Monday, 24 November 2014

Going Geometric

Of late I’ve really been crushing on geometric designs. There’s just something about them – especially when done in shades of one colour. They just make me want to design and sew all the things!

So when I started stalking my partner for the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt swap… the geometric animal idea was sort of there in the back of my mind. I was tempted to do a bird because well, I love birds. But let’s be honest, that would have been more for me than for my partner! So I settled on a bear. So secret partner – this was designed just for you!


Here’s the block I made. Obviously I still need to make it into the mini quilt but I was a bit excited and wanted to share my progress. I used 7 different shades of  blue. I think the hardest part was trying not to have the same in sections next to each other.

Don’t be surprised if you start seeing a few more geometric patterns popping up in the near future. I’m a bit addicted. But in the meantime, for those who’ve been asking for the bear pattern, I’ve listed it in my Craftsy shop!
Geo Bear

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 10

.: Giveaway now closed! Thanks everyone! :.

Hello quilty types! It’s my day for the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Hop! And it’s a biggie. This is the tenth edition of the 100 blocks magazine – I’m not great on maths but pretty sure that makes like 1000 awesome blocks over the past few years. And I have contributed 3 of those!  Yay!

So my most recent contribution is of course… paper pieced! I decided to go with a little cottage this time. It’s perfect for a little bit of fussy cutting! You know I can’t resist fussy cutting!

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 10 Little Cottage by Kristy Lea

The block is #923 and is called “Little Cottage”. Can’t beat that for an original title hey? Afraid my creativity goes into the patterns and fabric choices and there’s not much leftover when it comes to naming my patterns ;) If you're a paper piecing fanatic like me, I have a bunch of other patterns - both free and for purchase. Pop over and have a look at my Craftsy shop!


There are some amazing blocks in this edition – you won’t want to miss it. Oh but hey, how about a giveaway? The fabulous folks at Quiltmaker are offering a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 10 for each stop on the blog hop. So enter my giveaway then go enter all the other ones! Or just pop by your local newsagent and pick up a copy if you’re a little impatient (I get that!). Oh and did you know you can get a digital version? Cool right? Nothing like being able to shop in your pyjamas! Or maybe that’s just me.

Erm so how to enter the giveaway? Easy! Just leave me a comment. Any comment will do but if you need a suggestion, I always like ideas for new block designs.

What would you like to see paper pieced style?
Leave a comment before 23rd November to enter. Good luck and happy blog hopping!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Fly By Night Pincushion

 I wanted to share a little project I made for Issue Two of Make Modern. Because it’s paper piecing. And well, really. I shouldn’t need to say any more than that. We all know paper piecing is fun and awesome, right?! (Nod and agree, even those of you who may still have doubts).

So I’m kind of loving arrows right now. I have a larger paper pieced arrow block in my shop, and one day I thought hmm, how cool would that be to remake as a teeny tiny block for a pincushion? Because that’s how my brain works. Paper piecing is awesome. Teeny paper piecing is omgoutofthisworldawesome. True fact.


Let me tell you friends, this was itty bitty. The pincushion measures 2.5” x 4.5”. Yay teeny! And really – let me assure you. Tiny paper piecing isn’t that much harder than regular paper piecing. The unpicking may be a different story, but try not to make mistakes then you don’t have to unpick. How’s that for a solution? :)

So my friends, this is just one of the projects in Issue Two of Make Modern. But there are some seriously awesome, stunning and amazing projects to be found too!  Not to mention the awesome articles. Here’s a little glimpse.

MM Issue Two Collage

Make Modern is all digital too so if you’d love to get your hands on a copy, you can just swing by the Make Modern shop and download it straight away. No waiting to get making! Woohoo!
Happy sewing my friends!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Sew Kitschy Round-up + let’s talk BoMs

 Hard to believe that Sew Kitschy is done! Doesn’t the time fly. I have absolutely loved seeing your Sew Kitschy blocks, your fabric choices and the way you have made your blocks your own. So many happy Betty’s in gorgeous kitchens all over the place! I hope you enjoyed the BoM and well done those who made it right through to the end with that last tricky block!


I thought it might be fun to see what everyone has done with their blocks – whether they have been put together into a big wallhanging or used as single little projects. So I’ve added a linky party to the end of this post for you to share your projects. It’ll be open til the end of the year so plenty of time to share! Thanks everyone who was a part of the BoM this year!

So… what next? I am wondering about a BoM for next year. I thought I’d post here and gauge interest. We’ve had a sewing theme one in 2013 (And Sew On) and the retro kitchen themed Sew Kitschy this year. But I can’t decide on a theme. So feel free to throw suggestions my way. I can’t guarantee at this stage whether a BoM will be definite for next year – it depends on time and inspiration, but it’s definitely on my “maybe” list! So drop me a line and let me know your thoughts!

In the meantime don’t forget to link up your finished Sew Kitschy projects!

Happy sewing friends!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Pattern Bundle Sale!

Hello quilty types!

I know I've been rather quiet of late. It has been a busy time with homeschooling (yes it's going beautifully and I feel like we really made the right decision!) and working towards Issue 2 of Make Modern (due out on 1st November and shaping up to be rather awesome!).

So I decided to do a bit of a sale. Now unfortunately I can't just offer a coupon and send you to go crazy on pattern buying. Craftsy doesn't do coupons (yet?!). But instead I have gone and marked down all the pattern bundles. Previously they were $10, now down to $7.50. And the Just My Type pattern bundles are down to $5.00.  Bargain! ;)
You can find the patterns all listed in my Craftsy shop with discounts already applied.

Happy sewing my friends!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Make Modern

 Hello quilty types!

Just in case I haven’t shamelessly plugged it enough – did you know I’m part of a fabulous new digital magazine called Make Modern? I know right! I kept that one quiet didn’t I!

MM cover

You can find a little free preview on Issuu – gives you a bit of a feel for what the magazine is like and what sort of things you can find inside.

Well in case you don’t know much about it yet, we have a month-long blog hop where you can meet a bunch of the makers and find out a little bit about their projects as well as about the makers themselves. And today’s my day!

So my project! Of course it’s paper pieced. I’m sure people sometimes wonder if I know how to do anything else! But I have fun and that’s what counts right? So while mulling over my inaugural project and brainstorming with Jane, Miss Betty started demanding more attention. She was a bit sick of being stuck in the kitchen for the year long Sew Kitschy BoM. She decided it was time to learn how to quilt. Here she is with her new hobby – admiring pretty fabrics.

Betty Mini quilt

She’s a bit fancy in her domino dots dress (sneaking suspicion that she may have made it herself – she may be new to quilting, but she’s not new to sewing!). And of course her stack of fabric is made up of her favourite colours – red and aqua. Nice eye for colour there Betty.

So you can find this project, amongst a bunch of other awesome ones in the very first issue of Make Modern. You can pick up a single copy, or subscribe from our shop on our website

And do make sure you follow along on the rest of the blog hop! So much awesomeness to see!

1st September                   Make Modern
3rd September                   Kristy @ Quiet Play
5th September                   Where Jane Creates
7th September                   Gina @ Party of Eight: Our Story
9th September                  Molli Sparkles
11th September                 Juliet @ The Tartan Kiwi
13th September                 cat&vee
15th September                Ruth @ Ben and Charly’s corner
17th September                 Kelly @ Kelliotmagic
19th September                 Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
21st September                 Serena @ Sew Giving
23rd September                 Melissa @ Ms Midge
25th September                 Anne @ Hudson Valley Quilts
To those beautiful people who have already read the first issue and given such wonderful feedback and support – a HUGE thank you. You really know how to make our hearts sing. It has been an overwhelming, exciting and often nervewracking journey to bring out our first issue and to have it received so well has just been wonderful. Thank you x eleventy billion!

Happy sewing friends and I hope you’re working on a new project to make modern! Smile

Monday, 1 September 2014

Sew Kitschy – September Block

 Here it is friends – the very final Sew Kitschy BoM block! I know you’ve been keen to make the mistress of the house and now it’s time. You’ve honed your paper piecing skills, you’ve got your theme colours prepared, you just need the pattern.

Sew Kitschy Betty paper pieced pattern

And today’s the day! Betty’s pattern is now listed in my Craftsy shop for free for the month of September. She is the last pattern in the set of nine kitchen themed blocks (if you missed the others, you can pick up the entire bundle also in my Craftsy shop).

I am a little sad to be drawing to the end of Sew Kitschy. I have so enjoyed seeing what you lovely quilty types have been making and how you have made the Sew Kitschy blocks your own! But now I will look forward to seeing how you put them all together and make something out of all the blocks!

Sew Kitschy BoM Patterns by Quiet Play

But don’t worry! It’s not the last of Betty. That gal has a place in my heart and she keeps demanding to be put in new patterns! There’s always Betty the Lush for those fellow wine types.. (in my Craftsy shop currently).

Betty The Lush

And now there’s a new pattern! This one can be found in my other creative venture – Make Modern! A digital quilting magazine for quilters, by quilters (including me!). The very first issue is out today! Woohoo! Miss Betty insisted on being in the very first issue. Such a diva. She decided she wanted to try quilting, so we started by introducing her to fabric. And oh what a slippery slope that is. She has already chosen her favourites and is just working on what pattern to make. I have recommended she does not partake of wine while sewing, you don’t want threads in your wine after all!

Make Modern Issue One Betty

So thank you friends for joining Betty and I on this rather fun sewing adventure! We can’t wait to see how you finish up your last block and put them altogether! Make sure you link up your Betty blocks here.

Happy sewing my friends!