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I'm an ex photographer who loves designing and creating with fabric & quilts. I teach crafty stuff in Sydney. for more information about my works email me on siobhan @ hillgallery . com . au All images and content belong to Siobhan Rogers, if you would like to use my images please email me.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I'm still here!


Its been a hectic fortnight here

Thought I would let you all know that all is well - just a tad busy!

I have had a few emails asking what I'm up too :) Its lovely especially when I'm busy to open up my emails and read that I'm missed or people wanting to know what I'm up to.


We have had another birthday - Which generally means lots of cooking & present preparation for me.
To prove how busy I was - I didn't even get a picture of the birthday cake! It was my first attempt at a ice cream cake and something I will definitely try again. Incredibly easy and delicious.


I'm enjoying the last of Autumn, its my favourite season for food and weather - not to mention the light for photos.

My husband picked up a box of fresh figs on the weekend and we ate them with everything!
best of all was on fresh made banana bread sliced & toasted with ricotta and figs on top......... Heaven




On the quilting front - I had a question about the rug that features in my Log cabin photo. Its a Danish design and made in Nepal.

Its has many names the original the rug was called Pinocchio named after a Danish lolly it has also been called the Freckle rug, smarties rug. Lots around if your interested in buying one.Just check that its a fair trade rug.


I have mountains of Fabric projects that I'm working on and as usual I cant show them........

below I have a sneaky look at a quilt I was working on for CLOTH Fabric in Sydney Australia. I love working with the light weight linens - so easy to sew. I like the extra width of the linen too.





I've also been doing a bit more photographic work which is really great 



hope your all ok and enjoy your week

Xx Siobhan



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wise old Owl

Remember this Quilt ? I started it back here.

Have I ever told you how much I love my long arm machine Quilter?!? I use Kim Bradley & she is fantastic!!

I love going to her place & checking out whats going on in the world of quilting - I learn so much. 

On the particular morning I went over to Kim's with this quilt top - I was rather hazy.

 It was the end of a long school holidays, I had work piled high & sleep was much needed.

I also wasn't entirely convinced that this was one of my greatest quilt tops, It seemed a bit plain and I was concerned that your average long arm quilting was going to make it naff.

I expressed my concern to Kim - she always has an answer!

On the machine behind me was a quilt being done with a new long arm pattern......Owls!
 I love Owls!

Its the sweetest pattern ever & it gave the plain simple quilt top the perfect lift that it desperately needed.

Very happy indeed







The backing is an IKEA text print - love it and very reasonably priced.




The centre fabric is from CLOTH
and the rest is a mix of Lotta Jansdotter's Echo range, Sweetwater, Denyse Schmidt & My text fabric on spoonflower.



Its really light and fresh in its colours & design. I seem to be doing a lot of pinks & yellows together.



 In other happenings - below we have some sneaks at other work I'm in the midst of


I'm really enjoying working with the new range from Lotta Jansdotter "Bella" - Due in store in August 2012. 



Miss 5 is home sick "Helping"


and I'm testing out a template I have designed with some of my spoonflower fabrics!

all Systems go in our house!


I'm also enjoying the cold but sunny Sydney weather.

Xx Siobhan


Monday, May 14, 2012

Half Square Triangles Quilt


I keep meaning to show you how I finished off the Half Square Triangle quilt



I straight line quilted it at home and the binding is the matching grey fabric that is in the quilt (designed by Sweetwater for Moda)



Its all ready to be gifted to a special little baby!


Xx Siobhan

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mothers



The whole Mother thing is a bit of a overwhelming job at times.....
and for those of us without a mum it can be a tricky business.

I try my hardest most of the time, I know some things I could try harder..... but mostly I think I'm doing a good job. 

The kids know they are loved! thats the important bit ;)

Me & my 4 babies


Our weekends are consumed by sport at the moment - Its such a short span of their little lives that I don't mind. 10 more years time and I'll be ringing them to find out where they are and begging them to come over for a cup of tea and bribing them with home baked treats.

These days I need a good excuse to bake, I would happily do it every day but alas our (my)waist lines would greatly increase - I figure mothers day is a biscuit kinda day


Chocolate choc chip & Malted choc chip biscuits


250g Butter
1 cup raw caster sugar
tsp vanilla paste
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups plain flour
&
Choc version - 2tbls cocoa & handful of dark chocolate chips

Malted version - 2tbls malted milk powder & handful of dark chocolate chips

heat oven to 160c fan forced

beat butter, sugar & vanilla till fluffy & light.
Add in the egg, beat till pale.
mix in flour, baking powder & flavour/ choc chips.

Roll into teaspoon sized balls and refrigerate for 30 or more minutes.

bake for 15 minutes


Voila! this mix makes about 45 little biscuits









Hopefully in the next day or so I can photograph this quilt for you all, busting to show you. Just been super busy with finishing off other quilts & patterns.
I love the owl pattern! more about that in the next post.

Happy Mothers day to all :)

Xx Siobhan

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Stars & Linen


If you have read my last few blog posts - I've been banging on about previous Heather Ross fabric ranges and how much I like them!

Rummaging through my fabric cupboard a couple of weeks ago I rediscovered the far far away 2 range from 2010 and made this quilt. 

I've since gone mad and bought up some (alot) of the Far Far away 3 range.

& if you look at Heathers recent blog post - The new range coming out looks just as sweet.





I've been mucking around with some simple star blocks as teaching samples



I forgot how effective simple older style patchwork blocks can be. 

I think I'm going through a faze of liking old style patterns and blocks...........


I'm off - I have a few deadlines that need meeting!

Xx Siobhan

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Seeing Stars




I'm in the midst of drawing up 12inch star block patterns for a community quilt I'm heading up

So far all good

I'm attempting to include quilters of all levels, this is one of the simpler patterns.



Do you have a favourite patchwork star  block??

Xx Siobhan

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

On a binding roll & other bits


I've been binding quilts all day!

and here is number 1




This is my take on a log cabin block.
I wrote about it originally back here.

The log cabin is very easy to piece together - Its quick & effective.




It still amazes me after all these years of quilting - how much of a change the quilting actually makes. This one was long arm machine quilted by Kim Bradley


The text fabric is my Pride & Prejudice text design - available at my shop







and the postman delivered some Heather Ross fabric! now I can get started on another one of my little miss quilt tops - I plan on writing up the pattern/ dimensions. Keep an eye out for that post soon




on an extra note before I get back into work mode 

The Ladies at CLOTH Fabric are participating in the City of Sydney Garage sale trail.

Its on this saturday 5th May.

I used cloth fabric in the middle squares of the log cabin quilt.
When your looking at the fabric - you need to remember that its a very wide fabric 140cm, keep that in mind when your ordering your length.

Should be lots of fun!


I'm off

Xx Siobhan
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