Sunday, 13 July 2014


We have had an idea in our heads for a medallion quilt since we fell in love with the Marcelle Medallion quilt designed by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for her book Liberty Love. Ours has turned out quite a bit bigger & a bit more involved but we think that it offers a great opportunity to learn some great new techniques. The design is called 'About Town' & centres around four paper pieced houses & each layer builds a town around them

We have trees made from half rectangle triangles, houses with rooves made from flying geese blocks, butterflies & flowers using half square triangles, leaves & petals & finishing off with a brick path border. We even managed to squeeze in some cute envelopes in the corners.

Of course this all became very easy to do as Jemima discovered Bloc-loc rulers, a great little tool to ensure perfectly square HST & flying geese blocks that all line up perfectly when joining them. The beauty of a medallion is that you can build on it as much as you like simply by adding or reducing the number of borders. 

Now it may look all a bit tricky but honestly it is not at all - all it needs is patience at the cutting stage, as there is a lot and being well organised (but as Jemima will be there she will be on top of that for all of us!)

We will be running workshops on this quilt all weekend at our up coming retreat. Kits are available & can be made to your colour choice.



Nearly done . . . a few more borders to go or leave it at this size!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Sew Along Retreats for 2015 - What fun!

Following on from the fun we have had in the past few years with our Sew-Along Retreats at the beautiful Avalon Homestead in Toodyay, we have organised more for next year & we would love you join us! These events are planned to be a great opportunity to relax, unwind and get creative and if the past few years are anything to go by the weekends are always very productive with mountains of gorgeous projects completed by everyone.

All accommodation is twin share, all with their own ensuite facilities. Linen & towels are all provided so plenty more room in your suitcase for fabric!

A buffet breakfast, cooked lunch and dinner are all provided for you. There is access to limitless tea and coffee during the day as well as a fridge should you wish to bring your own refreshments. You are welcome to BYO wine, beer and bubbly.

There is an on-site craft shop so don’t panic if you forget scissors, needles etc. The shop does also
have a small supply of fabric and wadding.

We are always over subscribed for every retreat so in an effort to make it fair for everyone we will open bookings at 10am on friday July 25th. Submit your booking request by email or fill in the booking form found on our retreat page & email to Jemima on Friday July 25th. Unfortunately we cannot except any bookings prior to that date and time.

Bookings open at 10am on Friday July 25th and will be done on a first come first served basis.

You will find cost information & more details on our Retreat page here.

We look forward to you joining us in 2015

Jemima and Claire

If you are interest to see what we have been up to in previous years click on the link for Claires blog to see some recently posted photos.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

2014 first weekend retreat is coming!

It has been a while since our last post but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy at the sewing machine.

The next Sew-Along retreat is just over a month away & we are busy getting everything organised for what should be a great weekend. We are thoroughly looking forward to catching up with some old friends as well as welcoming along some new faces, and we are definately looking forward to being looked after by Peter & Delveen at the Avalon Homestead in Toodyay - yay, no cooking for a whole weekend!

We have a few new patterns available for this retreat, for those of you you joining us all the shopping lists can be found on the drop down menus on the right side of the blog.

happy stitching!

confetti floor cushion

liberty chevron cushion

suger flower quilt

harlequin quilt

Saturday, 21 September 2013


We are offering two holiday classes for children on monday 7th October. The classes are for kids aged 8+ and will be held in Wembley WA.

Mon 7th October 10am - 12 noon
Age 8+

This class is to make a hair clip hanger, fabulous to keep all those hair clips in one place & nice & tidy! 
During class the kids get the chance to work with various fabric, felt & embellishments as well as having the opportunity to have a go on a sewing machine. Basic hand sewing skills are also covered
We only have two sewing machines going at a time so that the children are monitor closely by an adult.

The class fee includes a fabric kit & light refreshments. Places are limited to a small group.


Mon 7th October 1.30pm - 4pm
Age 10+

This class is to make a a pair of pyjama shorts, which are much easier then they look! This class if for kids a little older & who may already have used a sewing machine. During class the children will cut out the fabric & sew the shorts together. We recommend bringing your own machine to this class.

The class fee light refreshments & pattern but you will need to bring your own fabric. 


Tuesday, 10 September 2013


Term four is always a busy term with every one getting organised for Christmas & many of us like to make something personal for our friends and loved ones. For Term four we have added some new designs to accompany our existing christmas catalogue so hopeful there is something for everyone. 

Classes will again run on Monday mornings, Tuesday evenings & this term we are also running them on Saturdays. All the details regarding class times can be found on our Classes Page HERE

Four week class starting Monday 21st or Tuesday 15th October.
Choose to make one project or a few . . . 

In recent weeks we have been busy designing & stitching new projects for Christmas. We stumbled across some gorgeous linen fabric in Calico & Ivy which led us on a journey of making a few vintage themed projects . . . not to say that these projects won't look fantastic in a traditional colour way or even a more funky & bright colour way!

We have been asked to produce a tree skirt to go around the bottom of the tree. If you are like me then it always looks a bit bare until the presents are all put under the tree on Christmas eve. Our tree skirt has six beautiful panels with little houses, christmas trees & Stars. I am still working on the hand quilting as I thought a bit of hand quilting would really add to the vintage feel I was after but here it is so far . . .

This project can be done quite quickly if you don't mind a bit of home work so you could get this made as well as something else in the four week class.

My house will have this gorgeous christmas advent bunting proudly displayed this year. This is two ribbons of flags, each flag has a pocket to pop a treat or a message into so we can count down the days to santas arrival.

We have plenty of other christmas projects to choose from - Santa Sacks, Christmas stockings, Yule tree table runner, Tree fairy & Christmas decorations. They are all listed on our patterns page HERE.

Three week class starting Monday 18th or Tuesday 12th November.

Choose to make one project or a few . . . 

Making gifts for friends & family is always a lovely idea for christmas. We have come up with some great kids projects with our peekaboo toy bags & purses & our cushion keeper to keep the favourite teddy or night time reading book in a safe place. There are plenty of ideas to choose from if you have a good look on our patterns page.

Getting to class during the week can be difficult so this term we have included three Saturday Workshops. If there is something from our Christmas class or Gifts class you would like to make, then you can book into one of the Saturday classes. We also have a scheduled workshop each Saturday relating to Christmas.

We are still working on more samples for classes so keep your eye on our Facebook pages as the pictures will be posted as they are finished.

Look forward to seeing you in class

Claire & Jemima

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Scrap Rug Workshop - A great afternoon.

What do you do with all your left over scraps? Well one great way to make best use of all those odd pieces is to turn them into a Scrap Rug. Claire and I spent a wonderful Saturday afternoon teaching 8 ladies just how to make a Scrap Rug all of their own.

It was not long before Scrap Rugs were starting to grow.

We are looking forward to seeing the finished Scrap Rugs.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Sew Along July, 2013 Retreat - A Picture Roundup

If you have ever wondered what a room full of creative women looks like then today here is an insight into what a bunch of ladies get up to on a Sewing and Stitching Retreat.

Up at the beautiful and picturesque Avalon Homestead Claire and I hosted 22 eager women for a weekend promised to be filled with inspiration, sewing, stitching, learning and laughter.

A massive bunch of Kaffe fabric cut into wedges to be turned into a quilt

The start of a Tokyo Subway Quilt

A stash of fabric that was being turned into an Under the Umbrellas Quilt

As the weekend went on those who were completing the Under the Umbrella Quilt workshop began to pin their blocks to the design board and it did not take long for this to fill with lots of colour from different ladies

Not only were there quilts being sewn but there were lots of ladies making bags, cushions, aprons, table runners, hobby bags, round cushion stacks and so many more beautiful projects.

A lovely neat stack of Liberty strips all ready to be sewn........... and then the creative part of jumbling them all up to be sewn in a random fashion - to make the stunning blocks you see below.

A Twisted Lone Star quilt

Some of the other quilts that evolved over the weekend. So pretty.

And here we all are! Looking forward to the next Retreat (already)!

Thanks to everyone we hope you had a wonderful, productive and relaxing time just as we both loved teaching you all.

Jemima and Claire