Wildwood Challenge: Crib Quilt

Almost two months ago I was lucky enough to be asked by Sew Mama Sew if I’d like to contribute a project for Cloud 9 Fabrics’ soon-to-be-released fabric line, Wildwood.

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I said yes please, emailed them an idea and was very excited when I found the project had been accepted to participate in the Wildwood Challenge.

The fabric arrived in August and it had the same beautiful, crisp hand I’ve come to expect from Cloud 9 fabrics. The colours are very on trend – love the navy and coral.

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So, what did I make? A quilt of course! I wanted to keep it simple and show off every single print from the line. I also liked the idea of being able to use a fat quarter bundle.

I do love my colour gradations, and that’s what I’ve attempted here.

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I quilted it with parallel diagonal lines, using my walking foot edge as a guide. Initially I was going to quilt the whole thing in a neutral beige colour, but when I found I had spools of navy and coral that matched exactly I thought I should incorporate these, too (which I did randomly).

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I used a scrappy binding, taking the time to match the binding fabric to the fabric at the quilt’s edge (not exactly as I didn’t want overlapping seams, but close enough). I really like the effect.

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If you would like to make a Wildwood crib quilt (50″ x 60″) of your own, then this is how to do it:

Step 1: Buy a fat quarter of each of the 12 fabrics in the line.

Step 2: Cut 10 x 5.5″ squares from each fat quarter, like this:

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(Reserve the rectangular off cut – you can cut your scrappy binding strips from it; 3 strips of 2.25″ x 11″.)

Step 3: Take your 120 x 5.5″ squares and arrange them in this order:

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1.Climbing Vine Khaki        2.Pretty Posies Coral        3.Forest Floor Khaki

 4.Full Bloom Coral             5.Wildflower Crimson         6.Deco Petal Navy

7.Midnight Flora Navy        8.Climbing Vine Navy           9.Full Bloom Indigo

          10.Forest Floor Ivory       11.Pretty Posies Turquoise     12.Deco Petal Turquoise

Where you have squares of the same fabric next to each other, turn one of them such that the pattern is not running the same direction across both squares:

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Step 4: Sew your squares into rows, and then sew your rows together. Make a backing then baste, quilt, bind and enjoy!

Confession time: I didn’t use a fat quarter bundle. As often happens when I make plans, I wasn’t able to get a fat quarter cut of each fabric – I had to take a one-third yard cut instead (I know, terrible, right?). This gave me some left over fabric which I used to piece part of a backing:

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The rest of the backing was pieced with Kona Raffia yardage.

I have no pattern to share for the backing. Frankly, it was a major pain in the posterior to piece and I won’t be doing it again. It took a lot longer than the quilt top to make and about half way through I cursed myself and wished I’d used a whole cloth instead! Oh well, this is how we learn, right?

The one thing I will say is that all those diagonal seam lines were handy for staying on track when I was quilting.

There you have it – a Wildwood Crib Quilt, fit for any young bub!

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Thank you so much to Sew Mama Sew for the Challenge, Cloud 9 for the fabric and Elizabeth Olwen for designing such loveliness.

You can see what the other Wildwood Challengers get up to by checking out their links below:

Carolina Carero from Love, Lola

Elizabeth Singler from Mamma Can Do It

Jennifer Waaraniemi from lea & lars

Heidi Staples from Fabric Mutt

Ren Murphy from The Inspired Wren

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Around the World Blog Hop

The lovely and very talented Kim of Leland Ave Studios tapped me on the shoulder for the Around the World Blog Hop, so here I am (a little late, sorry Kim).

If you haven’t visited Kim yet you really should. She has a real flair for colour combinations and giving traditional patterns a modern makeover. Not to mention she sews a mean queen sized quilt!

So to get to the questions:

What am I working on?

At the moment I am working on the backing for my Red Letter Day twin sized quilt.

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I’ve got another quilt pattern on the boil (which doesn’t involve a single log cabin).

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I’ve had the Collette Myrtle pattern and required knit fabric sitting on my stash pile for a good month. I’m scared of this project and it knows.

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Then there’s my queen sized quilt top that probably needs only an hour of work to finish it, but do you think I can decide what it is it actually needs? No.

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How does my work differ from those also in my genre?

Hmmm. Can I be honest and say I dunno? And even more honest and say I don’t really care? I pretty much sew for myself (i.e. whatever makes me happy) and try not to compare myself to others as it can be a real joy dampener. I certainly don’t feel pressure to make sure my work differs from others’. I have made other peoples’ patterns and have devised some of my own – both processes have been equally good fun.  This might be an easier question for anyone but me to answer!

Why do I create what I do?

I just really enjoy making things, all sorts of things, but at the moment quilty things. I find sewing both invigorating (designing, colour planning, pattern drafting) and calming (the actual piecing/quilting/binding). I also love that the result is useful on a practical level and giftable. One of the happy fringe benefits of sharing things online (as I have no real life friends who quilt) has been finding such a wonderful bunch of like-minded creators. So the creating part has extended into making tutorials and patterns that help others (just as others have helped me), which makes me feel good.

How does my creative process work?

Like everyone else, I’m time-strapped (young family, part-time job, a house that refuses to stay clean) so I am very selective with how I spend my spare time. Before I start anything I have to feel the red-hot fire for it, or I won’t bother. You know that feeling when you see someone’s pattern, or get an idea of your own, and it’s all you can think about? I wait for that feeling before I start a new quilt or commit myself to working up a design.

Now we get to the part where I nominate another blogger to carry on the Blog Hop. If you haven’t already heard of Cat&Vee you’ll want to pop over to their store and see their lovely fabric panels (see a collection below) and then over to their blog to keep up to date with all the goss.

I had the pleasure of meeting Cat at the Camille Roskelley sewing class I attended in June and we’ve caught up for coffee since. She’s a very lovely and very talented lady, but we’d expect no less from a quilter ;)

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New Web Design

Hello and happy weekend!

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Just popping in to say that my new site is up and working – feel free to drop in! I feel very grown up now I actually have an About page.

Some things are still a work in progress (my photos all needed resizing, which is a pain and something I’ll have to work on bit by bit) but the majority of it is bright, happy and very functional – everything I was looking for.

It’s going to be a busy week on the blog. I have a blog hop post coming up, then a tutorial with Sew Mama Sew to direct you to and finally a sneaky project I worked on with a yet-to-be-released fabric line from Cloud 9 Fabrics. Happy Days!

Enjoy your weekend and happy sewing!

 

Queen of Diamonds

OK you guys – are you ready for the queen sized version of Diamonds in the Deep?

You absolutely must go over to Kim’s blog, Leland Ave Studios, and see how her test of the queen sized version of the pattern turned out. You’ll love it! (and make sure you tell her)

I’m so proud of Kim because she was apprehensive about making such a large quilt but she powered through it like a trooper.

Again, as with the lap and twin sized testers, I love the colours and prints that Kim chose. I don’t want to give away too much, but here’s a hint:

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Pop over to Kim’s to see it in it’s complete glory!

More Diamonds in the Deep

This time around I’d like to show you the lap and twin sized versions created to test my Diamonds in the Deep pattern.

Firstly, Tina teamed some Malka Dubrawsky fabrics with an RJR Fabrics Quilters Sateen (in Midnight) to make this beautifully bright and happy lap-sized version.

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Such a great colour combination.

Then we have Melissa’s elegant version in pink, yellow and cream batiks with a cool pop of green in the centres.
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The best part of the testing process for me was seeing what the testers came up with – how they interpreted the pattern and applied colour in their own way. I love all the versions and I’m ever so grateful that these ladies took the time to test for me.

Thank you Tina and Melissa!

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Diamonds in the Deep (Daffodils in the Deep)

Hello everyone, we’re on the slide down into the weekend. Yay for Fridays!

As I mentioned in my last post, I had four wonderful sewists offer to test my Diamonds in the Deep pattern. They each took a size to test, from crib to queen.

Today I’d love you to check out Susan from PatchworknPlay’s amazing yellow/low volume version.

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Isn’t it stunning?

Make sure you pop over to Susan’s blog where she has many more photos to share.

And make sure you have an amazing weekend!

Diamonds in the Deep

Hello All,

I’m very happy to announce my first quilting pattern, Diamonds in the Deep, is available for sale!

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I have a new Pattern Shop (you can see it up there in the menu) where you’ll find it listed.

Diamonds in the Deep uses various log cabin blocks to form an asymmetrical colour gradation across the quilt (phew, that sounds technical).

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The pattern is a downloadable PDF (not a physical, paper pattern) and contains lots of instructions and cutting guides and diagrams.

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Diamonds in the Deep comes with instructions for four quilt sizes: crib, lap, twin and queen.

You can easily make the pattern with yardage or scraps and yardage (as I have here) or completely from scraps. We are nothing if not versatile ;)

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I had four wonderful and talented testers make up a version in each size and I can’t wait to show you what they made. But more on that through the week.

This being the first time I’ve sold a pattern, I think I’ve got all the different shop/payment/delivery interfaces set up properly. If you do decide to buy it (1000thankyous) and experience any problems at all, just shoot me an email and I will sort it out.

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Thank you and happy sewing!

A Little Bit of Liberty

Today I have a little interview and an embroidery tutorial up on the Liberty Craft Blog – be sure to check it out if you are a lover of Liberty fabric.

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For those visiting from the Liberty blog – you can find my embroidery hoop wrapping tutorial here.

In other news, I received some fun mail this week – a copy of The Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making.

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I was asked some time ago if I’d like to contribute my Modern Chevron Baby Quilt to the book and of course, I said yes.

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It’s a little surreal to see something of mine amongst the works of so many talented quilters.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. It’s Saturday morning here and it’s bucketing down – perfect quilting weather!

Newsletter inbound

Just a quick note to say that the newsletter will be popping into inboxes soon…

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If you’d like the instructions for this jumbo (32″!) star variation then don’t forget to sign up in the side bar.

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I made this one with some Cotton + Steel.

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I was unable to resist the current navy and coral trend (although I think this might be more on the tangerine side of orange, but who cares).

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Hope you’re all having a great start to the week!

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane

I’m a little slow getting this post up (our visit was Easter this year) but I hope once you see all these cute, furry faces you’ll forgive my tardiness.

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The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is located here in Brisbane and is the world’s largest and oldest koala sanctuary.

They have 130 koalas in a multitude of display enclosures, which makes for great viewing.

Normally, whenever we see koalas in a zoo, we only see this:

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Or this:
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Not unexpected given koalas need to sleep about 20 hours a day.

At Lone Pine we were delighted to see plenty of koala goings-on:

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The koala presentation (given twice a day) should not be missed for all sorts of interesting info on the life of these little critters. (Did you know you can identify koalas by the patterns on their bottom fur?)

You can have a cuddle with the koalas too, and have your photo taken. The koalas only spend about 10 minutes ‘on duty’ giving cuddles before they are swapped back to their enclosure.

Here’s one of the keepers collecting a fresh koala for cuddles.

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She explained that because it was lunch time, they were all expecting her to give them their lunch:

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Luuuuuuunch!!!

Another keeper brought their lunch (huge bunches of fresh gum leaves) moments after this photo.There are plenty of other Australian animals to see, not only koalas.

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We attended the Bird of Prey demonstration:

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There’s a large walk-through park area with emus:

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And lots and lots of kangaroos:

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They are very tame and love a scratch behind the ears:

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You can also buy a bag of feed which they will eat from your hand:

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Joey in mama’s pouch:

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If you’re very lucky you’ll get a special show:

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Ahem.

Our older kids were in stitches over this, and I’m happy to report that every single tourist, of all nationalities, raced over to take a photo. Global unification through kangaroo nooky.

Because nothing I can write could possibly top that, I’ll say goodbye. (And don’t forget to visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary when you come to Brisbane.)

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À bientôt!