Rainbow swirl quilt | Apple wall-art

This was one of those projects where the end result was nothing at all like what I had envisaged when I first started out. When I received the gorgeous L's Modern 2015 Spring Collection by Lecien, I knew I had to do a rainbow quilt of some sort, and that I wanted to play with some half square triangles and see what I could come up with (this is SO not like me, normally I like to plan my quilts down to every single detail before my scissors even touch the fabric). So I set about making a collection of HSTs, two from each print in the line. Then I started laying them out randomly and seeing what funky patterns I could come up with. And out of the randomness emerged this swirly shape as a clear winner. To me it looks like a turning pinwheel with ribbons attached to each point of the pinwheel!

I was sure I would have loads of HSTs left over, but I used every single one. And I only had to make an additional 5 or so HSTs to complete the whole pattern. To say I am pleased is an understatement! I love it so.

With the left over scraps I made some wall art for Alice's room. She is massively into apples at the moment, and it was time to update a couple of the nursery prints on her walls: she is definitely no longer a 'baby' (though she will always be my baby of course). They only took me 15 minutes each, I pieced three scraps of fabric together randomly, applied fusible web on the wrong side of the pieced patchwork, drew an apple shape on the backing paper, trimmed, applied it onto backing fabric, then topstitched all around 1mm from the edge (this technique is called raw-edge applique for those who are not already familiar with it). And hey presto, a lovely apple wall art! In fact, I made two.

Recently I have been enjoying working with bright bold colours, the ABC quilt that I am continuing to work on (slowly!) also features bold florals. It's an exciting departure for me from my beloved pastel florals and dots. In fact I enjoyed making this rainbow quilt so much that I have just started cutting HSTs for another rainbow quilt. This one is going to be bigger!

'Little Joys' cushions

I know, I know - it's crazy that I am doing Christmas sewing already! But I simply couldn't wait when a bundle of the MOST gorgeous Christmas fabric landed on my doorstep recently. It's 'Little Joys' by Penny Rose Fabrics, designed by the very talented Elea Lutz (who is not only an incredible designer but also such a sweetheart). This line is coming in June, so start planning those Christmas projects!

Christmas trees, baubles, gingerbread men, candies, holly leaves, deer... Was there ever a sweeter Christmas line? And this is what I made with them - a pair of pompom cushions in the green and red colour-ways.

This was my first time using pompom trim on cushions. I thought it would be very fiddly but actually, it was OK. Not half as bad as I feared. And I love the sweet feel they give to the cushions.

This print here is my favourite of the whole line - it's called 'Goodies Pink'. I need a bolt of it! It's perfect for fussy cut hexies too (see detail from the back of one of the cushions).

These cushions will be perfect in our lounge at Christmas time. I think I need to make a matching Christmas quilt or tree skirt too, don't you?

Let them eat cake

Do you remember this mini quilt top I showed you way back in March? It was a thank you gift I made for a wonderful online friend I met in Instagram-land - the lovely Sam (@paeoniasfz on Instagram) who so generously shared some of her super-rare fabric stash with me. She is also crazy talented and has one of the prettiest craft feeds on Instagram. I can finally show you the finished photos of the mini-quilt as she has now received it.

The pattern is block 1 of the Snapshots Quilt-along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop, for the benefit of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, to help advance cures and means of prevention for catastrophic pediatric diseases. Please consider donating $5 to this cause if you download the pattern.

The fabrics I have used are as follows:
- Pink cherry floral: Bandana by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda
- White dots on mint: Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics
- Little leaves and grey stripe (binding): Little Red Riding Hood by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake
- Mint stripe: Scrumptious by Bonnie & Camille for Moda

On a side note, Instagram has an amazing quilting and sewing community! I have made so many new 'friends', discovered some unbelievably beautiful feeds and get so much inspiration daily that it makes my head spin. So if you are not on Instagram yet - jump on it! You won't regret it, one word of warning though - I can promise that your to-do list will expand ten-fold in a very short space of time.


Currently there are lots of new fabric releases in the run up to the spring quilt market, so yet again I have way too many projects either on-the-go or in the planning stages. I have received an amazing parcel full of Lecien's latest lines, including the new Flower Sugar Spring 2015 (which has a grey colourway!!!). I am currently making the Sugar Candies mini designed by lovely Nadra from Ellis & Higgs using these - the fabric and the pattern are a match made in heaven! I have just finished the quilt top, quilting and binding next.

I am also making two cushions featuring Penny Rose Fabrics' gorgeous new Christmas line, Little Joys (designed by the lovely Elea Lutz who is not only super-talented but also such a sweetheart) - those following me on Instagram would have seen a sneaky pic of the first cushion. After that I have two more Lecien projects lined up, one with L's Modern 2015 Spring and the other with the sweet Retro 30s Child Smile 2015. Oh and I am pattern testing some fruit blocks for another Instagram friend (the lovely @frampuna) and taking part in a block swap featuring Bonnie & Camille fabrics . And trying to keep my house and kids clean(ish) and keep my family well fed with decent food. So my life is busy busy but it's a good 'busy'. I am having a ball in fact, and can't wait to share all of the above (and more!!) with you real soon.

A Liberty checkerboard quilt

I am yet to come across a single person who doesn't love Liberty of London Tana Lawn.  'Betsy' is a particulary beautiful tana lawn line, and Betsy in grey is probably my favourite fabric of all time (and that's up against some stiff competition!). I got this selection of Betsy in five colourways from the lovely Martina who runs Ava & Neve, a Brisbane based Liberty stockist with a comprehensive range and whom I will be collaborating with on a number of projects going forward.

I have a few things planned for this Betsy - first up was a postage stamp checkerboard quilt. I strip pieced the quilt to minimise cutting and for more precise results. There is a great tutorial over at Red Pepper Quilts that shows how to strip piece a postage stamp quilt - no need to cut teeny tiny squares!

It's more traditional to pair linen with Liberty lawn, but I was feeling adventurous and picked a crisp solid white as a contrast fabric, and to make the checkerboard pattern 'pop' a little more.

And here it is finished, diagonal quilted. It's a good size to use for display, as a doll quilt, or as a sewing mat (it's big enough to fit under my new sewing machine which has a super wide throat).

Hoop-La! Feature | 20 Facts About Me

I am in the latest issue of Hoop-La magazine with my 'Love Without Reason' embroidery! Hoop-La is a new UK magazine with a focus on contemporary embroidery, and a sister publication to Mollie Makes. If you haven't come across it yet, keep an eye out for it. It's packed to the brim with stitchy goodness!

My inspiration behind this embroidery was 'Mother's Love' so the timing of this feature is perfect with Mother's Day approaching here in Australia. The design itself is very simple, so even beginner stitchers should have little trouble with it.


Recently I got tagged on Instagram to share 20 facts about myself . Since I don't talk about myself much on the blog, I thought it may be fun to share them here too! So without further ado, here are some random facts you may not  know about me. The version I had on Instagram was the abridged version, I have added some more detail here.

1. I'm 42 and married with two kids, aged two (Alice) and four (Alexander).

2. My name (Sedef) is Turkish and means 'mother of pearl'. I love my name! Though I don't love having to spell it all the time.

3. Alice's middle name is Pearl, there was really never any other choice when it came to picking out a middle name for her (see point 2)

4. I was born in Turkey so Turkish is my first language. Though I rarely use it these days.

5. I moved to England for university and lived in London for almost 20 years before moving to Australia in 2009.

6. My husband is English, we have been together 11 years, married for 6.

7.  We decided to move to Australia after we fell in love with this country during our trip from London to Sydney, on bicycles. We cycled almost 25,000 km, raised over £10,000 for charity, and spent a year on the road during 2004/5. More info and pics can be found on our blog, Nuts on Bents.

8. I am not and have never been a cyclist, except that year of my life.

9. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and in my previous life in London I was a Director at a big investment bank in the City (JP Morgan Chase), and a management consultant at Deloitte prior to that. I was a stereotypical City / finance career girl, living in high heels and sharp suits, permanently attached to my Blackberry and working 80 hour weeks. I am still working similar hours, but in my jim-jams from the comfort of my own home.

10. I am a self-taught sewing rookie. Bought my first sewing machine 3 years ago and learned to crochet 2 years ago. I love learning new techniques and trying out different stuff!

11. I can't eat raw butter, it makes me gag.

12. I am a closet computer game geek. I especially love point-and-click style adventure games, but enjoy shoot-em-ups too, which I am told I am pretty good at!

13. I hate insects, especially spiders, but don't mind snakes.

14. I am a bit of an OCD neat and clean freak, I can't stand mess around the house. So imagine how much fun I have every day, constantly tidying after two messy pre-schoolers.

15. My husband and I collect Lego. We have a large Lego city including all different types of buildings, and intend to start exhibiting next year.

16. I am not a morning person, so often stay up till early hours designing and sewing. Feel like a zombie the next morning. Repeat.

17. I leave everything till the last minute, I am a big believer in 'work expands to take up the time available'.

18. I watch TV in the background as I sew and go through full seasons of TV series in a few days. We just got Netflix and am currently on a Gilmore Girls marathon.

19. I am a Star Trek fan, especially Voyager. Even if my husband says it's the series where they let the woman drive the spaceship and they end up lost in the delta quadrant! Captain Janeway is my ultimate role model.

20. My biggest dream right  now is to get a craft book published, followed closely by designing my own fabric line.

And there you have my facts! Hope they weren't too boring!

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