but with months between tooth fairy visits it can be quite hard to find her tiny pillow just before bedtime. So instead of a pillow I made a tooth fairy wall hanging. That way when not tucked under her pillow waiting for a visit she can have it hanging on her wall above her bed. And when you use the super cute tooth fairy quilt block pattern from Elea Lutz’s book Pretty Playtime sewn with Carina’s beautiful collection who wouldn’t to have it displayed as art!




The little fairy’s dress pocket on Elea’s quilt block is the perfect size for the envelopes our fairy leaves behind. (Side note: if your fairy is interested in leaving an envelope like the one our fairy leaves let her know she can download the free printable from Handmade Charlotte’s blog)

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I turned the block into a mini quilt by making a quilt sandwich (quilt block, batting and then backing fabric) and just prior to binding I added two triangle sections at the back top corners to make two little pockets I could slip in a piece of dowel when I needed to hang it on the wall.

To hang it to the wall and because every fairy really needs a special place I used the free star pattern from Mollie’s blog Wild Olive (I printed the template at 40 percent). I changed her tutorial slightly by added a little batting between the back and front fabrics. Then just prior to sewing the back and front together I added a loop of thread to the top point of the star and a piece of thread coming out of the two bottom points.  Then with the two threads hanging at the bottom of the star I tied them to each end of the dowel with a simple knot. Ta da, a super simple and pretty way to hang a mini quilt.

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Now when the tooth fairy visits we can easily remove the tooth fairy wall hanging and place it under her pillow, and the next morning we can pop it back on to the wall.

And as I said at the start of this blog the collection is so versatile it works for all sorts of projects for all sorts of ages. When I saw how perfectly the print looked with some soft faux leather I just had to give the You and Mie free tutorial for a foldover clutch a go. And the result is sweet posy perfection!IMG_1474

To continue to be inspired by this gorgeous collection make sure you visit Amy from Ameroonie Designs blog tomorrow and for a full list of bloggers participating in the hop have a look at Carina’s beautiful website.

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Pixie Noel Blog Hop

IMG_0474Hi! Welcome to my turn on the Pixie Noel Blog Hop.

Pixie Noel is Tasha Noel’s latest collection for Riley Blake and I am truly smitten. Like many people I am a huge fan of Tasha’s designs, with all of her previous collections being a big part of our handmade home – from nursery bunting and curtains, first birthday dresses and now our Christmas.


As soon  Pixie Noel arrived at my home I started making 1 inch hexies (seriously how could I not – hedgehogs AND deers ), but then I needed a project to display my sweet cheery hexies!  Suddenly I was inspired by a previous and well loved item I had made – a pillowcase! Growing up we would leave out pillowcases (not stockings) on Christmas Eve, and with this sweet Christmas themed collection now my daughters will be able to do the same.

IMG_1751I used Lisa from A Spoonful Of Sugar free tutorial for a hexie pillowcase, adjusting slightly to make the cuff completely out of hexies. The Pixie Noel illustrations are perfectly sized for 1 inch fussy cut hexies and even better a  charm pack easily makes 42 hexies – all you need for the cuff on a standard pillowcase.








With the little pieces of fabric I had left over I  made a little sleeping bag for my daughter’s favourite bunny. I used the Honey Bear’s sleeping bag pattern from the S is for Sewing Book by Belle and Boo.  A seriously cute idea, that is so simple to make I look forward to making more for gifts.
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Of course I couldn’t let the tiny pieces left over from making hexies go to waste (seriously those tiny blue birds are adorable).  So I made fabric stamps using Amy Sinibaldi’s tutorial and then using Svetlana Sotak’s  free pattern for a drawstring pouch I made a super cute and handy pouch to leave out  – perfect for those tiny gifts that sometimes get lost on Christmas morning.



So thanks to Tasha’s sweet illustrations Christmas in July has well and truly arrived in our home. My girls are  already using the pillowcase, sleeping bag and tiny pouch (currently on a roster as I need to make one more of each item).  And the best part is all these items featured in my blog hop post were made with 1 1/2 yards of Pixie Noel fabric and a single 5 inch charm pack!

Ohh and it is also Jemima from Tied with Ribbon’s turn on the blog hop today and her beautiful Let It Snow wall hanging is as pretty as it is inspiring, so you definitely need to pop over to her blog.

And if like me you love all things Pixie Noel, tomorrow the blog hop will feature makes from Andy from A Bright Corner and Lindsay from The Cottage Mama.

Happy Creating!