Christmas in July | Modern Metallic by Makower

Christmas in July | Modern Metallic by Makower

I need to preface this post with the confession that I am not the most Christmassy person.  It has taken me a number of years to really get into doing the Christmas celebration thing (I blame too many years working in retail!) and normally I’m the one putting up the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve (and taking it down in March!).

So when 2 Green Zebras asked if I wanted to have a play with some Christmas themed fabrics I was excited to find a collection that didn’t fall into the typical Christmas colour scheme, Makower Fabrics’ Modern Metallic!

Christmas in July with Wife-made, 2 Green Zebras & Makower Fabrics

(more…)

Tilda Circus | The ‘Spin’ Quilt

Tilda Circus | The ‘Spin’ Quilt

It’s always a pleasure to be able to work with a new fabric collection before it’s released.  I find it to be a very inspiring exercise, and particularly so with Tilda’s latest collection, ‘Circus’.  There are so many things about circuses that could easily inspire a make, but the more I looked, the more I leaned, not so surprisingly, towards a vintage bent.

Tilda Circus fabric collection

(more…)

The Impasse Cushion Cover | A Free Pattern

The Impasse Cushion Cover | A Free Pattern

This cushion cover design reminds me of a bird’s eye view of a city in peak hour.  So that’s why I called it ‘Impasse’, because no one is going anywhere!

It’s a simple pattern, designed to use up some of your beloved scraps.  My cushion cover is made up of low-volume ‘Paperie’ and Sevenberry scraps, combined with a mixture of blues from various Tilda collections(oh, and the chambray blue ruffles off a ‘cold-shoulder’ dress which I didn’t like, so I cut them off!).  I keep all my Tilda scraps separate because all the collections go so well together and one day I plan on making a scrappy Tilda quilt. (more…)

Scrappy Modern Vintage Sampler Quilt

Scrappy Modern Vintage Sampler Quilt

I mentioned secret sewing in my last post, which currently remains secret sewing, however every day gets me a little bit closer to be able to share it with you (it’s killing me!), but scarily, also closer to my deadlines.  (Eeek!)  But in between this secret sewing I’ve been doing I’ve also managed to squeeze in a bit of other stuff, including this scrappy modern vintage sampler quilt.

I’ve come to the conclusion that hanging on to fabric is a fairly futile endeavour.  Mostly because it means that I don’t have any space to put new stuff, which means I can’t buy new stuff.  And therefore, I’ve decided that it is a much wiser approach to use what I have so that I can justify future purchases.  Because we all know they are going to happen. (more…)

Wife-made Bumblebee Wings!

Wife-made Bumblebee Wings!

How it can possibly be the middle of February and I haven’t been back here to let you know about my latest pattern add-on is beyond me.  And that I’m already 25 weeks through my fourth pregnancy completely evades comprehension.

I feel like this year is flying by and I feel so much pressure to make sure I stop and smell the roses when I can!  Perhaps it is the reality of having a fourth child that is making me feel nostalgic and worried that I’m going to miss something in their childhood… but I am trying to take time to just ‘take time’.  To sit and eat morning tea with the kids instead of rushing around trying to get this and that done.  To spend 20 minutes pushing Ezra on the swing, listening to his constant swing mantra ‘wing… wing… wing… wing..’, while Lewis leaps and punches the air around me, chattering about the new red Power Ranger and all his sick moves.  And then, when Rosie comes home from school to help her wash off the dust of the day, to chat to her and engage with her and, above all, to make sure she knows she’s just as important to me as the boys, even though we aren’t together most of the day.  And then somehow, in amongst all this, to appreciate this fourth and final pregnancy and this little one inside me; to take the time to soak up the kicks and hiccups and tiredness, because it is {most definitely} the last.

So now that I’ve written all that down I can see why I haven’t been back here since December!  Because life takes time.  And I’ve made it sound like I haven’t had time to do anything else, which isn’t the case, because my house is the cleanest it’s been in a while and I released a new wing pattern add-on in January, and I’ve been working on two secret sewing projects behind the scenes that I haven’t been able to share anything about, and to top it all off, I’ve started a really strict autoimmune diet that means I have to spend at least an afternoon a week preparing food so that I don’t give in and eat all the things that make me sick!  Phew!

Anywho, let’s talk about what this post was truly intended for – my newest Wife-made Butterfly Wing Pattern Add-on – Bumblebee Wings!

Wife-made Bumblebee Wings Pattern Add-on

Wife-made Bumblebee WingsThis is Hazel.  Such a pretty little bumblebee!

Wife-made Bumblebee WingsWife-made Bumblebee Wings

It was a stinker of a day when my photographer, Chrystal, of Poetic Light Photography, took her out to snap some pics.  Over 40 degrees.  And if I’d been expected to play it up for the camera in uncomfortable dress up clothes with annoying wings on my back in extreme Summer heat, you can bet I’d have way more photos than just one looking like this…Her little red face and sweaty hair!

Wife-made Bumblebee Wings

These wings were designed with the latest Tilda collection ‘Bumblebee’ in mind, and are a nod to one of nature’s under-rated creatures.  The Bumblebee add-on includes two wings sizes and two different applique layouts that can be used with the original Butterfly wing pattern, and it is currently available as a PDF download in my webshop or Etsy store.

If you’re making wings with any of my patterns I’d love to see!  You can email photos to me, or tag your Instagram photo with any (or all!) of the following hashtags – #wifemadebutterflywings #wifemadebumblebeewings #wifemadelacewings

Wife-made Bumblebee Wings

A House for a Mouse

A House for a Mouse

Let me tell you a sordid tale of forgetfulness and morning sickness and lack of sleep.

I’ve been holding a mouse hostage.

A House for a Mouse

I feel terrible for her, poor little Mousey Maileg.  And for her owners.  It was an accident, I promise!  She came with some friends for an overnight visit.  And she stayed.  And stayed.  And stayed.  Oops.

It started out as, “Sure, I can post her back to you!”

Then it became, “Now, I have to remember to go to the post office…”

And progressed to, “Shivers!  I HAVE to post that mouse!”

But I’ve put an end to it.  I’m posting her today.  And I made the mouse a house.  So her owners know I looked after her the whoooooooooooooooole time she was with me.

A House for a Mouse

Mousey’s told me she likes it, so that’s a relief.  I mean, it was the least I could do after putting her through such a harrowing ordeal.  And it was a pretty cute and enjoyable last minute project to do!

A House for a Mouse

A House for a Mouse

I made two little mattresses for extra padding for the long trip home and to ensure Mousey gets a good night’s sleep, a patchwork duvet backed in cotton chenille, and a pillow for Mousey to rest her sleepy head on.

A House for a MouseA House for a Mouse

I used some of the last scraps of one of my favourite vintage cross-stitched table cloths.  It will be sad when it’s all gone, but only the best for Mousey Maileg.

And I love the modern vintage feel it has with the modern Heather Ross Briar Rose prints mixed with the vintage orange and white check and the cross-stitch.  It’s me all over.

A House for a Mouse

I gave Mousey a room with a view too.  It’s a lovely sunny day, just a few clouds in the sky, enough to keep the heat down.  And Mousey’s a green thumb, by the way.  That gerbera flowers all year round!

And she can draw her curtains at night when it’s time for sleeping.  Or when she gets tired of that happy sun shining into her room all the time.

A House for a MouseA House for a Mouse

A House for a MouseI’d love to be a fly on the wall when Mousey’s owners open the box.  Hopefully they’ll be as delighted as Mousey.

A House for a Mouse

Wife-made Strudel Quilt Pattern

Sign up for Wife-made  Letters
and get 20% off your next purchase!

Email Subscription Options

You have Successfully Subscribed!