Tuesday, 31 January 2017


Finally the cat is out of the bag or should I say the monkey is out of the cage! . . . my big project that consumed hours of my time last year is finally out in the world! I am very proud to say I, along with my sewing bestie Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon have designed this years block of the month for Australian homespun magazine!

We had quite a clear directive from the magazine to design a kids quilt with an interactive zoo theme - from there Jemima and I brainstormed some ideas and not content with producing just a plain quilt we had the crazy idea to turn the thing into a play mat come toy bag thingy and why not make it a weird shape whilst we are at it! Thankfully it turned out brilliantly & I am pretty sure even a relative beginner will cope making it. We have incorporated an interactive element into each month so as well as perfecting your appliqué skills there will be some toy making too.

We designed the quilt as a quilt-as-you-go so hopefully by the end of the year you will a beautiful quilt ready for christmas. It was a great project from start to finish and I hope that lots of you get on board and make one for yourself. There are plenty of stores around the country that are running classes and a full list is in the february edition of the magazine.

Over the next ten months the instructions and patterns to make the quilt will be published in Homespun. Jemima and I will also be sharing some helpful tips, instructions and other surprises on our blogs so keep an eye out. 

Jemima kicks off month one with a tutorial on how to make the softie train so head over to her blog feb 1st at tiedwitharibbon.com

If you are on Instagram please keeps us up to date with your progress by hash tagging your picture #homespunzoobom 

happy stitching

Claire x