Woven Star Pattern

I love free patterns, and I wanted to share a great pattern I was referred to whilst peeking at Mel’s Instagram – hers is a lovely one if you need some inspiration :)

It’s the woven star pattern, and it can be used to create a great mini quilt, or cushion top. .. I think I’ll use it to make a cushion top.

Click this link to download the free pattern

I hope you enjoy it, and I’d love to see your creations if you make some with it.

Erin xx

 

 

 

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Supersized Block Quilt

I saw this amazing quilt on Pinterest from Sew Katie Did, and fell in love with it immediately. You an see the full post here.

Sew Katie Did – Supersized Block Quilt

I love its clean lines, geometric shape, and the quilt colours.

After seeing it, I was inspired to try my own. I pulled fabric for this quilt in a matter of minutes – it came together so easily and I couldn’t wait to get started when I had prepped all my fabric.

Here’s what my quilt top looks like;

Supersize Quilt Block

Supersize Quilt Block

I love the pink and the geometric pattern in the middle especially.


I’m up to quilting the back, but I REALLY need your help, so I hope you’ve made it this far reading!

I’ve run 4 colours from the quilt top on the back horizontally. I’m about half way through quilting, and I’ve just seen that the back is starting to pull, causing the horizontal lines to go crooked, which isn’t a great look.

Crooked Lines from Quilting

Crooked Lines from Quilting

I don’t know why this is happening .. It’s never happened to me before! I didn’t make any changes to the tension, only the speed control. I’m using a walking foot, and sped up the sewing speed for these few lines. That’s the ONLY thing I can think of that has changed.

I’m going a little crazy. I love this quilt, and had planned to sell it, but I’m feeling so deflated about it. I need to spend another night with my seam ripper to take out the 6 lines of quilting, in order to pull the colours back in line.

I’d love your advice on what I’ve done wrong here .. I’m going stir crazy! :(

Easy Apron Pattern for Kids ( or Adults!)

My most recent commission was for a kid’s apron – a personalised one for a special boy who is turning 7 soon.

His name is Mikhail and he is a huge fan of an Australian reality TV show called, ‘My Kitchen Rules.’ It’s a cooking show with various teams, all of whom cook at their houses and host a dinner party of sorts for the other competitors.

Mikhail’s parents told me that he has a favourite team and hates missing an episode, so they thought it would be a nice idea to have a MKR inspired personalised apron made up for him.

I don’t watch the show, but I know what the aprons look like from the adverts I see on TV – have a look here if you’d like to see the original apron.

I’ll cut to the chase and show you the end result – it’s like dessert before dinner! ;) If you’d like to see how I made this, I’ve popped a link and some tips below.

Completed My Kitchen Rules Inspired Personalised Apron

Completed My Kitchen Rules Inspired Personalised Apron

 


 

 

I used Apron Tutorial as the instruction for this commission, as I’ve never made an apron before. It was so easy to follow, and it’s free (yay!) so I definitely recommend it if you’d like to make one for a youngster in your circle. The pattern is simple enough that you could add some flourishes (I’m thinking ric rac).

I basically followed it step by step, but added some applique to the top cotton layer in order to personalise this for Mikhail. His parents requested his name and this year be added to the apron. I kept the layout similar to the My Kitchen Rules, but also added pocket to the front.

One thing I would recommend if you’d like to stitch this is that you use 1 layer of drill, and 1 layer of cotton. In Australia at least, the aprons are quite heavy and have substances, and when I was buying the black fabric I felt like 2 layers of cotton were too lightweight, and wouldn’t give an authentic apron feel.

Then I found some black drill and knew that would work best. Cotton as the front allows you to make the front a really cool, funky style. If you’re lucky like we are though, there are also some really funky drill fabrics out there also. I’m sure if you use 2 layers of cotton your apron will be great – it’s just something I wanted to share in case you want your apron to be a little heavier.

The only additional step I took was to pink the edges. I know that the edges are contained once you flip the apron right way out, but no doubt the apron will undergo some washing. I think it’ll be so much easier for Mikhail’s parents to be able to wash this in the washing machine, rather than hand washing.

Here’s some photos of the apron coming together. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and I can’t wait to see Mikhail receive it at his birthday this weekend!

 

Dresden Plate Tutorial

Hey lovely readers – I hope you’re all having a great week!

I’m in the middle of a few projects, including a last minute commission which I’ll share with you shortly, but I wanted to share this great dresden plate tutorial for anyone who is thinking of stitching one of these bad boys up!

Dresden Plate

I love the look of the dresden plate, and I think it would make a great cushion top. It’s on my list for next time I get a spare few days to undertake a personal project, and upon doing some research, I’ve found Sew Mama Sew has a great tutorial, which can be found here – Dresden Plate Tutorial.

I always thought the plates were really hard to make, but this tutorial makes it seem relatively straight forward. I’ve got yellow, turquoise and grey fabrics that I’ve wanted to use for awhile, but I haven’t found a pattern that I love just yet – I think the dresden plate might be the perfect pattern to show off the fabrics!

Do you have any tips for a dresden plate beginner?

 

Inverted Star Cushions

Inverted Star Cushions

My latest creation .. inverted star cushions!

I love the way the cushions echo each other. I decided to stay with bright, bold colours for this to accentuate the pattern.

The overall mini quilt block size is 12″, with a 2″ border to create a 16″ cushion. The blocks to create the small centre star were as small as 1.5″. I had to take great care not to pull the blocks out of form whilst pressing, as I find it’s really easy to pull these blocks out of form when they’re so small.

Floral StitchThe back is a black and white floral fabric, and a black block to keep the back clean. I used one of the feature stitches on the black block for my top stitch, which looks like little leaves. I love this stitch – it’s so dainty, and it perfectly reflects the floral fabric that I used. The backs of both cushions are the same.

I just decided to stitch these as I love the double star / inverted look that I get from both cushions.

Enjoy your crafting adventures!