April 6, 2018
Wow, what a wonderful and very successful first blog tour for Taking Flight and Bush Gum Blossoms! I am so grateful to all the talented sewists and makers who participated.
Having 2 collections launch was quite a treat because it meant I had a lovely variety projects on the blog tour. Each project has the details of the patterns and also tutorials on how to make it yourself.
Let’s jump in to the re-cap the 16 amazing projects!
was a wonderful kick-off with the very talented Sarah from Piccolo Studio making the official Quilt for the Taking Flight fabrics called Taking Flight (of course!). It is the perfect quilt to knock over in a weekend and also suitable for beginners. Sarah is also selling quilt kits on her website that include the fabric and pattern 🙂 *hot tip: it is discounted during the blog tour!*.
Sarah went and did her photo shoot for the quilt at Magpie Springs (ummm could you get any more perfect!?). Australian birds, quilts and wine…. what a perfect setting!
Kylie from Wombat and Poss made some divine burp cloths and bibs for little ones. She took these along to the Canberra Handmade market and they were a huge hit, which was no surprise 🙂 She has a zero waste policy with her fabrics, so she cleverly used the leftovers to make very sweet button covered hair ties and a hair bow. I was also super thrilled to meet Kylie (and the fam) at the Kennard & Kennard warehouse this week – it was so cool to meet her, and I am excited to follow along with her beautiful business.
Ali from Arabesque Scissors delighted us with her stunning Bush Gum Blossoms quilt, plus a clutch bag made in cream bush gum blossoms fabric. Wow. She also hosted a giveaway! If you haven’t read the story of the winner Nadia .. you must, The story of the winner was so beautiful and really touched my heart
I would love this fabric to make my uncle a lap quilt – before he suffered a traumatic brain injury, he was an avid bush walker and bush camper, who had hand drawn maps of his favourite tracks in the blue mountains. The inspiration for this fabric being the bush in the blue mountains makes it too perfect for him.
and we took a change in gears to Taking Flight fabrics, with Sew Mimi.K making the most beautiful maxi dress and obi belt I have ever seen! I think her daughter-in-law does the dress justice indeed. And I love that both our Dad’s have an affinity for the Aussie wildlife too 🙂 Check out the Kookaburra friends on Kellie’s blog page.
and next up Robyn from Bumblebee Boutique made the first Australiana themed cake smash outfit in the world (well I believe so!?) 🙂 It is so adorable with it’s little frill, and hat and it even comes with a little shower cap to keep cake out of the bubs hair. It is such a sweet set and I hope it is the first of many lovely cake smash outfits in Australiana theme!
and we headed over to visit Michelle at Cole & Taffy and see her beautiful Cockatoo dress for a little girl, complete with a pretty head scarf. I adore the little yellow buttons. With leftover fabric she also created the sweetest little purse that I fell in love with… AND was super lucky to be gifted with it! It is my fave accessory, and people keep trying to buy it off me.. but she’s not sale! Every time I see it, I smile 🙂
Anne from Said with Love worked hard with her resident ducks to make the most beautiful tumbleweeds pattern cushions. I was lucky enough to meet Anne at Quilt Market last year, so it was so lovely to have as part of the Blog Tour. She has the most magic verandah looking over a lake to sit and really enjoy these cushions with a cuppa (not jealous… *much* :)))
and Ange from A Little Patchwork had us in awe of THAT magpie Wee Braw drawstring pouch, plus her lovely accessories for her friends beautiful children’s vintage outdoor setting. She made chair pads, a cushion, and a garden bunting. I must point out those gorgeous little fussy cut magpies on her cushion.. love love. I call Ange the colour master… for a good reason.. Check out how she paired that bright pink with the magpies on the bag, and it works SO well.
and Crocheting Vixen made a stunning tea party set and handmade dolls with Bush Gum Blossoms. There was a beautiful quilted tea party mat and also a little bag to store all the tea party accessories in. I couldn’t believe how much prettiness could be created with the fabric we sent. The little dolls at the tea party were beyond divine, and I am so glad she has a little girl to give them all the love they deserve. I definitely want to be invited to tea here 🙂
and next up Wendy from Wehago Designs made a carpenters wheel quilt with Taking Flight fabrics. Wendy has a gift with intricate quilting and made me fall in love with my least loved print in the collection (if I am allowed to say that :D). The magpie mirrors print. I just saw it in a whole new light after seeing Wendy’s beautiful Feathered Friends quilt. I actually happened to be online when Wendy was quilting on Facebook LIVE.. it was awesome to watch 🙂 So talented Wendy!
and Elise from Elise & Emilie created the most exquisite little quilted bag from Bush Gum Blossoms, as well as a little pouch. I love her pink stitching and she even appliquéd an EPP panel to the pocket. So much attention to detail and it really shows in the finished product. And given that Elise did not receive the pink fabric (so sorry!) she did SO well to find that lovely soft pink to tie it all together. Elise also gave me a new love for the green gum-leaf fabric.. so soft and pretty!
and Sam from For The Love of Fabric created something I can totally relate to and adore! A nappy bag. She used the cockatoo fabric in the neutral mushroom colour, and it looks sensational! I love the navy pocket and white stitching – it really highlights the navy in the flower stems in the fabric. Sam used the red swoop fabric on the inside and the contrast is perfect. I love how her little helper is showing it off, and I hope this nappy bag has many good years of use 🙂
Next up Sharon from Lilabelle Lane Creations made a stunning quilt in Bush Gum Blossoms. Sharon used the fabrics to release her brand new pattern called “Summer”, which I was super delighted about. The pattern is available here through Creative Abundance. With nine beautiful big blocks this quilt finishes at 66” square – it is just beautiful! I love the perfect blend of whitespace and pattern. The yellow pops are my favourite thing.. they really set off the pretty softer tones. in the larger motifs. There are lots more gorgeous pics on Sharon’s blog page, so head over to check them out.
Rose at Threadbare Creations used Bush Gum Blossoms to make some very pretty Lamp Mats for her sunroom. Well what a lucky sunroom…! The quilting on these is so detailed and divine, so I made the executive decision that they are far too pretty to hide under a lamp, so perhaps you may just find them hanging in Rose’s sunroom :)). I love the choice of binding colours on them too, soft and pretty.
and we were in for a treat! Jess from Two of a Kind whizzed up some magnificent toddler overalls in the green magpies fabric from Taking Flight. These are the most modern Australian but Vintie looking overalls you will ever see – such a gorgeous combo.
They have been a huge hit in sewing groups with lots of green magpie fabric walking out the door, and I can see why. I love the those little wooden buttons!
Do they come in my size?
and the final day….. it was a bitter-sweet ending because these were very special projects by Raylee of Sunflower Stitcheries, because I got to see it in REAL life, on Monday at the Kennard & Kennard annual warehouse sale!
I was so happy to meet Raylee there and super lucky to see her quilt and skirt from Taking Flight fabrics in person. I just love the yoked skirt pattern she has used because it has a lovely flat waist and then a pretty swishy skirt. She made it in the blue floral print in the collection. You can actually get the pattern here FREE for a short while.
Raylee also made a superb mini quilt called Full Flock that used a play on the flying geese block. The triangular quilting gives it such a modern Australiana feel. We gave it it’s own photoshoot in the front yard of the K&K warehouse (yay for old gates in the countryside!). It looked perfect amongst the backdrop of the Aussie countryside in Young, NSW.
This photo of me and Raylee is the perfect way to wrap up the blog tour and farewell all my new friends… until next time! 🙂
And thank you to Kennard & Kennard for believing in my designs and being the MOST lovely fabric company to work with. I love my fabric family!