0 In Playing with Fabric


The first fabric I ever fell madly in love with and had to own was created by the Queen of Fabric herself Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom fame. I think her collections have spoken to me on every level and she can really be credited for cementing my love of beautiful fabrics and bold pattern and colour.

Over the years I have played with most of her beautiful ranges and each one has been a pure delight (if only my photography skills at the very beginning did it any justice)

So, as I am sure you can imagine, when Jennifer herself gave me the opportunity to work on our new line Nostalgia before it was released my heart skipped a beat and the crazy dancing ensued!

Nostalgia was every bit as beautiful in the flesh as I knew it would be. The tones are not standard Paganelli fare but they still have the special something which makes all her fabric stand out from the crowd. The patterns are beautiful and it has a romantic quality which can still be used in a modern way, so it is very very versatile.

Doesn’t it make you want to wrap yourself up in it and roll around for a while? Beautiful.

The minute it arrived I knew I needed to make a quilt, now I have NEVER used a quilting pattern, I am more of a wing it kind of girl but in this case I wanted to make sure I got it right. Enter the Fat Quarter Fizz Pattern (free to download) from Fat Quarter Shop. I loved that it gave me the chance to keep the patterns large but still had interest. I think it suited her fabric perfectly. I used every single fabric in the range and it shows them off so very well both as a cohesive collection and as individual prints

Look at those colours – I die!!

Once finished I sent to Elaine at Quilting in the Vines to be long arm quilted – we chose a floral pattern to tie in with my favorite folksy print in the range. Binding was done in a simple mint print I had in my stash.

I took her down to my local beach at Sunset – my 3 little people helped with the photos hence the fingers and toes. This was the very first time I had ever taken a quilt out into the wild to photograph and I learnt so much. My head is already full of ways to make it better if I ever get this opportunity again!

So here she is all finished and lovely

My eldest daughter Abby agreed to be in the photos with minimal bribery – happy days!

Just as we were leaving I shot this last pic and I think it is my favourite too – the sun going down on Port Willunga Beach is always a beautiful sight.

So that is my journey with Nostalgia so far, I say so far because I still have other smaller things to show you soon.

Oh and Jennifer liked so much I got to be a guest on her blog – I think she heard me yelling from all the way here in Australia!

Such a great experience and next time I will be even better!


ps Nostalgia is sold out at factory level but you can still get it in quilt shops. In Australia try here and here

pps I am ticking this off my bucket list for now but I am not finished yet – Jennifer  I have so much more to show you about who I am as a maker 🙂

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