Sunday, August 26, 2012

Flower Garden

Two more of my Kim McLean Flower Garden blocks are done...

More info about this quilt here.

These blocks just make me feel so happy. xo

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hexa Go-Go Book Tour

Have you seen this gorgeous book around the traps recently?

I was thrilled when Tacha Bruecher asked me to be a part of her inaugural book tour. Tacha is a quilt designer and teacher who blogs under Hanies Quilts and is part of the fabulous Fat Quarterly design team.

I adore hexagons of any sort, and it has been wonderful to flick through Tacha's book where she brings the sometimes old-fashioned hexie into our modern world with great flair. Tacha has included wonderful, clear instructions on various 'how to' methods for making the hexies, different stitching styles and pattern suggestions for great quilting ideas.

In Tacha's own words...Hexagons are so wonderfully portable - quilting's answer to knitting! I totally agree with her. Whenever we have to drive long distances I try and make sure I pack some hexies to work on in the car.

You will find 16 beautiful projects in this book from table mats to wallhangings to quilts and other projects in between! My personal favourites are where she has mixed text fabrics with colour to produce eye-catching designs.

Keep an eye out for the rest of the Hexa Go-Go book tour. Oh, and if you pop back to Katy at
I'm a Ginger Monkey and Sew Mama Sew blogs, they are having a giveaway for this book.

August 20th – Katy Jones from I’m a Ginger Monkey
August 22nd – Beth Wilson from Sew Mama Sew
August 24th – Cathy Underhill from Cabbage Quilts
August 27th – Lynne Goldsworthy from Lily’s Quilts
August 29th – Jennifer Mathis from Ellison Lane
August 31st – Angela Pingel from Cut to Pieces
September 3rd – Jeni Baker from In Color Order
September 5th – Nettie from A Quilt is Nice
September 7th – Lissa Alexander from Moda Lissa
September 10th – Sarah Fielke from The Last Piece
September 12th – Michele Pacy from Michele Made Me
September 14th – Kimberly Jolly from The Jolly Jabber
September 17th – Aneela Hoey from Comfort Stitching
September 19th – John Adams from Quilt Dad
September 21st – Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Interview with Pat Sloan

I'm thrilled (and very humbled) to be a Featured Quilter on wonderful Pat Sloans blog. Pat is an incredible quilter, whose creative energy is incredible! Thank you Pat for having me on your blog. The interview is here if you would like to see it. xo

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ready to Go Forth....

....and Embellish! I'm very excited about my upcoming embellishment class with Sue Spargo next week at Amitie. My base sampler is ready, although I did change the given design a little!

Instead of flowers on a green wool background that I initially chose, I've gone with a beautiful linen/cotton fabric I purchased from the lovely Emma, and a text fabric for stems. Then I drew up some flowers and leaves and cut them out in the beautiful hand dyed wool fabrics I got from gorgeous Jen, these will be embellished in class (by the way, have you spied the Green Tea and Sweet Beans starter kits have arrived).

I loved the selvedge on this fabric so much I've decided to keep it as part of the design. More pics next week after the class.

I had a lovely surprise package in the mail today...Maree (On my Verandah) sent me some gorgeous fabrics she wasn't using, thank you so much Maree, these will definitely be put to good use!

Of course I had to take a photo of them in front of the plum tree just bursting with spring blossom. It has been a long gloomy winter here so I'm madly excited about spring on its way! So are the bees. The tree was swarming and this bee almost got me after it decided I was getting too close with my camera, yikes!

Also in the mail this week were these beauties...

I found these books in Megumi's wonderful little ebay shop Pomadour24, she has all sorts of new and seconds books (amongst other things) and she is so helpful and delightful! Also found her on etsy here. Check out this block, I love it!!

The books are all written in Japanese and two of them are 'back to front' reading from right to left instead of the left to right we are used to. But it doesn't matter that I cannot read the language, the illustrations are so clear and beautiful, it won't be hard to draw up these blocks for myself. Do you have any Japanese quilt books you love? Must say, I adore all of Yoko Saito's books (2 of the above are hers), what a talent! xo

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Wordy Winner

Mr Random has picked Mieke of Creative Blogger to win the bombalicious stack of wordy fabrics who said:

What better word is there - word & text related - than "Book"?
I would love to win this fabrics, Cathy,they are gorgeous and I did not see them anywhere around here!!x M
Congratulations Mieke! This little stack will be winging its way across the waters to you very soon.

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway. And thank you to everyone who pops in here, I am blessed because of you. xo

Friday, August 17, 2012

Oakshotts in my Garden

My little bundle of Ruby Red Oakshott cottons have grown into beautiful flowers in my garden....!

These oakshott cottons were magnificent to use. They are so soft and yet thicker than most shot cottons I have used in the past, giving them good body and making them very easy to use for these layered flower applique shapes.

My flowers have been made using iron on fusible webbing. The beauty of the oakshott is that it doesn't matter which side you iron the webbing onto, it is a hand woven cotton not printed, so the shimmering colours are the same on both sides.

Each oakshott is made with two colours, one on the warp, one on the weft which is why these cottons sparkle and catch the eye. You should have seen the girls ooh and ahh over my little bundle when I took them to stitch night!

The background I have laid my flowers on is strips of various low colour fabrics, cut on a slightly crooked angle. The stripe and the gorgeous yellow Kaffe fabric in the pic below were too bright for the rest of the fabrics, so I turned them over and used the back of these fabrics on the front of the quilt. That worked well to tone them down to the other lighter fabrics.

Can you spot them in this pic?

I'm thinking of making up a little tute to show how I drew these flowers and adhered them to the quilt. Would anyone be interested in that?

A huge thank you to Michael from Oakshott for sending me these Ruby Red beauties, and to Lynne (Lily's Quilts) for the opportunity to get creative with them. Now I'm eyeing off a couple more bundles, especially the Tahiti and the Sunrise. If you would like more info about these beautiful Oakshott cottons, there is a lovely little video here that Julia has done, about the fabrics and how they came about. Now I'm going to have fun machine quilting around each of these flowers to raw edge applique the flowers in place.

Oh, and don't forget to leave a comment here to win my wordy, texty giveaway! It will close tomorrow evening. xo

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Book, A Border & A Bombastic Giveaway!

First the BOOK...looky what has arrived, Jen Kingwell's (Amitie Textiles) new booklet Green Tea and Sweet Beans. 

The bag underneath the book in the above pic is full of the wonderful block of the month patterns and fabrics for this very quilt. I was so thrilled to get this pattern when it was a bom a couple of years ago, and even more thrilled to now have the pattern all set out in this gorgeous booklet, including some colour photo's of quilt and blocks. 

Gorgeous fabrics from Green Tea and Sweet Beans bom.
Fabrics for starter kit will be a little different 
but handpicked by Jen so equally awesome!

I put my bom aside back then because I wasn't confident at hand sewing and I really wanted to do this quilt completely by hand. However now that I have the whole pattern together in this booklet, and with the encouragement from my new local stitch group (will have to tell you about them another time!), I'm ready to start! The bom hasn't been around for some time now, but you can get your copy of the Green Tea and Sweet Beans booklet here, and Jen is putting together a starter fabric kit, keep an eye out here for that! 

Now the BORDER. I can show a little, teeny sneak peak of my second quilt for a magazine. 

Some of you may recognise it, but I won't show anymore until the magazine is released. It will be in Homespun magazine, February 2013!! issue. Eeep!

And lastly... my BOMBASTIC Giveaway! Why bombastic? Cause to be poetic I needed a B in my title, and this giveaway consists of fabrics with words and text. Do you think I could think of any word beginning with B that has anything to do with words except Bombastic? Yes I know, you will all be able to think of a much better word (see if you can!) and you had better leave it in a comment. 

Bombastic: adjective
(of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated;pretentious. Flowery, verbose, too many words to express an idea!! 

Yes, it's sounding a little verbose around here already! To make a long story short, I want to giveaway some wordy, texty fabrics. 

 A couple of the gorgeous new Madrona Road texts, 2 out of print seed catalogue, 
a text fabric from spoonflower, beautiful blue Penelope, 
lovely labels from the dressmaking collection and tea cups also from Penelope. 

There are eight, 8inch x width of fabric pieces (over 1 1/2 metres), all with words or text except for one. Sit and have a cuppa while you read your fabric!! 

My giveaway is to specially thank my followers, I would have given up on blogging long ago if not for you! Let me know you are a follower I will give you two chances at winning. Leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner next Saturday 18th Aug (Australia time). xo
Giveaway now closed!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Little Quilts

I'm so excited to be a part of the third Down Under Doll Quilt Swap. I've made up a mosaic of lots of my flickr favourites, so my partner can get some idea of what I like...

doll swap mosaic by Cabbage Quilts

doll swap mosaic, a photo by Cabbage Quilts on Flickr. 
Follow the above doll swap mosaic link to see who has made all these divine creations, 
I have somehow stuffed up the link here, but I got it right over on flickr!!

...mmm do you get the idea I rather like a lot of colour? Colour and linens and text fabrics and liberty and hand quilting and machine quilting and epp and fpp and applique and, and, and.....does that help?!! Very soon you will be able to start seeing wonderful creations over on the DUDQS3 flickr page here. Already the mosaics over there are looking fabulous.

Another thing I adore is the very special little package my postie bought to me (don't we love our postie's?) all the way from Michael at Oakshott in the UK. 

I have always drooled over Oakshott cottons and now I know why, they are absolutely delectable! Look at the shimmer and shine in these beautiful ruby reds

Now I'm off to design up a little quilty something to showcase these gems of gorgeousness.