Field of Flowers Tablerunner

It's my turn today on the Penny Rose Fabrics blog, where I am sharing a tutorial to make this sweet English Paper Pieced applique table runner!

I used Hope Chest 2 for this table runner - I love the bright colours and pretty prints of this fabric range by Penny Rose Designs. For the fussy cutters amongst us - the toadstool print that I used for my flowers' centres is an absolute must-have! The pink bias stripes that I used for the binding is from my own debut collection, Sweet Orchard for Riley Blake Designs.

When I started this project, I was intending to make something completely different (a journal cover), but I changed my mind after making the EPP flowers as I thought they would look great laid out together like this, as if in a field.

If you would like to make one too, head over to the Penny Rose blog where there is a full tutorial with step-by-step photos. Happy sewing!

Candy Cane Cushion

Are we all getting into the Christmas spirit yet? I am enjoying seeing lots of Christmas crafts popping up on my Instagram feed, and getting a plan of action ready for my Christmas makes. Those of you following me on Instagram would have seen me sewing along to the Lori Holt Cozy Christmas QAL. I also have an advent calendar in planning stages - stay tuned... In the mean time, here's a Christmas cushion that I made that is featured in this month's issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting!

This issue is the magazine's annual 'festive' issue which is out in the UK and digital newsstands now (coming to US stores in a few weeks' time).

The candy canes on my cushion are interfaced applique (which can be hand or machine sewn onto the background), finished off with a velvet bow. The red pompoms around the perimeter add a cute festive touch!

And here's the picture of my cushion as featured in the magazine (photo credit: Love Patchwork & Quilting). I love love love the way they have styled it!

Thanks for visiting, and happy Christmas crafting! Only 73 days to go!

Tilda sewing kit house

Have you guys seen this season's new Tilda fabric ranges, Memory Lane and Cabbage Rose? As a Riley Blake designer I pretty much exclusively sew with Riley Blake fabrics these days, but I had to make an exception for these! So much floral pretty!

Today is my stop on the Tilda showcase, for which I made a house-shaped sewing case. The pattern for this is in the book 'Tilda's Toy Box', and I heard it's now also available as a kit (with different Tilda fabrics).

This sewing kit has been on the road recently going around Australia on the Tilda trunk show. I've been enjoying photos of it popping up on Instagram! So a few of you have seen it already - I am told it got lots of 'oohs' and 'aahs' at the trunk shows which is always lovely to hear.

Now, I'll be honest about this pattern. I am a pretty experienced hand-sewist, but I found parts of this pattern a bit of a struggle. All the lovely detail means lots of small pieces that need manipulating, sometimes gluing, and sewing in place by hand. So if you want to have a go at making this, expect to put in some effort and perhaps some trial and error. Still, I am so pleased with it and I think it's worth all the effort, don't you think?

Thank you to the Australian distributor, Two Green Zebras, for sending me a lovely bundle of these pretty fabrics to play with! And thank you so much for visiting - if you would like to see more creations by some very talented Australian designers check out the hashtag #tildashowcase on Instagram!

Wistful WInds Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Wistful Winds blog tour, showcasing the gorgeous new collection by Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake!

I had the great pleasure of meeting Shari at the spring quilt market in Salt Lake City - her booth for Wistful Winds was right nextdoor to mine for Sweet Orchard. I fell in love with the cheerful colours of her collection then, and when she asked me to join her blog tour I knew I had to make this pinwheel cushion, which is one of the designs from my new book, Quilt Petite. My favourite part about this cushion has to be the little selvedge cloud detail! I love Riley Blake selvedges, they are always so sweet, so why not incorporate them in projects? Don't you agree?

And Alice immediately claimed it, of course. Lucky she has a queen size bed as her cushion collection is getting pretty big!

Would you like more Wistful Winds inspiration? Here's the full schedule for the tour - see what all these other makers are creating with Shari's fabric!
October 3rd:
Amy Sinibaldi –
Kristyne Czepuryk –

October 4th:
Amanda Niederhauser –
Amy Smart –

October 5th:
Meagan Taylor/Kristi Jones –
Christine Cook –

October 6th:
Elea Lutz –
Jodie Carleton –

October 7th:
Sedef Imer –
Jina Barney –

October 10th:
Elizabeth Evans –
Kimberly Bourne –

October 11th:
Jemima Flendt –
Nadra Ridgeway –
Amy Chappel –

October 12th:
Katie Skoog –
Amber Johnson –
Gwen Sager -

October 13th:
Angie Wilson –
Clare Horsman –
Deanna Wall –

October 14th:
Melissa Mortenson –
Jessica Stewart –
Shari Butler –

Quatro quilt in 'Posy Garden' | Alice turns 4

Meet my latest baby! It's been a while since I made a 'big' quilt, so when a bundle of Posy Garden arrived from Riley Blake I knew this was a collection that deserved to be made into one.

Posy Garden is the latest stunning line by fellow Riley Blake designer Carina Gardner, whom I had the great pleasure of meeting at quilt market - she is so lovely in person and her Posy Garden 'booth' (aka glamper) was so cool. It was a polka dot camper van decorated top to bottom in all these pretty fabrics!

The pattern I used for my quilt is called 'Quatro' and is by Aussie quilter and designer Keera Job of Live.Love.Sew fame. I got to know Keera via our mutual quilty circles and she has turned into a great friend in the short time that I've known her - she even did me the massive favour of doing the technical editing on my book! If like me you have a fondness for classic patterns that showcase the prints in a fabric collection, you must check out Keera's patterns - she has so many stunning ones. This one is definitely one of my favourites, it's layer cake friendly and from a distance the pattern appears to have curves (without having to actually sew any fiddly curves!).

Now, I confess this quilt was made at a snail's pace, even for me. It took me a month to piece the quilt top, and then it went to my friend Cassie from Cassandra Madge who worked her long arm quilting magic on it at lightning speed. Unfortunately due to a heavy blog tour schedule it then took me another month to bind it and then a few more weeks to eventually take some photos (I literally had to bribe my husband to hold the quilt for the first photo above!).  It's been one of those projects that I've been doing in my spare time and there has not been much of that around lately with the launch of my debut collection and book, and finishing off my next line for Riley Blake (there's a little snippet of news for you! For those of you who asked, yes, it's on its way.)

As time was a precious commodity, I decided to give machine binding a go this time as it would save so much time compared to hand-binding. I followed the excellent tutorial by Rita from Red Pepper Quilts and I surprised myself with the result! It was SO easy and SO fast - in one hour the quilt was bound and finished. I mean there are one or two places where the stitch line is not 100% perfect, but really I'm being a perfectionist. I'm never hand binding a large quilt again, I am a convert!!

In other news, this week we survived two days of severe storms in South Australia, which got so bad that a few dozen electricity towers were ripped out of the ground and the power to the entire STATE was cut off. For those of you following from the US, that's an area almost double the size of Texas! Our power finally came back after 12 hours, and life returned to normal just in time for Alice's 4th birthday. Seriously, I've no idea when this girl got so big! And don't be fooled by these sweet innocent looks, she is getting cheekier and more headstrong every day. In fact, my hubby often jokes that I have truly cloned myself in her, not only in looks but temperament also. He has two of me to contend with!

I was totally intending to bake her an awesome cake, but I came across this rainbow cake at my supermarket. Too good to resist, right? And definitely not a Pinterest fail (which my cake would've most likely ended up being!).

Boy, did we spoil her this year with this Sylvanian Families doll house. But it's already provided countless hours of 'quiet' and 'gentle' play (a rarity in this house with my two hooligans rampaging around most of the time). This tired mummy is so grateful for that. Though I find myself with another house to tidy up every few hours - all those little bits and pieces end up everywhere! But the kid in me is loving it, really, it's just an excuse for mummy to play with the doll's house.

Thank you for visiting! I still have a few advance (and signed!) copies of my book in my Etsy shop, as well as Sweet Orchard bundles, in case you missed previous post. Until next time, have a lovely week!

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