Monday, 29 August 2016

"Sew Illustrated" - My Makes and a GIVEAWAY

Today is my turn on the 



I can't remember exactly when it was that I stumbled across the Instagram feed of Minki Kim but I do remember being an awe of what I was seeing. I was not sure what it was called or exactly how she was creating the artworks that she was but I was in full admiration of her talent.

With this in mind you can just imagine my excitement when she reached out to see if I might be interested in participating in her Blog Tour for her new book with Kristin Esser.
That excitement turned into slight horror shortly after I sent back my yes email. I had a 'performance anxiety attack' but rest assured, once that book turned up l was at ease and so excited to begin.

This book is so well written. All the tips and projects are so clear and photographed beautifully that I felt excited to get started and playing. All the secrets are shared for achieving great results.
Honestly, any anxiety I had felt was a total overreaction.



My projects.


Have adapted one of the projects to make it mine.
We have a new puppy coming home in the next 10 days so I dove into my stash and found some Pug fabric so I could add our new puppy Elly to my picture and of course I have added a little Bonnie and Camille Jelly Roll tower.

I also have some mini bolts of fabric and a quilt drapped over the ladder.



I have also made some pincushions. 


These were so much fun that I may just have a few more traced ready to make more.
They would make the perfect gift for sewing friends so with that in mind I am planning on filling a basket with them for exactly that purpose.




I must say one thing though, this book should really come with a warning because once you get started with your Sewing Illustrations you will be addicted!


From the Publisher:- 
Sew Illustrated—35 Charming Fabric & Thread Designs by Minki Kim and Kristin Esser is so zakka. With projects for The Table, The Crafter, Every Day, Every Occasion, and Home, it fits the definition perfectly. The projects are all small and guaranteed to make you smile. You can stitch the adorable motifs by hand or by machine, and you can add bits of fabric to to make them come to life.
Making these darling projects is almost instant gratification. 


** Giveaway **

C & T Publishing have kindly offered to giveaway a copy of the book to one of my lucky readers.
If the winner lives in the US they will receive a hard copy of the book and for those of us outside of the US it will be the e-book.

To enter into the competition please just leave a comment below and make sure you have an email that can be accessed via your profile or leave your contact email in your comment so I can get in contact with you should you be the winner.

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Here is the list of all the stops on the Blog Tour.
Be sure to pop on over and see what the others have been busy creating, you will soon realise how addictive "Sew Illustration" is :)

August 15: C&T Publications
August 16: Amy at nanaCompany
August 17: Wynn at zakkaArt
August 18: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane
August 19: Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar
August 20: Amy at chick chick sewing
August 21: Stacy at Stacy Olson
August 22: Debbie happy little cottage
August 24: Faith at Sarana Ave
August 25: Ayda at  cafenohut
August 26: Melissa at Oh, how sweet
August 27: Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon
August 28: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
August 29: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations  (ME!)
August 30: Nadra at ellis & higgs
August 31: Kristyne at pretty by hand
September 1: Elnora on Instagram
September 2: Jennie at Clover and Violet
September 3: Auribuzz
September 4: Minki at Minki’s Work Table and Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast

Don't forget to leave your comment below for a chance to win a copy of the book.

Hugs,

Sharon x

Thursday, 25 August 2016

My turn on the Sweet Orchard Blog Tour ...... What did I make?

Welcome to my day on the 


This gorgeous line is the debut collection from Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane
for Riley Blake Designs.  It is a sweet reflection of Sedef's style. Tiny florals and fruit with some sweet spots , cheater prints and the perfect bias stripe.


Here is the seak peek that I have shared previously to give you a hint at what I made.
Would you like to see more?


"My Sweet Orchard Weekender Bag"


I have been looking for an excuse to make another "Weekender Bag" and this one is my third but the first time I have actually put the pipping on and I must say that my machine handled it like a dream. Not a broken needle in sight!



I have made this one especially for my Lily.
Lily loves to go away over the school holidays to stay with her grandparents 
and now she can do so in style!




My plans for this project changed once the fabric arrived.
Originally I was going to design and piece some blocks that meant things to Lily an there was not going to be any EPP involved but once I set my eyes on the gorgeous cheater prints I just knew I had to cut them up. They are perfect for fussy cutting 1" hexagons.


Also, Lilys new bag was going to be Red and Aqua but this yellow and green cheater print stole my heart.


I love the pop that is adds to Lily's bag.

I English Paper Pieced both the front and back pocket panels.
It may have added a few extra days to the making of the bag but I do love how it has turned out and now I can save the pieced blocks I had planned for another project :)



I have also used "Soft N Stable" by Annie for the main bag construction.
It can be a little hard to find here in Australia but I am pleased to say that Alison over at Cotton Factory has listened and now stocks it, and it's on the bolt!
(It can be found HERE )

And here is my Miss Lily :)


She looks rather happy with herself doesn't she :)



 If you haven't already, be sure to pop on over and see what everyone else has been creating with this gorgeous new line and don't forget to go and visit Sedef on the 27th for a Giveaway.


15 AugustNadraellisandhiggs.com
15 AugustSarahalittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk
16 AugustJemimatiedwitharibbon.com
16 AugustAnorinasameliasmum.com
17 AugustLisaaspoonfulofsugardesigns.com
17 AugustMinkiminkikim.com
18 AugustKimberlyfatquartershop.blogspot.com/
18 AugustKeeralivelovesew.com.au
19 AugustCassiecassandramadge.com
19 AugustLiz & Elizabethsimplesimonandco.com
22 AugustSamanthaaquapaisleystudio.com
22 AugustXanthewife-made.com
23 AugustPetashequiltsalot.com
23 AugustStacystacyolsondesign.com
24 AugustSharonlilabellelane.blogspot.com
24 AugustAmydiaryofaquilter.com
25 AugustSarahpiccolostudio.com.au
25 AugustKristyneprettybyhand.com
26 AugustJenniecloverandviolet.com
26 AugustMeganquiltstory.blogspot.com

I have a few other items in the making from this range but you will have to wait a little longer before I can reveal those :)

Thank you to Sedef and Riley Blake Designs for allowing me the pleasure of paying with such gorgeous fabrics.

Thank you for visiting.

Hugs, 
Sharon x


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Sweet Orchard by Sedef Imer


Today marks the start of the 


This is the debut line from Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane
for Riley Blake Designs.


The Blog Tour starts today and here is a list of inspiring blogs to visit.

I can't wait to see what these lovely and inspiring ladies have been busy creating.


15 AugustNadraellisandhiggs.com
15 AugustSarahalittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk
16 AugustJemimatiedwitharibbon.com
16 AugustAnorinasameliasmum.com
17 AugustLisaaspoonfulofsugardesigns.com
17 AugustMinkiminkikim.com
18 AugustKimberlyfatquartershop.blogspot.com/
18 AugustKeeralivelovesew.com.au
19 AugustCassiecassandramadge.com
19 AugustLiz & Elizabethsimplesimonandco.com
22 AugustSamanthaaquapaisleystudio.com
22 AugustXanthewife-made.com
23 AugustPetashequiltsalot.com
23 AugustStacystacyolsondesign.com
24 AugustSharonlilabellelane.blogspot.com
24 AugustAmydiaryofaquilter.com
25 AugustSarahpiccolostudio.com.au
25 AugustKristyneprettybyhand.com
26 AugustJenniecloverandviolet.com
26 AugustMeganquiltstory.blogspot.com


It is my turn on the 24th and here is a little sneak peek of what I have made.



I haven't given much away but let me say,  Lily loves it.

Hugs,
Sharon x


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Welcome to "Patchwork Puzzle"



Welcome to

"Patchwork Puzzle"


This is my block and I am super excited to be a part of this collaboration.


My block is available from Alison at Cotton Factory Ballarat.
HERE

Alison also has the finishing kit, designed by Sue Daley, available HERE

Alison offers Lay-by and if you get my block and the finishing kit, upfront or on lay-by,
my block ships/posts free.









Check out the talented designers and their partnered retail stores.

Lilabelle Lane Creations - Sharon Burgess    *   Cotton Factory

 Bateman Designs   *     The Quilted Crow

Michelle Yeo Quilt Designs    *    Fabric Patch

Veronica Appleyard Designs   *   Appleyard Cottage

Down Grapevine Lane - Sedef Imer    *    Kraft Daze

Live.Love.Sew - Keera Job   *    Patch ‘n’ Paint For Pleasure

Monica Poole Designs   *    Sew Fab

Wildcraft Farm - Janet Rowe   *     Tranquility Crafts ‘n’ Supplies

Cinderberry Stitches - Natalie Lymer     *     Fabric Pixie

Paula Storm Designs    *    All About Sewing

Paisley and Gingham - Georgi Smith    *    Hettie’s Patch

Sue Daley Designs    *    The Patchwork Angel

Finishing Kit by Sue Daley Designs   Available at all participating retailers 

The Direct link to all the shops can be found on the 
Patchwork Puzzle Website HERE



The Fabrics being used in this quilt are 
"Dutch Treat" by Betz White
for Riley Blake Designs.
   
Will you be making your own Puzzle?

And what a lovely way to support Aussie Designers and Aussie Stores.

All stores are also posting internationally and with the exchange rate being in the favour of OS customers you really don't want to be missing out :0)
 

Happy stitching,
Sharon x


Monday, 1 August 2016

Progress on the Octagons


"All Over the Octagon"

This is a slow brewing project which is totally fine with me as I like to flick from one project to another as my mood dictates :)


My Octagons have recently returned home from a little trip to Quilt Market in the US, Perth and then new Zealand.  Whilst they were away I kept adding to the family.  So far I have 40 Octagons so its slowly growing.  I just need to find some more time to sit and join them all together.


Someone please tell me that I am not alone in having many hand piecing project to flick between depending on my mood :)

Happy Stitching,

Sharon x




Sunday, 31 July 2016

Quatro Colouring It!

Quatro Colouring

It feels like it has been so long since I have dived head first into my Bonnie and Camille scraps but this is what I have been doing recently.  Sometimes it is just a matter of finding the right project.

Sue Daley released a new pattern around Quilt Market time and I had the pleasure of seeing it in person and loved it. Initially I wanted to play in the same fabrics as Sue's but after finishing my "Southern Aurora Quilt" in those same fabrics I decided a change was needed and that Bonnie and Camille it would be :)



I started by "toe dipping" with this block. 
As it turns out, it was enough to make the commitment.





Some blocks will be fussy cut but that will depend on the scraps within my baskets.
Yes, my Bonnie and Camille scraps have their own baskets :)

I have started with red in the centre of my version and I will be graduating the colours as I work out and even throwing in a colour change.



I am using Riley Blake Solids in:-

Pepper
Raspberry
Sugar Pink
Penny
Aqua L
Bleached Denim





I am looking forward to the journey that this project will be taking me on.
I am also looking forward to my return to blogging :)

You may also notice that my blog has been "magically" incorporated into my new Website.
If you would like to have a look around just click on any of the tabs under the banner.

I would love to hear what you think of it.

"My day is not complete until my fabric and thread meet."

Sharon xx




Friday, 1 July 2016

Strawberry Biscuit Fabric Fun

It is my turn again on the Penny Rose Blog to share what I have been creating with their gorgeous fabrics.  Their website is undergoing a little makeover and is not quite ready for my post so I am sharing it here for them :)

I have been busy playing with "Strawberry Biscuit" by Elea Lutz.
I just love this fabric range.

My latest play resulted in this "Cute Cups Cushion" from Lori Holts Book
"Quilty Fun".  My little girl has picked some of her favourite prints for the mugs.


A nice big cushion finishing at 24.5" square.


This cushion now resides in Lily's reading corner in her room.

I have also made a couple of other things.
This is my "Snuggle Time Quilt"
One of my first pattern releases :)
It finishes 42" square and is great for a beginner quilter with no points to match.


The batting was omitted on this one when it was quilted and backed it in Minky.
It has such a soft drape and feel.
Perfect for the new little person your life.


Alison over at Cotton Factory has kits made up in these exact fabrics if you are interested.
Available HERE

I have also made another cushion.

I have called this one "Strawberry Scallop"


This one also lives in my daughters room.


The tutorial for this one can be found under the Tutorials tab.

Remember to always
"Create what you love"
hugs Sharon