Wednesday, 1 February 2017

homespun magazine 'Going to the Zoo' BOM month 1 tutorial


Have you seen the first issue of the Homespun "Going to the Zoo" Block of the Month (BOM) designed by myself (Jemima Flendt) and Claire TurpinEach Month a new Block will be featured in Homespun so that you can work through it at your own pace.

You can grab your copy of Homespun in Australia through your favourite Craft/Quilt Store, Newsagents and Target Stores.  Digitally it is available to download on Zinio, The Apple Newsstand or Google Play if you are outside Australia.

This design was great fun to create and make and we can't wait to see these  being made over the coming year.  We are planning on putting together some extra helpful information to help you with some of the pieces of the Blocks like  tips, tricks or like below a Tutorial just so you know exactly how we made different elements of the Playmat/Quilt. 


Month 1 - Entrance and Train Block.


Felt Softie Train Tutorial


Step 1 - Gather the Supplies needed to make your Train (as stated in Month 1). Following the steps in the Magazine, prepare your Appliqué Train and Press it to your felt.


Step 2 - Appliqué your Train using your chosen method - I have used a small Blanket Stitch on the machine in Matching Guitermann Sulky Thread to give it a lovely shine.


Step 3 - Take the finished Appliquéd Train and using a fabric erasable marker, mark a straight line under the train (for sewing). Place this piece on top of the second/backing rectangle of felt. Pin around your Train.


Step 4 - Machine sew around the outside of the train.  I used an Open Toe foot so that I could see where I was stitching better.


Step 5 - Stop about 2in from where you started (the blue pin) and then put the "Needle Down" into the felt.


Step 6 - Lift up the Presser Foot on your machine so that the needle is still in position.  Take your toy filling and carefully stuff your Train (while it is still in the machine).


You can use a blunt ended tool to help "poke" the toy filling to the ends of the train to get a nice even fill.


Step 7 - When you have about half stuffed your train - place the Jingle Bells inside as well and continue to stuff until you are happy with the firmness.


Step 8 - Place the Presser Foot back down and then continue to sew to the end (back where you started) - remembering to back stitch your finished stitches.


Step 9 - Take your Pinking Shears and carefully trim around the shape of your train.



Your completed Felt Softie Train should look like this.

We can't wait to see the "Going to the Zoo" BOM Play mats that you create so please - send us your pictures, tag @tiedwitharibbon and @claireturpindesign in your BOM and #homespunzoobom #homespunbom2017 in your Instagram posts as we are really excited to see these being made.

Happy Sewing 
Jemima x x

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Going to the Zoo - Homespun BOM 2017


Through 2016 I was working on a very secret squirrel project with my sewing partner in crime - Claire Turpin.  Together we were working on creating the feature Block of the Month for Homespun Magazine.
This was a super exciting project to be able to work on and a great way to express our combined creativity to create this Child's Playmate/Quilt.


The inspiration behind the project was all about "Going to Zoo" so we set about firstly deciding upon which animals we would feature and how we could put all these together in an interesting and new way.  We developed the concept for the Octagonal Play mat as an interactive and fun quilt that any child would not only love to have but could actually play and be imaginative with it.  

The quilt features lots of poplar animals that we have brought to life with Applique and by using interactive elements for the kids to play with.  The Playmate also draws up to become a bag so that the fun can be taken anywhere you like.  
Featuring Lecien Modern L's and Minny Muus from Lecien Fabrics, these fabrics are fun, bright and help to bring that unique element to this BOM as we hoped.

The Homespun "Going to the Zoo" BOM runs from the February issue through to November and we will along the way show you some Tutorials and other inspired creations to make.  
We can't wait to see the "Going to the Zoo" BOM Play mats that you create so please - send us your pictures, tag @tiedwitharibbon and @claireturpindesign in your BOM and #homespunzoobom #homespunbom2017 in your Instagram posts as we are really excited to see these being made.

Homespun is available in Australia at all good Quilt/Craft stores, Newsagents and Target stores.  Digitally through Zinio, the Apple Newsstands or google Play for all our overseas friends who would love to sew along with us.

There is a big lists of stores in Australia and New Zealand who will be stocking kits to make.  You can check out the list below for the store closest to you.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Sew Along Retreat - September 2017 - Bookings


We would love you join us for Sew-Alongs weekend Sewing Retreat at the beautiful Avalon Homestead in ToodyayThese events are planned to be a great opportunity to relax, unwind and get creative!


ACCOMMODATION
All accommodation is twin share so please indicate if you have a friend you would like to share with.The rooms are all very well appointed and maintained so you do not need to bring anything with you.

MEALS
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 and food requirements if you are on a special diet. You are welcome to BYO wine, beer and bubbly.  

ON SITE EXTRAS
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.

COST
The cost for the weekend is $420 per person inclusive of accommodation, meals and tuition.  A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to secure your booking within 2 weeks of booking, with the remaining 50% payable three weeks prior to the retreat.

email - tiedwitharibbon@gmail.com with your booking details.

We look forward to you joining us in 2017

Jemima and Claire


Sunday, 13 July 2014

NEW PROJECT FOR RETREAT

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.


COMPLETED QUILT WITH ALL THE BORDERS
BLUE/ORANGE/GREEN COLOURWAY

BLUE/PINK/GREEN COLOURWAY


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.

ACCOMMODATION
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!

MEALS
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.

ON SITE EXTRAS
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.

TO BOOK
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

KIDS SEWING CLASSES - OCTOBER HOLIDAYS

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.


CLASS ONE - HAIR CLIP HANGER
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.
$50

TO BOOK EMAIL JEMIMA AT


CLASS TWO - PYJAMA SHORTS
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. 
$45

TO BOOK EMAIL JEMIMA AT