Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas present No 3 - ribbon hair clips

My daughter Miss J is a very girly girl and lives wearing clips in her hair. So I decided to make her an assortment of clips with bows on them. I got the basic instructions from a website called which had a great number of FREE tutorials. And I got the hair clips from which has a great range of findings. And here they are.... Hope she likes them!!
Cheers Janeene

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Christmas presents No 2 - key fobs

As I have said in a previous post, I love making handmade Christmas presents. So I decided to use some more of my scraps and make some key fobs.... They were very easy to make. I promise I will put the tutorial together... I have already given away some to the girls I work with at My Patch at our Christmas party..... They love them... Phew I must admit it is always a bit stressful giving sewn presents to fellow sewers ...
Cheers Janeene

Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas presents No 1 - fabric pot holders

I have always made Christmas presents for friends and family since I can remember. This year I have been very productive and quite proud of myself.
So over the next few days I will show you what I have made.
For two of my close friends Rachel and Val we have exchanged sewn presents for each other.
I found this pattern out of the book "Zakka Style" I just love the whole linen / fabric thing. So I made three sets of these funky pot holders. It's a great way to use your scraps. And I machine quilted the phrase "love eat live" in the middle. Hope they like them. He he I also made a set for me, I just couldn't resist them!!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

PS025 my fabric flower - free pattern

I made a pattern for a fabric flower to use on "my little handbag" pattern... I thought it needed something extra.... I love it... and now I have made them for my daughter Miss J for headbands, hair clips... and for presents for Christmas.... but dont tell her!!!

Click here and you go to my website where you can download my free PDF flower pattern. Hope you like it as much as I do... It is very easy to make... and once you make one you can make ten.


Saturday, 8 December 2012

PS020 my kimono girls quilt

At the Melbourne AQM I showcased 3 new quilt patterns that I had been working hard on. I wanted to share one of them with you..... PS020 my kimono girls quilt.
I love oriental fabrics and over the years have made a number of quilts and projects using them. I love the colours and vibrancy of the fabric. So of course it was a no brainer to make a quilt using oriental fabrics. Although the pattern does lend itself to any fabrics you wish to substitute.

There are three panels to my kimono girls the first panel is the appliqued kimono girls, with different kimonos and hair. The girls are large so it makes them easy to put together ie.. no fiddly pieces. It also allows you to see your beautiful fabric. I do think they a very cute, I hope you like them too. They are appliqued using fast to fuse techniques and machine blanket stitched but you could zigzag on your sewing machine or if you like you could hand blanket stitch. I have included how to do this in the pattern for this quilt.

The top panel is a pieced panel using gold oriental fabric in different tones from light to dark. I have then appliqued a cherry blossom branch and flowers in this pieced section. The branch is machine appliqued and very easy to do.

The bottom panel is a pieced panel, again using different oriental fabrics and with the flower blossoms floating through the panel.

Finally a put a gold border around the outside to frame the quilt. I really enjoyed designing and making this quilt I hope you do too.