Thursday, March 27, 2014

Patchwork diversions

At this time of year things start to slow down from the hectic pace of Summer, and my thoughts turn to patchwork.
It informs almost all of my work, and it's like play to fiddle about with different colours and patterns in all those little bits of fabric I accumulate.
My love affair with Instagram has introduced me to some amazing fabric designers and quilters.
What a community it is.
Karen is the woman behind Blueberry Park making beautiful fabrics and quilts. She's been such an inspiration for me, and gave me the little push I needed to try my hand at some patchwok a little more complicated than what I've tried before.

This quilt top is all sewn together and just awaiting a little time to get it together with some backing and wadding before I can settle in for a Winter of hand quilting.
If you look closely you find plenty of fabrics from Melbourne based fabric designer and screen printer Maze & Vale. They've been perfect for this quilt!

Of course, I couldn't resist the siren call of the half square triangle, and I'm loving this versatile little patchwork block.

Resisting the urge to turn this into the beginnings of another quilt, I've turned it into a cushion instead.
And keep an eye out for some in the shop soon, perfect to add a bit of patchwork goodness to your home!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It must be Autumn!

And just like that Summer is over!
Which means I'll be making my first Melbourne market trip for the year this weekend.
I'd love to see you at my most favourite little friendly market in town.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The best weekend of the year

It's almost that time of year again!
If you're thinking a little weekend break might be in order, then it's not too late to grab a ticket.
There's a fantastic line up, and I'm hoping the weather will turn it on for a gorgeous last weekend of the Summer fling.
Come on down and enjoy what the locals call the best weekend of the year!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cooeee 2014

Well, hello 2014. I see you've been here a while.
Apologies for the absence!
January is a jam packed month of visitors, beach, movies, and weekly markets.
I love it, how about you?

The cinema is a novelty. A bit old school, and I'll see almost anything while it's here!

We loved our week of hot weather. While the city sweltered, we had delicious days on the beach.
The bonus of living on the coast!

Of course, there's new things from my workroom too, and I'm looking forward to the last January market on the Apollo Bay foreshore this coming long weekend.
I expect I'll be continuing to spend more time over on Instagram than here.
So, come on over and join me to get a peek into my day to day!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The pointy end

Christmas is coming!
It's been a busy last few months round here, and I'm loving every crazy week.
There's parcels of beautiful fabric arriving almost every day, not just because I've got two more great events in the next week, but also because January means a market a week down on the foreshore here in my home town of Apollo Bay.
So, it's full steam ahead with new dresses, along with fresh shirts, and a few other things as well!

This Thursday I'll be in Geelong at Boom Gallery from 4pm until 9pm with an amazing little line up including Victor Fox, Ernest & Joe, Oktoberdee, Mt Sabine Miniatures, & Attorney, and LaDeDah Kids.
And there'll be great food and a glass of wine from Rue Cler Market as well.

And then, another mid week twilight market to end the Melbourne year!
There'll be food and a glass of bubbles here too to celebrate with.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Piccadilly Market

I might be borrowing a phrase from my friend Crayon Chick if I said, if it's the weekend, then it must be another market!
Just as well I love the chance to get out from my workroom and have a chat.
And Piccadilly Market is one of those where there'll be lots of market friends to catch up with, and maybe I'll see you there too.

I've got some new dresses hot off my machine. 
My love affair with Liberty fabrics continues still.

And a fresh batch of shirts!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Market Saturday

Yep, I've been gripped by a total need to get a new dress out of my head this week.
It's a progression on from the Everyday dress, via the Little Liberty shirt.
Even though we're yet to see much warm weather here in the chilly south, it's coming.
Yes. It is!

So, of course I needed to make more than one to take along to this week's market.
I've been up early today and sewing in my pyjamas.
Now, I can pack the car and get myself to the city!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

So, that's November almost done

Another month almost passed, and you know what that means!
December will be here in a blink. Crikey.
So, what's been happening?
We had an overwhelmingly great day for our little market here on Cup Weekend.
The Bay & Beyond Market drew almost 1200 people through the doors, and we've had nothing but great feedback. So, roll on Cup Weekend 2014!

I'm welcoming a new stockist this week.
The delightful Miss Moss in Milton will be taking delivery of some little shirts just in time for Summer, which I'm certain has already arrived in sunny New South Wales. Lucky them.
We're mostly still waiting, although I did get my first dunk in the very cold waters of Bass Strait this week.
It did feel good to sit in the warm sun and have a paddle!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Here comes the weekend!

Right on cue, the sun is shining.
It's not too late to run away to the coast for a weekend.
We're going to have so much fun, so come and join us!
Don't forget, there'll be great food from Wild Goat Catering, and fabulous coffee from Campos in Carlton as well.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The story of a dress

I love what I do.
And even more so when I have some very loyal and very lovely customers.
It really makes my job a pleasure!

Meet Anna Spurling.
Beautiful isn't she?
Anna contacted me a while ago asking me to make a dress for her to wear for a professional photo shoot. The images to be used for her new project, a wonderful blog dealing with some hard hitting and quite personal stuff, Colour me Anna.
We had a wonderful collaboration on fabrics and colours, and Anna was sweet enough to put her trust in me to come up with something suitable.
I was so flattered, but I also clapped my hands with delight when Anna sent me through this picture.
It's so nice to see something I've made looking so great.
Anna, you're the best!
And a big thanks to Cricket Studio for the fabulous photo.


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