Sweet little Christmas Dress for Miss Molly

With Christmas on the horizon, what better way to get into the spirit than to work with some festive fabrics? I find that you need to get in early with Christmas fabrics as they seem to disappear before December. Having to get in early however means I get started earlier, which in turn means there is no rush to the finish line, leaving plenty of time for last minute Christmas baking.

This sweet little dress is for my little niece Molly (who had a quilt made for her in this previous post). I modified a pattern my mum found in a second hand store to make this sweet little number and am so glad with how it turned out. Molly seemed pretty happy with it too as she wore at around at out Christmas Day lunch.

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Handmade Christmas

One of my favourite memories of Christmas is the dress my next door neighbour would hand make for me each year. The dress was always made from Christmas fabric and mine was made to match the one she was making for her daughter, my best friend.

This year, I’m trying to bring that same joy to a few special little ones in my life. Hence, my first attempt at a button up shirt – made for little Indigo (who featured in an earlier post). It is his first Christmas and I have a feeling he may win best dressed!

I used a printable PDF classic Oxford button up shirt pattern from Peek-a-boo pattern shop to make this one. I found the pattern really easy and manageable to print and make at home and would recommend for anyone looking to make something similar.

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Happy snappy

Thanks Australian Traveller Magazine for choosing me as the May ‘Your Shot’ winner! Love your mag and I love this great big country of ours. Looking forward to exploring more parts of this ancient land and trying to capture some of its spirit through the lens.

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Amber and Indigo

A very dear friend of mine has recently welcomed a very sweet little boy into her world. Baby Indigo is a smiley alert little man at only 10 weeks old. First time mum Amber is glowing with love and spending time with the both of them was filled with joy. With a name like Indigo, using fabrics dyed Indigo blue for this sweet little quilt was a must. Indigo’s Mum Amber, spent time growing up in PNG and I deliberately chose a backing fabric that reflected the tribal influences that still inspire Amber’s personal aesthetic. Woven into the design were patches of fabric from Amber’s mum, all tied together with a mixture of new and recycled treasures from my personal fabric collection.

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Amber and Indigo

Amber and Indigo

Indigo Dreaming

Here is a little sneak peak of a project just beginning. A quilt in hues of blue for a baby boy named Indigo.

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Beautiful Bronte

Some dear friends of ours have welcomed a sweet little girl into their world. Her name is Bronte. I chose a happy and bright palate that would suit the vibrant and loving home she was welcomed into. The quilt is a mixture of new and old fabrics, including my grandfathers old bed sheets, which I have treasured for a long time and am happy to share with this beautiful young family.

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For the love of fruit

My creative medium has wandered from fabric to paints this week – with this sweet little piece I painted for my mum’s birthday today.

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Big Love

This was my biggest quilt yet! It was 9 months in the making and used over 1km of thread. I made a HUGE mistake and had to un-pick a large portion – which wasn’t very fun. Still I soldiered on! The finished size of this quilt is 2.2m x 2.2m. I am not sure I will make a quilt this big again. My hands ached during the quilting process from all the weight on my wrists moving the quilt around. The feeling of achievement however when this quilt was finished was incredible! Much like the couple this quilt was made for. John and El married in the Adelaide Hills in Sept 2013 and this was their wedding gift.

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Good Golly Miss Molly!

It has been a long while since my last post – the projects have continued in the background and I thought it about time I began sharing again!

This latest project was a gift for my new little niece Molly. Sister to little Finn, who’s quilt is featured below. The quilt was again a joint project with my mum, who helped me to choose the delightful fabrics.

For this quilt, I quilted the layers with love heart formations – I can’t help loving girly touches! My heart is in this for you little Molly. Love aunty Mary. xx

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A little inspiration

There is about to be a new little person in my life. This little man will be the first of a new generation for my family. He will be my nephew Finn.

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make him his very own quilt. I teamed up with my mum (Finn’s grandma to be) to design this, the first of the family quilts.