looks like a real one

by Nova on July 15, 2014

a real cardigan that is!graphite cardi looks like a real one

Amazed myself that I made this & chuffed to bits with the result.

The yarn (Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Onyx) is beautiful & so so soft and  the pattern (Ochre – Okrankeltainen jakku by Veera Valimaki) was a joy to knit, with lovely little details in the eyelets & sleeve gathers.

graphite cardi back sleeve detail looks like a real one

graphite cardi sleeve detail looks like a real one

Pattern recommends adding a hook & eye fastening but I skipped adding that preferring to use a brooch should  I want to wear it wrapped across.

graphite cardi brooch looks like a real one

Though I like the drapey open look too.graphite cardi open looks like a real oneI was super nervous when it came to blocking the finished piece but found a good tutorial here & can’t express how grateful I was to my gifted blocking wires (thanks Fi! x). Blocking truly  is a bit of a magical process.

One all round happy knitter here!

Yarn & pattern details over on Ravelry.




by Nova on July 1, 2014

It’s been ages since I made a fabric bowl!

fabric box  +++

It’s a handy storage  addition for a friends nursery.

I made the 7″ size adding  a simple pieced plus panel with handles that can be used to drag it around later by little hands.

fabric box tutorial +++

Hand stitches & a little tag were added  to finish.

fabric bowl +++

project notes:

Pattern details here :)
Fabrics = Kona Snow & Kona Charcoal
Perle 8 thread for the hand stitches.




by Nova on June 5, 2014

Not a lot quilting has been going on in these parts of late so it was nice to have a bit of a quilty fix when I was over West recently. I visited the Salvage/Selvedge exhibition at the wonderful Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle.

83 quilts made by 45 quilters over 15 months.  All made from an array of donated fabrics (from suiting, corduroy, upholstery, vintage, ties & more!) in 3 designs only – horizontal, quilt as you go or log cabin. The variety within these boundaries was incredible & the mix of textures were right up my quilty street.

We were encouraged to touch the quilts & flip them over to see their just as wonderful backs. LOVE that.

Photos don’t do them justice but I’m sharing a few shots  anyway ;)

ss4 inspiring...

Salvageselvedge1 inspiring...

ss3 inspiring...

ss col 2 inspiring...

ss col 4 inspiring...

sscol1 inspiring...

ss161 inspiring...

ss col 31 inspiring...

All the quilts were to be auctioned off as a fundraising event.




by Nova on May 15, 2014

As a long time lover of Liberty fabrics it was very lovely to be invited over to the Liberty Craft Blog for an interview last weekend. Hop over to the Liberty Craft Blog for the full interview….. liberty Liberty...


Stripey, patterny socks

by Nova on April 28, 2014

An autumnal nip in the air means it must almost  be sock wearing time! Yay!

I finished this pair in the midst of summer & I have to say that self patterning yarn has got to be the most fun ever to knit with!

self patterning socks Stripey, patterny socks

The yarn was a gift from a friends de-stash & a chance to practice sock knitting after I was almost traumatised by my first pair! I tried a different heel technique this time & it worked like a charm - the fish kiss lips heel. Weird name but great results & a perfect fit as promised in the pattern.

Pattern & yarn notes in Ravelry.


Bunny Nugget

by Nova on April 17, 2014

bunny nugget Bunny Nugget

a cute little knitty project perfect for itty bits of leftover yarn :)

Have a Happy Easter & enjoy the lovely long weekend!




geese in the corner

by Nova on April 12, 2014

Inspired by the gorgeous ‘in the clouds’ quilt  from the book ‘Modern Designs from Classic Quilts by Kelly Biscopink & Andie Johnson’ I made a more down to earth version in the form of a play mat.

geese in the corner geese in the corner

I used Kona Charcoal for the background with snippets of scraps & fussy cuts for the geese. It’s a gift for friends expecting identical twin boys & it was fun to pick out fabrics that the parents to be as well as the boys would enjoy.

geese in the corner 4 geese in the corner

geese in the corner 5 geese in the cornerBacked with some scallop fabric from Spotlight

geese in the corner 2 geese in the corner

& quilted with a mix of machine & hand stitches

geese in the corner 31 geese in the corner

I really enjoyed making this one!

Finished size approx  60″ x 60″

The baby shower has been & gone and the play mat gifted but I had to share this recipe – my contribution to the pre-babies afternoon tea was a Lemon Meringue Cake. I reeeeeeally love to cook but rarely share recipes here, however this recipe was requested many times that afternoon so I thought I’d share it with you too :)

lemon meringue cake geese in the corner

If lemon is your thing then I encourage you to make this one (preferably this weekend, you won’t regret it I promise)  – it’s super easy & super scrummy! It’s a Nigella Lawson recipe from her ‘Feast’ book but you can find the recipe on her website too.  Homemade lemon curd is not essential but way yummier than shop bought & it’s not tricky. I like Ruby’s recipe, its a nice rich one using yolks only.

Happy baking!



Sneak Peeks & a Winner!

by Nova on February 10, 2014

I hope you enjoyed reading about  the wonderfully inspiring book,  Quilting with a Modern Slant by Rachel May & thank you for taking the time to tell me what inspired you to quilt modern. I really loved reading your comments! Thank you :)

Storey Publishing were kind enough to send me some pictures from inside the book to share. Enjoy the sneak peek then pick yourself up a copy quick sticks! You won’t be disappointed.

67 GammaOneConversions Sneak Peeks & a Winner!

[Page 67 – Photo – Gamma One Conversions.  Hope as the Anchor of the Soul(Mount Lebanon Series #3) by Denyse Schmidt, 85″ x 92″. Image courtesy of Storey Publishing]

47 cJohnPolak Sneak Peeks & a Winner!

[Page 47 – Photo by (c) John Polak.  Coal Fraction Quilt (2009) by Rossie Hutchinson, 74″ x 86″ quilted by Bernie Olszewski. Image courtesy of Storey Publishing]

Don’t forget to visit the next  spots on the book tour for more insights into Quilting with a Modern Slant…

29 Jan -  Patchwork Posse
30 Jan -  Inside Storey
3 Feb -  Craft Buds
9 Feb -  Dining Room Empire
11 Feb -  In Color Order
12 Feb – Pink Penguin

99Chris Pullman WhitneyMuseumofAmericanArt NYNY Sneak Peeks & a Winner!

[Page 99 - Photo by Chris Pullman, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York. From “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics episode 6, “How Quilts Are Viewed and Collected,” produced by The Kentucky Quilt Project. Image courtesy of Storey Publishing]

55 KyoungAeCho Sneak Peeks & a Winner!

[Page 55 – Photo courtesy of Kyoung Ae Cho.  Fallen by Kyoung Ae Cho, 42″ x 42. Image courtesy of Storey Publishing]


175 cJohnPolak Sneak Peeks & a Winner!

[Page 175 – Photo by (c) John Polak.  Seattle Star, by Katie Pedersen, 60″ x 60″, machine quilted by Krista Withers. Image courtesy of Storey Publishing]

………& one lucky modern quilter gets a copy of Quilting with A modern Slant delivered to their door! Yay! That is commenter number 20….

qwams giveaway winner number Sneak Peeks & a Winner!

 That’s you Katy!

20 Sneak Peeks & a Winner!

Drop me a line with your postal address Katy! Yippee!

Quilting with a Modern Slant is well worth a read, it’s a lovely book that you will find yourself dipping into over & again. It’s  available now at your local bookstore, library or online

Disclaimer: Storey Publishing invited me to participate in this blog tour & sent me a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions  within this book review are my own.


Quilting with a Modern Slant

by Nova on February 6, 2014

I was thrilled to be invited along on the blog tour of Rachel May’s book ‘Quilting with a Modern Slant’.

QuiltingModernSlant1 Quilting with a Modern Slant

[image courtesy of Storey Publishing]

I really really like this book. I’ve read it twice already, cover to cover. It’s a book of stories & inspiration rather than a traditional quilting book. While it gives a comprehensive guide to quilt basics, supplies etc and includes lots of projects & tutorials from some of the 70+ (!) contributors, where this book won me over was it’s chats with designers from the modern quilting world.

Many of the names you will recognize & some may be new to you as they were to me.  There are a few of my personal quilty heros within the pages & to learn more about what inspires them is a treat. & the pictures! Oh the pictures are just lovely & like the contributors there are a lot of them which  is always a  winner.

The book is divided into 7 chapters including topics such as Play, Improv, Colour & Tradition – all music to these eclectic ears!

I noticed a common thread  that ran through many of the conversations with the quilters in the book.  That was to find your own style & make what you love. Be true to yourself – take inspiration from those around you and your surroundings but ultimately enjoy the make & find your quilty voice as it were. I love the whole ‘Inspiration Pay it Forward’ thing.

I also enjoyed the tips & snippets that are scattered in bite size bits throughout the book.

We quilt for all sorts of reasons; inspiration strikes & we are hooked. I’ve sewn for years but can remember discovering the world of modern quilting & just knowing it was going to be a good fit.

What inspired you to quilt modern? Maybe it was  blog you stumbled upon or a quilt magazine, an exhibition, a friends quilt, a gift or maybe it was some fabric that lead you on the path to modern quilting?

& what inspired me to quilt modern?  I remember back in the day discovering Amy Butlers Lotus fabric range, most notably the Full Moon Polka Dots & Wall Flower designs -  I have had a love affair with those dots ever since! I’m not quite sure what it was about that particular range – the designs, the colours,  the scale & most probably the nostalgia of them being the first modern quilting fabrics I owned.  Interestingly, in the book one of the designers cites this fabric as being a bit of a springboard for them too.

As I felt my way in this brave new (well, not so new but it was all new to me!) world  there were a few blogs I followed that I just couldn’t get enough of  & still read to this day, among them are – Tallgrass Prairie Studio, Film in The Fridge, Sew Katie Did  , Sew Mama Sew  (many, many more followed in quick succession!) …. all of whom feature in the book.  A while  later I was lucky enough to visit an exhibition of the Quilts of Gee’s Bend when they visited  Brisbane & I was smitten.

The very best thing though is that the inspiration sources are ongoing & that is the exciting thing about this world of modern quilting we are lucky enough to sew in :)

I’d love to hear  your story about what inspired you to quilt modern – whether you’re a seasoned sewer, a newbie or  you haven’t sewn a stitch yet! Leave a comment about what has inspired you for a chance to win a copy of this delightful book courtesy of Storey Publishing.  I’ll pick a winner this coming Sunday evening Brisvegas time. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Catch up with more stops on the book tour at these inspiring spots:

29 Jan -  Patchwork Posse

30 Jan -  Inside Storey

3 Feb -  Craft Buds

9 Feb -  Dining Room Empire

11 Feb -  In Color Order

12 Feb – Pink Penguin

Quilting with a Modern Slant is available now at your local bookstore, library or online

eta: a sneak peek at some pictures from inside the book here!

Disclaimer: Storey Publishing invited me to participate in this blog tour & sent me a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions  within this book review are my own.



by Nova on February 2, 2014

First quilt finish of 2014. Hurrah!

Umbrella Prints Quilt First

The main fabrics are from Umbrella Prints, from their Floating Worlds collection with some stash fabrics & solids mixed in. Pattern & fabric notes are back here.

I found a great big piece of linen blend fabric at the opp shop just after I completed the quilt top, talk about serendipitous as it was the perfect match for this quilt & the perfect amount with plenty to spare. Love that.  I wonder who throws out such huge quantities of linen fabric but I’m kind of happy they do!

Umbrella Prints FirstI used iron on cotton batting for the first time & it is ace. LOVE it. No more pins, no more spray! Gotta be happy with that. It was super simple to use. I was a little worried using it on a fairly large quilt but I had no dramas at all with it  & no puckers. *

I quilted it with relaxed lines &  bound it with some Ume print from the Floating World range in Russian caravan colourway. I love the dark & dotty effect for the binding :)

Umbrella Prints Floting Worlds quilt First

I really really love this quilt -  the colours, the prints,  the mix of textures, the size,  the quilting. I love that most of my corners match up (thanks to the nifty little seam guide on my Feathrweight). Just needs a wash now to get the crinkle happening & i may just love it a little bit more then.

Thanks Carly & Amy for inviting me play with your beautiful fabrics. I had a ball!

*eta: I had quite a few comments about the iron on batting so wanted to add a bit more info. I’m not sure of the brand, sorry.  Basically you sandwich your 3 layers together & give it all a good iron with steam & all 3 layers adhere together. Much like spray baste though you can pull the fabric back to reposition it.

Here’s what I did – I have a cutting table that I use as an ironing board also, it’s pretty big but not as big as a quilt (Approx 62″ x 40″). It’s covered with thick batting & calico. I guess the floor would be ok too? I ironed the backing & laid it out across the cutting table. Next I laid out the batting over the backing & smoothed it over with my hands, if it’s been folded it’s a good idea to open it out on a spare bed for a day just to relax the fold marks.  Next came the quilt top (which I’d already ironed). I smoothed it out by hand & when I was happy with the position I gave it a slow press with the iron on steam. Once I’d done the table tops worth I moved the quilt over & pressed the rest with steam until all the top had been pressed.  All 3 layers were stuck but just to be sure I flipped it over & gave the back a quick press.  I did do a Google search & found some folks pin around the edges but I didn’t worry & it was fine.  AS with spray baste you will want to wash your quilt before use to remove the adhesive.

Hope that helps :)