Saturday, December 13, 2014


At Quilt Market in Pittsburgh one of the fabric lines that immediately stood out was Handcrafted by Alison Glass for Andover. I found myself back at her booth a couple of times to have a look. The colours are really beautiful and the fabrics are lovely to touch.
 As soon as these bundles arrived the other day I pulled out some wool felt I dyed up a while ago and they are a perfect match.
 I whipped up some elephants (pattern here).
 Olive has taken this one and won't give it back.
 A little pouch for a teacher present made with some scraps.

Have I mentioned the amazing, saturated colours? I am definitely going to be needing some more for summer dresses.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Summer Waves

My waves quilt from Issue 2 of Quilt Now arrived home the other day just in time for summer.
This quilt was a little bit of a change for me, I don't usually use all solids, but I loved making this and I would like to make more quilts with just solids. All of them are Moda Bella Solids, which feel beautiful and are lovely to sew.
 I pebble quilted each section with matching Aurifil thread. I did briefly regret this after hours and hours of quilting, but I love the result, it was definitely worth it.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cappuccino Tunic

I've had the now OOP Simplicity 2245 in my stash for a while, but was never in love with the neckline, so was excited when it was changed and released as the Cappuccino Dress.
It is quite a relaxed fit and I didn't have much time last weekend so I didn't bother with a muslin and cut straight into some Nani Iro double gauze I've had in the stash for a while.
I had read some reviews where people had a few issues with the instructions, but I didn't have a problem with the tunic instructions (they are  bit different for the dress as it has pockets). It is a really comfortable top and will be great for warm days. If you are making it I definitely recommend a fabric with lots of drape. When I make it again I will tweak a few things to make it fit a bit better and give it a little more shape.. The only problem I have with it is the colour. I have one rule for clothes - beige is not a colour - and it's a rule that should not be broken. It will get worn though and I think I might try the dress next.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Relaxing Sewing


I opened the big box of scraps last night and did a little sewing.
Perfect for non thinking and relaxing sewing at the end of the day.
  Just the right size for little pouches.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Simplicity 1463

I loathe shopping for jeans so much that I've been wearing the same badly fitting pair for 3 years and they are well worn and quite frayed in places now. So I braved the shops when I was in Perth last week. Olive was being quite cross as usual and I think they wanted me out of there very fast so they were very helpful and now I have a pair of jeans that fit. So then I needed something to wear with them. I managed to fit in a visit to Knitwit and find a couple of bargain pieces to make Simplicity 1463.
 I cut out the large and made no changes. It looks exactly like the pattern cover.
 It's a really easy pattern, takes barely any time to make one and it is very comfortable. Perfect for this change of season weather. The fabrics I used were quite light, I don't think you would want to use a heavy or thick fabric with this pattern as it is quite boxy.
This might be one of those patterns that gets made over and over.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bloc Loc Rulers

I finally gave in a few weeks ago and ordered some Bloc Loc rulers. I have seen them on blogs, but not in real life and have only heard good things about them, but could they be as great as everyone says they are?
They are easy to use and work perfectly if you press your seams to the side or if you press them open.
 I have so many ideas for patterns that use half square triangles, but have never loved making them.
 I think these rulers might change that. At the very least it will make it easier and give me perfect half rectangle triangles.
So yes, these are just as great as everyone says they are!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More

I am slowly working on my English Paper Piecing and really enjoying it. 
With the help of Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More I have even started thinking about future projects. This book is not about English Paper piecing (there is actually fantastic instructions for machine piecing and sewing y-seams) but there is great inspiration for paper piecing.
 There is a lot of information and ideas packed into this book as you can see from the contents page.
How you can break the shapes down into smaller shapes is clearly shown
There is instructions for a couple of little projects.
 And a great gallery full of inspiration.
 I think this is one of those books that I will turn to again and again for ideas.

Full Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from Martingale free of charge. All opinions are my own.