Sunday, February 25, 2018

Week Ending (Feb 25)

Happy Sunday :) Thanks for stopping by to see what made my Week Ending list this week. I've got some great links for you this week, so lets get straight to it.

  • Our fridge is a mecca of school notices and photos so when this tutorial for Fast and Easy Quilt Magnets popped up on Facebook, I added it to my must make list. The tutorial is a little vague but it includes the basics so you can play around with your own ideas. You can find all the information HERE. When I make some, I'll draft up the patterns to share with you :)
  • Matt Moran is one of my favorite Aussie chefs and I love trying his recipes. His Fraisier Cake has just made the top of my must make list and you can find the recipe HERE. Looks yummy doesn't it?
  • I found another beautiful shawl to crochet, The Spring Shawl by Hooked On Homemade Happiness. Its very similar to the one I shared last week but I'm really loving the colour combination of this one. You can find the free pattern HERE.
  • Quilt ladders are a great way to display your quilts. I found a DIY tutorial from Sydney Makes Stuff so you can make one yourself, or ask hubby to make one for you :) You can find the tutorial HERE.
  • I decided to bake something different for Les and Cohen's lunches this week and I tried Donna Hay's Pizza Muffins. They were quite yummy, more of a scone than a muffin but quite flavorsome and they were a hit with the boys. You can find the recipe HERE.
  • I was looking at my fabric wish list the other day and I realised that Nest by Lella Boutique is coming out in March (squeal). I love the colours in this range, the blues are to die for, and I'm looking forward to working with this fabric. Head over HERE for a peek at the range.
  • Lastly, have you ever considered making a crocheted or knitted temperature blanket? They are very popular at the moment and I have a few resources to help you out. There's a great article to get you started HERE but your not limited to using 2018 as your reference year. There are resources for downloading the temperature of years past (a birthday year, anniversary year etc.). Australians can click HERE for a daily temperature guide up until about 2004 in some states. USA residents can use this tool HERE (and I believe it may work for Canada as well) for years 2009-2016. For other countries, Google something similar to "daily temperatures by year in......" and see what you can find :)
That's it for another week. I hope you enjoyed this weeks list. I'll be back very soon with my March Mini Quilt and I've got another pretty one for you. I can't wait to show you.
Until then, happy Week Ending :)

Friday, February 23, 2018

{Free Pattern} Autumn Leaf- Free Block Patterns

" I loved Autumn, the one season of the year
God seemed to have put there just for 
the beauty of it."- Lee Howard
I love Autumn. I love the gorgeous colours, the chill in the morning air, the crunching beneath my feet. I love the piles of leaves that gather in the garden, the slower pace of life as people start to wind down after an active summer. I love that you need to grab a jacket or that homemade soup starts making an appearance on the weekly menu. Honestly, what's not to love about the most beautiful time of the year?
Autumn is well on its way down under and to celebrate I have a new free block pattern for you, the Autumn Leaf:
This is a paper pieced pattern and I've included four sized FPP templates (6", 8", 10" and 12") so you can chose the size that best suits your needs. It's a fun block to have in your files so even through Spring is on its way in the Northern Hemisphere, you can save it for later. Or even better, use some spring inspired fabrics and add these blocks to the projects your working on right now.
I used Sedef's (Down Grapevine Lane) Sweet Prairie fabrics and this range has some gorgeous autumn colours and prints. I've been saving a FQ bundle of these to use for my autumn projects and it was great to finally unwrap the bundle and play with them. It was also a little sad; taking the ribbon off a bundle always brings a tear to the eye but knowing she has a new range coming in August makes it easier :)
The blocks are easy to construct and the FPP keeps all those smaller pieces accurate and less fiddly. They are constructed as a four patch and you can make a batch of these in no time at all.
Of course the larger sizes have bigger units but the 6" pattern is still manageable for even the beginner paper piecer.
You can use the blocks for lots of different projects. Make as many as you want, in whatever size you prefer and sew some autumn inspired projects to decorate your home. I've included a few suggestions in the pattern to help you out, but the best part about sharing just a block pattern is that you get to be creative and make yourself something unique.
I made three 6" blocks and I had fun with some different colour combinations. Here's what I made with my blocks:
I now have a little wall hanging for my front entrance and I love it. It will be a warm welcome to visitors and I can have autumn leaves all year long if I want :) I included brief notes in the pattern on how I made my wall hanging.
Have fun with the block pattern and use it to make whatever you like; from a wall hanging to a full sized quilt. The PDF pattern includes full written instructions and diagrams to help you along the way and I have included a colouring sheet to assist in colour/fabric selection prior to piecing.
To download and print the free Autumn Leaf block pattern just visit HERE.
I hope you have heaps of fun with this block pattern :) and don't forget I love to see what you make so tag me on social media or send me a photo via email.
Happy sewing :)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Malia Cowl

A few Sundays ago I shared the link to the Malia Cowl as I wanted to crochet more wearables this year. I've just finished my own version and I had to share it with you because I love it:
The free pattern is by Rebecca at Little Monkeys Crochet and its part of the Malia Crochet Along. The collection includes everything from the cowl to boot cuffs and I'm excited to try some of the other Malia patterns over winter. You can find all the links HERE.
I used Lionbrand Heartland yarn for my cowl and its beautiful to crochet with but it did make the cowl a little stiff, not the soft drape I was hoping for. Hopefully it will soften and shape better the more I wear it. Its a beautiful yarn though and the cowl is so snugly and warm :)
The cowl is Boho style with lots of gorgeous texture and its buttoned to secure and finished with a fringe. The thing I like the best is that is looks handmade but it doesn't scream "look I made this" if you know what I mean.
The pattern is very easy to follow and there's a video to walk you through each and every step of the process. She gives you a few options in the video so its beneficial to watch before you start crocheting.
I did make a few changes as I went along. Firstly, I made my cowl slightly longer than the pattern. As long as you chain an even number and then add 1 ch, your pattern will work. I don't like things to sit too high around my neck, so I added an extra 20 ch to make it just slightly longer. I also made the cowl one pattern repeat narrower for the same reason. It sits perfectly and I don't feel like I'm choking :)
I also added the optional edging to finish off the raw edges and I added four buttons instead of three. No other reason really except my buttons were smaller and I had four so I used them all. I did secure them by sewing through both pieces of the cowl, so my cowl is permanently secured. Rebecca suggests this as an option and I thought it would be better than stretching the holes each time you button and unbotton the cowl.
I'm so thrilled with how it finished up. It sits in the perfect spot around my neck and it looks great. I'm looking forward to some colder weather so I can use it to dress up my coat :) It was the perfect first wearable project to try for the year and I'm sure I'll be making more before winter's end (especially when Maddi sees this lol).
You can find the free pattern for the Malia Cowl HERE.
Happy crocheting :)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Week Ending (Feb 18)

Happy Sunday everyone. Thanks for stopping by and seeing what made my Week Ending list this week. I have some great links for you so I hope you find something fun and inspiring.
Please remember these are not affiliate links, just things I loved and you need to visit the link for all the details :)
OK here we go:

  • I'm super excited about the Le Nuage Wrap from Sewrella. I'd wear it as a scarf and I've already purchased some yarn for this project. I can't wait to start crocheting this wrap. You can find the free pattern HERE.
  • I really want to try this Fig Jam and Ricotta Torta from Gourmet Traveller. You can find the recipe HERE. I just need to find a good excuse to bake it. Anyone wanna come over for morning tea?
  • It's important to know how to care for and wash your precious quilts and I found this great article at All People Quilt which covers all you need to know to keep them in tip top condition. You can read the article HERE
  • Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane has just given us a sneak peek of her upcoming fabric line Summer Blush. You guys, its stunning! I'm a big fan of Sedef's fabric so I'm super excited for this range to be released in August. Take a peek HERE and add it to your wish list.
  • I sacrificed my waistline for you guys this week and tried this yummy Lemon and Lime Delicious Pudding from Good Chef, Bad Chef. I used to watch this show a lot and I knew I should be eating what she (Good Chef) cooked but I seriously wanted to eat what he (Bad Chef) cooked because his always looked wickedly delicious. Anyhoo, this dessert is amazing and a refreshing way to end a meal. You can find the recipe HERE.
  • If you love English Paper Piecing or you are thinking of giving it a try, I found a sweet Pyramid Pincushion pattern at Today's Quilter. You can never have too many pincushions and you can find the free pattern HERE. I don't do a lot of hand sewing these days but I thought this might be a fun car project to do while I'm waiting for Cohen to finish school :)
  • The last link it something a little different. I love quotes and I love surrounding myself with positive affirmations. The Organised Housewife has an easy 5 Step Tutorial on How To Make A Vision Board. Its a great idea and you can be creative with its content depending on your goals, dreams or personal growth. The tutorial can be found HERE.
That's it for another week; lots of fun things to excite and inspire. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope you have found some time to be creative :)
Happy Week Ending :)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mira- PDF Pattern

I have a new pattern to add to my PDF family today. You have seen it before when it appeared in the Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine last year but now its available in both of my shops as a PDF. I'm excited to tell you a little more about it, so say hi again to the stunning Mira:
The magazine sent those gorgeous Cheery McGee fabrics for me to play with and the colours were a little more vibrant than I usually use but the prints and solids were beautiful. I had a design in mind and once the fabrics arrived I knew that gorgeous red would work so well and shine in this quilt.
Mira is a giant red variable star which pulsates to increase or decrease its brightness. In constellations, bright stars are surrounded by shooting comets and tiny twinkling stars and I think I captured that in this design.
The comet blocks are set amid a sprinkling of saw tooth stars to create the quilts centre. Both blocks are simply pieced and they finish at 9" so there's nothing fiddly to sew, just quick and easy piecing.
There are two borders surrounding the centre and they bring the Mira star to life. The borders are sewn with some basic piecing and quick corners.
I quilted my Mira quilt with my "go to" FMQ flowers and can you see the little sneak peek at the backing? Its hard to see from the photos but the white backing has a lovely all over white flower print. I don't usually use white backings but I thought this was perfect for this quilt.
Mira finishes at about 54" square so it makes a great lap/throw quilt. It would also look great hanging on a wall to add that dramatic touch to your home decorating.
The PDF pattern comes with step by step written instructions and lots of diagrams to help you create your own version of Mira. I've also included a colouring sheet to assist in colour/fabric selection prior to sewing your quilt.
If you would like to make your own Mira quilt, PDF patterns are now available for $8.95 (AU) in my Big Cartel shop, HERE.
Or if you prefer an instant download, PDF patterns are also available in my Etsy shop HERE.
I hope you love this quilt as much as I do. It was a fun quilt to design and I loved working with this vibrant fabric. Mira is a beautiful addition to my pattern family and a gorgeous quilt to snuggle under :)
Happy sewing :)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Non Slip Foot Pedal Mat

Remember the link I shared in my Week Ending post on Sunday for the Non Slip Foot Pedal Mat? Well I made one for myself and I have to tell you....... it works perfectly :)
I love my new machine but the foot pedal seems to have a mind of its own and in its travels, gets wedged under the ledge of my sewing table. I'm working on wool carpet and it happened a little with my Pfaff foot pedal but the Brother one just wont stay put. There are probably a hundred solutions for this but I stumbled across this tutorial from So Sew Easy and decided to give it a try.
Mum uses the non slip matting for different purposes so I grabbed a couple of her larger scraps and used some fabric scraps from my stash for the bindings and the stopper roll, so basically a no cost project YAY!
The tutorial is very easy to follow and its says the mat isn't the most prettiest thing but that it works....and yes it does! I sewed all day yesterday and my foot pedal did not move! I love it!
Its a quick and easy project and it took me about an hour to finish. Bear in mind a large portion of that time was spent picking the perfect fabric :) not that it really matters but that's how I roll.
There's a lot of bulk under the machine and the matting is grippy so I did use a sheet of paper underneath to help feed it through, as the tutorial suggests. Its easy to remove once the binding is on because the paper perforates as you sew, just like paper piecing.
The stopper roll is a great addition but make sure you size it to fit your pedal. You don't want it wedging underneath the roll or else your machine wont stop when you take your foot off. I machine sewed my stopper roll to the mat for extra strength and stability.
So in conclusion, its a fun project, its a great tutorial, the mat works perfectly and I'm a happy sewer :) If you're having "wandering foot pedal syndrome" like I was, then this non slip mat is a great solution.
You can find the tutorial HERE at So Sew Easy. And if you have any other solutions that may also help, feel free to share them in the comments for everyone to read.
Happy sewing :)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Week Ending (Feb 11)

Happy Sunday :) and Happy 29th Anniversary to my amazing husband. ♥ Love you forever baby xxx I hope its been a fun week for you. Its been a very productive one for me and I'm excited about the projects I have coming up to share with you.
Let's have a look at what made my Week Ending list this week and remember these are not affiliate links and you need to click the link for all the details.
Here we go:
  • If you are looking for a homemade alternative to basting spray then there's an article and video tutorial HERE. I pin baste but I thought this might be a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative for those who prefer to spray.
  • I loooooove Turkish Delight, so when I saw these Giant Turkish Delight Marshmallow Meringues, I had to add them to my must try list. You can find the recipe HERE.
  • Do you have trouble with your sewing machine foot pedal moving as you sew? The pedal on my new machine seems determined to wander off and explore under my sewing desk. I stumbled across a clever solution HERE for a non slip foot pedal mat. I plan on sewing one later today so I'll let you know how it works :)
  • When Mandy from Crochet Redagape announces she's running her first CAL, you just run to the wool stash and start crocheting. Her designs are always gorgeous and I've just completed the first month (pictured). I'm going scrappy for my Sampler blanket and using lots of colour. You can find all the details HERE.
  • Have you seen the new Alison Glass range, Sun Print? I haven't used her fabrics before but I've fallen in love with this range. Click HERE to be inspired.
  • I love using cotton yarn for crocheting and Yummy Yarn and Co. have just listed some DMC Natura Just Cotton Yarns. The colours are gorgeous and you can shop the range HERE.
  • And lastly, I have a video for you to watch. You are going to love this 94 year old ♥ He's an artist and a gentleman and his painted quilt blocks are stunning. Head over HERE for a glimpse inside his studio and his creative life.
That's my list for this week. I hope you find something that inspires you.
Happy Week Ending :) 
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