2016 best nine

Hi and welcome back! Have you seen the #2016bestnine that’s all over Instagram at the moment? You plug your IG name into https://2016bestnine.com and it will show you your most popular pics of the year. It’s always fun to see what people liked, so I thought I’d share mine!


There are a few double ups!

Sit your ass down

First and probably my most favourite is my cushion – I was trying to come up with a design to enter into the Modern Makers Retreat Cuhsionpalooza competition on Instagram, and I wanted a phrase of some sort. “Sit your ass down” popped into my head, and I thought it was hilarious and could not get it out of my head. So I grabbed my scrap jars and Kirsty at Quiet Play’s Just My Type pattern (which you can buy here) and voila. And even better, it won third prize!

Need to get my quilt holder upperers working on their skills…

Second most popular is the quilt I made for my Auntie who hasn’t been very well. I knew she liked green, and I wanted something scrappy and colourful and cheerful, so the raspberry kiss block from Rachel at Wooden Spoon Quilts was perfect. I backed this one in a flannel sheet, so it is super cosy, which is just what you want when you’re under the weather!


The placemats you’ve seen already (and I’ve even given you a pattern for!)


The teeny tiny colourful sewing machine is another pattern from Kirsty. This is supposed to be a 16 inch block, but I have a serious problem making things the size they’re supposed to be (I either go tiny or enormous) so of course I had to shrink this down. The block finishes at 4 inches square and has about 70 pieces… I only found out afterwards that Kirsty had made smaller simplified versions… I’ve since turned it into a pincushion and given it away as part of a competition I had while I was making the cushion above.


The quilt in the middle is the Pixelated Circle quilt I made pattern testing for Jessee of Art School Dropout. I love this quilt, it’s my couch quilt (well not at the moment, it’s 32 degrees outside). This one is backed in flannel as well, and is super cosy, I just wish I’d made it bigger. The fabric is Fruit Dots by Melody Miller at Cotton + Steel.


The last pic is one of my long term sewing projects (of which there are a few), the La Passacaglia. This gorgeous quilt by Willyne Hammerstein from the Millefiori Quilts book has taking the quilting world by storm. This is English paper pieced, and at the rate I’m going it will take me, oh, about 10 years to finish. The #lasspascaglia tag on Instagram has some gorgeous examples, and the facebook group has 8,000 members! It’s taken me a whole year to make almost 3 rosettes, but I do love it. I’m sticking with a navy/pink/aqua/grey palette with text prints for the star points, doing a bit of fussy cutting when the fabric lends itself to it, but other than that I’m just seeing where each rosette takes me!

And that’s it! My sewing machine is currently in the shop (after an unfortunate incident where the foot presser level doodad fell off!!) and I’m soon on holidays for two weeks so there won’t be any sewing from me for the rest of the year. I do have lots of hand sewing though (which I’ll do a post about soon), so maybe I’ll get another rosette finished over the Xmas break!


Ugly Sweater Block Sewalong

Hi everyone! If you’ve come from Instagram, then you’ve seen this already. Today it’s my turn on the Ugly Sweater Block Sew-a-Long Kerry from KidGiddy is running.

Kerry created this adorable foundation paper pieced pattern, and it it such a fun sew! You can find the pattern in Kerry’s shop if you want to make your own. There are weekly prizes of gift certificates from different online fabric shops each week, and at the end of the sew along there is also a grand prize. Each day you post a picture of your sweater, you are entering for a chance to win the prize of the week. The more you post, the more chances you have to win!

Of course, I couldn’t just stop at one. Oh no, I had to make the whole zoo…

And once I’d made them all, well I had to turn them in to something didn’t I! Now, if you know me, you know I don’t do Christmas decorating. I had one decoration, and it was black, and had a swear word on it, that I broke. I couldn’t even rustle up some tinsel to make my photos more exciting! So this is as Christmassy as I ever get!

But, since I don’t do decorating, and I’m not even going to be home for Christmas, I’ve decided to give it away! Just leave me a comment below, and I’ll choose someone to send it to!

Thanks for stopping by!


EDIT – The competition is now closed, thanks everyone! Congrats to Kath!

The one where she decides to start a blog…

Yup, that’s right, a blog. “But Tara,” I hear you say, “no one reads blogs any more!” Well dear reader, maybe that’s true. But I still read them, and if I still read them then other people must still read them too, right? And if they don’t, well, this whole blogging idea was very much a spur of the moment idea, so this may well be the only post and my mum may well be the only person that reads it!

That said, hi! My name is Tara, a 30-something from sunny Brisbane in Australia.

I like sewing, drinking wine, drinking while I’m sewing, and making things in general. I’ve kind of always known how to sew I think – I remember winning a prize in home ec for my palazzo pants! Then came denim boob tubes and skirts made out of jeans for my friends, a Dr. Frank-N-Furter costume for a mate at uni, and then when I moved to Australia I bought a tiny sewing machine from Spotlight and made my first quilt. Since then I’ve upgraded my machine, made a few more quilts, and a whole lot of other stuff in between. I decided to start this blog to record some of the things I’ve made in the past, and to document the stuff I’m planning to make from my incredibly long wish list.

So if you like reading about other people’s sewing antics, badly lit photos, and won’t get offended by a swear word or two, stick around!

See? Terribly lit!
See? I’m terrible at taking photos…