Repeat, repeat, repeat

Spending a bit of time each day making patterns is the best meditation I’ve ever tried, though getting the repeat right can ruin the zen vibe! And sometimes it’s best to just keep things simple, right? This is today’s new pattern, developed from India ink brush strokes on paper.

I’m looking forward to getting some new patterns printed onto fabric, which I’ll then sew into clothes for myself. I’m thinking this, in black and on linen, would look good as a dress.

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Map Making

I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I’m working on at the moment, because who doesn’t like a bit of a sticky beak at what others are doing?

I loved geography at school, mainly because I got to trace and colour-in maps, and if schoolkid me knew I’d get to create maps as an adult it would no doubt have blown my mind. And sure, while the maps I make now usually have very little to do with tracing paper and textas, they’re still fun to make. Here’s a sneak peek of a super simple map I’m working on for a great local not-for-profit (can you guess which?!), that will soon end up on the back of a postcard.

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Patternalia

Spring’s here in Melbourne and change is in the air. Along with a lot of pollen. And cleaning, lots of spring cleaning. On warmer days it also means you might be able to go out with just a T-shirt and no jacket, wow.

I’ve been working on some new patterns lately, inspired by the change in weather, and here’s the first, Spring Days. It still needs a few tweaks but the colours are just how I wanted them. I’d quite like to wear this pattern as a T-shirt, so maybe it’s time to think about some digital printing…we’ll see.

Hope your October is going great!

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Where I work

Here’s a little corner of my workspace, ie: where I spend all my life :)

Highlights include a laser printer that’s so old it’s also a fax (shame there’s no landline to connect it to), my cassette player/radio from the ‘80s (still works), an I Heart NY mug I bought on my last trip to the US, and a bird’s nest fern I received as a KK gift nearly two years ago. What does your workspace look like? I would LOOOVE to see!

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New Fine Art Print: Toiletries

OK, now you know too much about me, even down to my moisturiser of choice (Aesop Mandarin Facial Cream, so good!) and my favourite nail polish (Kester Black is the biz), because I drew them all and then turned that drawing into an art print. Is that weird? It feels a tiny bit weird. Oh well. The packaging of these objects are burnt into my brain, cos I use them all the time. And some of these things are sentimental, like the Mason Pearson hairbrush my mum got me for my birthday when I was a kid (thanks mum!) and the comb my friend gave me for my most recent birthday (thanks Em!) Oh, and my tip for nail clippers? Go to Muji. 

And a little heads up that all art prints are now available in A4 and *new* A3 size. They're all archival quality giclee prints, using the highest quality pigment inks, printed on fade resistant canvas paper (I just love that texture!) Hope you like.

X Susan

New Quilt and maybe a Pattern!

This weekend, for the first time in ages, I didn't have much on, which meant I finally had time to finish the quilt I started last month. I'd forgotten how fun they are to design and make, and how the little details, like making your own binding, can be so rewarding.

For this quilt I had a few aims - I wanted to make it small and lap-sized (perfect for the cooling weather here in Melbourne), to test out a simple pattern I had in mind, and also show the size of a quilt made using five panels of my fabric (which are around the size of a fat quarter). 

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I'd already cut and started sewing up the pieces for the front, and finishing this off didn't take too much time. Then I dug deep into my stash to find some fabric for the binding and the backing - pieces that fit in with the overall colour palette but also provide a bit of contrast. 

For the binding I chose some fabric I printed in my old studio in Kensington in around 2009 (which is horrifyingly nearly 10 years ago!) It's a small brown dot on a beige cotton linen and mixed in well with the other basecloth fabrics. For the backing I chose some of my yardage fabric from around the same time - Akzidenz alphabet printed on a sturdy organic cotton, in a mushroom grey ink. I recently found a small bolt of this hidden under a bunch of other fabric, which was a nice surprise discovery!

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For the actual quilting part I simply sewed across the front in long lines - kind of boring but I'm not into facing quilting stitch patterns. This part is quite meditative, and makes me appreciate how good it is having the right tools, like a proper walking foot (a bit of an investment but totally worth it!).

The pattern for the quilt is super simple - squares and rectangles made by cutting up five different panels of Spin Spin fabric (including one plain unprinted panel, the charcoal coloured pieces), then arranging them into a grid. I used a super generous 1cm seam allowance, which I'd probably reduce a bit next time - this would also mean the quilt would be a bit bigger, as there are so many pieces! For the homemade binding I made strips of fabric 2.5" wide but next time I think I'll make the strips a bit wider, so you can see more of it. It would also make sewing it on a bit easier, as there's more room to move. The overall size of this finished quilt is just what I wanted - around 90cm x 100cm (35" x 39.5").

I'd love to know what you think of the look of this quilt and also if you'd be interested in a pattern - please comment if you do/don't like it or if you've got any suggestions. If you'd prefer to send me a message that'd be great too.

Below are some images to give you more of a look and if you keep an eye on my shop, in the next day or so you'll find the April fabric special, a pack of five pieces :) And did I mention that next time I want to make an 8- or 10-panel quilt? I might need a bit more time to sew that one up, hmm.