1 In For the Mamas/ Playing with Fabric

Playing with Linen & Lawn by Sue Daley


It is cold and overcast here today in Adelaide so it is the perfect time to share something cosy and snuggly that I have only recently finished and photographed. It is so nice to be working through all my projects and getting to the point I can share them with you all, there are so many in the pipeline right now which makes the creative in me happy. Like all quilters I usually have 4-5 things on the go at once and while it means there is a huge period of time where it all just looks like mess I find it comes together beautifully all at once in the end. And then I get to sit back and enjoy the moment before the next batch calls my name.

Today I am sharing my quilt made by fabric newly released by Sue Daley Designs for Penny Rose Fabrics. Linen & Lawn is a vibrant range  made from a high quality 100% cotton lawn – it is so fine and soft yet incredibly strong and easy to work with. I loved the richness of both colour and pattern and, while I am probably best known for working with pastels at the moment, it was fantastic to create something slightly out of my comfort range yet still undeniably my own style.
www.piccolostudio.com.auFor some reason, the minute this fabric arrived I got flying geese on the brain. No idea why except my internet travels the night before had led me very much up that alley. I wanted to create a quilt that was larger in size and not based on small intricate design but still detailed at the same time. When I saw the Snowbirds Lap Quilt by Fons and Porter I knew it was perfect. This is the first time I have made a quilt entirely using flying geese and I loved it! The top came together quite quickly and looked incredibly striking. The size of the quilt was a bit too small for what I like so I sashed it in white quilters muslin and added an inlay of more fabric to add detail. I kept the pieces I cut for the edging quite long – once again I didnt want anything too small or fussy in there at all. The result I think was perfect – I showed off the range while keeping true to my love of simple quilts that let the fabric do the talking.

www.piccolostudio.com.auOnce again I backed her in flannel – this quilt will be a Birthday present for my grandmother who turns 89 this year. I wanted it to be lovely and soft for her lap.
Now for photos! I was lucky enough my gorgeous friend Charlene from Fleurieu Gifts offered her pretty little studio up for photos. Charlene has a genuine talent with plants and makes the most stunning terrariums and plant gifts. Her studio is so green and alive. Sadly Adelaide winter provided bad lighting indoors but I will be back to make that studio a backdrop again I am sure.  I am a total black thumb when it comes to plants but every single piece I have bought from Charlene over the years is still going strong so clearly she knows her stuff. If you need a beautiful living gift then this is the place to go I promise.www.piccolostudio.com.au
I think it is safe to say Piccolo Studio and Fleurieu Gifts are a match made in heaven.


There is a little corner of the studio I am in love with. I could really imagine curling up there in the afternoon sun with a good book and cup of chai tea.  How great does my quilt look thrown over that chair and inviting you to sit and relax. I very nearly didnt leave I tell you.www.piccolostudio.com.au

I hand embroidered this linen cactus cushion a few years ago now – how perfect it was  for the basket. I know I keep saying it but I really do need to find more time for embroidery – I love it!

Sadly the light wasnt our friend so we moved outside to the gorgeous front garden. A vintage ladder made my heart extremely happy and has created multiple gumtree searches from me trying to find one of my own for quilt photos.

And finally a wee close up of both the fabric and my quilting detail for your pleasure. I used one of Charlene’s gorgeous plant books in my photos – I can see how collecting them can become addictive, rather like my ever growing quilting collection ……..


So now I have one gorgeous quilt folded up and stored away ready to gift. I really enjoyed working with lawn once I got used to it and loved playing with flying geese. More skills to add to my quilty repertoire, which is growing substantially this year and giving me so much more freedom creatively now. Next up it may be time to tackle English Paper Piecing and see how I go with smaller details. But for now coffee and curves await as I work on my next project getting her ready to share.

Until next time
Sarah x


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    16/08/2017 at 3:54 am

    It was a pleasure to have you at the studio! Love you and your work x

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