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triangle quilt (qal) finished

July 31, 2014



I’m so pleased with this quilt.  I started it back in March and finished it quickly with the exception of the binding.  It was with The Sassy Quilter‘s QAL and although it got intense some weeks (having to complete all rows in a week!), I loved the push to finish it within a few weeks.  
I loved trying out the concentric circle quilting.  I’ve been scared to try it on any gift or commissioned quilt so I thought it was a perfect project to experiment with, esepcially with the triangle contrast.  I love the outcome and will definitely do this again in the future. 
Finally  finished the binding this last week and it’s ready for use this weekend camping!
See the progress:
Thanks to Paula for the great guidance and motivation.  If you’re tempted to try it, I definitely recommend her tips/tutorials.
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one Easter dress

April 1, 2014
Orla has an Easter dress.  Bailey will soon as well made from the same pink fabric shown here.  I love these colours, they just scream out “Easter” to me!  I still need to finish the hem but I’m really happy with this dress… it’s the same pattern I used for Orla’s Christmas dress (which was huge on her 4 months ago).  

I’ve been inspired again by The Great British Sewing Bee and I want to crank these little dresses out all day long! If only….

The pink pocket fabric is “Little Azalea” by Dena Designs (Bailey selected it for her Easter dress) and the mustard fabric is “Modern Folklore” by makower uk.  

One more little springy Easter dress to go…

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soul blossoms quilt

October 8, 2013






I love this quilt.  It’s the first commissioned quilt I’ve made and it’s a biggie– 2 meter squared.  The Soul Blossom fabric from Amy Butler is so dreamy, it makes me happy. 
I used my last day off before work to make the whole top (8-10 hours) having pre-cut the pieces already.  Then after going back to work I struggled to find the time but finally finished it off last week.
I quilted with straight lines randomly spaced and I used my lovely new Bernina (!!).  Complete with walking foot (never used it before) and the guide to space lines evenly– what a godsend!  This was my first whole project with the new Aurifil thread and I’m not disappointed.  I can’t wait for the next project and to eventually get into hand quilting with Aurifil. 
This quilt was a gift for a friend to give to her daughter as a house-warming.  She wanted to include some meaningful words and messages so I got them printed on Etsy onto lovely fabric labels and then framed the blocks on the back in them. She had 13 different phrases/words which worked really nicely.  She also wanted to include some owls, so there is a random strip on the back of Hooty Hoot by Riley Blake.
The best part was finishing the binding– as Autumn is on its way, I got cozy on the couch and worked on the binding for three nights, happily draped in meters of Soul Blossom.  So I know it’s a great couch quilt and will bring lots of warmth to Sophie and Sean.

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for sale

July 22, 2013








Well today is an exciting day! I’ve filled the local shop window at No 84 (facebook) with my homemade dresses, buttons, hair ties and quilts.  Everything is for sale at the café for the next two weeks!

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smock pinafore dress

July 3, 2013

This dress came from a pattern I bought a year or two ago.  I love how sweet and flirty this smock is with the full skirt.  It’s not a true dress because it opens at the back and therefore it is in the least expensive bracket of just £16 ($25). 

The bow at the back is discrete and pretty.  It’s best worn with a top and leggings.  Bailey adore this dress because of the fullness of the skirt– she loves “poofy dresses” right now.

The bodice is lined but not the bottom.  This is the only dress that isn’t fully lined.  This beautiful dainty fabric is upcycled from vintage sheets!  But I have many other versions of this dress in other prints.  So far I only have this in size 2-3 years, but as it’s a tie-back, it’s very easily worn until 4 years I think.

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Sophie’s quilt

June 30, 2013
Baby quilts are so fun to make and this was especially fun because of the little girl’s name.  Little Sophie came into this world in March this year, right around the time I was working with “Sophie” fabric from Chez Moi for Moda.  Perfect match!


Big and small circles with fmq stippling quilting, all machine sewn.  Everything from the Sophie range (except the plain white).  

My favourite part is the inclusion of Sophie’s name in print from the fabric selvages.  On the front she has her name just once…


… and on the back, dividing the large white block, she has her name multiple times.


I love selvages anyway and always cut mine from fabric to work with later, but to be able to include them for a special reason like this is awesome.  What a beautiful name and luckily some beautiful fabric to pair with it!  

Welcome to the world, Sophie!!
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ruffle dress

June 28, 2013


The ruffle dress is one of my favorites.  It’s another top price dress at £20 ($31) because the ruffle takes me ages to make.  Some versions have different fabrics for the ruffle which adds a nice touch.  I made this dress pattern after seeing a photo of a darling ruffle dress. 
I adore this fabric and I’m not even sure where it came from.  I didn’t buy it specially, I had it in my stash.  I really wish I could squeeze into this myself.


Once again, fully lined.


I added some lace trim to this one because it’s a bit short.  I love the daintiness so I’ll definitely add this to a few more. 
Again– multiple versions of this dress pattern in different sizes too.

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twin quilts

May 4, 2013

I’ve been quiet about this great project until today– my American neices’ 2nd birthdays!  This has been such an enjoyable project and I love the result! 
My sister-in-law requested the fabric (“Sophie” by Chez Moi for Moda) and it was delightful to work with for the girls.  I wanted the quilts to be different but similar so I opted for circles and rectangles. 

The circles quilt has FMQ stippling on just the white fabric, so the circles stand out more. It’s all machine sewn except for finishing the binding.

I opted for “stitch in the ditch” for the rectangles quilt which makes it a very poofy quilt!

To tie in with each other, the quilts have a strip of the opposite quilt for the backs (i.e. the circle quilt has a strip of rectangles on its back) and they have binding made from the opposite’s backing fabric.

Washed, dried and ready for wrapping.  Happy birthday, V & C!  I hope you like these!
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baby elephant quilt

August 24, 2012

I love this quilt! I was inspired by this quilt: and fell in love with the elephant prints in different colors.  It’s a definite for the nursery with the animal theme but it’s large enough (about 5 foot) for a toddler bed too.

I machine stitched it and machine quilted in a decorative stitch with straight lines.  They are about 1 inch apart which makes a lovely texture and look.

The back and binding is this lovely colorful fabric to tie it all together.

I think I may be the main user of this in the beginning on the nursing chair since it’s so long.  Here it is… waiting for a little one…


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