Easy star quilt

Despite putting myself on a fabric purchasing ban, a trip to Spotlight to pick up a backing fabric for my son’s quilt proved too much temptation for me! I have no willpower when it comes to fabric, none at all!

A friend’s impending arrival gave me the initial excuse for new fabric, the cuteness of all the llama fabric (my fave animal is the alpaca) meant I finished off my trip with a full trolley.

I grabbed three fabrics from Kat Kalindi Cameron’s Space Junk quilting fabric.


After contemplating the gorgeous fabric, I decided to try a star quilt pattern. I did a bit of internet research and found this great tutorial by Amy Smart on the Bernina website.

I cut 8 white and 8 navy 10 inch square, and after stitching 4 of each together to make the triangle blocks, I arranged the 16 squares together to form the central star.


I used the light blue for the back and I quilted using double diagonal lines and finished with the navy fabric as the binding.


I’m very pleased with this effort, and most importantly, it was loved and appreciated by the recipient. I really need to make a quilt for me to keep!

Alice ooxx


Children’s Art Bag

Many moons ago, Charlie was the recipient of a fantastic birthday present – a home sewn portable art bag.

That little green bag has been carted with us on holidays, to cafés and restaurants and is often stashed in the car in case of an unexpected stop. To be frank it has saved us from the brink of many I’m-bored-tantrums!

Outside of art bag

Loving this western train fabric!

So when we were invited to a second birthday party of the original art bag seamstress I knew just what to make.

So I scoured the web for the perfect pattern and settled on this tutorial from H is for Handmade.

It came together well, and would’ve been quick if it hadn’t sewn one of the inside pockets shut, despite the caution agianist exactly that on the tutorial (there’s an hour of my life of unpicking I’ll never get back!).

The only change I made was to insert a magnetic bag closure to help prevent accidental toddler emptying of the contents.

The outside fabric was quilting cotton from Lincraft Inside of art bagin Melbourne CBD as was the red contrast. The inside blue fabric (with trains) was a cotton flannel from Spotlight, with the rest of it ending up as PJs for Father’s Day.

Finally, Charlie spotted the western train fabric as I was sewing up this project and had to have some! “A shirt please Mum, with no buttons and a square of My Little Pony fabric”. A post for another time perhaps.


Brindille & Twig – Harem Romper

So my first pattern related blog is the Harem Romper from Brindille & Twig.

IMG_9718I made this up in a cotton jersey from Spotlight and a cotton/lycra from Rathdowne Remnants. Annabel had just turned 1 when I took this photo, and my chosen size, 12-18 months fit perfectly.

I’m hoping that the warmer weather we’ve been having here in Melbourne will finally stick around and we’ll get some more wear out of this before she has a growth spurt.

An easy sew, it come together quickly with my overlocker. I did get in trouble from the family for putting on the snaps with my hammer at midnight. Oops!

I love how this pattern turned out and it looks like Annabel agrees!IMG_9721


SO, I’m a terrible blogger. Life has definitely got in the way over the last couple of years and I’ve struggled to find the inspiration to write anything that could be of any interest!

But, I have a new passion, sewing. I’ve decided to make this blog, mostly dedicated to my projects, triumphs and failures.

If you have zero interest here’s your chance to take the first exit.

I’m going to restart this blog with a bit of a photo montage of some of my completed projects over the last couple of months. I hope you enjoy.