Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Quilt Basting - using Quilt Basting Spray = no more puckers!

There is nothing worse than when you have pinned and stretched your quilt and when you have finished sewing it and turn your quilt over there are puckers underneath... I absolutely hate that...

So a number of years ago I was taught how to use quilt basting spray to spray baste my quilts.... And I have been  pucker free since... Yay!!

So I have made a short video on how I use it.... Yes there are a lot of ways to use it and a lot of different sprays out there... I only use Helmar 101 as I get the best results... This is now the only method I use for basting my quilt for using a sit down machine...

Happy Sewing

Friday, 26 January 2018

It’s a new year... Lets make 2018 a GREAT one!

Well, January is certainly underway... actually its nearly over!..... and I have been trying to get myself organised for 2018...

So of course a time for some reflection for 2017... for my beautiful family it has been a very up and down year... My husband unexpectedly lost his beautiful mum and he also had to have a number of surgeries... that obviously takes a toll on the whole family... so in that regards we were certainly happy to see then end of 2017........  we did have happy times , a great family camping trip to Fraser Island, a trip to Bali with some wonderful sewing friends.... Oh and I also turned 50...... Yay!

I then thought about my own personal / work goals for 2017...... I honestly felt it had been a very unproductive year... But then I found some goals that I had written out for the end of 2017.... yes using my printables....... and I was pleasantly surprised... I actually achieved most of them.... I started teaching workshops using my own patterns.... (I have previously taught sewing but it was for the wonderful patchwork shop I was working for) and I loved it... I grew my graphic / web design part of my business... yay and personally I have worked on being healthier and consistently riding my horse up to the point that I entered my first horse trial event and completed it... Woo hoo!

So now its 2018, last year I designed some printables for making goals and breaking that down for lists for the week and months.... I don't know about you but I love a list and it helps me a lot to keep on track.... I have attached my printables that I designed with a few updates... the main one being my projects at a glance... Click HERE to download your own printables.

I have filled out my project list so I know exactly what needs to be finished and yes I have written down my new yearly goals for both my business and personal life..... lets see how we go... Let’s make 2018 a great one!

Happy Sewing,

Saturday, 31 December 2016

I do like a list! .... with free 2017 planner printables

I'll confess I love lists.... I use them for everything... So as 2017 is just about to begin I designed some planners to help me.... And I thought you might like them too.

My first thing I like to keep track of is; What is coming up during the year... So I designed a "Year at a Glance" planner. This allows me to see what I am doing and some important dates.

The next thing I wanted to plan is my week.... I find that if on Monday morning I plan what I need to do, including work and home commitments I am much better organised. I even have a section for emails; txts and calls I need to make.... I don't know about you my memory gets exhausted and I am always forgetting things... I have been writing these things down in a diary over the past year which has really helped .... but sometimes I need just a bit more room...

Finally, I am always thinking of new things I want to make .... again I needed a list so I didn't forget my ideas... So I can write them down easily and keep them in one place! This includes not only sewing ideas but craft, graphic design and gardening ideas.

I have printed them out and a put them in a display folder with plastic sleeves. A little more up market one than your normal one... But it makes my lists easy to get to and write on... 

Here is a link to my website where you can click on the free 2017 planner printable to download for free... 

So I hope this helps my year start being super organised and I hope you like them to.... 2017 is going to be great one!

Happy Creating.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Colour Inspiration

Bromeliads are one of the easiest plants to grow... And I love the fact that they can come in some awesome colors. Here are some of mine which have flowered.

 Happy Creating.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

One of my favourite quilts - My Flower Bloom Quilt

I absolutely love this quilt when I finished it... Is it the texture of the background or the pop of  colour of the flower blooms? I do not know ..... I think it just works!

The background is made of large 60 degree triangles, in white, cream, grey and silver. And grey is not a colour I would normally pick, but I do love a bit of sparkle... I do not match whites and cream and I do not think about a warm or cool grey. I just do not match....

I often get asked how do I pick my background fabrics... The trick for me is to lay your fabrics out and squint your eyes, if one pops out, then it doesn't work... take it out. The background needs to be full of texture, you could even use linens and thicker weight fabric, it is about the texture of the background.

For the flower bloom fabrics, I used one of my favourite designers, the Kaffe Collective... But I did not pick the super brights, I picked the medium ones... Here they are...

The flower blooms have been raw edge appliqued and faux trapuntoed. Have you ever done this technique? It is one of my favourites. You could use this technique on all your applique pieces like this quilt or use small parts of your quilt trapuntoed. The trapunto gives your applique pieces a little bit of "puff', but more subtle than traditional trapunto and there is no cutting or stuffing.

Here is what the trapunto looks like... This technique makes the flower blooms pop off the quilt!

The Flower Bloom Quilt patterns for this is is full colour instructions and goes step by step on how to complete the quilt including the trapunto.

The templates for the flower  bloom are also full sized, so there is no need for enlarging.

If you wish to purchase a flower bloom quilt pattern click here... or if you just wish to learn some of my machine applique techniques, including the trapunto then I have a great little booklet of tips and techniques called... my machine applique..

I hope you love this quilt as much as I do..

Happy Creating

Monday, 29 February 2016

I'm loving Knit Fabric

Do you love to wear knit fabric but get a bit nervous sewing it? Well me too!..... As you would know last year I launched 3 new clothes patterns... and yes I love making them in beautiful woven cotton quilting fabric.... But now there are some amazing knit fabrics also being made.... so yep I made my clothes in knits.... and what do you know.... I LOVE THEM.... so here are are tips and tricks for my clothes patterns.... You sooo have to try them!

Basic How To for sewing with knit fabrics.
* Use a 90 ballpoint machine needle (stretch needle)
* Use a stretch stitch on your sewing machine... it often looks like a lightening bolt.
* Use clear elastic tape to sew in the shoulder and side seams.
* Use knit hemming tape in the hems.... this stops the hems stretching and making a wavy edge.

* If in doubt purchase the Colette Guide to Sewing Knits Book its a great reference book for sewing knit fabric.

PS066 My Fit and Flare Dress
* Cut a size smaller for your knit fabric
* Keep the back neck darts
* Do not sew the back contour darts
* I did not add the zipper... I sewed a full back seam
* When sewing the side and shoulder seams use clear elastic tape and stretch stitch.
* Use stretch hemming tape when sewing the hem
* Use bias binding for the neck and shoulder edges as per the pattern.

I made mine in Girl Charlee fabric Cotton Jersey blend knit called Pure Vintage Lotus Flower


PS070 My Shift Dress
* Cut a size smaller for your knit fabric
* Keep the back contour darts
* I did not add the zipper... I sewed a full back seam
* When sewing the side and shoulder seams use clear elastic tape and stretch stitch.
* Use stretch hemming tape when sewing the hem and sleeve edges
* use bias binding for the neck edge as per the pattern.

I made mine in Girl Charlee fabric Cotton Jersey blend knit called Vintage Blue Stitched Arrow


PS065 My A-Line Skirt
For the A-Line Skirt I only made the skirt in knit fabric.
* Cut the same size pattern pieces as woven. 
* Cut the yoke in woven fabric
* Cut the skirt pieces in knit fabric
* Make the same as per instructions for the woven skirt.
* Use stretch hemming tape when sewing the hem edge to prevent it from stretching
* use bias binding for the yoke waist edge as per the pattern.

I made mine in Anna Maria Horner fabric Cotton Jersey blend knit called Sealing Wax knit in Primary

Make sure you have a go and making them.... If you do not own one of my Passionately Sewn Clothes Patterns head over to my website

Happy Creating

Thursday, 28 January 2016

You need this great photo app! SuperPhoto .... It's awesome!

 Whilst I love sewing I just LOVE anything creative... This also extends to my computer. So here is a little app I have found... Thanks to my brother in law 😁..... And it is ridiculously cool, easy to use and it's free! It's called... Drum roll... SuperPhoto

You simply upload a photo from your gallery/library and play with the awesome effects. Yes it works on both apple and android gadgets . 

Here are some photos I have used and effects. You will see that the painting effect and cartoonize is my favourite. It works great for portraits, pics of your quilts and even your colouring (well my beautiful daughters) 

Hope you love playing with it... 

Happy creating 
Janeene xxx