"Girt By Sea" Quilt Along

“Australians all let us rejoice
For we are young and free
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil
Our home is girt by sea


Welcome to my round in the 'Girt By Sea' Quilt Along! I'm so proud to be part of the team of Australian designers who created this incredible medallion quilt, celebrating this wonderful land that we live in. The name of the quilt was inspired by the Australian national anthem - for those of you who are not familiar, 'girt' means 'surrounded'!

This all Aussie collaboration was organised by Modern Makers Retreat and features unique rounds (from the centre out) by Jodi GodfreyKeera Job, yours trulyAlyce BlythEmma Jean Jansen, and Peta Peace. The quilt celebrates this special land with inspiration drawn from its rugged mountains, sweeping rural plains with bountiful produce, a multicultural heart beat, and of course the beautiful ocean surrounding it.

The round I designed is the third one (from centre outwards), with the leaf and circle appliques. It features the two elements from my logo, and was inspired by the beautiful wine region that I live in (McLaren Vale, South Australia). The round elements represent the fruits of the land - we are indeed so lucky to be surrounded by not only miles and miles of vineyards but fruit orchards of all manners. The views are incredible and t's truly one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

The pattern comes with a placement chart for the circles and leaves so you can position them precisely if you wish, but this round is also one where you can give your imagination free rein, and lay out the elements in whichever way you desire! Take at a look at this version made by Jackie Gillies, one of the founders of Modern Makers Retreat, and a true master of the rainbow quilt. I love how she organised the leaves and circles to create a really striking border.

I used the fusible interfacing applique method when I made the circles and leaves for this quilt. The pattern has detailed instructions on this, and also the raw edge applique method for those of you who may be more comfortable with that and want speedier results.

The Girt By Sea quilt pattern is available to purchase here. There is also a monthly sew along that you can join, with prizes for each round! Here's this month's prize - a signed copy of my book Quilt Petite. It's not too late to join us, as there are several months still to go and more prizes to win. Enjoy!

'Weekend Quilting' by Jemima Flendt

I'm very excited as I write this post as it's my turn on my lovely friend (and fellow Aussie designer) Jemima's showcase for her first book, "Weekend Quilting"! Jemima is also known as @tiedwitharibbon on social media - if you haven't discovered her yet pop over to her Instagram / Facebook to have a look. Her designs are ever so sweet.

Let me tell you, this book is brimming with quilting methods and technique, and it's a great investment for a beginner quilter - wish I had it in my library when I was learning. There is also lots of inspiration and exciting designs for the experienced quilter. So many pretty designs to choose from, and opportunity to practice different techniques, from patchwork to foundation paper piecing, from applique to EPP, So much variety!

For my showcase project I selected 'All About Hex Pillow', an English paper pieced cushion. So simple, and yet so effective - and so quick to make. Great for fussy cutting lovers too.

The pretty fabric I used is a new collection by Penny Rose Fabrics called 'Lily', designed by Sue Penn. I literally gasped when I saw it in the catalogue.

I hope you liked my pillow. To see more projects made from the book you can visit other bloggers participating in the showcase - here's the full list. Enjoy!

Mon 29th May Lisa Cox - A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
Tues 30th May Robyn Shapiro - The Strawberry Thief
Wed 31st May Melissa LeRay – Oh How Sweet
Thurs 1st June Emily Dennis – Quilty Love
Fri 2nd June Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studio
Mon 5th June Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis and Higgs
Tues 6th June Peta Peace – She Quilts Alot
Wed 7th June Stacy Olson –Stacy Olson Design
Thurs 8th June Sedef Imer- Down Grapevine Lane
Friday 9th June Elizabeth Chappell - Quilters Candy Box
Mon 12th June Suzy Williams – Suzy Quilts
Tues 13th June Rachel Howard - Family Ever After
Wed 14th June Amy Sinibaldi - nanaCompany
Thurs 15th June Jodie Carleton – Ric Rac
Fri 16th June Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork
Mon 19th June Heather Andrus – Quilt Story
Tues 20th June Elea Lutz – Elea Lutz Design
Wed 21st June Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama
Thurs 22nd June Claire Turpin – Claire Turpin Design
Fri 23rd June Jennie Pickett – Clover and Violet
Mon 26th June Fat Quarter Shop
Tues 27th June Alisha Orlando – Ministry of Fabric
Wed 28th June Minki Kim – Minki Kim Sewing Illustration
Thurs 29th June Jemima Flendt – Tied with a Ribbon

Made For Baby Blog Tour

Today is my turn on the 'Made for Baby' blog tour! This sweet book was written by my friend Ayda, whose beautiful blog Cafe Nohut I have been a fan of ever since I started my own blogging journey! We finally met 'online' a few years ago and hit it off - and became fast friends since. She lives in Istanbul, Turkey, which is where I'm originally from so it's been really lovely to have someone who 'gets' what I do from my own homeland! So imagine how thrilled I was when my own publisher, Tuva Publishing, signed her up as one of their new authors!

Ayda's new book is full of projects for babies, and is suitable for all levels of sewists. It's packed to the brim with the cutest ideas, and inspirational photography (which is something Ayda absolutely excels at). I had the great pleasure and privilege to also do the technical editing of this book, which not only meant I got to see it before everyone else but also peruse it in great detail and learn lots of new techniques along the way! Lucky me!

The first project I want to share with you today is something I made with my new Sweet Prairie collection for my little stand at the St Louis Spring Quilt Market: a draw-string pouch. I added my own twist to it with the wooden ball decorations. So cute and so quick to make, and great for not only storing baby paraphernelia but sewing stuff too - when it comes back from the US I will be using it as a crochet project bag. I needed a new one! 

The second project I made from the book is a gift I made for a dear friend who just had an adorable and much longed for baby girl! This Peter Pan collar literally took me all of 15 minutes to make, and what a cute addition to any baby's outfit ! This will definitely become my go-to quickie baby gift to make going forward, that's for sure!

I hope you enjoyed my makes! If you would like to see other projects from the book please pay a visit to the other bloggers taking part in the blog tour - the full list is below. Also, Ayda is giving away a copy of her book (together with lots of cute notions) on her blog if you would like the chance to win one!

Jemima Flendt
Sarah Edgar
Lisa Cox
Ange Hamilton
Lauren Wright
Melissa LeRay
Minki Kim
Faith Essenburg
Kristin Esser
Lauren Guthrie
Bridgette McNay
Torie Jayne
Constanca Cabral
Stacy Olson
Caroline Husle
Nadra Ridgeway
Wynn Tan
Sedef Imer
June. 01
Lauren Nash
June. 02
Jennie Pickett
June. 05
Amy Sinibaldi
June. 07
Kim Kruzich
June. 08
Elea Lutz
June. 09
Samantha Dorn
June. 12

Thank you dear Ayda for inviting me to be a part of your tour - wishing you all the success in the world with it!

Baby Storybook - PDF Pattern Now Available!

Remember my baby storybook that was on the cover of Homespun magazine's January 2017 issue? I finally have the pattern available digitally in my Etsy shop! And as a special introductory offer I have taken 25% off the full price until close of business Thursday, 25 May. Purchase it here.

This quiet book represents this teddy and bunny's home, so in the morning they have breakfast in the kitchen, they can take a quick shower and dry off with a towel in the bathroom, followed by a day's play, and at the end of a busy day they get tucked into their individual beds for story time and a lovely night's sleep. 💖 There is a template to add a personalised label on the back cover also, should you wish to do so.

Thanks to those of you who have been patiently waiting for me to release the digital pattern before purchasing - your support is appreciated more than I can express, and enables me to continue doing what I love to do, designing and sharing my love of fabric and sewing with all of you!

Sweet Prairie Makes Its Debut At Quilt Market

Have you been following the Spring Quilt Market which took place last weekend? This year it was in St Louis, USA - unfortunately I wasn't there, but my fabric was, so I wanted to share pictures of my little stand which was in the Riley Blake booth.

I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to my dear friend Peta from She Quilts A Lot, who not only made a gorgeous quilt for my stand, but lugged most of my stuff over to St Louis in her luggage, AND helped Riley Blake set the stand up! And also a big thank you to my pattern distributor Naomi from Creative Abundance, who brought the rest of my stuff over to market in her shipment. And to everyone at Riley Blake of course - for all their support and for allocating me an awesome spot in the booth!

Without further ado, here are a few more pics from market, and close ups of each item from my stand!

And of course, the star attractions of the stand were the two quilts: my 'Tumbleweeds' quilt (the swirly one) and Peta's newest pattern, 'Happy Harvest'.  Both patterns will be available in paper and digital format soon.

Sweet Prairie ships to shops in August! Ask your local quilt store to order it in if you would like to get your hands on some!

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