Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Craft tutorial round up - my favourite flowers

To celebrate spring on her side of the world, Laura from Bugs and Fishes hosted a flower themed crafty link up. Even though it's certainly not spring here, I thought, there is never a reason not to have flowers!

There were some really amazing flower themed tutorials and patterns, I just had to share with you three  of my favourites. There's plenty of different crafts to choose from!

one: Super Cute Scandi Style Embroidery by Hoogally

 two: Felt Poppies by Grace's Favours 

three: Dandelion Puff Embroidery Pattern by Hugs are Fun

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Modern Medallion quilt along

Have you ever been part of an online quilt along? They are a great way to keep you motivated, get inspiration and meet new people! You can share your progress, ask questions and offer encouragement along the way.

As part of the Modern Medallion pattern release, I am having a quilt along on the blog, as well as an ongoing quilt along on the Modern Medallion Facebook group and Instagram using the the hashtag #modernmedallion. Which reminds me, I have set up a #modernmedallion widget on the side bar which scrolls through the photos under the hashtag. Pretty cool right? Can you tell I'm excited? I have had amazing support to get this out from my pattern testers, my friends at the Canberra Modern Quilt Guild, my husband (who entertained and kept the kids fed while I was busy sewing and writing), mum and the feedback from every one has been an incredible motivation. But back to the quilt along.

Choose your quilt along poison, there will be prizes!

I have some amazing bloggers taking part too! There  will be a linky party going on, so grab a button from the sidebar, download your pattern, collect your fabric and join us in the quilt along! I can't wait to see you there.


Week one: Schnitzel & Boo - Friday 6 June - the medallion centre
Week two: MsMidge - Friday 13 June - borders 1 and 2
Week three: KateQuilts - Friday 20 June - border 3
Week four: Little Mushroom Cap - Friday 27 June - borders 4 and 5
Week five: GnomeAngel - Friday 4 June - borders 6 and 7
Week six: Two Little Aussie Birds - Friday 11 June - the finish line

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Posy, a flower quilt block tutorial

Block of the month - May

In the first of the block of the month series, I have created the Posy Block. My inspiration came for this block after Laura from Bugs and Fishes put a call out for a crafty link up with the theme flowers. I am enjoying using this technique, I guess you could call it free foundation piecing. You can draw the triangle on, or if you are comfortable just go truly free hand and just sew it.

I have started a pile of these blocks and I am imagining my little purple posies in garden of low volume prints... I am a little bit addicted to low volume right now! I will be sure to share my progress as I go along.

Fabric and Cutting Guide:

[4] 3½" squares of purple fabric
[12] 2½" x 5" rectangles of low volume fabric (minimum size)


Step one:

Draw the triangle design (as pictured below) on the wrong side of the purple squares. No need to measure - these are not meant to be perfect petals! Draw from one corner to the middle of the opposite side and repeat on the other side. Complete the triangle by drawing the short side a ¼" in from the edge.

Step two:

Take a volume piece and place it over the triangle. Line the edge up with the drawn lines on the back, overlapping it by a ¼”. Make sure you flip the piece over so that when you have sewn the seam and press it back into place, it will actually cover the area you need it to. You can check the placement by holding it up to the light.

Step three:

Sew the seam and flip your fabric back into place and press. Trim back the seam allowances to ¼”. Continue to stitch/flip/press until all three corners are complete and give the whole thing a really good press

Step four:

Trim back to 3½" square. Continue until you have made four blocks and sew together in a four patch. 

Achievement unlocked!

You can reduce the bulk in the centre seam by loosing a few of those end stitches and massaging the seams open. Press all four seams in alternate directions.

So, there it is. I hope you enjoy my flower block and maybe learning a new technique? What colour would your flower bed have in it? Pink? Red? Use all the colours!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Modern Medallion quilt

Wow. I can't tell you just how thrilled I am about my Modern Medallion quilt. I could not be prouder that I designed every detail and sewed every last stitch. And, what's even greater is that I have drafted a pattern so you can make your very own Modern Medallion too! Once the pattern is finalised, it will be available as a digital download from the Two Little Aussie Birds online shop (to start with!).
I have been planning this quilts for months and I finally took the plunge to actually make it. Through much trial and error, trials, frustrations, successes and perseverance I made it. I actually made it. I really need to make special mention of Jules. Whenever I doubted myself, she told me - You've got this. Her faith in me got me through. So Jules, thank you.
This Modern Medallion uses many modern techniques, including improvisation, wonky piecing and free hand curves. I combined some of my favourite blocks - starting with the new york beauty, flying geese, wavy curves, crosses and equilateral triangles, all with a modern makeover. Various bright colours and prints are set against a low volume background in this original design. This was my first time working with low volume prints and now I'm addicted!
I am really excited to be releasing the Modern Medallion quilt pattern later this month. It is currently being pattern tested and so far I am really enjoying seeing other quilts coming to life. I love the different colour combinations and style choices that others have made. I can't wait to see more!
As part of the pattern launch, I am running a blog tour/quilt along in June. I have some really exciting bloggers on board to share the journey. The quilt along will run for 6 weeks, starting in June. Each week will focus on the five main borders, with the last week all about the finished quilt. More details will follow but, it's going to really awesome!

Quilt Specifications:

Quilt name: Modern Medallion
Finished size: 63 x 63 inches
Fabrics used: Most fabrics are from my stash. Designers include Anna Maria Horner, Radisha Colman-Hale, Denyse Schmidt, Kaffe Fasset, Lizzy House and so so many more.
Pattern: Original pattern designed by me!
Quilting details: Free Motion Quilting with a light grey Gutermann cotton

Stay tuned for more coming very soon!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

bits and pieces may

These photos are all by my gorgeous 6 year old Chloe. I caught her in the yard following Archie around with the camera. I rushed to the back door to yell out at her to put my good camera down, but once I heard the laughter from them, I found I just couldn't. Who knows how long she will be like this before he is an annoying little brother? With my fingers crossed for the safety of my Pentax, I watched them from afar with a smile on my face. These are a few photos from the bunch and make my heart melt.