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21 November 2017

Think Pink... the story of a Christmas tree

Pink Christmas Tree
Pink Christmas Tree

Quilted Pink Penguin - Christmas Tree Skirt
Quilted Pink Penguin - Christmas Tree Skirt



It was last year when I was "wasting time" scrolling through Pinterest that I saw the most beautiful pink Christmas tree. 

BTW: I say "wasting time" because honestly, it is the biggest sapper of my time. Sitting and scrolling and thinking "geez, that's so pretty. I could make that..." and then some more scrolling and "oohing and aahing"... you get the drift.


18 November 2017

A Christmas Stocking

Quilted Christmas Stocking by Anorina Morris
Christmas stocking with applique baubles by Anorina Morris



Christmas stocking with applique baubles by Anorina Morris
Christmas stocking with applique baubles by Anorina Morris


It's no secret that I love an Instagram sew along. There is always so much fun stuff going on over there. Other than being a wonderfully pretty time-sucker, it's also the perfect place to go and be inspired with unlimited images of beautiful makes by super creative people.

With Christmas on the way, a lot of Christmassy images are beginning to appear as people get their festive sewing started. I follow @SunnyDaySupply on IG and decided to create one of her Christmas stockings to join the #SunnyStockingSAL - get her free pattern and read about the sew along here.






I used some Pixie Noel fabric which I had in my stash. Pixie Noel is by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs and I only have a small amount of this fabric left. It's one of my festive favourites. I just love Christmas fabrics, don't you? The hardest part is choosing just one!




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I drew the applique baubles free hand onto the back of my heat'n'bond paper. If you look at my previous post, I seem to have applique ornaments on the brain lately. 

It's looking like a very wet weekend, so I'm hoping to get started on another Christmas stocking. I might raid my Flower Sugar stash for this next one.




Christmas stocking with applique baubles by Anorina Morris
Christmas stocking with applique baubles by Anorina Morris

Christmas stocking with applique baubles by Anorina Morris
Christmas stocking with applique baubles by Anorina Morris


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15 November 2017

CHRISTMAS FREEBIE: Nutcracker Ornament Table Runner (PATTERN)

Nutcracker Ornament Table Runner - Pattern by Anorina Morris
Nutcracker Ornament Table Runner - Pattern by Anorina Morris

It's a beautiful Wednesday morning. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. The house is in needs of a clean, but I'm procrastinating a little bit this morning and decided that it's time I share a pattern here on sameliasmum.com. 

I made this Nutcracker Ornament Table Runner for a magazine commission which was published last Christmas. The theme was 'ornaments or baubles' and rather than make actual Christmas tree baubles, I thought baubles on a table runner were a fun little take on the theme.


Nutcracker Ornament Table Runner - Pattern by Anorina Morris
Nutcracker Ornament Table Runner - Pattern by Anorina Morris


I used Christmas print fabric (Nutcracker by Riley Blake) but honestly, any bright and happy fabric will be perfect. Besides, you can always make it more sparkly and festive with the addition of shiny thread, beads, buttons or whatever trimmings you like.





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Click through this link to download my Nutcracker Ornament Table Runner pattern. And as always, if you do make one, please, please, please send me some pictures or tag me on social media. I am @SameliasMum on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest

I would absolutely love to see your pretty table runners created with my pattern.





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14 November 2017

Irish Harvest Quilt published in APQ Magazine

Irish Harvest Quilt by Anorina Morris
Irish Harvest Quilt by Anorina Morris


Irish Harvest Quilt by Anorina Morris



I have a little bit of show and tell today. Yipee!

It seems like ages since I've been able to share any of the work I did earlier in the year. It looks like I've not sewn much at all lately, but I have. Secret sewing ;-)

Express Publications (publisher of Australian Patchwork & Quilting / Handmade magazines) asked if I'd be interested in working with some Tilda fabric for them. I took maybe 0.3 seconds before replying to their email with a "yes, yes, YES!"

I have such a soft spot for Tilda fabrics. The prints and the colours make me smile and the fabric itself is just lovely to work with. 

For the longest time, I wanted to make an "Irish Chain" quilt. It's a rather traditional quilt design and I always find these quilts eye-catching. I tweaked the centre of the block to have a large white space rather than small squares - I think this would be just perfect for some hand quilting or embroidery. 


Irish Harvest Quilt by Anorina Morris


Irish Harvest Quilt by Anorina Morris



I decided on a dark blue (a sort of denim colour) solid fabric to be the central focal fabric for the chain. I think choosing this solid colour was one of the most difficult decisions as I wanted it to be striking, but also work with the Tilda Harvest colours.

It's a simple design, but I have to admit that all of those little squares take time to piece. I popped on some of my favourite pod-casts just sew, sew, sewed.

I used a very light polyester batting in this quilt. It's lovely, soft and with these still-cool evenings, perfect for my lap in this current season. 

Australian Patchwork & Quilting Magazine (Volume 27 No 9) is on sale now at your local newsagent. 

I'm contemplating using this design to make a Christmas quilt or project. Have you started your Christmas sewing yet?


Irish Harvest Quilt by Anorina Morris

04 November 2017

Smitten Quilt {FNWF Progess}

Paper Pieced Smitten Quilt by Anorina Morris
Smitten Quilt {Progress}



Good morning friends. It's a lovely, cool and drizzly Saturday morning here. It's been such a long time between rainy days, so I'm really enjoying this weather, for as long as it lasts.

I joined Cheryl and the girls for FNSI by working on block for my Smitten Quilt. I will reiterate here that I am THE SLOWEST PAPER PIECER IN THE WORLD! In choosing the fabrics, the glueing and then the hand sewing of the pieces. 

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