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Giveaway of a Make Modern Magazine

Posted by on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in Blog, Featured | 4 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.


Prints charming Indigo dye workshop

Posted by on Friday, September 12, 2014 in Blog, Fabric design, Featured | 1 comment

Hello Hello Hello

Oh my gosh, I just can not stop grinning remembering my past weekend. About a year and a half or two years ago, I saw on Facebook that Prints Charming did screen print workshops. It filled so quickly and all I could do was watch because news flash I don’t live in Sydney.

When I was alerted to the possibility of a Prints Charming (thanks Gill) screen printing workshop in Brisbane I jumped and I could not sign up quick enough. This was mid July and it felt like an age away. The weekend has finally come and now sadly gone. I had no idea what an Indigo workshop was but I went with it Gill seemed keen and well I love creating and sucking up knowledge everywhere. From the outset It really looks like dyeing stuff blue. Generally this is it, if you want to learn more on origins etc check this wiki page.

I have been so blessed to meet Cath the awesome fabric designer behind Prints Charming does everyone know who I’m talking about??


Ok so this is my fav fabric if you haven’t noticed this in spotlight where have you been????


I just googled ‘my fav’ and check this link it my old blog  o yes this is how long I have been a fan of this pretty fabric. The fabric I am talking about is the binding in that pic.

I have to say I was slightly neglectful with my researching for this workshop. I happily skipped along to the indigo workshop not very informed. I was seriously scouting my studio for some white fabric the morning of the workshop. I found some white drill I had stashed and I used some blender fabric from Carrie Bloomstons new paint range. Just a heads up you don’t necessarily need to have white I would have loved to have used some of the pastel homespun I have buried. I’m not too concerned though with the skills I have learnt this weekend that fabric will go to good use.  It would have been a whole lot of fun to try with some coloured pieces.

So this is how it went for one of my pieces.

I concertina’d some fabric length ways and then concertina’d it again.




There were a lot of options and examples of how you could manipulate a look you liked but we were to keep in mind that when the dye does its thing you don’t really know how it will turn out. I clamped with some wood and added some baby clamps.


Sunk it in the specially prepared Indigo Dye Bucket for 15 minutes.


This is not what it looked like directly from the bucket it was more a green sludgy colour, this is the colour it turns after it has oxidised (i think that is the right term)

Then I unclamped and took my baby clamps off, and hung it on the line to fully oxidise.


Here is the dried and rinsed fabric. (sorry early morning pic)


Now I walked through DJs the other day and saw this. Of course I thought of Gill and our weekend.


I would totally wear this!

Has anyone got any crafts on your to do list? I’ve learnt so many and I really have learnt and explored a lot on my own. But boy last weekend, meeting Cath and some other Brisbane craftaholics. I had so much fun getting out and actually doing a workshop. I now follow a few more Instagramers that I have met in the flesh. Arrhh so much fun.

I have plans for my fabric I will update when I get something made!

I will Blog my screen printing Exploits later this month.

Next week on Wednesday we are part of the Make Modern Blog along so Gill and I are swapping days. I will see you then. (tune in there will be a giveaway)!!

Kel X

<Still Grinning>

Prints Charming Workshops

Posted by on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Blog, Fabric design, Featured | 2 comments

Hello again!  Well I have to say, last weekend was one fantastic weekend!  Kelly and I took part in two awesome workshops held in Brisbane by Cath of Prints Charming fame.  If you venture in to Spotlight her fabrics are probably the most awesome ones there.

On Saturday we learnt how to dye fabric using Indigo dye and Shibori techniques.  I have to say I had no idea what this class was actually about before I got there but I’m always up for learning something new and it was so amazing.  I had no idea you could fold fabric in different ways or wrap things in fabric, stick it in a big stinky (OMG you have no idea how smelly it was!  Think swamp mixed with rotten eggs) vat of dye and then end up with such stunning fabric!

Indigo fabric

Indigo fabric

These are mine.  They had just been rinsed and are drying on the line.  I love the one in the bottom photo on the right.  It brings to mind a geometric kind of feathery arrow print.  The other one on the bottom reminds me of shark teeth lol.  The circle one in the top photo really looks tie-dye-ish so I’m not the hugest fan of that piece.

Now I did neglect to take photos of pretty much everything while I was at the workshops.  Too engrossed in what I was doing, so I really hope Kell got some.

Sunday was screen printing.  Yay!  As you know I’m really in to the fabric design thing so this whole weekend was right up my alley.  I’ve wanted to learn proper screen printing methods for a long time and we got to learn from a master.  Can’t ask for better than that.

screen printed fabric

Mine is on the left.  Turned into a kind of space design lol and not quite what I intended but it was an ok first try.  I had planned a more geometric pattern but decided to go with this one as the other one would have taken an age to cut out.  Hopefully now I have supplies I can give it a go at home.  Kell’s is on the right and I love it!  Such a brilliant geometric print.  photo (5)

There was some fabulous printing happening.

I had a quick go this morning before writing up this post with some linen and red fluoro ink.  Gotta love fluoro.


 This pattern above was actually something my daughter Lily drew when I was planning my own design for the class.  I thought it looked pretty cool so I thought I’d cut it out and print it.

screen print

screen printAnd this is another quick one I did just with a stencil.

IMG_4249.jpg 1I think I’ totally hooked with these new forms of fabric design I have learned and I can’t wait to try them out a lot more.


 See you next week.

What’s Hot!

Posted by on Monday, September 8, 2014 in Blog, What's Hot | 2 comments

Hi everyone, Wow! Life is crazy busy at the moment. In Australia we had Father’s Day yesterday so I have been buzzing around trying to get myself and the kids ready to shower my hubby with love yesterday. It was so busy trying to be a good wife and mum that I nearly forgot to call my own Dad. Last minute save… sorry Dad!

Anyway, things have been so busy that I felt the need to pull out of the Prints Charming screen printing workshop that was held in Brisbane over the weekend. Kelly and Gill went so I can see what happened along with you guys. From what I have seen they made some awesome stuff and had a great time. Bummed that I missed it but hopefully they will run another one up here sometime and I can do it then…

So this week, considering they will be posting juicy pics of all the fun stuff they did over the weekend, I will post some juicy pics of things that are HOT in my world of quilting. Just a reminder, this blog is in no way sponsored by any of the products advertised here. (although sponsorship of any kind would be welcome) These are my personal opinions.

Firstly, I want to discuss the latest obsession/craze over upsizing objects. Recently on the cover of ‘Love Patchwork and Quilting’ there was a pic of an oversized peg, paper clip and pencil sharpener. I love them, I want some. Don’t you. I don’t know how they translate to quilting, apart from keeping our quilting space more organised and fun.

Images of Love Patchwork and Quilting

Images of Love Patchwork and Quilting

The second What’s hot item is obviously going to be things in Miniature. I was in KMart last week and my two girls were obsessed with these miniature shopping trolleys (my 2 year old proceeded to drive this tiny trolley to the checkout on her hands and knees), it got me thinking about recent trends in quilting to miniaturise everything. Camille Roskelley has created mini patterns for all of the quilts in her pattern range. Up until recently, I haven’t really had too much time for the mini phenomenon, but now my mind is changing. There are lots of things you can do with a mini, make it into a table runner, mug rug, journal cover, bag, purse, the possibilities are endless and I suppose the beauty of them is you only have to make a couple of blocks to have an item. Instead of having to make 24, 36 blocks for an entire quilt, you have a fun little project , that can also be practical in an afternoon. Sarah Fielke’s new book ‘Little Quilts’ looks like it has lots of inspiration, I might even have to get myself a copy as I have just signed up for an Itty Bitty Swap. (more on that later)

Images Courtesy of and

Images Courtesy of and

Thirdly, What’s Hot is the yet to be released line from V and Co, it is called Colour Theory (actually Color Theory for US) and I think it is awesome. I know Kelly is a huge fan of V and Co. I just love the versatility of the prints, I think I would use this line in so many different projects. I have already said on the blog that I’m not necessarily a huge fan of matchy matchy quilts that only use one line of fabric. I generally purchase fabrics that have a lot of versatility like geometric prints, not so many flowers, non-directional prints and gender neutral colours. Pretty sure this one ticks most of those boxed! Would love to hear your thoughts…

Colour Theory By V and Co

Colour Theory By V and Co

Fourth on the list of What’s Hot is Wonderfil Thread, I bought some at Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair last year, I was looking for Aurifil and none of the stallholders stocked it, The only stall that had quilting cottons (bizarre, I know at a quilting fair that there was only one stand selling quilting thread) was Wonderfil. The other displays with longarm quilting machines were using it there. I decided to get a couple of spools to try. It took me a few months to get to it but wow, it was so lovely, my machine was so smooth, I had no tension issues or bunching dramas with it. Then when I ran out and switched back to a Gutermann thread, nothing but issues. I have tried Aurifil and have liked that too, but previous to the fair I had never heard of this brand and I was beyond surprised at the performance. I will be stocking up when I go to the fair again this year and I would not hesitate in recommending it to others.

Wonderfil Thread. Images courtesy of

Wonderfil Thread. Images courtesy of

Last on the list for this What’s Hot post is sampler quilts, I have recently seen a resurgence of them on instagram. I love the idea of long term projects mixed in with short term ones, especially if they involve some hand quilting. I am hoping that my Steam Punk Quilt that I am planning for next year will provide me with the ‘Longterm project’ that I am craving. Tula Pink’s Book ‘100 Modern Quilt Blocks’ or ‘Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt’ by Laurie Aaron Hird are popular starting points for a sampler quilt if you are keen. This quilt I saw on instagram was based on the Tula Pink book, but I have seen versions of the more traditional ‘Farmer’s Wife’ Blocks done in more contemporary fabrics which also look great.

Images courtesy of, and @crinklelove on Instagram

Images courtesy of, and @crinklelove on Instagram

Hopefully these have given you something to think about while you wait for the exciting results of the indigo and screen printing workshops from Gill and Kelly later this week.

Hopefully you too can find some time for…

Happy Sewing!

Do Your Block – September – Gillian

Posted by on Friday, September 5, 2014 in Blog, Do your block - Quilt Inspirations, Featured | 0 comments

Hello peeps.  Thanks for stopping by.  It’s time again for the Do Your Block challenge for this month of September.  It was my turn to choose the block this time around and I decided on the Drunkard’s Path and it’s variations.  I’m not a huge fan of this block so I thought it would be more of a challenge to see if I could use this block to design something I actually like.  I played around with my own variation of the block and it ended up with kind of a cross between the Drunkard’s Path and the Wheel Block.

Drunkard's Path Quilt Variation 1

I love the look of the first one above.  I varied the size of the pie wedges (I’m sure there’s a more technical term but I don’t know it! ) and the colours in each wedge and tried a relatively abstract layout with a few melon blocks thrown in.

Drunkard's Path Quilt Variation 2

The one above is almost the same design but I changed up the block and made it a rectangle instead of the usual square.

Drunkard's Path Quilt Variation 4

I have noticed in most of the Do Your Block challenges, my go to colour palette lately is usually varying shades of blue and I guess I am more of a modern traditional with regards to my designs as I mostly prefer an orderly layout of blocks.  I do break out of the mould on occasion and go a bit less structured and more modern but tend to come back to this kind of design layout as you can see above.

Drunkard's Path Quilt Variation 3

One of the best features of EQ7  woud have to be the Asymmetry tool.  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but I love how it can completely change the look of your design with a click of the mouse using this tool.  The design above is the previous design but changed up using this tool.

Drunkard's Path Quilt Variation 5

This last one gives me the impression of  a bicycle wheel and hub caps and I would say this one and the first one are the designs I like best.

I can’t wait to see what Laura and Kelly come up with for this month’s challenge!  How about you?  What would you do to make this block your own?  We would love to see what you come up with.  Tag us on Instagram @secretsewingsociety or ask to join our Do Your Block Pinterest board and upload your designs.


Baby Quilt re-cap

Posted by on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Hello again quilters.  I wanted to share my now finished Baby Quilt it was gifted to the lovely Nicole my work colleague who I am very jealous of she has now gone on maternity leave and is very soon going to have a baby Girl. (I hope) lol.

I STILL LOVE baby quilts I don’t think it will change ever.  Here are some process pics of my baby girl quilt.

Fun Facts

This Block is named “Vintage” is from the book Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley

4 Blocks make a perfect Baby sized multi purpose quilt.


Untitled design-6

The flower fabric is from Riley Blake Designs (RBD) Unforgettable range, the pink is a RBD Blender from the Shades range in cotton candy and the Teal is a blender in the Paint range by Carrie Bloomston

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I ummed and arred over how to quilt this.

I didn’t even think to free motion quilt it.

I am going through a walking foot quilting phase as I am sure you may be able to tell.

This is simply, gentle curves on the diagonal I have quilted 4 lines in each row and then one over the seam.

I personally, really like the look of densely quilted quilt but for a baby I thought a gentle loose flowing quilt would suit best.

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This is the best pic to see the quilting I wasn’t quite finished my hand binding.


All done! Happiness at a finished handmade gift

Tummy Time or multi purpose baby quilt I also made in matching fabrics

Noodle heads Divided Basket (paid pattern) and Nappy Pouch (free tutorial) I also popped in some nappies and travel wipes and my fav Baby bum accessory Lucas’ Papaw Ointment.

Anyway very happy with the end result.

Catch up next week!


P.S.  Gill and I swapped our post day’s this week.  Back to our usual days next week :)