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She Quilts Alot by Shequiltsalot - Peta - 1M ago

Well hello there!  Remember me?  The girl who used to quilt a lot but then started a renovation and all of a sudden there was no time for anything else.   Well I’m back and I couldn’t be more excited to share my sewing studio with you all.

It’s so nice to have a room that’s been made for the sole purpose of sewing and even nicer to have everything in one place.   I feel very lucky that we’ve been able to incorporate a sewing studio into our renovation plans.    The room was my Mum’s bedroom when she was growing up and it’s right at the end of a short corridor.     I’m looking for suggestions for the frames by the way!  If you have any please shout.

For a while there I thought about making one long work bench but then, I realised I couldn’t give up the drawers in these Ikea Alex desks.  Putting two desks together solved the problem and, bonus, even more drawers to fill up!

I’ve had a couple of questions on Instagram about my cutting table so I thought I’d pop the list of items I used to make it here.   I used pretty much the same method of construction that Karen Ackva used on her table.   Of course, I only used two Kallax units instead of the three which is why I needed the adjustable legs.  It’s a great height for cutting and this new version I made has space for a stool as well.

We installed a built-in cupboard into the new sewing studio during the renovation and I really thought that I’d got the shelving right.   Turns out it didn’t work at all and there was just a big mess.   See what I mean… Yuk!

Thankfully I found someone who could install new shelves and drawers pronto and the new cupboard is now super tidy and organised!

The drawers are a great size for fat quarters and, for storing my larger pieces of solid fabrics.

And there’s even room at the top of the cupboard for books.    Thankfully there is another whole shelf above this one because I’ve got a whole bunch of books that need to be put away!

Most of all I love being able to throw the doors open and see just about every piece of fabric easily.   I draw so much inspiration from these piles so it’s nice to be able to see it all without having to move everything about.

There’s still some finishing touches to do like making a design wall and adding a bit more colour to the wall behind my desks.   In the meantime its been nice to rediscover some treasures like this little star I found in Lancaster County, PA.

And these WIP’s (work in progress) that I’d forgotten all about.   The dragon and unicorn are patterns by Kerry from Kidgiddy‘s Land of Magic quilt and the squirrel is from Violet Craft’s Forest Abstractions pattern.   All adorable and all about to become cute little throw pillows.

And just because I know that some of you have been wanting a renovation update here’s a few pictures of the new kitchen, pantry and deck.   Kinda almost nearly makes the pain of an eight month renovation worth it.

So what do you think?  Do you like the new sewing studio?   I feel so lucky to have such a nice space to work in.  I’m looking forward to putting it to good use for many years to come!

Have a happy week,

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Hello Hello!  I’m so excited to be sharing some pretty fabric and a free tutorial as part of the Bountiful Blog Tour today.   Bountiful is the latest collection from Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics and the best bit is this range is available in stores right now.  Yay!

Bountiful celebrates the beauty and natural resources of the Midwest where Sharon Holland grew up.    The collection has 20 prints across two gorgeous colour ways… Plant and Harvest.    Click over to the Art Gallery Live website to take a look at all of the prints and check out the substrates (knit, voile and canvas) available.   I’m sure you’ll find something you love.

I used a mix of prints from both colour ways to whip up this simple kitchen set… perfect for the gift giving season we’re about to head in to right!  It was super quick to make and the little custom tea towel adds an extra special touch.

Truth be told I made a similar set a few years ago and thought it was high time I put together a quick tutorial!  So, if you’d like to make your own kitchen set to gift or keep, you can download a PDF guide step you through the process by clicking here.

Just a quick word of warning, the PDF doesn’t include binding directions.   If you need help with that step you can check out my binding tutorial by clicking here.

So far on the tour there has been a whole bunch of awesome projects including a fabulous quilt made by Silvia from A Stranger View and, in just a couple of days time, Sharon herself will be sharing a fun make with everyone.   You can check out all the bloggers posts and find inspiration galore by clicking on the links shown here…

11-01  Mathew Boudreaux  Mister Domestic

11-02  AnneMarie Chany  Gen X Quilters

11-03  Brooke Sellmann  Silly Mama Quilts

11-06  Blair Stocker  Wise Craft Handmade

11-07  Silvia Sutters  A Stranger View

11-08  Peta Peace  She Quilts A Lot (that’s me!)

11-09  Sharon Holland  Sharon Holland Designs

11-10  Heather Andrus  Quilt Story

11-13  Maureen Cracknell  Maureen Cracknell Handmade

11-14  Anjeanette Klinder  Anjeanettek

11-15  Alexis Wright  My Sweet Sunshine Studio

11-16  Katie Skoog  The Simple Life Company

Sharon will have a giveaway happening on her blog on the 17th November to coincide with the end of the tour and, there is also a giveaway happening on Instagram thanks to the folks at the Fat Quarter Shop.  Head over to Instagram to check it out under the hashtag #BountifulHolidayBlogTour.

Righto…  I’m off to do some more Reno business.   I need to pick flooring real soon which (like everything so far!) is turning out to be a big decision.   I’ll provide some updates and pictures on the Reno real soon I promise.

Have the happiest week,

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She Quilts Alot by Shequiltsalot - Peta - 1M ago

Way back in January I did a post about moving into the house my grandparents built. I was so excited.  We had a plan for the renovation, we had a time frame, we had a good budget…..we had no idea!  Eight long months later we are still living in exactly the same house and life just seems to get crazier.   We thought we could stay here while the renovation and extension happened… as if!   Clearly delusion was permeating our every waking thought!   Good news though, we pick up the keys to a rental and next week the work will finally be starting.    Yay!

Pat the Builder (ahhh yes we do call him Pat the Builder – all. the. time.) has me running around like a chook with my head cut off at the minute so there isn’t much time for sewing or social media.   Insert sad face.  So today, while I should be making a decision about external colours I thought I’d get on the computer and show you a little of our plans.

We’ve made a few changes to save some money like removing the pergola from the side of the carport but this is basically what the front of the house will look like.    Pretty much the same as the original house.

The back is definitely very different.  There’s a big extension and a big covered deck ready for lots of entertaining and parties.  The shutters have all been deleted from the deck as another cost saving measure but I still think it’s going to be awesome out there.

The colour picking is hard though!   I can’t decide whether I want a light, neutral look like this house I found on Pinterest which just happens to be in the next suburb from me (renovated by Hammers and Heels!).

Or like this one which has darker trims to go with the neutral weatherboards like this house by Evermore Designs.

If you have any thoughts, or alternatives, please shout!   I’d be happy to procrastinate this decision a few more days by looking at more pictures :).  I figure I need to make sure I get it right because we’ll be living with it for a very very long time.

I hope you’re having a great week and that you are getting lots more sewing done than me!   Don’t forget that the book tour for A Piece of Cake is still happening.   You can check out all the bloggers makes so far and maybe even enter the giveaway Moda has organised by clicking on the links in the last post.

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Hello Hello!  I’m so excited to be sharing some pretty fabric and a free tutorial as part of the Bountiful Blog Tour today.   Bountiful is the latest collection from Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics and the best bit is this range is available in stores right now.  Yay!

Bountiful celebrates the beauty and natural resources of the Midwest where Sharon Holland grew up.    The collection has 20 prints across two gorgeous colour ways… Plant and Harvest.    Click over to the Art Gallery Live website to take a look at all of the prints and check out the substrates (knit, voile and canvas) available.   I’m sure you’ll find something you love.

I used a mix of prints from both colour ways to whip up this simple kitchen set… perfect for the gift giving season we’re about to head in to right!  It was super quick to make and the little custom tea towel adds an extra special touch.

Truth be told I made a similar set a few years ago and thought it was high time I put together a quick tutorial!  So, if you’d like to make your own kitchen set to gift or keep, you can download a PDF guide step you through the process by clicking here.

Just a quick word of warning, the PDF doesn’t include binding directions.   If you need help with that step you can check out my binding tutorial by clicking here.

So far on the tour there has been a whole bunch of awesome projects including a fabulous quilt made by Silvia from A Stranger View and, in just a couple of days time, Sharon herself will be sharing a fun make with everyone.   You can check out all the bloggers posts and find inspiration galore by clicking on the links shown here…

11-01  Mathew Boudreaux  Mister Domestic

11-02  AnneMarie Chany  Gen X Quilters

11-03  Brooke Sellmann  Silly Mama Quilts

11-06  Blair Stocker  Wise Craft Handmade

11-07  Silvia Sutters  A Stranger View

11-08  Peta Peace  She Quilts A Lot (that’s me!)

11-09  Sharon Holland  Sharon Holland Designs

11-10  Heather Andrus  Quilt Story

11-13  Maureen Cracknell  Maureen Cracknell Handmade

11-14  Anjeanette Klinder  Anjeanettek

11-15  Alexis Wright  My Sweet Sunshine Studio

11-16  Katie Skoog  The Simple Life Company

Sharon will have a giveaway happening on her blog on the 17th November to coincide with the end of the tour and, there is also a giveaway happening on Instagram thanks to the folks at the Fat Quarter Shop.  Head over to Instagram to check it out under the hashtag #BountifulHolidayBlogTour.

Righto…  I’m off to do some more Reno business.   I need to pick flooring real soon which (like everything so far!) is turning out to be a big decision.   I’ll provide some updates and pictures on the Reno real soon I promise.

Have the happiest week,

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She Quilts Alot by Shequiltsalot - Peta - 10M ago

I’ve been absent without warning again (seriously, this reno could kill me yet!) but today I’m here, present and accounted for, to share my round in the Girt By Sea Quilt Along.

I couldn’t be prouder to be involved with this project which was organised by the girls at Modern Makers Retreat.   The Girt By Sea quilt is was designed by Jodi GodfreyKeera JobSedef ImerAlyce BlythEmma Jean Jansen, and myself and, it celebrates all that we love about Australia.

For the final border of the quilt I designed a simple friendship braid style border to represent one of the things I like best about Australia…. it’s people and our beautiful multicultural heart.    No matter when or how we got to be here I know that we’re all grateful to live in such a beautiful place.   We truly are the lucky ones -:)

If you want to be in the running for this months prize just upload a picture of your progress to Instagram using the hashtag #girtbyseaquilt and one lucky person will win a little prize pack from me!     Check out the full T&C’s on the Modern Makers blog.

Of course, there is still time to join in the fun if this is the first you’ve heard of the Girt by Sea quilt.   If you’re looking for the pattern you can head over to Craftsy or Modern Makers to grab one now.

Just before I pop off again I thought I’d share a couple of tips to help with making the final border.

  • If you don’t have one already it’s worth grabbing a BlocLoc half square triangle ruler.   The half square triangles (HST) in the pattern are made using the two at a time method so you’ll have a bit of trimming to do.  The Bloc Loc ruler makes that trimming feel like fun….honestly!
  • Press the border rows in opposite directions (see image below).   It’ll make things much easier when you come to sew the two rows together.
  • When you join two HST’s the ‘point’ (inset in image below) should be 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric.    That 1/4″ spacing becomes the seam allowance on the next join and ensures you end up with a nice pointy point.

Have a great week!

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She Quilts Alot by Shequiltsalot - Peta - 11M ago

Way back in January I did a post about moving into the house my grandparents built. I was so excited.  We had a plan, we had a time frame, we had a good budget…..we had no idea!  Eight long months later we are still living in exactly the same house and life just seems to get crazier.   We thought we could stay here while the renovation and extension happened… as if!   Clearly delusion was permeating our every waking thought!   Good news though, we pick up the keys to a rental and next week the work will finally be starting.    Yay!

Pat the Builder (ahhh yes we do call him Pat the Builder – all. the. time.) has me running around like a chook with my head cut off at the minute so there isn’t much time for sewing or social media.   Insert sad face.  So today, while I should be making a decision about external colours I thought I’d get on the computer and show you a little of our plans.

We’ve made a few changes to save some money like removing the pergola from the side of the carport but this is basically what the front of the house will look like.    Pretty much the same as the original house.

The back is definitely very different.  There’s a big extension and a big covered deck ready for lots of entertaining and parties.  The shutters have all been deleted from the deck as another cost saving measure but I still think it’s going to be awesome out there.

The colour picking is hard though!   I can’t decide whether I want a light, neutral look like this house I found on Pinterest which just happens to be in the next suburb from me (renovated by Hammers and Heels!).

Or like this one which has darker trims to go with the neutral weatherboards like this house by Evermore Designs.

If you have any thoughts, or alternatives, please shout!   I’d be happy to procrastinate this decision a few more days by looking at more pictures :).  I figure I need to make sure I get it right because we’ll be living with it for a very very long time.

I hope you’re having a great week and that you are getting lots more sewing done than me!   Don’t forget that the book tour for A Piece of Cake is still happening.   You can check out all the bloggers makes so far and maybe even enter the giveaway Moda has organised by clicking on the links in the last post.

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She Quilts Alot by Shequiltsalot - Peta - 1y ago

It’s been so exciting to see my book A Piece of Cake hitting stores around the world over the last few weeks and even more exciting to see some of the projects being made by you guys popping up on Instagram and Facebook.   Talk about making my day!

To help celebrate the release of A Piece of Cake a whole bunch of my favourite bloggers are joining in with an online Book Tour.     You’ll get to see some of the projects being made in different styles and fabrics and of course, there are sure to be a few giveaways happening along the way!      I can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to and read their posts.

14 Aug      Sedef – Down Grapevine Lane
15 Aug      Jemima – Tied with a Ribbon
16 Aug      Samantha – Aqua Paisley Studio
17 Aug      Andy – A Bright Corner
18 Aug      Kirsty – Bonjour Quilts
19 Aug      Lisa – A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
20 Aug      Alison – Cotton Factory
21 Aug      Carrie – Moda Fabrics
22 Aug      Nadra – Ellis and Higgs
23 Aug      Angie – Gnome Angel
24 Aug      Tara – Tara Sews
25 Aug      Jules – The Creative Retreat
26 Aug      Kristyne – Pretty by Hand
27 Aug      Kimberly – Fat Quarter Shop
28 Aug      Lissa – Moda Lissa
29 Aug      Amy – Diary of a Quilter
30 Aug      Kerry – Kid Giddy & Cat – Hello from Cat on Instagram
31 Aug      Jane – Modern Makers Retreat
1 Sept       Kate – Never Enough Hours
2 Sept       Jodie – Vintage Ric Rac
3 Sept       Sharon – Patches Indooroopilly 
4 Sept       Amanda – Material Girl Quilts
5 Sept       Amber – A Little Bit Biased
6 Sept       Xanthe – Wife Made
7 Sept       Rachel – Family Ever After
8 Sept      Jenny – Martingale
9 Sept       Amy – Nana Company
10 Sept    Peta – She Quilts A Lot

You can also follow along with the Book Tour on Instagram with the hashtag #apieceofcakebook.   To make things easy that’s also the hashtag you can use for any projects you make :).

To kick off the Book Tour I have a copy of A Piece of Cake: Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares to give away to one lucky reader.   Just leave a comment below to enter.   The giveaway is open to everyone worldwide, entries close on the last day of the blog hop (September 10) and I’ll announce the winner the next day.   Good luck with your entry!

Have a great weekend!

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If you love Halloween as much as I do I’m sure you’re going to be excited to see this new fabric collection by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Designs.     It’s called Eek Boo Shriek and it’s absolutely adorable.

Carina has had a blog tour happening over the last few days and the other girls have made some awesome (and cute) things.   Check out their posts to see what they’ve been up to!

31st July – Kari from That’s Sew Kari
1st Aug – Amanda from Material Girl Quilts
2nd Aug – Sharon from Daisy Cottage Quilting
3rd Aug – Vicki from Orchid Owl Quilts
4th Aug – Me!

Halloween is a bit hit and miss here in Australia.  It’s definitely not a big thing but, I have noticed there are more and more people joining in the fun each year.    I like to think I’m educating everyone in my neighbourhood one Halloween at a time by going completely overboard with house decorations.   I get so excited just thinking about what a fun night it is and look forward to it every year.    This year I’ll have a fun new Boo! Mini Quilt (aka Halloween banner) and a cauldron full of these adorable little treat bags ready for when the neighbourhood kids come Trick or Treating.

If you would like to make your own Boo! Mini Quilt you can grab a copy of the pattern from my shop by clicking here.

I’ve made these little treat bags before with little bunny fabric to use as Easter Treat bags and I thought that they would like just as great in Carina’s spooky Halloween prints.   They are so easy to make that I’m sure you will be able to make a whole bunch of them in no time at all.

Here’s what you will need to make one 4″ x 7″ treat bag:

  • 2 rectangles, 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ for the bag exterior
  • 2 rectangles, 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ for the bag exterior
  • 2 rectangles, 4 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ for the lining
  • 16- 17″ piece of 1/4″ ribbon
  • coordinating thread
  • a small pair of scissors
  • a chopstick or corner turning tool

1. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew the 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles to the of the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles along the 4 1/2″ side to make the bag exterior pieces.    Press the seams open.

2. Sew the 4 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ lining rectangles to the other end of the the 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ bag exterior rectangles.

3.  Place the two panels together with right sides together making sure that the seams are all correctly aligned.    (That’s tricky to show in a photo so my seams are not aligned in the photo below).

4. Leaving a 2″ – 2 1/2″ gap on the short side of the lining pieces sew around the panels to join them.  Backstitch at the start and end.   Trim the excess fabric each corner.

5. Turn the bag right side out through the gap in the short side of the lining pieces.  Use a chopstick or corner turning tool to make sure that the corners are turned out completely.    Fold the seam allowance in the gap in the lining pieced inside the bag then give it a quick press and sew the opening closed with coordinating thread.

6. Push the lining piece inside of the bag exterior to finish off the bag.  Fill them up with all sorts of delicious Halloween treats and then tie them with a 16″ piece of ribbon.

Optional:- I like to top stitch around the opening of the bag using a 1/8″ seam allowance but that’s completely optional.    The top stitching doesn’t add any functionality to the bag, I just think it looks nice.

They look adorable don’t they!

You can customise these little treat bags as much, or as little, as you like.   I made a couple with a single piece of fabric (the same size as the lining pieces) for the exterior and they look just as cute.   You could also make them with small squares or a bunch of strips.  The possibilities are endless.

Eek Boo Shriek is available in stores now.   It’s such a fun fabric collection and one I’m sure you will enjoy sewing with.

Happy Quilting (I figured it was too early to say Happy Halloween!)

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