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"A Walk in the Woods" Quilt Cover for Ava

My super stylish friend Rita has a husband who owns a manchester (if you are not Australian read: bedding and bed linen) business.  So obviously, I don't make quilts or bedding for this woman!  Except now...she showed me a Linen House (I think) range which she had bought for her 1 year old daughter Ava, ready for when she is in a big girl bed.  The range is full of red riding hood, toadstools and the like, and I was immediately reminded of Aneela Hoey's range, "A Walk in the Woods".

I showed her the range and she asked if I would make her a cot quilt for her daughter now, so she didn't have to wait for the big girl bed (which let's face it is at least a year away if not more!). I was stoked to be asked for two reasons; firstly, she is a good friend and I love making things for the people who really matter, and secondly, because she has access to all sorts of amazing in the realm of bedding, and she still wanted me to make something!

High praise indeed :)
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Craft Fair - looking back, and looking forward...

So this week I fly off to Sydney to go to the Quilt and Craft Fair in Darling Harbour.  Last year I did a similar trip, though to Melbourne instead of Sydney (I have a friend who since moved to Sydney so it's a good excuse for a visit!).

Last year, I did this post; which detailed the targets I had for the trip (purchases mainly!).  It is super interesting to me to review that post and realise that I didn't exactly make the grade from then until now...My aims then were:

To get a jelly roll for the giant jelly roll floor cushions on moda bakeshop.  A year later...I got the jelly roll and it has sat in the cupboard ever since :(  I could make excuses about how I didn't "need" to make these so much until the kids are a bit older and can use the downstairs rumpus room a bit more; but really it's annoying I haven't made them in over a year since buying the materials.To buy some wool for the Purl Bee Granny Stripe Blanket.  A year later...I haven't made the b…

Pattern Testing for Heidi and Finn! Uptown Hat

I was super lucky to be picked to be a tester for the Heidi and Finn Uptown Hat (yet to be released).


I was super honoured to be picked as a pattern tester for Heidi and Finn - their patterns are always the epitome of stylish but comfortable clothes for small people.  This hat is no exception; cute if left plain, but with two versions (one with the band above the brim and one without) and lots of suggested additions.


The picture on the front of the patterns shows the hat in version 1 (with band) in plain grey and pink trim and it looks great!  I chose purple cord, with a detail and lining of toadstool fabric and also a trim on the brim of red.


The brim is edged in bias binding in a contrasting colour - here I made some strong red trim which picked out a colour in the lining and trim fabric.



The lining and trim were this super cute toadstool fabric which I nabbed from a friend who was getting rid of her stash.  I chose a single piece of embellishment on the brim, in the form of a plea…

Coat for Issy (Oliver + S)

I have always loved duffle coats, ever since I was small.  Actually, I am not sure why I don't have one myself...

Anyway, as soon as I saw the Oliver + S School Days Jacket and Coat I wanted to make one every year for the kids.  The pattern is apparently out of print (not sure why they seem to take popular patterns out of circulation so quickly...) but is now back as a digital pattern.  Happily for me, I have the non-digital version (most digital patterns are bloody awful) and decided to make one for Issy for this winter.


I used a wool suiting in a lovely soft orangey red colour from Spotlight.  It was on special (or maybe I had a voucher) and ended up being around $10 - 11 dollars a metre.  I lined it with silk polyester lining (also Spotlight) which was in a kind of beigey gold colour.

I cut a size 7 (except where I mucked up and accidentally cut two pieces in a size 8 and had to adjust and trim in a few places...) and it just fits well enough to wear now without swamping her. …