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Do Your Block September – Laura

Posted by on Monday, September 29, 2014 in Blog, Do your block - Quilt Inspirations | 0 comments

Hi there, I must have been living in a bubble lately, I had no idea that September was nearly over… whoops, where did that go. Is it just me or is this year travelling way too fast?

So, I will put my train of thought on hold to bring to you my September Do Your Block Challenge, the Drunkards Path block. Have to say I am loving the way these designs are working out, I am so excited to share them with you.

I am enjoying working out how to use EQ7, I wish I had more time to play with it, I also wish I had the time to physically create some of the patterns I have designed. Wishful thinking…

Anyway, the first I have designed is a little camouflage design, I think if you changed the colours that could create a totally different design, blues would create an under the sea feel, I need to play around with this one a little more before I am completely happy with it, but I think it might be worth pursuing. What do you think?

DYB Sept 1

The second and final for this month is a little more traditional but I still like it, Probably a little too fiddly for me to bother making it but I had some fun designing it, what do you think?

DYB Sept 2

For another week

Happy Sewing!

Do your Block September – Kelly

Posted by on Friday, September 26, 2014 in Blog, Do your block - Quilt Inspirations, Featured | 0 comments

Hello, time to create without using the sewing machine. I know you are properly sick of listening to us all rave about EQ7 but please be assured sadly we are not paid by EQ7 at all. I just wanted to drop a tip if you do go and purchase to play like we do. If you ever need something just ask they are really responsive to any request. I have asked several questions and only once I have gotten a rather terse response but I did get a response that fixed my problem. giggle

I have also if needed visited the forum and I’m happy to say that people have usually asked the same question so all answers are available you just need to look. I bet you all want to know what I asked now. lol

When you purchase EQ7 you get to registrations for 2 computers. I have sadly had a laptop screen smashed so I could not deregister that computer to put it on another, so I sent an email and presto fixed just remember to send your registration number so they can find you and deregister from their end (important). The 2nd time I contacted regarding the templates for my patterns whether I could edit and write on the template. Unfortunately this is not possible I did fix that myself though, I found a free a PDF editor it worked a treat.

Sorry for bla bla blaring I thought i’d share my experience.

Back to this months Do your block challenge.

Gill has chosen the drunkards path this month which is actually one of my favourites blocks. I love sewing it and It does amaze me when I sew the templates together and they work out perfectly.  I have had abit of a play with some drunkard paths so check these out.


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I’m calling these fancy Tulips.









This reminds me of pinches I don’t know why. Its sort of like trajectory isn’t it.

This is my play for this month! Until next week happy sewing.


Aussie Handmade Birthday Club swap and the Teeny Weeny swap

Posted by on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

It’s September school holidays here and everything has gone crazy – the kids, our new adopted cat and ME!  So crazy that I’ve sewn, printed, dyed and designed absolutely nothing!  ZIP!

I have however been involved in a Aussie Handmade Birthday Swap so I thought I’d share a few of the awesome gifts that I have received as part of the swap.  I was the first birthday recipient in the swap too which made it even more fab lol!

Aussie handmade birthday club button

Cute crocheted baskets by Lana @lana_sunhaze

Super cute crocheted baskets by Lana @lana_sunhaze

Gorgeous wallet and bag from Tara @sewsforshoes

Gorgeous wallet and bag from Tara @sewsforshoes

Fabulous 241 tote and open wide pouch by Anna @spanzy

Fabulous 241 tote and open wide pouch by Anna @spanzy

Super gorgeous wool felt applique and embroidered cushion by Alison @alisonwhite31

Super gorgeous wool felt applique and embroidered cushion by Alison @alisonwhite31

Amazing New York Beauty mini by Sue @curlyquesue

Amazing New York Beauty mini by Sue @curlyquesue

Now it’s time for me to get stuck into some gifts for the rest of the swap participants!

All three of us are also participating in our first guild swap.  The Brisbane MQG is joining with the Greater Western Sydney MQG as part of a Teeny Weeny Swap with the Vancouver MQG.


The ‘teeny weeny’ idea refers to the size of the pieces in the piecing and not necessarily the size of the finished item.  Think ‘Zakka’ and you get the idea.  It’s a secret swap and I can’t wait to get started making something for my swap partner.  If you would like to read a bit more about the swap and see the Inspiration board check out this post on the vancouver MQG’s website.

Well that’s it for me today.  Now it’s time to go get my Sewjo on!

Sewing With Kids – Part 2

Posted by on Monday, September 22, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Tutorials | 0 comments

It is the start of the spring School holidays here in Australia, and what better timing to discuss the topic of Sewing with Kids, in my previous post I voiced my opinions on the timing of starting your children sewing, so today I thought I would elaborate and share some ideas on great projects to sew with your kids or to help get them started on the sewing/quilting journey.

Firstly for toddlers/preschoolers, they may not be up to sewing by themselves yet but they can certainly play a part in the process. Making dolls clothes and bedding is a good way to start them, perhaps they could choose the fabric and sit on your lap while you do a little sewing (lets face it, they will be bored within a few minutes anyway).

Clothing for their toys is another option, little girls love to dress their dolls in new clothes.

Drawstring bags are also extremely handy to store toys in, as we all know, kids accumulate a lot of crap and it is best stored out of sight. Drawstring bags make tidying up easier too. Here are a few links that I found that might work for my kids and yours.

Images courtesy of, &

Images courtesy of, &

The doll in the above photo is an American Girl doll and the pattern and tutorial is available from Skip to my Lou, the pattern is so simple that it would be easy to modify for a smaller doll if required. You could also make a larger one for your little girl so she can match her favourite doll… If you are into that.

The bedding in the picture looks cozy enough to jump into, if only I were a little more miniature… It is a pattern and tutorial by, although it would be easy enough to throw something together yourself without a pattern.

The cute little drawstring bag is an awesome little tutorial for a 15 minute drawstring bag by, it is a really good tutorial and a really cute and easy bag. Toddlers could choose the motif on the front, why not use a store bought iron on motif, or applique your child’s name on the front for a great kindy bag.

For school aged children (Primary School here in Australia up to age 12), they may actually be capable of doing some cutting and some sewing together. Why not get them started on some hand sewing. Hexies are so popular at the moment, why not let your child choose their own fabric, grab some 2.5″ strips and some hexie papers, show them how and they will be off and running. They may need a little assistance sewing them together and a little guidance along the way but hexies are fun to make and addictive too, especially if you are using bright colours that your child has chosen themselves. why not make the hexies into a cushion for their bed.

Bags are always a good option for children of all ages, a drawstring bag like above could also be good for this age group with them doing more/all of the sewing themselves. There are so many options and tutorials out there for basic bags that are suitable to make with children of this age group. Even a little pouch that could be handy to store some pocket money or small items.

Even at this age (6-12) depending on their interest and ability (and your patience) a child could choose fabric for their very own quilt, start with some charm squares, these are packs of 5″ squares precut for convenience, your son/daughter could rearrange their charm packs to their liking and help pin and sew them, in a few hours you have a quilt top for a single bed. Mum may have to do the quilting part, but your son/daughter could hand stitch the binding. What an achievement that would be for them.

Images courtesy of,,,

Images courtesy of,,,

The image above of the charm square quilt is from Millies Quilting, which is based on a Moda Bakeshop Tutorial called’ Baby Lattice Quilt’ by Amy Smart. Admittedly this tutorial is a bit more advanced, but a 10 or 12 year old with some experience and a little help may be able to do this one, otherwise just simply sewing the squares together works too.

The reversible tote bag in the top right, I have had my eye on these for a while, they are both from Skip to my Lou, the Tote is called a ‘Simple Reversible Tote Bag’ and the little Pouch is called ‘Pleated Pouch’, they have tutorials available for both and I think they work really well as a set, Perhaps they could make great mothers day or end of year teacher gifts.

The Hexie pillow on the Right hand side is by Elizabeth Hartmann, you can find her at Ohfransson, I just love the flowers, it reminds me of my grandmothers house, in her bathroom, the floor was tiled with hexagon tiles and as children we used to look for the tiles that made a flower. The other cushion, could be quite popular with children of that age group, there is a bit of a ‘thing’ happening at the moment with rainbows, both in the quilting world and for kids. I think the popularity of ‘The Lego Movie’ and shows like ‘Adventure Time’ are bringing rainbows back, come on, what 8, 10 or 12 year old wouldn’t want a rainbow hexie pillow on their bed! This pic is from Cut to Pieces and she has a really ‘awesome’ tutorial on there too, with lots of pictures, which is a great way for kids and adults to follow along.

Well that about wraps up what I had in mind for the younger ages, stay tuned for another update in the next few weeks where I will share some more ideas on sewing with Kids and my thoughts on keeping sewing your sanctuary even when your children become interested.

Until next week

Happy Sewing!

Adventures in Fabric Dyeing – Part 1

Posted by on Friday, September 19, 2014 in Blog, Fabric design | 0 comments

Well ever since our Indigo workshop with Cath from Prints Charming I’ve been itching to explore these fabric dyeing/shibori techniques a lot more.  I haven’t gotten around to actually buying the proper Indigo dye yet so I thought I’d give regular dye a go and see how it went.  I purchased some Cotton Lawn in 4 different shades and pack of Dylon hand dye inI found a few supplies at home to use – some square tiles, a few pieces of ply, some clothesline and cotton twine.  I did a few quick and easy folding, tying and clamping methods as I didn’t want to spend a great deal of time on it in case it didn’t work out.

Lawn ready to dye

I found a few bits and pieces at home to use for the dyeing technique – some tiles, a few pieces of wood, clothesline and some cotton twine.  A few quick and easy folding and clamping techniques as I wasn’t sure how well it was going to work and didn’t want to spend a heap of time if it didn’t turn out.

Fabric folded and ready to dye


Now comes the dyeing part.  You need your fabric to be wet before going in to the dye so it’s a good idea to soak it for a while first.  I started following the instructions to make up the dye and it said to add 250g or 5 tablespoons of salt.  Now correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure 250g doesn’t equal 5 tbspn.  Someone has made a big boo boo on proofreading the instructions!

So after 1 hour of impatient waiting these are the results.  This is the blue fabric with the wood pieces and tiny clamps.  Love how it turned out.

Blue shibori fabric

The white fabric with the square tiles and clothesline.

White shibori fabric

The yellow fabric that was tied with the cotton twine.


And finally the mushroom coloured fabric tied with clothesline.

Shibori fabric

I am very impressed with how all the pieces turned out (if I do say so myself)!  And now I know that regular fabric dye works so well I’m going to try some different colours and some of the more time consuming tying methods.  Watch this space.

Giveaway of a Make Modern Magazine

Posted by on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in Blog, Featured | 5 comments

Welcome Quilty friends as I said last week I’m taking over Gills day today to Blog about the make Modern Digital Mag.

Make Modern Issue One

I am so glad to finally be able to talk all about my wonderful quilt Frozen Blooms (I may be biased) it has been published in Make Modern Magazine a new trending modern quilting digital magazine created by Aussies for the entire world, please have a little look or preview here via issuu to check out whats hot in the quilting scene and if it tickles your fancy click over to this page to subscribe up for this and future issues…. I still look at my creation and love it to bits.

It is 70″ x 70″ perfect for snuggling while in front of the telly.


For me this quilt is just breathtaking I LOVE it and its mine this is one of the quilts that is actually in my house and I use in my lounge. I keep so few they really are a treasure when you get to keep one and use it so frequently. The fabric is just delicious from @iheartlinen (Rahida Coleman-Hale of Cotton and Steel).

I wanted to share a little about this quilt, the base block is a flowering snowball hence the name (Frozen Blooms) just my play with cold and flowers. lol  If you google flowering snowball block you will come up with some really lovely quilts and different looks of the block please have a look because they are so different to my quilt. When I started to design this quilt I really wanted it to be my first modern quilt, so I started altering the templates and this is what I came up with. It is 3 different blocks and lots of space.

If you want to make one for your self, if you are a frozen bloom typer person, get the mag I know so many people have already  subscribed and had so much positive feedback.

Because I hadn’t made frozen blooms enough in all different sizes lol <sarcasm> I thought I would share my cutie 12″ mini. It has found a home at work and makes me smile and gets me through my pay for fabric days.


Now back to the Mag. You can see I’m pretty proud of my Design. Its not just all about me though there really is so much available in the mag and there are a few projects that I would love to make.

Such as the wonderful placemats by Cat and Vee arrhhh hello you look lovely today ladies I may be a little bias here also because we @ secret sewing society Loooove the talented Cat and Vee duo they did our awesome logo and, we quilt together at the Brisbane quilt guild.

Then I am loving the 3D pinwheel pattern by Serena Edwards from Sewgiving and will try that when I need to do my next baby quilt. I think its brilliant. The other project I would love to try are Mollies Pillows, I really am all about functional items and making items to use and I know with christmas coming, my family would love some cushions in my favourite fabrics. Well the orange peel V and Co hand quilted by Anorina Morris of Sameliasmum.. Fantastic She had me at V&Co… lol massive Vanessa Fan.

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Make Modern Issue 1 Projects




I really could go on and on about these projects. You know what else is really awesome I have started to follow a few more local quilters. How clever are they?

Now just a tip but even if you don’t buy the mag check out the preview link above because we are pretty cluey quilters and there is a favourite quilt tools page free for everyone to see. I went through and mentally ticked all our fav tools Fantastic tips from the fellow contributors.

I want to implore you to visit and check out the other contributors :

1st   September                  Make Modern 
3rd   September                 Kristy @ Quiet Play
5th   September                 Where Jane Creates
7th   September                 Gina @ Party of Eight: Our Story
9th   September                 Molli Sparkles
11th September                 Juliet @ The Tartan Kiwi
13th September                 cat&vee
15th September                 Ruth @ Ben and Charly’s corner
17th September                 Kelly @ Secret Sewing Society
19th September                 Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
21st September                 Serena @ Sew Giving
23rd September                 Melissa @ Ms Midge
25th September                 Anne @ Hudson Valley Quilts

I’m so proud to be apart of the beginning of Make Modern Magazine and can’t wait to see what Kristy, Jane and Lara create and produce by the looks of the first edition its just the beginning, I’m excited.

Everyone who have subscribed don’t forget to enter the comps!

From us here at S.S.S we really want to celebrate being apart of the first addition by giving away the first issue. We love fast competitions so we will be drawing the random winner and the lucky winner will be notified FRIDAY NIGHT 19th Sept at QLD Time.

We will have this comp open via instagram as a regram and also via comments on the blog so we hope you will join in. It is as easy as leaving a comment explaining why you would love to win. YES you can do both to double your chances.

Until next week.




The competition is now closed and the winner is



Woohoo Fee! I will be in contact !! Congrats

Kelly, Laura and Gillian x