Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mod Charms

 I am happy to introduce you to one of my new designs called Mod Charms.

This quilt uses bold geometric shapes to create a gender neutral design. 

Instructions to make three different quilt sizes are included in the pattern instructions.

The lovely Sarah from Patchworks Plus beautifully quilted this quilt for me

I was so fortunate to be able to play with Jodie's new fabric range for Ella Blue Fabrics called Rockpool.  It is such a sweet collection just perfect for both girls and boys.  

Seriously such a sweet collection  - I love those seagulls...
and those bubbles :)

Fabrics: Rockpool by Jodie Carleton for Ella Blue Fabrics

If you would like to purchase this or any other Clare's Place pattern contact your local quilt store and ask them to get one (or more) in for you.  If you are a store interested in stocking Mod Charms contact Creative Abundance for wholesale inquiries.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ladies Swing Pocket Skirt

When I released of the Girls Swing Pocket Skirt I had so many people request a ladies version.  I am excited to announce the Ladies version has been created and it made its debut at the Houston Quilt Market 2016 recently.


The Ladies Swing Pocket skirt will have you stepping out in style. This beautiful skirt features a drop waist with comfortable elastic back. Ric Rac detailing and asymmetrical pockets swing freely from the waist and hip to complete this eye catching skirt.

One of the major requirements I had when creating this pattern (thanks to your lovely feedback) is that it would cater to the 'tweens'.  The Ladies Swing Pocket Skirt comes in a variety of sizes:   XS, S, SM, M, ML, L (Australian size 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18) and the elastic back makes it perfect to adjust if required.

One of my favourite things about sewing is that different fabrics can give you a completely different look.  I love this fabric Fantine by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake Designs  from the 2016 collection.

Below I used Posy Garden by Carina Gardner also for Riley Blake designs. 
I am so happy with this pattern and hope you like it as much as me! 

You can find the Ladies Swing Pocket Skirt pattern available in many stares across Australia and overseas.

The Ladies Swing Pocket Skirt is also available for wholesale through Creative Abundance,  or Checker distributors in the US  
If you make this or any of my Clare's Place patterns I would love to see them :)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wistful Winds blog tour

Thank you so much for visiting me on the Wistful Winds blog tour showcasing Shari's latest fabric collection for Riley Blake Designs

I am so excited Shari asked me to be a part of the tour.  Shari is the sweetest.  We first became friends over social media (she was so kind and loving to me in a pretty tough time for me personally) and then we met in person at 2016 Spring Quilt market in Salt Lake. 

Her booth was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, the colours of her fabrics are so vibrant and cheerful.  Here we are together in her booth.  I told you it was good!  

   Shari has really designed the perfect fabric collection to make a variety of different things.  There are large and small scale prints, tone on tone prints and each fabric is packed full of colour and meaning.  


Shari will be sharing her inspiration for the collection over on her blog at Doohickey Designs at the end so be sure to find out why Wistful Winds is such a special collection.

I adore the colours in this fabric by Shari and knew my girls would both love a new Swing Pocket Skirt each.  They were so excited when I finished them and couldn't wait to wear them! (The girls are reading one of our very favourite children's books - The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland).

After I finished the skirts I just had to make a quilt.  Shari's fabric collection name 'Wistful Winds' had me thinking of flying kites in the wind and so I designed this Quilt using two of my favourite prints from the collection.  The pattern includes instructions to make three different sizes and is available for instant download until the 27th October 2016.  Giveaway finished.  Sorry the link is no longer available. 

And last of all with some of the remaining fabric I designed this sweet cushion.  Every morning when I drop my big two girls off at school and kiss them goodbye I tell them to "be kind and remember I love you".  This cushion is another reminder for them (I can never tell them enough how much I love them).  I have not yet written a pattern for this cushion but I will get onto it.

This little miss thought her big sisters were having too much fun and wanted to join in.

One last photo for you.  I had just told our middle daughter to look grumpy in a silly voice - which obviously from her reaction I got the desired result (reverse psychology ;p)  ha ha  

Want to see more from my process?  You can see more sneak peeks and styled photos of Wistful Winds fabrics over on my instagram :)

So many other talented sewers have been included in this tour.  If you haven't taken the time already start from the beginning and go through the list of contributors for some serious eye candy and inspiration.  Go ahead you wont be sorry!

October 3rd:
Amy Sinibaldi – 
Kristyne Czepuryk –

October 4th:
Amanda Niederhauser – 

October 5th:
Meagan Taylor/Kristi Jones – 
Christine Cook –

October 6th:
Elea Lutz –
Jodie Carleton –

October 7th:
Jina Barney –

October 10th:
Elizabeth Evans – 
Kimberly Bourne –

October 11th:
Jemima Flendt –
Nadra Ridgeway –

October 12th:

Katie Skoog – 

October 13th:
Angie Wilson –
Deanna Wall –

October 14th:
Melissa Mortenson –

Jessica Stewart – 

Thanks again Shari for this opportunity.  I am so honored to be included in such an awesome line up and especially to have been able to sew with these beautiful fabrics from your Wistful Winds collection.


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