Wednesday, 1 April 2020

April Block of the Month


Hello everyone!

Its Day 6 of the Lock Down here in SA...
For me its work as usual but I'm really just 'over' this whole thing now.



Today we have our April BoM block
Its a Platypus. 



This one really fits the Odd and Unusual Animal group. A platypus looks like an Otter, a Duck and a Beaver all rolled up into one. Don't be fooled, this one's fiesty!




This was our tested block by Joan Wintersgill of Texas. Thanks so much! I really appreciate all your help with these blocks.





This is our line up so far.
We have 4 blocks in this Odd Animals quilt.






You can get your FREE for April block
 in my Online Shop.












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The other good news is that April brings a new issue of the
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**   You can get a quick look at what's inside by looking through our Flip Book

You can find the single issues in the Online Shop or


your can buy a subscription for a year (4 issues) by visiting the 




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Monday, 30 March 2020

Block 3 - Gardener's Wife QaL


Hello everyone!

Today we have the next in our blocks for the
Gardener's Wife Quilt a Long 2020

Today we have an easier block - Its a Pear!

The block measures 10" (26cm) and is on the Easy Intermediate level



Its day 4 of the total lock down here in South Africa and I couldn't find any white fabric for the background the other day, so this will be the new background for me. Once I find time I'll be re-making the first 2 with this background too. 

I thought of making the fabric directional, but then I thought - NO, I have enough stress thanks, its going where its going.



Come on! Come and have some fun with these new garden patterns.

Each Monday I will release a new block for this QaL. They will measure 10" (26cm) and be on an easier intermediate level. Im sure beginners could join in because in the end all paper piecing works the same way.


The blocks will be available in my online shop under the category of Gardener's Wife QaL.


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Monday, 23 March 2020

Block #2 - Gardener's Wife QaL


Hello everyone!
It's time again to show a new block from

The Gardener's Wife Quilt a Long 2020

This week for Block #2 we have a cute Stretching Cat. 
The block measures 10"(26cm) Finished size and is 10,5" (26,6cm) Unfinished size.

FYI - (I have checked and rechecked the size of the block. I've printed it out and I've measured it several times ) - I Promise!






This is the 'layout' so far...


When printing you need to remember.....

After saving the download, you need to go to that PDF and open it. Don't just print from the file where you saved it. Once the pattern is open, find the FILE menu along the top of the PDF. 
Find the PRINT option. Once you click it, it should open the printing options on your printer for you. 

This is where you need to check if your printer is set to "Actual Size" or the Zoom is set to "None".
 If you don't do this, it may print to a smaller size block and that is NO GOOD and most certainly not my fault - so please don't shout at me concerning this. 


Join in!! 
Come and have some fun with these new garden patterns.


Each Monday I will release a new block for this QaL. They will measure 10" (26cm) and be on an easier intermediate level. Im sure beginners could join in because in the end all paper piecing works the same way.

The blocks will be available in my online shop under the category of Gardener's Wife QaL.


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Monday, 16 March 2020

Block 1 - Gardener's Wife Quilt-a-Long






Hello everyone!

Today is the start of the
Gardener's Wife QaL!!!!


The theme of our quilt a long will be a 'country garden' and everything that could be found in it. I loved the Farmer's Wife and Gypsy Wife quilts so I've climbed up onto that bandwagon and now we have a Gardener's Wife too.



Join us as we wander through her beautiful garden, looking around corners to see all the beautiful plants and trees she's planted and who pops in for a visit - even if its only fleeting.
Imagine a cute country place where the air is fresh and the rolling hills welcome you to rest and stay a while.

Each Monday I will release a new block for this QaL. They will measure 10" (26cm) and be on an easier intermediate level. Im sure beginners could join in because in the end all paper piecing works the same way.
The blocks will be available in my online shop under the category of Gardener's Wife QaL.


Don't worry if you can't keep up or have somewhere to go - you can work this one on your own time. You can collect all 42 of the blocks or just use a few. Its all up to you.


This will be the layout that I will be following.
I'm thinking of making small pathways (3") between the various groups making it look like a planned garden. The animals, insects, birds will be interspersed among the Veggies and plants - something like a real garden.


This layout will make the quilt
69x85" (1m79cm x 2m15cm) about a double bed size.


There's no rules, so you can make yours just as you like
The blocks are 10" so that the PDF files are not too large and printing doesn't break the bank.

If you want it larger, then you can photocopy it to a size you like.






Alternatively you can make your garden quilt on a grid of 6x7 blocks and then it will end at 60x70"



Now ON with the SHOW!!


Today we are going to start off at the Vegetable Patch and find a large juicy Tomato.


You could make your block in sweet vintage fabrics or go bold and use up your batik scraps. Anything you like.



I've been told my Tomato looks like a Heirloom Tomato. I'm happy with that.

There is a FaceBook group you can join and post your photos of your blocks that the rest of us get to oooh and aaah over. It gives a sense of "Im not doing this alone"


PLEASE don't share the files. Each person can go to the shop and buy their own. I've made them cheaper because of the size of the quilt.


Join in!! 
Come and have some fun with these new garden patterns.


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Tuesday, 10 March 2020

New Epic Quilt A Long


Hello there everyone!

Today I have an exciting project to show you that will launch on 16 March 2020.

This is the "Gardener's Wife" quilt-a-long.


The size of the quilt will be a great size for a large bed OR you can mix and match the blocks to make up your own size quilt. The blocks will be 14" (36cm) and I'm going to try and make them on the easier side of paper piecing so that beginners can also join in and it won't take forever to make.





Something like this Tomato block.
You could make yours in cute vintage fabrics or batiks for a cute country feel OR go totally modern with bright bolds etc.












Each week I will add the new block  - I'll do it each Monday and discuss it on the blog and add it to my shop. I will have a specific category in the shop for this QaL called - Gardener's Wife QaL where they will be available for US$4 each.

The blocks will be a mixture of plants, small animals, trees - anything found in a cute country garden.

I will make a FaceBook group (Gardener's Wife QAL) where you can join in and see what others have made and posted.
The Instagram hashtag will be #gardenerswife2020   and you can post your finished blocks there too.


Join in!! 
Come and have some fun with these new garden inspired patterns.


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Monday, 2 March 2020

March Block of the Month


Hello

Im sorry the block of the month has been delayed.
I was away from home yesterday and this morning had to go in for the last treatment on my eyes.


This month we have an odd Ostrich.




 The pattern measures 12" (31cm) and is on the Intermediate level.

The black and white birds are the males and the brown birds are females. These feather dusters can run!! Look at how cute the chicks are tho' ...



Our block was tested by Joan Wintersgill of Texas. Thanks Joan, as always you're a life saver!


You can get your FREE for March block in my Online Shop.


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Monday, 17 February 2020

Charity patterns


Hello to everyone!
Glad you've joined me today.

I wanted to talk about the Donations we've given over to the Aussie Wildlife charity.
The Kangaroo pattern for January really took off very well and we were able to send them around $2000.

Then it was the Koalas in February and it seems that people have run out of steam on this with only a handful being sold to date.

SO.... Im calling it a day and ending the project.

The wildlife fund where we send the donations has also changed how you send them the cash and now they want me to send it through my credit card which I'm not going to do.


Thank you to everyone who participated!! It was really awesome of all of you to join me with this project.
This wasn't just me sending them a donation, this was everyone who participated with these patterns. Thank  you!!


I will be making the other 2 patterns for the Australian Quilt and you will find them in my shop as soon as I can get to them.


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Saturday, 1 February 2020

February Block of the Month


Hello everyone!

Today I'm really happy that we have electricity. These days they (Evkom) can put off the power any time they choose and you sit and wait. Paid or not, they have this convenient excuse about there not being enough power for everyone...

On with the show!
Today we have 2 lovelies to show...



First up is the new
Koalas Pattern (24" - 62cm) and will be this months contribution pattern to go to the Aussie Wildlife Rescue (WIRES).
The Kangaroo will still be in my shop.


On this pattern I will be donating $4 and keeping $2. Paypal takes a portion of every sale and I paid over the Kangaroo monies in full by adding that fee back again out of my own pocket.






For the Kangaroo - In January we sold 235 patterns and made $1880 that we sent to WIRES. Thank you to everyone who participated. You Rock!!



Now for the Second show and tell...
This is the February Block of the Month


This is a 'Nagapie' or also known as a Bushbaby. There was already a B so it had to go under its Afrikaans name. Directly translated it means - Night Monkey.

All the alphabet letters are on their own section of the pattern. If you choose not to add the letter, then just make that section a solid colour.









Our cute sewn up block was made by Joan Wintersgill of Texas. 
Thank you!! its wonderful. I love this cute 'lil guy!

The BOM is free for the month it is released and can be found in my shop. If you've missed any they are in the BOM blocks category in the shop where you can pay their bail.

You can find the Nagapie in my Online Shop.

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Monday, 27 January 2020

Kangaroo Joey Pattern


Hi there everyone!

Today I wanted to give another update on our Donations to WIRES (Wildlife rescue in Australia)

First - This is a finished pattern from Roxanne Ludwig. Really Awesome! Love this one!


The pattern measures 24x36" and is $8. All proceeds from this pattern is going to WIRES.


This is a screen shot of the whole of January summary for the Kangaroo Joey Pattern.    For January we have sold 213 patterns and made $1704.00 total that went to WIRES.









Last week we made $583 and sold 198 patterns. I added the info to FBook for all to see.
This past week we made $120 (sold 15 patterns this past week) and with the exchange we donated AUD$169.

Thank you to everyone who has generously donated and participated.





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