Thursday, April 3, 2014

Aurifil Designer Block 2014 - April

This month, Angela Yosten has designed the Bear Paw block. Read Pat Sloan's interview with Angela about the story behind the block. 


I have had the pleasure to meet Angela and found out that she has a weakness for Tim Tams. She will make a fine Aussie yet.


The block finishes at 12" x 12" and accompanies three others in the series. You can find the blocks on the individual blogs or at Auribuzz.

Apr - Angela Yosten http://blog.angelayosten.com/
June - Heidi Pridemore http://heidipridemore.blogspot.com/
Jul - Camille Roskelley http://camilleroskelley.typepad.com/
Oct -Jane Davidson http://quiltjane.blogspot.com/
Nov - Scott Hansen http://bluenickelstudios.com/
Dec - Carrie Nelson http://lavieenrosie.typepad.com/

Don't forget to look at the monthly machine tips by Natalia Bonner http://www.pieceandquilt.com/ 


Don't forget to enter the monthly thread giveaway by posting your block on the official Aurifil Flickr group.


P.S This my Globetrotter block for April - Puerto Rico.



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Flat Bunnies


Last year I made this 35 ½" x 35 ½" table centre piece. As Easter is approaching fast, I thought it would be fun to publish this pattern. I made my table topper using Angela Yosten's Flat Collection for Moda but it could be made in pastels or bright, spring prints, reflective of the season. While I used a fabric pen to draw faces on my bunnies, I have included instructions for embroidery.


The digital pattern can be found in my Craftsy Store or in my little e-shop.


Lots of room in the centre to practice your free motion quilting skills.

If you make Flat Bunnies, please add #FlatBunnies tag to your social media posts. I love to see what everyone is making.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sewjo Saturday - My Go Go Life


What are you sewing this weekend? Kim from My Go Go Life is having a linky Sewjo party every Saturday where you can share your weekly 'going ons' in the sewing room.

This week Kim will be giving away some Aurifil threads and Moda Charm Packs.


Check out Kim's Fundies (Fun Undies) and leather trimmed Brassiere using SewTakeAHikes Paper Pieced Pattern.


Friday, March 28, 2014

A few projects on the go.

I finally put the last stitch in the Dresden du Jour quilt. I have enjoyed making this quilt using paper piecing to make the Dresdens surrounded by a very busy backdrop. I wanted the background to have an impact. It's amazing the effects that can be achieved by using large, geometric prints in the background. 


All the fabrics used in this quilt are from Pat Bravo and Art Gallery Fabrics. The Dresdens are a combination of Rapture, Pure Elements and Squared Elements. The background, border and binding are from the Minimalista collection. 


Quilted with a dense circular pattern using Aurifil 2105 50wt cotton. It was the closest thread colour I had to pale lemon. 

This quilt will be making its way to Spring market to the Art Gallery Fabrics booth along with others. Bon Voyage my little quilt. Enjoy Pittsburg and I hope you make it home one day. 

In June Di Mill, our lovely Fabric rep, is having a Patchwork Retailers Convention and Trade Show. I will be making a couple of quilts for Di using Moda fabrics and conducting demonstrations of the Jaybird Rulers and how to use them for pattern making. We will be very lucky to have Camille Roskelley here in Australia for the trade show and lectures. I am very excited indeed and plan to make a small quilt using the April Showers fabric sitting in my stash. I am not sure of the design yet but it may look something like this.


or this.


The March  ModAusBee Block from Jess using the Migration Block by Charlotte Newland is waiting to be put together using these BW and text prints coupled with these luscious green prints. I do enjoy flying geese.


Tonight I started on the Night Sky Quilt by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. This will be part of a blog hop scheduled for 12th May 2014.


I am using a combination of Metallic Tussah and Quilters Linen from Robert Kaufman as well as fussy cutting the bees from Timeless Treasures and Drift from Angela Walters for Art Gallery Fabrics. I am keeping it very neutral although I have the urge to throw a vibrant colour in the mix. I will see what inspires me as I piece. 

There are a few more secret squirrel projects I cannot presently divulge but I feel I am in dire need of minions or at least a clone. Do you ever wish for an army of helpers?


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dresden Du Jour


Dresden Du Jour is now available at Craftsy or my little e-shop as a downloadable digital pattern.


Please share all your projects at http://www.flickr.com/groups/dresdendujour or on social media using #DresdenDuJour.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My little Singer Sewing Machine


My grandfather had 8 siblings and one of them was Aunty Sadie. She was the most delightful lady. Full of mischief and happiness. When Aunty Sadie passed away I was given this sewing machine by her daughter. I believe it was purchased in the first half of the 20th Century. It needs a little TLC to restore it to its former glory but it still sews a perfect stitch.

The cabinet it sits on was found in my in laws garage in very bad condition. It was my husband's great grandmothers. Now restored, it sits harmoniously with the machine in my living room.


It is so nice to see something with 'Manufactured in Great Britain' etched into the body of the sewing machine.


Does anyone know about this particular model? I would love to hear about your old Singer machines and their histories.

*** Update *** Thanks to my readers providing some handy links, I discovered it was made in the factory Kilbowie, Clydebank, Scotland in 1945.