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Surface Design Workshop with Lisa Walton

It’s taken me a while to get the pictures sorted but back in May I had a great time at the surface design workshop with Lisa Walton (Dyed & Gone to Heaven) over a¬†weekend and learnt some great techniques on how to design my own fabric. We used a range of techniques to pattern the fabric which I have also tried at home. Head over to Lisa’s website if you want to find out about these surface design techniques.

I’ve put together a gallery of the pieces that I left with at the end of the workshop as well as some pieces I made at home:

I have now started to create a reference book with the techniques I learnt from this course and the other courses I have attended (now 3 of Lisa’s courses) – over time this will be a great source of creative ideas for me ūüôā

Surface Design Techniques

You can find out about the courses Lisa runs by heading over to her website and/or Facebook page.

I have had a go at home using similar techniques – they were a good test of what I had learnt. One thing that is important is how the fabric is dried – unfortunately the sun went in just as I put these out so they would have turned out more vibrant.

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Making Felt Flowers

Felt Flowers Lamp Shade

It’s been a while since I last posted, but I thought it was about time to change all of that! I have been busy being crafty and baking over the last few months so thought it would be nice to get it documented.
Make Felt FlowersAny time I have scraps of felt, I try and make as many ‘circle’ shapes I can to make felt flowers to then be sewn on to lots of different things! It’s a great way to use up any bits of felt that ‘s lying around and it very effective! This simple but effective technique was learnt on a course back in 2014 with Wendy Williams who has a great book that shows off a range of ways to use felt on quilts and cushions.

Make Felt Flowers

Using different colours to build the flowers up, I then use thread that stands out to sew them all together. So far they’ve been used to decorate a lampshade for my bedroom, a quilt block and a cushion or two.

Felt Flowers Lamp ShadeFelt Flowers Quilt Block

Have any scraps of felt lying around? Have a go at making your own felt flowers by cutting out circle shapes in varying sizes (they don’t need to be perfect as they look more flower like) and using different coloured felt to sew them together, build up the flower layers to create a range of different flowers. They can also make great broaches or key rings.

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Cake Pop Course

Cake Pop Course

I went on another cake pop course at The Classic Cupcake Company¬†with my friend to make Cake Pops that we found on one of those voucher sites. I had made cake pops ages ago but they weren’t the best and now know how to make them properly! Cake pops are simply to make and can use left over cake with some buttercream. You roll them into balls and cover in chocolate or icing.

Cake Pops
Cake Pops in the box

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Beginner’s Quilt Block Course

About a month ago I bought a sewing machine, and since then I have been busy making bits and pieces (like covers for my hot water bottles) and now have a project list as long as my arm!

Being brought up around quilting and other crafts, I have always wanted to learn how to make my own quilt – I have lovely quilts that my Grandma has made me and hope to make quilts as good as she does one day and one of them has even travelled with me to Sydney! I was always nervous about doing it so thought starting off with something small (with someone telling me what to do) would be a good idea.

What did I do?

I bought a Janome sewing machine from the Craft Depot in Pennant Hills – they do all different courses including one for beginners to learn the skills to start quilting, so thought that this would be a great way to start me off. The course ran for the day and provided lunch and the tutor and the people on the course were lovely.

There are so many different skills and techniques in quilting that the course I went on only scratched the surface, but learnt some great techniques and this was all done by making the quilt block pictured below. The techniques were simple but very effective. We started off the day by learning how to cut out the fabric as well as some rotary cutter safety РNEVER leave the blade exposed!

Quilt Block

I learnt some great techniques and tips to make the block above:

  • 4 and 9 square block (the squares in the middle)
  • Triangles (in the corner)
  • Binding
  • The different types of wading

I already have a quilt in mind – Australia/Travel themed using the fabric I’ve picked over the last couple of month and will detail the steps I have taken to make it!¬†There are some great ideas on Pinterest for quilt block ideas if you want to find some ideas which I will be using to create¬†mine (you can create a number of different quilt block patterns just from using triangles and squares!).

In November I will be doing a Christmas table runner course at the same place where I will learn about ‘Quilt as you go’ using multiple quilt blocks – watch out for pictures.