Finding Colour Confidence | Rachel of Hello Colour on colour intuition

Finding Colour Confidence | Rachel of Hello Colour on colour intuition

Welcome back to the Finding your Colour Confidence blog series!  Did you enjoy last week’s colour appetizer?  I hope so!  Now, like I said, this is a first class flight, so today’s post is a little Moet-flavoured palate cleanser, just to get your tastebuds ready for the amazing main course to come! {So many analogies, so little time!} 

Let’s talk about colour intuition.

Colour Intuition

Did you know it’s a thing? 

Well, it is.  In fact, the native people of the land of Colour Confidence were born with it.  Colour intuition comes naturally to them.  They don’t have to think about what colour goes best with what, they just know when it works and when it doesn’t.  And, as you follow along with this series you’ll learn that it’s a physical feeling for some people!

But what about me?  {Or, perhaps, what about you?}

What if you don’t have colour intuition?  Or, what if you DO have it and you don’t even know you have it?!  {Over-thinker much?}

Personally, when I see the words intuition and colour in the same sentence I get nervous.  I don’t {think} I have an innate sense of colour, and I can’t honestly say that it conjures up a physical feeling…  

Or can I……?  Hmmmm…….

Rachel Rimmer Hello Colour on Colour Intuition
Rachel Rimmer: Artwork by Kashia Kennedy

While we’re thinking on that, I’d like to introduce my first guest, Rachel Rimmer of Hello Colour.  

The lovely Rachel!

Rachel is a professional Colour Consultant who, through her colour consultancy business helps people like me (and possibly you) choose colours for their home, workplace or wherever else they might want to splash some colour around.  Rachel is a qualified Colour Designer with over ten years of commercial experience.

I came across Rachel’s instagram feed @hellocolour during one of my late night colour-inspiration searches, so if you’re looking for colour inspiration, I can guarantee you’ll find some there!  In this interview, Rachel talks about choosing colour for our home, but everything she shares is completely transferable to wherever colour is required.  Take it away, Rachel!

Interview with Rachel Rimmer of Hello Colour

Do you have a favourite colour?  

My favourite colour changes daily – a hazard of the job!  I’m really drawn to deep, dark blues at the moment as I’m pondering a colour update for a room at home.  It’s rich, dark and dramatic, and a beautiful background for brights.   I’m also super excited about blush, clay and terracotta hues.  I’m really enjoying the warmth of these colours after a number of years of grey featuring strongly in interiors.  Plus they’d look amazing with the dark walls I’m planning.

What does a day in the life of a Colour Consultant look like? 

Every day is different, and this is the thing I love most about my job.  I split my time between meeting clients to discuss colour ideas for their reno and repaint projects with behind-the-scenes pre-work (aka colour magic).  This involves putting together colour schemes, sourcing samples and visiting suppliers.  And of course, there’s a bunch of small business admin – oh the glamour!  I also juggle a couple of small peeps on the side.

What study did you do to get where you are today? 

I have a Diploma in Colour Design, a Diploma of Arts (Visual Merchandising) and a Communications Degree (which I’ve never really used in a job sense but has proved super handy along the way!).

Rachel Rimmer Hello Colour on Colour Intuition
Hello Colour project: Hansen House

Is colour choice an intuitive experience for you, or technical, or a bit of both? 

Both! Selecting colours is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. 

There are definitely technical aspects such as understanding design principles, colour undertones, the effect of light conditions and elements of colour psychology. 

Equally as important is a solid understanding of my client, their preferences and their space.  Sometimes a little mind reading comes in handy too!

When working on colour schemes behind the scenes, I really rely on intuition.  It’s easy to overthink, so I try just to select away and then refine at a later stage.

When choosing colour palettes for our home what things should we consider about our personal style and the home we live in?  

I always encourage people to start with their end vision. 

  • What type of space do they want to live in?
  • How do they want it to feel?
  • How will they use their space?
  • What type of style or mood do they love?

Knowing the answers to these questions really helps guide your choices in terms of colours and finishes.  I also encourage folks to realise the central role colour plays in creating a mood in your space.  Colour makes you feel good.  And can make your space look amazing!

Rachel Rimmer Hello Colour on Colour Intuition
Hello Colour project: The Church

Do you think there are any big ‘no nos’ when using colour in the home?  

The most common mistake I see is people painting their house the same colours as their best friend’s house, and then being *so* disappointed when it doesn’t work out.  Each house is unique and the colours you choose for your space should be too. What works for your bestie, might not work for you.  And that’s OK – that’s exciting! 

Another mistake is not bothering to sample your paint colours.  It’s a MUST!  Colours can appear so different, even between rooms in the same house.  Try them out – when you’re painting, sample pots are your friend!  Finally, folks are often afraid of using any colour at all.  Don’t be!  Start small: a feature front door here, a bold rug there, and build up slowly.

Rachel Rimmer Hello Colour on Colour Intuition

Are there any exercises we can do while selecting colours for our home interiors that might help?  

I think it’s pretty common for folks to raid Pinterest for interior inspo.  But an essential next step is to review all the images you’re pinning to look for key themes.  For example, are you pinning similar types of flooring, or all white kitchens, or bright feature walls?  Look for similarities.  Is there a tone or colours which are consistent throughout?  This will help you nut out what type of style or mood you are drawn too. 

Then make a moodboard for each room.  I LOVE a moodboard!  Add your fave pics and write notes about what it is you love.  This creates clarity around your likes and dislikes.  This can sometimes be difficult for people to articulate, but it is really essential to know before you select anything for your space. 

Return to these boards whenever you are suffering decision overload, and ask a question, like {Does this floorboard work with this mood/style/vibe?}, for example.

Hello Colour project: The Church

Do you have any thoughts for people who want to develop their sense and understanding of colour?  

  • Read, research, get inspired!  A number of the design schools run mini workshops in understanding colour – a great place to start if you are keen to explore colour further.  Paint stores often run paint mixing classes where you can learn about pigments and how colours are created.  
  • Absorb.  I spend way too much time pouring over interiors, deconstructing why various colour combinations work.  This is an amazing way to discover new combos and ideas.  I also look at non-interiors imagery to get new ideas; fashion collections, street-style photos, even wall murals are a source of inspiration. 
  • Get social.  Jump on Instagram or Pinterest and follow inspiring interior designers and colourful folks.  Or head over to the Hello Colour blog
  • Get analogue.  Pour over interiors books and magazines for colour ideas and inspiration.

Thank you Rachel for your colour insights!  

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How do I know if I have colour intuition?

Rachel’s interview responses have made me wonder if maybe I DO have a little dash of colour intuition.  Maybe it’s in there somewhere but it’s just a tiny little seedling that, with some love, attention and theoretical fertiliser, could be coaxed into growing into a beautiful, colourful flower! 

How exciting!  So, how can we start to coax this colourful little baby out? 

Here’s 3 steps to start tapping into your colour intuition!

1. Ignore the trends {for a moment}

Ok, I want you to ignore what XYZ magazine is telling you is in vogue for just a moment and think about YOUR favourite colours.  

What colours do YOU like?  Not sure?  The following questions might spark something…

  • What colour is your favourite flower?
  • What colour is your favourite item of clothing?
  • What colour do you find yourself always buying to style your home?
  • What colour do you have the most of in your fabric stash?

2. Get in touch with your feelings

When Rachel talked about her favourite colours she expressed the impact they had on her in a dynamic, active way.  She said she was:

  • Drawn to them,
  • Super excited by them, and that she was
  • Enjoying them.

Think about how your favourite colours make YOU feel.  You might not feel excited by your favourite colour… instead you might feel calmed by it.  It might refresh you, or invigorate you. 

The physical impact of colour is different for everyone.  For some it’s a literal gut-feeling.  For others it might be spine-tingling. 

You just need to tap into how it feels for you and remember that feeling.  That feeling is your friend.  That feeling is the start of a beautiful friendship with your own personal colour intuition!

3. Go with your gut

When I began to plan my house renovations a few years ago I came across a pendant light and kitchen tiles that I LOVED as soon as I saw them. 

As I continued to research styles on Pinterest and flicked through magazines I quickly became overwhelmed with all the possibilities out there.  I began to doubt my initial gut feeling on the lights and tiles, and if it hadn’t been for my husband, who convinced me to stick with my initial feeling, I would have definitely ignored my gut and gone with what was more ‘on trend’.

Looking back, I am so glad I stuck with those tiles and pendant light because my gut told me straight away that they were {me}.  They make my home feel like an extension of me and my family, and it’s exactly the same for any other project you might be planning, from the little baby quilt to an entire house build!

Back yourself…

So, trust your gut and know that just because someone chooses a different colour to you doesn’t mean that your choice is wrong! 

It just means its different.

If nothing else, I hope this post encourages you to look at colour from the perspective of what YOU like, instead of always being influenced by what is {on trend} or what someone else’s colour intuition tells them is ‘right’.

Next week we’ll start looking at the specific theories of colour and how you can use them to support the choices you make based on your gut feelings.

Stay tuned!

You can follow Rachel and her business, Hello Colour, on Instagram @hellocolour or on her website.  Rachel offers various colour services for anyone wanting to refresh their home, as well as workshops to assist you on your colour journey!

Finding Colour Confidence | Blog Series

Finding Colour Confidence | Blog Series

Ok people, pack your toothbrush and a clean pair of undies, because over the next couple of weeks I’m going to take you on a first class flight {only the best for you!}, and the destination is the land of Colour Confidence!

Sounds like a great place to live, don’t you think?

I love Colour.  In fact, I love colour{S}.  And I don’t really have a preference – I’m pretty much all inclusive {within reason}.  BUT.  I’ve realised that LIKING Colour doesn’t necessarily equate to being GOOD at Colour.  Know what I mean?  In fact, it could actually mean that you’re really, REALLY bad at Colour.  Yikes!  {Definitely NOT a citizen of the land of Colour Confidence *sad face*}

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

But, as much as I love Colour, I kinda feel like Colour’s that person you’ve seen on Insta who you know you’d be awesome friends with IRL, but she’s got way more followers than you so you don’t really know how to approach her, cos you don’t wanna come across as a weird, stalkerish kinda person, so you send {hopefully} funny messages to her in reply to her stories and posts which totally crack you (and every single one of her 45,000 followers) up, and it’s all a bit awkward, and you don’t know if she actually insta-likes you or if she just thinks you’re odd and replies to you out of pity…  Hypothetically speaking, of course… *insert side-eye emoji*

Is there a secret formula?

I have often felt like there is some secret colour formula that I don’t know about.  Or a secret ingredient, which took your colour combos from ‘hmmm…?’ to ‘Mmmmm!’.  So I’ve decided, ENOUGH WITH UNCERTAINTY!  I wanna know, when I put THIS colour next to THAT one that I’m not making a terrible colour faux pas!  It’s time to become friends with Colour!  And I’m talkin’ insta-bestie status, dammit!

I asked some of my favourite artists/designers/inspirers to tell us how they see colour, what it means to them and where they’ve learnt what they know.  And as I’ve read through their responses it’s made me realise there’s so much more to choosing colours for a project than knowing how to use a colour wheel, and it’s different for every person.  There ISN’T just one colour formula.  There’s LOTS!  Which is great!  Because it means there’s no *right* answer, and no one way to do it.  But also, not great!  Because it means there’s not just one simple formula for doing colour *right*, so to speak.  Colour speaks to everyone differently and can say many different things, and that’s the beautiful thing about it.

But there are a few theories, tips and tricks we can use in our colour journey to help us make *good* colour decisions {and to have colour confidence} that won’t leave us feeling disappointed with the outcome.  I’m going to share what I’ve found through my own investigations over the course of this series, and I hope that it might be of some use to you.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking.  Fasten your seatbelts, and throw all your colour baggage out the window because we are about to embark on the first leg of our journey.  Thank you for choosing Wife-made Airlines, and we hope you enjoy your flight!  (Incidentally, flying has absolutely nothing to do with what we’re about to discuss.)

What’s colour theory got to do with me?

Unless you only use black and white in your creative projects it’s pretty obvious that colour theory is something we should all know about.  It’s an important part of quilting/sewing/anything within the visual arts realm {and beyond!}, because our intention when we create, is that people will enjoy looking at it.  Enter colour theory.  

Believe me, colour theory is going to help you become a citizen of Colour Confidence! 

Some creatives are lucky and have a natural ability to come up with winning colour combinations.  They have what’s called ‘colour intuition’ and they intuitively use it.  Sneaky little monkeys!

Others don’t.  {Me.}

When it comes to sewing and quilting a lot of the work has already been done for us with the invention of fabric collections {luckily for those of us lacking in this department}.  The designer of that collection that you just purchased a FQ bundle of has painstakingly chosen a range of colours that work together according to their personal preference {and probably a Pantone colour booklet}.

But sometimes we don’t want to use a complete collection of fabric in one quilt.  Sometimes we want to root around in our scrap bin and make life really hard for ourselves/have fun.  And this is why you NEED to know about colour theory.

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What is Colour Theory?

Ok, let’s start at the beginning {because if you were anything like I was in school, your eyes probably glazed over as soon as you heard the word ‘theory’.  Yes, even in art.}  Colour (or ‘color’ depending on where you live) theory is a number of principles relating to the mixing of colours and the visual impact or effect of those combinations, particularly in relation to the colour wheel.

Here’s a fun and totally cute YouTube video from GCF Learn Free that provides a simple overview of colour theory and the formulas that relate to it.

Can’t remember anything about what you just watched? Don’t worry, neither can I.  Here’s an overview of the key points:

Hue – another word for colour.
Saturation – the intensity (subtlety or vibrancy) of a colour.
Value – how dark or light a colour is, ranging from black to white.
Colour harmony – formulas for combining colours in a way that is harmonious to the eye, as below:

  • Monochromatic – uses only one colour/hue, as well as saturation and value to create variations.
  • Analogous – colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel.
  • Complementary – opposite each other on the colour wheel.  Variety can be added by using lighter, darker or desaturated tones.
  • Split complementary – uses colours on either side of the complement.
  • Triadic – three evenly spaced colours.  They are striking combinations.
  • Tetradic – forms a rectangle on the wheel using two complementary colour pairs.  Works best if you let one colour dominate and the others serve as accents.

Got it?  Don’t stress if you can’t remember all that.  Let’s move on and talk about the Colour Wheel.

The colour wheel

Remember way back in school during an art theory lesson *eyes glazing over* learning about the colour wheel?  You may have had to make one by painting or colouring in the sections of the wheel..?  Well, that little thing that you probably looked at and thought, “When am I EVER going to need to use one of these?” is the foundation upon which Colour Theory is based and illustrates a logical relationship between colours.  For example, red and yellow makes orange, blue and red makes purple, blue and yellow makes green, and so on…

Yeah, but what’s Sir Isaac Newton got to do with anything?

Glad you asked, because interestingly, we’ve got Sir Isaac Newton to thank for the colour wheel and the acronym ROYGBIV.  Way back in the 1600s, while ol’ Isaac was taking a break from the exciting study of Calculus *yawn*, he was fiddling around with white light {as you do} and discovered the visible spectrum of light.  In 1666 he came up with the first circular colour wheel which he developed using musical intervals.  {Of course he did.}

Since then it’s been a topic of discussion, debate and study amongst many scholars, particularly over its validity.  Regardless of how scientifically accurate it is, the colour wheel theory has extraordinary value when used in the visual arts for choosing colour combinations!  Which is GREAT for us.  Thanks Sir Isaac!

Sir Isaac Newton & colour
Image credit: Missed In History

So that’s pretty much what colour theory is all about. 

Over the next few weeks we’ll deep dive into each individual part of the whole theory, but for now, you might like to take a look at a few resources I have come across in my colour investigations that have helped me with my understanding of colour theory and my {work in progress} endeavours to apply it to my creations.

More helpful resources for finding your colour confidence

This YouTube video by Heather Thomas of Wild Heather Designs is very informative.  It provides an in-depth explanation of the colour wheel and how to use it.


Image Credit: CreativeBug

Heather Jones has a great class on CreativeBug called Color Theory for Modern Quilters.  In it Heather covers the basics of colour theory and also offers some tips on helpful tools to use.  {FYI – Not sponsored.  CreativeBug – feel free to sponsor me.}


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Image Credit: Carolyn Friedlander

You may already have Carolyn Friedlander‘s book ‘Savor Each Stitch’ in your bookshelf, which is great for you because inside this fantabulous book in which Carolyn works her colour magic, is a section called Color Workshop (pages 56-59).  Carolyn provides an overview of colour theory, as well as tips on how to apply it in your quilts to create your own personal colour story.  Read it!  And again! {Do I need to say how much I love Carolyn’s work. Gah!}


Colour Wheel
Image Credit: Craft Online

A colour wheel is a useful addition to any quilting tools collection.  You can download and print this free one from Love Patchwork and Quilting {just be warned that your printer will affect how the colours print out!}, or purchase one like the image above, here.  {Not an affiliate link, just one I found online.}

Well, I think that’s enough info to keep you busy for a week!  Stay tuned for the next instalment of this blog series, where we’ll discuss another very important part of working with colour before we begin our descent {and you were beginning to wonder when I’d tie in the flying, weren’t you!} into the specifics elements of colour theory, while hearing from some clever creatives about how they see colour and use it in their work.

Get out your passports people, because we are on our way to the land of Colour Confidence!

Finding Colour Confidence | Bari J and choosing colours digitally

Finding Colour Confidence | Bari J and choosing colours digitally

Did you know that the word ‘confidence’ is actually a synonym of ‘Bari J’?  Yep, it is.  But if you’re a Bari J follower, you’ll already know that.  And I’m sure you’ll agree that she wields her paintbrush and palette like a battle-maiden going to war.

Who’s the enemy? 

Greyscale!

Bari J is a self-taught artist and is highly experienced in converting her hand-painted designs to digital.  She now has fifteen{!!} fabric collections under her {art smock} belt, as well as various other products in her ‘Curated Maximalism’ style, including wall paper, home decor and wall art. 

Bari serves up her imagery with lashings of colour, and does so without apology.  She doesn’t worry about whether her style matches what the latest home interiors mag is saying is ‘it’, in fact her combination and use of colour, texture and pattern questions the status quo {something that I think she is not-so-secretly pretty happy about!}. 

Needless to say, when it comes to colour, confidence oozes out of Bari’s pores {and it smells like a garden of flowers!}.  So of course I had to interview her for the Finding Colour Confidence series!  

Finding Colour Confidence with Bari J
The lovely Bari!

Interview with Bari J.

Do you have a favourite colour?

It changes constantly. Right now I’m crushing on greens and oranges… especially terracottas. I like all the colors… well, except I don’t like straight up red or royal blue. LOL! I mean the blue that Facebook uses. I do like slightly not red… Burgundy?  Tomato?

You use the term ‘Curated Maximalist’ to describe your personal aesthetic.  What does this mean, and how does it relate to your use of colour?

While I believe more is more, I believe that the MORE should be intentional and have meaning.  So, it’s not just willy nilly stuff.  It’s edited.

Finding Colour Confidence with Bari J
Image credit: Bari J

I love how you aren’t afraid to use colour in your compositions and fabric collections – in fact, you embrace it!  Do you have any exercises or tips you can share with us to help us overcome this fear?

My best tip is to practice. Your brain takes a while to adjust to new color combinations. We are used to seeing certain combinations and if we see different we wonder, “Is it supposed to be like that?”.  My suggestion is to sit with new colors for a bit before deciding how much you hate it.  That said, I’ll never adjust to red.  LOL!

Finding Colour Confidence with Bari J
Image credit: Bari J

Do you think it is important to have a technical understanding of colour, or is intuition enough?

I totally run on intuition.  But that’s not for everybody.  If you are struggling with it, I say study it a bit.  The technical stuff I’ve learned never makes much sense for how I work.  I’m going with my gut.  I always find that better.

Finding Colour Confidence with Bari J
Image credit: Bari J

How do you choose a colour palette for fabric collections or your artwork?  

I often find a photo full of colors I like and I just put it in the Pantone app and let it pick the colors out of it.  For me, it’s truly trial and error.  I play with color A LOT.  I also tend to sense upcoming trends from things I’m seeing, and I’ll often incorporate it.  Sometimes I dump it too.  But I like to try out new trends and see if it’s for me.

Finding Colour Confidence with Bari J
Image credit: Bari J

Can you explain how colour and print interact in your fabric collections?  Does the print influence the colour, or vice versa?

I start with painting a lot. I then put it in photoshop and recolor it there. It’s sometimes much better after being recolored. I love how it changes the paintings.

Thank you Bari, for the insight into your processes!  Your interview is a great stepping off point for the other topic of this week’s post… 

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Physical Vs Digital Colour Selection

Many artists, regardless of their chosen art form, started out in the physical world and learned how to use colour in this physical dimension.  If you talk to an artist about this, they might mention something about the visceral experience of holding swatches in your hands, or flicking through a pile of fabrics and contemplating colour.  They might talk about how they chose a specific colour because of the way it made them feel, and perhaps how it elicited a physical response from them. 

For some reason, when selecting a colour palette from a bunch of physical elements such as swatches or fabric it is easier to tap into your emotions.  And there’s probably a scientific explanation for it, but that goes beyond the scope of this post.  We just know that it’s true, and that’s enough for right now.   

Colouring a design digitally is a {COMPLETELY} different experience to the physical one.  While the physical experience lends itself to gaining an understanding of your psychological and emotional connection to a colour, the somewhat sterile experience of moving a mouse around a digital colour picker does not…

Alas and alack!, we live in a digital world, and the fact is, if you’re designing anything and you want make it available in digital format, you {need} to know how to either choose colours digitally, or convert your physical colour choices to digital. 

So how do we do this?

3 ways to choose a digital colour palette you’ll LOVE!

1. Convert physical to digital

Choosing digital colour palettes doesn’t have to be so hard if we begin in the physical world and convert it to digital.  In fact, as per Bari’s experience above, the final digital version might even be better than the original physical version!

There are now {lots} of online tools for choosing colours digitally.  My favourites {because they’re free!} include:

  • Playcrafts Palette Builder (discussed in this post) which selects the closest physical match in a number of fabric and thread ranges from any image you upload.
  • Color Explorer allows you to import colours from photos, images and artwork, create matching colour palettes based on a selection of colour matching algorithms and convert colour palettes to different colour systems such as Toyo and TruMatch.  It might take a bit of playing around to get used to it, but it has lots of value!

Or, if you’re not a tightwad like I am, you might be happy to pay for a subscription to apps like Pantone Studio (in-app subscription) or Cone.  Professional designers may also invest in a colour system like Pantone or Trumatch, which provide systems for converting colours in one format to another.  {But be warned, they are PRICEY!}

2. Be inspired by others

  • Colour Lovers is a community forum where creatives share digital colour palettes, patterns and designs they have created to inspire others.  The latest colour trends and articles about colour are also discussed, making it a great place to find inspiration for your next design.  You can also play around recolouring patterns that have been uploaded to the site!
  • Designspiration is a site that looks a bit like Pinterest but only shows design-focused inspiration.  Find an image you like and upload it to a digital colour picker like those mentioned above, or conduct a more targeted search by entering up to five colours to find designs in similar palettes. 

3. Go digital all the way!

Get a machine to do the dirty work for you right from the start by using a digital palette selector like Coolors.  Coolors is a ‘super fast’ digital colour palette picker which can be particularly useful if you have a jumping off point.  Simply lock in a colour you want to start with, edit the settings to reflect your preferences (eg. Monochromatic?  CMYK?  Pantone? etc) and hit your space bar to show new palette options!  If you see a colour you like, lock it in and keep hitting the space bar until you’re happy!

As you can see, digital colouring doesn’t have to be difficult!  Just like anything, it will take time to get used to, particularly if you are used to working in the physical world.  But moving into the digital stream opens up new avenues of income for artists who have previously relied only on the work they can do directly with their hands.  So it is definitely worthwhile exploring!  Go for it!

Lovebird Quilt Pattern

Lovebird Quilt Pattern

The Lovebird Quilt Pattern is finally here!

There were moments when I thought it was never going to happen, but we made it!  And I’m pleased.  Yep.  ‘Pleased’ is the best way to describe how I feel about this latest release.  I’m pleased I made it to the end.  I’m pleased my pattern portfolio is growing (albeit slowly).  I’m pleased that I’ve added another notch to my ‘designer’ belt.  (And my husband’s probably pleased the pattern has been released because yesterday I cleaned the house.)

The Lovebird Quilt pattern is now available in my shop for digital download!

The design came about while I was researching ideas for the release of the Tilda fabric collection, Harvest.  Even though it was inspired by the feathers of a bird, it really looks like offset hearts, and this is what most people see when they look at it, so I felt ‘Lovebird’ was an appropriate name because it touches on both aspects. (more…)

Christmas Wreath Mini Quilt & Tilda Cottage | A Free Pattern!

Christmas Wreath Mini Quilt & Tilda Cottage | A Free Pattern!

The clock is a tickin’, the year is nearly over, it’s nearly Christmas day!  KUH-RAY-ZEE!  Where has this year gone??  (Don’t ask me.  I’ve spent most of it hussling kids and walking around in a zombie-like, new-baby state.)  So much has happened, but in some ways, so little has happened!  On the one hand we have a new (and final! OH SO FINAL!) member in our family – sweet, and precious, and so very fat, baby Leo; and on the other hand I have certainly felt the constraint of having a fourth child.  I am normally a ‘get out there’ kinda girl, but the thought of hitting the shops or parks or groceries or anything with four kids in tow has not been very appealing.  There is no such thing as a short outing anymore – not when it takes you 10 minutes to get everyone IN the car and then another 10 minutes to get everyone OUT of the car, and then that again for the return trip!  So we have been significantly house bound by choice since May.  The older kids have certainly felt the impact, even though they may not be able to verbalise it.  But, we have all survived quite a topsy-turvy year and I feel like I’m just starting to come out of that newborn baby fog. (more…)

Wife-made Strudel Quilt Pattern

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