Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Everyone in our house enjoys a good, homemade pikelet with raspberry jam. I would like to share with you my secret recipe for a scrumptious treat.

  • 1 fresh egg from our chickens
  • 1 cup organic plain flour
  • 3/4 cup of low fat milk
  • 1/3 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tspn bi carb soda
  • a splash of white vinegar
  1. Whisk the egg in a bowl. Add the flour, milk and sugar.
  2. Add the bi-carb soda and add a splash of vinegar on the bi carb to make it fizz. 
  3. Whisk the batter until smooth.
  4. Heat a non stick pan on medium (Wait 15 mins until pan is hot)
  5. Temper the pan by rubbing margarine on surface with folded paper towel
  6. Add your batter in small spoons and cook until bubbles start to surface. Flip and cook on other side
  7. Cool on baking rack and enjoy.
Happy the Rooster (now gone) and one of the 'girls'

Hexagons - Part II

For instructions how to use the 'glue method' please see post 'Hexagons - Part I'

I love reproduction prints, especially the fun you can have fussy cutting.

To sew these flowers together, I was using Superior Bottom Line Polyester 60wt thread in Taupe. I found, while the thread did melt into the fabric because it was so fine, it was very hard to work with. I have now changed to the 50wt cotton Masterpiece collection by Superior threads www.superiorthreads.com

I was also using a Milliners No 11 needle, recommended to place less stress on the hands while sewing. I have reverted back to a small sharp. I suppose at the end of the day, it relies on what you feel comfortable using and how it will impact on the way you piece.

More Done today.

I like the fabric in these flowers. 

The last of the flowers glued ready to be sewn. Now to the fun part.

Monday, August 30, 2010

New surprises in the Mail - Origins by Basic Grey for MODA

Basic Grey have produced yet another fabulous line of fabrics called, Origin. A fresh mixture of eco greens, charcoals, yellows, chocolates and fresh whites. Their solids have the grunge look which lift the beautiful florals and geometric designs.

Yippee... Another project to start.

Maybe it will go something like this ......

© Copyright Jane Davidson, Want it, Need it, Quilt it 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lollipop Quilt - Tutorial 2

Lollipop Quilt (continued) - See tutorial 1 for previous instructions

Step 9 - Sew the same solid colour pairs together.

Step 10 -  Place the stem and lollipop on the solid block. I measured 3/4" from top and 3/4" from bottom of block. Iron the stick and lollipop onto the block. I machine appliqued the lollipop with a neutral thread.

There are many ways to applique - needle turn, fusible web -  raw edge, machine applique or hand appliqued. It is really up to how you want the finished quilt to look - formal or naive.

Step 11 -  Select random pairs from the remaining charm squares to make 25 blocks.

I like to use a short stitch (2.5) and open my seams.If tension is good there should be no pulling apart of seams. Applying moderately dense quilting also helps to take the pressure off the seams.
Step 12 - Lay out the blocks as per the picture below.

Step 13 -Sew the blocks together to form rows and then join the rows.

Step 14 - Layer the backing, wadding and top sheet and quilt as desired. I used Perle 8 cottons and stitched around the lollipops.

Step 15 -Cut four, 2 1/4" strips from width of fabric (WOF) to make binding. Sew binding to quilt.

Voila - You have completed the quilt! Now add a label, photograph it and give it to someone you love. I will be donating this quilt to my little ones Kindy.

Twin Size instructions:

To make this quilt approx. 64" x 73" follow the layout in the diagram below.

You will need 178 patterned 5" squares and 46 solid 5" squares, plus 23 - 5" squares for Lollipop Applique and some pieces for the lollipop stems.

For the binding, cut 7 x 2 1/4" strips WOF.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Lollipop Quilt - More Pictures

The Lollipops are coming together. Today I will create the stems.

Five complete....Two to go!
I have just completed four stems. 

The Lollipop Quilt - Tutorial 1

A great project for the beginner to intermediate quilter ......

  • 2 Lollipop charm packs (by Sandy Gervais for MODA)
  • 1/2 yard Brown fabric for binding
  • 1 1/4 yards of backing fabric
  • 40" x 40" piece of wadding
  • Matching Embroidery Thread
  • Neutral thread for piecing
  • 3.5" acrylic circle template (or template plastic - heat resistant) 
  • Fusible webbing
  • Perle 8 cottons for hand quilting
  • Marking tool
  • Rotary Cutter, Scissors, pins, sewing machine.
A 1/4 seam allowance will be used for all piecing.

Finished size of quilt 35" x 35"
Finished Block size 4 1/2" x 9" 

© Copyright Jane Davidson, Want it, Need it, Quilt it 2010

Step 1 - Separate the solids from each charm pack.

Step 2 - Separate the remaining charm squares into groups of the same colours.

Step 3 - Choose one (1) charm square from each colour group with a small print. These will become the seven lollipops.

Step 4 -  Place the circle template on the right side of your lollipop square and centre. Trace around it.  Draw a freehand swirl on the right side of the square.

Step 5 - Using 2 strands of a co-ordinated embroidery cotton and back stitch, embroider the swirl design on each lollipop.

Step 6 - Iron fusible webbing to back of charm.

Step 7 - Cut around the circle . Making sure the swirl design is centred.

Now you have completed your first lollipop. Make 6 more.

Step 8 -Let's make the sticks for the lollipops.
  • Select some contrasting fabrics from the charm square pack
  • Cut 1" strips from selected charm squares. The strip should measure 1" x 5"
  • Fold 1/4 seam at one end of the strip
  • Press the strip in half lengthways and open
  • Press each long edge to the middle to form a stem 1/2" wide.
  • Cut a 3/8" x length of stem of Heat n Bond. Iron on back of stem
Some completed lollipop and stem sets

Look for my next post named 'Lollipop Quilt - Tutorial 2'.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Circles and Lollipops

At John's Kindy they had a box of circles cut from 150gsm card. I was lucky enough to receive a few and thought I should make a baby quilt to raffle at the Kindy. I have a lovely charm pack from MODA named Lollipop by Sandy Gervais that is begging to be used.

Yes, I should be doing all my unfinished projects but .........

Today, I used EQ7 to draft a pattern for the Lollipop project that will produce a 42" x 42" childrens quilt. I will combine hand turned applique and embroidery techniques for the lollipops. I will post a step by step guide to creating this quilt over the next week.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bali Pop Quilt Finished

I finally placed the last stitch in this quilt today at 1pm. Already to go to the Charity Raffle on Monday night. Using a variegated thread, I did freestyle quilting depicting clouds, leaves, mountains and fields.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pencil Rolls

The fabric has arrived to make the coloured pencil rolls for next years fete. How considerate of Kaffe Fassett to design a pencil fabric!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Yummy fabric

I have just received some beautiful charm squares from FatquarterShop from three MODA ranges. I like to buy the charm squares to see the fabrics up close. Sometimes on screen it is hard to pick colours and gauge the size of the overall design. One charm pack will make a baby quilt or floor mat.

MODA Lily and Will, Fandango and Kasmir V

I have also received two 1/2 yards of poodle fabric from Lecien. I found these on Etsy. They are a heavier weight cotton.

Bali Pop Quilts

Currently, I am making a quilt for Charity function to raffle. I used a Bali Pop to create a small lap quilt, which I named "Sky, Earth and Sea" because of the blues, flowing into greens flowing into brick colours. I am going to applique some purple butterflies onto the quilt to give it some movement.

The name of the Bali Pop used was Spumoni. Bali Pops are very deceiving at first glance but when you unravel them and place them in like colours, a whole world of opportunities arises.


Two quick baby quilts I made for our local fete were from the one Bali Pop. I divided the strips into cool and warm. 

 I used a decorative stitch as the quilting stitch along every row.

Quilting Poodle

This is Jasper Carrot. He is a 10 month old mini apricot poodle. Jasper is the most wonderful companion, especially in the quilting room when he sits at my feet as I sew.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Jaybirds Giveaway - PURE fat quarter collection

Follow this link to win a fabulous FQ collection of PURE by Sweetwater for MODA.


While you are there, have a look around Jaybirds blog and see her beautiful creations.
Competition is now closed. Congratulations to the winners (even though it was not me!)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hexagons - Part I

I am trying my hand at English Paper Piecing. Using reproductions fabrics, I am attempting a scrappy quilt using 2" side hexagons.

I purchased the papers from a great seller on ETSY  - pbpatch or Australian site, www.pbpatch.com.au. Joanne produces beautifully wrapped and presented 190gms weight shapes for EPP (English Paper Pieicing).

I am using the Sewline fabric glue stick to tack the fabric to the paper template. Fantastic product. Very quick method and the papers can be easily taken out.

Instructions for 'glue method'

Cut around the template leaving a greater than a 1/4" seam allowance. Use a rotating cutting board and make sure the cutter does not slip!

This is an adequate amount of seam allowance to glue back and hold on the template.
Place enough glue to hold the fabric to the card. Press with your fingers. Don't use too much or it will be difficult to remove later. Make sure the fabric is folded along the edge of the template.
Continue folding fabric over template making sure the fabric is gripping the edge of the template for accuracy.
Finished hexagon. Note some fabric is lifting. Dab with glue and refasten.
Voila. A beautiful hexagon, ready to be added as a centre to my flowers.