Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pin pennant, banner and hoop (worlds most boring blog title)

 I made you a thing friends. Well not a thing but a pattern of sorts. 
It is super basic but it contains the templates for the words used on the hoop, curving for either the top or bottom.

it also includes the template for the words plus a diagram giving the dimensions of the banner


and a diagram and template for the pennant. There are no actual instructions but I figure anyone reading here can probably knock these out of the park without any hassle. There are a very limited amount of those finished pennants listed for sale in my Etsy shop as well if you are not inclined to make your own.

I made all these using 100% pure wool felt and I bought the glittertastic felt from

To download the file just click here:

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

December

I keep wanting to pop in and say Hi, and show you all the new fun stuff I have been up to - but there is none. 
I had some surgery in late November and am on the slow recovery. No sweeping, vacuuming, stretching. You get it ! 
I feel good and am well enough to be getting frustrated.
I could say as a result of this, Christmas will be a low key affair and the house is a mess, but surgery or not, the state of the house and the Christmas plans would be the same.


How about your Christmas ? Big plans, an enormous table of food for lots of friends and family? Or small plans with quiet times or no plans at all.
Whichever way you spend the time, I hope it is stress free.

This is where I say I am going to try harder next year and blog more often but we all know that I will stumble in and out with no schedule or plan.



Don't forget to pat the dog.

Friday, November 10, 2017

look the other way

I am not really here. I am actually sewing things for Australian Quilt Market.
I am cutting and planning and measuring and painting.





This is Calamine, he is brand spanking new. He is a busy yet cheerful little man. 


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pins and thoughts

It turns out I can't keep my crafty patterny fabric life and my enamel pin collecting and designing lives as separate as I thought. Apparently there are a bunch of people like me who swing both ways - they love a bit of making, they love a bit of pin collecting. No judgements.
If you are more kinda one way than the other please feel free to sign up to the appropriate newsletter over there on the right.  The newsletter gets you first dibs on new design and discounts and sales and all that stuff.










Some of these may be sold out (certain colours) but this is the collection at the moment.  You can see them in the shop or you can sail on by and ignore them if they are not your thing.

Wanna guess what the next crafty pin is ???



Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Piece of Cake or why I am not your best choice

I will attempt not to ramble. 
My mate Peta Peace wrote a book  - it is an EXCELLENT book. (Much like Peta herself). I only ever get to see Peta at quilt show type things 'cause we live at opposite ends of the country but Peta is the kind of person who would be the same, whether you rocked up to her door for a coffee or you were sitting at some posh dinner party with her. She is ace bananas all the way !!! She is one of the most genuine people in craftland.

Months and months and months ago Peta asked if I would like to join her blog hop.... I must have been under the pump at the time because I remember flippantly responding "sure, just so long as I don't have to actually make anything" (maybe I knew that future me would have broken her sew).


A Piece of Cake – Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares

So the blog-hop starts and everyone looks like they are having a ball and making cool stuff and I start to feel like a cow for not wanting to make something... and yet my sew is completely ratshit...
However I do have stay at Sewjourn planned, so that would be the perfect time to make a project for the book would it not ?



Don't get me wrong, there are loads of super things to choose from in the book. I particularly love the Modern Spools and the Square peg mini quilt. Peta has 14 patterns in her book – including quilts, mini quilts, a table runner, and pillows. There is even a quilt using my bunnytrail fabric !!!  
The book is super clear, easy to understand and has loads of diagrams (which I love). 

   So I decide to make the square peg mini quilt and get out my cutter sizzix bizzo and cut some squares and throw some linen in the bag and head off to sewjourn, where I realise I forgot all the grey squares which were going to be in the centre.  


So you need to look at this photo and just pretend is somewhat similar to the one in the book... they both have squares at least.
For the record I also forgot to take matching thread to quilt this, my bobbins, my stuffing and any pins. It kind of became hilarious to see just how many things I didn't take with me for a sewing weekend.

If you would like to follow along the rest of the blog hop and see things that actually look like they were made from the book you can catch the last week of the blog hop with the links below.


1 Sept Kate - Never Enough Hours
2 Sept Jodie - Vintage Ric Rac
3 Sept Sharon - Patches Indooroopilly (in store & online!)
4 Sept Amanda - Material Girl Quilts
5 Sept Amber - A Little Bit Biased
6 Sept Xanthe - Wife Made
7 Sept Rachel - Family Ever After
8 Sept Jenny - Martingale
9 Sept Amy - Nana Company
10 Sept Peta - She Quilts A Lot

Book Details:Publisher: That Patchwork Place, Martingale
IBSN: 978-1604688573


Saturday, August 19, 2017

broken

As I may have mentioned on various forms of social media, it appears my "make" is broken. I just have zero inclination to stick to anything and less than zero inclination to start something new. 
I blame the sloth.

I was so excited ! I was pumped - totally obsessed with making a sloth. I ordered some fur that wasn't quite right so I ordered some more. I drafted 7 heads.... nah, not exactly quite right. I add the little sloth eye mask things .... the sloth looked mean.
I made awesome big long sloth fingernails (claws). I even made a sloth tail.
Did you know sloths have tails ? Did you know they only poo once a month ?


My sloth looked like a monkey.
Sloths are kinda formless you know.

I studied pictures of sloths and read lots of useless trivia about sloths.
I ordered more fur.
I got desperate. I even ordered green fur.



I have enough fur to costume an episode of Game of Thrones.
The sloth has eluded me. 

The winners of the Rockpool giveaway have been contacted and parcels have been sent.

Congrats to:
My Little blue dog
Chriss
Fribble
Amy
Anna
Frommycraftroom
AnnieO

The sloth is now dead to me.