Apr 4, 2017 - 8:20pmEureka
I'm super excited to finally talk about a project that I have been working on with the the gals from Modern Makers Retreat. In collaboration with 6 Aussie designers, Modern Makers brings you an all Australian modern medallion Quilt made from my fabric range, Eureka. You can now purchase the awesome pattern - designed by Tales of Coth, keera Job, Down Grape Vine Lane, Blossom Heart Quilts, Emma Jean Jansen and She Quilts Alot. And don't worry - if you're not sure about curves and applique and EPP - we're starting a monthly sew along in April and the designers are going to do a tutorial and tips to help you along.This amazing Rainbow version has been made by Jackie Gillesusing Alison Glass fabrics!To stay up to date follow @modernmakersretreat on instagram.
Jan 31, 2017 - 2:35pmNewsletters
I have having a belated Australia Day Sale in my Etsy shop.All PDF patterns and quilt samples are 20% OFF.Just use the code "AUSSIE" when checking out to receive this discount.Sale ends 3rd of February 2017.Bubble and Squeak QuiltFruit Tingle QuiltMeadow Tracks Quilt
Dec 6, 2016 - 3:01pmBook Review
I was recently ask to participate in Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane's Blog Hop tourto promote her wonderful new book, Quilt Petite.I have just spent the last couple of hours going back through all the wonderfulcreations that the other members of the blog hop have made.You can check them all out here.November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (intro + giveaway)November 7: Wynn at Zakka ArtNovember 8: Sarah at A Little Happy PlaceNovember 9: Bridgette at The Family HearthNovember 10: Heidi at Fabric MuttNovember 11: Minki at Minki's Work TableNovember 12: Ange at A Little PatchworkNovember 13: Lauren at Molly and MamaNovember 14: Michelle at Cole & TaffyNovember 15: Nadra at Ellis & HiggsNovember 16: Amy at Nana CompanyNovember 17: Faith at Sarana AveNovember 18: Debbie at Happy Little CottageNovember 19: Erin at Why Not SewNovember 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft GirlNovember 21: Melissa at Oh How SweetNovember 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson DesignNovember 23: Ayda at Cafe NohutNovember 24: Peta at She Quilts A LotNovember 25: Amanda at A Crafty FoxNovember 26: Keera at Live Love SewNovember 27: Sharon at Lilabelle LaneNovember 28: Kate at The HomemakeryNovember 29: Jemima at Tied With A RibbonNovember 30: Jodie at Ric RacDecember 1: Anorina at Samelia's MumDecember 2: Alisha at Ministry of FabricDecember 3: Xanthe at Wife-madeDecember 4: Cheri at Tinker With ThisDecember 5: Kristyne at Pretty By HandDecember 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter ShopDecember 7: Veronica at Vivid FelicityDecember 8: Shari at Doohikey DesignsDecember 9: Jina at Jina Barney DesignzDecember 10: Emma at Emma Jean JansenDecember 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (wrap up + giveaway winner)The book is stunningly photographed and full of different projects that won't take you weeks to finish. From place mats to wall hangings, the book covers a wide range of tecniques, including english paper piecing, raw edge appliqueand foundation piecing.I choose to make my own version of the Scattered Stars, creating a mini quilt for my sewing room wall.I teamed up my lastest fabric range Eureka with some Andover Chambray.I also choose to do lots of straight line quilting in a light gray thread.This project is foundation pieced. I choose to use the freezer paper method ofpiecing and it was easy to translate Sedef's pattern to this method.My new Mini Quilt will be hanging here in my sewing room which means I willget to look at it while I am sewing.Congratulations Sedef on a delightful book!!
Dec 2, 2016 - 9:08pmEureka
Whenever I release a new range of fabrics I have always been busy making new projects for you to make from the fabrics!These are the quilts and projects that I have made using Eureka, my new range of fabrics due out in January 2016.Wheels of FortuneFinished Quilt Size: 2.15mts x 2.15mts (84’’ x 84’’)Go With The FlowFinished Quilt Size: 185cms x 185cms (72’’ x 72’’) Triple TrianglesFinished Cushion Size: 45cms x 45cms (18’’ x 18’’) Money Bags Finshed Bag Size: Height 18cms (7") Width 14cms (5½")Little CrossesAvailable finished sizes in pattern:Cot Size: 92cms x 127cms (36'' x 50'')Throw Size:165cms x 165cms (64'' x 64'')Queen Size: 2mts x 2mts (78'' x 78'')Gold BullionsA free pattern download available here.All the patterns are available as PDF downloads from my etsy store.Wholesale patterns orders from Creative Abundance. For retail pattern purchases, please contact your local patchwork shop.
Nov 4, 2016 - 4:50pmEureka
Eureka by Emma Jean JansenNow I have returned from Quilt Market at Houston I thought I might share with you the inspiration behind each of the designs. GOLD VEINSLike the name suggests this fabric is a shows the gold running through the earth.I also love that it looks a bit like a marble fabric with the fabulous touches of metalic. QUARTZI was fascinated by the quartz crystal I found as a child in the land around where I grew up.I used to head out with my pick and bucket and collect my treasure.Unfortunately I never stuck gold but had a fabulous time looking for it! MINE SHAFT MAPWhen designing this range I spent lots of time looking through books about Ballarat's mining history.In one of the books I found an amazing mind shaft map. It was much more complicated than the designI created but I loved the idea so I designed my own version. CORESThis design represents the changing colours in the earth when miners would core down into the earth.I always like to have a stripe in my range but wanted it to be a bit special.This print is great for binding and I love the movement it creates in a quilt. WAGON WHEELSAs a child I was lucky enough to be involved in a group called FOSH, Friends of Sovereign Hill.Sovereign Hill is an open air museum in Ballarat that depicts the first 10 years after the discovery of gold there in 1851.Once a month on a Sunday my Mum, Sister and Brother would go to Sovereign Hill and dress up in costume as volunteersand pretend that we lived on the goldfields. It was a fantastic experience and one of my favourite things to do wasto ride around in the stage coach, so I decided I had to have a wheel print in my range. SOUTHERN CROSS STARSThe Eureka Flag was used as the war flag during the Eureka Rebellion in 1854 and featured the Crux Australis constellation (Southern Cross) I really wanted to incorporate the stars into my range because of the strong symbolism and relationship to my range name Eureka. I hoped you liked finding out a little more behind the designs in my range Eureka.In the next couple of weeks I will be sharing the quilts that I designed from the fabric.I can't wait to show you!
Oct 17, 2016 - 10:54amEureka
It's that time of year again, when all I do is sew!!Quilt Market prep is exciting but also exhusting.Such a short time to get everything done.My new rage of fabrics for Ella Blue is called Eureka.I took inspiration from my home town of Ballaratand it's history of goldmining.Can't wait to show you more!!
Sep 6, 2016 - 1:56pmBy The Bundle
I am finally excited to share with you all the my Book, By the Bundle will be arriving in Australia this week!To celebrate I am having some trunk shows and book signings.All the quilts from the book will come along with me and I willbe doing a talk and answer any questions.Patchwork with Gail BSaturday the 17th of September10am - 12.30pmGJ's Discount FabricsSaturday the 24th of September10.30am - 1pmJoy's CraftworxSaturday the 12th of NovemberTimes TBA
Sep 6, 2016 - 10:01amNew Patterns
I had been holding onto a bundle of fabric for such a long time, waiting for the stars to align to give me a block of time to make something from it.The fabric is called Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman.I had an idea for a block for some time that involved foundation piecing.This is my test block!The colours are so wonderful in Blueberry Park I really wanted to do them justiceand also create a rainbow quilt of course!Lots of cutting and lots of sewing was involved but I enjoyed working with fabrics so different from my own.And finally the quilt top was finished.I just needed to decide how to quilt it.In the end I choose to do lots and lots of straight lines diagonally across the quilt.Simple yet very effective.For the backing I choose a Carolyn Friedlander fabricand another Blue Berry Park fabric for the binding.The finished Quilt!The finished quilt size is 2.05cms x 2.05cms (80'' x 80'')All the patterns are available as PDF downloads from my etsy store.Wholesale patterns orders from Creative Abundance. For retail pattern purchases, please contact your local patchwork shop.
Aug 22, 2016 - 2:33pmThe Creative Retreat
I got to go to a retreat!! It's been years since I have had the time to get away and just sew and I had not long returnedfrom Quilt Market and there were no looming deadlines in my future.The retreat I attended was called The Creative Retreat and was held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July 2016,at the beautiful seaside town of Point Lonsdale. The tutor that was organised for the retreat was the talented and inspiring Cheryl Arkison.Cheryl has written many books and designs with an improv based approach.The first day we started sewing straight away, which I loved!We were given a word and had to make a block based on it.My word was step.It was fun to just cut and sew without measuring!We next had a group chat about what we would like to acheive over the weekendand what our inspiration was going to be.I just wanted to sew and try out lots of new improv style blocks and piecing.I had chosen to bring along a group of fabrics that were in my stashand included designs from Carolyn Friedlander, Cotton and Steel and some other bits and bobs.I don't have a massive stash so some were purchased too.I started out just sewing blocks together.It had been such a long time since I had just sewn for mewithout having to write a pattern!I loved it more than I can tell you!We all worked in the same room and the creative juices were flowing for everyone.Designs walls were supplied that made working on our projects so much easier.The sewing continued late into the night and I got so much more sewing done than I thought I would.Cheryl was an extremely patient tutor espcially with someone like me, who hadnever done any improv piecing before.We also had an amazing show and tell session with Cheryl. She brought lots of heramazing quilts and it is always lovely to hear the stories behind the quilts.Alys, Erin and Mandy keeping warm with some of Cheryl's quilts.We also got to work on a pass the parcel style quilt blocks.Sew a bit and then pass it on! It was great fun and would love to do that again.Here are all our blocks together.Here is a photo of the progress I made over the weekend.I am dying to get back to it but it will just have to wait for the moment.I was still so inspired after the weekend that I came home and kept sewing. I made this circle block late Sunday night after I had driven home!The weekend was amazingly organised but the wonderful Julie McMahon.Everything was thought of and all the meals were delicious. She even looked afterme with all my wacky food intolernces!I would like to thank Cheryl for being such an inspiring and amazing tutorand to Jules who made the retreat run so smoothly leaving us to just create!If you are interested in attending next years Creative Retreat,check out the website and FaceBook page.Cheryl and I.
Aug 2, 2016 - 4:52pmMatilda
Matilda has been arriving in stores over the past couple of weeks.Here is a list of stockists!If you are a shop, and you have Matilda, please let me know and I will add you to the list.AUSTRALIAADDICTED TO FABRIC25-31 DUNDAS COURT PHILLIP ACT 2606 PEGS PIECES138 OAK RD KIRRAWEE NSW 2232CLAIRS FABRICSONLINE VICGJ'S DISCOUNT FABRICS 31 STEANE STREET FAIRFIELD VIC 3078 JOY'S CRAFTWORX 46 PERCY ST PORTLAND VIC 3305PATCHWORK WITH GAIL B202 CANTERBURY ROAD BAYSWATER VIC 3153SEWING CONNECTION VIC115 MAIN ST PAKENHAM VIC 3810 PERIWINKLE PATCHWORKSHOP 2 BAYSIDE CITY PLAZA24-36 FAIRY STREET WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 MY LITTLE PIPS FABRIC STORE21 PORTCHESTER BOULEVARD BEACONSFIELD VIC 3807 STEWART'S SEWING MACHINE CENTRE8 ROOKE STREET DEVONPORT TAS 7310 COTTON FACTORY128 CLYDE STREETBALLARAT VIC 3350BRAIDWOOD HERITAGE CRAFTSONLINENEW ZEALANDKITZ N THINGZ201 DEE STREETINVERCARGILL, NZUNITED STATESSPOOL1420 McCALLIE AVENUECHATTANOOGA TN 37404THE QUILT ASYLUM153 S CENTRAL EXPRESSWAYMcKINNEY, TX 75070CINNAMON'S QUILT SHOPPE4220 HOOD ROADJACKSONVILLE, FL 32257AIMEE'S PATCHWORK & QUILTING3526 LAKEVIEW PKWY, #B-150ROWLETT, TX 75088CALICO CREATIONS386 W MONTGOMERY STREETMT VERNON, WA 98273STYLISH FABRICS & QUILTS138 N MAIN STREETLOGAN, UT 84321OKLAHOMA QUILTWORKS9323 N PENNSYLVANIA AVENUEOKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73120LEWISTOWN'S SEW PIECEFUL214 W MAIN STREETLEWISTOWN, MT 59497PAINTED PONY & QUILTS1015 S BROADWAY STREETLA PORTE, TX 77571PINE NEEDLES1100 7800 S #29SWEST JORDAN, UT 84088 9323 N. Pennsylvania Oklahoma
Jun 27, 2016 - 11:59amNew Patterns
My new range Matilda will be arriving in stores very soon.I wanted to share with you my new quilts that I designed using this bright zesty fabric.The first quilt is called Outback Blooms.It features basic piecing and raw edge applique.The quilt has been simply finished with straight line quilting and a touch of free motion.The finished quilt size is 153cms x 153cms (60’’ x 60‘’)The next quilt I made is called Southern Cross Stars.It is made using squares and half square triangles.I think this quilt would also be very well suited to being a scrap quilt.Again I quilted this quilt with my walking foor using straight lines.I find this quilting to really suit the style of the quilt and very easy to achieve.Finished Quilt Size: Finished Size: 183cms x 183cms (72” x 72”)The third quilt is a study in colour and negative space and is called Bush Gems.I have had the idea for this quilt in my head for some time and was waiting for the perfect fabric to complete it.Bush Gems has been quilted using vertical lines and I love the effect!!Finished Quilt Size: 198cms x 206cms (78” x 81”)All the patterns are available as PDF downloads from my etsy store.Wholesale patterns orders from Creative Abundance. For retail pattern purchases, please contact your local patchwork shop.
Jun 27, 2016 - 11:51amMatilda
Introducing my new free quilt using my latest fabric range Matilda.This quilt uses the full range and is made from Fat Quarters.Matilda has 24 fabrics in the range and features bright zesty colours.The fabrics are inspired but Australian flora and include,Sturt Desert Peas, Kangaoo Paw, Flannel Flower and Boronias.You can download the pattern here.
May 30, 2016 - 10:15amQuilt Market
This year at Quilt Market, Ella Blue had four designers releasing new ranges.Jodie Carleton"Bunny Trail" Leanne Beasley"The Potting Shed"Rosalie Dekker"Gembrook"and my new range "Matilda" I also got to sign a few copies of my new book, By the Bundle :)for more photos of quilt market, check out my instagram and facebook pages.
May 30, 2016 - 9:58amQuilt Market
Once again I had a fabulous time at Quilt Market!Who wouldn't ?Catching up with old friends, making lots of new ones.Getting inspired, laughing and just having fun.Yes it is exhusting, and the jet lag is a killer, but I love every minute of it! I took a few photos to give you a taste of all the wonderful sights!Alison Glass Elizabeth HartmanCarolyn FriedlanderTula PinkAmy ButlerPat BravoKatarina RoccellaBari JJen KingwellLucky Spool MediaRJR Fabrics
Apr 28, 2016 - 11:02amBy The Bundle
When I started designing and sewing quilts for book,By the Bundle, the end point seemed so far away. Now in less than a month it will be launched at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah.It has been such an amazing opportunity and I thank Susanne from Lucky Spool Media for making it all happen.Here are a few more sneek peaks of the amazingphotography that the talented Jade from Mojo Photography made happen.The book includes 12 quilt projects all using Fat Quarters.Ranging from simple quilts, to curved piecing and also foundation piecing.I will be looking forward to sharing lots more photos of the quilts very soon!
Apr 28, 2016 - 10:30amMatilda
I am so excited to share with you my new fabric range for Ella Blue. Its called Matilda!This range features Australian flora in bright zesty colours.There are 24 fabrics in the range. And include Sturt Desert Peas, Boronia, Flannel Flower and Kangaroo Paw.I have been very busy designing and making some new quilts with this range and can't wait to share.Matilda will be released at Quilt Market in May and will be available in stores late June/July.Matilda is available wholesale through Ella Blue Fabrics.Ask your local quilt shop to order!!
Jan 22, 2016 - 11:06amSewing
I love Tula Pink's fabrics, I mean who dosen't.Ms Midge who is the organiser of the Aussie Charm Swaps, announced a Tula swap and I was in! It involved buying two metres of Tula Fabric, cutting it up into 5'' squares and sending it off.A few weeks later a pile of 112 different Tula Pink charm squares arrived at my place.I then had to decide what to make!I ended up adding some of my own Tula Pink fabrics and ended up with 209 different charm squares.I decided I wanted to make a simple quilt to showcase the fabrics and all the wonderful colours.I have named the quilt "Zip It"Lots of quilting later!I still have to bind but I am waiting on a fabricdelivery for that!"Zip It" will be available as a Creative Card from Creative Abundance and a PDF pattern from my website very soon.
Jan 14, 2016 - 4:51pmSewing
The week before Christmas two of my dear friends were getting married.I decided about 3 weeks before that to make them a wedding quilt.I choose to make my Little Crosses pattern which is actually cot quilt size,so I made quite a few more blocks to enlarge it to a queen size. This is the original quilt, Little Crosses. I wanted to use modern colours with a soft grey background.Here is a photo of the first fabric pull.The fabrics are by Carolyn Friedlander, Cotton and Steel, and a few others that I added later as I needed more fabrics!The grey fabric is from the Art Gallery Fabric's Pure Elements range and the colour is Mystic Grey.I really like how the sashing is the same colour as the background fabric used in the blocks. It makes the crosses float and become the stars of the quilt!I then added a white corner block in the sashing.And a border which uses the same size squares as used in the blocks.For the quilting I just kept it simple.Lots and lots of straight lines!!The backing is a Cloud 9 organic cotton, so the quilt is extra soft.Another Cotton and Steel fabric was used for the binding.The finished quilt.I am so pleased to report that the happy couple loved it!Little Crosses Quilt pattern available wholesale through Creative Abundance,or retail from your local quilt shop.
Dec 7, 2015 - 6:04pmMelba
I am so excitied to see Melba arriving in Patchwork stores around Australia.I thought I would share some more photos of some of the things I have made from my latest range of fabrics. Three Cushions.This is available as a pattern. My fun Melways quilt pattern.Using the Magpies as a feature fabric. Whirligig, my favourite :)The free quilt pattern I designed, Melba Paths.Available as a download here.The Sleepover Bag.This pattern is design by Melly & Me.This is the Fat Quarter Bag, another great design by Melly & Me.I hope you enjoying sewing and creating with Melba as much as I have. If you do make something and would like to share please send me an email with a photo, I would love to see!
Nov 26, 2015 - 8:54pmNew Patterns
I just heard today that Melba is arriving into patchwork stores!I am so very excited and can't wait to see what you make from the range.I have made 3 new patterns to be used with Melba.Introducing Whirligig.A fat quarter friendly quilt made with quick piecing methodsand a great way to showcase a fabric range.Finished Quilt Size: 170cms x 170cms (66'' x 66'')Next up is my Three Cushions Pattern.This patterns includes instructions to make three very different cushions using the same fabrics. You can create a cushion with a flange, ruffle or piping, making a fabulous addition to any lounge room.Finished Cushion Size: 40cms x 40cms (16'' x 16'')And finally Melways.Melways is a fun quilt designed to showcase a feature fabric! This pattern also includes the use of arrows which would make it perfect for a boy's quilt. Easy instructions and detailed diagrams make creating this quilt a breeze.Finished Quilt Size: 158cms x 158cms (62'' x 62'')Wholesale patterns orders from Creative Abundance. For retail pattern purchases, please contact your local patchwork shop.
Nov 25, 2015 - 11:39pmMelba
What a trip!Quit Market was a whirlwind from the moment we arrived.Prop shopping and getting organsied to be able to pull our booths together.So much fun was had but it was also totally exhusting! The Ella Blue Booth Looked faboulous, if I don't say myself.I loved all the other designers ranges and it was fantasic to see them all together. I had so much fun introducing Melba to market,The response was great! We then had to turn around and have the Australian Quilt Market in Melbourne.There was two weeks between the shows but it still seemed very quick with jet lag :) Another great weekend was had, catching up with shop owners and friends. It was great to hang out with the Creative Abundance team tooat my first Australian Quilt Market with them. Thank you to everyone that stopped by and said hello.I had an awesome time :)Thank you also to all the support for my fabric and pattern designs.I am so lucky to be able to do I love what I do :)
Oct 19, 2015 - 12:33amMelba
Only one sleep to go! It's getting exciting now. All the hard work is done, lots of sewing and creating. Time to finish packing the bags and fly to Houston.Here is some of what I have been working on.Some other people have also been working in Melba too!Cathi from Gertrude Made created this stunning dress for me.Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon made this cute apron.Jodie from Ricrac made me the sweetest little elephant.and Christine from Monkey & Bee made me these adorable little purses.I still have lots more to show you and can't wait to share.Come follow me on instagram to see all the fun of market!
Oct 7, 2015 - 10:32pmNew Patterns
I am so happy to be sharing this new quilt with you.The Ampersand Quilt has quickly become a favourite of mine featuring the & sign with raw edge applique.I used the gorgeous range of basics fabrics from Ella Blue Fabrics.The inspiration for this quilt came from the lovely Janelle Wind.All the Ampersands were cut out by hand but there is a template set from Creative Abundance that makes tracing them out so much easier.All the Ampersands were appliqued using the wonderfull Aurifil Threads.The finished quilt size is 170cms x 170cms (66'' x 66'') Wholesale patterns orders from Creative Abundance. For retail pattern purchases, please contact your local patchwork shop.
Sep 29, 2015 - 3:35pmBy The Bundle
Today is the day I finally get to share my big secret, I wrote a book. I am still a little shocked that it has all happened but incredibly excited that I have done it. The book is called By The Bundle and is essentially a Fat Quarter book with 12 new and hopefully inspiring quilt designs for you to make. I look forward to sharing more about it in the next few months. It has been one of the biggest challengesso far in my patchwork career but also one I am most proud of. It will be here in Spring 2016 (Autumn in Australia) and is being published by Lucky Spool Media. You can even pre-order it here, I can't believe my book is on Amazon! To see my book and others from the Lucky Spool Authors click here to see the catalogue.
Sep 27, 2015 - 7:59pmMelba
I am very excited to show you a peak at my new range Melba. The designs all remind me of my time living in Melbourne whilst I was a student and then in my first couple of jobs. The collection includes the iconic Melbourne tram, which I used to catch to university in the city of Melbourne and a list of the suburbs that I lived in and some of the ones I remember so much. I also designed a print using the old public transport tickets that I used everyday. A fabulous magpie print, these birds lived in all the placed I had houses and I love their morning song. There were also lots of gum trees so I also included a gum nut print and a striking banskia flower. These are such amazing plants and I love the texture of the seedpods after they flower. I also included a simple dot stripe that co-ordinates really well with the other designs. Stay tuned for more peaks of the range and if you would like too see more regular updates follow me on instagram!
Aug 20, 2015 - 12:50pmNew Patterns
It's been a long time since I have done any needle turn applique or hand quilting! I totally enjoyed making my Lovely Liberty cushion and hope I can find some time to make another one soon.First I selected my fabrics.Who dosen't love Liberty fabrics, the colours the and the designs made it hard just pick 16 for this cushion. Millrose Cottage is where I purchased these fabrics, they have a ROOM full of Liberty fabrics, the largest range I have ever seen in one place!Then it was time to start the applique. I used silk thread and Jeana Kimball size 10 straw needles.Once all the applique was complete I hand basted the cushion front ready for hand quilting.For the batting I used Hobbs 100% wool batting. I love this batting as it is very easy to needle and had a high loft that really shows off the quilting.I also loved using my clover hoop, this is much smaller than my usual quilting hoop but was perfect for this small project.Once I finished quilting I decided to make a button back for the cushion using some of the left over fabric to make covered buttons.And here is the finished cushion! Wholesale patterns orders from Creative Abundance. For retail pattern purchases, please contact your local patchwork shop.
Aug 13, 2015 - 3:31pmNew Patterns
This pattern is a favourite of mine!It combines gorgeous fabrics, raw edge applique and detailed quilting.The requirements include enough fabric to make three co-ordinating cushions just by changing the colour placement. This project is a great introduction to raw edge applique because the work area for a cushion is small enough to manage on a domestic sewing machine.The finished cushions measure 18'' square.The reverse of the cushions feature a button up back.Wholesale patterns orders from Creative Abundance. For retail pattern purchases, please contact your local patchwork shop.
Aug 13, 2015 - 2:55pmNew Patterns
I love making quilts with half square triangles and Ella's Scrapbag is a perfect example. Made using The Linen Cupboard, 60's Scrapbag and Ella's Basics this is a easy, fun project that would be perfect for beds or as a quilt to keep on the couch. The quilt measures 183cms x 183cms (72'' x 72'')I used an Art Gallery Pure Elements fabric for the background and the colour is called Moonstone. Wholesale patterns orders from Creative Abundance. For retail pattern purchases, please contact your local patchwork shop.
Jul 12, 2015 - 3:34pmHexegons
When I started designing fabrics for Ella Blue fabrics, I knew I would always have bits of fabric left over from the sampling fabric. I decided that for my first two ranges,Terra Australis and Terra Australis 2, I would like to make a hexagon quilt as a special quilt to treasure. So I started collection scraps and making hexagons to piece together. I am making my hexagons from 1.5'' papers and I purchased them from Patchwork with Busy Fingers. I am also using the Sewline Fabric Glue Pen to attach my fabric to the paper hexagon. The thread I am using to piece with is Superior Threads 60wt Bottom Line and the needles I am using are size 10 Straw Needles. I have always wanted to make a Grandmother's Flower garden so I started putting the hexagons together like this.Very slowly they have been coming together. I really enjoy the fussy cutting element of make these flowers, and creating fabulous patterns with the repeats.This quilt is definitely a long term project as I don't often get time to work on it. However, I don't mind at all. It's always nice to know I have something to hand piece if I need a break from the machine.
Jul 12, 2015 - 3:14pm60's Scrapbag
The lovely people over at Creative Abundance have made a fabulous perspex template to be used with the Peace Quilt Pattern. This makes the tracing out of the Peace Sign so much easier and eleminates the need to make a template yourself.Available Wholesale from Creative Abundance and retail from your local patchwork store.
Jun 10, 2015 - 10:23am60's Scrapbag
The free pattern that I designed from my new range 60's Scrapbag is called Bella's Quilt. This is a simple quilt design using the full range of fabrics and half square triangles. The quilt is 179cm (70'') square. You can download the free pattern here.You can also visit the Ella Blue website for lots more free patterns!
Jun 10, 2015 - 10:02am60's Scrapbag
Every time I release a new fabric range I also design a few quilts using the new fabric. This is the first time I get to actually play with my new fabric designs and it is always heaps of fun.The first quilt I made using 60's Scrapbag is called the Peace Quilt. I wanted to design a quilt that used the iconic peace symbol that was very popular during the 1960's.Then I decided to sash the quilt using all the fabrics so the quilt had a flower power feel.It was heaps of fun matching up the fabrics! I love the way the quilt turned out and I think the simple quilting made the Peace signs really shine! The finished size of the Peace Quilt is153cms 153cms (60'' x 60'') In my next quilt I decided to use some of the fabulous new Basics Range produced by Ella Blue.These fabrics work perfectly with 60's Scrapbag! I used a double pinwheel block which gives the quilt so much movement. I also enjoyed pairing up the fabrics! I quilted the quilt myself using my walking foot. I just did straight lines either side of the seams. The finished quilt size for Spin Cycle is 183cms x 226cms (72'' x 89'') Wholesale patterns orders from Creative Abundance. For retail pattern purchases, please contact your local patchwork shop.
May 26, 2015 - 10:36am60's Scrapbag
I am so excited to share with you my new fabric range which will be available in June! It is called 60's Scrapbag and is a follow up range to The Linen Cupboard. There are 4 designs in the range, named after my nieces. A funky floral called Sophie. A sweet daisy print called Olivia. A retro floral called Chloe. and a fun diamond check called Zara. All the colours in this new range work back perfectly with The Linen Cupboard. I can't wait to see what you make with these fabrics :) For Wholesale fabric orders please contact Ella Blue Fabrics.
Apr 15, 2015 - 3:49pmNew Patterns
Meadow Tracks is a modern quilt design that is also fat Quarter friendly and includes easy instructions to make piecing a breeze. Would suit all the fabulous modern ranges of fabrics and would also be striking in solids.This quilt was made using Leah Duncan's range of fabrics called Meadow.The quilt has been quilted simply using a walking foot and straight lines.Finished quilt size: 163cms x 203cms (64'' x 80'') Wholesale patterns orders from Creative Abundance. For retail pattern purchases, please contact your local patchwork shop.
Apr 15, 2015 - 3:37pmNew Patterns
Australis Diamonds is a new quilt design made using 2.5'' strips. Jelly rolls are perfect for this project.The pattern also comes with instructions for a pieced star backing.I use my first range Terra Australis to make this quilt, and teamed it with a hanky linen in a silver colour. It has been quilted simply using a walking foot and straight lines.Finished Quilt Size: 177cms x 203cms (69 1/2'' x 80'') Wholesale patterns orders from Creative Abundance. For retail pattern purchases, please contact your local patchwork shop.
Mar 17, 2015 - 10:53amTeaching
I was lucky enough to be invited to teach at the Hobbysew Creative Escape for 2015, along with two other very talented tutors, Anne Somerland and Katrina Hadjmichael.We had a fabulous time at this well organised event and I enjoyed myself thoroughly.I was teaching a Flower Power Mini quilt which featured raw edge applique.If students liked the mini they could go on to complete a Flower Power Quilt!This pattern will be available to purchase online from Hobbysew very soon. Go to Hobbysew to sign up for their newsletter to find out all about next years Creative Escape!
Feb 5, 2015 - 12:42pmTeaching
I have added all the dates for the classes I am teaching to my website!You can come to Patchwork with Gail B and learn the raw edge applique technique I use in the Australis Blooms quilt.In the class you will make the cushion below.Thursday Feb 19th 9.30am - 4pmYou can check out the details here. In March I have been invited to teach at the Hobby Sew "My Creative Escape"I am teaching a special project designed exclusively just for them. Flower Power Mini - Raw Edge Applique and piecing11th - 13th March Find out all the details here. If you just want to work on one of my quilts, Millrose Cottage has awhole range of dates for you. These classes are designed as a sitand sew and for you to ask any questions about completing one of my quilt designs.Contact Millrose Cottage for details.Saturday March 7th 10am - 4pmSaturday June 6th 10am - 4pmSaturday July 4th 10am - 4pmSaturday August 1st 10am - 4pmSaturday September 5th 10am - 4pmSaturday October 3rd 10am - 4pmSaturday December 5th 10am - 4pm In March I will be teaching The Daisy Quilt concentrating on raw edge applique and matching colours and curved piecing.The Daisy Quilt - Raw edge applique and curved piecing.Thursday March 26th 9.30am - 4pm You can check out the details here.If you have ever wanted to learn freezer paper foundation piecing, then this is the class for you.Learn how to piece accurately using this method and also curved piecing.Harlequin Stars - Foundation Piecing using freezer paper method.Tuesday April 14th 9.30am - 4pm You can check out the details here.
Dec 30, 2014 - 2:26pmThe Linen Cupboard
Everytime I design a range of fabrics I also design a collection of quilts using the fabrics.Here are the quilts I designed using The Linen Cupboard. The Daisy Quilt Bubble and SqueakFruit TingleChloe's QuiltThis pattern is a free PDF download.To download this pattern click here.
Dec 18, 2014 - 11:23amThe Linen Cupboard
The Linen Cupboard has arrived in Australian stores!Check out my stockists page which I will be updating as I am informed of which stores are stocking the fabric.
Nov 8, 2014 - 10:44pmQuilt Market
I have just returned from my first US Quilt Market as a fabric designer for Ella Blue Fabrics.It was a fabulous 3 days full of meeting customers, other designers and getting inspired!Here is some photos of my booth. and here is a photo my Mum took of me setting up. It is a bit of a challenge designing a booth in Australia and then making it happen when we arrive off the plane. Ikea comes in very handy as we can make decisions onfurniture and actually see it and then cross our fingers that it will be in stock at the Houston Ikea.Here's a photo of Rosalie Quinlan, the other Ella Blue designer, and I on the Ella Blue booth.Another photo my Mum took so sorry for the quality. I was lucky enough to have some dresses made by Cathi from Gertrude Made.She designs and creates beautiful vintage style dresses usually from vintage sheets and fabric.However she made some from The Linen Cupboard to help showoff my fabrics on my booth.I just love this dress so lucky it fits me perfectly. Thanks so much Cathi! I can't wait to go next year and maybe I will make it to a Spring Market too!Here's some more photos of my booth. The fabulous fabric tea set you can see in the next photo is a design from Jodie from RicRac.you can purchase the pattern here, I had fun making some old school fabric coathangers. I used to have a selection of these that had been given as gifts or made by my mum. I used to put my very special dresses on them. I will use these Linen Cupboard ones for my Linen Cupboard desses!You can also see in the background of the next photo my book shelf. I wanted to create a faux linen cupboard look. My mum got busy and sewed hems on the complete range of The Linen Cupboard so they could be folded around some cardboard to give the look of folded linen. I was very happy with the result. I also bought some Ball Mason jars and filled them with yo-yos made from The Linen Cupboard.The blocks on the shelves are soaps wrapped in fabric. They made my booth smell delicious!I also made some super sweet apple pin cushions with yummy felt leaves. The Linen Cupboard fabrics will be in stores in Australia in December.
Oct 18, 2014 - 11:21pmQuilt Market
Only 3 more sleeps and I'm off to Quilt Market in Houston.To I am excited is an understatement and now all the work has been completed I am ready for it.All my samples are made, booth design sorted, outfits are chosen and bags are almost packed. The Tea Set is a pattern design by Jodie from Ric Rac and it can be purchsed here.I am looking forward to catching up with friends, hopefully making a few new ones and seeing all the new fabulous patchwork fabrics, quilts and amazing booths.I won't get to blog while I am away, so join me on instagram and facebook to see it as it happens.
Oct 10, 2014 - 5:56pmNewsletters
Last Monday I was tagged by Jodie of RicRac to take part in the Round the World Blog Hop. A blog hop where bloggers talk about their creative process. It's been really interesting answering these questions as it's not something I think about, I just create. Hope you enjoy reading a bit about my creative process.WHAT AM I WORKING ON?For the last couple of weeks I have been designing and making new quilts out of my new range of fabrics, The Linen Cupboard. This range of fabrics is my third and I am totally in love with it. It is inspired by the vintage sheets from the 1960's and 70's and if you read my blog regularly you would have seen some of the projects that I have designed using the original sheets. Besides designing and making 4 quilts to promote this range at Quilt Market I have also been creating lots of cute things to have on my booth. They are all laundry inspired and should decorate my booth perfectly. I am on the home stretch now and leave to go to Houston on the 21st of October so I am starting to get a little bit excited now most of the work is completed.HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF IT'S GENRE?This is a hard one to answer and I have been thinking about it all week. I don't think anything is totally original anymore in both fabric and quilt design but the way each designer puts colour and pattern together makes it original to them. I am very comfortable using bright colours in my designs and try to use new colour and design combinations.WHY DO I WRITE / CREATE WHAT I DO?I think the answer to this one is easy - it's because I need too. I have always loved drawing and colouring and made it into a career after doing a degree in Textile Design at RMIT. I don't think I would be happy if my day job didn't involve being creative. I am continuously thinking about new quilt designs and seeing patterns in everything around me. I am driven to come up with new block designs to create interesting and modern quilts. I have notepads full of fabric designs and drawings of new quilt designs and if I am not sewing I am drawing.HOW DOES MY WRITING / CREATIVE PROCESS WORK?As far as my fabric designs are concerned I try to find a hole in whats available at the time. My first two Terra Australis ranges were designed after noticing that there were no bright comtemporary Australian themed fabrics around. Australia had some fabulous iconic images and I just knew I needed to put them into a range of fabrics. The Linen Cupboard came from my love of vintage sheets and knowing that it was getting harder and harder to find them in the op shops. Also the quality of the sheets bought used can be a little inconsistent so I thought a range based around these was needed. When I design quilts I love to have restrictions as it forces me to be more creative. If I only have 30cms of 16 fabrics, I find I really push myself to create a pattern that uses those fabrics that showcases them in the best way possible. The next blogger I am tagging is Janelle Wind. The is one of Janelle's lastest quilt patterns called "Hello Happy"
Oct 5, 2014 - 5:52pmThe Linen Cupboard
I have been not so patiently waiting to share this new range of fabrics with you all.I designed it all way back in January and it's been a long wait to get the sampling into my hands. The new range is inspired by my love of vintage sheets that I remember sleeping on at my Gran's house as a little girl and also collaborating with Morgan from The crafty Squirrel on some gorgeous vintage sheet projects. I designed a range based around a large groovy floral and split the range into 3 colour ways although the fabrics do cross over. The range also includes slightly smaller floral with a great retro vibe, a paisley, a single colour all over floral, a great ditsy daisy and of course both a stripe and a spot.I have been madly sewing for the last two weeks to get samples made for Quilt Market which is on at the end of October. This year I am actually attending and will have my own little booth all decorated in The Linen Cupboard ! Can't wait to share the photos.The booth number is 2414 for anyone going to Quilt Market. I have created four quilts for quilt market and I hope to get them all completed for we leave, otherwise I might be binding on the plane! Once again I have been very lucky to have my Mum help me complete all the quilts.I just couldn't do it without her and I am very excited that she in coming to Quilt Market with me.It will be her first Quilt Market and I can't wait to show her all around. The Linen Cupboard is available now for wholesale order through Ella Blue in Australia and EB2 in the US. All details are on the Ella Blue website.The Linen Cupboard will be in stores at the beginning of December! To stay up to date follow me on instagram :)
Oct 5, 2014 - 5:25pmTerra Australis
A few months ago I made a quilt using 2 candy logs of Terra Australis.Candy logs are the same as jelly rolls, a pack of 2.5" wide strips.I really enjoyed putting the colours together in this quilt and the silver hanky linen really sets the diamond shapes off.Of course I had to call it Australis Diamonds! This pattern can be found in the current issue of Quilters Companion, No 69.
Sep 25, 2014 - 8:52pmTerra Australis 2
Today I am going to share with you the fabric designs that are in my 2nd range of fabrics, Terra Australis 2.I wanted to design a range of fabrics that complimented the first range but also stood alone as a range. The colours co-ordinate with the first but I have added some yellow in the Desert Sands colourway and a rich royal blue in the Rainforest colourway.Terra Australis 2 should be in Australian stores by now and just arriving into US stores this week.Check my stockist page to find a store near you.The first design is the Terra Circles print that has elements from both ranges. Gum Flowers is a larger repeat showcasing the gorgeous gum flowers on a background of gum leave.A fun deisgn is of course the Geckos that are on a background that represents the cracked earth. The Wattle is print is one of my favourites especially in the black and grey colourway. The Boomerang print has great movement and is a great one to piece with. The Gum Leaf print is a great tone on tone print and the range of colours it comes in is fabulous. I also kept the stipe that I used in the first range and added the True Blue colourway.I love stripes in quilts, espcially in the binding.
Aug 18, 2014 - 5:11pmTutorials
I have written this tutorial to help with the piecing together of this block.There are 16 points all meeting in the centre and with seam allowances it can get tricky.This tutorial will have a few tips and tricks I use to get all the points matching in the centre. To start piecing the star together you need to make the points.This includes 8 right points and 8 left points.These can be completed by the freezer paper method of foundation piecing which I talk about in my pattern or your preferred foundation piecing method. You then need to join these two pieces togther.I like to pin and the top seam and then at the middle to make sure the seams meet.Start sewing from the wide end down to the small end. After you have sewn the points together, you need to trim the seam allowance at the base.I just trim with my scissors making sure I don't clip the stitching. Your completed unit should look like this.Make sure to iron in one direction and repeat with the other 7 units required for this block.You then need to sew two of these untits togtether to make a quarter block.Match the seams at the top and pin, and do the same at the small end.The seams should lock togther as you ironed them in opposite directions.Once again after you have sewn the seam from the wide end to the small end, trim the seam allowance making sure not to clip the seam.The finished quarter should look like the photo below.Remember to iron the seams in all the same direction.See photo below.Here is a close up of where all the seams meet at the small end.This is what yours should look like.Make 3 more of these quarters to complete the star. Add the drunkard's path piece to make the block into a square. Here's a photo of the reverse side too. Now take two of these quarters and sew them togther to create a half.Use pins to match the seams and sew from the outside into the middle of the block. This time iron the seam in the opposite direction to the other seams.See the photo below.For some reason this helps when piecing the 4 quarters togther.Repeat to create another half.Then you need to sew the two halfs togther.Use pins to match the seams, paying lots of attention to the centre. Here's a close up of the pinning.I like to pin either side of the seam, it stops any movement when you sew.You can also use fork pins. Once sewn, iron to one side and press well.I also use "Best Press" to help achieve a flat block. I hope these tips help you to create a block with neatly matched centre points!
Aug 13, 2014 - 9:13pmTerra Australis 2
As Terra Australis 2 is being released into Australian stores this week I thought I might share the free pattern I designed for this range. Click here to download the PDF pattern for this quilt. Boomerangs - Desert Sands Boomerangs - Rainforest I hope you enjoy making this quilt!
Aug 8, 2014 - 10:01pmTerra Australis 2
Terra Australis 2 is starting to turn up in stores this week!It's all very exciting. I have had my own delivery and will be busy cutting up packs and quilt kits this weekend.This is the Desert Sands colourway.and this is the Rainforest colourway. Check out my stockist list to find a Terra Australis 2 stockist near you!
Jul 17, 2014 - 11:53amTutorials
Map Of Australia Cushion Finished size: The cross hatch quilting shrinks the cushion front and back in, to make a perfect fit for a 16” (40cm) cushion insert. REQUIREMENTS: 30cm zipper (approx.) Iron on Fusible web such as Vliesofix or Steam-a-seam. Spray baste such as 505 Spray and Fix for basting. Hera marker 16” (40cm) cushion insertPDF pattern for Australia Map, downloadable here - Map of Australia FABRIC REQUIREMENTS Cushion Front: Cut 1 12½” x 12½” square Linen fabric for centre square Cut 2 3¼” x 12½”strips fabric for side borders Cut 2 3¼” x 18” strips fabric for top & bottom borders Fabric piece at least 9” x 10” for the Map of Australia Cushion Back: Cut 1 18” x 18” square Linen fabric Batting: Cut 2 18” x 18” squares CONSTRUCTION ¼” seam allowance except for outer seams which are ½”. Firstly position and sew the side borders in place, and then the top and bottom borders. Press to the Border. Trace the Map of Australia (don't forget Tasmania) onto the fusible webbing, and remember to reverse the image. Roughly cut out the Map of Australia shape and then fuse it onto the back of the fabric selected. Carefully trim around the Map of Australia shape, remove the backing paper and position in the centre of the made cushion front. Iron to fuse in place. Choose a thread to match the Map of Australia fabric and raw edge applique (which means just using a normal sewing stitch), around the edges of the Map of Australia shape. Sew as close to the raw edge as possible, and sew around three times. Baste the batting and the cushion top together with spray baste. Mark the first two diagonal quilting lines with a Hera marker. Put your walking foot onto your sewing machine and sew the first diagonal quilting row. Stopping at the Map of Australia. Sew the second diagonal quilting row. Set your machine walking foot with a 1” seam guide preferably on the left side of the quilting foot, and sew rows 1” apart, working out from the first diagonal rows sewn. If you do not have a seam guide on you walking foot mark all the quilting lines 1” apart with the Hera marker. Cross hatch the entire cushion top. Baste the Backing fabric and batting square together, mark the diagonal lines with your Hera marker as before, and then 1” cross hatch the entire back of the cushion. Now the back and front are completed it is time to sew the cushion together. There is a ½” seam allowance around the entire cushion. Trim any excess batting, around both the cushion top and cushion back. Neaten the the edges (with a zig zag stitch or overlocker) of both the front and back pieces where the zipper will be placed. We placed the zipper at the bottom of the Map of Australia. Pin the two neaten seams together and using a ½" seam allowance sew in 3" at both ends of the seam. Please note: I have used the images from the Kangaroo Cushion Tutorial to show how to insert a zipper. I did this as the process is exactly the same. Press the seam open along the entire length of the seam firstly from the wrong side to ensure the ½" seam allowance and then from the right side. With the zipper closed place it under the pressed seam and pin the zipper in place. Try to keep the zipper teeth directly under the center of the seam and the pins in the directions you will be sewing. Attach your machine zipper foot with thread to match cushion fabric and start to sew at one end. The idea is to use the zipper foot as a guide to keep the line of stitching about ¼” away from the zipper teeth. When you reach the zipper pull, stop sewing, leave the needle down in the fabric and lift the foot. Carefully pull the zipper open for a few inches sew along a while and then reclose the zipper. Sew across the end of the zipper taking care to catch the end of the zipper fabric but not the metal end, complete the other side and end. Once the zipper is sewn in, leave it open, and pin the back and front of the cushion together. Sew around with ½” seam allowance. Trim the fabric bulk from the corners and pull the cushion to the right side. Place cushion insert inside cushion and admire your work.
Jul 16, 2014 - 1:33pmTeaching
Last weekend I was lucky enough to teach my Harlequin Stars quilt in Warracknabeal.The weekend was organised by Del and Shirley from the local patchwork store Quilters Harvest. Here's a photo of the quilt hanging in Quilters Harvest.I had two classes, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. All my students were very keen to learn how to foundation piece using freezer paper and all the blocks made were so different but all beautiful.1. Casey - using Terra Australis 2. Deb - using Millefiori by Sarah Filke3. Wilma4. Michelle - using Terra Australis 21. Margaret2. Meredith1. Pam2. CarolThe weekend was very well organised by Del and Shirley including the most delish food made by them too! The classes were held at the local football club rooms which had fabulous light and were nice and warm.Thanks so much to Del and Shirley for organising such a fabulous weekend and for inviting me to be a part of it!
Jul 6, 2014 - 9:33pmTerra Australis
I recently attended The Melbourne Craft and Quilt fair with all my Terra Australis fabrics and quilt packs.I had a fabulous four days catching up with old friends and connecting with lots of new ones. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and said hello, your support is wonderful!
Jun 20, 2014 - 9:46pmTerra Australis
The lovely folk at Ella Blue got some of their talented sewers to make two of my patterns in the alternate colour ways.The first has become a favourite of mine.It is the Waratah Crowns pattern made up in the outback colour way.The second is the ever popluar Nine Birds pattern in the Eucalyptus colour way.These two quilts and all the original Terra Australis quilt patterns will be available as packs at the Quilt and Craft Fair which is on next week. Hope you can come and say Hi :)Quilt and Craft FairMelbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, South WharfJune 26 – 29, 2014Thursday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm daily
May 27, 2014 - 10:44pmTerra Australis 2
A couple of weeks ago, Terra Australis 2 made it's debut at Fall Quilt Market in Pittsburg. This is the 2nd range of fabrics that I have designed and it follows on from the first range of Terra Australis.I wasn't able to travel to America but lucky I had the great team at Ella Blue and the wonderful Rosalie Quinlan (who also designs fabric for Ella Blue) looking after the set up. They did an awesome job and to prove it the booth was awarded 2nd place in the double booth catagory.My end of the Ella Blue booth. These Australia Map cushions will be a free pattern on my blog very soon.You can see to the right side of the photo, a re-make of Lime and Soda. This is one of my most popular patterns and I still love making them. I think the rainforest colourway looks great in the circle design.This is Rosalie's end of the booth displaying her new range of fabrics, Folk Festival.And last but not least, a photo of the ribbon and plaque that the booth won!
May 27, 2014 - 10:30pmTerra Australis 2
I have had lots of interest in my new quilt pattern, Australis Blooms.I made this quilt using Terra Australis 2. This range will be available July/August this year but I had so many requests for the pattern I decided to release it early. Enjoy.Australis Blooms Quilt pattern can be purchased here.
May 2, 2014 - 9:58pmTerra Australis 2
When designing Terra Australis I came up with so many fabric design concepts that I couldn't use them all in the first range. So I knew I had to design a follow up range that I called Terra Australis 2.I have had the sampling fabric for this range for a couple of weeks and have been very busy designing new quilts. Here are a few photos of what I have been making.Terra Australis 2 will be available in store July / August this year.
Apr 7, 2014 - 9:04pmTerra Australis
I think it is finally time for me to have a go at these hexigons. A nice little bit of handpiecing for me to take to sewing groups and while I am travelling.I have fussy cut some of the fabrics and love the look it gives.Just one question for all those hexi makers out there.Do you sew baste or glue the fabric to the paper hexigons?
Mar 17, 2014 - 5:09pmVintage
I have been having a great time helping Morgan (The Crafty Squirrel) create some fabulous projects using her collection of vintage sheets. Morgan has been collection Vintage sheets for years and thats why she has such a fabulous collection to work with.The first two project were of course quilts!Vintage Chevron Quilt Kit.The finished quilt will measure approx. 60” x 72” (152cms x 183cms)This kits includes all the fabric, already pre-cut for to get sewing straight away including binding and the pattern. Vintage Circles and Squares Quilt Kit.The finished quilt will measure approx.: 152cms x 178cms (60" x 70").All the fabric is precut in this quilt too. The circles already have fusible webbing attached to the back of the circles so you can start straight away.The circles in this quilt have been stiched down using the raw edge applique method.I then did some hand quilting in maching colours using perle 8 cotton.We also came up with a cushion project using pre-cut squares of vintage sheet fabrics. This kits includes all the fabric, including the backing, a piece of cotton batting for quilting and 3 vintage buttons.We hope you like our vinatge inspired projects. You can purchase them all from The Crafty Squirrel, in store or online!
Feb 25, 2014 - 11:29pmNew Patterns
Just before Christmas I started making a quilt out of the brighter colours from Terra Australis.I wanted to design a new quilting using the flying geese block. I love triangles at the moment!I had fun putting the colours together on this quilt. After I finished the blocks I decided that the quilt needed a border of more triangles!!I quilted this quilt quite simply, just stitching with my walking foot in the ditch.I also pieced the back using strips of 4 different kangaroo print colours. This quilt is now availble as a pattern from my online store.I think this quilt would also look great in scraps and would be a great stash buster!!
Feb 18, 2014 - 1:48pmTutorials
A few months ago I was asked to create a project using the beautiful range of Liberty Fabrics.I chose to create a pair of cushions using raw edge applique and circles.The first cushion is up on the Liberty Craft Blog today, and the 2nd cushion tutorial will be posted later in the week.I hope you enjoy making these cushions as much as I enjoyed desgining them!
Feb 7, 2014 - 2:47pmSewing
I have finished my economyblockalaong quilt!Just in time as I have to give it away on Sunday.I choose a colour palette to match my Brother and Sister in Law's loungeroom.They have a light neutral sofa and a gorgeous black and white rug.I hope they will like it as much as I do.There is a tutorial for this block on Red Pepper Quilt's blog.I made 8" finished blocks with a total of 100. The finished quilt size measures 80" square.There is also a flickr group that has been set up, you can see that here.Also see the hashtag #economyblockalong on Instagram for ideas and inspiration.
Feb 2, 2014 - 7:13pmSewing
While I am staying at my parents place - just for a little while, I am living in their bottom room. It is quite a good sized space so I have managed to fit in my bed, couch and sewing tables.Everything just fits! My fabric stash is stored on top of the wardrobe inside plastic tubs. Lucky I only have a double bed, I don't think a queen bed would have fit! It's lovely having my couch down in the room too! I also managed to fit the cats favourite scratching pole.I am very lucky that my parents are happy to have me back home. It's nice to have no pressureafter running the shop for over 10 years!
Dec 2, 2013 - 10:02pmTutorials
KANGAROO CUSHION Finished size: The cross hatch quilting shrinks the cushion front and back in, to make a perfect fit for a 16” (40cm) cushion insert. REQUIREMENTS: 30cm zipper (approx.) Iron on Fusible web such as Vliesofix or Steam-a-seam. Spray baste such as 505 Spray and Fix for basting. Hera marker 16” (40cm) cushion insertPDF pattern for Kangaroo, downloadable here - Download PDF FABRIC REQUIREMENTS Cushion Front: Cut 1 12½” x 12½” square Linen fabric for centre square Cut 2 3¼” x 12½”strips fabric for side borders Cut 2 3¼” x 18” strips fabric for top & bottom borders Fabric piece at least 7½” x 11” for the kangaroo Cushion Back: Cut 1 18” x 18” square Linen fabric Batting: Cut 2 18” x 18” squares CONSTRUCTION ¼” seam allowance except for outer seams which are ½”. Firstly position and sew the side borders in place, and then the top and bottom borders. Press to the Border. Trace the kangaroo onto the fusible webbing (remember to reverse the image if you want the kangaroo to face the same way as the pattern). Roughly cut out the kangaroo shape and then fuse it onto the back of the fabric selected. Carefully trim around the kangaroo shape, remove the backing paper and position in the centre of the made cushion front. Iron to fuse in place. Choose a thread to match the kangaroo fabric and raw edge applique (which means just using a normal sewing stitch), around the edges of the kangaroo shape. Sew as close to the raw edge as possible, and sew around three times. Baste the batting and the cushion top together with spray baste. Mark the first two diagonal quilting lines with a Hera marker. Put your walking foot onto your sewing machine and sew the first diagonal quilting row. Stopping at the Kangaroo. Sew the second diagonal quilting row. Set your machine walking foot with a 1” seam guide preferably on the left side of the quilting foot, and sew rows 1” apart, working out from the first diagonal rows sewn. If you do not have a seam guide on you walking foot mark all the quilting lines 1” apart with the Hera marker. Cross hatch the entire cushion top. Baste the Backing fabric and batting square together, mark the diagonal lines with your Hera marker as before, and then 1” cross hatch the entire back of the cushion. Now the back and front are completed it is time to sew the cushion together. There is a ½” seam allowance around the entire cushion. Trim any excess batting, around both the cushion top and cushion back. Neaten the the edges (with a zig zag stitch or overlocker) of both the front and back pieces where the zipper will be placed. We placed the zipper at the bottom of the kangaroo. Pin the two neaten seams together and using a ½" seam allowance sew in 3" at both ends of the seam. Press the seam open along the entire length of the seam firstly from the wrong side to ensure the ½" seam allowance and then from the right side. With the zipper closed place it under the pressed seam and pin the zipper in place. Try to keep the zipper teeth directly under the center of the seam and the pins in the directions you will be sewing. Attach your machine zipper foot with thread to match cushion fabric and start to sew at one end. The idea is to use the zipper foot as a guide to keep the line of stitching about ¼” away from the zipper teeth. When you reach the zipper pull, stop sewing, leave the needle down in the fabric and lift the foot. Carefully pull the zipper open for a few inches sew along a while and then reclose the zipper. Sew across the end of the zipper taking care to catch the end of the zipper fabric but not the metal end, complete the other side and end. Once the zipper is sewn in, leave it open, and pin the back and front of the cushion together. Sew around with ½” seam allowance. Trim the fabric bulk from the corners and pull the cushion to the right side. Place cushion insert inside cushion and admire your work.
Nov 21, 2013 - 5:42pmTerra Australis
I have spent the last week re-making two of Terra Australis quilt samples. All the samples we unfortunately lost on the trip back to Australia. They should be found but unfortunately not quick enough for the Australian Quilt Market which is on this weekend in Melbourne.Ella Blue has added all the designs from Terra Australis to their website. Pop on over and check out the range.One of the quilts I re-made was Nine Birds. The quilt just suits the Terra Australis range perfectly. Another quilt I re-made is Waratah Crowns. This uses the main print from Terra Australis which is perfect for fussy cutting. I also spotted a giveaway that had some Terra Australis Fat Quarters. Head on over to the Crazy Old Ladies Blog and comment for a chance to win!
Nov 4, 2013 - 7:13pmNew Patterns
As many of you know I am just slightly in love with rainbows. I have made a few rainbow quilts but this time I wanted to incoprorate the old row by row style of quilt. This quilt has 13 rows (lucky for some) of rainbow goodness. Great for using up scraps, or a good reason to buy some more fabric.Rainbow Row by Row Pattern available here!
Oct 31, 2013 - 12:43amTutorials
This is a re-post of my simple Rainbow Scrap Quilt Tutorial from my old blog!I recently made a quilt using all my colourful scraps. Whenever I have fabric left over and it's too small to put into the stash I cut the fabric into 2 1/2" squares. So I always have a large amount of squares on hand.I wanted to make a baby quilt for a friend and wanted it to be bright and colourful. I love putting colours together especially into rainbows. Using the old ROYGBIV colour theory, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Finished Quilt Size: 52" x 60" Rainbow Scrap Strip Requirements:Each row is made up of 24 x 2 1/2" squares Purple: 48 squares (2 rows)Red: 72 squares (3 rows)Orange: 72 squares (3 rows)Yellow: 72 squares (3 rows)Green: 72 squares (3 rows)Aqua: 72 squares (3 rows)Blue: 48 squares (2 rows) White: 1.2 mts total (112 cms wide fabric)This includes 18 - 1 1/2" x 48 1/2" strips that go between the coloured rows.(includes seam allowance)You will have to join the 1 1/2" strips to get the 48 1/2" needed.And a border of 2 1/2" that goes around the outside of the quilt. I have pieced the quilt in a rainbow pattern and that is why there are less squares of purple and blue.I did it this way because I just don't have as much purple in my stash.The rows go in the order below and you can double check by looking at the photo of the quilt. PurpleRedOrangeYellowGreen AquaBlueAquaGreenYellowOrangeRed PurpleRedOrangeYellowGreen AquaBlue It is a simple quilt using colour as the main design feature.You could make it much larger by adding more squares and also more rows.
Oct 27, 2013 - 6:29pmTutorials
A couple of days ago I posted a photo on instagram showing how I make quilt labels. I was asked to do a tutorial on my method so here it is! I either write the label by hand or print them on inkjet printable fabric. The brand of printable fabric that I like to use is Matilda's Own available through Victorian Textiles. This label was a left over from my quilt labelling marathon. As you can see there is a spelling mistake so please just ignore that :) The size of this label is 3.5" x 2". So the next step is to cut the fabric for the edging. On this size label I cut my strips 1.5" wide. If you label is bigger you can use a bigger border, but for this size 1.5" looks good. Then fold the fabric in half length wise and iron. Then sew two strips to either side of the label. Iron towards the label. Then you need to sew the two top borders. The way we do this is by cutting the length of edging about an inch longer than the label. Pin in place. The turn the ends under to the backside of the label and pin in place. Sew in place. The little trick is you can now flip the border over giving a turned edge ready to slip stitch on to the back of the quilt. Iron in place and repeat on the bottom edge. Here is a photo of the back of the label, when sewing it on the back of the quilt just catch the outside border and tuck the ends in. Your label is now complete, ready to sew onto your quilt! I often use the leftover binding from quilts to do these labels, but you can just use any left over fabric from the quilt.
Oct 16, 2013 - 9:01pmNewsletters
Welcome to my new Blog! Since closing Ballarat Patchwork it has been extremely busy, packing up the shop, moving house and designing new quilts. As you know I have a new range of fabrics due out at the beginning of December with the Australian company Ella Blue. So I have been locked away designing and making new quilts for it's release at Quilt Market in the US at the end of the month. The range is called "Terra Australis" and is a fresh and bright take on Australian flora and fauna. There are two colourways, Eucalyptus and Outback. The fabric as well as the patterns I am designing will be available for you to buy in my online store. You can also purchase all my previous patterns and related templates from the online store too! I also wanted to say thank you to all the people that sent me emails, cards and popped into the store to say good bye. I will miss seeing you all but hopefully we can stay in touch through the blog and also facebook!