18 August 2016

Cider Sleeve {Tutorial}

Apple Cider... it's one of those delightfully bubbly drinks which bring forth visions of long, lazy summer afternoons.

What does every cider bottle need? Well a Cider Sleeve, of course!

I created these fun little Cider Sleeves with the cutest fabric. It's called Apple Farm by designer, Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics

Download the pattern and create your own Cider Sleeves... one for yourself and one for each of your apple cider loving friends.

My FREE Cider Sleeve pattern includes the basic template, instructions and step by step photos.

If you do create a Cider Sleeve, I'd love, love, love to see it. Please tag me on Instagram (@SameliasMum) #CiderSleeve or send me an email. 


If you like the look of these labels that I embroidered and appliqued to the sleeves, I got the basic label pattern from Amy Sinibaldi's book, Sweetly Stitched Handmades. #Af

16 August 2016

Sweet Orchard Blog Tour

Sweet Orchard is the newest range by Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane for Riley Blake Designs

I'm am so, so, so excited for my friend Sedef and her beautiful debut range. The palette is sugary sweet and the prints are super cute. I really can't resist fruity designs on fabric. 

Oh and the stripe prints! White combined with a soft grey, pink or red. I would suggest buying a whole bolt of these bias stripe prints for future quilt bindings - they're just perfection. 

I received my bundle of pretty fabrics and was immediately drawn to the cheater prints. If you want to make a quick project, these cheater prints are just the thing. They look like perfectly pieced patchwork, don't you think?

I used all three cheater prints in this giant book pillow. It's one great big pillow and a comfy addition to my little bookworm's space. The pockets are large enough for a number of books. These pockets are also large enough to hold her iPad, headphones, a few dolls and even a few Beanie Boo's (unicorns of course). 

The pattern for this giant pillow is from a book called For Keeps: Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson.

This is my Sweet Orchard quilt. It measures 50" square which I think is a good size for snuggling on the couch during these cold winter evenings. I used a traditional tulip quilt block with white sashing and white borders. I think that all that white makes the sweet colours pop.

The centres of the tulips are all the same red with white text print. 

Amelia loves helping hold up quilts for photos. She helps decide how we should lay it out and whether we need some props in the picture and where they'll go. I take the pictures in her bedroom. Her room is north-facing and has the best light in the house. Now if only I can work out which are the best settings for crisp, clear, light pictures! 

My Sweet Orchard quilt is quilted in a meandering free motion design. I machine bound it in the light grey and white bias stripe print. I normally hand stitch down the binding and absolutely love the process, but gosh machine binding is super fast!

Fellow Aussie, Jemima over at Tied With a Ribbon is also sharing her Sweet Orchard project today, so stop on over and have a look at what she's created. 

Here's the list of the following stops on the Sweet Orchard blog tour. Hop over to see what these lovely bloggers have all made with Sweet Orchard. 

15 August
 - Nadra
15 August
 - Sarah
16 August
 - Jemima
16 August
 - Anorina
17 August
 - Lisa
17 August
 - Minki
18 August
 - Kimberly
18 August
 - Keera
19 August
 - Cassie
19 August
 - Liz & Elizabeth
22 August
 - Samantha
22 August
 - Xanthe
23 August
 - Peta
23 August
 - Stacy
24 August
 - Sharon
24 August
 - Amy
25 August
 - Sarah
25 August
 - Kristyne
26 August
 - Jennie
26 August
 - Megan


Sedef also has written a new book which due out later this year. Pre-order your copy from Amazon, by clicking the photo (affiliate link). It looks super cute and I am in love with that little girl pillow on the cover. 


08 August 2016

Apple Farm Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Apple Farm Blog Tour. I'm so excited to have you visit today as I've been looking forward to sharing my work with you. It's so hard to keep it all a secret!! Thank you for this opportunity Elea xx

You know when you love a range of fabric, so much, that you just want to keep making more and more projects with it? Using up the teeniest little pieces, in creative ways, to continue the enjoyment of sewing and extending the fabric as far as possible. Well, this is what Apple Farm has been for me.

Apple Farm is the delightful new range by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics. I have loved every range that Elea has created, but honestly, this one is my most favourite, ever!

Yep, she's claimed this quilt for herself.

Everyone wanted to help hold up the quilt, for photos. Here's Sam holding up the Apple Farm Quilt.

The moment I received my fabric, I knew that I wanted to make a quilt. Something sweet. Something girlie. A quilt made with a vintage design to showcase the vintage-y prints of this range.

This Apple Farm Quilt is made up with alternating 4" print squares and 4" snowball squares - to create a lovely overall star effect. This vintage quilt design keeps popping up on my Pinterest feed and I knew that it was exactly what I wanted to re-create.

I added some wide white borders and then used the apple patterns from Elea's free Bushel of Apples pattern for Penny Rose Fabrics, to applique along the top left corner and bottom right corner of the quilt. 

I backed this quilt in some super soft flannel, so it's extra soft and snuggly. The quilt only measures around 48" square, but Amelia has already claimed it as hers. It's too small for her bed, but it's just the right size to snuggle under while reading to her unicorn. Well, one of her unicorns. She has over a dozen of them and ever since she was a tot, she's had a unicorn obsession.

One of her many unicorns. This purple beauty with a rainbow horn is called Ashlynne.

After making this quilt, I had some small pieces of fabric left. I decided to have a play on the apple theme and came up with Cider Sleeves. Do you like apple cider? When we visited Adelaide earlier this year, we visited the Maggie Beer farm/store and couldn't leave without buying a few things. We came home with some jars of relishes, sauces, sparkling wine and even bought a few bottles of her cider. It's a good thing that I don't live close enough to visit often, otherwise I'd be there, a lot!

Cider Sleeve - pattern by Anorina Morris (coming very soon).

If you return later this week, I'll be sharing the Cider Sleeve pattern right here. It's a fun little project and a fun play on the apple theme. Make a set for yourself, a set for a cider-loving friend or perhaps a teacher gift for the end of year break... you know, apple for the teacher and all that ;-)

Fellow Aussie, Jemima over at Tied With a Ribbon is also sharing her Apple Farm project today, so stop on over and have a look at what she's created. Next up on the Apple Farm Blog Hop is Fat Quarter Shop and Bridgette at The Family Hearth. Hop over tomorrow to see what they made!

Here's the full list of Apple Farm Blog Tour participants:

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10 August 2016
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15 August 2016
16 August 2016
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05 August 2016

Posy Garden Blog Tour {PLUS embroidery pattern}

Hello friends. Today is my stop on the Posy Garden blog tour. Posy Garden is the beautiful new range of fabric by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Designs and I am soooo pleased and excited to be a part of it. Thank you Carina xx
Posy Garden is pretty and modern. Bold yet delicate and soft... it's just wonderful and I love how all of the florals and geometric prints work harmoniously.

I enjoyed playing around with the fabrics and had a lot of different ideas on what I should create to showcase Posy Garden. I decided on a patchwork pillow with a panel of embroidery. You know me - I can't resist adding a little bit of handwork to a project.

I love this little pillow and the message is quite special and uplifting. I found the quote on Pinterest and even though I found other great lines, I kept going back to this one. It's by Audrey Hepburn and I must admit that in the end, I chose this quote as a play on the fabric name and Carina's surname ;-)

If you'd like to make your own embroidered pillow you can DOWNLOAD AND PRINT it here

To complete the panel, I transferred the words onto a plain white solid cotton fabric with my pigma pen. I have a light box which makes transferring a design easy, but holding it up to a bright (day time) window works just as well. I fused some stabiliser to the back. My preferred is Parlan brand which is a thin fleecy polyester. I then worked the embroidery with back-stitch in DMC Perle 8 cotton in a claret (maroon) colour.

After creating this pillow, I decided to create some hexies. I love an EPP hexagon or two. I sewed up a little pouch and embellished the front with a Posy Garden hexie flower. I filled it with sweets and gave it to a friend who has been having a little bit of a tough time lately. She loved it and it's the perfect size for her handbag to hold all of the bits and pieces (rather than have them floating around the bottom). You know the stuff I mean... gum, lip gloss, pens, panadol etc...

I loved it so much, that this afternoon, I made another little pouch with the main Posy fabric in Navy. The lining is in the Posy Navy Grid. This pouch pattern is a freebie over at the Fat Quarter Shop.

So who else is sewing and creating with Posy Garden? Go and have a look at their creations directly on their blogs (on their days) or follow along with the #PosyGardenBlogTour #PosyGardenFabric hashtags on Instagram.

Monday, August 1st: My Sewing Haven with Carla Peicheff
Tuesday, August 2nd Happy Little Cottage with Debbie Homick
Tuesday, August 2nd The Family Hearth with Bridgette McNay
Wednesday, August 3rd Fort Worth Fabric Studio with Lindsey Weight
Wednesday, August 3rd Happy Quilting Melissa with Melissa Corry
Thursday, August 4th Pretty By Hand with Kristyne Czepuryk
Thursday, August 4th Out of the Blue with Sondra Davison
Friday, August 5th Samelia’s Mum with Anorina Morris
Friday, August 5th Free Time Frolics with Adrienne Woods
Monday, August 8th Flamingo Toes with Bev McCullough
Monday, August 8th Silly Mama Quilts with Brooke Sellmann
Tuesday, August 9th Snickerdoodle Stew with Jessica Stewart
Tuesday, August 9th A Little Patchwork with Ange Hamilton
Wednesday, August 10th Ameroonie Designs with Amy Chappell
Thursday, August 11th One Little Pooh with Tina
Thursday, August 11th Jedi Craft Girl with Amanda Neiderhauser
Friday, August 12th Stitching Revival with Christine Cook

03 August 2016

Checkmate Quilt Blog Tour {featuring Windermere}

The Fat Quarter Shop have just released their newest FREE quilt pattern and it is just perfect for sewing up your favourite Layer Cakes. The new quilt is called the Checkmate Quilt and it's the an excellent pattern for a beginner to practice their piecing, or for a more advanced quilter who wants to create a quilt in a day or two.

I created my Checkmate Quilt with Windermere by Brenda Riddle. I'm a fan of pretty pastels and floral prints. I thought this fabric range was excellent for this quilt as it has a good selection of both light and dark prints.

For the border, I used a print by Fig Tree Quilts from the Mirabelle range. I've had it in my stash for a while and this was the perfect project for it - the browns just work so well together. Don't you just love when that happens? 

I spent about an hour and quilted a large meandering free motion all-over design. It's a simple quilt design and one of my go-to's. I really look forward to washing the quilt and putting it through the dryer to get that lovely, crinkly, snuggly feel. It's one of my favourite things about finishing a quilt (which I plan on keeping for myself).

Visit the Fat Quarter Shop to start creating your very own Checkmate Quilt:

Select a Layer Cake (these are 25% off for the next 3 days, when you purchase 2 or more)

Join me in visiting these other great blogs to see what fabrics everyone has used to create their very own Checkmate Quilt.

Peta from She Quilts a Lot
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Sherri M. from A Quilting Life
Andy from A Bright Corner
Anorina from Samelia's Mum (You Are Here)
Sherri F. from This & That Patterns

Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts