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.

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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.

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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 .

 

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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)

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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).

 

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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
Ange

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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).
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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!
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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!

Ange

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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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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.)

 

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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.

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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!

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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!

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Strawberry Biscuit Zipper Pouch

One of my favourite Fabric Designers Elea Lutz will shortly be releasing a new fabric collection, Strawberry Biscuit.  To me the collection is reminiscent of the Golden Books I had as a child, with kittens in bows, harmonising blue birds and sweet strawberries, its almost guaranteed to inspire.  And if you haven’t seen Elea’s work you should definitely have a look at her website.

Strawberry Biscuit is being released in Australia in May (and in even better news one of my favourite fabric stores Ministry of Fabric will be selling it!!)  However thanks to the generosity of one of my Instagram friends, who won a pre release bundle in a recent
giveaway, I managed to get my hands on some of the prints last week.  And it did not disappoint, it inspired me so much I actually tackled one of my sewing phobias – a zipper – to make a little zip pouch.

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Adding in fabric at either ends of the zippers prevents it disappearing into the edges of the pouch

To add in the zipper without it disappearing into the corners of the pouch, I used this tutorial which explained how to add in a piece of fabric at either end of the zipper to essentially extend the zipper length.  And ta da a completed strawberry zipper pouch.

Ohh and if you love fussy cutting hexies the cheater print in the collection makes perfect fussy cutting for 1/2 inch hexies!

 

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Creating Hexies

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Liberty Of London hexie cushion.

I first tried English Paper Piecing a year ago, I bought pre-cut Liberty of London fabric hexagons (or hexies) from Alice Caroline. and hexagon papers from my local quilt store. It then took me around 2 months, while I watched tv in the evenings, to baste the fabric to the individual papers and then sew the 50 hexies together and the result was a cute little pillow and a new obsession.

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1/2 inch hexies

Since then I have made more hexies than I can count and my favourite thing to do now is cut my hexagons so they feature a cute image – otherwise known as fussy cut hexies.  With a bit practice (and a clear plastic hexagon template) you can perfectly cut your hexagons so they make the most of your fabric (even the smallest scrap of fabric such as these 1/2 inch hexies).