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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.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pompom - tastic











Hello ! I snuck in a little making time today, another project thats been hanging around in my shelves waiting to be made ..... 
I created these picture panels way back in 2012 using Spoonflower . 

I used a few pictures from Paris travels as fabric panels, I've had a few scattered through my house for a while 





but this particular panel that I have named after the street it was photographed in "rue de buci" needed a little bit extra and on and off I have been keeping my eye out for pompom trimming and hadn't found anything.......

that is until yesterday when I was at the Sydney Quilt and Craft fair.

No Chintz had a booth and a few things caught my eye, namely the pompom trimming they had for sale - 3 meters ending up in my bag..... 

I love it. I want to pompom trim everything.






I used a heavy weighted linen/ cotton blend fabric for the back with a chunky blue zipper. I ran the zipper along the stripes for something a little different.



Looking at the collage below you can see I pinned the trimming to the top of the front panel with the pompoms facing in. I pinned it all the way around so that I had the spacing of the pompoms right in the corners.

I then used my zipper foot on my Bernina 710 to sew along as close to the pompom edge as possible all the way around.


Next you need to have your backing ready (cut to a slightly bigger size than the front panel and zipper in)
Pin the front and back together (right sides facing in)make sure the zipper is a little open and making sure to keep the pompoms inside.  

Sew all the way around on the same line you had sewn before with a straight stitch using the zipper foot again.

I also did a zigzag stitch all the way around to stop any fraying.

Trim a little bit of the corners.

Turn you cushion cover the right way around, and make sure the corners are good and all the pompoms are sitting nicely.



Voila - One large pompom cushion





Xx Siobhan 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Look !



Lately all I do on here is tell you about stuff that is in Magazines


I'm hoping soon after a few big jobs are out of the way I can start playing with the blog again. I kinda miss it.


The Latest Australian Homespun Magazine is out and has one of my creations on the cover.


you can buy it here


Please note Ms 7's placement of the lego horse....... I think she has watched me set up photo shoots far too many times.




I used a Aurifil variegated blue cotton thread on my Bernina 710 to quilt it in an echo pattern. Have a look at the mag for more detailed pictures and the pattern. 





I'm off to finish writing up some patterns for more magazine stories which you should see in a few months time.......

Siobhan  Xx







Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Colour Burst

 Hi :) 

late last year I was asked to design another quilt for Prima Homespun solids range


to be showcased in the "Project Patchwork 2" book by Spotlight Australia.



I had to quickly pop into Spotlight today for press studs and lining and voila! there it was the new Spotlight book on the cutting counter catching my eye.

For now the pattern is only available from Spotlight - in the Project Patchwork 2 book



Here are some pretty pictures I took before I shipped it off to Melbourne




















I do love this quilt, I'd love to make another when I get a bit of time.......
I hope you like it !?

and I'd love you to show me if you make it!

Xx Siobhan R

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Carrot Cake experiment........







I've been home working in the shed and on the computer - the usual I cant show you what I'm working on business...............


Not showing people what I'm up to is a bit tricky for me - I'm not great at keeping quiet.


Anyway I can show you what I baked today!

The cool autumn weather has gotten me very bake-y (I know thats not a word)

The other day I discovered much to my horror that my children didn't know what a carrot cake was!? I'm talking about teenagers..... not toddlers.

Today I was on a mission to show them what they had missed - moist yummy sweet carrot cake with cream cheese icing - My favourite as a kid. My Nana baked it all the time.


Its one of those nice and easy throw everything together and bake cakes. 






 Serves 12
530 Calories/ 2217KJ per serve (including icing)

Ingredients

2 cups plain flour
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of bicarb of soda
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 & 1/2 cups raw sugar (any sugars fine)
4 eggs
200ml vegetable oil
400g crushed canned pineapple drained
3 cups grated carrot (I used 7 small carrots)
1/2 cup almond meal

23cm or 9 inch round springform cake tin greased and lined.

Oven set at 170C (not fan forced)
or 330F on an electric oven

Using two bowls
put all the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl (inc carrot). Mixing the wet ingredients.
Place the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and with a wooden spoon stir to combine.

Pour the stiff mixture into your greased and lined cake tin, tap it on the bench a few times to get the mixture flat.

Bake for 50/ 60 minutes - test with a wooden skewer, its ready when the skewer comes out clean.


leave to cool in tin











Lime Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients 
250grams Cream Cheese
1 cup icing sugar mixture
1 Lime rind finely grated and juice


Beat the cream cheese until soft. Add the rind/ juice of the one lime and 1 cup of icing sugar mixture. Beat until smooth.

When the cake has cooled completely spread the icing on top of the cake.




The verdict

My husband and I loved it - It was beautiful moist and the cream cheese zesty icing.... Heaven 

BUT

The kids weren't convinced .....

Looks like I should have introduced it at an earlier age. 











Well I am off 

Let me know what you think of carrot cake?!


Xx Siobhan 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

JAM





Hi All 



Anyone following me on Instagram will know full well that I have been on a Jam making binge over the last few months.....






I started with strawberries which seemed to be in abundance during our summer and then I moved onto raspberries and more recently in our cooler weather rhubarb and cherries

I love rhubarb

Just saying



The Raspberry, Strawberry & Cherry jams were equal parts fruit to sugar (about a kilo of each) and then a lemon cut in half with a vanilla pod.


I haven't had to use any jam setter in any of my batches yet, I'm presuming my laziness in adding a whole lemon cut in half instead of juicing it has been working.

I've even tried using frozen raspberries and cherries and it works really well.

Saying that though I do intend on using fruits in season from now on making larger quantities and storing it in the pantry.

Currently its Autumn going into Winter here so on my seasonal radar is more Rhubarb (YUM), figs, blood orange and I'm plotting some pears in syrup.....
































The beginnings of Rhubarb Raspberry & Vanilla jam.

I had three large bunches of rhubarb that weighed 2.329kg cut into small pieces - 522g raspberries - equal amount of caster sugar (2.851g) - two vanilla pods sliced in half and two whole lemons sliced in half. I left it covered overnight to let the Rhubarb release its liquid.






video

as you can see the rhubarb releases a lot of liquid overnight.






After about one hour on a slow boil it was ready to jar.







I used old jars and new jars, washed them in soapy water and then boiled them in a large pot on the stove for at least 10 minutes. I also added the ladle and tongs to the pot.

I then put the jars in the oven on a tray upright for at least another 10 minutes to dry them.

I know technically only one of the above mentioned methods are required for sterilisation but..... I don't want mouldy jam.

Once the jars are full and lid on tight - tip it upside-down for 5 or so minutes and then tip it back up again. This will help it seal and stay sterile 


Soooo I wont be running out of jam anytime soon!







Xx Siobhan 












Monday, March 24, 2014

Paper making & a glue gun




Howdy


I had to pop in and post this fun little crafty paper idea.

I made some recently for my daughters 12th birthday party as name tags for the girls.

on Instagram I promised to write a post with the birthday cake.... I will! 

but

Yesterday was a rainy blah kinda day and I fished out the leftover papers and the kids and I made some more rosettes.


The original tutorial and idea is from The HOUSE that LARS BUILT

Very cute and clever tutorial.

I added in some ribbons to the back.

If you wanted to make wider rosettes as hanging decorations - all you need to do is use a wider piece of paper but make sure it is still the same length as stated in the original tutorial.

The kids also made some Chatter boxes




I bought my papers from bespoke letter press




Happy paper crafting 


Siobhan Xx
















Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Studios Magazine






Hello All
Long time no Blog posts!...... Sorry

and Happy Thanks Giving to my American friends - I hope you all managed to get some time with your families 



Just a quick check in to show you the Latest Studios Magazine

and a story it has on my Shed



I've cheekily photographed the magazine on top of a quilt made out of Oakshott fabrics you wont see this quilt for a long long time.....




Anyway I'm off!
I'm teaching in the shed today & my students are turning up




Xx Siobhan 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

THIS......



HELLO!


I just arrived home to Sydney today - after being in New York for two weeks.

If you follow me on instagram you would have seen my millions of travel photos.....

and if your in Australia you may have seen this? in the last week.




Spotlight Australia has released a quilting book with 18 patterns in it...... One being my chevron quilt!

I still don't have my hands on a copy of the book and I'm busting to see who else is in it and what patterns they have.


My quilt is made out of the Spotlight Australia solids range and all out of fat 1/4's - including the
front/ back & binding







and just as an interesting bit of info - the knitted blanket on the bed was made by my Nana and Aunties when my eldest was born (13.5 years ago) Nana gave everyone wool and a square to knit and then put it all together. Funnily enough - I cant knit to save my life.... I obviously missed that gene. 



The quilt was long arm machine quilted by Kim Bradley in a figure 8 pattern - my go to pattern for most quilts. 

I'm off... I'm a bit jet lagged and delirious!

Take care & let me know if you have seen the book yet?

Xx Siobhan Rogers




Sunday, September 15, 2013

Patchwork isnt just for quilts




lots of work to complete.....in the next week :-/

One of my not quite finished projects is this chair....... Its needs me to make some double welt cord in the matching fabrics to finish the edge and hide the staples.



I bought these two chairs on ebay earlier this year at the bargain price of $90AUD,
and I had been scouring pinterest for ideas.

In my travels I found a very cute blog (which I bet everyone except me knew about) called Mustard Seed Interiors 
well worth a look if you like painting/ redoing furniture.

Any way the chair was mentioned back here when I was painting it.

I'll do a post on all the products and techniques I used (promise)once I finish the double welt cord and hot glue gun it on.






not a bad transformation ??


Xx Siobhan R

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Magazines, Books & Jam




I cant believe this month has gone by so quickly!......

I've been busily working away in my backyard shed and teaching patchwork in Sydney.
The usual family mayhem has been happening and I'm getting prepared for my trip to NYC!

I leave in a week and a bit and cant wait :)
I was in NYC around this time last year - Hopefully its not as hot and sticky this time around (first world problems).



The last week has seen lots of happy mail coming through

below are some mags & a book that I have some work in.













A new UK magazine with a story on me :) 









& Erin Burke Harris's new Book with lots of pics of my quilts :) 



I also made some strawberry and vanilla jam ....... The Kids were hungry & I was too busy & running late to take a picture!


maybe over the weekend when its not so hectic I can share my jam & scones recipe....with pictures


Xx Siobhan Rogers






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