Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Gift For You

Hope everyone has had an enjoyable and family filled Christmas. Ours was very relaxing, Santa spoilt us terribly, we ate far too much yummy food and caught up with family and friends to celebrate the season.
But as the Christmas season is coming to an end and a new year is rapidly approaching, its time to turn my dreams for 2014 into plans and get myself organised. Im a great "list" person and a "diary" and "calendar" person so I have designed a free monthly calendar for you to download and use to help keep you organised throughout 2014.
I have added a new Free 2014 Calendar tab at the top of my blog as a quick reference for future months.
The January calendar features my new pattern Potpourri, which will be released in the next few days (so stay tuned) and will be offered in my shop as both a PDF file and as a paper pattern. And as I love inspirational quotes, I've included a very motivating one for the first month of the new year.
 
To download the January PDF calendar, click here
There will be a new calendar available each month, I hope you enjoy them all :)
Happy New Year!! and may all your dreams and plans for 2014 come true.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Clarendon House- Photo Shoot

I finally finished the quilting and binding of my Potpourri quilt and it was all ready for its photo shoot.
I'm always looking for different locations for photographing my projects so today we visited one of my favorite places, Clarendon House, the gorgeous Georgian home just outside the quaint country town of Evandale:
After a lovely, relaxing picnic on the lawn and a wonderful tour of the beautifully restored house, the out buildings and the gorgeous gardens:
 The lovely staff allowed me to use the property to get that perfect shot :)
Going through the photos tonight, there are so many wonderful shots its going to be hard to chose just one :)
Just the pattern to finalise now and then Potpourri will be added to the Threadbare Creations range. Its gorgeous!!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Potpourri

As the year draws to an end and we are in the depths of the "silly season", Im trying to finish up as much as I can before school/work holidays start and that quality family time begins :)
My "big" project for January is all finished and its gorgeous! Im so proud of what I have achieved and cant wait to share it with you next year :)
I have a production line of quilts that need finishing for 2014:
So I started with the "oldest" unfinished quilt and its finally under the machine, getting quilted :) I started this quilt 12 months ago and had trouble deciding on borders, so it got left behind.
Its slow progress but its quilting up beautifully. This will be my first pattern release for 2014 and Im calling it Potpourri. Hope to be binding this by the weekend, pattern is almost written and then maybe I should wrap some presents and make a gingerbread house :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sidewalks

Had these gorgeous fabrics arrive today:
"Sidewalks" by October Afternoon for Riley Blake.  Such a lovely range and such pretty colours. No plans for them as yet but thats half the fun......planning and fondling :)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Ive had a very busy week finishing up the last of my small projects for my new venture for 2014.  Its been a massive task and Im finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Lots of different projects but they will all tie in together :)

I had lots of fun working on this little 2" heart border. A little bit of work but very effective.
And this fun and simple owl applique.  Just a few finishing touches to this one and all my projects are complete.  Lots of pattern writing, photo taking etc before I can finally say that this venture is complete.  Cant wait to share all the projects with you in early January :)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Challenge


As soon as Maddi saw these gorgeous "My Sunshine" fabrics by Zoe Pearn, she fell in love with them. Apparently (according to her) its time I made her a new quilt :) and as always she set me a challenge.
Her brief was a fully pieced quilt, no flowers, no stars, something pretty, something different and could it possibly have some relevance to Dr Who (shes a huge fan)..........yeh right, no worries lol
But I love being challenged so I worked on a few ideas before designing a pattern that she really loves and it pretty much fits her brief :) and I will be releasing this pattern to my range :)
Now just to find the time to get started......so much going on here, a massive deadline looming, a quilt top screaming for attention, patterns that need to be written and ideas that need to come to life quickly!! It was beginning to overwhelm me so I spent the day writing lists and action plans and taking to time to breathe and look at how much I have actually achieved in the last few months, which Im excited to share!
Hopefully it wont be too long till I can attack that stack of yummy fabrics and begin :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fairground- Half Way Point

I have finally reached the half way point with my upcoming design, "Fairground". Im so pleased with how its looking and Im hoping that the last half goes a little quicker. Heres a look:
 Im trying to focus all my attention on it but I also have other little projects that really need to be finished:
 Loved working on this little Valentines Day project, simple, quick and very very pretty.
And a little hand stitching at night, or pattern writing all these small projects. Enjoying where this new venture is taking me :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lots of Projects

I have lots of projects on the go at the moment, most of them for an new venture Ill reveal early January. Quick, easy and fun has been just what I needed to focus on, due to battling the flu and dealing with technology problems (ie, a laptop that finally died and an Iphone that needed upgrading).
But  I have been productive in the studio, a little bit of applique:
 A lot of quilting:
 And lots of binding:
 And a little bit of something different:
Certainly heaps more fun than reloading programs onto a new laptop or reinstalling apps on a new phone. Just when you think your finished you go to do something and you cant because something is missing.....think Ive got it all fixed now :)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Piecing Smaller Blocks- Tutorial 3" Star Block

Its no secret that I love piecing, especially sampler blocks and a few of my upcoming designs are going to be featuring some lovely blocks. The most recent that I have been working on has pretty little 3" stars.  There is a beauty in smaller blocks and it is a labour of love to get it just right, so I thought I would put together a little tutorial, so they dont look so scary.
I am by no means an expert on anything, Im self taught and have learned the hard way (lots of unpicking, hair pulling etc) about the importance of proper preparation and patience. Of course, regardless of whether your working on a 24" block or a 3" block, the same principles apply.  If you have any other tips to share with fellow quilters, please leave them in the comments section to add to this tutorial.
Firstly, make sure you are well prepared, press all your fabrics, pop a new needle into the machine, threaded with a good quality thread and ensure your rotary blade is nice and sharp for accurate cutting.
Just a few other important things to remember along the way...... read all the instructions carefully before proceeding, ensure accurate 1/4" piecing throughout the block, press seams in alternate directions for easier seam matching, measure all the units along the way and trim were necessary, being careful not to cut into seam allowances and take your time, enjoy the experience :)
I like to cut all my pieces and lay them out as units, according to the order in which I will sew:
What you will need to complete this 3" star block:
4 x 1 1/4" white squares for the corner blocks
1 x 2 3/4" white square cut diagonally twice to yield 4 triangles
2 x 1 5/8" blue squares cut diagonally once to yield 4 triangles
2 x 1 1/4" blue squares 
2 x 1 5/8" green squares cut diagonally once to yield 4 triangles
2 x 1 1/4" green squares
Take extra care cutting squares on the diagonal, ensure that you are cutting from corner to corner.

Starting with the centre 4 square block:
It is very important that you sew an accurate 1/4" seam throughout the block. If you are worried about consistency you can draw your seam line using a seam guide, like the one pictured above which I use for hand piecing, marking your line with a sharp pencil.
I prefer not to use pins while piecing unless Im matching seams but if you do wish to pin your units, it may help to chose something smaller or lighter so you dont distort the unit and remember to remove your pins as you sew. Sew a blue and green square together to create a unit, repeat for the remaining 2 squares.
Ensure you press your seams in alternate directions, for ease of matching:
Press each seam towards the blue fabric. At this stage each unit should measure 1 1/4" x 2" (trim if necessary using your seam as a guide to the centre of the unit). Join both units together, carefully matching the centre seams, to form the 4 square block:
At this stage your 4 square block should measure 2" square (trim if necessary).

Sew a green triangle to the white background triangle as above, pressing your seam towards the green fabric.  Repeat for the other side, using a blue triangle.
This side unit should measure 1 1/4" x 2", trim if necessary but be extremely careful not to cut off the triangle tip at the base of the unit as you will lose your seam allowance.
Sew this unit to the right side of the 4 square block, pressing seam towards the 4 square block. Repeat for the opposite side unit.
At this point, your centre unit should now measure 3 1/2" wide by 2 " high.
The top and bottom units are pieced in the same manner with the addition of a white corner square on either end and seams are pressed towards the white square
Top and bottom units should measure 3 1/2" wide by 1 1/4" high.  Sew both of these units to the centre block unit, carefully matching seams to complete your block. Press seams away from the centre unit.
And there you have it, a perfectly pieced 3 1/2" block (unfinished), all seam allowances still in tact.  Hope this little tutorial inspires you to attempt the smaller blocks or serves as a guide for your next piecing project.
I am still working on my "Fairground" quilt and I will work on a tutorial for the template piecing for this quilt at a later date :)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A New Design

Its school holidays here for Cohen but I have managed to sneak in some time to work on my new design "Fairground".... in between watching movies, playing games and dining at McDonalds :). This quilt will have 20 blocks and I am currently working on the 7th block. It involves lots of cutting:
 and lots of piecing:
but the end result is deifintely worth all the work. And these "Scrumptious" fabrics are just that.....scrumptious!  Im loving how its coming together. Promise to show you a sneak peek when I hit the halfway mark :) it is gorgeous :)

Im also working on another project, for next year and having so much fun with this.  There has been a lot of work planning (my favorite) and now Im in the producing stage, stay tuned for more on that.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Winner and New Projects

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway for my new machine cover "Cover Me Happy" and the charm pack of "Happy Go Lucky".  Also thanks to those who have visited my store and purchased patterns, your amazing!!!

The winner of my giveaway is SIMPLESEW. An email is on its way to notify you of your prize. The PDF pattern of "Cover Me Happy" will remain on special until the end of this month, in my store.

So this week I have been playing in my studio with these lovelies:

Scrumptious!!!!! My new quilt, "Fairground" is coming together nicely and Im enjoying working on this. These fabrics are so pretty and lovely to work with.

Also I have another wonderful project in the pipeline, which Im very excited about.  More will be revealed early next year, so stayed tuned for updates and maybe a few sneak peeks of whats happening in my studio :)





Monday, September 23, 2013

New Pattern and A Giveaway

 
"Cover Me Happy" is my new design and Im thrilled with how it turned out:
 
These "Happy Go Lucky" fabrics are gorgeous and so easy to work with. Constructed using some simple piecing and pretty applique, this sewing machine cover surely brings some cheerfulness into the studio. I have finished it off with some simple side ties, to secure:


So to celebrate, I have listed the PDF versions of this pattern in my store and it will be offered at a discounted price until the end of the month.

And Im also running a giveaway:


Just leave a comment on this blog post (be sure that you can be contacted by me, through email) and I will draw one winner on Thursday who will receive a free pattern and a Charm Pack of "Happy Go Lucky" fabrics to get you started!! Good Luck!!! :)


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Changes

The last few years have been a rollercoaster of changes for our family, some fantastic and enriching our lives, others that have really knocked the wind from our sails.  The "good changes" have filtered throughout our home and lives and has now moved on to my little business.

After a huge (and realistic) cleanout and reorganisation of my studio, Im ready for the new exciting ideas I have to share.

Firstly "Threadbare Creations" has a new logo:


Sweet and simple and showcasing my love for aqua and gray at the moment. My blog has also had a fresh update and Ive also been working hard to convert and update my patterns to PDF format.  This will be a new option for anyone looking to purchase my patterns and I am selling them in my new store here

Of course the paper versions of all my patterns can still be found from the wonderful and supportive retail outlets listed on the tab at the top of my page "Buy My Patterns".

Currently Im working on a new design and Im loving how this is coming along.  Gorgeous fabrics (Happy Go Lucky) and some lovely applique have made this a joy to work on. Heres a sneak peek:


Im very eager to get this finished as I have another exciting new design ready to start.  This will be a fully pieced quilt, using some templates and basic rotary cutting.  I have sewed a "test block" and this quilt is going to be gorgeous.  Im using "Scrumptious"  and Ive named it "Fairground".........stay posted! Follow me on Facebook for more regular peeks and updates, and specials in my store etc.

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