A Little Red in The Woods Fabric Collection

Getting the opportunity to create with Jill Howarth’s latest collection with Riley Blake was such a wonderful honour and it was hard to choose which prints to create with.  The Little Red In The Woods collection is a combination of larger illustrations celebrating Little Red Riding Hood and tiny smaller prints featuring tiny florals, bows and fruit.  What’s not to love!  Jill Howarth is a wonderful illustrator and surface designer creating nostalgic designs of sweet characters and  has worked on numerous beautiful books and Riley Blake fabric collections.

 

While not a Christmas collection the mint, white and red colours are perfect for any handmade Christmas gifts you plan on making!

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I used the free tutorial from Lindsay from Primrose Cottage Quilts Instagram page to make 4.5 inch tiny present blocks.  By adding another strip of fabric to the block I was able to make a perfectly sized heat/cold pack.  Once you’ve decided on your size you just need cut a same sized backing piece of fabric and with right sides together stitch around the edges using a ¼ inch seam and leaving a 1 ½ inch gap.  The gap will then enable you to turn the rectangle out and you can then fill it using either dry rice or wheat.  If you do use rice you will need to add a cup with water in the microwave so the rice does not dry out.

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The next project I made was a mini quilt using drunkards path blocks.  I hadn’t made this type of block before but I wanted to showcase the larger beautiful scenes and twirling curved blocks seemed the perfect accompaniment (You can follow a free tutorial on the Love Patchwork and Quilting website) I then hand quilted the blocks using 12 weight aurifil thread and then used a Riley Blake Basic print, 1/8 inch striped print in Sweet Mint, for my binding.

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My final project was a cushion for my youngest daughter’s bed.  I choose to use the Mandolin English Paper piecing pattern from Tales of Cloth.  The block features lots of opportunities to showcase the Little Red in the Woods illustrations.

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I fussy cut my pieces using the acrylic templates and then hand quilted the pieces together.  I also hand appliqued the block to the Riley Blake striped print and used Aurifil 12 weight thread in 1148 to keep with the pretty aqua tone of the prints.

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I was so excited to create with Jill’s collection and am looking forward to making a few more Christmas gifts with these sweet collection!

Happy Sewing

Ange

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Zakka Home Book Tour

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Welcome to my stop on the Zakka Home Book tour.  Zakka Home is the latest book written by the very talented Sedef Imer from Down Grapevine Lane and is her second publication with Tuva Publishing.

Sedef’s book is a beautiful collection of small and large projects,  and perfectly showcases her wonderful aesthetic of sweet and modern.

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I used her House Lavender Sachets pattern to make my first project. However instead of sachets I used her lovely design to make mini house bunting for my girls bedroom.  (There has been an update to this pattern which you can find here )

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I made it using a selection of fabrics from my collection and stitched the houses to a piece of cotton ribbon – you could also take this bunting idea and theme it for Christmas or any occasion.  And their tiny size means they are perfect for using up your favourite scraps.

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The second project I made was Sedef’s sweet pouches. They are a fantastic size for gift bags or even storing little trinkets (I’ve been using mine as busy bags to keep in my handbag and keep my children entertained when we are out and about).

I made the bags using Jill Howarth’s latest collection with Riley Blake, Little Red in the Woods.  The collection is available this month or you can pre-order through your local fabric store (its also available at Fat Quarter Shop.)

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Jill’s collection is perfect for fussy cutting and the pouches are the perfect size to showcase the cute illustrations.

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The Zakka Home Book tour has been so much fun to be a part of and I’ve adored seeing how the same patterns can look different depending on the creator and their selection of fabrics and accessories.  Below is the full list of participants, definitely worth popping in having a look at their posts.

Tomorrow Sarah will be wrapping the Tour and I can’t wait to see what she creates!

22 October – Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane
23 October – Jemima Flendt – Tied With A Ribbon – @tiedwitharibbon
24 October – Minki Kim – Minki’s Work Table – @zeriano
25 October – Jane Davidson – Quilt Jane – @quiltjane
26 October – Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box – @quilterscandybox
27 October – Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama – @mollyandmama
28 October – Sarah Scott – Piccolo Studio – @piccolostudio_sarah
29 October – Alyce Blyth – Blossom Heart Quilts – @blossomheartquilts
30 October – Emily Dennis – Quilty Love – @emily_dennis_
31 October – Sharon Burgess – Lilabelle Lane Creations – @lilabellelane
1 November – Wynn Tan – Zakka Art – @zakkaArt
2 November – Amanda Woodruff – A Crafty Fox – @a.crafty.fox
4 November – Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studio – @aqua_paisley
5 November – Love Patchwork & Quilting – @lovequiltingmag
6 November – Kate May – The Homemakery – @thehomemakery
7 November – Ayda Algin – Cafe Nohut – @cafenohut
8 November  – Faith Essenburg – Sarana Ave – @faithessenburg
9 November – Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis & Higgs – @ellisandhiggs
10 November – Fat Quarter Shop – @fatquartershop
11 November – Laura Cunningham – @laura_zuckerkuss
12 November – Bev McCullough – Flamingo Toes – @flamingotoes
13 November – Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter – @diaryofaquilter
14 November – Riley Blake Designs – @rileyblakedesigns
15 November – Michelle Hickson – @coleandtaffy
16 November – Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter – @the_tattooed_quilter
17 November – Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork – @alittlepatchwork
18 November – Sarah Ashford – Sarah Ashford Studio – @sarahashfordstudio
19 November –  Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane
Happy Sewing
Ange

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

Ange

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!

Ange

 

 

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!

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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.

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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.

 

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

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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
Ange

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.