26 March 2015

The Rivendale Pattern {Giveaway}

It’s that time of the year again. Sally from The Rivendale Collection has released her latest range of patterns, and I honestly think that these are my favourites! Sweet, whimsical and romantic. Beautiful projects which are a joy to stitch and create.

Sally has combined piecing, applique and stitching in her projects which is just perfect for new sewists wanting to work on their skills, or the more seasoned quilters wanting a lovely sweet project to make for a their home or for a friend.

The "Mother" or the “My Mother, My Friend” cushion projects would make a lovely gift for Mothers Day (which is quickly approaching). With only a few weeks until that special day in May, now is the time to start creating.

My Mother, my friend

And let’s not forget a Grandmother on Mother’s Day … or for her birthday… or for no other reason than, because. This is called Grandmothers Heart.
Grandmother%s heart

A few of Sally’s other new projects include


I asked an Angel
I asked an angel

Friendships are Sewn
Friendships are sewn

To view and purchase all of The Rivendale Collection patterns, visit The Fabric Patch.
Sally has kindly offered a Rivendale Collection pack to give away to a lucky Samelia’s Mum reader. The prize pack includes any six (6) of The Rivendale Collection patterns… which the winner gets to choose. Yay!

The Rivendale Collection Giveaway

Enter once, by telling visiting The Fabric Patch and telling me which of The Rivendale Collection patterns are your favourite, or enter more times in the giveaway widget below. Keep an eye out for this image (above) for your chance to enter over on the Samelia’s Mum Facebook page too.

There are so many ways to enter and don’t forget to get your friends entering too … then if you (or they win) you can divide up the winnings. GOOD LUCK!

20 March 2015


If anyone is interested, I’m organising a fun little Needle Book Swap over on Instagram.


You must have an Instagram account to participate, but other than that, it’s just a little bit of fun and a great way to meet and make new friends.
My instagram handle is @SameliasMum where you can find details about this swap.
The Instagram hashtag for this swap is #IGNeedleBookSwap and sign ups will close on 31 March 2015.
The due date is 1 June 2015 (which means that if you’re partner is in another country, you should probably aim to have it posted by 15 May 2015).
Here’s the sign up form - please leave a comment or send me an email if you have any queries.

19 March 2015

Tessa Basket

I made a bag. I’ve always been hesitant when it comes to making bags, but over the weekend, I made a bag.

Tessa Basket

Well, it’s more like a basket really. It’s called the Tessa Basket and I purchased the pattern is from Etsy. The fabrics are left over charm squares of April Showers by Bonnie and Camille and I almost had enough. Almost. I needed to use another charm square from a different line.

Tessa Basket 1

This afternoon, I signed up for the Quilt As You Go : Patchwork Bag class on Craftsy. I’ve watched it from beginning to end and am inspired to create the Tinker Tote. It’s a fun class and the instructor, Tara Rebman, makes the bag construction look easy and totally achievable. I’m willing to give it a go.

QAYG Tara Rebman
Have you made a bag lately?
Do you find making bags fun, or a freak-out?

18 March 2015

Barbie in Princess Power {Giveaway} #BeSuper

If like me, you have a little pink person in your life, you will know how much they love Barbie. What’s not to love about a princess character with adventure at every turn, a cute pet and an amazing wardrobe? My little lady loves her Barbie dolls, books and has a bunch of the DVD’s (which she likes to sing and dance along with).

In her latest transformation, the new super-powered Barbie is pulling on her mask (which doubles as her tiara – very cool!) her cape and transforming into a modern day superhero. Even though she is an amazing super hero, Barbie still manages to stay grounded by the powers of friendship and teamwork.

In Barbie’s 30th animated film release, she stars in Princess Power which is a modern-day princess story. 

Barbie stars as Kara, who discovers she has super powers that transform her into Super Sparkle - her secret, crime-fighting alter ego who flies around the kingdom ready to save the day. It’s not long before she discovers her nemesis, her cousin Corinna, who transforms into Dark Sparkle.

As we’ve come to expect from Barbie films, her pink-ness manages to save the day, the kingdom and there’s a happy ending (with a catchy song). It’s what little girls love.

View the trailer here:

Barbie™ in Princess Power is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD at retailers nationwide on 18 March 2015.

The lovely people at Mattel are giving away (3) Barbie™ in Princess Power DVDs to some very lucky Samelia’s Mum readers.


Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below

Terms and Conditions: This is a game of skill. Giveaway is open to Australian Residents ONLY. Giveaway will close on Friday, 27 March 2015 at 17:00 AEST. The prize will be sent by the promoter/s. Samelia’s Mum will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winner. Winner/s will be announced on the Samelia's Mum Facebook page and/or contacted by email. The winner has 7 days to claim the prize. If it is not claimed within this time period, it will be forfeited.

Barbie fans can visit an all-new digital destination, Fans of all ages can engage, create, imagine and share their own ‘super’ stories. A special digital Comic Book Maker for kids empowers girls to create their own superhero stories putting Barbie into all new roles as girls define the end result. Fans can also watch weekly animated episodes demonstrating Barbie and her friends performing acts of being super.

Grecian Square Block {Simple Block Series}

The Grecian Square Block is a fun one to create. It’s simple, fast and if you create this 18” size block, it’s perfect showcasing fabrics with large prints.

Grecian Square Block

It almost looks a little bit like a jumbled up Monkey Wrench block, don’t you think? To make this 18” Grecian square block, the measurements are just below. I’ll also include measurements to create a 12” (finished) block version further down.

Grecian Square Block
Cutting A
(2) 6 7/8” x 6 7/8” – white
(2) 6 7/8” x 6 7/8” – print
Cross cut these diagonally to create (4) HST’s of each.
** HST = Half Square Triangle
Cutting B
(4) 6 ½” x 3 ½” – white
(4) 6 ½” x 3 ½” – print
Cutting C
(1) 6 ½” x 6 ½” – print
Grecian Square Block Colour
Sew the (A) print and white HST’s to create a square. Trim and press.
Sew the (B) print and white rectangles along the long edges. Trim and press.
Lay out the block components (use the diagram above as a reference).
Sew the components of each row and press.
Sew the rows together and press.
Make one block, quilt it and make a large cushion for your couch. 
Make four of these large blocks to create a fun baby quilt.
Make 9-12 blocks for a lovely lap size or picnic quilt.
Make 16-20 blocks for a good size bed quilt.

Grecian Square Quilt

If you would like to make a 12” finished Grecian Square Block, here are the cutting measurements:

Cutting A
(2) 4 7/8” x 4 7/8” – white
(2) 4 7/8” x 4 7/8” – print
Cross cut these diagonally to create (4) HST’s of each.
Cutting B
(4) 4 ½” x 2 ½” – white
(4) 4 ½” x 2 ½” – print
Cutting C
(1) 4 ½” x 4 ½” – print