my fabric designs

little trees


I like BIG quilts.  Big quilts are the business for snuggling under and hiding from the cold.  But big quilts can be a huge operation to mastermind in the making particularly if you, like me, turn your front room into a sewing studio by day and living quarters by evening.  Sometimes I get tired of trying to hide all the STUFF that goes into big quilts.  At times like this I start to think about making small quilts.  Small quilts are pretty useless as quilts unless you want to keep one hand warm (at a time) but they make excellent make overs for walls everywhere in need of a little dressing up.  Small quilts are particularly useful to hang up and stare at whilst cosying up under a big quilt.

This little small quilt is what I was making when I wrote this post (yes, wayyyyyyy back).  It took a long time to actually get the binding on because life's like that.

Now, all I need to do is finish off (stitch the binding on) a few other little quilts with trees on and I can show you my very own little fabric wall forest (every wall should have one).

Bet you can't wait?????


playing with the pips

I have had a little time to spare in the past couple of weeks, so of course I had to spend it hanging out with my new babies 'The pips'.  

When I designed this collection, I had to imagine the way it would all work, co-ordinate or gel (for want of better vocabulary), in my head.  But in truth, I didn't really know how it would all look once cut up and sewn.  I was really just crossing my fingers and hoping that they would all be friends, balance out each others weaknesses (the way good friends do) and we could all live happily ever after in my little patchwork heaven.

So finally, the moment of truth has arrived....................



What do you think?????

sherbet pips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here it is!!!

A little preview of what you can expect from my new line for Moda - 'Sherbet Pips'

You will notice a few familiar faces and something you've never seen from me before - co-ordinates!!  Let's take a look.....






So there we have it.  A bit of a peek and then some.  

All in all, there are nearly 30 prints in this collection.  As my girl on a tree swing and scoot prints were so popular earlier this year, I decided that they had to be the starting point for these fabrics.  However I wanted them to be completely new versions of the designs, so, I spent a week learning how to use adobe illustrator with the aid of a few online video's.  At the end of that week I got the go ahead from Moda to design the group and basically I designed them whilst putting what I'd learned the week before into practise.  Frustrating as it was to get to grips with illustrator, I completely enjoyed the whole design part, I used a lot less of the black outline than I did in the earlier versions and added a boy into the scoot print too.  As the lead prints are so playful in nature, I wanted to continue this theme into the co-ordinates.  So I made square dots instead of the usual round ones, I made them skip and jump around instead of being ordered and all lined up neatly.  I also wanted to do a stripe with a twist and came up with the idea of using the stripy scarf from scoot arranged in stripes across the fabric, I LOVE the way that turned out!  

Moda have done the best job of turning my designs into yummy fabric, every little detail has been done to perfection, the colours are spot on.  I really cannot thank them enough for sharing my vision and completely getting what I was after.

The collection will be premiering at Quilt Market in Houston at the end of the month.  Fabric will be shipping to stores in April next year (bit of a wait, I know). 

In the meantime, I would love to know what you think?  Is it what you expected?  Do you think you will be able to create a little space in your stash for some?  What can you see yourself making with them?????

boy!!!!!!!!!!!!! spoonflower fabrics

When I showcased my 'skip-ity' fabric a few weeks ago, a couple of you requested I design some boy fabrics.  Jo (bellsjo) particularly requested something along the lines of 'Slugs and snails and puppy dogs tails, which is all very well until you have a go and then realise how hard it is to come up with a fabric that is not too gory (which little boys would love but mum's, well wouldn't).  So here is my fabric interpretation of the rhyme...............I hope it appeals to mums and sons alike.

Poor pup!!!

For my second design, I went for that old boy-ish!!!  but decided to take a different road to the usual.  I've gone for the young boy as wannabe inventor, as that to me is boy-ish-ness in a nutshell.  Boys are always intrigued by the workings of anything and fascinated by designing their own supercars from a young age, that is what this one is all about.  So mum's of sons, as a mum to two girlies, have I got the boy thing wrong or right??!!!  I am intrigued to find how this goes!

new spoonflower fabrics!!!


Well the new fabrics are already on their journey over to me!!!  So I suppose I had better reveal what's instore (or will be!).

Four new fabrics in total, I'm showcasing the two girly ones today and the boy-ey ones tommorow, though they are all already listed in the shop so go take a look if you really have to. 

First up in the original incarnation of the lovely belle.  'Belle the cloudbuster', with her stripy leggings, balloons and bobble hat is here to put your frowns to bed and send you to an altogether floatier, dreamier place, somewhere I would far rather be!!!  All belle's clouds have a silver all clouds should!! 

 Definately my very favourite bit!!!

Secondly I have gone for that old favourite, little red riding hood in 'little red runs very fast indeed!'.  She runs from the house, she runs from the tree's.  She relaxes whilst hiding behind another tree and hangs her cape out to dry!!!  Well, storybook character's have to do the laundry like everyone else you know;)

My favourite bit of this one, as it actually appears printed on fabric (a sample).

New fabrics will be here by the beginning of next week, pre-orders are now being taken, you know where.

cheery cherry on the volcano of duty

I honestly am not purposely intending to be around as little as I am.  The fleeting prescence is due simply to the otherwise quite possible eruption of the volcano of other more pressing duties - it could get quite messy if things aren't attended to.  You can guess to the nature of these duties, many involve the prefixes of tidy or sort.  I wont bore you with the gory details, you might fall asleep!! 

I have managed a little of something enjoyable in the form of the cheery cherry of the title, my little red embroidery is all but finished and was extremely pleasurable to complete right to the very last minute!!  So pleased with the result was I that I decided to delve in to the murky depths of the world known as PDF-ing (see last thursdays post).  This came with several nightmares which thankfully due to the magic wand known as asking for help in blogland are now all well and truly sorted out!!  Thank you to EVERYONE who contributed to that help - I have learned simply LOADS!!!!

So if you fancy creating your very own little cherry to cheer up your own volcano of duty, I have my personally instructionalized version with 2 sizes of miss red and a rundown of stitches I used in my version all ready to e-mail.  Available of course in my shoppy!!  And as it's neatly pdf-ed to you - no shipping!!!!

I have done a few crumbs of other bits........


hexing along nicely!!


more stitchy legs!

I asked last week if anyone had begun making anything from either of my christmas fabric designs and Jo was quick to show me her wonky stars for her christmas quilt, I LOVE it!!!!  Would love to see any more beginnings or ends out there!

spoonflower 'skip-ity' fun!!

Forgive me!!!!!  I think I am addicted to spoonflower!!!  Well in my defence I had to try a design that wasn't about christmas and see if I could go through with it, without the urge to stick in some sprigs of holly or red breast-y robins.  As you can decipher I haven't strayed far in terms of colour but one step at a time!


So I am going to call this wee number 'skip-ity' because you can't call any of my fabrics 'the red and aqua one'.  I don't know why I decided on the skipping theme but then why not???!  Who doesn't want to return to the heady days when your only worry may be how many you could do in a row without doing a trippy!!  This one should be arriving in a week or so but I thought I would get ahead of myself and get a little organised.  This first order only has three fat quarters for grabs and I've just listed those in my shop.  I can order more should the need arise but I never know if anyone is going to like my designs or not???!  Maybe I'm just a one trick christmas designing pony?  We shall see.......

What do you think? could you give these girls a home? or should I stick with the holidays???!

munki nuts

Oh dear, the above picture and title were meant for yesterday's post but in my haste to present the goodies I forgot.  The above was taken to show you the nutsome length's I go to in obtaining the fabrics I want,  Dash to the haberdashery dept.???  Oh no!!  far too easy(!).  I have to get people as besotted as me, to buy me munki pyjama's in the states, so they can send them to me, so I can cut them up, chop off the buttons and button holes and quilt with them.  Please tell me you do similar things and aren't thinking 'I knew she was a loop but this....'

An easier way to go about munki attainment is of course to swap for them, which is where these beauties came from.  I was unsure how to use these exceptional cuties as they are printed on flannel and I am a little dubious of them not wearing too well in a quilt.  So I decided on stockings!!!!  quilted ones!!  
I just cut out a newspaper stencil in a stocking-ish shape to use in making a patchwork for each one using the munki and of course my own 'deck your quilt's' and 'christmas washing line' fabrics - don't they look pretty in there!!!!!!  Then I made two stocking shaped quilts (ie. front and back) for each one.  Note the top edge of each needs to be sewn before you baste and quilt.  Then I just pinned and used my favourite toy.........trusty little foot guide (again!!) to knock up some more quilty trellis' and voila........done.  Though Asha says she prefers her old stocking so I suppose I will get to use hers:)



ship, ship, ship, hooray!!!

Never let it be said that I do not do enough to keep the postmen and women of this country and others in recession-proof employment.  I should maybe resort to just writing out some blank cheques and (ahem) posting them to The Royal Mail and be done.  Every other payment I make is magnifyingly scrutinised but posting..............just tell me how much you need.

And to increase the wealth of our posting friends even further, I have taken receipt of TWO of my spoonflower orders in the last few days and have been a busy a shipping them off into the hands of quilter's worldwide to ensure their quilting pleasure in the run up to this all is jolly as long as it is homemade season!!!!!!  If you are expecting a parcel from me check your order status, I will be updating those today and tommorow as I ship these goodies on their merry way.

I'm so glad my 'christmas washing line' came out so well as I took a bit of a gamble now that I am an old hand at the old spoonflower and ordered this one without sorting out a sample first BUT it came out brilliantly!!!!!!  So I am happy as can be except I am way too tired to know it as the onslaught of the six mile school walk daily takes it's toll and continues to make me a very knackered mummy indeed.