Saturday, December 8, 2012

And the winner for the SMS giveaway is...

Congratulations comment no. 337!

Fiodhna December 4, 2012 9:15 AM
Kissing my baby nephews totally makes me feel alive and happy. Thank you for the tutorial link and the chance to win. I've never hand quilted - it kinda scares me but all my guild buddies can do it. I'll have to get one to teach me beacuse I love the way it looks.

I'll send you an email very soon.

Round two of the bug has started in our house (just when I thought it was over) so I'm going to keep this short and sweet. I'll be back soon with the most terrifying story ever!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

24 hour Pattern Sale!

Can I just say, reading your comments on my giveaway post are really lifting my spirits, especially as I've been spending my week cuddling sick children (while recovering myself from the bug that's going around.) So thankyou.

I haven't had a pattern sale in ages, so I thought I'd sneak one in just before Christmas. A gift for a crafty friend perhaps, or a gift to yourself? Pattern Sale finished - thanks!

And here's another lovely gift idea - Owl Lover 2013 Calendar - beautiful owl artwork from 40 artists around the globe, that you can customise and print out for free! Sarah is making up calendars for each of her teachers.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Although I've been on a bit of blogging break I have been doing a little hand quilting on my Miscellany "There's a Square in There" quilt. After quilting the original, I swore I would never quilt this pattern again. It was a pain trying to lay down the masking tape for the hand-quilted squares around the quilting pins.

BUT after much deliberation I couldn't think of a better pattern, so I'm doing it again, but this time a few changes have made it much easier. I spray basted for the first time so there's no pins, and I machine quilted in the ditch around the patterned fabric squares first, which holds it in place nicely. So I'm actually enjoying quilting it this time, and I really like the white thread against the black.

Have you tried hand quilting with nice chunky Perle Cotton yet? If you're new to it you might like to check out my tutorial. I don't use a hoop so you don't need much to get started. I like to combine hand and machine quilting in many of my quilts, as you can see:

So now for the giveaway. To make it a little easier for you to give this type of chunky hand quilting a go, I'm giving away a packet of my favourite needles - Scarlet Today Chenille size 24. It's actually a packet of various size needles including size 24, so you can see what size you prefer. I can't get these needles in Australia so I have to order from the UK, but I'd love to know if someone in Australia stocks them. I'm also giving away a ball of white Perle Cotton no. 8, some of this adorable fabric, and one of my pdf quilt patterns of your choice.

To enter just leave a comment telling me something that rejuvinates your soul. It's open internationally and I'll pick a winner randomly on Dec 7th.

I often think about Anne Frank when I sit in my red rocking chair at my bay window. She found that just looking out her window at a tree, watching it change with the seasons, rejuvinated her spirit like nothing else could. I tend to agree with her.

 Although I'm not sure if it beats a warm sunset over the beach with my beautiful family.

I hope you enjoy the rest of Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!