That moment when you realise you haven’t told anyone all the big things that have happened in the past few months …..
Although I have been a bit quiet publicly on the Piccolo Pattern Studio front lots has been bubbling behind the scenes as usual. So many patterns are drafted and ready to send to testers, so many more are planned but life has had a habit of thwarting my best written to do lists. I am climbing back to the top though and you will start to see them all soon especially as I am super excited to share them all with you and have had so much fun making the quilts myself.
In the meantime though I have had four patterns published in magazines this year – FOUR! I know I wrote all about it on Instagram and Facebook but I never formally put it here. So today is very much the day to share these Piccolo Wins with you all. It will be a long rambling blog post because I can never help myself as you know lol.
Lets start at the very beginning ….
I love working with the Make Modern team – they are an incredibly talented bunch of women and are always open to hearing my crazy ideas, of which I have many. I have had an idea for a while to do some Australian iconography quilts and I was so glad they jumped on board with the idea as well.
There is a large pieced quilt version of this with testers that is nearly ready to release but if you love Bubble O’Bill as much as I do then dip your toes in with this fun applique mini.
Hot on the heels of Issue 28, Make Modern allowed me the opportunity to work with them again (pretty confident they are gluttons for punishment!) and stick to my Australiana theme. This time I couldn’t go past the most Australian thing ever – the humble jar of Vegemite.
Once again a larger, pieced pattern is in the works and due to head to testers but this applique mini is a fun and fast sew that will make a wonderful gift for pretty much anyone. It is going to be my go to baby shower present from now on and this one is all ready for Abby’s bed once the quilt is finished.
I deviated from my Australian themes for the most recent issue but rest assured I am not done with the idea just yet. I have to confess though that after creating my Piccolo Pinwheel quilt last month I had pinwheels well and truly on the brain. One of my lovely friends (and testers extraordinaire), Tracey, created a mini version of the pattern and, with her permission, I redrafted the pattern to create the Pretty Pinwheels cushion.
I kept the design way more simple using only 2 fabric for a more modern look and love how they turned out against the modern charcoal background.
There was much excitement to be had on the Australian handmade scene with the triumphant return of One Thimble Magazine after a small hiatus. Re-imagined into a smaller magazine it was such an honour to be included in the relaunch, and I stepped way out of my comfort zone to write a pattern hack for the Piccolo Beach Mat I published with them last year.
This picnic blanket holder is designed for complete ease of use. Buckles keep it all together and you can opt to include a simple pocket to the front or not. It is totally adaptable too so you can think out side the square and use it for a yoga mat, beach towel or anything else that needs carrying while allowing you to keep your hands free. Well except maybe children 😉
And that my friends is a wrap. I may not get to the end of 2019 having reached the end of these epic to do lists but at least I will reach it with a smile on my face knowing I was a published pattern writer. And more is still to come on that front I promise.
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