Thursday, 9 November 2017

Colour Burst Block Two - Celestial Star Quilt

"Celestial Star"
the Tula Pink version.

I have finished the second bock for my new version of my 'Celestial Star Quilt'.

I have very little of that black Neptune fabric that surrounds my centres left over from my La Pass Quilt so I have very cautiously gone ahead and cut it up and I am very pleased that I had just enough to go around the centre of all nine of my colour burst blocks.

Here is the progress shots of what order I went about selecting the fabrics for this block.
There really is no reason for the order on an individual block. Some I know what fabrics I want to include so I add them in first and build around them.

Here is a reminder of block 1.

And the progress shot of how I am going.

I have created a dedicated page with the links to all my 'Tula Pink Celestial Star Quilt' posts HERE just incase you wanted to go back and take a look.

Happy stitching,

Sharon x

The pattern for this quilt can be found in my book,
'Quilting on the go ... English Paper Piecing'

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Celestial Star - The Tula Pink Version

Celestial Star meet Tula!
Whoops, a new start  ;)

"My Original Celestial Star Quilt".

When I originally designed my Celestial Star Quilt I had Tula Pink Fabrics in mind but to keep with the theme and feel of my book I decided to make it in Liberty Fabrics.

Now the time has come for me to make my Tula Pink version :) I really do not need another project but if I don't start it now I feel that I may never, so now is as good a time to start as any.

One of my biggest tips for any project like this is not to overthink it too much. A quilt like this will have a way of taking you on your own journey if you let it. Don't be scared to play with colour. I threw out my colour wheel many years ago. To many so called "rules" existed for my liking. If you like what is in front of you then that is all that really matters. Just remember that any project you make is YOURS so make it yours, use colours you love, fabrics you love and in combinations that you love :) Life to too short to stress the small stuff.

But, with that said, if you are a planner then there is a colouring page in the book that you can play with. 

Back to my block. I am very much a visual person so my preferred method when sitting down to select fabrics, fussy cutting and planning any EPP block like this is to start by laying all my papers out in place. I also did this for each rosette of my La Pass Quilt.

With this block I only knew two, possibly three things before I started.

1.        That I wanted a Prince Charming Frog for the centre.

2.     This Colour Burst block was going to be the centre and starting point for my quilt.

Those I knew for sure. The third was that I thought about adding in a splash of pink. I do love pink and green together and being this was going to be the centre of my quit I thought it might make it pop. Let's see :)

 As I was making my block I have taken photos to show you what order I have selected the fabrics for my block. I do not work in any special order. Sometimes I know what fabrics I want in certain spots at the beginning so I tend to start with those first and then build around them until I have my finished block.

Tip:  Use your glue pen to help you lift your papers up as you go.

 The following photos will show you how my block went from just the frog right through to the finished block.

There you go, that pink did end up making the cut :)

All the fabrics are Tula Pink with the exception of the thin stripe. I found that one in my stash.

And there it is, the start of my "Tula Pink Celestial Star Quilt".

I still have a way to go but I am looking forward to adding to this one as time allows.

If you are also making your own version of the "Celestial Star Quilt" be sure to use the 
#Celestialstarquilt hashtag on social media so I can also see it.

I am off to pull some more fabrics.

Happy Stitching,
Sharon x

Celestial Star Stitch-Along

The wonderful team over at The Red Thread Studio have just announced their new Stitch-Along for 2018 and I am so excited that they have chosen my

Celestial Star Quilt 

the cover quilt from my book

"Quilting on the Go ... English Paper Piecing".

All the details for the Stitch-Along can be found in their Blog Post HERE.

They even have a fabric option where you can use the same fabrics that they are using.

In my original quilt I used Liberty Fabrics.

How great is that quilting by Linda at Ladybug Quilting here in Bendigo.

So there really is no better time than now to grab your kit, or get it out if you have packed it away safely for later and start pondering your fabric options and join the girls in making your own Celestial Star.

If you are not in the US and you wish to play along you can.
My book, "Quilting on the Go ..... English Paper Piecing" can be found in all quality online book stores like Amazon, Fishpond etc.  Remember to also check your Local Quilt Shop too.

Paper and template packs can also be ordered in by your Local Quilt Shop if they don't have them in stock already. Also, check my stockist page. Alternatively you can find them online at Paper HERE

If you are a shop looking to purchase wholesale, all my patterns, paper packs etc can be purchased wholesale through Creative Abundance.

When I first designed Celestial Star I had Tula Pink fabrics in mind but to keep with the theme and feel if my book I decided to work with Liberty Fabrics.  So, maybe it is time I made that Tula Pink version. Stay tuned :)

Happy Stitching,

Sharon x

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Spelling Bee Quilt along with the Fat Quarter Shop and a Mini {Tutorial}

Welcome to my first turn on the

"Spelling Bee Saturday" Quilt Along 

with Lori Holt and The Fat Quarter Shop.

"Spelling Bee" 

is Lori's 4 book and has 100 letter, number, punctuation
and picture blocks in two sizes, 12" and 6" PLUS it has 18 Quilt Projects.

This week we are working on the Apple and the Bee and I get to share my Apple with you.


You will be needing the book, which is available from the Fat Quarter Shop for the instructions.

 I decided to make a total of four apples and turn them into a little mat to sit under our fruit bowl.

I am using my favourite Bonnie and Camille fabrics and dived into my scrap baskets.

If you would like to make your own Apple mat the simple directions are below.

You will need to make four 6" Apple Blocks as per the instructions in Lori's book "Spelling Bee".

Background Fabric
Cut Four (4) - 2" x 6.5" rectangles
Cut Two (2) - 1" x 14" rectangles
Cut Two (2) - 1" x 15" rectangles

Centre print Fabric
Cut One (1) - 2" x 2" Square

Border Fabric
Cut Two (2) - 3" x 15' rectangles
Cut Two (2) - 3" x 20" rectangles

You will also need: -
22" Square of Backing Fabric
22" Square of Batting or Parlan.
90" binding.

 (Parlan is a thin fusible Batting. I use it for all of my smaller makes like this.)

Lay your four apple blocks out in a pleasing manner and sew the 2" x 6.5" rectangles and the 2" square as pictured below. Press.

Sew the units together in section of two, as pictured. Press.

Then sew the two larger units together to form the one square.
Your mat at this stage will measure 14" square.

To each side sew a 1" x 14" of the background fabric. Press.
Sew the 1" x 15" rectangles of the background fabric to the top and bottom. Press.

Adding your border.

To each side sew a 3" x 15" rectangle of border fabric. Press.
Now sew the 3" x 20" rectangles of border fabric to the top and bottom. Press.

Layer and quilt as desired.

Attach your binding and you are all finished.

Here is the schedule of Quilters, be sure to visit their Blogs and / or Instagram accounts to see what they are up to and don't forget to go an visit Joanne (Cottonjo on Instagram) to see her Bee Block.

Happy Stitching,
Sharon x

Friday, 27 October 2017

Never too many Pincushions right?

Linen and Lace - Fussy Cut Pincushion

Because one can never have too many Pincushions I decided yesterday, was as good of a day as any, to make myself a new one.  I have been wanting to cut into this Liberty print for a while now and one of the "Linen and Lace Fussy Cut Pincushions" that can be found in my book seemed like the perfect match.

 I love this Liberty print. It has so many fussy cutting options.

 Instead of having the button in the middle I added this little charm.

Happy Stitching,
Sharon x

Monday, 23 October 2017

Stitched Sewing Organisers - My TWO Totes

Welcome, today is my turn on the 

"Stitched Sewing Organizers" 

Sew Along that is being hosted by Pennie at Tuppence Ha'penny Quilts.

The Stitch Along is showcasing the new book from Aneela Hoey.
The book has 15 projects ranging from Pretty Cases, Boxes, Pouches and more, 
all to help keep you organised.

Each week of the sew along a project is highlighted, or nominated as the make for the week. If you post your completed project to Instagram during the week with the correct hashtags you can go into the drawn for some amazing Giveaway Prizes.  All the details and conditions of entry can be found HERE.

This week on the Sew Along we are making the 
"Project Tote"

I can not express the importance of using the correct interfacings when making the projects from this book. Sadly, if you do no use the correct interfacings etc you may very well end up with an inferior product at the end. How do I know?  My first version of this Tote did not go to plan. I well and truly mucked up the handles which in turn left me with no coordinating fabric left to make them again but all is ok as now I have two Totes.  One as per the pattern and one with my own little "pattern hack" aka different handle! 

Let's look at the one as per the pattern first :)

As you can see I have dived into my Tula Pink stash and "fussy cut" some Holiday Homies so that my Tote has this totally cool Dog as the centre piece on the front and Reindeer on the back.


I also fussy cut the internal pocket!
This project now stores a much neglected crochet project in it.

For my second Tote I decided to English Paper Piece the bag section and have some 'sparkle cork' on the bottom. I have use 1" Hexagons and pieced both the front and back panel.

Adding small details with the Handmade Tag and the cotton lace.

This is much the softer, feminine version of the Tote and if I spy this fabric range in my local quilt shop I may just reverse sew and add the handles as per the pattern in the future.

So, Who's posting what and when?

9th October - Handy Fold Up Pouches - @stitchingandbacon
16th October - Green Tomato Pincushion - @stitcharmony
23rd October - Project Tote -@lilabellelane
30th October - Fabric boxes - @elisabew
6th November - Fold Up Sewing Folio - @tennjenny
13th November - Boxy Project Pouch - @emilydennis
20th November - See It All Pouch - @heartofcharnwood
27th November - Sliding Box - @lorena_in_syd
4th December - Drawstring Pouch - @amistabaker
11th December - Triple Pouch - @imstudiolou
18th December - Round Up So Far & Christmas giveaway - @tuppencehapennyquilts
3rd January - Welcome Back! - @tuppencehapennyquilts
8th January - Two In One Case - @willowbeckdesigns
15th January - Big Zip Pouch - @annamariegalvin
22nd January - Covered Tape Measure - @kitkabbit
29th January - Needle Book Plus - @guicy_guice
5th February - Book and Tool Folio - @modernhandcraft
12th February - Final Round Up and Grand Prize Draw - @tuppencehapennyquilts

This weeks sponsors are: -

@makemodernmagazine on IG - Website HERE
with a 6 month Digital Subscription, and

@owlanddrum on IG - Website HERE
16 FQ Bundle of Beauty Shop by Cotton + Steel, value $48 

I am looking forward to seeing all the Tote makes over on Instagram.

Happy stitching,