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Bloom
• 2.3m (2 5/8yd) ivory tone-on-tone print fabric (background) • 12 fat eighths of assorted pink print fabrics (flower petals and bud centres) • Eight fat eighths or precut 10in squares of assorted yellow print fabrics (buds and flower centres) • 10
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Getting To Know …
Jen has been sewing and crafting all her life, but she didn’t make her first real quilt until 2003. Busy with three young kids at home, she was searching for a creative outlet for her evenings and thought that quilting might fit the bill. Jen decided
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KISS and WIGGLE
Cheryl Filby – Instagram: @cherylfilby, Email: fimch2@gmail.com • 1.8m (2yd) blue tone-on-tone print fabric (Borders 1, 3, 7 and 9, and binding) • 1.45m (1 5/8yd) blue and white small-scale print fabric (Borders 4–6) • 1.3m (1 3/8yd) blue and white m
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Book REVIEWS
If you need a durable tote for the market, beach or whatever, these bags are versatile and fun! Eight stylish and trendy bags are ready to stitch using worsted-weight cotton yarn and one made using strips of plastic bags! Designs are made using diffe
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Selvedge DESIGNER EDGE
Lily Adelaide Upton’s work is a contemporary celebration of Aussie natives. Drawing on her diverse surroundings, she captures the essence of Australia’s spectacular flora and fauna in rich embroidery. While riding her bike to work, she spots rainbow
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Getting to know … TONE FINNANGER
Tone set about designing the BOM quilt featuring her whimsical and romantic style. In the next issue of Homespun we will release a ‘sneak peek’ of the gorgeous quilt you can make. Meanwhile, we share a little background about Tone’s creative journey.
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Pomegranates AND POPPIES
• 35 x 45cm (14 x 18in) plain linen (base fabric) • 30 x 40cm (12 x 18in) textured fabric (base for scrap fabrics) • Assortment of lace strips • Small scraps of hessian • 60 x 100cm (25 x 40in) printed upholstery fabric (cushion front and back) • S
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Scrappy SPIDER WEB
• 3.4m (3 5/8yd) white fabric (background) • Assorted scraps at least 11/2 x 5in • Assorted strips cut from the selvedge of fabrics. Each of these strips must include at least 1/4in of the fabric in addition to the selvedge • 1.2m (1 3/8yd) red and
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Lovely Lattices
• Assorted print fabrics in blue and green shades to total about 3.1m (3 1/2yd) • Assorted print fabrics in warm red, pink and orange shades to total about 3.1m (3 1/2yd) – see note • 80cm ( 7/8yd) grey stripe print fabric (binding) • Assorted solid
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Aldershot Meadows
Finished quilt size: 203cm (80in) square Note: Refer to the Fabric Key for the specific fabrics used in this project. Seam allowances of 1/4in are used throughout for the piecing. Instructions are given for working from the printed Pattern Sheet in
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Getting to know … ANORINA MORRIS
Please describe where you live and your workspace. I live on the outskirts of a regional town, approximately 100km south of Sydney. I love that we can visit the city whenever we like, but be far away from the hustle and bustle. From my sewing studio
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The Most Difficult Skill To Master
Knitting! There is something about getting the two needles to ‘work’ that just does not ‘click’ for me! When I was a kid, I remember my mum being a prolific knitter (and seamstress) and it still amazes me how she can sit and have a discussion or watc
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Uptown Tote
• 80cm ( 7/8yd) feature print fabric – see note. Monica recommends medium-weight woven fabric such as 100% cotton, linen or linen/ cotton blends, ideally just a little heavier than cotton fabrics sold for quiltmaking • 80cm ( 7/8yd) coordinating tone
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Getting to know … MONICA AND ALAURA POOLE
Mother (Monica) and daughter (Alaura) are the pair behind the business Pattern Poole. We asked some questions and Alaura provided the answers. Where do you live and work? I live in Newcastle and Monica lives on the Central Coast of NSW. We do the bu
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Sassy SATCHEL
• 55cm ( 5/8yd) feature print fabric (bag front and pockets) • 45cm ( 1/2yd) solid black fabric (bag back and strap) • 35cm ( 3/8yd) solid mauve fabric (lining) • 65cm ( 3/4yd) bag batting; Kate used Matilda’s Own bag batting • 70cm (27in) length of
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Getting to know … KATE MARRA
Where do you live? I live in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, about 20 minutes from the Dandenong Ranges and 20 minutes from the beach. My sewing room is my cherished space; I had always worked in the rumpus room (with the family complaining about my
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Bag Making Round-up
Why do we love to make handbags so much? Well, a handbag doesn't have to fit anyone, they are the perfect personalised gift, they're quick to make and a great way to build on your sewing skills. In a world of mass production, a handmade bag is a grea
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Carryall Pouch
• Fat eighth pink and teal feature print fabric (outer pouch) • Fat eighth solid teal fabric (outer pouch and wrist strap) • Fat quarter pink print fabric (pouch lining, zippered pockets, strap connector and grip tab) • 35cm ( 3/8yd) light/medium-wei
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Flower Babies
• 30cm (12in) squares of wool felt in flesh colour (2), yellow, orange, bright pink, medium pink and dark green • 10cm (4in) square of wool felt in lime green • Scraps of wool felt in bright orange and brown • Stranded embroidery cotton in white, lig
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Kathryn Mcwilliam
Please describe where you live. I live in Indooroopilly, a suburb of Brisbane. My workspace is a spare bedroom or ‘sleepout’ as we call it on the land. Tell us about your family life. I have a husband and two adult daughters and four lively grandchi
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COOKIES & CAKE
• 50cm ( 5/8yd) each of 12 assorted print fabrics (Layer Cake blocks) • 60cm ( 5/8yd) solid cream fabric (Layer Cake blocks) • 65cm ( 3/4yd) mid-green solid or chambray fabric (Cookie blocks) • Batting at least 255 x 200cm (100 x 77in) • 1m (1 1/8y
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Aldershot Meadows
Finished quilt size: 203cm (80in) square Note: Refer to the Fabric Key for the specific fabrics used in this project. Seam allowances of 1/4in are used throughout for the piecing. Instructions are given for working from the printed Pattern Sheet in
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Detour Ahead
• One Jelly Roll or 36 strips, 21/2 x 42in of assorted print fabrics • 90cm (1yd) each of solid red and solid aqua fabric • 50cm ( 5/8yd) red print fabric (binding) • 3.4m (4yd) backing fabric • Batting at least 170cm (66in) square • Rotary cutter,
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Inspirations And Influences
My love of English paper piecing all started with a very simple quilt pattern by fellow Aussie designer Leanne Beasley, which featured hexagons and embroidery. Leanne introduced me to English paper piecing at a time when I had three young children an
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THIMBLE and THREADS STITCHING SET
• Fat quarter light blue tone-on-tone print fabric (pincushion and outer folder) • Fat quarter light blue stripe print fabric (inner folder) • 20cm ( 1/4yd) off-white handkerchief linen (embroidery background) • 10in square pale pink tone-on-tone pri
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Getting to know … VAL LAIRD
What’s your idea of the perfect stitching day? My perfect stitching day would begin with an early rise (it’s no good wasting time in bed!), a walk with my husband down to the beach, followed by a leisurely breakfast. Then it is into the studio to spe
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