Tuesday, 2 February 2016

May the Force Be With You

Firstly. Obviously I have survived the first few days of school. Hooray! Much rejoicing. Thank you so much to everyone for their kind words. My son is settling in beautifully after homeschooling, and my daughter is just loving Kindy. Whew.

In an attempt to consume less chocolate and junk, I decided to try to sew my feelings instead of eat them. Not as much sewing happened as I would have liked. But designing happened. And that's just as good.

I didn't plan on new Star Wars patterns. It kind of just... happened. See here's how it came about. A post came up on IG about a Star Wars swap - appropriately entitled "May the Fourth Be With you" with posting dates for... you guessed it... May 4th. (Btw if you're interested, I believe there are still spaces available - sign up via the link in @justjoshinkids profile. Of course I had to sign up for this. It's like I had no choice. Jedi mind tricks. Obviously. Then... Jennifer (@downstairsdesigns) suggested a geometric AT AT. Well. Challenge accepted, my friends.

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=719951&b=403311&m=29190&afftrack=&urllink=www%2Ecraftsy%2Ecom%2Fuser%2F381424%2Fpattern%2Dstore

And then I couldn't just stop there. How about a Millenium Falcon? Or a Tie Fighter? Oh but the dilemma.. do I prefer the silhouette version or the geometric version? In the end... I've decided to hell with it - let's have all 6 patterns.

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=719951&b=403311&m=29190&afftrack=&urllink=www%2Ecraftsy%2Ecom%2Fuser%2F381424%2Fpattern%2Dstore


They are currently undergoing testing then I'll have them listed as freebies (that's right, free, woohoo!) in my Craftsy shop.  These -are- the patterns you're looking for. Okay, I'm done with Star Wars quotes. For now. ;)


Monday, 25 January 2016

Back to School

I'm approaching this week with a little bit of trepidation. After a year and a half of homeschooling, my boy (now 8) is going back to regular school. It's a little nerve wracking but I think it's the right decision - he's keen to return and I may or may not also be keen for him to return. My daughter starts school this year so it came down to the decision - homeschool them both or send them both back to school. I didn't think my sanity could cope with homeschooling the two of them (my hat is off to those of you who homeschool multiple children, seriously!) so we are giving regular schooling another shot. I figure if it doesn't work out, we can always homeschool again and I'll be that awful indecisive mother they all talk about in the staffroom! ;)

So what does this have to do with quilting or sewing or crafting of any type?! Well. Naturally I can't send the kids to school without something made by Mummy. Cos I'm a sap of the first kind. I'd picked up some fabric awhile back for library bags and just had to sit down and get it done. With less than a week til school starts, my procrastination wasn't too terrible.



Naturally it's Frozen for my daughter and Star Wars for my son - the running theme in our household for the past oh I don't know, ever. I went for a simple lined book bag with a single long strap. Honestly the thinking-about-the-project part took way longer than the actual making. When will I ever learn that lesson? Just sit down and sew!






 Most importantly, the library bags got the kids' tick of approval and my Mummy guilt (that never ends) is assuaged that my children will go to school with something handmade tucked into their schoolbag. So wish me luck this week - I foresee much sew-therapy in my near future.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

This blogging shenanigans!

Hello long neglected blog - and to those readers who might still pop in now and then (thank you!). I must admit since becoming quite busy with homeschooling, Make Modern and sharing my quilty nonsense on Instagram, my time and interest in my blog has waned. Sadly. But I am hoping to make a little more effort this year.

For those that have been with me for some time, you'll have noticed that I chose not to have a paper pieced BoM this year, like previous years. I did um and ah over it for a little while, but I found my memory faulty at remembering to post current monthly blocks, and my interest was in coming up with more new patterns rather than keeping the same ones for a long time. Apologies to those who were looking for a new paper pieced BoM but I can assure you I have lots of new patterns on their way (including lowercase geo alphabet plus numbers and punctuation)!



http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=719951&b=403311&m=29190&afftrack=&urllink=www%2Ecraftsy%2Ecom%2Fuser%2F381424%2Fpattern%2Dstore
I have however reopened my Craftsy store. I currently have the two shops running - Payhip which is great for EU customers as it takes care of the VAT for me and now Craftsy for those not in the EU. I know people like the features on Craftsy in being able to save patterns to your library etc, so I'm hoping you'll find this helpful.

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=719951&b=403311&m=29190&afftrack=&urllink=www%2Ecraftsy%2Ecom%2Fuser%2F381424%2Fpattern%2Dstore


I can't make any promises but I shall at least endeavour to make the effort to post a little more in the future. I discussed with Jane (Editor of Make Modern and one of my quilty besties) the whole IG vs blogging thing. We both love Instagram but there is something to be said for blogging, and having a little more detail shared about a project. Not to mention being able to peruse it at your leisure, rather than possibly missing a pic of something amazing on IG because you were doing something crazy like oh I don't know, sleeping. So no guarantees, but I'll at least try ;)

Friday, 4 September 2015

Zoo Animals - September Block

And tada! It's September and we're up to the final block! I trust you'll forgive me for being a few days late posting this - I have only just returned from travelling overseas. But as an apology (and because it's my birthday), here's a discount code for my payhip shop! 25% off all patterns, valid until the 11th September.




Now onto the final Zoo Animals block. It's the lion! Roar! The most difficult of the 9 blocks but worth it in the end. You can find it for free in my payhip shop for the month of August.







Quick review of all the BoM patterns. All nine which have brought us through til September. Now you have the last few months of the year to get the patterns finished and put together into a fun quilt or wallhanging.

Zoo BoM

Each pattern makes a 10” block. The patterns range in skill level but there are no Y seams involved. You can buy each of these patterns individually or find the entire bundle in my shop.

I can’t wait to see how you make this pattern your own. Thanks for sewing along this year! Make sure you pop back and link it up here to share your version! Or post them on IG and tag me (@quietplay) and hashtag #quietplaypatterns

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Pattern Sale!

Just a quick note to say hi! I always wanted to let those loyal BoM followers know that September's block may be a few days late due to me being on holidays! Yay holidays! Don't worry, I'll still make sure the pattern is available for free for a full month.

In the meantime, I'm having a big pattern sale! 30% off everything in my payhip shop. Just use code "save30" at the checkout and you should be set! Sale is on til 16th August so tell your paper piecing friends!

Happy sewing!


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Zoo Animals - August Block

And we're up to August. Crazy. I nearly forgot to post this today! Days are going by so fast.  ! So let's go on with the next block in the Zoo Animals series. This month we're making the Monkey!  I look forward to seeing how you make your version of this pattern! It's the second last block of the BoM - we're quickly coming to the end. Hope you have enjoyed it so far!

You can find it for free in my payhip shop for the month of August.





A quick refresher on how the BoM works. There are 9 patterns which will take you through to September. That gives you the last few months of the year to get the patterns finished and put together into a fun quilt or wallhanging.

Zoo BoM

Each pattern makes a 10” block. The patterns range in skill level and I will be sharing the easier ones first leading up to the hardest at the end (I’m looking at you Mr Lion). Each month there will be one free pattern made available. It becomes a paid pattern on the 1st of the next month (Australian time because I’m Australian) and the next pattern becomes available. Or if you can’t wait for all of the patterns to become available, you can pick up the entire bundle in my shop.

Please note that while I’m sharing the easier ones first, these aren’t super simple basic paper pieced patterns. Mainly because of the eyes which tend to have small pieces. However I quite like the charm of the eyes in the patterns so I decided to keep them in and have a mid range skill level this year.

You can pop by my shop and pick this pattern up for free during April. I can’t wait to see how you make this pattern your own. Make sure you pop back and link it up here to share your version! Or post them on IG and tag me (@quietplay) and hashtag #quietplaypatterns


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Zoo Animals - July block


July! This year is just flying by isn't it! So let's go on with the next block in the Zoo Animals series. This month we're making the Koala! Because who doesn't love a koala? Little hint - they aren't bears, and they don't like being called Koala Bears. So let's just go with Koala :) I look forward to seeing how you make your version of this pattern!

You can find it for free in my payhip shop for the month of July.  (PS for the next two days you can also get 25% off any of the patterns in my shop - just use the code "LoveFPP" Enjoy!).




A quick refresher on how the BoM works. There are 9 patterns which will take you through to September. That gives you the last few months of the year to get the patterns finished and put together into a fun quilt or wallhanging.

Zoo BoM

Each pattern makes a 10” block. The patterns range in skill level and I will be sharing the easier ones first leading up to the hardest at the end (I’m looking at you Mr Lion). Each month there will be one free pattern made available. It becomes a paid pattern on the 1st of the next month (Australian time because I’m Australian) and the next pattern becomes available. Or if you can’t wait for all of the patterns to become available, you can pick up the entire bundle in my shop.

Please note that while I’m sharing the easier ones first, these aren’t super simple basic paper pieced patterns. Mainly because of the eyes which tend to have small pieces. However I quite like the charm of the eyes in the patterns so I decided to keep them in and have a mid range skill level this year.

You can pop by my shop and pick this pattern up for free during April. I can’t wait to see how you make this pattern your own. Make sure you pop back and link it up here to share your version! Or post them on IG and tag me (@quietplay) and hashtag #quietplaypatterns