Week One - Free Pattern - Seven Weeks of Christmas Giving

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I'm excited to start my Seven Weeks of Christmas Giving programme today!  The first free pattern I have for you is a Cushion Cover.

The Fan Fantasy cushion measures 41 cm sqaure (16 inches) and consists of simple piecing and easy applique.  The fan and border are embellished with a little bit of stitchery and a tassel finishes it off beautifully. Of course you can make it in your choice of colour, if you don't like my favourite purple!!!  It's a good pattern to use up some of your scraps too!

The pattern will be available for just one week and then it will be replaced with another free pattern for Week Two.  To download the Fan Fantasy Cushion pattern, go to my Website where you will see the link to the pdf file. If you use the pattern, please share a photo so we all can enjoy your handiwork.

I ended up having a great week of finishes! All the Beehives were completed in time to take to the Creative Craft Retreat:

Then I decided to make a few cupcakes for the stall also:

I've just arrived home from the Retreat - fabulous time, but more about that next week.

Did you work out what my little rebus puzzle was:

SOMething = Start of something big!

Look out for another free pattern in a week's time ... and don't forget to tell your friends about my Seven Weeks of Christmas Giving!

Happy Stitching

Stops & Starts

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I'm a finisher, so stopping in the middle of a project and starting a new one is not something that is particularly attractive to me.  Yes, I enjoy the thrill of planning a new design, picking out fabrics, drawing up the pattern and actually commencing stitching, but I find my mind gets too cluttered and in the background is the gnawing feeling that I haven't finished something! That's the problem with being a perfectionist!!!

So I'm not feeling all calm and peaceful this week. I've ended up starting 5 (YES five!) new things! The fabric is all chosen  and the hexagons are made for a cushion, I started stitching a new block for the 2013 free BOM and I've prepared three pincushions ready for stitching.  Now to solve my dilemma, I have put the cushion gear away back in the cupboard, the new block at the bottom of the pile and I'm majoring at the moment on the pincushions.  It was a last minute decision to make them at all, but I thought they would be something sweet to put on the Creative Craft Retreat stall next weekend and they really won't take too long to complete. They are my Busy Bees Pincushion so will look something like this:

The vine around the door is complete on this one:

and I'm a bit further advanced on a pale pink one:

I am really looking forward to the Craft Retreat where I will be teaching my Rosebud Cottage Box which I have shown you before.  I love this design:

And now I have been thinking about starting yet another project!  I gave my husband an Android Tablet for his birthday today, and it really needs a protective cover ASAP.  Why buy one when I can make one? - silly idea in hindsight!

Now if it's my husband's birthday, that indicates that it's going to be November very soon, which means that next weekend will be the start of my:

I will be making available a new pattern each weekend over the next seven weeks. Each pattern will be free to download for one week, so look out for my blog post next week for the first of the free patterns. (Don't panic if I'm a day late as I will be travelling home from Craft Retreat so won't have access to my computer.)

My sense of completion and finality had one or two calm moments in the midst of my week's storm. This project was all packaged and sent off to one of our lovely Australian magazines:

I love that feeling of finishing!

And while I'm talking about finishing, have a look at what Ondrea completed.  Her version of my Fantasia wall-hanging is just gorgeous in the blue fabrics:

I'll leave you with a little Rebus puzzle.  What is this?:


Have a great week.

Springtime babies

Saturday, October 20, 2012

We were away last week out western Queensland with our Birdwatchers' Club.  We had a fabulous time and because it is about 6 hours drive from where we live, we saw lots of birds that we don't normally see on the Coast.  It's Spring, dry and a bit windy, so the hayfever is out of control, but it was worth it to see lots of birds building nests, sitting on eggs, feeding babies or keeping a watchful eye on their young.

A baby Lapwing:

Mum and Dad Wood Duck with two fluffy ducklings:

One brood we saw had TEN babies!

A Peewee (Magpie Lark) feeding her babies:

Just minutes after I took the photo, the larger baby took it's first teetering wing flutters outside the nest. It soon gained confidence and in no time was a couple of metres away from its baby sister.  It was something really special to watch.

Here's a couple more lovely birds we saw.  Lots of cockatiel:

A Great Egret:

All I've had time for on the sewing front is to finish ticketing all the goods I have for the Creative Craft Retreat stall. Here's a couple more bits and pieces that I will put on the stall:

A needlecase:

Another mini-cushion: 

Here's a sneak peak of a design that I'll be sending off to a magazine this week:

It's just two weeks to go before the 
7 weeks of Christmas Giving 
starts.  Spread the word!