Thursday, November 26, 2015

Im Back!!!

Hello there!  I am sorry the blog has been quiet so long!  I have had so much happened over the time I have been away and I hope to spend some time over the next little while updating you on all things Clares Place.

I really wanted to show off my latest patterns that were just released with Creative Abundance at Houston and the Australian Quilt Markets (trade shows)  But I realised I never shared releases that occurred prior!  I apologise!  Life and difficult personal situations took over.

So lets start with the Gillian Bag:
The Gillian Bag was such a fun bag to make and is made from beautiful fabrics from the talented Helen Stubbings her beautiful fabric collection is called Primrose Sands for Red Rooster Fabrics (2014)

This bag finishes up at approximately 13" wide x 27" tall (33cm x 69cm) including handles.
The Gillian Bag is a stylish and practical shoulder bag and is the perfect project to use fabrics from your stash.  Featuring a sweet appliqued front pocket and pieced back pocket both of which are the perfect size for keeping your key’s and other necessities.  This bag is large enough to fit a binder making it the perfect size for a market or project bag.

Next up we have two creative cards or mini patterns.  These would make great teacher gifts or Christmas pressies (yes Christmas is less than 30 days away! Yikes :s)

Spring Flowers is a wonderful creative card you can make for (and even with your child) as a great craft activity.
Spring Flowers is a stylish pony tail holder just perfect for the little girl in your life.  Want to change it up a little?  Why not use a flat back button and add a brooch clasp at the back to wear it as a brooch.  Spring Flowers is so quick and fun to make you will want to make them for all your friends.   When finished these are approximately 2 3/4" (7cm)
Last of all we have the beautiful Hoop Necklaces.
Hoop Necklaces is a collection of three embroidery designs suitable to fit inside a mini 2.2" (5 cm) hoop  embroidery hoop.

These are such a fun and fast stitching project (and very addictive).  The hoops are from Dandelyne for those wanting to get organised.

Thanks for sticking by me.  I will be back with more updates soon! :)

If you would like to purchase this or any other Clares Place pattern contact your local quilt store and ask them to get one (or more) in for you.  If you are interested in stocking Clares Place patterns in your store please contact my wonderful distributor Naomi at Creative Abundance.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Pattern... Blast Off

Send your little boys off into space with this cool quilt and matching softie!  Blast Off is the perfect size to fit on a cot size bed and the simple modern piecing and raw edge applique not only looks fantastic, it is easy to do! 

The quilt measures 38 1/2" x 44 1/2" (98cm x 113cm) so is the perfect size for a cot.

The matching rocket softie is approx 9" x 8" and is perfect for little ones to let their imaginations run wild with. 
I have fussy cut the windows to feature the sweet little robot and used a combination of ribbon and ric rac for the tags.  These rockets have been a huge hit with my little girl :).  She has been racing around the house counting down (or rather up) 1...2...3 blast off and then zoom zooming them into space racing around the room.  

I hope you like this pattern as much as I do.

Fabrics: Rocket Age by October Afternoon for Riley Blake Designs.

If you would like to purchase this or any other Clares Place pattern contact your local quilt store and ask them to get one (or more) in for you.  If you are interested in stocking Clares Place patterns in your store please contact my distributor Creative Abundance.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The 13 Articles of Faith Printables.

My girls room has been quite basic (or in other words boring) for many years now and the other day I had the urge to make some artwork to brighten it up (because I couldn't find exactly what I wanted).  So I set to work and by the end of the day had a set of thirteen 5" x 7" art prints for their room.  

There are so many uses for these.  You can print them for displays in church, make them into a book for your children to learn them really what you choose to make them into is up to you.  

I have hung mine in with pictures by Susan Fitch of Jesus and the Temple to make a set of 15 prints.  I am so Happy with how they turned out and wanted to share them with you all.  

Hubby thinks I should add the words 'We Believe' above the prints so in time I will get around to that :)   

To have the image ready to print simply click on it and save it to your computer.  They have been designed to print as 13 x 18cm prints (4"x5")  but you could probably print them larger if you wanted (do a tester on one before printing the whole set).  

I do recommend you be selective with where you print them.  I had a set printed at an office place in town and the print quality was poor - the colours were inaccurate and instead of solid colour it was blotchy (and after being told it would take 15 mins I went to collect them to be told it would take a further 45 mins argh).  Good old Kmart came through and I had them in my hand in less than 5 minutes after placing my order. (it was more expensive but worth not having to muck around).

If you have any problems please let me know and I will do my best to fix them. 

You are more than welcome to download or print them for home or church non-commercial use but I ask that you please do not sell them or claim them as your own.  If you blog or repost them please link back to the original source.  Thanks.   

Monday, March 24, 2014


Hi there!  I wanted to pop in and let you all know I am still here.  After quilt market I felt I needed to take a step back from work and really spend some quality time with my girls. Unfortunately for me I also that step back ended up being bigger than intended because I ended up quite unwell.  I have low blood pressure which in and of itself is not a bad thing but I also ended up with extreamly low iron (like I'm talking quite a bit UNDER the lowest range you should be at.)  This meant I was ALWAYS tired and had 0 energy, had regular dizzy spells, found it very difficult to concentrate on everything and often felt faint.  I could easily sleep 12-14 hours through the night and still wake up tired despite also having a afternoon sleep through the day.  Because I was so low I had an iron infusion (double dose) and I instantly felt the difference in my energy levels. 

Now I am on the mend and trying to catch up on all the work I have missed so if I owe you an email I apologise I did try and keep on top of most of it but some may have slipped though.  You are more than welcome to email me again incase I have missed it.  I am sorry. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DIY Wrapping Paper/ Gift Wrap

Each year for Christmas I to get the girls involved in getting things ready as much as possible.

One thing I love to get them to help with is decorating wrapping paper.  Its such an easy project and I love how rustic it can be.  These photos were taken the very first year I decided to start this tradition (Chloe was almost 3).

All you need is some plain paper in your colour choice (I chose brown),
A ink pad in your colour choice (I typically choose black or silver but white would look fantastic too- the colour is totally up to you!)
some clear rubber stamps in theme of choice - we chose Christmas (the clear ones are best because you can reposition them on the block and more easily see the paper so as not to get an overlap)

Simply randomly position the rummer stamps on your block as desired.
Ink up the stamps.  Depending on the age of the children you may like to ink the stamps for them.
Unroll the wrapping paper to give enough space to stamp and let the Children randomly stamp away on the wrapping paper.  When you have enough let dry and use to wrap your gifts.

Hope you are having a wonderful lead up to Christmas!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pattern Release: Gridlock & Giveaway

Giveaway now closed:  Winner selected randomly by my eldest:
AnonymousAnonymous said...
The quilt is beautiful Clare!
Please contact me Leeah  with your postal address so I can get the pattern to you asap!  (I will redraw a new winner if the prize is not claimed)

 I am SUPER excited to announce the release of my latest pattern called Gridlock.

'Gridlock was inspired by a beautiful window. After playing around with ideas, the design evolved and Gridlock was created. Gridlock comes in two different sizes.  The small size is suitable as a baby quilt or large table topper. The large size is perfect for a single (twin) bed. Choosing masculine or gender-neutral fabrics ensures the quilt is versatile enough for everyone!'

 What is most exciting for me is that it was shown on the Riley Blake booth at Houston Quilt Market and also here in Melbourne (beyond excited).

This pattern is my new favourite but it didn't come without it's challenges.  You see Gridlock and I have a love/hate relationship- keeping it real here.  I Love the design but hate how long it has taken me to write the pattern (all part of being a pattern designer really).  You see I had the pattern completely written and did a test with some scrap fabrics and decided the construction could be simplified so rewrote the whole pattern (diagrams and all).  Did another test and found yet more things that could make the pattern easier to follow and the quilt easier to put together.   Finally I had written the pattern to a point where I was prepared to cut into the beautiful 'Enchant' fabrics (no one wants to waist beautiful fabric!).  Now I am so very happy with how the quilt is constructed and absolutely love the final design - just not the time it took to get to my end result. 

I love how these Willow fabrics give the quilt a completely different feel.

 A HUGE thanks to my mum who was beyond awesome in helping me to capture these photos of Gridlock.

If you would like to win a copy of this pattern just leave a comment on this post by the 12th December.  Be sure you leave a email as a way to contact you should you be the winner.  

Willow for Riley Blake Designs.

If you would like to purchase this or any other Clares Place pattern contact your local quilt store and ask them to get one (or more) in for you.  If you are interested in stocking Clares Place patterns in your store please contact my distributor Creative Abundance.
Also if you would like a kit of this pattern get your local quilt store to contact Mill House Collections (The Australian Riley Blake Distributor) and order one in for you as they will be kitting it with the exact same fabrics I used :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Clares Place happenings and turning 2

This year we (hubby and I) have both been very busy with work and reno's and decided on a very low key birthday for our Little Miss 2.  The day poured with rain which was perfect as she was given Duplo to add to our ever growing collection and played with it all day long.

We decided on a yummy birthday breakfast which we had the day after her birthday  and a swim at the local indoor pool with her cousins two days after.  Who doesn't love having birthdays spread across a few days :) ?

What else is happening here?
I am getting over a cold and ear infection as well as trying to get rid of shin splints (man they are painful!)

Well things are a little crazy behind the scenes here at Clares Place.  I have a quilt pattern in what I hope is 'final edit' stage and two other patterns in the works and have been enjoying time at the the sewing machine and hand quilting all the samples that go along with them.  I am drowning in my 'to do' list for market. 

I have also released 'Gridlock' on my website but need to do an 'official release' blog post and giveaway.  I made a baby Gridlock quilt that I want to show you but need to bind and photograph it to go with the post.   

Renovations are continuing at PJS Financial  Launceston office (sorry I still need to take photos to show you).

 My youngest has also just hit the terrible 2's in a big way (what is with all the screaming?!)  She is so much harder than my eldest :s  Oh and she is toilet training.

So I am just taking each day as it comes and trying to get better and make my way to the top of my 'to do list.

Stay tuned for a 'Gridlock' quilt pattern giveaway.

Monday, October 21, 2013

PDF Patterns

I am in the process of transferring Clares Place Patterns into PDF (instant Download) format (in between working on new designs and looking after my two princesses).

The PDF debate seems to be all over the Australian quilting/crafting market and there are pros and cons for both sides.  I have decided that to better service my international customers I am going to turn my Clares Place patterns into PDF format so customers can purchase a paper based pattern from one of my lovely online stockists or a PDF Pattern that can be found  in my store here and also at Patterns only (I will add the link for Patterns Only later when it decides it wants to work for me :s)

I even made a cute button for my sidebar to help you access my store quickly!

Right Now my store is offering 15% off everything with when you enter the code:  save15 at checkout!  The offer is valid until the 28th October 2013 so take advantage of this great deal today!

If you are waiting for any particular Clares Place pattern to be put into PDF format please email me and I will do my best to get it done quickly for you!

Right now I am going to finish editing a current pattern so I can get ready for Melbourne Quilt Market that is in a few weeks :s


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