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Samantha Dorn  Creator of quilts and other fabric things! πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί πŸ“§ PDF Patterns available from

Today is my stop on @keera.job's #daisydaysblogtour πŸ˜ƒ
I loved making this sweet quilt using Keera's debut #daisydaysfabric collection for @rileyblakedesigns! It's a collection that makes you smile with its youthful interpretation of classic motifs 😍
You can see more images and read about my inspiration for this #quietmomentsquilt on my blog - drop by, say hi, and enter my giveaway, thanks to Riley Blake and @millhousecollections πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
#fabricismyfun #iloverileyblake

A little peak at what I've been working on...
Full reveal tomorrow as part of the #daisydaysblogtour 😍
#quietmomentsquilt #daisydaysfabric #rileyblakedesigns

Choosing backing for my quilts is one of my favourite things - but sometimes I can't decide on THE one, and that's okay 😍😍😍
#madewithmartingale #apieceofcakebook #showmethemoda #sweetwaterfabric #hollystreefarmfabric

Today I am sharing what I made from @shequiltsalot's new #apieceofcakebook on the blog, as part of Peta's book tour 😍
This was such a fun quilt to make, and perfect for showcasing a favourite fabric collection like this #hollystreefarmfabric 😍😍 .
#madewithmartingale #shequiltsalot #showmethemoda #modafabrics #sweetwaterfabric

Cute new scissors courtesy of @warm_crochet 😍!
I've been using these scissors for a few weeks now and I have been impressed with how lightweight and comfortable they are to hold! They are also lovely and sharp and have a nice point to the tip, perfect for those pesky threads that are hard to sometimes get at.
If you want to grab yourself a pair, then click on through to @warm_crochet's profile and choose your favourite finish - she has been kind enough to offer a 10% discount to anyone interested, all you need is the coupon code aquapaisley .
Swipe to see the lovely details 😍!
#warmcrochet #warmcrochetscissors

Thank you all for your caring comments yesterday, I really appreciate it ☺️
Some of you may remember I was contemplating using a bamboo batting for this quilt so it would be lightweight during summer, but in the end I chose not to, and I thought I would share why!
When it comes to information regarding bamboo, the only thing consistent is the inconsistencies - recently I have seen bamboo batting promoted as the most luxurious of all battings, while others suggest it is a chemical cocktail that should be avoided if you have any skin or allergy sensitivities - quite opposing opinions!!
After some research my understanding is that bamboo batting is actually a form of rayon. It is likely that the bamboo has undergone an intensive chemical treatment process to turn the cellulose into the final product (a process which cannot keep any natural antimicrobial properties intact).
The idea that this batting is still marketed as a 'green' alternative seems to me to possibly be misleading, and in the end I felt that if I bought a bamboo batting I didn't actually know what it was I would be getting.
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not saying bamboo is bad, I'm sure that there's a much bigger picture to be understood, and if you use it and love it, that's great! Personally I would like more consistent information before I commit to using it in a quilt, and so far I haven't found information I feel I can trust ☹️ - but it's definitely an interesting topic and one I wish was a little more transparent!
And for those of you who are wondering, the batting I chose to use instead was Quilters Dream Request - it has an extremely low loft making it the perfect choice for a lightweight summer quilt πŸ‘πŸ» -what do you look for in the perfect batting?

It's been a while since I've sewn!! I've been healing from a dog bite that did more damage than I originally assumed; but now that all my πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ are up to date and my hand is once again pink, not yellow 😬, I have been easing myself back into action by sloooowly hand stitching this binding in preparation for the upcoming #apieceofcakebook blog tour.
I think this quilt is going to be a family favourite 😍
#madewithmartingale #shequiltsalot
#showmethemoda #modafabrics #sweetwaterfabric #hollystreefarmfabric #sweetwaterhometownchristmas #hometownchristmasfabric #thecookieexchangefabric

I received the sweetest little mini and pincushion from @jogreeny today 😍 - thanks Jo, you have brightened this dark and dreary day, (and I may or may not have already indulged in a little 🍫before 11am πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‚)! 😘.
A big thanks also to Sam @fortheloveoffabric for organising and hosting the swap - it was lots of fun 😘
#bonnieandcamille #aussieminiquiltswap

A little closer view...
I used a variety of whites in this quilt, and I found the best way to make that work was to be sure to balance each white throughout the quilt - so each white has a corresponding tone elsewhere in the quilt. I love the scrappy vintage feel this gives, and you don't have to worry about choosing the perfect white πŸ˜‰πŸ˜
Ok, time to pick this up off the floor, clean the studio and 🀞🏻sew 😍, (while possibly squeezing in some Netflix - if you have a favourite show, let me know) πŸ˜‰
#piecesofhomequilt #piecesofaustraliaquilt

It's almost 1pm on Saturday and I have just walked into the studio for the first time all week πŸ‘ŽπŸ»! BUT, I'm happy to report my #piecesofhomequilt a.k.a. #piecesofaustraliaquilt version 2 is looking lovely right where I left it πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜‚!!

Today on the blog: my thoughts on creative courage!
Have you ever suffered anxiety during the creative process, or perhaps when it comes time to share your work, and you find yourself questioning if you should - is it good enough, what will people think, etc?
For many people, including myself, self-doubt is real, and it takes a measure of courage to put your creative obstacles into perspective and be the creative person you want to be, despite the ever present hurdles.
Whether it's during the designing and making phase, or when we share our work, we often feel vulnerable to judgment, and if we let it, this can be a huge creative stumbling block.
Creative courage doesn't have to be bold, it's often the little things that make the biggest impact!
I hope you are all courageously making and sharing what makes you happy today 😍 - I would love for you to share your thoughts!
PS. Both my #harvestmarketquilt (shown here) and #gypsylanequilt PDF patterns are on sale for $10AUD until the end of the month using coupon code TILDA. Both are FQ friendly patterns, designed with larger pieces to showcase your favourite fabric 😍😍😍
#harvestmarketquilt #tildaharvest #tildafabric #ilovetilda #tildaaustralia

Here's a couple more images of my #harvestmarketquilt I found on my camera roll, pre binding.
You might be able to see that for full size quilts I like to leave approximately 1/4" of batting and backing extended beyond the quilt top - I find it helps to 'fill' the finished binding, and it helps to ensure I don't lose any of my outside points πŸ˜ƒ.
PS. #tildaharvest is in Australian stores August 1st.
PPS. I forgot to mention yesterday that I am giving away a little something to someone who drops by my blog - I really appreciate those of you who stop by and say hello; your visit helps me grow my business, and create new content to share β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘πŸ»
#tildaaustralia #tildafabric #ilovetilda #apspatterns

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