Friday, 7 April 2017

"Modern Machine Quilting" - Book Review

"Modern Machine Quilting"

Modern Machine Quilting is the new book from Catherine Redford for Fons and Porter.

I do have to admit that machine quilting is not something that I am confident with so I was looking forward to diving into the pages of this book.

The book is divided into 5 chapters. Each chapter is full of information, presented in such a way that you are not left feeling overwhelmed.  Great practical advice and discussions on all things from your Fabric, Batting, thread to your needles and your machine. Making a quilt sandwich and some Quilt room setup tips and that is just Chapter one.

Catherine has written this book in such a way that it makes you feel comfortable with the thought of machine quilting your own projects. The photos are clear, the illustrations of the quilting designs are hand drawn which shows the real deal. No perfectly drawn quilting designs with perfect curves. For me this is exactly what I need to see. When I sit to play with a design I want to see the hand drawn design.  I want to know that this is achievable and that is exactly how this book has me feeling.

Another feature that I absolutely LOVE about this book is the tables within the sections that you can make notes for the settings that work on your machine as you play. What a great resource to come back to. To know that you have written them down in the book, always there for you to find when / if you need at a later date.

 There is also a "Gallery of Quilts" showcasing various quilting on projects. Each photo is accompanied by a brief description of the technique used. 

The book is beautifully finished by a small collection of patterns that you can make and then practice your Modern Machine Quilting on.  I am adding "Which Way's Up" to my must make list and I am thinking that I might use up some of these scraps in my version.

My copy of "Modern Machine Quilting" is going to live by my Bernina, ready to guide and inspire my modern Quilting.

Happy Stitching,

Sharon xx

Disclaimer:  The book was provided to me by Fons and Porter for review.
All opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Oh Deliah

In about October of last year Jen Kingwell announced her new Block of the Month for 2017.


I love Jens work so I signed up immediately through Jens shop Amitie Textiles in Melbourne.
This Block of the Month is a little different as every month it comes with a set of templates. So not only are participants making Jens "Delilah Quilt" we are also collecting a set of templates that can be individually used to make more blocks or quilts.

Month one has arrived and as you can see I went for the Template and Fabric option.
How could I not, I just love Jen's scrappy style.

This month we were to make two of the blocks and here are mine :)

Did you notice the fussy cut in the one above?

And together. 

I am also going to add in a few of my own fabrics as I go. The more the merrier.
This month I have added a few low volumes, plainer than what was included to help my colours pop.

One month down and I am on track!
(I don't have the best track record with BOM's so I am pleased to currently be up to date!)

Next block arrives in a couple of weeks.

Happy Stitching,

Sharon x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Easy DIY Template Tutorial - English Paper Piecing

Do It Yourself Templates for 
English Paper Piecing

I released my "BEJEWLED" Cushion pattern this week and I made the executive decision not to include templates or have templates for the pattern put into production. Why?  Well there were a few reasons. Firstly the pieces for this pattern can all be rotary cut very simply (Full instructions are included in the pattern). Another was driven by the desire to keep the cost of the end product down and there was also the idea that I really wanted to include the pre cut papers with the pattern. 

Don't get me wrong, perspex templates are great but you do not need them for every single pattern. So today I am here to share with you a simple and easy way to make a template.

Even if you have ever just misplaced a Template, you know you have it somewhere but you just can't lay your hands on it right now when you need it.

Or maybe you have decided to make my BEJEWELED Cushions but you would like to do some fussy cutting so need a template :)

So let's get to it.


Template Plastic
Tape - Washi works well
Add a Quarter Ruler
Rotary Cutter
Permanent Marker
Rotary Cutting Mat,
and of course the paper shape that you plan to make the template for.

Start by making a tape circle by having the sticky side facing out and overlapping the ends.

Then stick this to the back of your paper template.

Position the tape side down on your Template plastic. Ensure that you have left enough room to cut the 1/4" seam allowance.

Take your 'Add a Quarter Ruler' and line the little lip of the ruler against the edge of the paper shape. With your Rotary cutter and ruler carefully work your way around your shape cutting your template at the 1/4" larger than your paper shape.

BEFORE removing your paper from the template take your marker and draw a line on the edge of your paper shape. You want the drawn line to overlap the paper and the perspex template.

When you remove your paper shape you will see a nice sharp edge. Everything inside the black line is what will be showing on your finished piece of fabrics once sewn :)

See how easy that was :)
A bonus when working with template plastic templates is that you can use a pencil to mark guides for your fussy cutting that can easily be removed with an eraser so you can go again.

If you have any questions please ask.

Happy Stitching,

Sharon x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Sharing the B and C love with a Freebie

Sharing the B and C Love.

So it is no secret that I love my Bonnie and Camille Fabrics.

Pictured is one of the little happy spots within my sewing space.
A Jelly Roll from every Bonnie and Camille line to date and if you look closely you will see that 
I have both the Mother and Daughter Jelly Rolls from their debut line, Cotton Blossoms.

My sewing journey actually began as Bonnie and Camille were releasing their original "Ruby" line and the love has only deepened since then. Hello Scrumptious and Little Ruby. Ok, you know I love all their fabric lines but those three are my favourites so far, but now add "The Good Life" (pictured below) in the mix as well. I am in love with the revisited Scrumptious prints.

I may also have a bit of a 'thing' for tins so when I saw that Cotton Factory had listed these for pre-order I jumped on board. I have a set of these babies on their way to me in August.

And that got me thinking. Rather than just my usual PSA, and letting you know there's another cool notion on it's way, I got in touch with Alison and offered to work together.

So, as well as great tins, if you pre order from the link HERE, I will be adding a little something extra to your parcel. A little something from Me to you. A pattern perhaps, a wee bundle of something delicious? Well you'll have to wait and see about that, but be assured I will be popping a little bonus in one of your tins. So hop to it and secure your own tin-ny bit of B&C crafty goodness.

 The set consists of three tins. 
One large with handle. A medium sized tin with window top and a third small tin, also with a window top.
Sizes, (all in inches)
Large - 7.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 
Medium - 5.5 x 3.75 x 2.5   Small - 4.5 x 3.5 x 1.5

Don't forget, you must use this link 

Happy Stitching,

Sharon xx

Monday, 27 March 2017

Allow me to introduce BEJEWELED

Allow me to introduce my newest pattern release.
EPP Cushions 

This pattern was inspired by a little pile of Alison Glass and Elizabeth Hartman fabrics that I had in my studio. I wanted a modern way to showcase them and ta-da my new cushions. Of course these cushions do not need to be made in brights. I am currently playing with my beloved Bonnie and Camille making some more :)

The pattern includes full instructions for the two cushions pictured on the cover (shown above) and a third bonus cushion (all pictured below) All three cushions use the same 4 custom shapes and fit a Size 16 Cushion insert. 

Also included in this pattern is the laser cut papers so you are ready to go.
No need to be spending money on excess papers. There are enough papers included to make any one of the cushions at one time. You can then remove the papers and reuse them for subsequent cushions.

With this pattern, like my Tenderness Pattern I have included Scan N Cut friendly pages for those who like to cut their own papers or if you wish to make extra papers.  The template sheets can also be copied onto a 160 GSM card and hand cut.

Please ask for it at your Local Quilt Shop and if they don't have it in stock they can order it in for you.  For wholesale orders, please contact Creative Abundance.

Alternatively I have some in stock in my Etsy Store including the PDF Pattern.

May your day be "BEJEWELED" :)

hugs Sharon x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Repurpose a Vintage Tin - Apple Farm Tin Tutorial

*I am reposting this Tutorial here as it seems to have gone missing from its original location *

Hi, Sharon here from Lilabelle Lane Creations, today I have a fun Tutorial for you.  
I am always stitching on the go and usually have a few hand piecing projects that I can grab as I run out the door and take with me 'just incase' a stitching moment arrises.  I like to store these projects in tins so today's tutorial will show you how easy it can be to turn any tin into more than just a tin!  

For me a tin that is pretty and functional for storing any "stitching on the go" project in is a necessity. 

I will also share a quick EPP (English Paper Pieced) Pincushion and a Needle Book tutorial to complete the set.

I picked this tin up in an thrift shop a little while ago and immediately I knew that I wanted to pair it up with Elea Lutz's Apple Farm line from Penny Rose.

To get started you will need:- 
 Basic sewing and EPP supplies,
Soft 'n' Stable,
Cotton Lace Trim,
8 x 2" Square EPP Papers or card to make your own,
Fibre Fill,
2 Buttons,
3" x 6.5" piece of Felt,
4" x 8" piece of Parlan (fusible interfacing)
and a Glue Gun.

1.     Start by taking the measurements of your tin. 
Length, width and height of the base and the internal measurements of the lid. 
For the base, add together the length + Height + Height = Figure A 
Also add together Width + height + Height = Figure B  
Cut a piece of Soft 'n' Stable to this size  (A by B) and then remove the corner squares.  
This should now sit nicely in your base.  
Now cut another piece of Soft 'n' Stable to the internal measurement of your lid.

2.    For the base cut a piece of fabric 1" bigger.
Layer it with your Soft 'n' Stable, take it to your sewing machine and stitch along what will be the fold lines.

3.    Pin the 4 corners together and stitch with your sewing machine as pictured.
You are only sewing the fabric, not the Soft 'n' Stable.

4.    Open the seam allowance fabric at the corners (this helps hold your Soft 'n' Stable in place) and fold over the top bit, pin in place and sew down close to the top edge. About 1/8".

5. For the inside of the lid. cut a piece of fabric 1" bigger.
Mitre your corners and pin in place.


6.   Stitch around the perimeter, again close to the edge (1/8").

7.   Heat up your Glue Gun and glue the fabric panel for the lid to the inside of the lid.

8.   Glue the Cotton Lace Trim around the outer edge of the fabric panel.  This should cover the edge of the panel and the stitched line to finish it off nice and neat. Fold the end over and glue down.

9.   Glue the base into the tin. Bottom and sides.

10.  Glue the trim to the top of the base lining. This should cover the sewn line and make everything nice and neat. Again, at the end, fold over and glue down for a neat finish.

"Ta-da" one lined tin.

Now for some accessories.

First up a simple EPP (English Paper Pieced)
(This tutorial assumes that you already know the basics of EPP).

Prepare eight (8) 2" Squares

EPP together two panels of four. Press with your iron. 

Start sewing the two square panels together as pictured (the pink and brown square).

Then begin to work your way around the squares.
As you can see here the pink is joining to the white.

At this point you can remove the paper from the pink square.

Keep working your way around, joining and removing papers as you go.

Leave the last seam open.

Remove any remaining papers and carefully turn your pincushion right side out.

Stuff your pincushion firmly with Fibrefill and slip stitch closed.

Using a long needle (I use a Doll Needle) sew a button to the centre of the top and bottom, pulling the thread in to make an indent and tie off. 

Congratulations you have a pincushion.

Now for a,
Needle Book.

You can download the APPLE TEMPLATE HERE.

1.    Cut three (3) 8" x 4" rectangles. 
One for the front, one for the lining and one for the pocket.

2.   Trace the Apple, Leaf, Stem and light reflection onto Visofix. Cut out slightly larger than the drawn line.

3.  Iron onto the back of your selected fabric and cut on the drawn line.

4.   Iron the front 8" x 4" panel in half. Peel the paper from the back of your apple, stem, leaf and light reflection.  

5.   Centre the Apple on the right hand side of the front panel ensuring you have a clear 1/4" all around.  Tuck a little bit of the stem under the apple and iron the stem and apple in place. 

Iron the leaf and light reflection in place.

6.    Iron the piece of Parlan to the back of your work.
Shorten the stitch length on your sewing machine and with dark brown or black thread in your machine sew around your apple. I like to go around twice for a darker line.

7.    Fold your pocket fabric in half and iron. 

8.   Layer your three pieces as pictured, (fold side of the pocket up - raw edge down), pin and sew 1/4" around leaving a 2" turning gap at the far left hand side. Backstitch at the start and end.

9.   Trim back the corners but be careful not to cut through the sewn line.

10.   Turn right side out, iron and slip stitch the opening closed.
11.   With the inside of your needle book facing up, position your felt page in the centre, pin and take it to your machine and sew into place down the centre forming your pages.

Well done, if you have made it this far you may just have a completed and pretty tin set to put your next portable project into.

Mine has already been put to good use.
More on that project soon :)

Happy Stitching,
Sharon xx