Heellllloooooooo out there! Yes, I am still in the land of the living, and have been working on some new little friends.....BUNNIES.....just waiting for their clothes! Luckily it isn't too cold yet!
Happy New Year everyone! Here's hoping 2015 will be full of all the good things in life :-)
I thought I would start the year by finally showing my new quilt.....TA DA..... Natures Journey!! Hope you like it!
The pattern is finally ready for sale, so you can grab one (hopefully) from your local patchwork shop, or you can order it directly from me!! I am going to offer a block-of-the-month program, or if you cannot wait for each month, I will be offering it as a whole kit also, so choices choices!! Kits and programs won't be starting until later this month, but you can preorder them now. Oh, the size....the question everyone always asks....is 57 1/2" x 60 1/2".
Hopefully everyone had a great break over Christmas. I actually cleaned out my fridge and my pantry. I went and bought some containers and ORGANISED everything....WOW!!! It takes about half the time to find what I need now, so a great start to the year for me :-)....now for the rest of the house....plenty of chocolate eating happening in between ;-)
I hope you all have a great Christmas with much laughter and happiness throughout the season!! Here is a little stitchery to share some Christmas Wishes with you....now you just have to find that precious thing called time so you can do some stitching in that silly season!
Download pattern here!
Best wishes always
Yet again, it has been awhile since my last post....I know what my New Years Resolution is going to be heheh ;-).....so news!
Firstly, MY NEW QUILT IS COMPLETE!!! I was still quilting the day of the wholesale quilt show, and have been writing instructions upon arriving home. It is now finally done! Whew.....I will release the pattern in proper after the New Year celebrations....here is a little bit more to show....
Since I last posted, I have been at the Australian Quilt Market in Melbourne which was fabbo! I met up with some friends as well as found new bits and pieces, so a great time was had! Here is a pic of my stand. It takes a whole day to set up with things going up and down constantly. I stop procrastinating only when I can see the time is up and I really need to MOVE!....
..and so, I was MEANT to share the winning entry from my last post with you on Dec 2nd ....ahem....sorry for my tardiness....very sorry....so, without further ado, the WINNER IS NANCY PAGE YAYAYAY!! Well done Nancy! A fabric bundle will come your way!! The answers to my question in my last post were very varied. Nancy wrote...
'I like fabric with images printed but I also like to create my own images in the form of hand embroidery or applique. Thank you for this great giveaway. Have a super great sewing and stitching day!'
....I think this was a very common answer, different fabric and different designs leant themselves to different techniques! Thanks everyone who participated in the competition, and thanks everyone who has bought the book and supported a good cause!
Until next time,Anni
All of the fabric designers have come together from Henry Glass Fabrics to design projects for a great new book 'A Flair for Fabric' available from Martingale. All the proceeds from this book go to Red Cross, so it's a great cause to promote too!! The book has tips on how to choose fabrics along with 14 projects including these three...
I love scrappy antique quilts and this one reminds me of that... from Little Quilts:
I also love quilts with low contrast that sit quietly in a room so this is another fave by Margot Languedoc:
...and this heat bag is what I have created for a project....hope you like it!!
The crew from Martingale asked if we could give a blog hop tip on how we choose fabrics, so here is just one....
I first of all think of colours I want to see in the quilt, then simply collect colours from this palette. I throw them all together, then do the squint test (Yep, I half close my eyes, making sure I don't close them fully for my mid day siesta) and see if anything stands out too much. If it does, I might take that fabric out, and try again, unless of course, I WANT one to stand out. It is all about auditioning fabric first!! There are heaps of tips in the book, so it is a great way of learning how we all get started!
So I'm guessing it is now time to pose a question to you, so you can WIN a fabric bundle from Henry Glass Fabrics!! Here goes.....Do you prefer fabrics with an image printed ready to go or do you like to create your own image using applique/stitchery....maybe you don't like using images at all!...we'd love to know! Tell me what you prefer and you will go in the draw to win the below fabric bundle from Shelly Comiskey's "Let It Bee" line! Competition closes Dec 2nd.
Below is the list of other designers contributing, so be sure to do the blog hop and find out other tips, and go in the draw to win other fabric packs.
Tuesday, November 18: Launch at Martingale’s Stitch This! blog
Wednesday, November 19: Dana Brooks
Thursday, November 20: Leanne Anderson
Friday, November 21: AllPeopleQuilt.com
Saturday, November 22: Janet Nesbitt at the Sewing Cabinet (Janet is giving away my fabric pack!!)
Monday, November 24: Linda Lum DeBono
Tuesday, November 25: Anni Downs
Wednesday, November 26: Kim Diehl at the Sewing Cabinet
Friday, November 28: Jill Finley
Saturday, November 29: Amy Hamberlin
Monday, December 1: Margot Languedoc
Tuesday, December 2: Little Quilts
Wednesday, December 3: Lizzie B Cre8ive
Thursday, December 4: Heather Mulder Peterson
Friday, December 5: Jacquelynne Steves
Saturday, December 6: Wrap up at the Henry Glass blog
Keep a look out for the new book too, it's available now here in print or an e-book so you can learn all of the tips straight away!
Don't forget to let me know what fabrics you prefer to win in the comments.
Good luck, and have fun