Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Made For Baby - Cute Sewn Gifts - Book Tour

In a year where there have already been several of y friends having had babies and a few more expecting - this amazing book - "Made for Baby - Cute Sewn Gifts" by Ayda Algin for Tuva Publishing could not have arrived at a more perfect time.

Ayda has the most amazing way pictures, fabrics and her camera.  I am in awe of the beautiful things she makes and you should stop by and check her out at

She has just released her book - Made for Baby and it has 22 beautiful gifts that you can easily sew to make for your own little ones or they are perfect to make as gifts.

From Bibs, to Bags, to Toys, Baskets and Quilts this book has a project for everyone.

My lovely friend just recently had a little boy and the "Pillow with Tents" was the perfect gift to make to add to the Quilt that I had made for him.

This really did come together so quickly - I used a Triple Stitch on my machine to sew around the Tents.  The pattern has small strips of Suede in the top of the Tee-Pee's but with none on hand I decided to use Embroidery Floss and tie it through instead.

With so many other sweet makes in this book - this certainly won't be the last.  Make sure to check out all the other beautiful makes from everyone participating in this Book tour - you will love them.

Jemima Flendt
Sarah Edgar
Lisa Cox
Ange Hamilton
Lauren Wright
Melissa LeRay
Minki Kim
Faith Essenburg
Kristin Esser
Lauren Guthrie
Bridgette McNay
Torie Jayne
Constanca Cabral
Stacy Olson
Caroline Husle
Nadra Ridgeway
Wynn Tan
Sedef Imer
Lauren Nash
Jennie Pickett
Amy Sinibaldi
Kim Kruzich
Elea Lutz
Samantha Dorn

Happy Sewing
Jemima x x

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Latest Pattern Releases

After an extremely busy January with both my girls here on Summer School holidays now that routines have started to return to normal I have had some time in my sewing room to design and make and time at my computer to write.   

Ever since my girls were little they had similar Tooth Fairy Cushions that I designed and made out of Felt.  Well they are now both teenagers and I have finally gotten around to converting this design into a fabric pattern.

Introducing my Tooth Fairy Tooth Cushions.

The pattern for these contain both the Tooth Fairy and Shooting Star Appliqué Patterns.  They have a sweet little pocket for your child to put their tooth into and then a place where the Tooth Fairy can leave their coin/note or trinket.

You can choose your favourite method of Appliqué to make these - whether by hand or machine using any stitches like Raw Edge Appliqué or Blanket Stitch - it is up to you.

This pattern will be a handmade treasure for your little one marking a big milestone in their lives.  Also great to make and gift.  

Tooth Fairy Tooth Cushion pattern is available in my store here 
or wholesale through Creative Abundance.

And here is my second Pattern release for the new year. This is my Pinwheel Posies Table Runner and Table Mats.

How pretty will your Table setting look with this Table Runner and Mats to decorate.  Whether your having High Tea, Morning Tea, a Spring inspired event or just want your table to have a sweet touch of floral.

The pattern comes with the Instructions not only to make the Table Runner but also 2 Mats.

Pinwheel Posies Table Runner and Mats pattern is available in my store here 
or wholesale through Creative Abundance.

Happy Sewing 
Jemima x x

Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekend Quilting - Upcoming Release

Never, ever, ever in my wildest dreams did I think that when I left Teaching several years ago that I would become a Full time Quilter let alone write a book.  Well it is time to pinch myself because after lots of work designing, creating, sewing and quilting my first book - Weekend Quilting is nearly here.  

Weekend Quilting had been designed to get you inspired to Sew and Quilt and make projects from start to finish over several days.  Finding time to quilt doesn't have to be a luxury.  In this book there are Quilts, Cushions, Table Runners and Mini Quilts to make in several days or less.

Written for quilters of all skill levels - there are 16 designs with 8 basic blocks and techniques from Nine Patches, Pinwheels to Appliqué and Foundation Paper Piecing.  There are also chapters on Quilt making Basics and finishing techniques as well as all my favourite tips and tricks.

Weekend Quilting will be released on April 12th and below you will find the list for both Retail and Wholesale Stockists both here in Australia and Internationally.

I will have copies available as well in my store once I get my hands on them and if you would like them signed then I am more than happy to do so as well.

Weekend Quilting is available (retail) for Pre-Order here at Amazon

In Australia Wholesale - Pre - Order through Creative Abundance 
That means you will be able to ask your favourite Quilt Store to stock it

International Wholesale Distribution - Fons and Porter for F & W Media

In Europe and the UK - F and W Media International 

There is much in the pipeline for lots of upcoming Promo for Weekend Quilting  -including a Book Showcase with many of my wonderful Sewing and Quilting Friends as well as a Sew Along planned as well.  There will be lots of other fun things to post about with lots I have planned and extra Bonus materials and patterns that I plan to make available as well. 

I wanted to give a big shout out to my 2 wonderful Editors - Amelia and Jodi for helping to make this book dream into a reality.  I could not have done it without your support and constant encouragement.

Several of my favourite Stores also helped out along the way with Fabrics, Notions and Long Arm Quilting services for this book.  A big thank you to 

I can't wait to see all that you make from my book and gratefully appreciate the wonderful support within this community.

Happy Sewing
Jemima x x

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Going to the Zoo - Homespun BOM - Month 1 - Train Tutorial

Have you seen the first issue of the Homespun "Going to the Zoo" Block of the Month (BOM) designed by myself (Jemima Flendt) and Claire TurpinEach Month a new Block will be featured in Homespun so that you can work through it at your own pace.

You can grab your copy of Homespun in Australia through your favourite Craft/Quilt Store, Newsagents and Target Stores.  Digitally it is available to download on Zinio, The Apple Newsstand or Google Play if you are outside Australia.

This design was great fun to create and make and we can't wait to see these  being made over the coming year.  We are planning on putting together some extra helpful information to help you with some of the pieces of the Blocks like  tips, tricks or like below a Tutorial just so you know exactly how we made different elements of the Playmat/Quilt. 

Month 1 - Entrance and Train Block.

Felt Softie Train Tutorial

Step 1 - Gather the Supplies needed to make your Train (as stated in Month 1). Following the steps in the Magazine, prepare your Appliqué Train and Press it to your felt.

Step 2 - Appliqué your Train using your chosen method - I have used a small Blanket Stitch on the machine in Matching Guitermann Sulky Thread to give it a lovely shine.

Step 3 - Take the finished Appliquéd Train and using a fabric erasable marker, mark a straight line under the train (for sewing). Place this piece on top of the second/backing rectangle of felt. Pin around your Train.

Step 4 - Machine sew around the outside of the train.  I used an Open Toe foot so that I could see where I was stitching better.

Step 5 - Stop about 2in from where you started (the blue pin) and then put the "Needle Down" into the felt.

Step 6 - Lift up the Presser Foot on your machine so that the needle is still in position.  Take your toy filling and carefully stuff your Train (while it is still in the machine).

You can use a blunt ended tool to help "poke" the toy filling to the ends of the train to get a nice even fill.

Step 7 - When you have about half stuffed your train - place the Jingle Bells inside as well and continue to stuff until you are happy with the firmness.

Step 8 - Place the Presser Foot back down and then continue to sew to the end (back where you started) - remembering to back stitch your finished stitches.

Step 9 - Take your Pinking Shears and carefully trim around the shape of your train.

Your completed Felt Softie Train should look like this.

We can't wait to see the "Going to the Zoo" BOM Play mats that you create so please - send us your pictures, tag @tiedwitharibbon and @claireturpindesign in your BOM and #homespunzoobom #homespunbom2017 in your Instagram posts as we are really excited to see these being made.

Happy Sewing 
Jemima x x

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Going to the Zoo - Homespun 2017 Block of the Month (BOM)

Through 2016 I was working on a very secret squirrel project with my sewing partner in crime - Claire Turpin.  Together we were working on creating the feature Block of the Month for Homespun Magazine.
This was a super exciting project to be able to work on and a great way to express our combined creativity to create this Child's Playmate/Quilt.

The inspiration behind the project was all about "Going to Zoo" so we set about firstly deciding upon which animals we would feature and how we could put all these together in an interesting and new way.  We developed the concept for the Octagonal Play mat as an interactive and fun quilt that any child would not only love to have but could actually play and be imaginative with it.  

The quilt features lots of poplar animals that we have brought to life with Applique and by using interactive elements for the kids to play with.  The Playmate also draws up to become a bag so that the fun can be taken anywhere you like.  

Featuring Lecien Modern L's and Minny Muus from Lecien Fabrics, these fabrics are fun, bright and help to bring that unique element to this BOM as we hoped.

The Homespun "Going to the Zoo" BOM runs from the February issue through to November and we will along the way show you some Tutorials and other inspired creations to make.  

We can't wait to see the "Going to the Zoo" BOM Play mats that you create so please - send us your pictures, tag @tiedwitharibbon and @claireturpindesign in your BOM and #homespunzoobom #homespunbom2017 in your Instagram posts as we are really excited to see these being made.

Homespun is available in Australia at all good Quilt/Craft stores, Newsagents and Target stores.  Digitally through Zinio, the Apple Newsstands or google Play for all our overseas friends who would love to sew along with us.

There is a big lists of stores in Australia and New Zealand who will be stocking kits to make.  You can check out the list below for the store closest to you.

Happy sewing
Jemima x 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Quilt Petite Blog Hop

Lets just say I was very excited to receive this wonderful copy of Sedef Imer's first book - Quilt Petite for Tuva Publishing.  Sedef has a style and way all her own and to have a whole book filled with ideas and inspiration it certainly was a hard pick to pick one project to make for this Blog Hop.

A few days before the book arrived I had this bundle of Slow and Steady by Tula Pink arrive and I just loved that there were so many green prints and colours in this range.  I knew these would match my kitchen perfectly and so decided to make the "Pretty on Point Placemats" which I knew would look fabulous on my table for summer.

I do love making Half Square Triangles - and with them turned on point make this design great to feature lots of fabrics.  I decided to make them all with a background fabric to really let the prints and design pop.  After a bit of trimming all my point were perfect and it was easy to work through the steps in the pattern to make these placemats.

I think this is the best binding fabric - EVER!

After some machine quilting along the diagonals of the Triangles and behind the Cutlery pocket these  placemats are almost to pretty to be used on the table but I am a practical person and love to see things I made used and loved.  Summer entertaining will be fun and how great is that Cutlery Pocket. It think that was almost the feature I was drawn to the most.

So I could hardly stop at one - so I made six for our table!  I think I am also going to make a matching Table runner just using the on point HST's and that fabulous Binding to match.

Sedef has announced that she is holding a Giveaway - so for all the details you can head over here to see how to enter.  

Also don't forget to stop by all these wonderful makers to see what they will be making.

November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (intro + giveaway)
November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art
November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place
November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth
November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt
November 11: Minki at Minki's Work Table
November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork
November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama
November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy
November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs
November 16: Amy at Nana Company
November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave
November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew
November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl
November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet
November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design
November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut
November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot
November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox
November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew
November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane
November 28: Kate at The Homemakery
November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon
November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac
December 1: Anorina at Samelia's Mum
December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric
December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made
December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This
December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand
December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs
December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz
December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen
December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (wrap up + giveaway winner)

Happy Sewing
Jemima x x

Monday, November 21, 2016

Just Sew Happy - new pattern release!

I have to say that while I have been creating so many things of late, many of them are all projects that are secret squirrel and I can't share with you just as of yet.  However this is one project I am super thrilled to share with you.

"Just Sew Happy" is the follow up sister Mini Quilt to "When life gives you scraps".  This new design had been buzzing around in my head for a while and the sketches even go back to a plane flight from much earlier this year.  

Introducing - my newest pattern release - "Just Sew Happy" Mini Quilt.  This is a just for fun Mini quilt filled with your favourite sewing and quilting notions.  All done in Appliqué this Mini Quilt would be great in your sewing space, perfect for Mini Quilt Swaps or just to sew - just for fun!

It is also available wholesale through Creative Abundance for stores looking to stock this or any of my patterns.

I'd love to see your versions of my patterns so please tag me over on Instagram @tiedwitharibbon and #justsewhappyminiquilt.

Happy sewing
Jemma x x 
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