What I’ve Been Writing: Craftsy

Purple pink mint patchwork quilt

Did you know that at least once a month, you can find me writing blog posts for Craftsy?! I love writing about quilting, as evidenced by this blog and my Make Modern column too, and I love being able to stretch my typing fingers over there too. In fact last month, my How To Make […]

Sewing With Kids: 10 Minute Bags

Kid bags

As I mentioned last week, it’s the summer holidays here and when we’re home for the day, the kids have my undivided attention in the mornings. One of the activities they’re keen to do is to sew with me! Which makes me so happy that they want to create like mummy First of the list […]

Sew Cute Tuesday

Sew Cute Tuesday

This week has been all about getting into a good routine for summer holidays, and just a little bit of sewing to get yesterday’s Checker block done! There was a little bit more sewing done with the kids, which I’ll share later this week, by when I hope to have gotten a decent photo of […]

The Bee Hive: Checker

Checker block tutorial

Hi, my name is Jess (aka Elven Garden Quilts). When Alyce asked if I’d like to design a block for her Bee Hive series I immediately said yes – I loved the concept of creating bee blocks that create an interesting secondary design. From the outset, I wanted to design a really simple but effective […]

Aqua Strapping and Tape… AQUA!

Japanese craft haul

I had to pop into one of the local craft stores to get some fabric for Jennie, SUCH a hard task to do… And while there, I had to grab some handle strapping for a bag for my daughter. And while THERE, I found aqua twill tape and handle strapping. AQUA! Cue hyperventilation! I grabbed […]

Behind BHQ: The Summer Holidays And Time For Me

Kids scrapbooking cover

Here in Japan, the summer holidays run for about six weeks from mid-July to the end of August (the school year is April – March). This is now my fourth summer here (what?!) and my third preschool summer holidays. Each year has gotten easier, but they’re always a challenge. The noise, oh the noise! As […]

Sew Cute Tuesday

Sew Cute Tuesday

So I made something raaaather “Sew Cute” this week… It’s a Hello Kitty bow clutch! It’s been something on my mind for quite a while now, and when I found that robot Kitty print in a little bundle with the red and white dots, it was just too much of a match made in heaven […]

Free PDF Patterns Now Available!

free pdf patterns

I have started converting some of my top tutorials into free PDF patterns to make it easier for you to take it to your sewing room – either on your tablet or printed off! They’re all available on Craftsy, and I will keep working at converting more. So head on over and grab the goodies! […]

Down Under Quilts Magazine Feature: Meet Me!

Down Under Quilts

If you’re in Australia, and want to learn some more about me, head to your local newsagent and grab a copy of the latest Down Under Quilts (issue 171)! And for those internationally, you can order your own copy here! This month’s ‘Meet The Blogger’ article is moi! And it’s such a thrill to see […]

Sew Cute Tuesday

Sew Cute Tuesday

This week I’ve been making a bit more planner-related goodies, with my second attempt at making a Traveller’s Notebook cover aka fauxdori. And guys, I am in LOVE with this one! Just LOOK at the amazing linen-blend Japanese fabric!! It was a random find and I couldn’t help but use it on the outside AND […]