New Haircut & New Bag for Alice

Alice has been asking to have her hair shorter 'like mummy's' for a while, and today I finally caved. The long locks are gone, and she is delighted she can wear it 'down' to kindy now (instead of pony tail or braids). I can't believe how grown up she looks all of a sudden! And don't be fooled by these sweet looks - she is a head-strong little minx and a real outdoorsy tomboy, with a very feminine taste in outfits. Despite the cold weather we've been having she spends most of her time in the garden with the chickens, dressed in a tutu and gum boots.


She also has a new bag that I made for her, and a new bunny (not hand-made - it's from Mamas & Papas). So we took the opportunity to take some pics in the garden.


The sweet doll applique on the bag is the Annie Doll pattern by Sweet Calico - you can find it here. It comes with instructions to turn her into a doll - though Alice decided she preferred to have it on a hand-bag instead.


It's been an exciting week as I've been planning my new sewing studio, which will be built in the garden! I found a studio design that I love, and luckily it's built by a company only a few km away from us (photo credit: Emma Fleetwood Photography). Having my own bespoke studio is a true dream come true for me, so I am taking my time planning it and trying to future proof it as much as possible. So many decisions to make, but so much fun at the same time too!


I also received some of Nadra Ridgeway's new collection, 'Arbor Blossom' for Riley Blake. I love all of Nadra's fabrics and I have a fabulous plan for these which I hope to share with you soon. So much pretty fabric to sew with, so few hours in the day!


Patchwork Quilt Along - July Block

The July block has just been released in Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity quilt-along, and it's called Propeller! The free pattern is now available on the FQS blog.  Download it now and don't forget to donate just $5 to Make-A-Wish if you do so!

I made my blocks for the month, then for the first time since starting this quilt along I laid out all the blocks on my design wall to see how they looked together! This isn't the final configuration, and there is no sashing, but I can begin to see how the quilt will look when finished!


You can also check out the quilts other guest bloggers are making by visiting their blogs, here's the full list. I was so saddened to hear of one of my co-bloggers, Renee Lange (Sewn With Grace) 's sudden passing just over a week ago. We never met in real life but had become friends through social media and I was always so inspired by her work and outlook on life. My deepest sympathies go to her family and loved ones at this difficult time.

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)

If you would like to join this quilt along, bookmark the quilt along page on the Fat Quarter Shop blog, and visit on the 15th of each month to download that month's block pattern. You can share your progress with other quilters  in the Patchwork Facebook group and post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Enjoy!


'Perspective' Ombré Quilt | Aurifil Artisan

In the latest issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine you will find my latest modern quilt - which I named 'Perspectives'. It's an ombré design of nested squares set on point for a bit of added interest. It's simple and effective, beginner-friendly, and the best part about it is - it's super fast to piece, it can be put together in just one afternoon!


The fabrics I used are a delicious blend of Riley Blake Confetti Cotton solids. They are my go-to solids which come in a huge range of colours, and so soft and luxurious. This quilt is going to add such a lovely touch of colour to our living room, and coordinate well with all the dusky pink accents!



I am also proud to report that I am now an Aurifil Artisan, having joined an exclusive group of talented designers and sewists who love sewing with Aurifil Threads products! I was sent a lovely welcome pack all the way from their headquarters in Italy and look forward to discovering new Aurifil colors and trying out sewing with all the different weights of their beautiful threads. One of the first things I did was to pick colours to coordinate with my new collection, Sweet Prairie for Riley Blake, which is coming to stores around August (slightly later in Australia). Stay tuned for some sweet projects to come!


I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front and social media this month, as things have been really full on in the design studio. I finished a new fabric collection (coming out next year), been working on my paper pattern series which will be available from next month, and working on a new BIG project which I can not quite talk about yet (soon I promise!) So not much sewing has been happening lately - I'm determined to make at least a few small things though as next week will be busy again, this time planning and starting the build of my new studio! Yes, it's finally happening (pinch me) - we are now well and truly settled in our new home, I mean we even have chickens! So we can now turn our attention to all the improvements we've been planning since we moved here. Exciting times ahead!

"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

“ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR”, NATIONAL ANTHEM OF AUSTRALIA


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

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