Friday, April 27, 2012

Gathered In - Modern Baby Quilt Pattern

As promised, here's another new baby pattern for those gorgeous charm packs sitting in your stash.

But first some background; the very first pattern of mine that was published in a magazine was my "Gathered In" quilt pattern, which appeared on the front cover of Down Under Quilts a couple of years ago. It was an incredibly surreal experience seeing my quilt on a cover.

It was a lap-sized 'stack and slash' quilt using 22, 10 inch squares. I was going for traditional fabrics with a modern layout.

Then I thought it would be great to make a baby sized version using a charm pack (5 inch squares) with more modern fabrics.

I think it works really well with Sweetwater's Reunion range and the pale blue background. I also added an extra border between the little squares in the middle and the outer border.

After much deliberation I quilted it with dense straight line quilting (about 1/4 inch apart) in quadrants. I love the look, but it was a bit of a headache trying to stop it from pulling/warping. If I was doing it again, I would quilt it a little less densely, which would also make it a little softer.

Although it looks similar to my "Scattered Showers" quilt, it's constructed in a different manner. Scattered Showers uses strip piecing, whereas this one uses the stack and slash method (and smaller scraps of fabric). Both are easy and quick to put together.

I would like to try this pattern in girly colours when I get a chance. If anyone gets around to it before I do, send me a pic, I'd love to see it.

You can find the downloadable pattern here, or ask you local quilt store for the hard copy version.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Whirly Garden pattern released

After receiving quite a few emails asking about my Whirly Garden pattern, I've finally taken some photos, formatted the instructions and uploaded the pattern. It's only taken me... about a year!

Some of you may remember it originally appeared in a Quilters Companion "Precuts" edition. It takes two charm packs or a bunch of scraps from your stash. I cut my own 5in squares from Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley range to make it.

I had some fun with the back too! Isn't the orange great? I would have really enjoyed the straight line quilting if I hadn't had morning sickness at the time (yes I quilted it that long ago - Grace just turned 1.)

Thanks Sarah for the kick up the pants I needed to get this one done!

If you'd like to try this fun pattern, you can download it here.
And guess what... I have another pattern coming up next!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Lovin' the Rock Garden

I've had fun with Umbrella Print's gorgeous Rock Garden range, pairing them with some lovely French General linen and Kona Cotton solids. I particularly love the Stone Flowers print. I think there's something Scandinavian about them, and the way Carly and Amy have made the prints look like they've been hand printed is very clever.

I used my "Through the Trees" stack and slash tutorial for this one, but made the blocks smaller (the starting blocks were 13" across and 12 1/2" down) and I made 5 angled vertical cuts instead of 7.

Also, instead of using a ruler I freehand cut the strips. I've been wanting to try this for a while and I'm so pleased with the result. It's a subtle difference, but gives a nice 'organic' feel. I might try to post a tutorial if there's any interest.

I will be demonstrating how to make this quilt at the Moonlight Markets tonight. It looks like it's going to be a lovely evening. I'll post some pics of my booth tonight on facebook.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bowerbird Bazaar

I've already told you about my mummy-daughter date with Sarah at the Bowerbird Bazaar and what a lovely time she had with the Planks... Well I wanted to share a couple of other great things we found there.

I was excited to meet some more Adelaide-based fabric designers - Surface Art. Their vintage inspired and contemporary fabric was right up my alley. They will be bringing out some quilting weight designs soon. I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with!

There were tonnes of gorgeous stalls with countless handmade items, but this one really stood out for me -  Lino Girl. Kerry's hand painted porcelain was exquisite.

Gretel Girl was another highlight for Sarah and me. Her wares were so eclectic and quirky- check out her adorable hand printed and embroidered "Very Happy Pork". Tracy was so much fun - we chatted at length about how we pretended to be domestic goddesses, but really tried to avoid domestic tasks whenever we could. Sarah was absolutely delighted when Tracy gave her a little present.

Rebound Books had a cute idea - turn old books into notebooks and diaries...

and use the spines for bookmarks.

All of this hanging out at markets has inspired me to set up my first stall at a local market. If you're in the Adelaide area you can find me this Friday (13th April) at the Moonlight Markets at Thorndon Park. I'm busily sewing bits and peices to sell along side my quilt patterns.  I'm a little nervous, so please stop by and say 'hi'!