Time to make some presents

Sunday, November 29, 2009
I've been busy this week making some Christmas presents.  Unfortunately, none of our family live near us, so we don't see them very often which is sad.  It also means that we don't really know what toys our grandchildren have or even what they might like for Christmas.  So we give all our family money to go buy their own present!!!  However, we do like to have one or two small gifts for them to open on Christmas Day so this year I decided to make things for them.

I'll give you some sneak peaks - in case any of our family have a look at the blog!

Hopefully I'll have some more to show you next week.


My Etui has now been published in Country Threads, Volume 10 No 4. Don't their stylists make the projects look so good?

It's also on the Country Threads website at http://www.countrythreads.com.au/nextissue.php.


The last of the free What is Love? BOM blocks will be on the website in the second week of December.  In January I'll have some instructions for how you might like to put them together.  I have enjoyed the contact with so many of you lovely ladies out there through the free pattern, that I am planning another one for 2010!  It's still in my head at the moment, so hopefully I will be able to sit down one day and actually bring it into being!  Maybe after Christmas ... which is creaping up on us very fast!

Happy stitching!


Colour and Texture

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Earlier this month I was able to attend a workshop run by Lisa Walton of Dyed and Gone to Heaven.  Eight of us had a great day together learning how to make her "Chrystallisation" quilt. 

It was something quite different for me and I was out of my comfort zone coping with all the "randomness" of the technique.  To tell a person who is a perfectionist to cut strips with a rotary cutter without using a ruler, well .... !!!  Then to sew together strips totally at random, then cut them and put them back together again ...  Well, I threw all my order out of the window and went with the flow.

The quilt is all about colour and texture.  You can see from the picture of the completed quilt that I chose to use my favourite side of the colour wheel, starting with cerise, going out through purple, blue and turquoise, then with the final round in aqua.

You might be able to see from the close-up photo below that I have used all sorts of fabric, satin, silk, cotton, wool, velvet and lace.  I tied the quilt rather than quilting it and used varieties of the "feathers" wool which gave it even more texture.

All in all, I was quite happy with the result of my first 'art' quilt.


The winner is ...

Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thank you to all the lovely people who entered the giveaway celebrating 1000 BOM stitchers. I enjoyed reading what season you liked most and your colour preferences.  Autumn turned out to the most popular season with Spring a close second.  Very few people went with my choice, Summer!

Interestingly, most people who liked Autumn also chose the rich Autumn colours.  However, that didn't apply across the board to the other seasons.  Choice of colour didn't necessarily coincide with choice of season.  So it was an interesting exercise.

I decided to go with the tried and true method of putting all the comments in "the hat" and had my husband pull out the winner.

And the winner is:

Liz Schaffner

Congratulations Liz!!!

Your parcel will be winging its way off to Germany as soon as I receive your address.


I thought you might like to see one of my children's designs which was published in Patchwork and Stitching this month.  It's yet another in my cupboard series.

The original was made for one of our little granddaughter's birthdays and that's her photo on the shelf.  You can see it and other projects from this month's issue on the Patchwork & Stitching website here.

Till next time, happy stitching!

Giveaway! Celebrating 1000

Saturday, November 14, 2009
Yes, it's time for a giveaway!

In the last couple of weeks my "What is Love?" free BOM pattern passed a milestone - 1000 lovely people have decided that they would like to stitch these little blocks.  And that has to be cause for a celebration!

So I've put together a little parcel of goodies for you - five sweet gifts.

1.     There's my Garden Dreams Calendar pattern.  This has been my most popular pattern over the years.  You can have a better look here.

2.      Then there's my Sewing Etui.  You can read about that on my previous blog post. 

3.      I've also included a water bottle carrier so you can carry your 600 ml bottles of water in style. 

4.      Then there's a little felt key ring and ....

5.       So many have commented about the cupcake pincushions, I just had to include one in the prize.*

* Basket not included

To enter:

I am very interested in the relationship between the seasons and colour so I'd love to hear what season you enjoy most and the type of colours you like.  So leave a comment on this blog before midnight (Central Australian time) next Saturday 21st November and I will chose a winner next Sunday!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Happy stitching

Block 7 - Free Pattern

Saturday, November 7, 2009
I'm about to upload the What is Love free pattern, Block 7, to the web ... but more about that in a moment.

First I want to show you what I completed this week. I LOVE embroidering roses and I've really enjoyed the process of producing this design:

The inspiration for the colours came from, of all places, our local discount store!!! The girls there have quite a flair for presentation and one day I walked in and saw this stunning display of raspberry and purple towels. Of course, my first thought was, I have to use those colours together in a design!

Here's some more snippets:

What do you think of the colours?

I've had a number of requests and enquiries about the Etui, so I'll try to answer them all at once. The pattern will be published in the next edition of Creating Country Threads, Vol 10 No 4 Gift-giving issue. Unfortunately they gave me the date of Nov 4th as the publication date, but that turned out to be Vol 10 No 3, so my apologies to those who bought the magazine and did not find the Etui in there! I would expect that the issue will be on the shelves either in the last week of November or the first week in December. For those who are unable to obtain this Australian magazine, I will make the pattern available for purchase.

Here's what the Etui looks like open, with four little pockets and a pin cushion to hold your sewing accessories.


Now, back to the "What is Love?" BOM. This month, it is "Love always perseveres". Hmmm, don't always feel like persevering with someone who just can't get their act together ..... that requires some more work!

This is the second last block in this design. In January there will be a couple more templates to complete the stitching in the design and I plan to give you the pattern for making it up into something other than a quilt or a wall-hanging, but I'm not giving away any secrets yet!

This month we passed a special milestone with the BOM, so I'm planning a give-away to celebrate! Keep watching as I hope to get it organised within the next week!

And finally... here's where you can download the pattern.

Happy stitching!

A little Free Pattern

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Do you remember the little stitchery that I produced for the Craft Retreat gift bags? [Read about it here]

I've put it on the web so that you can download it for free. Here it is. There are a couple of ideas there on how you could use it - as a panel in a cushion, mobile phone pocket on a bag .... but all you creative people will have plenty of ideas of your own. I'd love to see a photo of what you do with it.