Monday, 18 September 2017

taking a break...

Hello to everyone out there....

I wanted to say a really BIG Thank you to all of you who visit, comment and support me and my work. I really do appreciate you all.



This last month has been really difficult to just get to anything with running up and down to see my mom and finish projects that have deadlines.

I really feel as if Im going a little crazy........... so..............
Im going to be taking the week off from everything and just concentrate on having a 'breather'...

 Im leaving you all a treat that you can download RIGHT HERE..........
The cupcake block measures 10" (26cm)


I'll be at home, so I will still get all the emails etc.
The week of the 25 - 29th I'll be back because I have my turn at the Row by Row blog hop and then I will also be finishing up the magazine for October.

MINI QUILT SWAPPERS - Please finish up your mini's and start the posting process. You will need to send me a photo of the post office slip. Thanks.
If you have also received your mini from your partner, then you can send me a photo too... Thanks.

Have a great week all of you!!

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

September Bitty Block




Today we've another of our Bitty blocks to contemplate....

This month we have a cute little Mermaid princess....
The block measures 4" (11cm) and is on the Intermediate level.


I decided not to add any facial features because that would just be 'crazy'.... A little French Knot embroidery on this one will be a better choice.

Here's a quick link to her in my Craftsy Shop...(Mermaid)
I hope you all enjoy sewing her up.


Mini Quilt Swap news:
By now most of you are very close to complete or have already started with the posting of the mini quilt. Our "post by" date is 23 September, so please keep that in mind.
You're welcome to already post but just send me a photo of the slip from the post office. Thanks.

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Friday, 8 September 2017

'Tis Friday... thank heavens!

The psychological power of a Friday to make me feel better is really un-explained....
I haven't felt great all week, but this morning when I woke up, I was smiling....I actually got some sleep.....so.........YAAAAAY! Friday!

I've been really busy with commissions and making a few new Halloween patterns.... so at least I did do something....apart from the crying. And then Harvey, Irma and its chum Jose showed up and I realized that even when I feel down and so misunderstood, NOTHING I go through is like those people who have lost everything, loved ones...... I feel like such a jerk.

My friend Joan lives in Houston and I have been so worried about her and her family. They're safe but now its the road to the city's recovery... wow! I was watching CNN and the devastation on the Caribbean is mind boggling. Our news channels here don't cover any of it - why'm I not surprised.....
My heart goes out to Florida now too.........

Today we're going to be discussing something else I've been working on....
I have to make a quilt for the Art with Fabric hop coming soon and the theme will be Mother Earth.... which I'm not sure what it even really means.... it sounds so Eastern Mystical philosophy....hmmmm...



anyhoo, I saw a quilt designed by Quilt Fusion and although raw edge applique, I really think it's soooo cute!and its about the earth - right.... (You should check out their website and you can score a free pattern each week)... This pattern was one I bought. Its called One World.

Im around half way but now I've decided that I will make another mini quilt for Art with Fabric hop and this one will just be for me.... because its so stinkin' cute!!


 Block 1 and 2


Block 3 and 4


I actually cant wait to do that Whale.... and the cute Polar bear.

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Check out some of the new patterns for Halloween
They're just too cute to miss out on....
I've been adding them to my Craftsy shop as I finish them up...








Have a Great Week-End!


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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Row by Row Start!


The Christmas Caroling Row a Long has started....

Each person participating will be making a row 30" (77cm) long and some are 10" others 12" high (25 -31cm). Each row will be FREE as a giveaway and then there's all the lovely Draws you could participate in with the hope of winning something.

Marian from Seams to be Sew has put this whole event together and will also be running draws from her site. Be sure to visit everyone and get your names in the draws.
You will also be able to visit the blogs for today from her site.



My turn will be on the 28 September............

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Friday, 1 September 2017

September BoM and a Giveaway!!

Hello to everyone!
Today you're all in for a real treat!

Not only is it the first of the month - so that means a new Block of the Month in our Wild Babies series.... its also..... my business' fourth birthday! So that means we're having a world wide party!



Lets get started with the Block of the Month for September...


It's a cute baby Otter... I think they're called pups... and this one is a fluffy sea otter. They're not so sleek looking as the river otters. I also think this one is a little older, but still a pup...
I look for photos on the web and then make a pattern from all the info gathered. This one with his arm waving at us just couldn't not be made...
I hope you all enjoy sewing this one too!




 Isn't he just too stinkin' cute!!
The pattern was tested for us by Carlene and Joan

Thanks so very much! I love them both! He's so cute I want to hug it....


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Now onto our Giveaway part......


Do you remember this Cat and Bird pattern I made for a Charley Harper swap??





Well, Today he's part of the Giveaway....
Yaaaay!!

The pattern measures 18x20" and is on the intermediate level, but I must warn you - those eyes - well, don't say you didn't know....


Don't leave yet.... there's more.....




This is the Bethlehem Star.... its a feathered star.... and I just couldn't resist making it into an easier paper pieced pattern.

I love the way you could make this in Christmas fabrics or even in monochrome fabrics to get a snowflake....


The pattern is 16" and on the easy intermediate level...
I'm feeling a cute Christmas lap quilt coming on....................


Enjoy!



GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED.............

The Block of the Month is here my Craftsy Shop......
Free for the month as usual 


Have a Great Week-End!


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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

News - Mini Quilt Swap

Hello to all

I've been running up and down getting everything finished and doing things around the house and also for my mom..... so its been a little hectic.........thanks for all your patience.....

I wanted to chat about the Mini Quilt Swap going on at the moment. We're half way now and I need to check in with each of you to hear how far you are and if all is moving for
ward...
My mini quilt is at the point where I need to do the FMQing and as usual I feel scared to start....

A few ladies have finished their mini quilt and are at the point of posting it  - Well Done! you're welcome to post already. Our deadline for posting is from 23 September to 30 September.


Once you receive your Mini Quilt from your partner, you need to let me know, send a photo, post it online and then.....
The person who sent it to you then receives a FREE EBook with assorted patterns for staying the course - Eventually everyone who sent a mini out will get an ebook......

Please DON'T let your partner down!!


Other news!
Friday 1 September is a BIG day, so don't miss it!

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Friday, 25 August 2017

It's Friday!!

Hello all

After another long week, let's just have a little fun!!
Grab a tea, put up your feet and enjoy the cute little fun pattern I made just because it's Friday...

Its a cute modern design - a little geometic styled Squirrel...
The pattern measures 18" (47cm) and can be made into a cute pillow - anything really - just as you like.



Grab your Free Pattern here....
I hope you all enjoy sewing this cutie!


Have a great Week-End!!

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Landscape Row #6





Hello everyone

Thanks so much for all the well wishes, I think we have the situation a little more under control now although there isn't a whole lot that can be done except to be patient and let things heal ...




I finished the last of our
Landscape Rows - #6  -
the Wintery Village
Everyone has been waiting for this one.... even me, I've diligently sewn my other rows and now, I can plan out this row and then how I'm going to sew the others together (with or without strips between the rows....hmmm)










This is around where we are at the moment....

Landscape Rows 1 - 5
Row 5 here belongs to a good friend of mine - Joan Wintersgill of Texas....
Thanks for the photo - I really need to finish mine now - just that everything goes at the speed of snail....

One day....
























Landscape Row #6 is in my Craftsy Shop....

I hope you all enjoy sewing this row as much as all the others.


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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

New Designs - Wednesday

Hi there everyone...

I've been away from home for a while, because my mom who is 83 fell and broke her knee and then had surgery on the week-end.... how lovely that I was only told yesterday.....
oh my goodness!!! now its all frail care and a huge plaster cast...
I can't even help out because I have frozen shoulder in my left shoulder and I can't even put my own pants on, nevermind help someone else.

Deep Breath!! it will all be fine...

I've been busy with a lot of patterns and those that didn't make it into the magazine are now going to be finished up and added to the Craftsy shop.

The paypal on my account seems to be sorted out now. It turns out that it was the new regulations from USA banks that you must have a street address and not a PO Box address to do business... Well, that was a headache.... but its all good now.

Here we have our first model on the runway....





Racoon at the Window....
36" (92cm) Intermediate Level





















Next up

Candles 20" (50cm) Easy Intermediate level


















Third new pattern -

we have
Deep in the Woods
28x36" (74x92cm) Intermediate level

























As soon as I finish them up, they're off to market...

I hope you all have a better week!!


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Friday, 11 August 2017

'Tis Friday...

We had a public holiday on Wednesday (woman's day) which really threw off the whole week. Wednesday felt like Saturday, Thursday felt like Monday and then there's Friday....
I had to think about it when I woke up....
and then I was happy....
'Tis Friday....
Yaaaay!!


(insert a happy dance here...)

I've been soooooo busy with the new patterns for the Festive Season magazine (Issue #15)... Yikes!! running out of time... but I have done it!! now to just write up each pattern's instructions and then its the whole business of asking the testers.........please read the FBook post and let me know......

I still need to design our next Wild Babies BoM too.... must get it finished today too and also off to the testers... and finish the next Landscape row instructions...

Anyone want to trade places with me?







The 'other' holidays patterns will be assorted sizes.

There's Thanksgiving, October awareness month, origami birds, Adventures of Mr Whiskers and Halloween

































Christmas patterns will all be 14" or 14x28" so that they can be made into a Festive quilt if need be.






























I hope you all have a great week-end!!

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