Monday, 5 February 2018

Fruit Cake Quilt - Cake Mix Monday

Welcome to Week 11 of the Cake Mix Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop.
I was so excited when the Fat Quarter Shop asked me to come and play long with their Cake Mix Quilt Along and this week I am as equally excited to share with you the quilt I made.  
Allow me to introduce the ...

'Fruit Cake Quilt'



16 gorgeous quilts using 8 Cake Mixes! Use recipe cards, layer cakes, 
and the Cake Mix patterns featured in the book to build gorgeous, dessert inspired quilts!"

I have used the "Designer Essentials - Spectrum" in brights from FreeSpirit Fabrics for my quilt with a variety of low volume fabric from my stash.


This was my first time using the "Cake Mix Recipe cards" and I really enjoyed the process. The simplest  way to describe the Recipe Cards is 'Triangle paper'. You team them with 10" squares for the perfect HST.  I have another pack of Recipe cards here so I can make another, different Quilt when the desire strikes.

A quick little video for further explanation can be seen HERE via YouTube.



I chose the low volume prints as I knew that this quilt would be perfect for lazy days at the park and they would help hide any little marks.


The finishes size of my quit is 70" Square.



I am so pleased with how my 2nd quilt finish for the year turned out and what is not to love about a good rainbow quilt.



This quilt has Lily's approval :)


Here is the list of who else is sewing along.

Be sure to go visit the above and see the great quilts that have been made.

Thank you for stopping by happy Sewing,

Sharon xx

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Quilting food for thought and a finished Quilt

Quilting Food for thought.

On December 27th I posted this to my Instagram feed.


"I am not into making New Year Resolutions as l feel it can set you up for failure or disappointment so l like to think more about goal setting or habit changing. So in 2018 l will start as many new projects as my heart desires and refuse to feel guilty about it! If l fall out of love with a project l will not stress, l will just find it a new home. I will dig out my pile of quilt tops and attempt to finish some of them myself #lneedalongarm 😉 l will use more of my stash ... hence this pic so l can hopefully watch it shrink ☺ and when l buy new fabric that l love l will use it, not stash it ...... all whilst Creating what l love 💖"


Then on the 8th January I'd had enough.. I was feeling overwhelmed by he amount of "stuff" that I had. The main cupboard that I was storing various craft supplies in was overflowing and I could never find anything that I was sure I had. It was missing in the abyss!  

I had a deep clean out. It took a few days and yes it did get worse before it got better but I kept with it. I donated so much "stuff" and half finished projects to the local thrift shops. It felt great. When I had finished I had an almost empty cupboard but I now have a somewhat healthy collection of Zips - I had unearthed 65 in total!!  I then moved into the office where I was storing all my quilts from my Patterns and projects from my book.  My office was cluttered.  I can now say that things from the office are all nicely folded and stored in the cupboard and my office is back to a more functional space where I can work with a clear head.  I am one of those people, where if my environment is cluttered then that is how my head feels. If my environment is tidy, sorted and clean then my mind is also.  It's my OCD.

I have 12 maybe 13 quilt tops that need something done with them so this year I have also decided that I am going to make a better attempt at finishing them myself.  I started with this quilt.  It was 'finished' sometime in the last 2ish years with the absolute bare minimum of quilting and then shoved in the back of the cupboard.



I am so pleased that it can now, for real, be called FINISHED!

"I Spy Polaroid Quilt"


I am going to donate this quilt.
To a child that needs their world brightened for what ever reason.
I do not know who the new owner will be yet but it is here waiting for them when they need it.


"In 2018 l will start as many new projects as my heart desires 
and refuse to feel guilty about it!"

So there is also a guilt free new start.

This year I am going to slowly stitch a quilt, just for me.  
I am making myself a "Trip around the World Quilt" and I will be English Paper Piecing mine. 
I am also going to try and use fabrics from my stash until I need bigger pieces then go shopping :)


This is where I am currently at and I am finding it very therapeutic slowly stitching and adding one row at a time.


How is your start to 2018 going?
Do you make any goals or resolutions for yourself?

Until next time, 
Happy Stitching, Sharon x





Monday, 4 December 2017

Coloring with Thread - Book Showcase


Welcome to my turn on the .....


Photo Courtesy of The Quilting Company.

I am so excited to be able to share with you Tula Pinks new book, Coloring with Thread.


'Coloring with Thread' features 17 original Tula Pink designs based on her best selling fabric collections.  You will find her beautiful bugs to woodland critters and of course her well known sea creatures.  All of which have been expertly rendered for hand embroidery.

If you have been following me for a while now you would be well aware of my love of Tula Pinks fabrics so it would be no surprise that I jumped at the opportunity to play with these designs and take part in the Book Showcase.

Being presented with so many wonderful designs it was very hard to pick a favourite but I did.


Each design comes with a suggested colour palette and a stitch guild but I decided to mix things up a little and pick my own colours and I varied some of the embroidery stitches.


He was a lot of fun to stitch up and here are a couple of close ups for you that I took whilst I was working on him.



At this point I decided that he needed a little bling so I went back to the shops and added this variegated metallic thread.


I think he turned out pretty cute and I decided to use him as the front panel for a Block Book.



It finishes at a nice big 18" square.



And then being that Tula Pink and I were going to be at the same venue at the Australian Quilt Market I took my finished book with and asked her if she wouldn't mind signing my work and she graciously did :)


and colour co-ordinated it for me!


Thank you Tula xx

If you would like some more inspiration and a look as some of the other embroideries available in the book be sure to stop by the other stops on the book showcase.  All the links are below.

Monday, November 27th — The Quilting Company
Tuesday, November 28th — Minki Kim, Minki’s Worktable
Wednesday, November 29th — Nichole Vogelsinger, Wildboho
Thursday, November 30th — Amanda Carestio, Sew Daily
Friday, December 1st — Nydia Kehnle, Nydia Kehnle Design
Monday, December 4th — Sharon Burgess, Lilabelle Lane Creations
Tuesday, December 5th — Cindy Guch, Raspberry Sunshine
Wednesday, December 6th — Sandi Sawa Hazlewood, Crafty Planner
Thursday, December 7th — Wynn Tann, zakkaArt
Friday, December 8th — Elise Baek, Elise & Emelie
Monday, December 11th — Ann Blalock, Coats & Clark Sewing Secrets
Tuesday, December 12th — Sara Lawson, Sew Sweetness  * Watch the Facebook Live video at 7pm CST
Wednesday, December 13th — Nancy Jewell, Free Spirit Fabrics
Thursday, December 14th —Annette Allison Millard, The Sewful Life
Friday, December 15th — Brenna Riley Gates, The Quilting Company
Thank you for stopping by,
Sharon x

Friday, 1 December 2017

'Tis the Season - Another new Pattern Release

Just in time for some Christmas sewing.

'Tis the Season
(Is a Large Creative Card which means great value for you).

This pattern is a set of six english Paper Pieced Christmas Decorations.


In the set there is the Wreath, two Stars, Tree, Bauble and these super cute Candy Canes.


These are super cute and quick to make.

Also, within the pattern there is a link to download Scan N Cut friendly pages to cut your papers at home or if you like to cut your own papers by hand, copy onto 160gsm card and make your own papers.



Ahh Puppy training is starting to pay off as I can actually (well sometimes) get Elly to sit, or in this case lay, so I can get a cute pic of my Studio Assistant!






































The pattern includes full sized templates but does assume that you have basic knowledge of English Paper Piecing.



I do love them all but I also have a special fondness for the Candy Canes.


The pattern is available in PDF Format in my Etsy Store HERE.
Wholesale through Creative Abundance and
Retail at a Quilt Shop Near You.

Enjoy and Happy Stitching,
Sharon x



Thursday, 30 November 2017

Oh to Hug and Snuggle a Pug! New Releases at AQM with Flourish

Last weekend was the AQM - Australian Quilt Market in Melbourne.
It is the one and only trade show event for the Quilting Industry here in Australia.
It is always such a great time to catch up with shop owners from all over and of course the Creative Abundance Team.

It is also a great time for some New Releases.
This year I have released three new patterns, all English Paper Pieced.

Allow me to introduce,

"Flourish"


Flourish has nice big 18.5" blocks that are English Paper Pieced and then appliquéd on to a checkerboard background with the finishing size of the quilt being 72" square.





            

The lovely Linda from Ladybug Quilting here in Bendigo worked her magic on Flourish for me and she never disappoints.

                 

Flourish is available in three ways. Allow me to explain.

Option One.

You can purchase the Pattern with the Templates. 
The pattern is Scan N Cut Friendly so you can scan the shapes into your machine and cut your papers as you go. 

Option Two.

A 'Starter Pack' which includes the Pattern, templates and a starter pack of papers. 
The starter pack has enough papers for 5 of the Flourish Blooms before you will need to reuse the papers.  

Option Three.

Then for those that do not like to reuse their papers they can purchase the Full Kit which includes the Pattern, Templates and a full set of papers where you will not need to reuse any of the papers.

As with all my English Paper Piecing patterns you will find lots of full diagrams and instructions for all stages of the quilts assembly. Also tips along the way and diagrams of how to build your project in sections.

"Hug a Pug"

The second of my new releases is a fun project for the Pug lover in your life and I will guarantee that these pugs will not chew your couch, teeth on the dining room chairs or run off with your sock.


If you didn't already know we are a Pug family and I had two Pugs before my children were born.
This pattern was drawn up before we welcomed our newest Pug family member Elly some 14 months ago and it (the pattern) has finally come to life. As for Elly, she has the spunk of 5 pugs all rolled into one and we have our hands full with her :)


This pattern is also English Paper Pieced and I have used some gorgeous Liberty Fabrics to make mine.


My "Hug a Pug" Pattern comes with two full sets of paper, individually packed. These papers can be reused. The pattern is full of diagrams and instructions on how best to assemble your pug. You are guided right through the assembly and then the finishing instructions for the concealed zip closure for the back your cushion.

They could also take on a different look with the use of Ombre fabrics.



"Snuggle a Pug"

And for when a cushion is just not enough Pug for you :)


I have used some gorgeous Liberty Fabrics again for these Pugs on this quilt but it would look equally as gorgeous in any fabrics. Steer away from florals and make a more masculine version.


"Snuggle a Pug" finishes at approx. 60" square and the pattern comes with 9 full sets of individually packed papers. The papers can be reused. As a bonus, the quilt pattern also includes the finishing instructions for the cushion.



As will all my patterns, this one is full of diagrams and guides you through the making of your Pug and the best way to assemble with tips along the way.


These patterns are now available for purchase at your local quilt shop with wholesale orders through Creative Abundance.

Please ask your local quilt shop to order them in for you if you don't see them in stock.
It is a great idea to support local and for this reason I have made the decision to not stock my own paper patterns in my Etsy Store.

I appreciate the shops that support me both here in Australia and world wide and as such l ask that you support them too.  If you need a hand finding a stockist you can check my stockist page or contact me and I can help you find someone.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my new patterns.

Happy stitching,
Sharon x