Visit Stacy of Buttermilk Basin to find out more about this fun block hop and to collect all the free patterns on offer. Here is the line up of designers you will want to visit.
Quilts By Cheri
Gail Pan Designs
Wooden Spool Designs
Plum Cute Designs
Lynette Anderson Designs
The Cottage at Cardiff Farms
Ali Strebel Designs
This blog hop for many of you is being held during Summer, for me it's winter and it's been lovely scrolling through my photos to find some summer pictures to share with you. The skies here in summer are this amazing shade of blue...
This family of Kangaroos live in the meadows at the end of our street, it's so nice to see them everyday - sometimes there are 20 or more of them.
We are not great gardeners but we do enjoy the odd splash of low maintenance colour - these flowers are peeking their heads over the fence and are looked after by our neighbours so they are very low maintenance for us!
We walk through this little wooded area most mornings on our way to the river, the shades of green change everyday, reflecting the time of day and the sky above.
In the heat of Summer an early morning swim keeps our beloved Hugo cool all day.
During the heat of summer salads are a favourite and this chicken dish courtesy of our local supermarket Coles with its fruity additions is perfect.
I have designed this sweet Flower Mat for you to enjoy making, I wonder what colours you will use. The soft colours I have chosen perfectly suit our guest room with its calming restful shades of dusky mauves, sludgy pinks and soft greys - designed to make our guests feel relaxed the moment they arrive.
thanks for visiting, come back soon x
Im a bit jealous as my guest had this wonderful number plate on her car.
A couple of weeks ago we hosted a very special morning in the store ... we had a Splenderette get together with guest Jane Davidson (@quiltjane) co-creator alongside Pat Sloane of The Splendid Sampler. If you not sure what The Splendid Sampler is then check out their offical website here and perhaps you will want to join the fun :)
Here I am with Jane who is wearing a gorgeous blouse made from her first Moda fabric line 'Manderlay'- under the label Franny and Jane.
Jane started the morning off by showing us her blocks and we got a sneek peek
at some yet to be released blocks which was very exciting.
We handed out the block that wasn't due for release until the next day, as Jane said this sweet crayon block would make a great border.
We all introduced ourselves and said where we had come from - there were splenderettes who were in the area on holiday, local ladies, some from the Brisbane area and some who had driven for 10 hours to come and join us for the morning.
Ladies brought their blocks pinned to sheets which was a clever idea.
Some brought their blocks in gorgeous tins
We laid out blocks on the tables...so we could all admire them
We laid out blocks on chairs...
We ate sandwiches and cakes whilst swapping Splendid stories....
My Splendid Sampler is being made with the help of one of my sewing fairies with as many different blue and cream prints from my fabric collections as I can find. We have started to add sashing to two sides of each block and I really love the simplicity of this look.
Donna (one of my sewing fairies) is working with all the pinks, greys and burgundy's from various collections of mine and we are amazed at how many prints fit into this category, there are even some prints from my Christmas collections which are work really well into this quilt.
I didn't get photos of everyones blocks which was a shame as there was a lovely Tilda one which Nikki Tervo is making. Hopefully Nikki will show some pictures of her Splendid Sampler on her blog, meanwhile her blog is always a lovely read.
I hope you have enjoyed sharing our Splendid Sampler morning, stay tuned for November 2016 dates for the next Splenderette get together.
I cant thank you all enough for your enthusiasm for my designs, without you I could not have raised my family.
The months are flying past so fast, in the studio we no sooner finish printing, folding, glueing the button in place, packaging and posting and its time to start the process again for next months Anderson's Farm.
This month the Swamp bird is perched on the sheep's back.... but who are the sheep talking too?
Oh, look its my sweet Hugo...
For those of you who are making Anderson's Farm, this is where the pieces fit. For those of you who wish you were making Anderson's Farm we are offering a limited number of places for an August start - follow this link to read more and to book your place.
I wonder how is your farm looking? I have been getting lots of lovely photos from around the world showing me the progress and fun additions your making. Eider from Pamplona in Spain sent me pictures of her blocks, She is doing wonderful embroidery and having fun fussy cutting some fabrics and even adding some fun 'extra's' to make her quilt unique.
Bye for noe
Charming Hexie Bag
I used some of our laser cut 1" hexagons for this project and as luck would have it we managed to get some cut for you from Stonehouse Garden my new fabric collection which is not due to be in stores until August/Sept.
They look so pretty stitched together, this bag only uses a few from the pack which contains x 100 laser cut 1" hexies, leaving you plenty for another project.
Anderson's Farm, the story so far....
with each block the story unfolds...
I am enjoying all the lovely emails and photos that you are sending me, thank you.
Emma is kindly helping me with some emergency technical help in
between looking after baby Eva who is already 4 and a half months old has drawn up the quilt layout for us.
Month 5 should be at participating stores by now and we at Little Quilt Store started mailing out month 5 blocks today so watch your mailbox :)
I feel very honoured to be a designer for one block in The Splendid Sampler sew along, a wonderful fun project that my friends Jane Davidson (Brisbane) and Pat Sloane (USA) have created and that women around the world are participating in.
The Splendid Sampler blocks are 6" finished and lots of wonderful people in the quilting industry have designed a block. The blocks are being released twice a week, there will be 100+ block patterns in all to collect and make. To learn more follow this link the The Splendid Sampler Website.
I cant show you the block I have designed yet but here are some finished blocks from other designers that have been made using my fabrics. I am working using blues/creams from any and all of my fabric collections - I can't believe I have created so many blue prints. This sweet block below has not two squares from the same fabric!
Sorry about the colouring of this photo, its raining today and my studio isn't well lit (I know I need to get better lights!). There are a couple of early blocks that I havent got done yet as I was a late starter and a couple of 'bonus' blocks that are on the 'to do' pile! I am so pleased with how its looking.
Today it was 'sit and stitch' day in the store when you can come and have a cup of tea, stitch a while and enjoy the company of liked minded people. A couple of other ladies are making 'The Splendid Sampler' too so we got to do some show and tell. Donna is doing hers in pinks/burgundy's/greys from my fabric collections, its looking gorgeous as you can see in the picture below.
Valerie is working with some reproduction prints, looking fabulous.
There are so may different techniques to try, some simple and some challenging...are you making a Splendid Sampler?? We are hoping to have Jane come to the store for a 'Sew Splendid Day' later this year - I hope you can join us and bring your blocks for 'show and tell'?
If you like having fun on Facebook, there is a lovely group you can join, here is the link.
bye for now
Stitch The day Away was held on the 13th March here on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. The goodie bags liked so enticing when they were packed and ready.....each one containing one of the new mini craft cases ready for decorating, two starter kits one from my guest Karen Styles and one from me, a lovely charm pack of 'My Hearts At Home' fabrics and a little jar of fun.!
The excited participants for the day were lined up outside waiting for the doors to open - so the fun can begin!
Donna and my Mum were waiting to welcome everyone at the door, to check in the swap needle cases and handout the name tags.
Here I am with my guest Karen Styles from Somerset Patchwork, Karen designs quilts and sells patterns and also is kept busy designing fabric for Marcus Fabrics, USA. We were about to welcome everyone and unveil the projects for the day so the stitching can begin but paused for this quick photo...
This happy table of stitchers got a lot of talking done and a bit stitching done, new friends were made - a fun day was had by all :)
We held a needlecase swap (I love swaps) - I provided the stitchery drawing and the participants made a needlecase, there was a wonderful variety of needlecase all of which I could happily have brought home with me :) just gorgeous.
Ivanka (my Saturday girl) who was running my pop up store got to meet Karen for the first time.
Here is 'Hideaway Cottage' a workshop only project (not available as a pattern until later in the year) my project for the day, originally designed for new mini craft case but just for fun we made the little bag using the same fabric kits thats needed for the mini craft case, we all love the little bag and apparently my Mum has first rights on owning it 'one day', she loves the little squirrel - I added one of the new acorn zip toggles to the craft case this morning and love how it finishes the project off so nicely.
Karen project which is made using Karens' signature reproduction prints could either be done using the pre-cut papers she included in the kit or by hand piecing, many ladies chose to have a go at the hand piecing and were amazed at how quickly the project came together.
A big thank you to everyone who joined us for the day, it was so nice to catch up with friends and to meet make some new ones. I havent set the dates for March next year as I am waiting for the venue to tell me days they have available!!
However I have set some dates for 'Stitch The Day Away' in the UK
Many of you will be soon receiving your month two pattern and button - we shipped them to the registered stores last week.
Here by popular request is the quilt layout for Anderson's Farm and the placement for month 1 - please note that this sketch is not to scale!!
I realise that I missed some information out of the pattern in month one. Do a row of chain stitch on the roof edge on all the buildings...here is a picture of mine to give you an idea for where the stitching needs to go.
Here is a peek at 'Sydney The Cockerel' - month 2. If you look closely at the surface stitchery on his neck you can clearly see the subtle variation of colour that the hand dyed Valdani thread gives - very pretty.
Look at the beautiful embroidery my friend Yvonne has done using the Valdani threads on the daisies.
Please note: We are at our maximum production for the hand painted buttons now so if your interested dont delay in signing up as we wont be releasing the pattern/buttons until later in 2017. So, for those of you who haven't taken the plunge and signed up to do 'Anderson's Farm' yet but are considering it!! Here is the list of participating stores, some have sold out, some have a few places available - happy hunting.
L'Atelier du Patchwork
Kwibbels - sold out
bye for now
When I was in Japan at the Tokyo Quilt show in 2015 I saw this gorgeous quilt and I have been dreaming of it ever since!
Then little while ago I selected some fat quarters for a project I was starting (still a work in progress)! - I really like the mixture of fabrics, they are from a cross section of my fabric collections and as you can see look great together.
I have scraps from the project thats still in progress....actually quite a lot of scraps from the other project...so, I gathered together my tools - fabric glue pen, needle threader, threads and needles.
I am not sure how the Japanese quilter made her quilt but I am doing mine the English paper piecing method.
I am working with a lovely fat quarter pack of yarn dyes: a yarn dye fabric is a woven cotton fabric where the pattern is created within the weave rather than a print on the surface.
By putting two hexagons and 6 of the six pointed stars (diamonds) together you can make them into 2" hexagons, looking good don't you think!
When you join these newly created hexagons together, they turn into these sweet stars...
I am not sure how big or how long this quilt will take me to make but I am enjoying the process as I find English paper piecing is very very relaxing.
If your interested in a fat quarter or fat eighth bundle (24 prints) of the Lynette Anderson print fabrics similar to the ones I am working with or a bundle of yarn dyes, please email me, include your address so I can work out postage costs and then I can put a bundle together for you and will send you a Paypal invoice.
As you can see Hugo is sporting a snazzy bright new collar and very pleased he is with it, as he should be, he is the envy of every dog and dog owner we passed on our morning walk today!
We often walk on the beach and Hugo loves to take a swim, roll in the sand - you know regular doggie type things and so he needs two or three collars so he can always wear a dry one! I had fun buying these Kaffe Fasset fabrics which are lovely and vibrant and just what Hugo likes!
There are other special dog collar making items that you will need if you want to have a go at making your own dog collars. I buy my supplies from a company called Country Brook Design, here is the link to their website, I bought a pack of the hardware which makes ten collars - dog collar hardware kits. plus some of the black webbing for the backing and strength. They also sell lots of lovely printed ribbons to use but I prefer to use the lovely patchwork fabrics that are easily available from any quilt store..... I decide to make three collars and in fact once you have everything out and ready making three is as quick as making one.
There is a great tutorial on how to make a dog collar that comes in the pack with the hardware or there is a more in depth one (with pictures) on the Country Brook Designs website or here (this is my favourite and the one I first found and used a few years ago). I cut my fabrics a smidgen smaller than the width of the back webbing, I then pressed with wrong sides together and using a hot iron the edges into the centre and then placed the pressed fabric onto the black webbing...
Then with my trusty Bernina and a titanium coated topstitch 80/12 needle by Superior threads I stitched through the layers, I kept my stitches as close to the edge of the folded fabric as I could and pretty soon my dog collars were taking shape!
I love how these collars look and they really do make a nice statement as well and being very individual.
Let me know how you get on making your dog a new collar or two - actually I just found a nice pattern for a dog bandana so that might have to be my next experiment - first I need to get more fabrics :)