MINI BLOCK QAL | Block #9: Octagon Rosette


It’s the last one, my friends. The very last block in this QAL! 😭

For our final block, we’re flexing our English Paper Piecing skills and taking a dabble in making octagons! (Something I’ve never done before!) Our sweet little 1″ octagons are then hand sewn into a circle, or rosette (another thing I’ve never done before!) to complete the block. Easy!

I then amped the skill level up a notch by using a directional print fabric to create a fun geometric pattern within the rosette. Such fun!

As I mention in the video, if you’re unable to source pre-made 1″ octagons, I’ve included a template in the pattern sheet for you to trace around and use. A basic lightweight card stock will do the trick as a paper template.

Also, you don’t have to use a Fabric Glue Stick like I have to baste your octagon templates and to applique your rosette to your fabric. There are plenty of other ways to do it and you’re more than welcome to do it the way you best feel confident!

I think one of the great things about this block is that there is such a freedom in how you choose to construct and finish it. For example, when sewing the edges of the rosette to the background square, you can do it either by sewing machine (straight-stitch, zig-zag stitch or something fancy and fun) or by hand (a buttonhole or blanket stitch might be nice!).

Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy making this block (It’s so much different compared to all of the other blocks we’ve made!) and you become more confident in your EPP skills! 😊


So, the next video in the series will be the last tutorial…

I’ll be wrapping it all up by showing you how:

Piece in the sashing and borders

Sandwiching the top with a batting/pellon and a backing

Whizzing it through the machine with a few quilted lines here and there

Sewing on a simple binding

Attaching a rod pocket to the back

And then finally labelling the finished wallhanging

Phew! I definitely have my work cut out for me! It’s gonna be an intense tutorial to make! But I’m excited though!! I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished projects!!

REMEMBER: Keep on sharing those blocks! (#AmandasMiniQAL / @3and3quarters)

Happy Sewing, Friends!



A Crazy Craving for Applique!

Ever since mid-semester break begun early last week, a strange and very exciting urge (or craving) came over me to get my hands moving and get stuck into some hand-sewn applique!

It’s literally been an age since I last did any hand applique. I’ve done little bits here and there when sewing on quilt labels and such, but nothing really intense where the project is solely based on or designed around this technique.

So over the weekend, the hunt began to find the perfect pattern to stitch! My first port-of-call (as always) was my book shelf: always full of fab ideas and glorious inspiration! It never lets me down! And I somehow knew instinctively that I would find what I was looking for in this book – Material Obsession by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke.


From what I could remember, a lot the designs featured in this book involved applique pieces, perfect hand-quilting textures and brilliantly clashing fabrics to boot! So to my delight and happiness, after flicking through it once, my eye stopped on this cheery tulip pattern that perfectly summed up the exact thing I was looking to stitch up! (I was also hoping to find a pattern that was a flower or was centred around flowers as they seem to be very much my life right now!)


After a quick scan through the details for the applique block and what techniques needed to be used (this pattern can be created using either the hand-turned applique method or the raw edge method. I chose to do the later! Ooo, I always love a good button-hole/blanket stitch!!), I hurriedly picked out a few fabrics that I thought would go well, searched for some template plastic to trace the template pieces on to (a few pattern pieces needed to be reversed) and I rolled out my vliesofix (or heat-n-bond paper) and got stuck in!


Happily, it only took me one afternoon to get the first block completely finished! I had a whole weeks worth of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to watch, so I got comfy with a cup of tea and immersed myself into a world of sewing that I’ve missed so much over the past couple of months! (PS. These blocks are big ol’ boys – they measure about 18.5″ squared!)

I’m now currently onto the second block, exploring a different colour way and choosing another dominate floral fabric for the centre piece.


This one features one of my all-time favourite fabrics by Amy Butler – Gypsy Caravan in the print called Gypsy Mum! I think the colours are just so divine and I love the pop of those eggplant colour details throughout it!


At the moment, I’m not sure whether I’ll follow the pattern in the book or just make up each block as I go as a side project to all of my other side projects and then piece them into a quilt… Right now, I’m just looking at it as an adventure that will keep my hands busy while on break from my floristry course and that will continue to soothe my craving for some down-right good-ol’ sewing! (Plus, it’s just really nice to have a new project displayed up on design wall in my sewing room! For a while there it was looking quite bleak and unloved… But these gorgeous tulips are pepping it up nicely and giving the room a warm and welcoming glow again, making me one happy quilter!)

As always, I’ll keep you updated with the progress of this (yet another) quilt-in-progress on my social media pages (ie. Instagram). TBH, I’m really enjoying this one – it makes a great change from piecing a block together on the sewing machine to having to hand trace, cut, press and then hand-sew each piece down. It’s a process that I’ll always love doing!

Happy Sewing, Friends!!


So Many Side Projects!

This is how my sewing list works…

I have a main project/quilt on the go at all times – currently it’s my Friendship Star Quilt, which is in a state of half-started quiltiness!

Then I have lots of other little side projects sprouting out from my sewing room, (usually lying on a coffee table or sitting mid-stitch on my desk), that I seem to begin to occupy/procrastinate my time with.

This post is dedicated to those side projects that are currently distracting me away from quilting this!

{Side Project #ONE}

Stop Motion Embroidery

When I get a chance to sit down in front of the telebox, I’m coolly stitching away at this number.

Heart Embroidery
It’s current state!

Every two minutes I take a photo of my progress, resulting in an effect that looks a little like this.

I’m so close to finishing this one! Hopefully I’ll be able to edit and upload it within the next few weeks!

{Side Project #TWO}

Mother’s Day Appliqué

This Sunday in Australia we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day and because I’m as broke-as-two-bob-watch, I’m making this for my mum!

Ready to start stitching!
Ready to start stitching!

It’s a sweet little applique design I found in a quilting book in my library called 101 Full-Sized Blocks.

I thought this would be cheaper and a lot more personal than buying her real flowers – at least these ones won’t die in three days!

I’ll hand-stitch a satin/buttonhole stitch around all of the shapes, baste and bind it turning it into a mini wall quilt.

{Side Project #THREE}

Heart Block Video Tutorial

Another Quilty Tutorial is on its way to be uploaded onto my YouTube Channel.

You may’ve seen this cheeky little sketch in my Instagram feed a week or so ago…


I’ve always loved the pixelated looking heart block design…

So I’ve drawn up my own design and will be sharing the how-to process with you very soon!

{Side Project #FOUR}

Mini Spool Wall Quilts

Mini Spools

I made up these blocks sometime late last year and have been wondering what to do with them ever since.

Happily, I was inspired by my Mother’s Day project and quickly whipped them up in one evening to the point of just stitching on the binding.

The over-all purpose of these making these little wall quilts is to sell them in my online madeit store,Love along with Side Project #FIVE…

{Side Project #FIVE}

Little Wallets

I made some more of these this week and still have another three waiting to be completed!

Little Purses

These five pretty little purses are waiting to be sent out to new homes…

If you live in Australia and are searching for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, these could be what you’re looking for!


So there we have it. Five little side projects waiting their turn for my attention.

Well actually, some of them aren’t really that little

If only there were more hours in the day…



Happy Sewing!


A Diamond Jubilee Celebration fit for a Queen!

If you’ve been living under a rock, in a cave, under the bed or are just plain ignorant, you may have been unaware that this weekend was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The hype about this event has been building up for months and the UK has been dressing up the London city streets with an abundance of Monarchy pride!

As a great lover of all things British, and the fact my dad’s an Englishman, we celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style in the form of a ‘simple’ Sunday dinner.

I decked out our table with some red and blue gingham fabric, a Union Jack printed tea towel the folks bought back from their European holiday last year, my Grandmother’s 1950’s print frame of the Queen when she was younger along with fancy crockery, glasses and goofy crown hats!

We had Coronation Chicken sandwiches, a Victoria Sponge, Jam Tart and Shortbread biscuits. We started dinner with some sparkling grape drink (non-alcoholic for the teetotallers in our family) followed by leaf-tea in fancy cups and saucers with our dessert. We truly enjoyed ourselves by doing something different while acting silly with our posh little pinky fingers in the air as we sipped our tea and spoke in posh English accents – well attempted to anyway!

Before our fancy dinner, I had dedicated the afternoon to watching some of my favourite British films.

I started with About a Boy then treated my self to the ridiculously funny and classic Bridget Jones. I did have all intentions to watch Four Weddings and a Funeral but Downton Abbey was on TV and I couldn’t miss that! There are plenty of other British titles that rank in my top favourite movies; The King’s Speech, Pride & Prejudice (BBC version – swoon over Mr. Darcy!), Persuasion,  The Inbetweeners, Love Actually, Bend it Like Beckham, Mr Bean etc. I would need a whole week to watch all of these titles to truly enjoy every moment!

My movie afternoon-slash-evening became the ideal time to continue appliqueing the butterflies on the Butterfly cot quilt that’s currently in the making. Only four more to go, with 24 butterflies in total! Yay! Once they’re all secured, I can sandwich the quilt up with wadding and the backing fabric and get ready to quilt!

Saturday evening, with a stubborn itch to do some sewing, I came up with this Stacked Coins cushion cover using some coordinating scraps from my scraps tub. No pattern, no instructions. Just my imagination and mind’s eye helped to create this little gem.

It’s now ready for a quick bout of quilting and then the quirky pear print backing to be sewn on (with a zipper or buttons I’m not sure yet) and then stuffed with a cushion in-fill and it’s ready for the lounge!

I’ve finalised my design for the Quilter’s Guild of NSW’s under 35 years quilting competition based on the theme How Does Your Garden Grow?

Just a sneeky-peek…I can’t give the whole idea away just yet! Today I was researching into how I would actually construct this beauty. It’ll definately have to be some type of Foundation Piecing, either string or paper piecing or English paper piecing. I’ll have to do some mock up testing first to find out which would best. Any suggestions??

Happy Sewing! xx

About: Everything & Inbetween

So much has happened since my last blog date with you all – I left my job, started a new one, said goodbye to old friends and hello to the new, finished one quilt, started another AND lived the rest of my life in-between! I’ll admit it’s hard to find the guts to leave something that’s become so comfortable and routine for so long and start something that’s completely different. But I’ll get used to it and plod along as I find my feet along the way.

Lately I’ve been discovering some of the best-ever inspiring blogs on the net. These people inspire me to take my love for quilting and craft a lot more serious than I currently do…

Louise Papas (AUS):

This wonderful quilter, living inMelbourne, is the epitome of the modern quilting movement inAustralia. Her designs make me feel envious indeed! Her projects heavily feature appliqué (all types) and hand quilting which give the style of lovingly handmade and original.

Jennifer Reynolds (AUS):

This inspiring self-taught crafter has a wonderfully neat and deliberate style of sewing that is classy, fresh and unique. With an unlimited mind full of inspiring stitchery’s, quilts, wall-hangings and knick-knack pieces this is a sweet blog to get the creative juices flowing again! Also, check out some of the clever tutorials that are available: they’re free, easy to follow and feature handy photos to keep track to.

Meet Me at Mikes (AUS):

This little beauty is something slightly different, a little bit quirky, very modern and a little bit retro-ish. Covering all things sweet and adorable, this blog has inspiring craft ideas like print your own fabric; make your own doily lamp shade, sew your own Chewbacca softie (!!) as well as make some very cool pieces of jewellery! Everything is awesome on this blog!

 Elizabeth Hartman (US):

I just recently bought Elizabeth’s A Practical Guide to Patchwork’ book and loved the simplistic modern quilts she designs. Even though this book leans more towards the beginner quilter, I’ve found it helpful anyway, as any tips and hints are always great to store in the mind plus some things you do forget and being reminded is always helpful!

I’m much inspired by the colour and pattern choices thatElizabethchooses and admire the way she executes her quilting techniques to match the styles of her quilts. Bonus:Elizabethhas posted some great online tutorials and patterns to use for free along with some handy-dandy quilting tips and FAQ’s! Love it!

Cyndi Walker (US):

I envy these talented people who have the opportunity to work fulltime as textile and/or quilt artists! Just the thought of having the freedom and courage to do that makes me weak at the knees! (One day! One day it’ll happen!) Well, Cyndi Walker is a very lucky and clever woman and I absolutely love her quilt designs, fabric and colour choices as well as her books. I’m seriously thinking of purchasing some of her patterns and hoarding them for future reference and inspiration!

Tula Pink (US):

Tula Pink is an extraordinary textile designer and quilter and I admire her quirky and clever nature and spin on the quilting world. Her fabric prints are just gorgeous and her take on modern quilt designs is inspiring! Check it out – you won’t regret it!!

Mr X Stitch (UK):

Now this guy is awesome! As what Chef Duff from Ace of Cakes is to cakes – this guy is to embroidery and stitcheries. He’s made the humble Nanna knitting and stitching past time into something that is uniquely hip, controversial, modern and accessible for the 21st century artist. He and a punch of other ridiculously talented stitchery artists from around the world have compiled a book called Push Stitchery. Hence named due to the way they push the creative boundaries of stitched art. This book is a one-of-a-kind gem of find and encourage all you embroidery and stitched art fans to get it, read it, be inspired and try something different for yourself! Then share it with others!

Now these blogs are by some of my all-time favourite wholesale manufacturers that bring us quilter’s beautiful rich, luscious, tactile fabrics that make me wee my pants with excitement!

Michael Miller Fabrics:

I love this blog; as soon as the page came up I was hooked! It’s so cool to see how the behind-the-scenes at a fabric manufacturer is like….idle rolls of fabrics stacked in the corner, lusciously stacked fabric bundles, meeting inspirational fabric designers and swooning all over beautifully made quilts. *sigh*

Moda Website:

This is such a fun and bright webpage! I love it! With so many links to discover it’s so hard to choose where to start first! Download crafty wallpapers for your computer and iphone/ipad, check out new and exciting fabric ranges, notions and products, meet the designers behind your favourite fabrics, print out free patterns and discover handy tips and measurement guides for all your sewing needs. I admire a great website that’s so functional to users who are (slightly) computer illiterate.

(What I love about looking at new blogs is discovering new artists as you click along with links or notice something at the corner of your eye and it draws you in! This is just what happened to me – I was browsing the Robert Kaufman boards on Pinterest (as you do!) and I found this guy – Luke Hayne – an extraordinary quilt designer who blows my mind with his perspective on the art of quilt making and how he executes it. See here, at his website, his bio (watch the video of how he makes his name tag thing – it’s insane! I want to be filmed like that one dayJ), his blog and totally insane quilts! AND I’ve just realised he’s one the artists that feature in Mr X Stitch’s book Push Stitchery! OMG! The world is just coming together like it is no-body’s business! Wow.)

And of course let us not forget the wondrous find of Pinterest and the awesomeness it brings to my life and as well as others! I’ve only been using Pinterest for over a fortnight, but it makes me realise just how many places I find my inspiration from as well as discover insanely talented people who are more than willing to share their ideas, inspirations, mistakes and worries to the rest of the world. Whenever I’m on the website I find myself making new boards for new finds of things I just love. From quilts to fabrics, products I love, arty-farty pieces and noteworthy books I’m always finding new and exciting stuff to pin. I’m so dangerous on that website!

Talking of dangerous websites and along with good informative blogs, I’m always on the hunt for some good quality online fabric stores. I know of a few great Australian sites that supply some great ranges of fabrics at great prices. I do know of some international ones but have yet bought from them due to currency differences and postage and handling charges.

Kelani (AUS):

Based inMelbourne, this irresistible store has best online collect of fabric ranges I’ve discovered yet. They have a link especially for Australian textile designers only along with everything else sorted into its appropriate space. Everything they sell is beautifully presented including detailed descriptions of each of the fabrics and the prices are reasonable. Postage used to be free, now it cost $5.95 (unlimited I think?) but everything is cut, folded and posted to you neatly and quickly, which is one of the reasons I keep coming back!

Duckcloth (AUS):

Duckcloth operates out ofVictoriaand features a lot of organic and eco-friendly fabrics, like linen and hemp, along with all the sentimental fabric ranges we’ve all come to love. They have a superb blog, tick, free postage when you spend $120 or more (which is very easy to do – trust me!), tick, they accept pay-pal, tick, and guarantee fast delivery, tick!

Fabric Patch (AUS):

This is the website to come to for all of your genuine well-known fabric designers, jelly rolls, charm packs, fat quarter bundles, layer cakes, quilt kits and patterns. With reasonable pricing, quick postage and super sweet fabric ranges, this store is becoming a ‘weekly browse’ favourite. It’s almost like a mini Australian version of the Fat Quarter Shop!

Funky Fabrix (AUS):

Based inQueenslandthis is an awesome little online shop specialising in retro modern and natural organic fabrics. They also have a retail store that you can pop into and buy some purtty fabrics, ribbons, notions and sweetie little gifts. With a wide range of fabrics to choose from you’ll love browsing (just like I do) through all the different categories and ranges they stock. They accept pay-pal as well! Score!

Fat Quarter Shop (US):

This online store pretty much has everything that one quilter will need and want in a life-time! It’s bright, vivid, up-to-date, accepts pay-pal (!!) and sells quality Christmas fabric all year round. What could better? Oh, I know! Open a store especially for us Aussies!?

Hancock Fabrics (US):

Oh man! These lucky Americans get all the awesome online fabric stores! Just check out the link and you’ll know what I mean…. This one reminds me of a bigger version of Spotlight – minus all the home décor products.

So, what’s happening on the sewing front I hear you ask?

Well, I’ve been busily stitching up my hexie’s for my Scrappy Hexie Quilt

and slowly coming to the end of the pile – Hoorah! –getting ready to appliqué them onto a daring piece of grey Prima Homespun background. This is the first time I’ll be using a solid grey colour as a central feature on the front a quilt top – but I did a sneaky little check on the weekend to make sure it would all come together and I think it just might! I’m also up to the part where I need to start looking for a contrasting backing and binding as well as deciding on how to quilt it. Should I do it on my sewing machine like I always do OR continue the theme of ‘trying something new’ and hand quilt it?! Oh the decisions are driving me crazy!

In the mean time, I’m also continuing on the Butterfly Baby Quilt I’m making for a friend. I was up to the stage of almost finishing the quilt top when I realised I didn’t have that feeling towards it like I do with other quilts I make. (When I say that feeling, I’m referring to the feeling that rises in you when you’re making something. You just know that it’s going to turn into a thing of beauty – you’re anxious and impatient to get it finished and hand it over to the lucky recipient. It’s that feeling of knowing that they’ll absolutely love it because you loved it and put all the right and positive energy into making it! I hope that makes sense? It’s quite difficult to explain such feelings towards a quilt-in-progress as your mood changes so often and inspiration comes and goes so easily…. It’s safe to say, I just didn’t feel that the quilt that was in progress was the right one to give – I knew I could do better!) And so, with that somewhat explained, I’ve started something new, something very modern and sweet featuring appliqué butterflies (pink, purple, yellow and floral on a clean white background) and I’m getting that feeling in doses and can’t wait to finish!! And I must finish soon as the little bubba’s due very soon! There’s nothing like leaving these things to the last minute! Eeepp!

Here is my Summer Zig-Zag Quilt on display at my local Spotlight store (I recently left my job here) and I’m so chuffed at how good it looks.

I have terrible judgement of how big or small my quilts turn out to be. When I was quilting this baby, it seemed a lot bigger than it seems here in the photo. But I love it – I had that feeling about it – and I’m going to be selfish and keep this one for me and my home. I was going to sell it but I’ve become too attached – something I try so hard not to do – but there are others half-made that I’ll finish in the future and sell. But that won’t be for a while as I have another two very important quilts to make on top of the Scrappy Hexie Quilt and Butterfly Quilt. Oh my! No more spur of the moment projects for me, I must stay strong!

Another thing I’ve discovered in the past week is Amigurumi which is a Japanese art form where you crochet small animals or toys. I haven’t made any, as I’m a hopeless knitter and know nothing about crocheting, so I’m more of look, admire and squeal at cutie little projects that brilliant Amigurumi artists have made. Some of things people have made are so awesome; I’m just blown away at how clever and ingenious some people are. Here are some of my favourites I’ve found of Pinterest…(where else?!).

How lovely are they?! The Star Wars collection is by far my favourite!

I think that’s it. There are no more words tumbling out of my brain to type to you about…hmm…

Happy Sewing! xx