The deadline for my book, Things I Love to Make was the end of February, then it stretched out another week until I said no more extensions, Monday is the day! It was very hectic here last weekend, given I still had the cover, that's front & back plus inside to do. Yes I can laugh about it now. I don't know if I could have got it done without my dear friend, Bronwyn's suggestions and encouragement.
I've been so focussed on the book this is the first opportunity to post about my table runner, Bunny Crossing, in the Easter Issue of Homespun.
I know I'm biased and I love making all my projects, but this one was a true pleasure to make. It's made from felt, involves simple felt applique and is entirely hand sewn. I find making projects without the aid of a sewing machine is somehow gentler and more relaxing, perhaps it's the slower pace and a manually worked needle doesn't make a sound. I'd like to make another one for a baby's room, appliqueing flowers in place of the eggs on the tongues.
You will find kits for the table runner here. Please note I have had to substitute the felt for the bunnies.
There is something very nice about seeing one of your projects in Homespun. In this months issue you'll find my Delightful Blooms project. This little purse is perfect for putting together over a weekend. A few hours here and there and it will be finished in next to no time.
Kits (materials, spring strip and chain) are available for $22.50. This includes P & H within Australia. Spring strip and chain only are also available.
You will find my block in this months issue of Homespun.
I have lots of favourites things and samplers are just one of them. A sampler seemed the perfect choice for a design celebrating life.
If you are making this quilt, personalize this block with those things meaningful to you. Stitch the names of family and friends or those things you can't do without like chocolate, desserts......whatever you decide to do, just make sure you have fun with it.
I have to say that I feel like I've been chasing my tail ever since I got back from Adelaide. There are so many things I need to tell you about.
The giveaway Barb and I have in this months issue of Homespun is just one of them.
The pack includes the patterns A Celebration and Christmas Charm and 5 Theodora Cleave buttons or tags (NB the buttons and tags may vary from those pictured here.) For details on how to enter, please see Homespun's Hope Chest in The Christmas Issue Vol 10 No. 7.
A close up of the fabulous machine quilting by Susan Campbell of Rowdy Flat Quilting.
The quilt was inspired by the row by row challenge I took part in with Murray River Quilters last year. Each row was representd by a letter S, H, T, P, C, L, and F. Can you guess what mine were? Some are obvious H for Hexagon, P for Pinwheel and T for Triangles; others less so, F for Flowers, S for Stripes and C for Circles while the letter L proved the trickiest, Light and dark or Log cabin with variation, I'll let you decide which one you prefer. And yes it is a bit of a stretch of the imagination.
I am really pleased that I did take time to be part of this challenge. It made me think about fabrics, patterns and blocks in different ways. Challenges are very good at dragging you outside your usual comfort zone and trying something a little different. So try one!
I've put off writing about this for a few days now. Somehow it doesn't seem right that everything is as usual for me when others have suffered such devastating losses and continue to be under threat from the fires.
I do know there was a time when I just needed to do a little stitching. A bit of 'normal' when everything else had been turned upside down.
You'll find this project in the February issue of Homespun in the Bag Special.
The Bird of Happiness Purse. This incorporates all those things that are special to me. Birds, flowers and some stitching. It's small, as nearly all of my designs are. Perfect to make for yourself or as a gift.
And because I always find it difficult to stop at one, here it is in red.
The November issue of Homespun arrived in the mail today and I couldn't wait to sit down and have a read. There's a DVD by Christine Book and a punch needle project by me.
This is a rushed photo of the project taken just before I posted it off. The punched Santa is approx 4 1/2 inches square and would fit perfectly in a 5 inch frame. I have another one on the go and this one will be stitched onto a little pillow. Just another thing to add to my to do list.
Jan has sent me some photos of our weekend and I finally worked out how to transfer them from her email to the album. Yes, I was just a bit technically challenged. Should I admit I have been trying to do it off and on all day? For those girls on Sunday who over heard Christine talking about a photo I took of her - NO - I'm not going to post it. I value her friendship too much.