Saturday, 18 March 2017

Students get first play - BEJEWELED - Class anyone?

This year I am excited to share that at each of my Classes at Cotton Factory Ballarat
there will be a NEW RELEASE pattern for the Attendees to play with.

It will be a sneak peek at an upcoming release

Next Saturday the 25th March I am teaching again at
Cotton Factory in Ballarat and releasing

The Attendees in the Class will be the first to see and play :)

I have been playing with a mix of Allison Glass and Elizabeth Hartman fabrics and throwing in a little stripe for some fun.

Today I am busy packing paper kits.
Yes not only do the attendees get the pattern, they also get the papers.

I am looking forward to sharing more.

If you would like to join in on the fun please give 
Alison at Cotton Factory a call on  0434600817
or alternatively visit her website HERE and secure your place before it is to late.

The day is fully catered with tea, coffee and lunch. You just need your basic supplies and some fabric or of course you can shop in store.

Will I see you there?

Hugs,  Sharon

Sunday, 5 February 2017

A new Free Tutorial - "Book Worm" Library Bag

I have a new free tutorial over on the Bernina Blog today for.....

"Book Worm" Library Bag

I made Lily a Library bag when she started in Prep. It was big so that it would fit the large picture books that she would be bringing home. Now she has started Grade 3 and she so graciously asked me for a new, smaller one as she was now reading "Junior Fiction".

How could I possibly refuse?

I have also had a play with the Embroidery Unit for my machine.

You can pop on over to the Bernina blog HERE for all the details.

If you would like to see my other Free Tutorials they can be found by clicking the
Blue "Free Tutorial" button up the top right.

Thank you for stopping by and remember to always,

"Create what YOU love",
hugs Sharon x

Saturday, 21 January 2017

A fussy cutting frenzy with Torrington Place - Tutorial

Today I am sharing with you what I have been up to with Michelle Yeo's debut line,

Torrington Place 

for Penny Rose Fabrics over on the Penny Rose Blog HERE

Fussy Cut, pieced Clamshells!

To find the Tutorial and more photos visit the Penny Rose Blog.

If you would like to see what else I have been up to you can find me on Instagram, just search @lilabellelane.  

Happy stitching and always remember,

"Create what YOU love"

Sharon xx

Monday, 16 January 2017

My "A Place for everything bag"

I did it, I made a

"Place for Everything Bag"

Oh my let me say, this is one of those patterns that has been here for what feels like forever and is always in the back of my mind as a 'must make'.  It is also, even now, one of those projects that scares me.  After all it has SO MANY zips and I just do not do zips! It is an irrational fear. I can do them once I put my mind to it but I just dislike them sooooo much.

So, exactly one week today I bit the bullet and did a fabric pull.  I decided on Tula Pink fabrics and some much hoarded Racoons.  I knew that I would have more chance of sticking with this project if I truly loved the fabrics and of course, I didn't want to waste the fabrics by creating a WIP that gets lost in the studio.

When it came to piecing on the first night I do have to admit that there were a few choice words dropped. Some things just were not sinking in so instead of asking the pattern why I just followed the instructions and low and behold my bag started taking shape.  Nothing wrong with the pattern, just me!

So look, I have a bag :)

I do have to admit that I do still have one page of pockets left to make, oneday, just not today ;) It's that zip thing again. But this is fully functioning and I love it and I am so glade that I stuck it out.

Do you have a pattern that you have purchased but you are just not "ready" to make yet?

Well dig it out and dive right in. Believe me the feeling you get once it is done is worth the effort.

Until next time,

"Create what YOU love"
Happy Stitching,
Sharon x

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

When Dear Jane meets Tula Pink - Row A

When Dear Jane meets Tula Pink 
- the EPP version.

I have finished Row A of my Dear Jane Quilt and I am loving this project more than I probably should!  I am loving the tiny piecing. Some blocks already have over 40 pieces in them and these blocks are a mere 4.5" square.

 I am also making myself sash the blocks as I go because I know I will hate myself at the end if I do not and its also a great way to ensure that all those tiny pieces of paper get removed in a timely manner instead of all at the end when patience is wearing thin and a few are bound to be missed. 
Not something that my Long Arm Quilter would be to happy about!

Here is my progress so far.

I have also decided to work on my borders as I go.
This quilt is going to be a true explosion of colour.

I am approaching this project with the same plan as my La Passacaglia.
Not overthinking the colour placement and just working with what ever fabrics I am liking on that particular day.

I am using the silver/grey print from Tula Pink's "True Colours" Range for the consistent background.
The black sashing is a black on black swiss dot by Riley Blake and a thin black and white stripe for the scallop edge.

Time to start Row B.

Happy Stitching,

Sharon xx

Sunday, 1 January 2017

What a year .....

Thank you 2016
You were an amazing year full of adventures.
You presented amazing opportunities that allowed me to follow my dreams.  
You allowed for personal growth and most of all you gave me the strength to stand for what I love.
To create what I love.
To embrace the fabrics that I love and to sew with them!

Then there were dreams that came true, dreams that this time last year I never really thought or considered possible but proved with hard work and support of my family, that dreams can and do come true. 

 I am excited by what might be possible in 2017.

A quick Roundup .......

In 2016 I finished my La Passacaglia

I got to take it with me when I went to meet Tula Pink and my Quilt was one of 20 selected worldwide to go on display in Houston for Quilt Market and then at the Quilt Festival afterwards. I really should get around to giving it a final post, I will add that to my to do list :)

2016 was also the year I poured my heart and soul into my baby.

Releasing my first few patterns, and your support of these patterns fills my heart with so much joy.
My first release was Snuggle Time (Baby Quilt) 


and then over the year it was followed by (not in order) .......

Southern Aurora

My first English Paper Pieced pattern and a great one to play with fussy cutting.

Peppermint Crossing

Summer Blooms


and then finally my 2nd EPP Pattern

 This quilt cemented for me the need to stay true to oneself, to follow your heart and most importantly to not only "Create what YOU love" but to "Sew with what YOU love".

All my Patterns can be found in my Etsy store HERE 
and are available for order through your Local Quilt Shop.

 We also welcomed the newest member to our family.

Oh my, is she a handful. But we wouldn't have our Elly any other way ......
well, I would prefer that she not bring every stick, leaf or dead bug that she finds inside!

 Also in 2016 I got to play with 11 other Aussie Designers and help create this gorgeous quilt.

 Patchwork Puzzle

(If you are interested in making this quilt Alison over at Cotton Factory 
has just announced that she is offering it as a BOM in 2017 ...... see HERE )

I also have to thank Alison and the amazing students that I had in my English Paper Piecing Classes in 2016.  It is so inspiring to see like minded ladies embracing their love of their craft, to have their friendship and to share their journey with them.  Thank you ladies xx

 There were also a few smaller makes in 2016.
16 of those makes will be in here.

"Quilting on the go ..... English Paper Piecing"
 My first book!

Very surreal but it has happened and is due for release in April.
See what I mean by dreams coming true :)
I am beyond excited to share this with you more as the release date approaches.
It is available for pre-order too!
If online ordering is your thing, secure your copy by searching your favourite online book store or ask your Local Quilt Shop to stock it for you. 

 and to finish off my round up post here are some of my other makes for the year .....

To see more pop on over to my Instagram account.

If you have made it this far I thank you.
I also have a special discount code for ALL items in my Etsy Store 
to share with you for making it this far.   Use
THANKYOU2016 for 10% off 
and yes, this is also valid for "Tenderness".

Here is to an amazing 2017 for us all.
May it be filled with love, friendship, fabric and thread.
May your thoughts stay postive and your bobbins full.

"Create what YOU love"
hugs, Sharon

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