Fancy another sneaky peaky of what’s in the next issue?

Here’s what I’m beavering away on at the moment.

It’s a fun, fun project so get your paper hexies and 2 1/2″ square scraps at the ready for when the next issue of Fat Quarterly is released!


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Winner: Amanda Murphy’s Modern Holiday Giveaway

I have been reading all your funny stories as they came in. I have laughed and LAUGHED!

 Thank you to everyone who left a entered and had brightened up the last couple of weeks for me.

It is reassuring to know that it’s not only me that’s barking mad in leaving things to the last minute!

I know I said i’d pick the funniest but I have spend hours trying to figure out which is the funniest and I can’t.

So instead I listed the ones that I found the funniest: Sienna Van Brabant, Meri, Vickt T, Margaret Schindler, Melissa, Aggiequilter….and used the random number generator to choose between them.

So without further ado, the winner is:

Congrats Aggiequilter!!!

Everyone, don’t forget to drop by and see Amanda at her lovely blog and say Hi.

Modern Holiday by Amanda Murphy

Today it’s Fat Quarterly’s turn to be the stop 5 on Amanda Murphy’s ‘Modern Holiday’ blog tour!!!

I bumped into Amanda at Spring Quilt Market in Portland and was so sucked in by the prettiness of her booth!!  Amanda makes beautiful, beautiful things so her booth jumped out as a I walked past. I think her work is the absolute perfect combination of modern and traditional.

Modern Holiday contains 18 sewing projects such as quilts, table runners, stockings, and Christmas decorations.   The patterns look super easy to follow as the instructions and diagrams are so clear. This book is full of the kind of projects that I would love my house to be full of but never get around to making as I leave Christmas Projects until the last minute. Not this year though, my mid-years resolution is to get my butt into year and get some of these projects made in time for Christmas. I have even planned the order!

First up is Crossroads. A few years ago there was a spell where red and aqua quilts were hugely popular and the internet was full of quilts in this gorgeous colour combo. I never got around to making one so that’s partly why this is first on my list. The other reason is that this is just one of those simple elegant quilts that you’d get to use all year round.  It would also be great as a scrap buster.


Second up is this beauty called Holiday Wreaths.  I feel my life is incomplete without this quilt.


These fabulous cushions are 3rd on my list.

I have mountains of cushions but a girl can never have too many cushions. Can she? I could go on forever, as there are stunning Christmas stockings and I have this romantic notion of having tons of them hanging from my mantelpiece, all matching and full of goodies to be opened on Christmas morning. I love Christmas can you tell?

In the spirit of holiday giving there is a copy of this book to be won by one of you. If the winner is inside the US they will receive a hard copy of this book and if the winder is outside the US they will receive an electronic version. One day I will tell you about the saga of the king size quilt I decide to make for my parents for Christmas. To cut a very long story short I started it 1 1/2 weeks before, ran out of background fabric on Christmas Eve, was up until 4am on Christmas morning quilting it and I bound it in between opening presents and my parents arriving for lunch.

To enter this giveaway leave a message and tell us your funny stories about last minute gift sewing. The one that makes us laugh the hardest wins!

Quick Curved Ruler – Brioni

I have a love/hate relationship with challenges. Someone suggests one and i get all over excited and can’t sleep for thinking about what I’m going to do, then the time comes and i get a bit panic stricken. Is that only me that that happens to?  Once i get going though i am the happiest bunny alive and Jennys’ “Quick Curve Ruler”  was no exception.

My first 2 attempts at something were complete disaster (in fact, so much so that i chucked them in the bin without even stopping to photograph them!) and then inspiration finally struck and i got excited.  Some layer cakes pieces and this nifty little ruler and i was off like a woman possessed!

It took me a while to get straight in my head what size curves i wanted so therefore how i need to line the ruler up with the edges of the fabric/cutting mat. Not because the ruler is hard to use (because it soooo isn’t!) but because i don’t have the kind of mental agility to ever make me a contender for the Krypton Factor!

I cut each layer cake in half diagonally, centred the ruler down the long edge and cut the curve. I did this for both the prints and the background fabric and then just swapped them, sewed them, gave them a trim and sewed the two halves together making sure that the ends of the curves lined up.   I was liking that….a lot…

I then decided to sandwich them together and sew them diagonally across (you know, like HSTs) to see what effect that created….and I was loving it.

I now have all my pieces all cut out for a large quilt (2 layer cakes worth) and I’m just longing for some free time to get this baby sewn. I can’t wait!

Aurifil Designer Challenge with Brioni

I had heard a lot of talk about Aurifil threads so jumped at the chance of having a play.

I had already made the pillow top from a little pack of 2 1/2″ squares stolen from Katy’s Houston Quilt Market haul so couldn’t believe that when i got some threads in the postthat they pretty much matched. A plan by the quilting Gods maybe?  A few more spools nabbed from Lynne when i was at her house at Christmas and i was all set.

I have never used Aurifil threads before so this was a great opportunity to fiddle around, see how my machine liked them and see what effect the different thread weights had on the stitches.

I quilted it by cross hatching the whole thing in the lighter weight thread, used a template and pencil to add the stars and then stitched the stars using the heavier weight threads. My normal domestic machine LOVED the threads without even having to fine tune the tension, and trust me that is quite impressive given my machine hates just about all quilting thread!!

I loved the hairyness (is that really a word?) of the heavier weight threads and loved how smooth the thinner weights were.

I needed more cushions like i needed a hole in the head but my sofa is now proudly sporting it’s new addition.

Basic Grey Designer’s Challenge: Brioni Greenberg

I have petals on the brain at the moment.

I haven’t done much sewing since the arrival of my little boy at the end of March, but all of a sudden I have a head full of ideas – mostly involving tiny petals – so I could think of little else when I saw the canvas.

I lost my sewing space for a while but as I am in the process of re shuffling to house to get a sewing space back I wanted to create something cute to decorate the dull walls of my little loft room. Anyone who knows me knows that I love Heather Bailey fabrics and the size of the little motifs were perfect for fussy cut petals.

I drew the shapes on a fusible interfacing (to give a better base for the fabrics and to avoid the glue seeping through), cut them out roughly, ironed them onto the back of the fabric and cut them out. I glued them onto the canvas using fabric glue. Simples!

I really enjoyed this challenge and it was a lovely opportunity to do a bit of cuttin’ and stickin’.