Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Strawberries for my Sweet!

As soon as I saw this pattern I knew it had to be put on my "To Sew" list and be bumped right up to the top.  My younger daughter is and always has been in love with Strawberries.  Not only does she love to eat them but we have even celebrated birthdays with Strawberry Cakes and anything like ribbons or ornaments with strawberries on she is in love with.

Strawberry Social by The Pattern Basket is just so cute!


I put together a selection of reds and pinks for my little one to choose from and this was her selection - unlike me,  she from a young age has quite a good eye for colour.


So far I have started to put the blocks together.  



The piecing is a little tricky but not difficult.  The skill in this quilt is very much about the ironing!  The ironing of seams in the given directions is very important to have all the points of the stems and leaves of the strawberries lie nice and flat.


Loving how sweet this quilt is coming up so far.

Jemima x 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Melbourne Shopping Trip.


I was lucky enough to get away for a weekend with Hubby to Melbourne!  And of course that means lots of wonderful food, great shopping and of course heading to some of my favourite fabric stores on the other side of the country. So want to see what is in the bags?


Tessuti Fabrics is located right in the heart of Melbourne CBD - This is a beautifully modern Fabric store mostly specialising in dress, lace, wedding, linen and silk fabrics.  So here I picked up these lovely pieces of Liberty Tana Lawn to add to my collection and this stunning Voile which is destined for some summer scarves.


Clegs  also has a large range of specialty dress fabrics as well as a large range of Haberdashery and Wools and Yarns.  Here I picked up this stash of Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics and some quilting cotton that I thought would be great to fussy cut.  I started noticing a trend here in Melbourne - all my fabric at these two stores was torn rather than cut.  I personally feel a little upset at seeing fabric torn.  I love fabric and feel like it is not quite given the treatment it deserves.  I know that it is said that fabric is torn to get a better grain line on the fabric but I like the care of scissors or a rotary cutter.


My favourite place to visit was Luccello -this is a Vintage Haberdashery and Fancy Goods boutique.  And as you can see I found no shortage of stunning and beautiful fabrics and wares to take home.  Notably I just love the Vintage Linen lace I picked up as well as the Hand Dyed Valdani Thread.  Some beautiful Vintage Sack Cloth and lots of pieces of Liberty Tana Lawn were all just to hard to resist.  This store must be on the list for your next visit.  It is in a old Arcade that unless you knew it was there would be missed.  It has this "feel" about the store with treasures in every corner and so many beautiful fabrics, vintage haberdashery and felts.  I decided that I even had to go back for a second visit just in case there was something that I had not discovered the first visit.

Three stores to put on your list for when you visit Melbourne CBD!

Jemima x

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In the Press!

Whilst walking through the airport terminal the other day I was excited to see the new issue of Handmade Magazine on the stands.  And there on the front cover is one of my Christmas projects - a Fabric and Felt Wreath!  Yay!


So upon my arrival home I was able to excitedly have a look through the pages and inside there are actually 3 of my Christmas projects featured.  Not only the Fabric and Felt Wreath but also a Christmas Baubles Applique Table Runner and a sweet Gingerbread House felt decoration. 


If you are wanting to get a start on some Christmas crafting then there are lots of great projects to inspire you in this months issue by many talented and crafty people. 

It is quite a buzz seeing the projects you yourself have made on the glossy pages of magazines.  And let me know if you make any of my projects - I'd love to hear from you!

Jemima

Monday, September 2, 2013

Twin Safari Jungle Quilts for Twins


All finished this week and now on their way to 2 new bundles of joy!  These Jungle Safari cot quilts were a custom order made to tie win with a stunning mural that has be painted in the Nursery!  


Both almost identical except for a few squares here and there!  One binding was sewn in orange and the other in blue. 


It took much longer than usual for me to choose binding.  As I did not know when I was making them if the babies were girls or boys it was difficult to try and keep the binding neutral for any combination.  Eventually I settled on these Kona Solids to compliment and not distract from the quilts.


The backings are this cute Riley Blake fabric called "Life in the Jungle" - how fitting for these quilts.



The quilting was kept simple going with the direction of the squares to create a large grid.

Jemima x 
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