Sunday, January 31, 2010

Completed Quilt for Miss M

Finally its done! This is biggest quilt I have made so far (approx. 60 inch x 76 inch) for Miss M's new "big girl" king single bed. I finished off sewing the binding down tonight after having it sitting staring at me waiting for me to do this for quite a few weeks now. I FMQ'd the entire quilt standing up at my sewing machine as I found it impossible to manovere the weight of the quilt under the machine, especially with a pregnant belly in the way! If I decide to make another quilt this big in the future I think I will send it off to be done by someone with a professional quilting frame, much easier!
Completed top - with the 11 blocks plus my 1 block completed as part of the EB Newbie Quilters RR Block Swap we did over the last 6 months of 2009
Completed backing - 108 6inch squares. The strip up the entire right side is 2.5inch squares of fabric from everyones fabrics used in the swap. 36 2.5inch squares in total
Close up of the FMQ on the top - I went with a slightly larger spaced quilting than I usually do to get it done faster

Close up of the back

Miss M's new room. I have painted the feature wall, made the quilt, flags and curtains. And I need to order some prints for the walls and it will be finished. And then we just have to convince Miss M that yes she can sleep in here so the new bubba can sleep in her cot . . . she is not keen.

Apologies for the terrible photos - will try and get some better ones in the daylight tomorrow.

Yesterday's market went well, although could have been a little busier with prehaps a slightly younger crowd, but a good first one for the year.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

the local paper

As a boost for this new local niche market that I am having a stall at this Saturday, the organiser asked myself if I would mind being featured in the local paper to help promote the event. Sure, why not? So with tied bags under the eyes and my pregnant belly hiding behind my sewing table (after a super mad cleanup of the sewing room!) the local paper popped out for a chat and a photo and the article has been featured in today's local paper. All good except the whole way through the article they kept mentioning the market as being on, on Sunday instead of Saturday . . . they are doing another article in tomorrow's paper ; )

My Creative Space

Its back for 2010! Join in the fun HERE!
Today I am working on stuff ready for this Saturday's brand new niche market in our area. Designed just for handmakers, I am hoping that it will bring lots of fabulous handmakers out of the woodwork and lots of browsing and buying customers to purchase some amazingly gorgeous handmade goodies by local makers. So today it is drawing wallets that are being sewn up, together with a bit of quilting and lots of pattern drafting with more Winter 2010 designs popping up in my head.
Master T & Miss M had a wonderful morning also being very creative with the playdough. According to Master T this is our house (on the left), our puppy dog Millie (the little gren blob on the right) and her kennel in the middle (the orange blob). Now we don't have a chimney so when I enquired as to what the stick with the shape on top was, his reply was the pathway to our beachhouse . . . oh that would be lovely wouldn't it : )
Don't forget to check out all the crafty talent participating : )

Friday, January 22, 2010


To celebrate the launch of my new website, I am offering
from now until 6pm Sunday 24th January 2010!
So pop on over for a visit : )

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mathilda's Market Adelaide - March 2010

Well, some very exciting news for us is that we are off to Mathilda's Market in Adelaide on Saturday 6th March 2010!
Guess who's going to be a very busy little mummy getting ready for this market, as well as a couple of other markets to do before this one. I done a quick checklist of how much stock I really should put together to be prepared for Mathilda's and think I need to order LOTS more fabric today! We are excited, about meeting lots of lovely new and existing customers, making new friends and helping our little label to grow. So we hope to see lots of you there!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Whats happening at tillytom?

Some new changes will be happening this week at tillytom. My newly designed website is nearly ready and there may be some crazy and funky things happening with my website over the next week while the new design is implemented and I spend a few hours uploading products and photos. But for now here is peak at my new branding/logos - its out with the pink and in with something to suit both the boys and the girls : )

Very exciting! I can't wait for it all to be completed and ready!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Party Time & Winter 2010 Sneak Peaks

We are having a small party for Miss M's 2nd birthday this afternoon. Family and a few friends sharing an quiet afternoon tea at home and munching into this cake I made last night. Miss M requested a ladybug so hopefully I have delivered!

And a couple of sneak peaks at just two of the many items I have been working on for my Winter 2010 Collection. I am hoping to release my Winter designs in early March 2010 - gorgeous new designs for the girls and the boys!

I hope to have some more news to share later in the week with some newly confirmed market dates and my new website release . . . stay tuned : )

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Turning 2

Today Miss M turns 2 - where in the world have those 2 years gone. Thanks to Daddy's super fast driving skills and a couple of red lights later, mummy landed at the doors of the Hospital with just minutes to spare 2 years ago on this day! While Daddy parked the car you just couldn't wait and as he walked through the delivery suite doors out you came in one fast push! A crazy 55 minutes that was! Yes, in under a hour this little girl decided to wake mummy up with waters breaking and less than an hour later she was in my arms. I have been warned that with baby #3 prehaps I should camp out a little closer to hospital, hmmm . . .
Just a few hours old

Daddy's little girl

Those eyes with the mile long lashes.

Bathtime fun with your big brother

Christmas 2009 - Daddy's little helpers

Growing up too fast! Happy birthday gorgeous girl!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Handmade Kids Rising Star Awards 2010

Handmade Kids is having their own Rising Star Awards - read more about it HERE

If you would like to nominate me and my little label it would be very much appreciated : )

Sunday, January 3, 2010

EB RR Block Swap - Quilt top for Miss M

Just before Christmas I received my 12 blocks as part of the EB Newbie Quilts Round Robin Block Swap. Basically it involved 12 of us making up the same 12 blocks in each other's fabrics. We each used 3 different coloured fabrics with one main background colour for each block - my fabrics used are a fat quarter pack of Anna Griffin's 'Riley' collection, which is now just about all gone. The swap was completed in just under 6 months (blocks are 12 inch square). It is a little confusing to explain the swap, but basically I got back 12 different blocks in my own fabrics.
I am using the blocks to make a new quilt for Miss M's new big girl bed she is getting for her 2nd birthday in less than a couple of weeks time. So today I finished off the quilt top. I decided on plain white sashing and used up the scraps that came back to me to do a border around that. The finished size is approx. 60 inches x 76 inches to go on her King Single bed. I am still working on the backing and then it will need to be sandwiched and FMQ'd - all in my spare time ; )

Completed quilt top

Close up of 6 of the blocks

Close up of the other 6 blocks

I was worried there was just a little too much pink in the blocks when I got them back, but now with the white sashing and the border I am pretty happy with how it is looking. I am seaching for some curtain fabric to go with this now and am having lots of problems trying to find something suitable. Definitely not pink - I am thinking a green of some sort similar to the paler green in the fabrics, as I would also like to do a feature wall in green similar to this, maybe a little darker, in Miss M's new room.