Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Tilda Autumn 2016 Ranges Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Tilda Autumn 2016 ranges blog hop!

I must admit that in my early days of sewing I dismissed Tilda ranges as 'not my cup of tea' with regards to the prints available, I felt they were rather washed out for my palette which disappointed me hugely because the fabric base used by Tilda is absolutely wonderful. No fear on that account now however, with every range released Tilda keeps getting better and better in my estimation. I love the richer saturated colours that are coming through, I also love how the different ranges work so well together. This allows me to keep that busy, crazy, wide mix of prints that I love in my work but with the reassurance that they will all work together! Both new lines Cabbage Rose and Memory Lane are perfect examples of this.

Cabbage lane has yummy zesty oranges, something that really excited me when I first saw this range. Paired with the classic Tilda teals and florals it makes for a really exciting twist on a classic quilt.

Whilst Cabbage Rose is certainly zesting up the usual Tilda colour palette, Memory Lane is perhaps staying more true to the traditional Tilda look, but with the richness turned up! I love the strength of colour in these prints and I know I have to start work on a Tilda quilt as soon at the wip's are more under control!

The new Memory Lane and Cabbage Rose ranges are out to buy now at Stitch Craft Create, being limited edition they won't hang around! But it is not just fabric that is available, Tilda unique style has extended to quilt labels, fabric covered buttons, ribbons, adhesive tape, fabric sheets and even co-ordinating thread. There are beautiful quilt kits using the new ranges, this Cabbage Rose one with its mix of traditional piecing and appliqué is my absolute favourite.

You can also see the samples that I made for the people over at Stitch Craft Create which are available as kits in the new ranges too!

Tilda Reversible Oversize Tote Bag Kit
Tilda Easy Peasy Quilt Kit
Getting to work with the new ranges was an absolute dream, the fabric handles so well that it is so easy to work with, perfect for needle turn appliqué and intricate patchwork. After making the samples I had some scraps left and couldn't bear not to put them to use, so I whizzed up a small bag.

Using up all the trimmings it is surprising what you can create! Just the offcuts from trimming selvedges off my FQ's before cutting a quilt gave me the two panels on the bag, big enough to make lovely roomy pockets.

And of course I had to use one the gorgeous bold florals as the main fabric, this one is Flower Cloud in Dark Slate from Memory Lane.

 A lovely slubby linen proved to be the perfect match for the lining and a couple of readymade bag handles finished it off!

If you want to get your hands on a FQ bundle and a sweet little Tilda friend then pop over to the Stitch Craft Create Facebook page to enter.

Follow the rest of the blog hop here:

1st August – Stitch Craft Create
2nd August – Stitch Craft Create
3rd August – Vicky Myers Creations
4th August – Strawberry Patch Ramblings
5th August – Charm About You
8th August – Crafting Not Cleaning
9th August – Popular Patchwork
10th August – Dinki Dots
11th August – Little Black Duck
12th August – Tea and a Sewing Machine
15th August – A Saucy Stitch
16th August – Very Berry Handmade

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Beth Studley Blog Hop - Radiance Fabric and new ebook!

When the lovely people at Stitch Craft Create asked if I would like to take part in the Blog Hop for British designer Beth Studley's new fabric range Radiance and ebook, Mini Patchwork Projects, I jumped in with both feet!

Beth Studley is a fabric, quilting and sewing pattern designer from the UK, her first fabric collection was released just 2 years ago. She has already made a name for herself as an extremely talented fabric designer. Radiance is inspired by antique crochet and lace, yet the colours she has used give it a modern feel.

And there is something for everyone in the little ebook, Mini Patchwork Projects, with projects from beginner level to those for the more adventurous sewist! If you are feeling unsure of where to start Beth has even teamed up with the folks at Stitch Craft Create to make a super tutorial video to accompany the book and you can buy these together as a bundle. Watch a preview here.

I had a beautiful bundle of Beths new fabric line Radiance to play with and the prints do not disappoint. The colours are rich and saturated and the balance of prints is just right, with some great small scale prints that are just perfect for piecing along with lovely large focal prints.

One pattern from the ebook caught my eye immediately. The Curvy Coaster set uses foundation paper piecing and curved piecing together to a really dazzling effect! 

The piecing looked fun, if perhaps a bit challenging and I thought it would be a nice way to use several of the prints from the range. To mix it up a little I chose to make the four quadrants into one unit rather than 4 separate coasters. I used the Noodlehead Open Wide pouch as a loose basis and made the foundation pieced panel into a useful little zip pouch. 

My curved foundation piecing needs some work but I am delighted with the overall effect. The Radiance fabrics work really well in the project and a little bit of gold faux leather adds a touch of luxe. 

If you want to get your hands on some Radiance fabric of your very own you can shop the entire collection here, and you can enter the competition to win a fat quarter bundle along with a copy of the ebook by entering over here.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Beth Studley Blog Hop

I am back, and with a bang!

What better way to get back on the proverbial blogging horse than with a great blog hop?!

I am taking part to promote British designer Beth Studley and her new fabric range Radiance which has just been released along with her new project ebook, Mini Patchwork Projects.

There's a great competition running during the blog hop and you can find out who else is taking part here, I've long been a fan of Beth's fabric designs and she has some fun sewing patterns too, I love the hanging baskets pattern which I am desperate to make time to sew up. In the meantime I will be back later in the week for my stop on the hop to show you what I have been up to with her new Radiance range. I have a fun take on one of the projects from the ebook that I hope you are going to love!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Aneela Hoey's Project Caddy Pattern

Some time ago I pattern tested the fabulous Hold It All Pouch for Aneela. I love her patterns, they are so well laid out and easy to follow and always SO useful.....not one for wanting an endless procession of bog standard zipped pouches me. So I love how each of her pouches is carefully designed and shaped to lend itself to different uses.

Hold it All Pouches made by Aneela Hoey

The Hold It All Pouch was fab, which I told Aneela, but for me it could be better, which I also told her. Surely a good pattern tester is like a good friend, they tell you the truth!

Luckily for me she listened and I was super excited when she asked me to pattern test her latest pouch, the Project Caddy! Its a super sized version of the Hold It All Pouch but with bells on (well not literally, of course, all though you could, if you wanted to!)

Project Caddy pouches made by Aneela Hoey

The spools of Auriful in the foreground of the picture really help you get a sense of the size of this baby, its huge, and perfect!! I always knew I wanted mine to be a vanity know the kind you had as a kid and took to your Nans house for your summer holiday, filled with scrunchies and bubble bath and all that jazz.


I used some precious Melody Miller Ruby Star Sparkle linen blend I have been hiding in my stash for ages, a mustard zip....Aneela is to blame for my mustard zip obsession and a little gold metallic leather to finish off the zip pulls.


The construction of the Project Caddy is genius, it uses two zips to finish the top opening, giving you a really great finish and lid that opens, just like my old vanity case!


I decided that as mine was going to be a vanity case for wash items and such rather than a project caddy that it it need a waterproof lining. I used some blue Freespririt Designer Solids and some spotty plc table protector. I have used this table protector (from Dunelm Mill) in many sewing projects now and find it a great vinyl to sew with as it is just the right weight and firmness and a really affordable option. It also comes in clear.


The zip pocket in the lid is great for me, putting away little items like cotton buds, pressed powder puffs and anything that I don't want to get wet in the main compartment from my wash cloth or shower puff. There really is room in the main section for all my toiletries - shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush. I love it!

The use of the vinyl lining meant that rather than hand finish the lining in the lid I opted to glue finish the opening on mine, I used the Gutermann textile glue I usually use in frame purses and some clover wonder clips to hold it all in place until it was dry. It worked perfectly.


Aneela has knocked it out of the park with this one, of course I probably say that about every pattern she releases!

You can see more versions if you look at the hashtag #projectcaddypouch on Instagram and the pattern is available to purchase here in Aneelas Payhip Store, Comfort Stitching.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Keepsake Quilting comes to the UK!

Keepsake Quilting, the largest quilting catalogue in the USA, has been running since 1987 and today offers an unparalleled range of quilting fabrics, kits, books, patterns and haberdashery items. To meet the demands of customers in the UK, they are bringing Keepsake Quilting to the UK!

I am delighted to have worked with Keepsake Quilting to produce a Modern Solids Quilt which is now available through their website to order as a kit. Some of you may have already received the Keepsake Quilting catalogue through the post and spotted it.

Oh hey look! There's my quilt in the summer issue of the Keepsake Quilting catalogue! Buy the kit for just £39.99 and make your very own 😀 #keepsakequilting #chevronquilt

I love the styling they have done with the quilt and it was great to work with the new range of Freespirit Designer Solids. Of course having the wonderful Elizabeth Dackson for company on the opposite page with her stunning Sparkling Diamonds quilt is lovely too!

The Keepsake Quilting website and catalogue are bursting with gorgeous quilt kits, its hard to pick but my favourites of the moment have to be the Honor Roll Flying Geese Kit and the Bumblecomb Quilt Kit

But its not just kits, there is fabric galore and oodles of quilt and project patterns. including this free Queen Charming Pattern download that is just perfect for Layer Cakes.

They also have some great fabrics from Tula Pink, Joel Dewberry and Heather Bailey in the sale! Of course I want you all to hurry over there and grab a bargain (if only to stop me spending all my money!) But what I really would love is if you brought my quilt kit ;-)

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

My Small World QAL (& Giveaway Winner!)

Following on from last weeks bloghop for 50 Fat Quarter Makes: Fifty Sewing Projects Made Using Fat Quarters I have a winner for the girls twirly skirt bundle!

Using random number generator, there were 23 comments (24 actually but the 24th was spouting spamming nonsense about about my post being helpful and insightful, thats gotta be spam!)

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And the winner is comment number 10 who was SewLittleToSay! Congratulations! I will be in touch for your address!

Thank you to everyone that entered and for all the lovely comments about the book. Don't forget you can buy 50 Fat Quarter Makes in all good bookshops, or here on the publishers website where you can also buy an e-book version for your tablet or iPad. And of course you buy from Amazon!

You can also find a video tutorial for the gathered skirt, Satchel bag and nesting bowls in my new '3 projects in 30 minutes' film course over on Craft Daily. In the video I will take you through step by step how to make each project so its great if you feel you need a little extra help! While you are there why not take a look at the other video tutorials Craft Daily has to offer, there is something for everyone!

When I have had any downtime recently (which isn't often as you may have guessed!) I have been mostly working on a new project, My Small World Quilt.

Image from

The quilt is a design by the talented Jen Kingwell published in the Spring Special 2015 edition of Quiltmania magazine. The QAL is being hosted by VeryKerryBerry amongst others and full details of the posts and support available can be found here on her blog.

I LOVE Jen's style and have had it on my 'to make' list for an age to make one of her quilt designs. However until now I never seemed to find the time. I think I saw them as long term large scale projects, with the challenge of lots of new skills in the different piecing techniques. So, it kept on being bumped to the bottom of the list despite my passion for the quilts

Step up 'My Small World'. It just fits the bill and my life so perfectly, the time I have to 'selfish sew' and my family and ethos. The size (at 33"x52") means it is a manageable project to take on, the new skills I need to hone will be practiced on a smaller scale so somehow feel more achievable. The size also means I can use the ample stash of scraps I have, with no need to buy more fabric which is always a bonus in my mind, not least because I can dive in and sew whenever the opportunity arises without waiting for supplies.

Treating myself by making a start on #mysmallworldqal cutting after a long work day 😍
low volume stash explosion!

My Small World also struck a cord with my emotional connection I often seem to develop for quilts. The children have loved looking over the pictures and finding new hidden treasures in the quilt each time they look, I really enjoy it when the quilt and the making becomes a real family activity. Our world IS small. We live in the rural countryside, with everything being fairly close. School is a mile up the lane, I work from home only occasionally travelling to teach. I like life this way, it suits us well and we are all happy and secure.

Making food progress on part 1 of #mysmallworldqal

This quilt just seems to reflect that so well. Whilst my life is lived in a small world my connections are huge, thanks to social media I am connecting with likeminded people from all over the world everyday.


It seems that this quilt has struck a cord with many people, although perhaps not everyone will read as much into it as I! What can I say, having come from a family virtually devoid of heirlooms I seem hell bent on creating as many as I can for my children and their children and more generations to come. And so ingraining meaningfulness in them from the very first stitches makes them all the more special straight away, compensating for not having decades of family heritage in them.


So far I have completed part 1 of the quilt. I am thoroughly enjoying playing with my scraps, the challenge of the needle turn appliqué was equal parts frustration, agony and delight! So much so that I decided to hand piece the curved section in the bottom left corner over machine piecing it.

Some of my point are pretty horrendous, the seams don't match in places. But it doesn't matter. This is a quilt made for enjoying the process and the using, for showing favourite fabrics and inventing  stories to go into it.

I will keep you updated with my progress!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

50 Fat Quarter Makes { bloghop }

50 Fat Quarter Makes: Fifty Sewing Projects Made Using Fat Quarters is the brand new sewing book from the crafty publishing geniuses at F & W Media. Edited by Ame Verso and featuring 50 projects from 11 contributors from all over the bloggerverse and sewing-sphere including moi!

I can't tell you how excited I was to work with some of my most favourite designers such as Jessie Fincham, Jo Avery and Kaye Prince to name a few from the impressive line up. I have heard that the book was in the top 1000 of ALL books on Amazon just a week after its release, super proud moment here at Strawberry Patch!!!

One of the things I most love about this title is that is JUST uses fat quarters as the basis for all of the projects. There are so many of us that are guilty of buying up fat quarters like kids in a penny sweet shop, then they sit in the stash as we have no idea what to do with them! Well, this book will solve that problem. Jam packed with 50 projects, ranging from using just 1 fat quarter right up to 10.

In the book you can find 5 projects from me including an adorable little girls twirly skirt, a satchel bag that would make a great gift outfit when paired with the skirt, a versatile set of nesting bowls, a snuggly soft playmat and a chevron quilt that would make a great first patchwork quilt project. 


All the materials for my projects came from the wonderful Stitch Craft Create, they have such a great selection of fabrics and supplies its really hard not to find something you want!!


I had a great time choosing the fabrics for my projects, of course Tula Pink was bound to feature, I love her bright saturated prints in these nesting bowls. So quick and simple to make, perfect for gifting filled with goodies!


If you fancy a go at patchwork for the first time this simple baby playmat is backed with super snuggly plush fleece and is hand tied so no awkward quilting to overcome! Using just 6 fat quarters its a great introduction to making a quilt. 


Or if you are feeling a little more adventurous, grab 10 fat quarters and make yourself a chevron quilt! Using fabric value to make the design stand out, its a really fun way of experimenting and learning about fabric and how to use it, just be sure to pick 5 darker/heavily saturated prints and 5 light and low volume prints to really make your chevron shout!

I have to say this was my favourite project to make for the book and I am itching to make another chevron quilt, this time from my stash, the piecing is so quick and simple and its a great way to learn how to construct a half square triangle unit if you haven't made one before, the large scale means you will have a quilt in no time with a minimum of piecing.


You can buy 50 Fat Quarter Makes in all good bookshops, or here on the publishers website where you can also buy an e-book version for your tablet or iPad. And of course you buy from Amazon!

You can also find a video tutorial for the gathered skirt, Satchel bag and nesting bowls in my new '3 projects in 30 minutes' film course over on Craft Daily. In the video I will take you through step by step how to make each project so its great if you feel you need a little extra help! While you are there why not take a look at the other video tutorials Craft Daily has to offer, there is something for everyone!

Here is the full schedule for the rest of the blog hop:

Monday 1st June - Jo Avery -  myBearpaw 
Tuesday 2nd June - Liz Betts - BetsyBetts
Wednesday 3rd June - Ali Burdon - VeryBerryHandmade
Thursday 4th June - Jesse Fincham - MessyJesse
Friday 5th June - Louise Horler - SewScrumptious
Monday 8th June - Kevin Kosbab - Feeddog
Tuesday 9th June - Emily Levey - StrawberryPatchRamblings
Wednesday 10th June - Cynthia Shaffer
Thursday 11th June - Kaye Prince - MissPrint
Friday 12th June - Ame Verso - StitchCraftCreate

And I did promise you a little giveaway last week! So I have dived into my stash and come up with a sweet little bundle of goodies for you. There are two pretty fat quarters and enough elastic for you to make your own twirly girls skirt. Of course if you don't have a little girl then you can make whatever you wish with these sweet fat quarters!


All you have to do to enter is be a follower of my blog and comment below to say how you follow. You can have an extra entry for following me on Instagram, Facebook and twitter. One extra entry per type of social media and be sure to leave me an extra comment to say where you follow me for your extra entry!

Please remember if you are a no-reply commenter to leave an email address in the comments so that I can contact you if you are the winner.

I will close the giveaway in a weeks time on June 16 and use a random number generator to draw a winner, good luck!