Modern Sorbet Quilted Throw Pillow Cover

Here's another variation of my Modern Sorbet Throw Pillow using Prima Solids and a subtly patterned white cotton.

I placed this one and the other I have made on my bed and now it makes me want two so I can put them on my bed. They're just smaller than a Euro, which is awesome because the Euro size seems way too big to use in bed.

I've used the same geometric straight line quilting again, simple because I think it looks cool and doing anything curved would distract from the curves of the drunkards path block.

Once again I've made sure the zipper can be seen! 

You can find this one in the shop here, or the pattern to make your own here

A Giveaway Winner!

I'm excited to announce the Winner of the Abstract Throw Pillow Cover! 

But before I do, I'd just Love to thank-you all for stopping by and sharing what you think makes handmade gifts awesome. Reading each and every one of your comments gave me the warm and fuzzies! 

If you get a chance to, scroll through the comments. As a maker it really helped me validate what I do and why I do it, and to be certain I'll re-read your comments to get me out of my 'Why do I bother?' slumps. Hopefully it does the same for you too!

So without further ado, The winner is...

Barb! Congrats Barb! Please email me so I can get this beauty out to you!

Thanks again all and I hope to see you around on your blog and mine!


Simple and Small Abstract Paintings

I've been playing around with color lately. My Kiddos at work always leave left over paint in the palettes which is 'tainted' by other colours and simply can't use it. 

So instead of washing it down the sink, I decided to use it to create these two paintings.

What do you think?

I've hung these in my sewing room, along with some of my other artworks. The room is a work in progress and I just really want it to be a happy and creative space - ideally an organized one too, but hey, a girl can dream!

To have a better look you can see them on Instagram @seraphymhandmade or, they're over at Nuvango Store now :)

Giveaway Day! Throw Pillow Cover by Seraphym Handmade

- Giveaway Ended -

It's that time of year again over at Sew Mama Sew, It's Giveaway Day!

For those of you new to Seraphym Handmade, Welcome!

My little Blog is about my slow Handmade Life. I love Quilting, Sewing my own clothes, Painting and Photography, and this is where I share what I make.

I try to fill my life with handmade items made with love rather than mass produced 'things'. The things we make from our hands hold a greater sentimental value rather than the store bought, same goes with gifts we receive which are handmade. 

All the things I make have a purpose and aren't made for the purpose of just because or to sit somewhere and be admired on a shelf (unless its my Art, then that needs to stay put!) I don't believe that things make you happy, but making them and using them sure does!

I just try to share this with the people who visit my blog through the products I make with my store and the tutorials and patterns I share to spread the knowledge and skills to make your own.

To spread the Handmade Love, I'm giving away this Throw Pillow cover. It measures 16" x 16" and is finished with an envelope flap style backing.  The Abstract and Modern detail is machine applique and machine and hand bound.

All you have to do to enter is post a comment below explaining what you love most about handmade gifts!

Entries close Monday, the 11th of May, and I'll announce a winner shortly after!

Entries open worldwide! Just make sure you don't comment as anonymous, because I won't be able to contact you.

Talk soon

Love me a good Etsy Treasury - Copper and Teal

Nothing better than opening emails from Etsy with their beautifully curated finds. Of late I've been drawn to these colours, copper and teal, for quilt inspiration.

When it comes to inspiration, I think there is nothing better than seeking it out everywhere. for quilting you can get so distracted by patterns and colours and... well Pinterest essentially! So it's important to broaden your search into anything which catches your eye.

Click on the image above to see the links on Etsy

Simple DIY Scarf with Embroidered Edging

I'm a big believer in making your own clothing and accessories, especially something as simple as a scarf. As a sewer I never buy anything I know I can make because I can't justify spending the usually exorbitant price thats literally just a few straight seams and some poor quality fabric.

Of course while I was at the fabric store I had a looksie at the sale table (I can't ever pass up a bargain) and came across some muslin in a subtle grey. Now I know in the USA, your muslin is what we Aussies call calico, so I have no idea what you call this fabric! If you know drop me a comment! Essentially its the fabric commonly used for baby swaddles, it's a 100% cotton, open weave and breathable fabric :)

All I needed was 1 meter (1 yard) of fabric which I cut in half and joined using a french seam to keep those pesky fraying edges away, while creating a seam which would look pretty too :)

I hemmed around the whole scarf then spent that night cuddled up under my electric blanket stitching the whole edge in a combination of blues and pinks. Bliss!

P.S  Don't for get to enter the giveaway before Saturday!

Modern Sorbet - Giveaway and A New Pattern based on the Drunkard's Path

I have a sewing room, I use it for sewing, sure, ironing too. When it comes to cutting and trimming I'm obviously spread out in the lounge room, there is TV there! And my sewing room is just a tad squishy. Therefore, I spend a lot of time on the floor which is hard on the knees especially on the hardwood.

I had stumbled upon so many gorgeous quilted pillows, a few I even made into throw pillows. Then I saw the gigantor floor pillows and I immediately added one of those on my mental to make list (don't even ask me how long that list is, I don't even know)

Of course many quilts and assorted projects came and went until I began trying my hand at 'Quilt Design a Day' and became obsessed with the versatility of the drunkards path blocks. An obsession began, and I can't even begin to tell you how many QDAD's I've designed using that block.

So finally, I made one of my many designs, behold! My Amazeballs floor pillow (Insert trumpets sounding here)

Isn't she perty! 

I totally love it, and while it doesn't exactly match my fire engine red couch, I don't even care! (It'll match my dream couch I swear) Plus my knees and every single pokie-outie bone in my ankles and feet are really happy now.

I'd mentioned previously that I had made some pillows using zips in bright colours, but the way that I was sewing my zips in meant that that zips were protected (Ehm, hidden) by fabric flaps. I've changed that now and my brightly colored zippers are out in the open for all to see!

In typical quilty fashion the pillow is made with a fully quilted 'quilt sandwich' and bound (because that's my favourite part of the whole process) 

It's quilted using multi directional straight lines in white, that way I'm not distracting from the curves.

So the pattern for this beauty is available in the Etsy Shop as well as Craftsy along with the rest of my quilting, crochet and craft patterns.

 - - - This Giveaway is now Closed - - -

Congrats Kate!

And here begins the Giveaway!

Up for grabs is a copy of the pattern for 3 readers! 

One winner each for followers on: 
  1. This blog
  2. Instagram - @seraphymhandmade
  3. Facebook - Link to the page here

What you have to do:

Simply post a comment on this blog post, the Instagram post or the Facebook post.

(You must follow me on Instagram and Facebook if you are entering through these sites)

Visit Facebook and Instagram for more ways to get bonus entries!

Competition ends Saturday April 18, at 9am, Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT +10). Winners will be posted on this Blog post, Instagram and Facebook, winners must supply an email address to receive the pattern. If no email or alternative is supplied then another winner will be drawn. Winners are drawn through a random number generator which corresponds to their post order. Entries entered after the end time will be either deleted or disregarded.