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Sarah Fielke

Sarah Fielke has been a passionate stitcher ever since her mother first taught her to sew 30 years ago. It was when she was pregnant with her first child years later that her sewing skills became a career. She made little gifts for her friends' new born babies and decorated her son's nursery, and began selling what she made and teaching her friends to sew.
Sarah's passion for quilting and fabric continued to grow. Having taught quilting and sold quilts for several years she co-opened her first quilt shop, Material Obsession in Hunters Hill, Australia, where she could work and teach her passion every day, surrounded by inspirational and colourful modern fabrics.

Challenging her students and customers with new ideas for using fabric, colour, design and sewing techniques, Sarah inspires quilters to be more creative, find their own style and to step outside their comfort zone.

Sarah is an award winning quilt designer. In her 15 years in the quilting industry, her four best selling quilt books have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into 5 languages. Her first book, Material Obsession, is widely described as having been at the forefront of the Modern Quilting movement, and is a staple in many quilter's libraries. Her fourth book, Hand Quilted With Love, was released in May of 2013. Sarah's quilts have roots in both modern and traditional quilting, making her a firm favourite with quilters new and old. She describes her quilts as "contemporary traditional".

Sarah teaches extensively worldwide and is a vocal and involved member of the quilting community. She has over 3,000 Twitter followers, 1,500 Facebook followers and her blog averages 5,000 unique visits per month. Her largest following is in the USA, where she travels at least once a year to attend Quilt Market and to teach. Sarah understands the value of the online crafting community and also utilises apps such as Instagram and Flickr to raise her profile. Her online class with Craftsy.com has over 6,000 students enrolled.

She exhibits her quilts at quilts shows in Australia and internationally. Sarah has designed fabrics for Lecien, Japan, and is now working with Spotlight Australia and Windham Fabrics to design fabric for both the major craft stores and patchwork shops. Her fourth fabric line, Millefiori for Spotlight Australia, is now available in Spotlight stores in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Web: www.sarahfielke.com
Blog: www.thelastpiece.net
Twitter: @sarahfielke
Instagram: @sfielke
Facebook: /sarahfielke
Pinterest: sarah fielke


Emma Brennan of Charlie's Aunt


Emma Brennan

I would describe myself as a journalist and author with a lifelong passion for fabric and sewing. During the past 20 years, I have run a small business designing vintage inspired fashions, accessories and costume jewellery alongside my career as a journalist in broadcast and print. I now devote much of my time to designing the Charlie’s Aunt range of sewing patterns.

My handbag patterns are influenced by historical designs, ranging from the clean lines of 1920s art deco to the inventive spirit of the 1940s make-do-and-mend era. I use an eclectic mix of tweeds, silks, vintage buttons and buckles to create contemporary pieces with a timeless appeal.

I love the idea of using a hard-edged traditional work-wear fabric like tweed and pairing it with more sumptuous textiles such as hand-painted lace, velvet and silk. I particularly love fabrics that echo the colours of the English countryside where I grew up.

I have authored three books on fashion accessory design including the best-selling Making Vintage Bags. I am regular contributor to Making Magazine and Making Jewellery. As a qualified further education tutor, I also teach classes in bag-making and other sewing techniques.

When I am not writing, I am usually dreaming up new designs for my patterns and books. I am particularly fond of handbags and the endless design possibilities they offer. My favourite fashion accessories are from the 1940s wartime era, but I also love any fashions from the 1920s to the 1950s. I have been sewing (virtually non-stop) since I was about nine years old and I have rarely been without a design sketch book in my hand since then.



 Melissa Grant One Day in May


Welcome to "One Day In May".

My name is Melissa Grant. I live in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria with my husband and two teenagers.
In the early 1990’s, inspired by a love of sewing notions and a need to help support my young family, I pioneered a range of handcrafted, porcelain buttons. To my surprise they were quickly adopted by patchwork and stitching enthusiasts. A whole new world was suddenly opened up to me, with opportunities to exhibit at craft shows and to create for Handmade and Homespun magazines. It was a wonderful decade of adventure that grew to an unexpected level of enjoyment and success.
I no longer work with buttons, but using my hands, imagination and a little time to “create”, is something that I seem to be magnetically drawn to. I unintentionally find inspiration everywhere... and my insatiable need to play and create never lets up.
In 2010, I began work on an exciting new range of needlework patterns under the name of “One Day In May”, Creations by Melissa Grant. “One Day In May” promises to be an exciting journey. I look forward to following my creative heart, and seeing where it leads me.

Melissa x



 Jhoanna Monte Aranaz


About Jhoanna

Despite excelling in Art & Craft in her schooling years, Jhoanna only began sewing following the birth of her first daughter, Ava. She desired to gift Ava with a toy that was truly unique and one-of-a-kind, and after failing to find such a toy in her locality, Jhoanna taught herself how to use a sewing machine and made her first soft toy. Her daughter immediately loved the creation.
This encouraged Jhoanna to continue to experiment with her own soft toys designs and to improve her sewing knowledge and technique. Upon the urging of her husband, she started selling her creations and One Red Robin was born.
Jhoanna has been creating art and craft, including soft toys, dolls, kids accessories, and artwork, under the label of One Red Robin for the last 2 and ½ years. Her creations are sold online and have been bought by customers from all over the globe. In the last 2 years she has participated in a number of plush art exhibitions in Australia and in the USA. She has published 9 sewing projects in the span of 12 months in 3 of Australia’s premiere craft magazines. Her work has also been featured in newspapers in Melbourne, Australia, and on popular craft internet sites worldwide. Her One Red Robin website garners an average of almost 1000 hits per day.
In November 2008, she will officially launch her own range of commercial soft toy sewing patterns in partnership with Pattern Press. In 2009, her work will be featured in two craft books and more exhibitions including a solo exhibition in Melbourne.
Jhoanna injects character and individuality in to her creations by using a mix of vintage fabric, quirky Japanese fabrics, and limited edition fabric from Australian designers. Her sources of inspiration include many Japanese artists/designers such as Yuko Sera and Shinzi Katoh, Disney artist Mary Blair, vintage and retro designs, modern Japanese design, and countless independent artisans.
Jhoanna lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two daughters. By day, she works as an IT Analyst for a Telecommunications company. At night she works on her creations for One Red Robin in her small studio at home.


 Sandi Butler



Hi my name is Sandi Butler, my family and I live in Maleny, a gorgeous little country town, tucked away in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.
When my son started school, I was invited to join a small group of friends to learn patchwork and stitching. From then on, I was hooked. I particularly loved embroidery projects. When I discovered there were very few Australian designs out there, I started creating my own designs, which soon attracted the interest of other stitchers.
My designs feature cute aussie characters and themes that are ‘just a bit different’. Some of the stitchery patterns are in redwork. I just love the charm and simplicity of this type of embroidery. 
My work studio is and old Queensland Rail fettler’s carriage that my husband Geoff and I discovered locally. For me, the daily walk across the lawn to board my carriage offers a delightful working lifestyle. It’s my own little world out there, and I’m never late home.





Debra Gardiner of Wattlebee Designs


For beautiful, original cloth dolls, stitcheries, bags and quilts with the Wattlebee style.

I live in Brisbane, Qld and  have been designing all my life. As a young girl I drew Barbie doll designs, cut the patterns and sewed then myself. I have been designing dolls specifically for the last 18 years and producing doll patterns since 2004 with my signature style of painted hair. This year I have been working on a new range of nursery quilts and have been playing with lots of fresh, bright colour and appliqué as well as my dolls.   I enjoy designing the accessories for each doll too so that you can easily replicate without the need for specialty trims etc.Beautiful fabrics usually inspire me.  Fresh colour combinations and varied techniques are important to each design. I aim for interesting details and a fun approach to learning new skills. My designs have been featured in popular Australian craft magazines and now available in partnership with Pattern Press.