Friday, October 27, 2017

Sundial Mini Quilt + Your Free November 2017 Calendar

Spring is definitely in full swing down under. The weather has been beautiful and we're spending lots of time outdoors, gardening, BBQing and resuming our nightly walks around the neighbourhood. After a long cold winter, its wonderful to feel the heat of the sun and to enjoy the time reconnecting with our surroundings.
Its also time for me to share my new monthly mini quilt pattern and your free November 2017 calendar. I'm so in love with this design and beyond thrilled to introduce the gorgeous Sundial to my pattern family:
Sundial is a fully paper pieced octagonal mini quilt pattern and its a beauty :) I've included three sizes in this PDF pattern (10", 12" & 14") so you can choose which size suits your needs best. I made the 14" mini because I needed a new quilt for my lamp table and this size fits perfectly.
There's not a lot of difference between the three sizes but a couple of inches smaller or larger may suit your needs better.
Navy is classic and hard to tire of and I seem to be using it in everything I sew lately. Blue has been my favorite colour since forever and the warmth of that navy just makes me happy. I use it a lot in my home decor and its works so well with that lovely coral and blue/grey fabric.
These fabrics are a mix of Charleston and Les Petits from Amy Sinibaldi and I think this palette is a gorgeous, sunny mix. My lamp table looks so pretty and it makes me smile every time I look at it.
I love the octagonal shape of this mini, but if its not your thing, I have also included instructions for squaring up your mini quilt. You can also use these instructions if you plan on using the design as a cushion front or for making multiples for larger quilts.
The PDF pattern includes full step by step instructions and diagrams to help you construct your mini quilt quickly and easily. It also includes a colouring sheet for planning your colours/fabrics prior to sewing and optional instructions for adding a hanging sleeve or corner hangers.
I stippled my Sundial mini quilt, which is quite dense but also perfect for a lamp table quilt. It makes the mini sit perfectly flat so my lamp and other bits and pieces sit even and safe. That's my personal preference for table mats etc., but I'm sure you have your own ways of finishing smaller projects like this.
If you would like to make your own version of Sundial, from today until the end of November 2017, PDF patterns will be available at the introductory price of $4.95 (AU) in my Big Cartel shop HERE.
Or if you prefer an instant download, PDF patterns are also available in my Etsy shop HERE.
I also have your free November 2017 calendar:

To download and print your free calendar, just visit HERE.
That's it from me. I'm off to plow my way through this huge list of projects I'm working on at the moment. In the next few weeks I'll have a new free project for you using some lovely new fabrics from Dana Willard, so stay tuned for that one :) Plus a look at some new projects I've finished recently, one of them is the Christmas present for Maddi and Michael I mentioned before ♥ I need to find some time to take some nice photos and this weather means I can photograph this blanket in the great outdoors :)
So until then.....Happy sewing :)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Preparing for Christmas

After two weeks of school holidays, Cohen started Term Four this morning. This means I have a mere ten weeks to bring you everything I have planned for Christmas. The time will fly by fast, as its always so busy leading up to Christmas but this is my favorite time of the year, so I'm excited.
To kick start my prep, I thought I'd link up a few of my past Christmas projects and also give you a brief rundown on what to expect in the following weeks.
So first up, the lovely team at FaveQuilts have featured another of my projects, and this time its my free block Christmas Star:
If you haven't seen this block before, its so pretty and you can use it for lots of Christmas projects. It's a paper pieced pattern and I've included templates to make four versatile sizes. You could use this block to sew place mats or table runners, or as a cushion front or a border for a Christmas quilt; the possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination.
The pattern is free and you can download your copy HERE. Have lots of fun with it :)
Also check out some of the other free Christmas patterns at FaveQuilts, HERE.
Another of my free Christmas patterns are these gorgeous mug rugs. They are quite simple but so pretty and make great presents for teachers or neighbours or your crafting friends. They're a great use of scrap fabrics and they look lovely on your side table or office desk.
The free pattern includes the paper pieced version shown above and an applique version if FPP is not your thing. You can download the free file, HERE.
Over in my PDF pattern shops, I have this cute little guy. This is my Nutcracker pattern and I just love hanging him near our Christmas tree. He brings a smile to my face every time I look at him and it just wouldn't be Christmas without him :)
This is a quick and easy pattern using lots of quick corners and there's loads of diagrams etc. to help you along the way. You can purchase the PDF pattern HERE.
Yuletide is another of my Christmas PDF patterns. I love this little mini and I have seen it sewn in many beautiful fabric/colour combinations. Its another great stash busting project and its fully paper pieced and very easy to construct.
You can purchase the PDF pattern HERE.
If you're like me and have to be super organised, I also have my free Christmas Planner which you can download and print. I love this planner and every year I reprint the pages and get to work on planning our celebrations. Even though our family is small, Christmas is huge for us and keeping all my lists, recipes, notes and plans in the one place, is essential.
Start your planning today and download your own copy of my planner HERE.
So what have I got planned for the coming weeks? Here's a little list of what I hope to bring to the blog to help you celebrate Christmas with your family;
  • my upcoming December mini quilt pattern will be Christmas themed (that's a given)
  • a new free Christmas pattern (and its a sweet one!)
  • recipes, lots of recipes, including some yummy biscuits presented 3 or 4 ways which will be perfect for gift giving.
  • a Christmas inspired crocheted coaster. I've been playing around with my own crochet design for a little while now and I think I almost have it :)
  • a quick and easy Christmas ornament which is perfect to pop in your Christmas cards to friends and family.
  • Maddi and Michael's Christmas gift. I have been working on this crocheted blanket for months and its epic! I've had a daily love/hate relationship with this one but very soon it will be finished and ready to share. And I looooooove it! Stay tuned :)
  • plus lots of links to free patterns I'll be using to add to our Christmas decor.
OK, I need to get all of this done in the next ten weeks so I best get to work; not that you can really call all that fun crafting, actual work :) I hope to bring you all of these projects (plus more if time allows) but if something doesn't make the blog then it just didn't work as I had hoped; I'm thinking it may be the crocheted coaster, we will see.
Happy Christmas preparing :)

Friday, October 13, 2017


The latest edition of the Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine (Vol 27 No 8) is now available and on page 20 is my quilt Mira:
Mira is a giant red variable star found in the constellation of Cetus. Its unique in the way it pulsates to increase or decrease its own brightness. For this design I positioned my bright red star amid a sea of shooting comets and tiny twinkling stars as can be seen in all of the stunning constellations.
I used Cheery McGee fabrics for this quilt and they were absolutely beautiful to work with. I love the tone of that gorgeous red and the aqua's are to die for. The cute bird print is so pretty and I tried to showcase them in the square elements of the blocks.
I would like to link these fabrics for you but a Google search found nothing which wasn't very helpful at all :( and I can not remember who distributes them.
They make a stunning quilt though and even the trimmings looked super pretty :)
Once you sew the required blocks, Mira goes together quite quickly and easily. It finishes at around 54" square, making it a lovely lap quilt or a quilt to throw over the couch ready for those chilly nights. Mine is draped over our couch and its so lovely and snuggly but somehow the cat seems to have claimed it and trust me she is extremely territorial and the only one using it. :)
This latest issue of APQ is packed with lovely projects and the whole team do a great job showcasing our projects. If you want to grab a copy of this months issue see your local newsagents or you can order online HERE.
I'll share more about Mira next year when I add it to my PDF pattern range but for now its only available via the magazine :)
Happy sewing :)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Do you ever cook something just because you feel like a trip down memory lane? I felt like that last week and decided to make a batch of Nanaimo's. We all need a few no bake recipes in our collection and today I've got an oldie but a goodie for you. If you want something quick and easy and reminiscent of my 80's then your going to love these Nanaimo's:
Cue Madonna's "Holiday"; we're being transported back in time with this recipe ladies :) You're singing it now aren't you? ;)
As newly married wives, the girls from work would sit in the lunch room and trade quick and easy slice recipes which were indicative of our young culinary talents. Many of them contained chopped up lollies or melted chocolate bars; you know the type of recipes I mean, everyone made them.
We cooked them all and this Nanaimo slice has stood the test of time even though its a little different to the original Canadian recipe. I'm pretty sure it was served at every Tupperware party we went to during the 80's/90's :)
These Nanaimo's are packed with chopped pecan's, coconut, dark chocolate and shredded wheat biscuits with a super sweet icing smothered on top. I could eat a bowl of this icing by itself, please don't judge me :) I prefer to chop up extra pecans and sprinkle them over the icing but today I'm doing it like we did back in the 80's and using one whole pecan on top. Very retro :)
I cut my slice into 15 bars but cut them smaller if you wish. They would be perfect for high tea or as a plate to take to craft days and nibble on as you chat and sew.
This recipe is really all about those gorgeous pecans. They flavour strongly in this slice and combined with that delicious dark chocolate, Nanaimo's are the perfect substitute for that afternoon biscuit you have with your coffee. The icing should be soft and fluffy and just set, so adjust your icing sugar quantities to obtain a consistency your happy with.
Nanaimo's are in no way cake like, they are more of a biscuit so if they sound to your liking, you can download the recipe HERE or right click on the image below and save to your computer for later:
This batch of Nanaimo's did take me back to those lunch hours with the girls, scrawling down each others recipes in the hopes we'd found a winner. And to those endless Tupperware parties where most of us came only for the food and left with yet another batch of containers to put our cooking in :)
Happy baking :)

Friday, October 6, 2017

It's A Blizzard (Part 2)

As promised, I'm doing another round up post of readers Snowflakes from my 7 Day Mystery Sew Along last month. There's only three but you really have to see these ones too, they are gorgeous:
First up is Analiese's snowflake and she is another of Trevea's grandchildren and she is 10. Wow! Analiese, your sewing is impeccable and what stunning fabrics you have used. I love the dark, textured background and your snowflake looks so delicate and pretty ♥
Great job honey, I'm so happy you joined in and had fun making your snowflake :)
Next up we have Marcus who is 13 and another of Trevea's grandchildren. He's also chosen a dark background and it looks like he's used an army print for his snowflake. All three of these kids quilts are pieced so perfectly, they blew me away! Marcus, your snowflake looks incredible and I'm so proud of you. I hope you have as much fun using your table cloth as you did making it :)
And lastly, here's Rosa's. I love the background fabric she has used, its just perfect for her snowflake. The tone of that blue fabric is just stunning and she has pieced her snowflake perfectly. Thanks for sharing with us Rosa, I'm eager to see this quilted and I hope you use it heaps during Christmas :)
Well I think that's everyone's Snowflake I have received but if I have missed yours please email me an angry, finger wagging message for being so remiss ;)
In other news, I have been asked to design a project showcasing some new Art Gallery fabrics so I'll be bringing you another free project very soon. There's no mystery with this one, just a straight forward "see it and make it" kinda pattern, so keep a look out for that early November. I'm excited!
Happy sewing :)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sweet Prairie by Sedef Imer

Last Friday, the postman received another huge hug when he arrived at my front door with this gorgeous bundle of Sweet Prairie fabric from Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane:
This range is just stunning you guys! I've had this bundle on pre-order for months and to finally see it in person, was well worth the wait. This is Sedef's second fabric range and its just as beautiful as her first line, Sweet Orchard which I used for my April Mini Quilt, Ma Petite.
The prints in this range are adorable and those soft colours are just perfect. I'm totally in love with the mint and yellow and that pink is so sweet. I love how she has teamed the pastels with the stronger red's, oranges and greys which will give a lot of contrast to projects. I haven't opened my bundle yet, but you can see all of the prints on the Riley Blake website HERE.
I'm looking forward to working with these fabrics and I do have plans for them but I must finish a few other things first so for now it will sit in the studio and inspire me to sew quicker :)
If you need some inspiration, you can visit Sedef's website and see some of her stunning projects HERE. Be sure to keep a look out for this fabric line, you wont be disappointed and think of all those gorgeous autumn inspired projects you can sew.
Happy sewing :)
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