Life story - the short version

I'm a fun loving 30 something year old . Married my favourite guy. Started on my production of children & number 1 is an adorable boy. Big on family. Big on craft. Love country music. Love fuss free + practical ...aaand maybe with just a little bow for decoration!

Love the law of attraction too. And singing ...dancing ...bright colours and excessive punctuation ...and stationery.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hannah's quilt details

I've posted on Facebook in lieu of blogging for a long time now but this is a quilt I've been working on for years, and I wanted to share a whole bunch of pictures of it.
It's from a pattern in a book.
I first finished the top whilst the recipient, my brother in law's girlfriend, was living overseas. And seeing as it wasn't appropriate to send over, the quilting got put on the back burner... A little too long.
Some of the fabric was from a fat quarter bundle from Fortunes and fairies, and the rest from elsewhere.
I did a different quilting shape in each square, and straight line quilted the vertical ditch seams.
I hope you like to look at the pictures :-)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This week in pictures. Princess quilt top done

I recently found a tutorial for Lace/Vintage Flowers and now I'm hooked. See the tutorial that got me hooked by clicking here.

I found that my huge stash never had lace in it! Ok I found some rainbow eyelet lace once, so I had that. Anyway I rushed to buy supplies and this is my first one.

I have normally spent my show funds on quilting supplies and fabric, but at this year's Sydney Show I bought a lot of girly things I've never built into my stash. I have a girl now, no I still can't believe it!
I got home, all excted for vintage off white, cream, bone, beige, mother of pearl and pink, only to find I didn't really have two that matched lol. Take a look for yourself.

Well I obviously need to get more cream, bone eggshell or beige to go with my trims ha. I hate cutting circles so I bought a bunch of felt ones for the back of flowers from ebay and had to laugh when the mail arrived. It was clearly the felt... I know, bare with me, I don't get out much.

So I moved on to finish my daughter's first quilt. Well, finished to the pattern, but I'm going to make it match the mattress size of a single bed with some pin wheels or friendship stars on the top and bottom. Cute, huh? Riley Blake fabric. So adorable.

Also this week I made a sleeping bag with (open ended) zip from top down for my daughter, and a custom request bag to transport a pram on flights. It's a drawstring bag with a bit of Velcro to make the opening a little wider.

And here is the rest of my show spending...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Shirring a flower to embellish a boy's hoodie into girl's

Thanks to Ashley at make it and love it I was inspired to buy shirring elastic and wind my bobbin. About a year ago or more. I didn't have the guts to try it out until I was looking for a way to embellish a navy blue hoodie so my daughter could get away with wearing my son's old coat.
I decided her knit/stretch fabric flowers were most suitable for the look I wanted so I gave it a crack. First try I hadn't threaded my bobbin correctly (I wasn't sure if I was expecting too much from the bobbin, although I knew it wasn't threaded as normal) so it didn't shir.
I started again and it worked a charm!
The only surprise to me was how fast the bobbin ran out so you would need to watch that.
I sewed a pink cotton circle over the boyish motif and hand sewed the shirred scrap around it till I liked the look.
I took a pic here but I've since cut the striped lining out of the hood, leaving only blue.
What do you reckon?

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sweet pouch swap finished and latest projects

I've received my sew sweet pouch swaps from my partner!
Ros at Sew delicious held a swap and I made a pouch to look like a book that went off to Evi in Tasmania. (Second picture).
My pouch hadn't arrived so I asked Ros to help. My original partner had been delayed due to personal circumstances and was yet to finish my pouch.
As a kind gesture and to thank me for my patience Ros organised a pouch to be sent to me and I received this beautiful red pouch with postcards and chocolates inside from a lady named Ruth! She has used decorative stitch which you know I'm a sucker for! And red! Love.
Today I received my original partner's pouch which is made of hand sewn hexies in a warm rich shade of neutrals with a bar of lindt chocolate inside mmm. Thank you Perri from Goondiwindi :-)
Thank you to Ros for hosting the swap. Swaps are a good way to stretch your skill set and even sew with fabrics you wouldn't normally choose, and meet other sewing friends. I recommend everyone tries them.
This is my third time swapping but it won't be my last!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Ten minute block with cathedral roll

Ten minute block with cathedral roll centre. Can you believe that all these seams are straight except the simple top stitching?

I found the process on youtube from Suzanne McNeill's of Design originals.

She uses layer cake pieces which are 10in squares. I cut some 8 inch squares because that was the widest point of these two scrap fabrics I had, and it turned out like the large one above.

I liked that block, but wanted to increase the size of the centre, comparitively.
I made the small one with a 5 inch centre (because I'm thinking of making a quilt using this process with a rainbow charm pack in my stash!) and the outer squares are 3in ea.

I calculate that you need to make your centre square no larger than twice the length of you outer/smaller squares minus seam.
So if your outer squares are 3in.... 3+3-0.25-0.25-0.25-0.25= then 5 is the largest your centre square can be.

Seeing as there are four 1/4 inch seams, that makes 1 inch, so the easy way to calculate it is 3x2 -1=5 is the largest your centre square can be.

Here's Suzanne McNeill's video.

If you make one from seeing my blog, please email it to me at !

Friday, February 22, 2013

Handmade gifts for my girl

Being part of the sewing community means I receive these beautiful gifts when it's a time for celebration.

My Great Aunty Anna Maria crocheted this beautiful blanket for her. The colour isn't photographed well on our mushroom coloured lounge, see the folded corner for correct colouring.

Quilting Mumma made a baby quilt for my daughter within days of her birth. She gave me fabric in this range too, it's called Ever after and has the cutest things on it. Princesses, castles, birdies in trees with bunting... Cute.

And the ladies from my favourite sewing group, Wyong Patchwork and Sewing, gave me the wooden cardigan.
It's a lovely environment to be blessed with.
Love Cass

Monday, February 18, 2013 blocks paper and curves

I can't remember what I've foundation pieced before, but I know I've tried it just once. I still sewed the first two pieces right side to right side in error on ALL FOUR blocks and had to unpick lol.
But the end result is cute, don't you think?
Most of my curved blocks were pretty good even with no pins. This one was unusable lol. I mostly made this block to prove I'm not afraid, to prove I can face curved piecing and use the finished result hehe. Thankfully although it's a little wavy, I am proud of it. Come on, and 16 double bias edges, I did well :-)
I accidentally made too many blue ones so I scrapped the stretched out reject and used the blue one.
Now to count all the craftsy blocks and come up with a layout.. Maybe I'll do those hexagons if I need one more block to square up the quilt...