Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Dear Jane Goes EPP - I'm in!

"Dear Jane Goes EPP"

I have wanted to make a Dear Jane Quilt for so long. 
I may have even started one once before but it didn't get very far but now?  
Oh my goodness, Dear Jane has gone all EPP and we all know that I have a slight addiction to English Paper Piecing.

Dear Jane, you have just jumped onto my long term make list :)


Clearly I am diving in head first :)


Ever since I have finished my La Passacaglia Quilt I have been looking for the 
next big long term project and this is it. 
(Well there has been another big project happening in the background but more 
on that soon).


The blocks finish at 4.5" square and I have decided to use my Tula Pink stash which is also a good excuse to add to it :)

    

I am sashing my blocks in a Black on Black Spot.


Blocks A1 and A2


I am not a fan of appliqué so I have amended A3 to be a circle instead of 4 Orange Peels.


A3 and A4


My first 4 blocks.


A1, A2, A3 and A4 all sashed and awaiting the next addition.

If you would like more information on the Dear Jane Quilt - Along and the Paper Pieces pack and Auto Ship program visit Paper Pieces HERE.

Time to go digging through my stash and start the next block.

Happy Stitching,

Sharon x

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Hex-a-day Week 1 Progress

Hex-a-Day

I have just finished today's Hexie so in my attempt to return to regular blogging 
and blogging my Hex-a-Day project here on a Sunday, 
allow me to present the remainder of this weeks Hexagons.




If you would like more information on the calendar I am using please see my previous post.
I am aiming making one Hexagon a day using my Bonnie and Camille scraps.

I had better go and clean up my mess before our puppy decides my fabric is there for her enjoyment!

Happy Stitching,

Sharon x


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Hexie -a-day with Katja Marek

I have invested in
The New Hexagon - Perpetual Calendar 
by Katja Marek for my work desk.
Each day has a new Hexagon.

Instead of just looking at the hexies each day as I flip the calendar over I thoughgt that I might actually try to sew one a day.  I know that some days it will not be possible so on those day I will not stress but try again the next day.  Realistically, one a day for me will be much easier once the kids are back at school in February!


To make the task a little more achievable I have the pre cut papers from Paper Pieces.
The link is HERE if you would like to take a look.

 Today is my first day and I am pleased to say I have sewn my Hexie :)


I have decided to use my overflowing scrap baskets of Bonnie and Camille Fabrics.

A few weeks ago I received a surprise parcel in the mail from the Fat Quarter Shop.
It was a very exciting Happy Mail Day because when I opened the box it was full
of Planner goodies. Lori Holt Planner Goodies.

  


I am a planner girl so these are an amazing gift to receive.
It has pages for your Projects that you are planning, a weekly Planner. A section of tips and organisation, SIX patterns and then a room for notes.

I am going to record my hexies and have drawn up a little grid so I have a visual reference as to how good (or bad) I am going with my one a day :)




So far so good :)

Are you already sewing a here a day from this Calendar?
If not feel free to join in and also sew a Hexie a day.
I will be sharing my daily hexies over on my Instagram account and then back here once a week, I am thinking a Sunday, for a round up of how I went.

Happy Stitching,

Sharon xx





Tuesday, 29 November 2016

"Tenderness" - The Story behind the Quilt




Allow me to introduce

"Tenderness"

Tenderness is my newest pattern release and my 2nd EPP Pattern.
It has just made its debut at the Australian Quilt Market.

It is a fresh new English Paper Piecing Pattern showcasing three new and exclusive shapes,
incorporating gentle curves to allow beautiful flowers in your favourite fabrics to be showcased.
(More details are are after the Tenderness Story.)

This quilt has been waiting a long time to come to life. I needed to be in the right spot in my own creative journey and surrounded by the right people to be able to feel comfortable to allow it to come to life.

For me, Tenderness is a quilt with a story of love.

When my parents were young and newly married they migrated from the United Kingdom to Australia. They sold up everything that they had in the search for the life they wanted for themselves and one day, their family.  

My Dad went back to the UK to be the Best Man in his best friends wedding but my Mum chose to stay in Australia as she was pregnant with their first child. When my Dad was home in the UK for the wedding he was involved in a rather nasty car accident.  My Mum packed up everything again and went back to my Dad in the UK.  Again, they started from scratch. Dad was healing from his injuries and their first child was born (me).  A couple of years later they welcomed their second child, my brother.

Now with two young children, they decided to continue their journey and chase that dream again. Selling everything they had and only bringing over what they could fit into their suitcases they again went in search of their dream, returning to the same area in Australia. It really must have made an impression first time around.

They worked hard for everything that they had and were eventually fortunate to be able to secure a brand new home.  As a family my parents planted out the gardens, the Roses, the veggie patch thrived and the grass was green.  Many happy memories were made in that home.  With our immediate family overseas, many letters were shared with my Grandparents and my brother and I were very fortunate to be surrounded by some great family friends. Weekends were spent on friends' farms, swimming in dams, riding motorbikes, playing in the haystacks and of course helping with the cows. 

Back to the Roses. I have very vivid memories of vases of Roses on the kitchen table, their scent and those Rose bushes being pruned my my Dad as we all sat on the front veranda talking.

Suddenly and unexpectedly my Dad passed away, way too young, leaving behind my Mum, with two young children. My Mum chose to stay in Australia, building on the dream that her and my Dad had. My memories of those roses are now of my Mum, pruning them with love and evoking thoughts of dreams only partially fulfilled.  My Mum never remarried. My Dad was her everything, her rock.

So for me, Tenderness is in honour of their love, their dream and part of their story by moving so far around the world so that their children might live the dream in this beautiful country that I now get to call home.

The design process and the making of this quilt represents not just my parents but me, chasing my dreams. Every flower is stitched with love, in the fabric that allowed me to fall in love with Quilting. My first fabric love, the fabrics from the Mother and Daughter design team known as "Bonnie and Camille".

So may you stitch your own Tenderness Quilt for someone you love.
May it wrap them in eternal love and one day may it be a cherished item that evokes memories sweet.


Tenderness, photographed in front of some of the Beautiful Rose Blooms that can be found here in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.




Tenderness has three new shapes that are exclusive to this pattern.
These shapes can only be purchased with the pattern, they are not available any other way.  

This pattern can be purchased in two ways.

First is the Pattern 

The Pattern includes the four Perspex templates required and for those that like to cut their own papers there are Scan n Cut friendly template pages included.  The pattern also includes beginner friendly instructions, from glue basting the papers to sewing the gentle curves.

The "Tenderness Kit"

Tenderness is also available as a kit with includes the Pattern, Templates and laser cut papers.  The paper kit has been calculated so that there are enough papers to make 20 flowers before the papers will need to be reused.  This will allow for the maker to play with their flower layout and achieve a nice colour balance in their project before they start to join their flowers



I have also released my first "Creative Card" for the Mini version.

For those not familiar with a creative card, it is a short pattern written on an A5 card (A4 folded).

The Mini finishes at 17" x 13"

And how striking does it look with a light background. 
The surrounds of the flowers are also English Paper Pieced.


This version is a Work in Progress of one of my amazing Pattern testers, Corinna.
More photos can be found on my Instagram account by searching @lilabellelane and the hashtag #tendernessquilt


Thank you for taking the time to read the story behind the Quilt.


Remember to always "Create what YOU love",
Sharon xx


Please ask for it by name at your Local Quilt Shop.
Wholesale and stockists can be found on my website HERE.




Sunday, 27 November 2016

"Honeysuckle Lane" - Quilt Petite Blog Hop





Today is my turn on the Quilt Petite Blog Hop.
I am so honoured to be a part of Sedef's Blog Hop to celebrate the release of her first book.


Her book is truely beautiful with so many inspiring projects.
I found it very hard to pick a project.

Lily wanted another cushion for her room and although her first choice was the stunning Bonjour Cushion on the cover we decided to pick another project for the blog hop and to also make the Bonjour Cushion together over the school holidays.  That is a win win for both of us :)

Allow me to introduce
"Honeysuckle Lane"


Honeysuckle Lane, in the book is a Mini Quilt, but Lily wanted it as a cushion.
So I turned it into a Pillowcase :)


Our "Tenants" are a little different too. The Baker wanted the first shop, with the "Boutique" in the middle and still moving in at the end is "Lilabelle Lane".


I used my Bernina for all the stitching, including the shop names but it would appear that I forget to finish the last shop so I must go back and hand embroider the name on, this is, if I can get it back off Lily. 





I have also put up a free tutorial over on the Bernina Blog HERE for how I turned the Mini Quilt panel into a Pillowcase.



 And here it is, pride and place on Lily's bed.  I love that his kid loves handmade.
Also currently on her bed is the first quilt I ever made her some 5 years ago.
She truly knows how to steal a mothers heart.



Here is a list of all the stops on the "Quilt Petite" Blog Hop.
Be sure to pop on over and take a look at what everyone has made.
So many beautiful things in everyones own style.

Also, don't forget to go and visit Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane as she has a lovely Giveaway happening too.


November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (intro + giveaway)
November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art
November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place
November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth
November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt
November 11: Minki at Minki's Work Table
November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork
November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama
November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy
November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs
November 16: Amy at Nana Company
November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave
November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew
November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl
November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet
November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design
November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut
November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot
November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox
November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew
November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane
November 28: Kate at The Homemakery
November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon
November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac
December 1: Anorina at Samelia's Mum
December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric
December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made
December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This
December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand
December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs
December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz
December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen
December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (wrap up + giveaway winner)


Happy Stitching,

Sharon xx

Friday, 7 October 2016

I do love a vintage tin ........ Tutorial


Today it is my turn on the Penny Rose Fabrics Blog and I have a little tutorial for you on how to repurpose a Vintage Tin and how to make a coordinating Pincushion and Needle Book.

I found this tin in my travels at a little Thrift Shop in Maldon, Victoria and instantly knew what I want to do with it.

I like to have a few hand stitched projects on the go at any one time and as such, I store them in tins so that I can grab one as I am walking out the door 'just incase' a stitching moment arrises.

And lets face it, a pretty tin is always better than a plain tin and a vintage tin is alway that little more special.


If you pop on over HERE, I have a full tutorial on how to line your own tin,


and also a Tutorial for this cute Needlebook and English Paper Pieced Pincushion.

The Apple Template can be downloaded from HERE.


I have already been putting my tin to great use but more on this project at a later date.


Happy stitching,

Sharon xx

Thursday, 6 October 2016

My Bonnie and Camille Scrappy Pineapples

Playing with Pineapples again .....

This might just be one of my slowest growing machine pieced projects but I have upped the count from 5 to 8 pineapples and as you can see there is a colour change beginning to happen.



I am thinking that slow progress is better than no progress :)


Now I need to go scrap diving again so I can get to the next one.

Happy Stitching,

Sharon