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November 2011

hello robin


Or for another title, how about 'Yep! I stitched another embroidery' (most likely when I really should have been concentrating on something else entirely).

Or Yep! I really do have robin fever and am addicted to stitching and drawing the little rosy bellied souls.


I'm starting to think my motto could be 'there's always room for another stitch' (or maybe that could be my epitaph??).


Any how if you are feeling a little urge to festive stitch the hours away yourselves, you can find a new set of Crimble-tastic patterns right here.  These are all fairly tiny in size (about a couple of inches each way) because you don't need me to tell you how busy we are all about to get being all jolly and such in the weeks to come.

Now if only real snow was made of french knots (sigh).



Confetti is the third quilt I've made from my new line and for this one I thought it was about time I tried something new and different and out of my comfort zone-esque.  


In this instance I have opted to use a print for my background fabric where I would previously have auto-piloted for a solid one.  I'm more than happy with the results, I definitely need to play around more often.


Although I still need to practise the art of non wonky quilt pics more often too (sighhhhhhh).

Quilt is made from jelly roll strips/fabric yardage.  The design does not use a whole jelly roll, so if you have odd strips left over from previous projects this is a great eat them up project.

Quilt size is 56" x 60"/66" x 72".


Isn't it great how the same fabrics can be used to create such varied looking quilts?





My brain has been in overload mode for way too long now and I'm starting to feel like the cogs in my head are slowly becoming reluctant to turn.  I would love to have a day when I don't have a to do list twice as long as my arm but until that golden day arrives I have been allowing myself a few short minutes a day to partake in a little chunk of embroidery time and to think of nothing more taxing than what colour floss is to be used next.  I love the way all those few minutes at a time have slowly evolved into a couple more finished embroideries.  

No clue as to what I'll do with these yet, I might even leave them just as they are and start on another.



Today seems like a good day for a brand new quilt.  This one is called the Crackle quilt and the seed for it's design began here, when I stitched together some pieced offcuts from my fancy quilt and took a bit of a fancy to the results.

I like it because it's both pretty and jagged, you can't beat a bit of contrast in your quilt's style.  Plus if you take a minute to stare at the quilt, two different patterns emerge from within the design, 


can you see them? 

052 - Copy

There's the chopped up kaleidoscope one and the on point scrappy square one. Two for one is always good.


Pattern is now available in my shop here.

This one was super easy to make and came together using a layer cake and some white Moda bella solid. It is made without the use of templates and finishes up at 57" x 65"



This is how the girl's room is now looking, pretty and patchwork-y!!

dream doll quilt

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Please bear with me today because I'm really quite excited about this post!  In September of last year, Cathy Gaubert got in touch with me about a possible contribution to a book she was writing.  The book in question was Pretty in Patchwork Doll Quilts and we were free to create a doll quilt of our choice as long as it contained some element of patchwork.  I took the theme quite literally and created a doll and her itty bitty patchwork quilt on a doll quilt (with a little quilt for teddy and foxy too).

The idea behind this was a toy come bedroom wall decoration, a child could play with dolly and then put her to bed come night time.  There is also a template provided for a boy version of the doll because boys love doll quilts too.


The two little quilts on the quilt are in fact little pockets....


and these two guys, lets just say it was very difficult to put them in the envelope to the publisher for the photo shoot.

Actually, making the little foxy here is what got me hooked on fox's and ended up being the catalyst for the fox print in the new fabric line.


Here is a shot from last September, sketches and idea's in full flow during the making of this piece.


And here is the finished quilt alongside it's appearance in the book!  Actually this is the first time I've ever had anything published in a book so I hope you can see why I'm particularly excited about this one.

I was completely honoured to be asked to contribute by Cathy.  She is such an amazing artist, truly inspiring and sweet with it.  




Right before I went to market, I was doing an awful lot of sewing with some of the pink and white fabrics from the new line.  I wanted to have a little bit of fun with piecing lots of fussy cut images into simple compositions.  


Cue the idea for this pillow, lots of tiny-ish pink and white squares sewn up into a checkboard pattern.  I call this my 'Marshmallow' pillow because that is what it reminds me of, those fluffy, oomphy, squishy cylindrical balls of sugary goodness.  Well maybe not goodness if you happen to be a dentist...


perfect for a squishy, oomphy pillow effect.


This is another pillow idea I was working on, a double dresden!!!  I can really see me playing with this idea and coming up with triple or quadrupal drezzies too.


Two perfectly squish-i-liscious covers to live happily ever after forever and ever with.



I'm back!

Before I show you the pics, I want to describe the quilt market experience in a nutshell or six.  Market is like heaven for quilting fabric lovers, that is a given but it is also like no other experience I've ever had.  For starters, I jump on a plane with Lu and Katy for a 10 hour flight and we go 6 hours back in time whilst up in the sky.  We land and go out for a meal with a huge amount of people I've never met but know a little from being on the internet and it is ridiculous o clock so I can't even string a sentence together.  Each day I am fine but by midday I'm flagging.  By night time I hardly even remember my own name but night time is a social whirlwind so I stagger around in some kind of trance feeling like I'm drowning.  Five days later and I have got used to the time change only to travel back home and get all muddled again.  When I get home the house is a mess and I have 88!!!! emails to answer.

But let's forget about all that and look at the fabric.  The pic at the top was my display area.


All the moda designers had their names and the name of their new line embroidered up in a little hoop like this, how cute!


Neither of the quilts in the above pic were mine, I know Sherri made the one on the left but if anyone happens to know who made the main quilt please let me know so I can add the details. ETA quilt pattern is by Sweet Jane and will also be featured for sale through United Notions.


This was Sherri's quilt and there will be a pattern sheet available through Moda soon.


Here is my 'Sugar Drop' quilt peeking out of the drawer.


The Moda booth theme this time around was Made With Love, hence the stitched names in a hoop, beyond cute pincushions,


and notion heaven all around....


Everywhere you looked.


I'm not going to even attempt to show you all around the booths at market but here are my top two tips from this market, Summersville by Lu Summers.


And School Days by Sandy Klop, who was also showing her new Pezzy print line.



One of my absolute highlights from this market was meeting this sweet lady at last!!!  Cathy Gaubert is every bit as sweet natured as she appears on her blog and in her cute embroideries.  She is also the author of the book she is holding and one of the projects in it was written by me!!  More on that very soon!!!


Here we have Lu and Malka, discussing their art perhaps?????


And here's Kate Spain working hard, definitely another highlight for me was meeting Kate, she is like a gem with lots more gems stuck on top!

Not to say it was any less of a thrill meeting and talking to all the other designers at Moda, they are all entirely sweet and hugely entertaining.


On a few very rare occasions I actually made it outside, here we have Tula Pink, Katy and Lu enjoying the sun.  Meeting Tula was out of this world amazing because she is so unique and she actually knew who I was!!!  I was completely floored to say the least.


Here we are after dinner on the last night.  L - R Lu, Amy, Katy, me, Tacha, Cathy and Amanda (Cathy's editor at Lark books).

Believe me this is one speck of a squillionth of what happened at market, I can't even begin to start listing all of the amazing people I met (I'm so afraid of leaving anyone out).  So please think of this post as a sip of market and not a coverage in it's entirety.