16 January 2017

PJ Name Pillows

This is the Leyla vs Layla edition. Considering it’s not the most common of names, I actually know four Leila’s… or variations on spelling of that name.

Two of these girls had birthdays in the last couple of weeks, so I made them each a pajama pillow with their names appliqued on the front. Why are they called PJ Pillows? Well because I make them with envelope style backs, deep enough to stow away their pajamas (or pyjamas?) during the day when they’re not wearing them. Well, that’s the hope anyways :-)

The first Leyla pillow was quite scrappy with patchwork consisting of some of my favourite prints and colours. It’s floral and sweet and perfect for the little girl who received it. It sits on her bed, nestled in with her pillows. This makes me happy, knowing that it’s being used and appreciated.

The second Layla turned 4 over the weekend. She is the cheekiest little girl and so funny! I used the cheater print from the Sweet Orchard range by my friend Sedef of the blog, Down Grapevine Lane. It’s perfect for a project which you need to sew together quickly (but to look like it’s had a lot of work involved). I quilted along the squares to imitate patchwork and then appliqued her name into the neutral central panel.

For both of these pillows, I used Aurifil 12WT to machine appliqué the names. At first I was a little concerned feeding this thread through the needle, but my machine coped with it quite well. This thicker thread meant that I only needed to sew around the letters once for a stunning (bold) result.

Lately all the kids have been receiving a PJ Name Pillow for their birthdays (including my nephew, Miles) so I’m going to have to come up with a new idea for handmade kids gifts for the next year of birthdays. Any ideas?

15 January 2017

Scrappy Strip Pillow {Tutorial}

Introducing my Scrappy Strip Pillow. It’s been such a fun little sewing diversion and I encourage you to have a go at making one. It won’t take long and you get to play with your scrap tubs, which is always a bonus, right? If you dont like sewing with scrap, well go ahead and make this with strips of our favourite fabrics.

Putting this together was very (VERY) easy. I started with a pile of strips. These were the selvedges cut from my previous project. I had 8” x WOF (approximately) of the prints, so cut approx 1.5” at the top of the cut while it was still folded - yielding 2 scrappy strips to use here. Yes, there may have been a plan to use these scrappy selvedge strips right at the start of my previous Tulip Table runner project.

14 January 2017

Heart Project Round-Up

Valentine's Day is only a month away, so I thought I'd do a little round up post of "Heart" related posts and tutorials which I've created and shared here.

The most popular "Heart" project I ever created and shared was the Love Is All Around coaster pattern. 

You may not know this, but the Love Is All Around coaster, started out as a mini quilt project. 

The scrappy heart projects are some of my favourites.

If you use any of these patterns, I'd love a picture of your project. Email or tag me on social media @SameliasMum 

Scrap Addict

I am a scrap fabric addict. The first step is admitting you have a problem and I have a big one.

I have shelves filled with pretty fabrics. Precuts and yardage and bundles which I’ve been hoarding for the longest time… but do I sew with these pretties? No!

I’m inexplicably drawn to the scraps of the projects which I’ve just completed. When I’m tidying up after a projects, I can’t seem to throw the pretty pieces away and as my scrap bins are overflowing, I have to sew with them straight away otherwise I’d need to find somewhere to put them.

Tell me I’m not the only one with this scrap fabric problem?

PS I’ll show you this finished Scrap-Friendly project soon. I’m going to sit down and do a little extra hand quilting (embellishing) before I put this together.

13 January 2017

Lemony Snicket Slice {Recipe}

We’re super excited for the release of the new Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events which airs today (13 January) on Netflix. We first saw the preview for A Series of Unfortunate Events at the cinema, when we went to see "Sing" (which was such a fun film).
Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket  "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans -- Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death. 

The show starts Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf and promises to serve up some dark, gothic style comedy. I think that once kids are able to comprehend and follow directions (eg a recipe) then they’re ready for this more complex style of entertainment.

Now speaking of recipes, we decided that we needed a treat to eat while watching the show tonight. It won’t air in Australia until this evening, so it gave us plenty of time to make a Lemony Snicket Slice

What is Lemony Snicket Slice you may ask? Well, Lemony Snicket Slice is a regular lemon slice… but better because of the extra marshmallows. If your kids like to get involved in the kitchen, this recipe might be a good one for them to try these school holidays.

Lemony Snicket Slice

1.5 packets of wheat biscuits
100g of butter
1 can of sweet condensed milk
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
Lemon zest (or if you don’t have a fresh lemon, a couple of table-spoons of lemon juice)
Mini marshmallows

Lemon Glaze
3/4 cup icing sugar
Lemon juice
Desiccated (or shredded) coconut

Begin by lining a square or rectangle baking tin with baking paper.
Use a food processor to turn the biscuits into crumbs.
Pour biscuit crumbs into a mixing bowl and add the 1/2 cup of coconut and handful of mini marshmallows.
Melt the butter together with condensed milk over a low heat (approximately 5 minutes). Stir until it’s smooth.
Pour this warm liquid over the biscuit crumbs along with the lemon zest.
Stir until everything is combined.
Press the mixture into the baking tin. Try to make sure it goes all the way to the edges and is fairly straight on top (otherwise the icing sugar will pool).
Put this in the refrigerator to cool and set a little while we make the glaze.

Lemon Glaze
Mix lemon juice into the icing sugar until it’s a smooth (even a little bit runny) consistency.
Pour this over the slice and use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly.
Sprinkle with coconut and refrigerate again until the sugar on top is firm.

Cut into delicious lemony squares and enjoy.