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September 2016

a few quilts for sale

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Over the summer I spent a little time sorting through my work space and came to the realization that I currently own more quilts than I have need for.  Since I enjoy making them and always have plans for more, I think it is time to get practical and sell a few of them.  

You can find them here.

Time wise this is perfect since I think many of the ones I am giving up would be perfect for children's gifts for the upcoming holiday season.  So if you fancy ticking off a box or two from the gift list, take a peek.

All these quilts were made up as samples for either fabric lines or quilt pattern tests.  They have been unused except for photography and have otherwise sat around in a cupboard.  Everything here was pieced and quilted by me, you can find more details in individual listings.

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This one is even hand quilted by yours truly!

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And there are a couple of pillow covers and a table runner if you need something smaller.

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I hope you find something that you like.  

If you are interested in buying something but don't see your country listed, please get in touch here.

 

 


tiny friends coloring book

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I have something fun to show you today.  Last year I was approached by C&T publishing and asked if I would be interested in having some of my drawings featured in a new coloring book they were putting together.  I didn't really have to think about the answer.

Roll on a year later and the book - Tiny Friends Coloring Book is finally available.  There is the work of three artists featured in the title - Marisa Anne Cummings (who also designs fabric for Andover under the name of Creative Thursday), Erin McMorris (who designs fabric for Free Spirit) and myself.  Each artist has their own section of the book and my drawings take up the middle pages (around 15 pages worth).  Pages are printed on one side only with a perforated edge if you wish to tear out and display your finished drawing.

The pages are perfect for both children and adults, there are lots of fun images included.

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There are many of my favorite elements from past fabric lines including the Girl on the Tree Swing..

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Little Red from A Walk In The Woods..

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and my Bouquet design from Posy.  There are also images included from my embroidery book Little Stitches.

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I obviously had to spend a little time testing the new book for, you know, research.  I might have been there a while..

You can find the book here.

p.s. the boxes shown in the photos were made from this book.


city gym shorts

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I have to confess, I'm not big on wearing shorts.  I only reach for them when the sun is shining at full throttle and I need an outfit with built in air conditioning.  I kept seeing photo's online of the City Gym shorts pattern but I was certain this style was not for me.  Then it got super hot and I decided to give them a go.  I'll admit I was completely wrong, the fit on these shorts is perfect.  They are super wearable.  

So good that I made them twice! (so far).

Both these fabrics are from my Vignette collection, the gold is quilting cotton (but has a lovely light hand, perfect for clothes making).  The navy is double gauze and in case you're wondering this substrate works perfectly for this pattern too.  I made the double gauze shorts exactly the same way, no modifications.  I just made sure to cut them right before sewing as this substrate doesn't like waiting around.  The navy pair were my daughter's idea, she said that the darker fabric would make them perfect for autumn/winter as you could wear them over tights. I tried this over the weekend and she was right. I love how she thinks ahead sartorially :)

Both pairs were edged with Robert Kaufman slub indigo chambray (I bought mine at the village haberdashery).

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One small thing, my print outs of the pattern pieces kept printing with some of the cutting lines missing.  I tried the tips in the tutorial but couldn't get them to work.  In the end I just taped my print out on to my computer screen (with the pattern image on the screen at full size) and drew in the missing lines by hand.  It was easy to do and solved the problem for me.

You can find the pattern for the shorts here.

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staple dress no. 5

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We had rocking temperatures here in the UK over the summer.  I quickly decided I didn't have enough 'hot day' options amongst my sweater laden wardrobe and spent a few days fixing that glitch. The Staple Dress was the first pattern I reached for.  I bought this pattern right after it first came out and it has quickly become my go to dress pattern, easy to make and easy to wear.  It also helps that I already have the pattern cut out and have my favourite length and waist height sussed which means fast, no stress sewing. 

I used this pretty 'Poppy' print from my Vignette fabric line for Cloud 9.  Even though there are double gauze options in the collection, this print is only available as a quilting cotton.  It wasn't until I had actually cut out and started sewing the dress that I really noticed how light weight of a cotton it is, it's actually pretty well perfect for dressmaking.  I've been wearing this dress a lot over the summer but I love that the print is going to look great paired with leggings and a cardi right through winter too!

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So this is my fifth version of the staple dress pattern and I thought it might be fun to see them all together.  It's interesting that four of them are blue/navy, I guess I have a go to dress colour too!

You can see my previous posts for two of the above dresses here and here.


cooking up a new quilt

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The scrap fabric situation around here is multiplying dangerously.  Everywhere I look there is fabric staring me right in the eye and saying 'use me'.  I'm continually putting piles together with big idea's and then the thought of doing the quilt math kills off the inclination to sew for fun.  So what I need is a solution, I need someone else to do all the math for me...

A few months back I saw a little video posted over on Instagram by the publisher - @luckyspool - showing someone flipping through the pages of a forthcoming title and I just knew this was going to be a book worth investigating.  The book in question was The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson (of the blog Stitchery Dickory Dock).  I already knew that Amy has a solid reputation as a brilliant pattern writer and I knew from the video that this looked like a book I needed.  I waited in anticipation and finally got my copy.

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And my hunch was right.  This is a fabulous book.  Firstly there are directions for 50 quilt blocks which all finish at 12" but because of the way the book is put together, these can be customized easily to finish at several different sized blocks instead (and templates are provided for the different sizes too).  So far so good.

The next part of the book focuses on layouts for putting together your blocks.  There are instructions for 7 different and playful variations to the traditional sampler layout.  I'm not really a big fan of sampler quilts but this part of the book has me thinking that this is probably down to me not being imaginative enough when it comes to idea's for layouts. 

There are also good guidelines and examples provided for putting together quilt layouts made up of block pairings.  i.e. picking a couple of blocks you like and working out how to create the pattern layout.

And the best bit - all of the quilt math has been done for you!

I have to add in that the styling and photography throughout is exemplary.  I'm very much a visual person and even with all of the brilliant writing and instructions, this is a huge factor in me getting along with any book.  Just flipping through the pages is fun and makes me want to make time to sew!

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So here we have block number one - Happy Days (page 40).  The title is absolutely spot on.

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I'm planning on making the Spools Rush In layout and here is my first fabric pull for the remaining blocks - a mixture of prints from my Vignette and Foxglove fabric lines.

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And there we have it.  Please don't just take my word for it - you can check out the book yourself using the look inside feature here or maybe take a trip to your local quilt shop and take a look in person.