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Nov 08, 2018

Perth Quilt Tour 2019

May 19 to May 28 2019 – Time for a getaway

Join the fully escorted tour and take in the sights and tastes of the Margaret River Valley, visit the Perth Craft & Quilt Show and plenty of other exciting inclusions.

Contact megan.brunel@helloworld.co.nz to register – spaces are limited

Oct 13, 2018

Pattern available for the Conical Felt Tree!

The Conical Felt Tree pattern is now available. This is a fabulous Christmas tree to make for young children. They will decorate this tree over and over again!

Suppliers of the thick felt & Velcro fabric are listed in the pattern.

Have fun making your wee Christmas Tree!

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Oct 11, 2018

Conical Felt Christmas Tree

Cassie is having fun decorating her Christmas tree! The pattern will be available at the end of October 2018.

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Sep 24, 2018

Alice In Wonderland Pattern

The Alice In Wonderland quilt pattern is now on my site and available to download. It is a very large file due to containing full sized templates and placement guides. Also there are a number of coloured images showing the detail of the original quilt.

I hope you enjoy making your own Alice quilt! Please add a photo of your completed Alice quilt to my site or on my Facebook page - I would love to see it!

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Aug 08, 2018

Alice Quilt Update

There is just one main applique block remaining to finish and that is 'Painting the roses red'. The pattern writing is coming along nicely and hopefully it will be ready some time in September for all those Alice in Wonderland lovers to use!

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Jul 29, 2018

Alice Quilt Update

Another four blocks have been created in EQ7 for the Alice in Wonderland quilt... All the fine details will be added in the pattern and you can choose whether you want to stitch them in or do as I did and draw them on.

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Jul 16, 2018

Alice Quilt Update

Four more blocks have been created in EQ7 for the Alice in Wonderland quilt. I'm now over half way through creating the applique templates for this quilt...

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Jul 12, 2018

Alice Quilt pattern Update

There are 5 completed appliqué blocks for this quilt, into EQ7. Each block is now taking only 2 evenings to draw. The finished blocks will create clear, correctly sized and easy to use templates - perfect.

I had a slight issue about 10 days ago when I lost 3 1/2 of my blocks that I had drawn in EQ7 - not a good day! I’m sure it was my issue not saving before a power outage or similar…

I would love to hear any suggestions you may have regarding what you’d like to see in the pattern. You can contact me via the ‘Contact Me’ at the bottom of any of my pages, via Facebook or in the comments section at the end of the Alice page.

Looking forward to hearing from you…

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Jun 29, 2018

Quilt Shops in the Netherlands

Are you planning a trip to the Netherlands some time in the not too distant future... and wanting to know if there will be any quilt shops close by?

Check out the Netherlands quilt shop directory and then plan on having a lot of fun!

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Jun 19, 2018

Alice Quilt Pattern Coming later in 2018

Alice Quilt

Due to multiple requests I have finally decided to write up the pattern for this gorgeous quilt. This quilt was made using hand drawn patterns so I'm re-creating these in EQ7. I will post progress here.

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum

Here is the first completed applique block Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum.

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Jun 14, 2018

Italy Quilt Shops

Quilt Shop in Italy

Are you planning a trip to Italy some time in the not too distant future... and wanting to know if there will be any quilt shops close by?

Check out the Italy quilt shop directory and then plan on having a lot of fun!

I have added a Google map to show the exact location of each shop!

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May 18, 2018

'New' - Shop added


Added to my site is a shop tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page along the base of the header. Here you will find the patterns that I have written both for sale and for free.

All the paid patterns are just US$2.99 each and payment is made via Paypal.

My apologies to those of you that have tried buying a pattern of mine and struck a problem... the fault was all mine and has now been fixed...

All future patterns when completed will be added to my shop. I hope to begin work on 'Alice in Wonderland' quilt & pattern next month...

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May 10, 2018

The Felt Christmas Tree Pattern is HERE!

Felt Christmas Tree Pattern

The pattern for this gorgeous Felt Christmas Tree is now available. It includes full sized templates for both the tree and each of the decorations.

Also included are the links to the suppliers for the thick felt and the velcro fabric.

Enjoy making your felt Christmas tree!

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May 09, 2018

It's nearly here!!!

Felt Christmas Tree 7

Felt Christmas Tree 2

May 08, 2018

3D Felt Christmas Tree Pattern coming soon...

Felt Christmas Tree 5

Felt Christmas Tree 1

May 07, 2018

Baby Snuggle Bag

Baby Snuggle Bag

I just received a lovely email from Francine showing the fabulous baby snuggle bag she has made for her expecting grand daughter.

It's great to hear from visitors to my site and find out what they have been inspired to create after their visit.

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Apr 25, 2018

Felt Cupcake

Felt Cupcake

What child doesn't love a cupcake. This cute wee one has 2 layers of icing and some fabulous buttons as embellishments that add a nice textural element for wee hands to explore.

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Apr 20, 2018

Felt & Fabric Presents

Felt Presents

These wee presents have been made from felt and Christmas fabric, then embellished with ribbons that add a lovely textural element for wee fingers to explore.

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Apr 19, 2018

Jingle bells, jingle bells...

Jingle Bells

A simple wee bell to hang from the tree. I have used twisted two toned satin ribbon for this and for the bow.

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Apr 18, 2018

Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding

Two felt Christmas puddings made with 2 variations. Firstly they attach to the tree differently and secondly one is in traditional colours while the other is in pastel tones. I have done this with quite a few of the decorations so that they can be sorted using different criteria by an older child...

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Apr 17, 2018

No Christmas tree should be without a cute Santa!

Felt Santa

My felt Santa needed a bit of a lift so was embellished with rosy cheeks. Eyes are dolls buttons and he can be attached to the tree via the wee velcro dot on his back.

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Apr 15, 2018

Cute Teddy with a Scarf Decoration

Felt Teddy

Who doesn't love a cute wee teddy... even one this small. Eyes are created using dolls buttons - just the right size. Mouth has been drawn on using permanent fabric pens.

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Apr 12, 2018

Embellishing Your Felt Decorations


There are many ways you can embellish your gorgeous felt decorations. I like using beads, buttons, ribbons and permanent fabric pens.

This is the brand I have used for almost 20 years and they have never been a problem so I have never had a need to look for another brand!

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Apr 12, 2018

Simple Felt Star Decoration

Felt Star

This simple felt star is made from two different yellow felts. To give it a bit of life it has been embellished with wee gold beads. This adds a lovely textural element for wee hands to explore!

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Apr 12, 2018

Cute Felt Elf Hanging Decoration

Felt Elf

Here's another cute wee felt decoration to make for your child's Christmas tree. It has twisted satin ribbon attached so it can hang and is embellished with wee buttons. Mouth & nose were drawn on using permanent fabric pens.

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Apr 09, 2018

Felt and/or Fabric Christmas Stocking Decorations

Felt Christmas Stocking

Two variations of the same pattern - a felt stocking and a fabric stocking. When using fabric I find it best to reinforce it with woven fusible interfacing for extra strength as well as adhering those loose edge threads together before sewing..

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Apr 07, 2018

Cute Felt Gingerbread Decorations

Felt Gingerbread Man

Another cute wee felt decoration to make for your Christmas tree. These wee folk measure 6.5cm or 6" tall not including the ribbon.

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Apr 05, 2018

Making a cute Felt Angel Decoration

Felt Angel

Here's a cute and simple angel to make to add to your collection of felt decorations for your felt Christmas tree.

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Apr 03, 2018

Felt Snowman in a Heart Decoration

Felt Snowman in a Heart

This snowman is enjoying playing in the snow. The scarf and beads on his tummy add a nice textural element for wee hands to enjoy.

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Mar 29, 2018

Felt Christmas Bird Decoration

Felt Bird

Two very talkative felt birds to add to the Christmas tree. The beaded legs add a nice textural element to them. Both these birds have ribbon loops sewn into them so that they are hung over the buttons on the tree.

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Mar 28, 2018

Felt Christmas Penguin Decoration

Felt Penguin

The first of many cute felt decorations to be made for the felt Christmas tree. These two have velcro on their backs so they are able to be used an all sides of the tree.

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Mar 18, 2018

16m old Cassie Having Fun

Felt Easter Egg Fun

Now her big sisters are at school & kindy, Cassie can have fun decorating the egg how she wants to...

Mar 18, 2018

Grandchildren's Easter Egg Creations

Felt Easter Egg Super Bunny

My grandchildren loved the Felt Easter Egg I made them for Easter! Bella (4years old) decided it was going to be hers so she snuck it up to her bedroom for some 1 to 1 play!! Her mum discovered what happened and took the opportunity for some combined play and they made the super chick!

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Mar 15, 2018

Felt Easter Egg Pattern Now Available

Felt Easter Egg Pattern

The pattern is now available to make your own fabulous non-chocolate Felt Easter Egg. Everyone will have fun decorating their own eggs at Easter time - or at any time of the year!!

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Mar 12, 2018

Felt Easter Egg

Felt Easter Egg

This gorgeous wee Easter Egg is now complete and I have added videos showing how each type of decoration is made. There are lots of variations that can be made - lots of fun for small children at Easter time. Pattern will be added soon.

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Mar 08, 2018

Felt Easter Chicken

Felt Easter Egg Chicken Boy

The perfect addition to making your non chocolate Easter egg gift. This chicken is made from felt with velcro sewn onto the back of each piece so it can be placed onto the egg shape.

A quick video tutorial showing how to make these pieces is included.

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Mar 07, 2018

Felt Easter Bunny

Felt Easter Egg Bunny Girl

This gorgeous wee Easter Bunny is complete and I have added videos showing how each section is made. There are several variations that you can play with as well - do you want to make a boy bunny or a girl bunny? Do you want to add the back view of the bunny hopping away? Have fun making yours!! Pattern will be added soon.

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Mar 04, 2018

The perfect non-chocolate Easter gift!

Felt Easter Egg Bunny Front View

Here is an update showing another view of this cute wee bunny. This is a work in progress... and I have two more sets of accessories to complete before finalising the pattern, that I hope to have available next week.

This is such a fun project to work on!!

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Mar 01, 2018

Non-Chocolate Easter Egg

Felt Easter Egg Bunny Rear View

Easter is fast approaching and my gorgeous 15month old granddaughter isn't allowed to eat chocolate yet so my daughter & I are making a felt Easter egg toy for her enjoy instead.

This is a work in progress over the next few weeks up until Easter. I'll add each step as it is completed to my site here.

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Feb 26, 2018

3D Felt Christmas Tree

Learn how to make this Innovative 3D Felt Christmas Tree for someone special. The tutorial includes videos of each stage of its construction. You can make one side and hang it on your fridge or make 3 different sides and connect them to make your 3D tree.

Make each side different or all the same - you choose. Have fun making your own tree!

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Feb 21, 2018

Felt Christmas Tree Tips

Felt Christmas Tree Tips

Learn the tips to making a fantastic felt Christmas tree the first time! I cover types of felt to use, sewing machine needle sizes to sew different types of felt, how to cut your felt when using a pattern and more...

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Jan 25, 2018

Craft Bookmark Family

Stretchmark Bookmark Family

Welcome to my craft Bookmark family. I made these as gifts for family & friends this last Christmas and they were loved by everyone!

I have created a brief tutorial showing how I made mine - so click the link below to read more....

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Jan 25, 2018

Free Paper Piecing Tutorial

Paper Piecing Instructions Block

Have you tried paper piecing before and become lost and/or frustrated by the process? I have added a clear and simple tutorial to help you have fun with this technique so a whole new world of quilt making is open to you.

In my instructions I use a very simple block for you to practice this technique with and this will have you enjoying paper piecing from now on!!

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Jan 14, 2018

Planning a Trip to Ireland

The Craft & Sewing Basket

Added to the directory are 15 quilting shops that you can enjoy while visiting Ireland!

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Dec 28, 2017

Planning a trip to Germany...

SchnippSchnapp Quilt Shop Germany

Are you planning a trip to Germany some time in the not too distant future... and wanting to know if there will be any quilt shops close by?

Check out the Germany quilt shop directory and then plan on having a lot of fun!

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Dec 13, 2017

Christmas Wreath Wall Hanging

Christmas Wreath Wall Quilt

This gorgeous wall hanging was made in 2011 as a fun project with my quilting group. The pattern came from a very old Quiltmaker magazine that was published 17 years ago! If you'd like to know how I made this quilt then subscribe to my newsletter and check out my next issue...

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Nov 02, 2017

Baby Busy Book Started

Baby Busy Book Front Cover

Are you thinking about making a busy book for a wee one - then check this one out for some inspiration.

Made for my granddaughter's 1st birthday it has several tactile pages and where necessary zip pockets to hold removable items. This book is currently being made so only the completed pages are shown.

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Oct 30, 2017

Planning a Trip to Austria.....

Country Rose Quilt Shop Austria

Added to the directory are 16 quilting shops that you can enjoy while visiting Austria!

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Oct 25, 2017

Do You Use Spray Starch

Applique Heart No Starch

Do you use spray starch when making your quilts? Occasionally do you forget because you're in too much of a hurry or you ran out....

What initially seems like another step in the process can make such a huge difference to the end product. I have been recently researching homemade starch recipes to try and came across a fabulous story...(paraphrased by me)

"A group of older quilters were seen spritzing their fabrics with starch at the ironing table... when they started spraying some in their mouths & laughing uproariously!

What was in there? Chemicals...?

Turns out they had made their own spray starch from water & vodka!"

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