Free Block of the Month Wall Quilt - Block 11

It's almost the end of the year ... and we're up to the second last block in the free Block of the Month design, 
Hand-picked Wardrobe.

What a great character to put on - forgiveness! - so hard to do and so rewarding when it happens. Holding a grudge does nothing but eat away at the person who holds it! 

Be ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember,
the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Colossians 3:13 TLB

A skirt to go with the top from last month!:

Just one more pattern next month to complete the wall hanging! You will be able to download this month's block over in my Craftsy store here. Remember that all the blocks will be available until 31st December this year.

I had a great time teaching at the Creative Craft Retreat a couple of weekends ago. My ladies were all very enthusiastic about their Fun with Felt project.

Even better than spending time with lots of lovely ladies, was spending a week with my daughter who went to the retreat with me and then stayed on with us for a few days more!

She brought some embroidered blocks with her and the rest of the fabric needed to make them into a quilt, and she was happy to have "one on one" lessons on how to put a quilt together. It was almost complete before she left and since arriving home, she can proudly say she has made her first quilt! It's a modified Gail Pan pattern. Don't you think Janelle has done a lovely job?:

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My stall at the Retreat went very well and it was lovely to have affirmation and be encouraged about my designs. 

What I hadn't expected was that I almost sold out of everything so had very little left for my next stall. (Note to self: Next time keep things aside for stall number 2!)

That put me in panic mode so I shut myself in my sewing room for 10 days to build up some stock again! You can see scattered through this post some of the towels I prettied up and a needle-case. 

I was so eager to get things made and ticketed ready for the second stall at a local quilt show yesterday, that of course I forgot to take photos of the rest of the things I managed to complete! Once again, it was great to meet ladies who have made my patterns from a magazine, or follow me on Facebook, or who have been in one of my local classes. A few ladies told me they can always pick something I have made, so I must have a certain style!!!

Now it's time for me to start work on two quilts that have been commissioned. One I should be able to complete in the next month, but the second one will probably take me a few months to complete. This quilting fun sure keeps me off the streets!

Happy stitching!

Free Block of the Month Wall Quilt - Block 10

We're developing quite a wardrobe as we work through all the blocks in my free Block of the Month design,
Hand-picked Wardrobe.

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you.  Col. 3:12

 Here is Block 10 with a sweet little top - easy applique with a little bit of fun outlining:

Hop over to my Craftsy Store and find the pattern here.

Over the next six weeks or so, I am having Craft Stalls at three different events. Originally it was just two, but it's expanded a bit!  

I've continued appliqueing hand-towels. I find these are always popular, but if I don't sell them all, then they make great gifts to have in my cupboard.

Can you tell I have been having fun?

Having done about a dozen towels, I wanted a change so whipped up some purse tissue holders:

They are very quick to make and the fun bit is choosing the fabrics and embellishments:

I have a few busy days coming up, then later in the week I will be thinking about what else I could make for my stalls ... maybe some oven mitts, or coat hanger frocks, or coin purses, or lavender birds???  Such fun having so many options!

Happy stitching.


Enjoying the little things

I have really been enjoying the little things of life lately!
... little things I have made like more Pincushions:


Prettying-up hand towels:



Enjoying beautiful lilies - a gift from a sweet friend:

Last week we spent five days interstate when my hubby was giving a paper at a Conference. Our lovely son took some days off work to pick us up from the airport and ferry us around for the time we were there. There is nothing like precious time with family to cheer the heart! We were able to catch up with three grandchildren, then another grand-daughter came and spent a couple of hours with us in our hotel, then another grandson took us out to dinner and introduced us to his girlfriend. 

We had a 'mother and son' evening out at the football (Rugby league semi-final):

and spent a morning wandering around Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne doing some geocaching:

There were so many little moments to enjoy - I came home feeling absolutely blessed!

May you too find blessings in the little things.

Free Block of the Month Wall Quilt - Block 9

I have a quick and easy block for you this month in our Block of the Month free pattern, 

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you.  Col. 3:12

Some simple piecing and a teeny bit of embroidery!
You can find the pattern here
 in my Craftsy store.

It's the day of "small things" in my studio at the moment. I needed to have a break from making quilts so that I could have the satisfaction of accomplishing a lot in a short time!

I really DO have a short attention span!
Penny rug pincushion:

Apart from needing the "quick achievement fix", I'm having two stalls in the next couple of months, so it's an ideal time to get together some small items.

Embellished hand towels:

More pot stands:

Have a look also at my facebook page or my Instagram site for other things I've been making recently.

Did you watch any of the DVD's on Craftsy's free "All you can watch" Day? I watched seven series - of course, not right through all the lessons, skipping bits where I was very familiar, skim-watching where I wasn't learning anything new, and going over bits that were really instructive. I had a great time but now I need another life so I can try out all those great ideas!


Forget about sleep - 24 hours to watch free classes

All-You-Can Watch Day

Craftsy have an amazing offer of FREE
one-day access to ALL their online
Craftsy Classes.

  • Starts: Monday, September 4th at 12:01am MST
  • Ends: Monday, September 4th at 11:59pm MST
  • Offer: Stream 1,200+ classes - FREE!
Click on this link:

I've worked out which classes I want to watch!
Have fun!


A Time to Plant

With the demise of four magazines that used to publish my craft work, it was time to look around to see what other publications might be interested in my projects. I didn't have far to look because right in my own State, "Down Under Quilts" is produced! I liked what I saw in their magazines, so decided to offer my "Time to Plant" quilt to them.

I was of course delighted that they wanted to publish it!

It's a display of seed packets, so with our Spring just a week away, it's a great time to think about what to plant!

I tried Tete-de-boeuf stitch for the eggplant.

I love the Campanula above, as it's three dimensional with the top flap of the bell a separate piece.

The quilt has lots of texture with Perle thread embroidery.

Palestrina Knot stitch has become my "GoTo" stitch for felt work.

The pumpkin is one of my favourites:

Have I told you how much I enjoy working with felt?????

Turnip isn't my favourite vegetable, but I love how this one looks with its rows of Palestrina:

The pattern is in Issue 180 of Down Under Quilts. 

I sent off two quilts to a different publisher this week and had to spend DAYS on all the instructions and patterns to get them ready. It sure didn't feel like a very productive week with so little stitching done! I have another commissioned quilt to make but it has a long deadline, so I put off starting that as I really felt the need to make some QUICK projects. 

I use pot stands (hot pads/trivets or whatever you like to call them) constantly when I'm cooking. I did have two very pretty melamine ones, but they were chipped, scratched and with bits broken off, so it was really time to send them off to the bin where they belonged. I had a light-bulb moment and remembered those bits and pieces of orphan blocks I had stashed away. 

It was very quick and simple to cut two layers of batting, sandwich a piece of Insulbright in between, then place the block and backing on the outside. 

 A quick quilting line or two, add some binding, and I now have half a dozen lovely pot stands ... and the great pleasure of using up some bits and pieces, and achieving a LOT in a very short time.

I've also made some very attractive ones to put on my Craft Stall at the Retreat at which I will be teaching, but there are more than enough photos in this post, so they can wait till next time!