This lovely bundle arrived on my door step a few weeks ago, pretty isn't it?
I am sure you have guessed, it's the new Flower Sugar fabric due to arrive in stores around August. The prints are bright and beautiful - and don't even get me started on the gingham.......it's gobsmakingly gorgeous.
I decided to use some of these gorgeous cottons to make something for fun, for a girl who likes swirly skirts, flowers and the colour pink. It also gave me the perfect opportunity to play with my new machine, the Bernina 800DL (overlocker).
The photo below was snapped with Instagram after a grand evening of sewing (true colour of fabric is in the image above) - I used a fabulous pattern called 'Amanda's triple ruffle skirt' from Create Kids Couture, it won't be the last time I whip one of these up......love love, love!
If you are looking for a simple skirt pattern, believe me - it's awesome, the only problem I have is which Flower Sugar fabric combination to use next.
Oh....I would take a photo of Isabelle wearing but she just won't stop twirling - such is life for a 4 year old!
Little Red Riding Hood by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs just arrived in my studio and I LOVE, love, love it - it's due to arrive in stores around March. Yes, you need some.
The emerald green is the icing on the cake, it's perfect
.....better than perfect, because I have been stitching in the evening when the house is at peace and it's all about green.
I love how these two play together, it's COSMO 273 if you wish to race out and grab some. I think it could become my most favorite green ever I love it that much.
I have also continued with my sketch a day project and I love what comes into my mind each day - thank you for the blog comments and direct messages via email, Facebook and Instagram (#cinderberries) after the last post. I am thrilled to hear you enjoy seeing what Stanley might get up to next - so I have decided to show you the next two sketches in my journal.
The more I draw the more I love the process and direction, yes they are coming alive.
They make me smile, laugh, imagine.
But where has Stanley been these few days?
I will let the sketch answer your questions.......
3/365 'Two's Company'
I love the matching stripe leg warmers and long lashes.
But, you know what they say about rabbits.....STANLEY!
4/365 'Oops' three boys and a girl.
Eeeeeep! cutie patooties all wrapped up.
Everytime I look at these guys I think of the old Bigpond TV add the Great Wall of China and the 100 questions my daughter asks.
This is the inspiration behind my second fabric collection Folk Tale, it has just debuted at quilt markets around the globe...or at least in Houston -USA, Yokohama - Japan, Melbourne, Australia.
Folk Tale is due to land in stores around the globe in Feb/March 2013....yes, I wish it was here now too but the best things in life are worth waiting for.
The colors in this collection are bright, happy, addictive.
You will find pops of tangerine, raspberry, teal, fern, greystone - which color will you fall for first?
Many times I am asked about the inspiration behind my
sketches and designs, I guess it’s just my imagination, I shut my eyes and see.
I find I am looking
at things differently with my two little ones and often see things
through their eyes, they way I looked at things when I was a child – with wonder,
excitement and awe.....anything is possible, who am I to question?
Designing Folk Tale was no exception hence the name of the
fabric line, it’s a tale – a simple story in my imagination.
The elfin girls with long eye lashes are back again after so
many fell in love with them in Woodland, this time they are walking through an
aviary collecting bird cages and letting the little feathered folk free.
The hexagon mosaic print reminds me of walking
through a valley of hexagon flowers with scattered birds, both blissful &
peaceful all at once.
The cuckoo clock symbolises the time, both how precious
it is and how fast it moves in an ordinary and simple folk tale....much like
oh deer! & the porcupine spot...
The wee animal folk, you
ask? – porcupines and deer are the friends we meet on the journey, fall in love
with them & your heart will sing forever.
To say my Daughter is excited about this lamp would be an understatement.
It also has to be the most simple project I have made for sometime and I like simple, especially when running around getting last minute things ready for quilt market.
Hot pink lamp base & shade: Target $15
Fabric to recover shade: Woodland (neighbours print / pink)
Target also had the same lamp in blue which would match Woodland perfectly. I am planning to pop back in a see if they still have some left on the shelf, my studio needs a new lamp now Isabelle has adopted this one. Hmmmm.....would you like to see a blue version?
I have just arrived home from set up day at AQM so it is time to start sharing with you the new patterns ready to hit the market. Feel free to pass the word on to your local patchwork store.
I think it might be best to show you the new patterns over a series of three days while I am up in Melbourne at Quilt Market, that way you get to see the goodies the same time the stores attending do. I have been in my own pattern writing world getting the new products ready for release so now I can finally share some more handmade goodness with you.
The first new design is called Woodland Village, I have been holding on to this pattern for a little while. It was created around the time I was designing my fabric line for Lecien and you can see where some of the inspiration for the fabric came from with my little 'shroom' village.
Woodland Village features fourteen small embroidery designs (some designs are repeated) and one large scale 'shroom' village though the middle of the quilt - as I type this I have begun stitching the blocks again so I can make the quilt using Woodland fabrics and show you two different colorways.
Here is a close up of a few little houses in the village centre block, with little pot plants on the window sill and flowers 'painted' over the door of each house. I believe the lady birds love these little houses too.
Woodland Village is packaged with iron on transfers so you have all you need to go home and get started on your own version - no need to trace = perfect!
At the time what I thought was a moment of sheer madness, I decided to hand quilt with DMC perle cotton rather than send it off to my quilter. Actually it turned out to be the best decision, very relaxing and the perfect size quilt to finish by hand at 50" x 44"
For any shop owners attending AQM (wholesale market) over the weekend please be sure to come and say hello I would love to meet you - my Cinderberry Stitches designs and Woodland fabric can be seen at both the Creative Abundance and Charles Parsons booths.
Which reminds me, I must pack my camera tomorrow to snap photos of the booth display for you! (with a clean lens this time)