Friday, October 17, 2014

Mini Mania

I think we all love a mini quilt. They are super quick to make and lots of fun to sew. While I'm working on larger projects, its nice to deviate (aka procrastinate) a little and have a "quick finish". It keeps me motivated and focused and I'm rewarded with a instant sense of accomplishment.
When I saw this free mini birthday cake pattern from Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet, I just had to make one and it was just the "quick finish" I needed :) I love this pattern and it would make a gorgeous gift.......I will definitely be making more soon, for some upcoming birthdays.
I've also got a magazine project coming up and I chose to design a mini quilt:
Just a little sneak peek for now but the magazine is due for release in the next few weeks so I can share more. I used the leftover fabrics from my Asteria quilt for this project, as they are just gorgeous and I have loved working with them :) Thanks again Helen :)
And finally I'm working on a Christmas Mini quilt which will be ready for release soon. This has been a fun mini to design and as I love lots of pieces, I've managed to cram lots into such a small project :) Stay tuned for that one and in the meantime I really should get back to my new (full size) quilt design, no matter how much fun I'm having with these adorable minis :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Subway Art

I love Subway Art; simply pop it in a frame, gather together a few props and it becomes a quick and easy decoration for any spot in your home. With Halloween fast approaching, I decided to design a free printable for you to use as part of your decorating:
I've teamed mine with a mini pumpkin and some Banksia Rose flowers from my garden but it would also look great next to your candy bowl or a carved pumpkin or whatever you have on hand as you set the Halloween theme this spooky season.
Simply download your free PDF file HERE, print the entire page on to a medium cardstock, trim around the Subway Art and its ready to pop into a 8"x 10" picture frame, for you and your family to enjoy this Halloween.
Happy Trick or Treating :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mini Banoffee Tarts

I rarely cook desserts but when I do, they have to be decadent. Last night I made some Mini Banoffee Tarts:

These little tarts are lush, super sweet and ohhhh so yummy! We have embraced clean eating and when cooking meals, I am quite adept at substituting a healthier option ingredient but with desserts or baking, I just wont compromise :)
These little tarts are quick and easy to make and we enjoyed them so much that I decided to share the recipe with you:
Either right click the recipe image and save to your files or you can download the PDF version HERE to save and print later.
Hope you enjoy!!! :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Busy as Bees :)

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" - Audrey Hepburn

Spring is my favorite time of the year; there's a promise of new beginnings and it's a symbol of rebirth. It's time to leave our long winter hibernation and reacquaint ourselves with the sights, sounds and smells of our surroundings.
It's school holidays here at the moment and we are enjoying a different kind of "busy". Our days are filled with replanting, feeding, watering and nurturing our little promises for tomorrow.

We gather outdoors to sit and enjoy the warmth of the sun, amid the chatter of birds or the buzzing of bees; sipping our coffees, reading our books or working on some hand stitching. And we breathe, we recharge, we appreciate the simple abundance that is our life before we head into the last few hectic months of the year.
I like this kind of "busy" the best :)




Monday, September 29, 2014

Free October Calendar

October is almost here, so it's time for your free calendar:
This months featured quilt is my Nanny Sharon's Picnic Quilt, which I designed back in 2009 using the gorgeous Bonnie and Camille fabrics, Cotton Blosooms.
In Australia the days are becoming longer, the weather is improving and we are beginning to take our meals outside to the patio (they always taste better outside). We also love family picnics, so my quilt will be used a lot over the coming months as we wind down with nature.
I love the simplicity of this design and the pattern includes instructions for "rock pockets" which help anchor your quilt against the breeze. PDF patterns of Nanny Sharon's Picnic Quilt are available in my shop HERE, for $8.95. It's large enough for 4-5 people, finishing approx. 58" x 69".
I also love this months quote; there is no greater blessing than the gathering of family and picnics are a wonderful way to reconnect (without distractions) with our busy lifestyles :)
To download and print your free October calendar, just visit HERE.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful, happy and family filled month :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Christmas Bauble-Free Stitchery Pattern

Have you started thinking about Christmas yet? I've noticed the stores are beginning to stock Christmas lines so I guess the retail industry is trying to get us organised early :) The family Christmas lunch will be at our house this year, so I'm starting to make plans already; it really is my favorite time of the year.
So to get into the spirit of the upcoming season, I've designed a free Christmas stitchery pattern for you, called Christmas Bauble:
I have stitched mine into a mini wall hanging (and the pattern includes the requirements and instructions to complete the wall hanging), but you could also use it as the centre of a cushion, or on the pocket of a bag or you could stitch it up, add your name and use it as a quilt label for one of your Christmas quilts :)
Be creative and have fun with it :) If you are new to stitching, there are plenty of resources on the net to help you with the stitches. There's a great site HERE with lots of video tutorials, which could be beneficial to anyone who wants to give stitching a try.
To download and print out the PDF version of the free Christmas Bauble stitchery pattern, just visit HERE and to ensure accuracy of the design sheet, when printing ensure your printer resize settings are set to "none".

I hope you enjoy stitching this free pattern and if your looking for some more Christmas stitching designs, have a look at some of the other patterns I have available in my shop, HERE.
Patterns are available as PDF files only and are currently on sale with prices starting from $5.95.
Happy stitching! :)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Blog Hop With A Difference

I've really enjoyed getting to know other bloggers who have participated in the "Blog Hop With A Difference" over the last few weeks. The purpose of this blog hop is for each blogger to tell their readers a little more about their creative life. I was tagged by the very talented Leanne of Lizzie the Quilter, so today its my turn to share more about my story and then pass the baton on to three more bloggers.
Hi, I'm Rose and I have been designing for eight years under the business name "Threadbare Creations":
And these three "crazy" people are the very reason I live, breathe and do every single thing that I do:
My wonderful husband Les, my gorgeous daughter Madeline and my cute and cuddly son Cohen. They are my motivation, my inspiration, my passion and my three true loves :)

So onto the questions......there are a few different questions being answered by bloggers, so I chose the ones that help tell more about my story and me.
How did you come up with your business name?
My mother is very "house proud" and growing up meant once the beds were made, there was no sitting on them (for any reason), our lounge room was only used on special occasions and you could only cook at mealtimes, to avoid messing up the kitchen. While I like to keep things clean, we live in our home and around the time I started designing, we were in desperate need of a new lounge suite; ours was threadbare :). It had been sat on, played on, endured countless drink and food spills, had doubled as a sick bed and a midnight refuge from hubby's snoring; it was a great place to hide Lego, Matchbox cars and the occasional Barbie head at cleanup time; a gathering place for stories and family photos, a fort, a boat, a castle.......you name it, it suffered every bit of everyday living we could throw at it. But most of all, it was well loved.  I wanted to design projects that were practical, would be used often, would give comfort and be treasured and loved until they were threadbare......and that's how "Threadbare Creations" came to be.
What are you working on right now?
Currently I'm finishing a lovely magazine project, I'm working on ezine projects for Issue 5, I've started cutting a new quilt design and I'm working on a free pattern for the blog.........and its a stitchery; I haven't stitched in so long so its a real treat for me :) Stay tuned for that one. And I'm crocheting another afghan for Madeline's room.
How long does it take to create a project?
The time I spend on a design varies. I enjoy each and every part of the process (ok maybe not basting!!) It's a "labour of love" and I like to take my time, see how the fabrics work together and try a few different options until I'm happy with the end result. I quilt all my own designs on my domestic, so this adds to the finishing time. I have only had one design custom quilted and although it looked lovely, I felt disconnected.....I prefer to be hands on throughout the entire process and my FMQ skills are developing because of it :)
What are my favorite things to create with?
Fabric, definitely! I love pieced projects (the more pieces the better) and I love giving more depth to a design with applique. But I also have an addiction to buttons and ribbons/trims which I do love using in smaller projects.
How does my creative process work?
Some designs I plan/draw/draft fully before I get to work but most of the time designs begin with a vague idea and then they evolve on my studio floor as I work. I like to challenge myself and incorporate different techniques; some work and some don't. I am the absolute worst at Maths, so designs change because I haven't worked things out properly at the beginning, but for me, that's all part of the process.
How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I find inspiration everywhere.....I brought a scarf the other day and saw a quilt design within its pattern. Most of my designs are inspired from sights, sounds and smells which have conjured up a childhood memory. Quotes are another form of inspiration for me and in any room of our home, you will find some mantra to remind you to enjoy the important things in life.  And the internet........so many talented, wonderful people sharing what they do and whats important to them :)
What would you be doing if you weren't designing?
Writing the great novel...........during my teenage years, my English teacher Libby, was a HUGE influence in my life. She introduced me to all the classic novelists/poets/playwrights and encouraged and guided my own writing style. In her free time, she would take me to weekly writing meetings (Tasmanian Fellowship of Australian Writers) and was in the audience when I won my first award. I had my first short story published at 14 and its still a passion of mine to one day, write that novel.
Favorite time of the day?
Dinner time :) Between work, University study, school and after school activities, social lives and our own various independent interests, the dinner table is the place where we "catch up" and share our days. Accomplishments are commended, ideas are discussed, burdens are shared and there's lots of chatter and laughter.......lots, we are very loud!!! :)
So that's a little more about my creative life and what inspires me. Now I have to pass the baton on to three more bloggers so they can share their own story. I tag the very lovely:
     Tara from Tazzie Quilts
Vicki from The Pickledish Patch
and Pauline from Calico Crossroads