Thursday, April 26, 2018

Stamp Carving

I'm a little obsessed with stamp carving again. Now to stop carving and actually start printing on fabric. 





Monday, April 23, 2018

Another Jalie 2679

Not much more to say about Jalie 2679 that I haven't already said. I've made another two, one for Milly and one for Grace, and they have been worn a lot. I used soft shell from Spotlight. This feels completely different to the stuff I used for Eva. This is more like a knit on the outside, so I don't think it will be as water resistant, but it's still nice and warm on the inside. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Foundation Piecing

My obsession with foundation paper piecing continues. 
This is a little carrot I made with some Heather Ross Kinder fabric. I love Electric Quilt for drawing out my paper piecing ideas. I upgraded to EQ8 as soon as it came out last year and I am so glad I did. The new version make much more sense to me and I find it quick and easy draw up my ideas, print them out and sew them up. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it. I'll just add to my wall of odd paper pieced blocks and a plan will come to me eventually.
I've also been playing around with the Sunrise Block that's in my book Scrappy and Happy Quilts. I love it in scrappy blues, but I'd like to try it in solids next with a grey background. 

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kaleidoscope of Stars

The Kaleidoscope of Stars quilt is now available as a PDF!
This is a fantastic weekend project. You just need a layer cake (or a stack of 10" squares) and some background fabric. Choose from two sizes -  large,  60” x 60” (152cm x 152cm) or small, 36" x 48" (91cm x 122cm).
Available on Craftsy and Etsy.




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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Jalie 2679

 I made a few Jalie 2679 jackets for the girls 2 years ago. They are still going strong, but are getting a little small. When all fabric was 40% off in Spotlight a few weeks ago I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try it out and make some new jackets.
I'm pleasantly surprised by it. The outside feels like the good jackets you buy at Kathmandu or Mountain Designs. The inside of the fabric is fleecy (and bright red) and I think they will be quite warm.
Eva is very happy with hers. Now onto the next three.



Monday, March 19, 2018

Sewing Storage

I'm always looking for new ways to display quilts and store notions. I love this super wide old clothes airer that can fit three large quilts. The top one is from Strip Savvy and the middle and bottom ones are from Striking Strip Quilts. 
A beautiful vintage Arabia of Finland salt pig I found on eBay is perfect to store Aurifil thread.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Laramie Shirt

I'm slowly going through the girls' wardrobes and seeing what they need for winter. Eva requested a button up shirt and I went with the Laramie Shirt by Hey June patterns. This is a great pattern with a good size range (6-16). I made the 12, which is slightly too big, but it will last a couple winters. I made the classic button up shirt version and used some rayon from Cotton and Steel. 
I enjoyed sewing it and Eva loves it so that is a definite win!



Friday, February 23, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Charlie Caftan

My clothes sewing mojo seems to have been missing for quite a few months. I've made a couple of things, but it seemed like a chore, not an enjoyable hobby. But yesterday I made a Charlie Caftan and really enjoyed the process. I think my clothes sewing mojo might be coming back!
I used a linen blend from Spotlight, that I bought on special, so I wasn't too worried about messing the whole thing up. I sewed the size I measured, but the top is a little large, if I make another one I'll size the top down. I also didn't think too much about the sleeves and just made the big ones, which means they are huge, and a little odd, as the fabric does not drape. I'd definitely make the smaller ones next time. Other than that it went together quickly and easily (the sew along was very helpful with the inset centre panel). I love it, perfect for the warm weather we get in February and March. Now to decide what to sew next. 






Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Bright Bunch

A Bright Bunch is in Homespun this month. This was such a fun quilt to make, I used my favourite bright solids  and a white background to make the colours pop! Find a copy on your newsagent now (or digital copies are on zinio).

In other news I cleaned a corner of my sewing room and found the perfect second hand chair for it!

Friday, February 09, 2018

Plums, Plums and More Plums

The plum harvest has been fantastic this year! There's also been a few blackberries we saved as we tried to cut out as much of them as we can (crazy weed around here).
I've made the Plum Cake from the book Twelve by Tessa Kiros. It is delicious with or without cream or ice-cream.
We've eaten so many crumbles. I even  made fruit leather this week. 2/4 kids love it. Which is pretty good for our house.
Last week there was a very rustic plum tart. Not sure I used the best pastry recipe, but you can't go wrong with plums and brown sugar.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Giant Applique Cushion

As I was cleaning up the sewing room a few weeks ago I came across this piece of appliqué I did last year. I didn't really have a plan when I started it, I just wanted to have a go. I cut random shapes and pinned them on randomly so I could practise my appliqué skills. 
On the weekend I found a big cushion insert and thought the appliqué would make a great cover. Perfect for my favourite spot on the verandah!



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Quilts for Sale

I've just added Circles of Stars to my shop. I'm running out of quilt storage room so I'll slowly be adding more quilts over the next month. 






Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sewing for Tweens

Amelia and Grace are in that stage where they are too big for most children's sewing patterns (or they are completely not their style) and being a little too small for adult patterns, but we have found a couple of patterns that they love. 
Grace is not big on dresses or skirts so I don't make lots of her clothes at the moment, but she did say yes to the Ogden Cami and she has worn it several times! Win! I made the smallest size and it is perfect. The only alteration I made was to make the front rounded and higher. 
Milly wanted an off the shoulder dress. I went with the Daphne dress from made by Mermaids. I think I made the biggest size and measured the elastic on her to get the best fit. She loves it. I used rayon from Spotlight (I used it for the Cami too) so is is cool in the hot weather and it has a nice drape.
I recommend both patterns and the girls have already picked out more rayon for another Ogden Cami each.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Palmyre Shawl

It probably won't get worn for six months, but it is finished!
Madlinetosh Pashmina is so nice to knit and perfect to be worn next to the skin.
I really enjoyed knitting this. Lots of stocking stitch at the start, which is perfect for tv watching, and then some interesting lace. 


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Jagged Quilt

I have a free pattern for you to try!
I've been slowly working on an easy foundation pieced quilt. I drew it up in Electric Quilt a few weeks ago and then searched through my stash for scraps.
Each block can be made quite quickly so when I have a spare 15 minutes I make a block.
If you have ever wanted to try foundation paper piecing, but have though it looks a bit tricky, a pattern like this is a great way to start. I've added the template to Craftsy so all you need to do is print it out, grab some scraps and get sewing!

 I chose a palette of pinky/red and grey, but this pattern will work with any combination. Each block in mine is 5" x 10" which only just fits on an A4 page, so I sized it down slightly to 4 1/2" x 9" so each block can print comfortably on a page. Of course you can scale it to any size you want.
I'd love to see what you make with my pattern. Use the tag #jaggedquilt on Instagram. You can find me on there as katehendersonquilts.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

My Books Are Here!

A couple of my favourites from the book.
Shimmer - you can't go wrong with yellow and grey.
Sunrise - I loved making this, I'm slightly obsessed with foundation piecing at the moment.