It’s TIME.

Tick Tock. Tick Tock.

I have two sons. They are at the age where everything is a competition. Who can do it the fastest? Who is the quickest? Who do I think is the best? We have just spent the school holidays together, and it was lovely to have some time to do things that had no time limits. Lovely long walks – where we didn’t have to be anywhere, just home before dark.

Here’s counting down to the next batch of school holidays, but in the meantime the real world has us all back on schedule. And sometimes craft has a schedule too. Today is my turn on the “Quilting on the Go- English paper Piecing” book tour schedule, and I am chuffed to be here.

Sharon and I have talked about her book, and a number of the projects in it, for a good while before the book arrived. I knew a number of other talented makers were tackling the quilts from the book, so was firmly of the view that I did not want to ‘compete’ in that space, and that I would make a small pouch, pillow even. (And thank goodness. Have you seen @quilty_carlie ‘s bird version of the cover quilt? Just brilliant!)

A pillow. Wee pouch. Totally doable. Fool proof. Even I could turn out a pillow or pouch that would be photograph worthy.

But then the book arrived. It was read and re-read over a few days, and the idea for clocks took hold.

First, source mechanisms. Check.

Maybe I would like some choices for clock hands? Also Check.

Then decide fabric. Check. Check. (Lucky I had a bit lying about).

2 inch hexie papers. Sorted. (I like BIG shapes, and these are ace).

I believe we are ready.

I found the clock a really pleasurable project. So much so that I made two in just a few days.

The thing I most like about this project. You are not going to remove your papers. I tend to be a bit heavy handed with glue when I EPP, so had a lovely time really sticking these babies down, and they are not going anywhere. Anytime. Ever. Stick them down well. Rejoice in the delight that is heavy handedness.

I also love the big shapes. In two very different versions I used fabrics that lend themselves to large shapes. Naturally you can fussy cut every piece (you need 19 for each clock), or a few to provide accents in the piece.

For the backing, Craft Board is recommended in the book. That’s readily available and can be easily cut with a hand held blade. For both my versions I actually used 3mm ply board. For a few reasons. I live out of town, and it’s winter, and I did not fancy a 30 minute each way car ride and the ply board was right here in the shed. (Thank you Himself Husband). It’s also straightforward to cut and provides great structure. I stuck my fabric piece using an everyday (clear drying) craft clue, that I had at home.

The first clock I made (was surprisingly using text fabric) and was gifted to my Dad, and has hung in his living room for over ten days. It was my crash test dummy for the time keeping mechanism. It is keeping perfect time.

The second version is hanging at the Studio. It’s a combination of Tula Pink Precut hexies (making things even quicker) and some uber cool Fish prints.

The single copy I have had of Sharon’s book has been very well read by now. There’s several dog eared pages of things I may have started or have plans for. Like many I have been waiting for my wholesale order of books to arrive. The arrival date has been a moving feast BUT the motherload is now imminent. (Actually by the time you are reading this post I will be licking stamps on your orders). Yee-book-hah.

This is a very nice book.

Congratulations Sharon. What a thrill it all must be, and I for one am thrilled you have delivered your EPP passion so well in print form.

So – to speak retail for just a mo.

In addition to supplies to make a clock kit, we also have full template and papers kits for three of the quilts contained within.

Books available here. (Buy local, we love that).

Clock kits and mechanisms right here.

And paper/template kits for book quilts are here.

So righty-oh. I think that’s my piece done, in time!

Cheers. Toodlepip and happy stitching.

AvB

Scan and Cut – in the house!

The one where someone else has done the work for you.

Got to really be grateful about that.

My friend, Sharon Burgess, has the ability to pump out a lot of craft. She has been road testing the Brother Scan N Cut for several months, with great results.

Stocking these machines has been a desire of mine for many many many months, and is now a happy reality. But rather than write a long blog post about all the many ways to use it (specifically for English Paper Piecing) I can happily refer you to the LilabelleLaneCreations blog, where you really can ‘Read all about it’.

(Image credits to Sharon Burgess – Lilabelle Lane Creations).

Should you choose to purchase a unit, outright, you have the chance to save some significant coin. Or Lay Buy, in a more affordable way, and you will have it to play with before the Christmas holidays.

The link to my online listing is here.

Good times ahead.

New Club. Commencing 1st July 2017.

In mid April 2017 I offered a hand cut 5 inch charm pack of low volume fabrics. It was so well supported I thought I would continue the theme, and start a club, so we all get to have the same fun regularly.

Think of it as a fabulous (inexpensive) charm swap, with a bunch of your friends, but where I have done the cutting for you.

Offering hand cut charms six times a year, you have the choice of simply mix and matching the themes (and months) that appeal to you most, or jump on board all six sets, and save some coin.

The designers featured will include Alison Glass, Elizabeth Hartman, Tim Holtz, Tula Pink and whatever new and emerging designers blow my hair back, across design houses Free Spirit, Moda, Art Gallery, Lecien, Andover and others.

I will choose well, as let’s face it, I have loads to choose from.

Here’s the plan. 48 charms, (two of each of 24 prints) in each of these themes, delivered in the following months.

Text Charms (July 2017)
Modern Basics (Geometric, Dots, Stripes, Cross hatch) (Sept 2017)
Bright Modern florals (Nov 2017)
Modern Prints Rainbow (Jan 2018)
Solids (Mar 2018)
Low Volume 2 (May 2018). We will finish where we began, and this bundle will feature all new fabrics, so no repeats to those of you who purchased the most recent bundle, (April 2017).

Choose any single pack and the price is $22 ea (plus $3.30 Aust Shipping).

Choose all six, with full payment now, and the price is $19.20 ea, so $135 for all six, which includes your postage in Australia.

Or if you want to have all six, but pay each time, then there is that option also.  We will invoice you at the start of the month, in which there is a delivery.

Details online here.

International orders are welcome, and we have estimated postage, and we shall simply invoice you if additional postage is required.

#cottonfactorycommunitycharmoff is the hashtag we are using, and like all things related to social media and craft, we’d just love it if you started spreading the word.

 

Aussie Aussie Aussie, launch launch launch

As I type a host of Australian designers are launching their fabrics and patterns at Spring Quilt Market in the USA. This market is being held in St Louis.

(A few of us are finding it hard to get out of bed as we are glued to our devices watching the Instagram feeds!)

I have already picked out a few of my favourite fabrics from both Jodie Carleton and Claire Turpin. Handy little numbers that will be right at home in your stash.

Modern refracted light – in four colours. 

Water droplets – lovely calming colour. 

Seagulls with attitude (reminds me of a teenager I know)

Or the handiest dots I have seen in forever.

Arriving in June, I have listed these online, at the cost effective price of just $16pm. That is so affordable for the Australian market, and reflects the beauty of Australian designed and Australian marketed/distributed products.

Get your seagull, dotty, refracted light laughing gear onto it.

Cheers,

AvB

Now THIS is going to be good.

Chroma by Alison Glass.

Her best yet in the Handcrafted series.

Incredible colour. To die for new patterns.

Fat Eight and Fat Quarter bundles now listed online. Also listed are five brand new patterns, which just have to be seen. Actually they are crying out to be made.

Arriving at my place in July. Lay Buy options also listed online.

Enjoy the rainbow of eye candy.


The Snugglier, the Better

You know that feeling when you just fall for someone the first time you meet them?

By way of background – I am very confident that I am a heterosexual, middle age Mother, with all the joys of tired joints, greying hair and hormone variations (that are memorable).

But when I met Josephine Kelly, of The Very Snuggly Quilt program, I was absolutely taken with her energy, commitment, organisation, (good looks and great hair) personality and charm.

Whether Ms Kelly likes it or not, she will be spending more time with me! I have a definite craft-crush on her.

The Very Snuggly Quilt program is a charity quilting group run under the Victorian Quilters Inc. banner. (https://www.facebook.com/verysnugglyquiltgrogram/)

On the second Tuesday of every month the group deliver an amazing 170 to 200 quilts to the children who are patients at the Royal Children Hospital, located in Melbourne, Australia. (Hat’s off to the care givers in every children’s hospital, all around the world).

That’s every month people. They undertake to visit all wards except short term stays.

It is hoped that these quilts will provide some extra warmth and comfort to the children and their families at a difficult time.

Families frequently express their surprise that people generously spend time to create something that is then given to a child they do not know. As you can imagine, the quilts quickly become treasured possessions, with many of the children bringing the quilt back to hospital for another appointments or future admissions.

The group rely on fabric donations. They receive some fantastically generous support. They also receive a lot of brown fabric. A lot of very dated fabric, and we all know how quickly fashion changes, including in the world of fabric.

Cotton Factory will host a Charitable Sewing Day later this year. We will be actively seeking support from our local crafting community to come and sew on the day, and provide a good number of quilts to this fantastic cause.

But that got me thinking. The Cotton Factory Community is so much broader than the township of Ballarat, so I wanted to give everyone the chance to make a contribution to The Very Snuggly Quilt Program, by way of a fabric donation.

As soon as I had the idea I decided that we should set a target. First I thought 20 metres, then 50. But in no time at all I decided we should endeavour to donate 100 metres of fabric to this group, and really pump up their stash with some modern lovelies.

Each donation will be acknowledged. I’ll take care of the Big Cartel fees, the PayPal fees, the GST, blah blah blah, plus the cutting fees.

We are giving you the chance to buy a metre of fabric – at a substantial discount to retail, such that we make this affordable for all – and can race towards the target.

Fabric will be cut and labelled with your details at the time of purchase, and then presented to Josephine at the sewing day in August this year.

Choose the theme or colour of fabric you would like to donate, and we will do the rest for you.

As I will be handing each folded and wrapped metre of fabric to Josephine personally, there is no shipping charged, so crafters from all around the world are welcome to participate.

Here’s the link. You just decide what type of fabric you would like to donate.

Thankyou in advance crafters. Nothing like a community of people pulling together.

#cottonfactorycommunitycharmoff

In mid April 2017 I offered a hand cut 5 inch charm pack of low volume fabrics. It was so well supported I thought we would continue the theme, and start a club, so we get to have the same fun regularly.

So, let’s launch this thing.

Offering hand cut charms six times a year, you have the choice of simply mix and matching the themes (and months) that appeal to you most, or jump on board all six sets, and save some coin.

The designers featured will include Alison Glass, Elizabeth Hartman, Tim Holtz, Tula Pink and whatever new and emerging designers blow my hair back, across design houses Free Spirit, Moda, Art Gallery, Lecien, Andover and others.

I will choose well, as let’s face it, I have loads to choose from.

Here’s the plan. 48 charms, (two of each of 24 prints) in each of these themes, delivered in the following months.

Text Charms (July 2017)
Modern Basics (Geometric, Dots, Stripes, Cross hatch) (Sept 2017)
Bright Modern florals (Nov 2017)
Modern Prints Rainbow (Jan 2018)
Solids (Mar 2018)
Low Volume 2 (May 2018). We will finish where we began, and this bundle will feature all new fabrics, so no repeats to those of you who purchased the most recent bundle, (April 2017).

Choose any single pack and the price is $22 ea (plus $3.30 Aust Shipping).
Choose all six and the price is $19.20 ea, so $135 for all six, which includes your postage in Australia.

International orders are welcome, and we have estimated postage, and we shall simply invoice you if additional postage is required.

#cottonfactorycommunitycharmoff is the hashtag we are using, and like all things related to social media and craft, we’d just love it if you started spreading the word.

Image courtesy of @charlisadesigns, who spread out her recent Low Volume charms, upon receiving them.

Here’s the link you will need: http://cottonfactory.bigcartel.com/product/2017-2018-cotton-factory-5-inch-charm-off-club

Bonnie and Camille Tins

The one where a Bonnie and Camille fan contacted me, and offered to add in a little something extra, if we could do a joint promo.

Seems like a fine idea to me.

Here’s the link http://blog.lilabellelanecreations.com/ to that ‘someone’s’ blog post.

Cheers, peeps.

Enjoy.

You asked for it

Since the launch early in 2016 I have had many requests to offer the Patchwork Puzzle collaborative quilt along, as a block of the month. Thank you for your interest in this lovely quilt – and for nudging me to make this happen.

In truth it has taken a bit of sorting, (as we are working as a group of one dozen Australian retailers) and in January 2017 we are cleared for take off!

One block, each month for 12 months, and with your final block in December, the big juicy Finishing Kit. It could not be easier.

I am also making the commitment to make this beauty, so you are invited to join my journey as we all tackle this head on.  I will start a FB group just for the Cotton Factory Community participants, and we will rock n roll this thing (of beauty) in unison.

You can sign up online, right here, or give me a tingle at 0434 600 817 for those who prefer to provide credit card details by phone. Your monthly fee can then be paid either by Pay Pal invoice, or directly against your preferred credit card.

So here is the eye candy to whet your appetite. I am limiting the number of participants, as these things tend to work best when small and manageable, and that way we can all help each other along the way.

Imagine how colourful our sewing rooms will look this time next year.

Toodle pip (and happy stitching) for now.

AvB

 

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Aussie Design. Many flavours.

Three new ranges are about to hit the Studio.

I cannot possibly decide on single bolts, so am offering bundles, to ensure we all get a little bit of all of it.

All very different.

All rather captivating – for different reasons.

Outback Wife – rich vintage inspired florals, printed on a gorgeous Barkcloth.

Eureka – rich with gold and depicting the gold rush of times gone by.

Sewing School – right here in the ‘here and now’ of teaching children to sew.

Links to the bundle details by clicking on each image.

(If a Lay Buy is your thing, please just get in touch and I will make that happen).

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