Friday, 28 October 2016

Sophie's Quilt - Hotel Frederiksted

Its Fri-yay!

Not when you are a mum that makes a huge amount of difference but it is nice to feel I am celebrating with the rest of the world, even if it is just a bowl of doritos and a cup of peppermint tea lol.

Now I have a LOT of photos to show you and I mean a LOT! You know how I always bang on about wishing I could improve my photo taking skills? Well problem solved guys - I asked talented local photographer Angela Lisman to accompany me to a photo shoot for my recent quilt - the result is that you are going to see a LOT of photos because I could not choose my favourites, she really is that good!

One of my most favourite things to do in the world is work with the amazing fabrics designed by Jennifer Paganelli, the woman is a legend in matching colour and pattern and doing amazing things with both. Her latest range Hotel Frederiksted is no exception and I think it is my favourite so far. I love jewel colours and florals, throw in birds and I am in quilty heaven!

Now as far as my inspiration for this quilt went you may recognise the name Sophie from the awesome book, The BFG. I went and saw the movie recently and fell madly in love with the quilt Sophie had draped around her shoulders, so much so I started googling for it right there in the cinema! There was not a lot of info on line so with the help of some friends, namely Jade, we managed some screen shots from the movie itself which I used to make a pattern up. I am not a traditional quilter by any means so this was a huge push for me but I always promised Jennifer if she trusted me with her fabric that I would work really hard for her and push myself creatively. This was my most pushy so far.

Something else I always do when photographing these quilts is  pick a gorgeous part of my region as a back drop. So far I have done beach and winery, this time the gorgeous Kaitpo forest came calling. I wanted something a bit dark and reminiscent of the BFG but not themey if that makes sense. Luckily Angela got me straight away and produced the most amazing shots using my daughter Hannah as the model.

You will see a pretty damn adorable bunny in the shoot too. That is the very clever work of Tabatha from Rhapsody & Thread - a very talented handmaiden as you can see. I sent the fabric and she worked her magic.  You can find her on instagram under the name rhapsodyandthread - wait until you see the unicorns!

And so lets be honest - you dont want to hear much more from me - it is all about the photos of course! Without further ado may I please introduce Sophie's Quilt - I hope you love her.


Now to be fair I did warn you there were a lot of photos and you can see why it has been so hard for me to choose - they are all so so gorgeous.

For the last part of the morning I pulled out 3 Christmas stockings I had made in the range and Angela and I found the sweetest wee tree which she decorated with fairy lights and ornaments. As you can see it is the perfect range for Christmas too - like there was ever any doubt!

I could go on for hours about this divine range but in this instance I really believe the photos do all the talking for me. How lucky was I to get to play with this beautiful fabric - I can only hope that my future as part of Sisboom's team is very very bright.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Violet's room - Sadie's Dance

Happy Sunday!

Best part of my job? Being asked to create something special for a birthday present. I know I say it every single post but I am so humbled when someone chooses me, having a handmade quilt is not a cheap purchase and always requires careful consideration. I am so lucky so many people deem me worthy of their hard earned dollars.

My latest set was made for the beautiful Violet who turned the very big 5 years old! She is lucky to have a talented sewist for a mother who creates some of the best ruffles I have ever seen over at her business My Sweet Violet. She is the master of pretty and classic, making perfect clothes for little girls including her own darlings.

The divine Miss V in her birthday dress with the most important part of any birthday - cake!!
Now Paige and I have been friends for a few years now so selecting fabric was an easy task. Nearly immediately we settled on Sadie's Dance by Tanya Whelan and because we couldnt choose which fabrics we loved the most we immediately decided to use every single one!

In regards to quilt style Paige very bravely left that up to me and I finally after far too much googling settled in the broken herringbone pattern by Violet Craft. In true Sarah style I leapt straight in boots and all and while the pattern initially seemed daunting it is well written and if you follow step by step you will find it all completely makes sense as you go. Violet herself was amazing too and answered lots of questions for me as I went. This is why I love buying patterns from the makers themselves, most of the time help is always there when you need it. If you ever read this Violet - thank you! To make the quilt slightly larger to fit a single bed I sashed it in white and then 2 different florals  which added a nice detail. I finished it off with relatively simple quilting (dont be fooled though because it still took HOURS lol) which kept the fabric sections lovely and soft to the touch. The end result? So so pretty. 

I love how those wide strips really show off the individual fabrics but the white simplifies it back down. And those 3 colours together? I am in love!

Side note: one day I am going to get blogging proficient enough to make all these pictures the same width! It dives me completely crazy hahaha. 

Now like me Paige is a cushion girl so boy did we have fun with accessories! We settled on a quilted pillowsham, name cushion, apple pie and birdhouse cushion. At the last moment a matching floor pillow was added too for Violet's reading corner. There is something about lots of beautiful cushions on a bed - they definitely make my heart happy.

Paige opted for touches of silver in her order and while I kept the pillowsham super simple I added in a wee touch of bling because I absolutely could not help myself.

In the quilt pattern Violet mentions alternate uses for the offcuts from the quilt, I decide to turn a section of them into a matching floor pillow cover. I wasnt sure in the beginning but once I saw it in photos I loved it!

And of course I couldnt resist getting lots of pretty cushions in Hannah's reading corner. It was very hard to pack up this order and post it I can tell you. Paige is very very lucky I love her!

Makes me realise I need 100 different houses so I can play with lots of bedrooms. Not of course, judging by my children's rooms I would ever actually get them finished.

Now Paige still has photos to show me of the finished room but here are just a couple she sent through - it is so exciting when you realise a set matches perfectly! And look how sparkly the heart looks in her photos - a camera course is absolutely on my list as soon as my order list dies down!

And now while kids are busy I am sneaking back off to my sewing machine to work on some more pretties - this weekend it seems you all want dolly bedding and of course I am happy to oblige.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

All the heart eyes


I am so excited to share a new cushion brand new to piccolo studio. Made as part of a custom order quilt set, which I am going to share next week once our little birthday girl has opened it, I think I am obsessed!

Expect to see a few more hearts in the new future as they are going to feature heavily in my next market night!

So without further ado I will let the pictures, and Hannah, do the talking

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