Monday, 14 July 2014

BirdSong - new pattern

This has been many months in the making . . . many months!

It has been an idea in my head for over a year & then it lived in design form on my computer for a few more months until I took possession of my brother Scan & Cut machine. If you haven't seen one they are amaaaazing! Of all the processes in putting together an applique quilt the tracing & cutting is my least favourite. 

The designing, playing with colour and stitching I love but tracing & cutting is t-e-d-i-o-u-s!

Thats where the fancy new machine comes in. It genius, you scan the pattern, pop in the fabric & hey presto a tiny little blade cuts it all out for you. If you are familiar with a Cricut cutter for scrap booking then you know what I mean.

Anyway, it has taken me ages but this is my first pattern written especially for the Scan & cut machine as well as a traditional applique pattern.

It is a lot of pages! (but thats because it is thorough!)

It has been a labour of love. Julia Punlar of Beachside quilting in Kalaroo did an amazing job of the quilting - I'm quite specific with what I want & she did me lots of little samples until we got it right.

The pattern in now available in my Etsy shop in both the traditional applique pattern or as a Scan and Cut pattern. If you give it a go, have fun with it

x Happy stitching!

Saturday, 12 July 2014


I was asked way back months and months ago if I could turn my Cushion Keeper pattern into something suitable for Homespun magazines Christmas in July edition . . . this is where it took me!

A super cute sleigh cushion & a little elf softie that tucks into the pocket. It is such an honour to be included in such a fantastic magazine & I hope that there are busy sewing machines across Australia making this gem ready for Christmas.

I will be putting together patterns & kits later in the year, in the meantime the magazine is available online & at all good news agencies

happy stitching

x Claire