Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Quilting on the go ..... English Paper Piecing


I am so excited to share with you my new book.


My book has been a true labor of love for the last 14+ months and to finally have a copy in my own hands feels a little surreal and I will always be thankful to my publishers, Tuva, for giving me this amazing opportunity. 

"Quilting on the go ... English Paper Piecing" has 16 projects, ranging from a Zipper Pouch, Mini Quilt, Placemats right through to a Baby Quilt and then there is the Cover Quilt - Celestial Star. 

"Quilting on the go ... English Paper Piecing" is available for order now.

From Amazon HERE

I was excited to wake up to the news this morning that it was the #1 New Release in the Patchwork section

It is also available ....

at the Book Depository HERE
and Fishpond HERE

Also, ask for it at your Local Quilt Shop.


I have some amazing people joining me for a Book Tour starting 1st July.


I am looking forward to sharing the projects, both mine and the Tour Participants with you on Instagram, Facebook and here with some weekly round ups. As well as sharing some exciting news about some EPP Paper kits.

Until next time
happy stitching,
Sharon x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Inspired by Stargazing and Fireworks


Allow me to introduce my new EPP Quilt

"Stargazer"

to the "Lilabelle Lane Creations" collection of quilts.

Stargazer is making its debut at the Spring Quilt Market in St Louis this weekend and can be found on the Creative Abundance Booth #740.


“Stargazer” has been inspired by my many evenings spent laying in the backyard staring up at the stars and dreaming as well as the beauty of colorful fireworks high in the night’s sky.

Finished Size - approx 52" x 60" 


This quilt has the opportunity to be fussy cut, or not and with simple instructions on how to strip cut your fabrics you will be ready to piece in not time at all.


I have chosen to showcase Tula Pink fabrics in this version and have teamed them with some beautiful Japanese Chambrays from Ministry of Fabric.

   

I have also started a second version but this time in Liberty fabrics from Ava and Neve and I teamed them with the same Chambrays from Ministry of Fabric but this time choosing lighter spots, stripes and even a sparkle Essex Linen.

Huge thank you to Linda at Ladybug Quilting here in Bendigo for quilting Stargazer for me.



I am looking forward to sharing more in this version soon.



There are two purchasing options for this quilt. 
The Pattern and Perspex Templates or the Pattern, Perspex Templates and the Full precision cut papers pack.  This pack includes enough papers for the entire quilt. No papers will need to be reused.

Both option also include Scan N Cut friendly template pages if you like to cut your own papers.


The pattern includes full instructions, beginner friendly with lots of diagrams. This pattern allows the maker to take the plunge into the world of Fussy Cutting, but at the same time it does not have to be fussy cut. 


If you would like to make your own version of Stargazer please ask for it by name at your Local Quilt Shop, Wholesale orders can be placed with Creative Abundance and I also have a few listed in my Etsy Shop HERE.

If you would like to see more please visit the #stargazerquilt hashtag on Instagram.
Now it is released I will be sharing more pictures and remember when making your own version to add the #stargazerquilt hashtag so I can see what you are up to.

Create what YOU love,
Sharon xx



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.

"Delilah"

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.


Supplies:

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.
BEJEWELED
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