13 September 2017

Pincushion Parade

My pincushion mad August has come to an end. I managed to complete the 31 days sharing pictures of pincushions over on Instagram. It was a fun challenge to participate and I not only enjoyed sharing my pictures, but seeing all of the other pinnies on parade by clever crafty friends around the world. 

ceramic shoe pincushion by anorina morris @
Ceramic shoe originally belonged to my grandmother.

Here's a last round up of pincushions which I shared on Instagram. Some were made specifically for this challenge, some were old ones I'd made a while back, and some were made for me by crafty friends.

pincushion by anorina morris @

pincushion by anorina morris @

pincushion by anorina morris @

pincushion by anorina morris @

pincushion by anorina morris @

pincushion by anorina morris @
Scraplique - I love this method!

pincushion by anorina morris @
More scrapplique - Bunting

pincushion by anorina morris @

pincushion by anorina morris @

pincushion by anorina morris @

pincushion by anorina morris @

pincushion by anorina morris @

I wonder what my next month long challenge should be? A sewing challenge certainly keeps the sew-jo going :)

12 September 2017

QUILTING: Making Connections Workbook Review

Continuous Curved Quilting by Anorina Morris @

Quilting! Some people love this part of the process and some people just don't. Personally, I love the free-motion quilting process. In saying this, my go-to quilting has generally been stippling or loopy meandering designs. I'm not overly adventurous and tend to stick with what I know and am comfortable with. This past few weeks, I've had the opportunity to learn a new (to me) way of quilting, which I absolutely loved and plan on using regularly.

Welcome to my stop on the Making Connections Blog Hop. Dorie Hruska has released a wonderful new book "Making Connections: A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook" published by C & T Publishing. This book breaks down continuous curve quilting and makes it possible for anyone to have a go at this fun quilting technique.

The book goes through a series of worksheets, beginning with a simple design and working along to more complex quilting designs - all starting with that initial quilt design. 

I decided to piece a simple table runner with some of my favourite floral fabrics in pretty colours. It's spring here right now, so a new floral table runner was just what I needed to make.

I started by making a set of coasters (4 x 2.5" squares) to practice quilting. After quilting those first continuous curves along the edges of the squares - following along with Dorie's numbered quilting order - I discovered how simple it really was, so I then tried a few more more designs. 

I really liked these elongated loops within the curved squares and decided that was to be my quilting design. I love how this design create a secondary 'flower' motif. I absolutely love how this quilting turned out and I want to make another simple pieced project, just to have a go at the quilting using Dorie's method.

Continuous Curved Quilting by Anorina Morris @

I've enjoyed this opportunity to learn a new quilting technique and certainly recommend this book to anyone wanting to broaden their quilting skills. You can purchase a signed copy of the book, directly from Dorie Hruska by clicking through the link.

GIVEAWAY: If you'd like the chance to win a copy of Making Connections: A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook, please leave a comment telling me your favourite quilting design. 

You have until 5pm Friday 15 September 2017 (AEST) to leave your comment. The winner will either receive a hard copy of the book or an electronic copy of this book depending on winner location.

Check out these other creative people who're participating in this blog hop (and don't forget to enter their giveaways too!!)

Friday September 1st 
C&T Publishing Blog:   IG:ctpublishing 

Monday September  4th 
Holly Anne Knight Blog: IG: stringandstory 
Susan Arnold Blog: IG: quiltfabrication 

Tuesday September 5th  
Becca Fenstermaker Blog: IG: prettypiney 
Teri Lucas Blog: IG: genqmag 

Wednesday September 6th  
Sherry Shish Blog: IG: poweredbyquilting 
Pam Morgan Blog: IG: sweetlittlestitches 

Thursday September 7th  
Katy S Blog: IG: katyquilts 
Laura Piland Blog: IG: sliceofpiquilts 

Friday September 8th  
Suzy Webster Blog: IG: websterquilt 
Bernie Kringel Blog: IG: needleandfoot 

Monday September 11th 
Jamie Mueller Blog: IG: sunflower_quilt 
Nancy Scott Blog: IG: masterpiecequilting 

Tuesday September 12th  
Sherri Noel Blog: IG: rebeccamaedesigns 
Anorina Morris Blog: IG: sameliasmum 

Wednesday September 13th  
Yvonne Fuchs  Blog: IG: quiltingjetgirl 
Barbie Mills Blog: IG: thequiltingmill 

Thursday September 14th  
Afton Warrick Blog: IG: quiltingmod  
Kathy Bruckman Blog: IG: kathyskwiltsandmore 

Friday September 15th 
Susan Arnold Blog: IG: quiltfabrication 
Dorie Hruska Blog: IG: foreverquilting

Giveaway winner is #22 - Congratulations Christine M

05 September 2017

Blossom Tablerunner

Hello friends! It's been a while since I updated my blog as life has been busy, busy, busy! Time in the sewing room has been limited, so I've made the most of every stitchy moment, working on a secret project.

Blossom Tablerunner designed by Sherri Falls and made by Anorina Morris (
Blossom Tablerunner

Blossom Tablerunner designed by Sherri Falls and made by Anorina Morris (
Blossom Tablerunner

The Fat Quarter Shop have just released a new book called Tablerunner Bliss by Sherri Falls of This & That Pattern Co. If you love making table runners, this is certainly the book for you! It contains 20 table runner patterns, perfect for any occasion.

Today is my turn on the Tablerunner Bliss Book Blog Hop and after sharing a few hints (and sneaky peeks) over on Instagram, I'm so pleased to be able to show you my finished table runner which is called "Blossom".

Choosing the fabrics for this project was tricky, but as spring has arrived here in Australia, I decided on some lovely florals. I used 30's Playtime 2017 by Chloe's Closet for Moda Fabrics in a simple palette of red, blue and yellow.

The pattern is very easy to follow with simple step by step pictures. After clearing off the cutting table, I was super organised and did all of the cutting in one session, while keeping all of the pieces labelled. I must admit, I’m usually a “cut as I go” kinda person which isn’t the most efficient use of time.

This table runner came together in a few hours (in an evening) and I spent a couple of hours quilting it and sewing on the binding the next morning. I was a little fancy with my quilting - loops and hearts.

Blossom Tablerunner designed by Sherri Falls and made by Anorina Morris (

Blossom Tablerunner designed by Sherri Falls and made by Anorina Morris (

Be sure to follow along with these other talented people, also participating in the Tablerunner Bliss Blog Hop over the next couple of months. Each table runner in the book will be created and shared on Tuesdays.

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Blossom Tablerunner designed by Sherri Falls and made by Anorina Morris (
Blossom Tablerunner

16 August 2017

SEWING: Pincushion-mania

Raw Edge Applique Pincushion by Anorina Morris (

It’s pincushion-mania around here lately. I joined the #PinnieParade challenge on Instagram, expecting to be completely inspired for the first few days, but for my interest to wane... well, I’ve not only amazed myself with keeping up with the challenge, but I’ve even got a buffer for a couple of days worth of pincushions at the ready.

I posted about the pinnie challenge the other week and have a few more pincushions to share here today. You can never have too many pincushions, right? Well, perhaps you can... but I won't let that thought stop me.

Made by Ali of Arabesque Scissors

Some of the pincushions were made by me, but others (like this one above and below) were made for me, by online friends. How wonderful is the online crafty community?

Free Pattern: Strawberry embroidery pincushion by Anorina Morris of
Strawberry Embroidery Pincushion designed by Anorina Morris

This strawberry pincushion (above) was made with some left over fabrics from the pinwheel table runner. The strawberry design is a free one I offer over on Craftsy.

Made by @BiblioSewandSo

Lavender embroidery pincushion by Anorina Morris of
Lavender Pincushion, designed by Anorina Morris

I decided on this lavender pincushion the other night. I drew the basic outline for the stems and then made the blooms with 3 shades of purple/lilac and little lazy-daisy stitches. I honestly love how this turned out.

Lavender embroidery pincushion by Anorina Morris of
Lavender embroidery designed by Anorina Morris

At the end of the month, I hope to make a great big collage with 31 pincushions. Let’s see if I can keep it up and reach that goal ;-)

15 August 2017

CROCHET: Rainbow Corner to Corner Blanket

Rainbow C2C Crochet Blanket by Anorina Morris (

Rainbow C2C Crochet Blanket by Anorina Morris (

My scrappy rainbow crochet blanket is finished. Hip hip hooray!!

The blanket was a gift and has gone to its new home - I hope it gets lots of couch snuggling before the cool weather is over for the year.

It’s a corner to corner blanket otherwise known as C2C. It’s a very simple blanket to make and grows quite quickly. Each colour is made up of 2 rounds. Or is it rows? I’m still not sure of the “crochet” lingo and as the name suggests, it starts at the corner and is worked diagonally. The corner colours were left over yarn from other projects, but the long rows in the middle section were crocheted with (new) full balls of yarn. I wanted to be sure that I’d have enough.

Rainbow C2C Crochet Blanket by Anorina Morris (

I must admit that when it came to the colour selection, it was basically what came to hand. I had the balls of yarn in a bag and I pretty much crocheted with the one that came to hand first - well except if it was the same colour. I tried to keep the colours far apart.

Rainbow C2C Crochet Blanket by Anorina Morris (

I love how it turned out and have started another C2C project. I’ll share more about that one, when I get a little more done and have a decent size to share.

We always need a continuing project for the evening on the couch, right? There’s something lovely and cosy about a basket of crochet and yarn sitting beside the couch - ready to be worked on as time permits, or as the mood strikes. Don’t you think?

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