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Taking Flight Blog Tour

It’s here, my day to share and I am excited to bring you 2 projects made using Amanda Brandl‘s latest fabric range for the Taking Flight Blog Tour.

I was really pleased to meet Amanda last year online last year in a business group and we’ve been working towards being able to collaborate on a project, this was perfect.  I love her Australian designs and the combination of Australian fauna and flora with such vibrant colours.  They are very eye catching and unique. So when given the opportunity to design something to showcase this range I knew I wanted some larger pieces and something I could enjoy often.  I got 2 projects for you and I can’t decide which to start with…

What to wear?

Let’s start with something to wear.  Yes this fabric feels great and is perfect for clothing, I have worn my skirt a number of times now and I am loving the easy wear and bright colours.

skirt hanging       

I even managed to wear it to Kennard and Kennard and was able to meet with Amanda whilst there. I’ve written up a easy pattern for this Yoked Circular Skirt and you can find it in our online shop.  Why on a yoke? By lowering the fullness of the circular skirt to hip level we can enjoy the swishiness of the skirt whilst not having it on our tummy area, much better I think. The elastic waistband means it’s easy on and off.

This skirt is so easy, 3 pieces and some elastic, you know you want to make one too. I used the blue floral for my skirt but I plan to get some of the red birds to make my next one. I’m a bit partial to red.


Because the hem is circular this can be a bit of a challenge but I love the finish I get with using a rolled hem foot, check this out, so cool!

Now let’s show of some of those other awesome fabric designs in the Taking Flight range…

For my table…

I love having quilts on my table, so much better than a tablecloth I think.  It’s like having a gorgeous table protector.

Here’s my Full Flock Table Quilt

I used 6 of the Taking Flight range to make a quilt using an easy triangle block reminiscent of a flying geese block and then in the larger blocks I have added the same shape in the quilting.  Think of the triangles as a flock of birds and the quilted triangles complete the full flock… see what I did there. The yellow and red really pop in the midst of the beautiful cockatoos and magpies.

Oh and because I can show you the quilting better, here’s the back of the quilt.  Simple straight lines to accentuate the shapes but nothing too detailed is required as the gorgeous fabric is the star of this project.

Patterns available for Yoked Circular Skirt and  Full Flock Table Quilt .  Both are free between 4-11th April 2018.

Taking Flight and Bush Gum Blossoms Blog Tour

See the lovely makers and what they have created using Amanda’s fabric in the following blogs. The variety is stunning and the creativity is enviable. Grab a cuppa and enjoy!

Wednesday March 14th: Sarah Scott | Piccolo Studio
Thursday March 15th: Kylie | Wombat & Poss
Friday March 16th: Ali Phillips | Arabesque Scissors
Monday March 19th: Kellie | sewMimi.K
Tuesday March 20th: Robyn MacWilliam | Bumblebee Boutique
Wednesday March 21st: Michelle Hickson | Cole and Taffy
Thursday March 22nd: Anne Boundy | Said With Love
Friday March 23rd: Ange Hamilton | A Little Patchwork
Monday March 26th: Vickie Zaleski | Crocheting Vixen
Tuesday March 27th: Wendy Gontier |Wehago Designs
Wednesday March 28th: Elise Baek | Elise & Emilie
Thursday March 29th: Samantha Green | For The Love of Fabric
Friday March 30th: Sharon Burgess | Lilabelle Lane Creations
Monday April 2nd: Rose Johnstone | Threadbare Creations
Tuesday April 3rd: Jess & Laura | Two of a Kind
Wednesday April 4th: Raylee Bielenberg | Sunflower Stitcheries  yay, this is me!
Thursday April 5th: Blog Wrap up and thank you!

A huge thank you to Kennard and Kennard fabrics for their support of the blog tour and to Amanda for sharing her designs and letting us show you what we can do with them.  I hope you were inspired.

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