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WINNERS of the Paddy Pattern GIVEAWAY…

Thank you to everyone who commented on our Paddy pattern giveaway. It’s great to hear what type of animals you would like to see made into a softie. It’s given us lots of ideas so keep an eye our for what’s coming up!

Paddy Pattern Cover

The winners are:

Sue Potts has won the hard copy of Paddy the Pelican with this lovely comment…

Paddy Comment 1

And Carolyn Tandy has won the PDF version of Paddy the Pelican with this comment…

Paddy Winner 2

Congratulations, I hope you enjoy making them! I will be in contact shortly with you.

If you didn’t win you can still get your very own copy HERE.

Happy Stitching

Shez Signiture

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NEW Pattern and GIVEAWAY – Paddy the Pelican

YAY! This quirky little bird is our new pattern Paddy the Pelican. We think he is super cute with his big beak and little fishy friend. He was inspired by a friend who LOVES Pelicans. Her love for these birds rubbed off on us, and so Paddy was born!

So here he is…. Paddy the Pelican!

Paddy Pattern Cover

The pattern includes Paddy’s little fish. He is made separately and can be securely fixed or detachable.

Paddys Fish

So why not have another GIVEAWAY!

We are giving away one paper pattern and one PDF pattern of Paddy the Pelican. For your chance to win leave a comment below and tell us what animal (or bird) you would like to see made into a softie. For an extra chance to win, LIKE or SHARE our page on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/quiltinggems and make sure to mention it in your comment below.

We will draw the winners in one week on Friday the 6th March. The paper pattern will be sent in the mail and the PDF pattern emailed.

Good luck!

Shez Signiture

 

 

 

P.S. If you want to purchase a copy of this pattern NOW just CLICK HERE and you can buy and download it straight away!

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My 5 favourite quilting and sewing tools.

Throughout your quilting life you find new products that you love that you just can’t live without. They become a staple and necessity when sewing and quilting and often you forget that not everybody knows about them. So I thought it would be good to share my 5 favourite sewing and quilting aids that I just can’t live without.

1. Best Press:

Best Press

Best Press is a brilliant product for getting a really crisp flat look to your fabric. It is a gentle spray starch that allows you to get rid of that annoying centre fold line that most fabrics have. It also helps flatten seams that can be bulky and can smooth out any stitchery that has slight ripples from heavy embroidered areas.

It comes in a number of different scents from lavender to linen and Citrus, but I like to use the ‘Scent Free’ spray as the others are slightly coloured.

2. 505 Basting Spray:

505 Basting Spray

I had never really been a fan of basting sprays, but this one I really love. I never really could be sure that a basting spray could hold a quilt together as well as thread basting. But it does work and it works well. The nozzle never seems to clog up like most other sprays and it also has enough stick that you can peal apart your pieces of fabric and re-position them and the spray will still hold.

I still haven’t used it on a large quilt that requires a lot of quilting but on smaller quilts it works well. I have also used it on runners, stitcheries and bags where a small amount of quilting is needed and it’s just so much quicker to use the basting spray. Just make sure you spray it where the over-spray won’t get on anything important.

3. Pilot ‘Frixion’ erasable pen:

Frixion Pens

These pens are amazing!! Since I found out about them I have used them for nearly everything. They aren’t officially quilting pens but the way they work they might as well be. The pens use a unique thermo-sensitive ink that reacts to temperature changes. So when you rub against the paper with the plastic tip (on the end of the pen), the friction generates sufficient heat to turn the ink invisible.

Therefore when using on fabric, the ink disappears with the heat of an iron. So instead of using the air erasable pens and waiting for hours for the ink to disappear, these pens are instant. The only down side is sometimes on darker fabric they can leave a faint white line. Another up-side is they can be found at any Officeworks, stationery or supermarket, so very easy to get your hands on one or two or three!

4. Clover Self-Threading Needles:

Clover Self Threading Needles

If you do a lot of your own machine quilting then these are the needles for you. They have a double hole at the head of the needle with the end hole having a very slight opening that you can push your threads through. This means when you have thread ends you need to tie off and sink back into the quilt… (and lets face it, often there are hundreds of ends to tie off)… you don’t have to cut the ends to make them even then poke them through the tiny hole of the needle. You can just take your ends, push them over the end of the needle and Bobs your uncle, sink them into your quilt and you’re done. No messing around.

I also find sometimes I have really sort ends where my thread has broken and it can be tricky to thread your needle when the needle is longer than the thread end. Well with these needles you just put your needle into the fabric where you want to sink the thread and push the small thread over the end of the needle and it’s threaded. So easy! The only down-side with these needles is sometimes your thread breaks when pushing it over the end of the needle. So I always make sure I use the end of the thread to push through the hole and sometimes one side of the needle is better than the other so I just turn the needle around and try again.

5. Clover Wonder Clips:

Clover Wonder ClipsI recently found this product and I absolutely love it, and so do my hands! They’re called ‘Wonder Clips’ from Clover and I use them instead of pins when I sew down the binding on my quilts. Now my arms and hands don’t get stabbed with pins.

They have a wide opening for holding multiple layers of fabric and they don’t damage or distort the fabric. They’re a great alternative to pins, especially when working with heavy weight fabrics, piles, and vinyls. The clips can also hold layered sections of sewing projects such as handle connectors to handbags and piping without distortion, and they have a 1/4″ and 1/2″ seam allowance markings on the base.

They are available in packs of 10, 50 or 100, and just released new Jumbo Wonder Clips. I find I use around 20-25 at a time.  This lets me hold down one side of my quilt while I stitch it.

Do you have any favourite quilting or sewing tools you like to use? 

 

Shez Signiture

 

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Winner – Roxy the Fox Pattern

It’s nearly Christmas and we think that as an early Christmas pressy we will give away 2 PDF patterns and 1 hard copy pattern.

Roxy the Fox

So congratulations to Michelle McNally who has won the hard copy pattern!

And to Lisa McKay and Sharon Keys have won the PDF pattern!

I will be in contact shortly Ladies for your details.

We want to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and thank you so much for all your support this year, we really apreciate it.

We’re looking forward to a very busy year with lots of exciting things happening ahead.

Happy Stitching!

Shez Signiture

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NEW Pattern and GIVEAWAY – Roxy the Fox

YAY! This little critter has been through many changes and adjustments but we have finally finished our new pattern Roxy the Fox. She turned out totally different from when we started, but we think she is the cutest little creature and hope you do to!

So here she is…. Roxy the Fox!

Roxy the Fox

Roxy has cute little frills on her ears that remind me of the soft white fur real little foxes have on their ears. I just love her lush lashes and little button nose.

Roxy-Girl

Now that she’s finished we think she’s too cute to make only one. So we have also included a boy version in the pattern too. Now you can make a pair of cute cuddly foxes and just in time for Christmas!

Roxy the Fox Softie

Roxy the Fox Softie

And since it is nearly Christmas, what better time to have another GIVEAWAY!

So we are giving away one paper pattern and one PDF pattern of Roxy the Fox. For your chance to win leave a comment below and tell us what is your favourite part of Christmas. For an extra chance to win, LIKE or SHARE our page on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/quiltinggems and make sure to mention it in your comment below.

We will draw the winners in one week on Sunday the 8th December. The paper pattern will be sent in the mail and the PDF pattern emailed.

Good luck!

Shez Signiture

 

 

 

P.S. If you want to purchase a copy of this pattern NOW just CLICK HERE and you can buy and download it straight away!

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Avonleigh Country Quilting

On any trip Mez and I go on we always try and figure out the best route that has the most patchwork and craft shops possible. With a lot of shops closing they are getting harder and harder to find. So on a recent trip to Sydney we were so excited to visit Avonleigh Country Quilting in Albury. Kay and Sharon greeted us with the biggest hello and smile that we felt at home straight away. Just the way a patchwork shop should feel.

After a good look around and lots of chatting they were really excited about our softies and wanted to stock them in their store. We were super excited and thought they would be very at home at Avonleigh. So we set about choosing fabric for samples which is always fun.

We have been working really hard over the last week and have finished all four samples and we think they look adorable and Kay and Sharon did a great job choosing fabrics. So without further ado here they are…

Group Softies

Ziggi the Zebra

Ziggi

Taffy the Tasmanian Devil

Taffy

Snuffles the Hedgehog (or Echidna)

Snuffles

Shazza and her Joey (made from really cool Aboriginal fabrics)

Shazza

We think its so important to suport your local Patchwork and Quilting shops as much as you can, and it’s great to see patterns made in different fabrics. Kits and patterns are now available at Avonleigh Country Quilting. So pop in and say hi to Kay and Sharon they’ll make you feel at home too.

Happy Stitching

Shez Signiture

 

 

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WINNERS of the Ziggi Pattern GIVEAWAY…

Thank you to everyone who commented on our Ziggi pattern giveaway. It’s great to hear what type of animals you would like to see made into a softie. It’s given us lots of ideas so keep an eye our for what’s coming up!

Ziggi Pattern

The winners are:

Sharon Keys has won the hard copy of Ziggi the Zebra with this lovely comment…

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And Jay has won the PDF version of Ziggi the Zebra with this comment…

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Congratulations, I hope you enjoy making them! I will be in contact shortly with you.

If you didn’t win you can still get your very own copy HERE.

Happy Stitching

Shez Signiture

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NEW Pattern and GIVEAWAY – Ziggi the Zebra

This little fella has been a while in the making. I first imagined Ziggi when I saw the funky chevron fabric by Riley Blake. Ever since it came out I have wanted to make a Zebra. Sometimes fabric just speaks to me and this time it said “make me into a zebra !”

So here we are now and we would like you to meet Ziggi. He loves to give lots of cuddles with his movable arms and he listens to everything you say with his big floppy ears. Ziggi has a ruffled mane and tail, and how can you resist his big eyes and cheeky smile.

Ziggi Pattern

Ziggi Side View

Ziggi Face

He looks great made in vibrant fabrics of all colors, stripes and pattens, and could be made for a boy or girl.

Ziggi's

To celebrate we thought we would have another GIVEAWAY!

So we are giving away one paper pattern and one PDF pattern of Ziggi the Zebra. For your chance to win leave a comment below and tell us what animal you would like to see made into a softie. For an extra chance to win, LIKE our page on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/quiltinggems and make sure to mention it in your comment below.

We will draw the winners in one week on Monday the 10th June. The paper pattern will be sent in the mail and the PDF pattern emailed.

Good luck!

Shez Signiture

 

 

 

P.S. If you want to purchase a copy of this pattern NOW just CLICK HERE and you can buy and download it straight away!

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WINNERS of the Shazza and Bazza Pattern GIVEAWAY…

Thank you to everyone who commented on our giveaway. You all wrote such lovely comments and we are thrilled you like our Shazza and Bazza.

Shazza and Bazza

The winners are:

Robyn Taylor has won the hard copy of Shazza and Bazza with this lovely comment…

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And Jilli has won the PDF version of Shazza and Bazza with this lovely comment…

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Congratulations ladies, I hope you enjoy making them! I will be in contact shortly with you.

If you didn’t win you can still get your very own copy HERE.

Thanks so much again and we might just have to have another giveaway when we release our next pattern… so keep an eye out!

Happy Stitching

Shez Signiture

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NEW Pattern and GIVEAWAY – Shazza and Bazza a Kangaroo Family

Australian animals are so cute and very different from anywhere else in the world. So we thought we would add to our little Australian animal softies with this new pattern ‘Shazza and Bazza – a Kangaroo Family’.

The little Joey pops in and out of Shazza’s pouch and with movable arms and legs they make the cutest little family.

Kangaroo-Front-Photo-TP

Shazza has luscious lashes…

Shazza Kangaroo Face

… and Bazza has boyish brows.

Bazza Kangaroo Face

And we think the Joeys are just to0 cute!

Baby Joeys

To celebrate we thought we would have a GIVEAWAY!

So we are giving away one paper pattern and one PDF pattern of Shazza and Bazza. For your chance to win leave a comment below and tell us what your favourite Australian animal is. For an extra chance to win, LIKE our page on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/quiltinggems and mention it in your comment below.

We will draw the winners in one week on Friday the 5th April. The paper pattern will be sent in the mail and the PDF pattern emailed.

Good luck and happy Easter to everyone!

Shez Signiture

P.S. If you want to purchase a copy of this pattern NOW just CLICK HERE and you can buy and download it straight away!

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Our Show and Tell

Hi everyone, we have been a little quite lately on the blog front but we’ve still had busy little fingers. We’ve been working on some new softie patterns for next year and a new quilt that  is so cute, if you love our Snuffles and Ruffles pattern then you will love this quilt! Here’s a little sneak peek…

Hedgehog Quilt

We also have some exciting news… our softie patterns are now available at GJ’s Discount Fabrics on Lygon Street in Melbourne. If you haven’t been there then you should definitely go. It is such a beautiful shop and it has so many fabrics including fat 1/4’s for $2!

Now for our SHOW and TELL… we’ve been trying to finish some projects that’ve been on the back burner for such a long time. It feels so good to finish them off. So here’s what we’ve been up to…

Red and white Christmas bunting…

Christmas Bunting

These cute little hanging teddys I have had sitting around half-made for about 5 years and now they are finished and I love them so much! They have glass beads in their hands and feet so they just hang around and look pretty.

Christmas Teddy Bears

These are tooth fairy pilliows from Nancy Halvorsen’s book ‘Curiosities and Mischief’. I have 3 very cute nieces and the oldest, Scarlett, has already lost her first tooth so when we gave her the pillow the other two of course wanted one. So now when the next two lose their first teeth they can put them in the little pocket on the pillow and the tooth fairy will swap them for money.

Tooth Fairy Cushions

Mez had a farewell for a friend on Saturday who’s leaving work to have a baby. She made some very cute gifts…. a lion with a rattle inside…

Lion Baby Toy

…and these cute ice cream sundaes made with onesies, bibs and baby socks.

Ice Cream Sundae Gift

We used a McDonalds drink tray to hold the sundaes and finished it with some cellophane and a strip of scrapbooking paper.

Baby Gift

Last is a quilt I started a while ago, I had the top made and it just needed quilting. The background fabric is by one of my favourite designers Tula Pink. The Pattern is by Natalie Ross and it’s called “Going Bananas”. I love anything with monkeys on it and I am so pleased to have this finished.

Going Bananas by Natalie Ross

Do you have any UFO’s that you’re working on?

Till next time,

Happy Quilting!!

Shez Signiture

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How to make a Mad Hatters Hat

I don’t usually get into Halloween, but this year my boyfriends son needed some help with his costume. He had gone to the op shop and found most of what he needed for his Johnny Depp ‘Mad Hatter’ costume. All he needed was help with the hat and the bow tie.

Mad Hatters Costume

I really enjoyed making the hat because usually I’m sewing with fabric and so I don’t really get a chance to get my hands dirty. So here is my attempt at making a Mad Hatters Hat.

JJ had already purchased a cheap black top hat for the base of the hat, but it needed height and shape.

So firstly I made a tube shape out of cardboard that would fit over the crown of the top had. I stapled and masking taped the join together. Then I cut out a circle from the same cardboard about 1 1/2in bigger than the tube. I stuck the circle to one end of the tube using tape on the inside.

I used 2 pieces of lighter weight A4 sized cardboard and cut even slits halfway down the long side of each A4 sheet. I folded the ends of the slits so they would sit on top of the circle of card and glued both pieces to the tube so they formed a curve at the top.

Mad Hatters Hat

I used paper mache to cover the whole tube and to shape the crown of the hat. Once it had dried I used a glue gun to stick the shaped tube over the bought top hat.

How to make a Mad Hatters Hat

I then cut out some lace and randomly glued it onto the hat.

How to make a Mad Hatters Hat

I then painted the hat green, including the top of the brim. When it was dry I sponged a mixture of the green paint and dark brown paint over it…

How to make a Mad Hatters Hat

… and when that was dry I sponged some gold paint on very lightly just to highlight some of the lace texture, and finished it off with a coat of water based matte sealer.

How to make a Mad Hatters Hat

I made some hat pins out of kebab skewers by painting them gold and gluing beads on the end.

Mad Hatters Hat Pins

Using a hot glue gun I stuck the hat pins to the right side of the hat and then on the left side I stuck some peacock feathers.

How to make a Mad Hatters Hat

And lastly I tied some fabric around the brim and stuck a little ticket under the fabric.

How to make a Mad Hatters Hat

How to make a Mad Hatters Hat

JJ was very happy with his costume and had so much fun trick or treating!!

Mad Hatters Costume

Did you dress up for Halloween?

Shez Signiture

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NEW Pattern: Flamingo Fandango

A Fandango is an old Spanish courtship dance in triple time between a man and a woman. So when I saw a video on YouTube (HERE) of flamingos choosing their mate by the most amazing courtship dance. I was so amazed and in awe of these birds, that I couldn’t help but fall in love with their quirkiness and be inspired to design a fun flamingo quilt.

When I think of flamingos I think of those kitsch pink plastic lawn ornaments that were popular in the late 1950’s and 60’s. These were once seen as ugly and tacky but are vintage and cool today.

Pink lawn flamingos

So add dancing lawn flamingos, a sunset, bulrushes and waterlilies, mayflies and a ladybird and you have our new quilt pattern Flamingo Fandango!

Flamingo Fandango Quilt

It was so much fun to make and we love the zigzag/chevron border. We made it from Nancy Halvorsen’s range of fabrics called ‘Curiosities’. We have been a long time fan of Nancy’s fabrics and loved this range of bright spots, stripes and swirls.

So why not bring some vintage back into your life… CLICK HERE to get your Flamingo Fandango Quilt pattern.

Happy Quilting

Shez Signiture

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…and the WINNERS are…

Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments. We are so glad you like our Taffy the Tasmanian Devil.

Taffy Pattern

So without further ado, the winner of the Taffy hard copy pattern is….

Hard copy winner - Taffy Pattern

The winner of the Taffy PDF soft copy pattern is…

Soft copy winner - Taffy Pattern

So congratulations to Joan and Rosemary! I will be in touch to get your details.

If you didn’t win and you just have to have our Taffy, you can still buy the pattern HERE.

NOW time for another sneak peek of our new quilt pattern. We have been working on this for a little while and we have used one of our favorite fabric designers latest range.

So keep an eye out for this in the next few weeks.

Happy Quilting

Shez Signiture

 

 

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NEW Pattern and GIVEAWAY – Taffy the Tasmanian Devil

My favourite Australian animal has to be the Tasmanian devil. I’ve loved them ever since I was little. I think it was the cute little pink ears and nose and the distinctive white band across their front and back that got me.

Tasmanian devil

When we were thinking about our next softie pattern we thought this would be perfect to release around my birthday.

So we would like you to meet our Taffy the Tasmanian devil. Her white stripes are little frills, almost like a little frilled bikini and she has a cute little tail and button nose that you can’t help falling in love with.

Taffy Pattern

Taffy the Tasmanian devil - Side

She can be made from stash fabric, tone on tone or even patterned fabric. Why stop at just one… we couldn’t!

To celebrate Taffy’s new release and my birthday month we thought we would also have a giveaway. This is our second pattern in paper and downloadable form so why not give away one of each!

So all you have to do is ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page HERE and leave a comment below (on this post) to be in to win! (We will draw the winners on Thursday 27th September Australian time)

~~If you don’t use Facebook that’s ok… just make sure you leave a comment below, all comments will be included in the draw~~

We hope you love Taffy as much as we do!!

Happy Quilting

Shez Signiture

 

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The last ever E.L.F Quilt Show…

The weekend before last Mez and I went to the E.L.F Quilt show. We were very excited because this year Mez had two quilts showing and I had one. There’s something special about seeing your quilt on display with other quilts of such high caliber.

Unfortunately it was the last year for the show. I’m sure it takes a whole lot of time and effort to put a show on like this, so thank you ladies for all your hard work.

E.L.F Quilt Show

They had a table of little bits to buy, fabric, books, patterns and some yummy homemade marmalade which Mez couldn’t resist.

All the proceeds for the show went to Carrington Primary School and ‘Challenge – supporting kids with cancer’.

E.L.F Quilt Show

We were even more excited Monday morning when we found out both Mez and I had won the viewers choice awards… Mez for the ‘large quilt’ section and me for the ‘small quilt’ section.  It was a big honour being the last show and all.

Mez's Hydrangea Quilt

This is Mez’s Hydrangea Quilt she won Viewers Choice for ‘Large Quilt’.

Mez's ELF Ribbon

 Mez’s Tulip Quilt

Mez's Tulip Quilt

This is my French Connection Quilt that I won Viewers Choice for ‘Small Quilt’.

Shez's French Connection Quilt

Shezy's ELF Ribbon

The ribbons are so cool! I love that they are pieced!

Thanks again to everyone involved :-).

Till next time…

Happy Quilting

Shez Signiture

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Christmas in July… NEW Pattern

I love ‘Christmas in July’ for two reasons…

  1. We get to celebrate Christmas twice and who wouldn’t love that?
  2. And … it’s a great reminder to start projects and presents to have them finished by Christmas.

That’s why this year we decided to release our new Christmas Table Topper ‘Angel Cookies’ in July so there would be plenty of time to have it finished and on display for Christmas.

Angel Cookies Table Topper

Our ‘Angel Cookies’ pattern has three Christmas cooking angel stitcheries, Angelica the Icing Angel, Seraphina the Whisk Angel and Evangeline the Rolling Pin Angel. Each Angel has sparkly wings, shoes, dresses and a cute little saying that is progressive over the stitchery panels that says “A little sugar, a lot of spice, makes Christmas cookies oh so nice!”

The stripy candy-cane-like panels separate the stitcheries, and the topper is surrounded by a scalloped border around the edge. It would look great under a cute table-top Christmas tree, or yummy ‘Angel Cookies’ that you can share with friends and family.

If you would like to buy the pattern or read their story of how they become Christmas Angels CLICK HERE. You will also find our FREE recipe for Angel Cookies.

Angel Stitcheries

To read about Angelica the Icing Angel, Seraphina the Whisk Angel and Evangeline the Rolling Pin Angel… just CLICK HERE.

Happy Quilting!

Shez Signiture

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What we’ve been up too…

We’ve had so much going on in the las few weeks… not all Quilting Gems related. So I thought I would post a few photos of what we’ve been up to.

My niece had her 1st birthday last weekend and Mez and I spent Saturday baking and icing a very pink princess castle cake.  We were so happy with the results and it tasted really good too. I made a regular round for the center part and then the three towers were each cooked in a soup tin…. and it worked really well.

Amelia's Princess Castle Cake

It was my very special mans birthday last week and I wanted to make something super special for him. But what can you make for a man that dosen’t need anything? Well a French Teddy Bear of course!

His family is part French and it is a very big part of his life so I thought they would make a perfect match. He still needs a name… something French… any ideas?

French Teddy Bear

French Teddy Bear

And now for another sneak peek of our Christmas in July pattern which is nearly ready to be released. Just have to finish the last part of the pattern and hope for some nice weather for a photo shoot.

Icing Angel

Whisk Angel

Rolling Pin Angel

 

Till next time… Happy Quilting!

Shez Signiture

 

 

 

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My Secret Obsession…

I just wanted to share with you one of my most favourite creatures in the world. I am slightly obsessed with this cute little animal… the Hedgehog. Growing up in New Zealand, we regularly had hedgehogs in our back yard. We wouldn’t always see them but we knew they were there because of the presents they left behind for us in the morning.

That’s why I felt a need to make a Hedgehog softie. So out of my love for these cute little animals Snuffles and Ruffles were born. Mez and I are nearly finished a Snuffles and Ruffles quilt which will have our signature ruffles on it as well.

Sneak peek of our Sunffles and Ruffles Quilt… COMING SOON!

Hedgehog Quilt

The last couple of times I’ve been back to NZ I’ve tried my hardest to photograph a Hedgehog, without any luck. Last year when I was there I told my Aunty Dot (who is a fabulous photographer) of my small obsession and my mission to snap a photo of a hedgehog. A few months ago she called me to say she had rescued a hedgehog from a friend with whom the hedgehog was eating all her cats food and making a right mess of her verandah. She went over and collected the little hedgehog in order to release it somewhere else.

Needles to say there is now a little hedgehog living in my Aunties garden… SO JEALOUS!!

As she was releasing it she managed to get some beautiful photos. So I thought I would share them with you and get you just as obsessed as I am!!

Hedgehog Photographs by Dot Mullay

Hedgehog in the Flowers

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

Happy Quilting

Shez Signiture

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To pattern write or not to pattern write?

I started designing this quilt about 8 years ago. It all started with one piece of fabric I bought at Gail’s Patchwork Emporium in Ballarat. I love all things vintage and Jane Austen. I also have a fondness for pink and black together. So out of this one piece of fabric I started a journey of designing, fabric collecting and stitching.

Pink and Black Vintage Quilt

The layout was pretty simple and didn’t really change from the beginning. I wanted this quilt to be about the fabric and the appliqués. The first block I designed was the Cameo and that is really how the blocks got their look.

I really love the idea of appliqué blocks of simple black silhouettes with pink accents on them, just like the cameo with a light shell/stone image on front and a dark background. I wanted it to be ornate and pretty so I accentuated each block with beads, lace or buttons.

Cameo Block

Cameo

Shoe Block

Vintage Boot

Handbag Block

Victorian Purse

Bonnet Block

Victorian Bonnet

Fan Block

Lace Fan

It took me a while to create each block as I researched ideas and drew lots of sketches. When I was finally happy with a sketch I would then draw it up on the computer and play with it some more.

I did one block at a time, finishing one and looking for inspiration for the next… which sometimes was months later. When I finally finished all the blocks it was time to put it all together. I had collected the hanger right back in the beginning so new what size it had to be, so I couldn’t add anything else to it. So after a little advice from my Dad… yes ladies, Dads and Husbands sometimes have the best ideas and advice, it all came together.

9 Patch Block in between appliqués (it was the pink shoe fabric in the middle on the right which started it all).

I had the wonderful Anita from Hillside Quilting quilt it for me. It has been finished for a while now and my plan was to write the pattern as a ‘Block of the Month’. But it was such a long journey from beginning to end that I really just wanted to enjoy it for a while before I attempted to write the pattern. Then we moved on to Macarons and Hedgehogs and I really wasn’t sure if I should write the pattern or just enjoy it as a very special project.

So what do you think? Would you like me to write the pattern?

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Happy Quilting

Shez Signiture

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Macaron Heaven!

It’s been a long time coming but finally we are releasing our new quilt pattern La Patisserie! It was inspired by my trip to Paris and my new love of anything French, especially Macarons.

La Patisserie Macaron Quilt

Can’t you just imagine yourself gazing in the windows of a French Patisserie, with dozens of different scrumptious macarons on display, and then sipping a latte and eating a macaron at a wrought iron table under a striped awning in Paris. My idea of heaven!!

La Patisserie is made mostly from a Jelly Roll – Pom Pom de Paris by French General, and has four Macaron inspired stitcheries each with appliqué ribbons and an ornate scalloped border.

Set of Macaron Stitcheries

Scalloped border on each block…

Border Scalloped Edge

 We hope you like it as much as we do! You can CLICK HERE to buy it now! And if you still haven’t had enough of macarons yet (like us) then keep an eye out for our 3rd macaron inspired project… cute and easy macaron sewing accessories!

Happy Quilting!

Shez Signiture

 

 

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AQC 2012

What an awesome day at the AQC show (Australasian Quilt Convention)!! Mez and I had both decided not to spend too much at the show this year… hmmm… we didn’t manage to stick to that… oops! We saw lots of familiar faces and met some lovely new friends.

We caught up with Snuffles at Patchwork with Gail B’s stand… he was very much enjoying himself, just hanging around talking to people (hee hee).

Snuffles the Hedgehog AQC 2012
We also saw something else very familiar… YES that’s right… our ‘Mad about Macarons’ wall hangings were over at the Homespun Magazine stand. It was nice to see them again… they have been away from home for a while now.

Homespun Stand AQC 2012
We also spent a long time looking at and admiring all the quilts in the Quilt Show. My favourite group of quilts were the Jane Austen inspired quilts. Anybody that knows me will know that I am slightly obsessed with anything Jane Austen. These four quilts were inspired by the magnificent houses in the books.

‘Rosings’ by Katrina Hadjimichael

Rosings Quilt by Katrina Hadjimichael

‘Longborne’ by Katrina Hadjimichael

Longbourne Quilt by Katrina Hadjimichael
‘Pemberley’ by Katrina Hadjimichael

Pemberley Quilt by Katrina Hadjimichael
‘Netherfield’ by Katrina Hadjimichael

Netherfield Quilt by Katrina Hadjimichael

But I think my favourite of all the quilts is this one called ‘Orang-utans’ by Helen Godden for the AP&Q AQC Challenge ‘What the world needs now’. I have loved Orang-utans ever since I was a child and a few years ago I was lucky enough to see them in the wild. My dream would be to one day create a quilt like this from one of my photos taken in Borneo.

Orangutan Quilt by Helen Godden

I would love to hear what your favourite part of the show is or what your dream quilt would be to make.

Happy Quilting!

Shez Signiture

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April Homespun Cover Girl!

What a busy Easter weekend, full of family, friends and of course chocolate! Our weekend started off with a big BANG!… when I picked up a copy of the April Homespun Magazine. I was so excited to see that my little ‘Mad about Macarons’ project was on the cover! It is even more special as it is a Parisian-inspired issue… all things French!

April Homespun Cover

April Homespun Inside 1

April Homespun Inside 2

This pattern has been a long time coming as I first fell in love with macarons when I was in Paris in February 2011 on a trip with my boyfriend. Since then Macarons have become popular here in Australia mostly due to Masterchef and Adriano Zumbo’s Macaron Tower.

This cute little 3 part stitchery can be made in a weekend and would look so cute in any room or kitchen. I used a part of a charm square pack but it would be a great little project to use fabrics from your stash too. I do suggest however, that while you’re sitting stitching you enjoy a couple of scrumptious macarons just to set the mood. My favorite are Raspberry and Chocolate.

Macaron's on plate

After designing ‘Mad about Macarons’, we decided that it just wasn’t enough and we wanted more macaron projects, so we designed a quilt and some sewing accessories as well. We hope to release the quilt pattern this week and the sewing accessories in a couple of weeks.

We hope you like our ‘Mad about Macarons’ pattern, and if you want to see it in person it will be displayed at the Homespun Magazine stand at the Australasian Quilt Convention this coming weekend in Melbourne. We will be going, so hope to see you there!!

Happy Quilting

Shez Signiture

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Next months Homespun – sneak peek

Since going to Paris last year I fell in love with all things French especially Macarons, and I have been slightly obsessed with them ever since.

So we decided to design some Macaron flavoured projects, one of which is coming out in next months (April) edition of Homespun Magazine. I was so excited when I read in this month’s edition that the theme of next month’s magazine is going to be… ‘All things French’! I actually didn’t know that it was a French theme.

March Homespun Magazine

My boyfriend’s family is half French and when we were in Paris we celebrated our first Valentine’s day. So these projects are extra special to me and hold a special place in my heart.  We have a quilt pattern and some cute Macaron accessories to complement the pattern in Homespun.  I hope you enjoy making them.

Happy Quilting!

Shez Signiture

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and the WINNER is…

And the winner of the Snuffles and Ruffles giveaway is… Chris!

Congratulations Chris, I don’t have your last name but you are the only ‘Chris’ that commented on the post. I have your details and I will send you out an email just to confirm.

 Thanks so much to everyone that commented. We are in the midst of a new quit pattern to accompany Snuffles and Ruffles, so keep an eye our for that. We also have a pattern coming up in the April issue of Homespun Magazine… which will be a tasty treat!! (hint… hint)

Well I’m off to do some fabric shopping… one of my favourite jobs!

Happy Quilting

Shez Signiture

 

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