Thursday, April 30, 2015

April's Fun Free Projects

I only just managed to complete my versions of the free monthly projects before the end of April. It was close, but I got them finished: just in time for the next months installments :)
First up, here's my April FQS Snapshots Block Puppy Love and I've decided to name him Ben:
Growing up, my parents wouldn't allow us to have a dog (even the Labrador which we dragged home by the collar and told them had followed us), so I had to wait until I was married with a home of my own to have my first puppy. His name was Ben and he was a gorgeous black spaniel who gave us so much joy and loved us unconditionally (gotta love that about dogs!).
This is such a sweet block and a really fun one to sew :)
And my other monthly project is the Sew Happy Heart, from Bunnyhill Designs:
I really love these little snowmen and I cant wait to hang them all together at Christmas. I'm still having troubles getting a nice expression on their little faces but I have just decided to stop fussing and leave them be :)
If you would like to join in with either of these monthly freebies, just follow the links on my original post HERE. They are heaps of fun :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 26

This weeks lovely block is Odds and Ends. Its another quick and easy block which is constructed using a few triangles, rectangles and squares.
I love the red and white frame which surrounds the centre unit and although I have kept this quite simple, its a block that could be easily adapted or given more depth with different colour combinations.
I hope you have fun with this weeks block :)
To download the free pattern, just visit HERE.
Happy sewing :)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Free May Calendar

It's difficult to believe April is almost over; that went by in a blur and I feel more behind with obligations than I should be. New lists have been written, (reachable) goals set and hopefully my free May calendar will help keep me organised :)
This months featured quilt is the lovely Teen Dreams Quilt and Cushion Set.
I designed this set back in 2009, for our daughter Maddi. The dreams and plans she made back then have adapted and changed as she navigated her way through those teenage years but one thing remains the same.......this quilt gets dragged around everywhere!
Its one of her favorite quilts and it always makes me happy to find her snuggled under it studying or watching a movie or chatting in the wee hours with a friend, over a hot chocolate after a night out.
Maddi is almost 21 now and on a new path to achieving her "adult dreams" and I'm again left wondering, where did that time go?
From today until the end of May, the Teens Dreams Quilt and Cushion Set PDF pattern will be offered at the discounted price of $6.95. To grab your copy, just visit my shop, HERE.
To download and print this months free calendar, just visit HERE.
I hope May is a great month of you and your families and I hope I get back on schedule with projects, commissions, classes, orders and a few other fun things I'm working on :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 25

This weeks super sweet block is the Nine Patch Churn Dash. I adore the simplicity of this block and in this particular version I chose to reverse the colours of the Churn Dash to frame the centre nine patch and I'm so happy with the effect.
Historically, the Churn Dash was one of the first blocks young girls would learn to piece as it contained only a few elements. The perimeter of the block resembles the butter churn and the centre square represents the "stick" or "dash" of the churn.
This block has many variations and a multitude of names and I hope you have lots of fun with it :)
To download this weeks free block, just visit HERE.
Happy sewing :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chatelaine Free BOW Sampler Quilt- Block 24

This weeks block is the classic Log Cabin.  I had a request from the lovely Susie to include this block in our quilts and I was happy to oblige. This is one of the most loved and recognised quilt blocks and it made an appearance in America in the 1860's, during the Civil War. Traditionally one half of the block is made with dark fabrics and the other half with light fabrics, all surrounding the centre red square which symbolises the hearth of the home.
There is so much to love about this little block; its quick, its simple and its effective. The only thing better than a Log Cabin block is, well, four of them:
This week, for something a little fun, I'm giving you two options of the one block and you can chose which version you would like to include in your sampler quilt.
The free pattern comes with instructions for both blocks, so you can either chose the quick and easy block or if you feel up for a challenge, the four patch Log Cabin. Both blocks will finish at 6", so it all depends on which one you prefer.
Whichever variation you chose, this block will look lovely in our quilts and of course you can opt to do both and skip another block as we go along.......its all up to you :)
To download this weeks free block pattern, just visit HERE.
And remember, if you do have any requests for certain blocks you would like to see, let me know and I'm happy to include them.
Happy sewing :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sophie's Universe Parts 4 and 5

I have been plowing through the next two parts of my Sophie blanket. Its growing quite quickly and I'm loving it more and more with every row I add. Part Four was about squaring up the centre circle:
There was a lot of work in this section and I learned quite a few new techniques (I also unravelled a few bits, a few times) but all the work was worth it. I love all the textures of this blanket and so far I'm very happy with the colours I've chosen.
Part Five was fun to work on; lots more of those pretty scalloped petals, with the addition of those gorgeous rows of little tulips.
I can't wait to add the next section and over the next few parts the centre square will be set on point as the smaller corners increase and the longer corners decrease.
Back to the hook :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 23

This weeks lovely block is April Tulips. There are quite a few tulip blocks to choose from and for this particular variation, I couldn't find any history to share with you but it is a pretty block and I wanted to include it in our sampler quilts.
Its super quick and very easy to piece and I'm looking forward to seeing the colour combinations you choose for your own blocks.
To download this weeks block, just visit HERE.
Happy sewing :)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Sophie's Universe Parts 1,2,3

On Good Friday, while I was helping my mum frame up a new tapestry for her to start work on, we got to discussing future projects and I showed her some pictures of the Sophie's Universe CAL blanket that I had been admiring for weeks.  One of the things I love about my mum, is that she is such an "enabler" and we talked about colours, sorted through the wool stash and later that night, due to mum's insistance, I succumbed to the temptation and began my own Sophie Journey:
This was Part One and the free CAL patterns for this blanket are brilliant. The instructions are well written and include photos with plenty of links to other tutorials, if you need any extra help.  In these first few rounds I learnt a few new techniques and felt very encouraged to move on to Part Two:
Part Two was easier than it looked and the pattern gives you a stitch count per row, so its easy to see if your making a mistake and fix it before moving on.
I decided to keep this blanket quite scrappy in my colour choices. It will be a great project to use up some of the left over wool from previous projects or wool I have brought and never used and so far I'm loving this mix of colours.
So this is where I am up to right now; Part Three is complete and I'm ready to move on and begin to square it all up in Part Four. Every time I look at a section, I think it looks hard but if you work on it row by row, its not as daunting as it looks.
This will be a slow work in progress, as I have Maddis "Juicy Fruits and Whipped Creme" blanket to work on as well (thats almost at the half way point), but I'm looking forward to watching it grow. I'm also looking forward to developing my crocheting skills, so this is like a sampler quilt for me and I'm loving every minute.
If your looking for a new crochet project and would like to join in on your own Sophie Journey, all the links are HERE.
I hope you have all been enjoying a safe and Happy Easter :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 22

This weeks lovely block is called Double Star. I have mentioned previously, that I love pretty star blocks and this one is no exception. I adore how the stars are snugly nestled together and with my colour placement, it looks like a lovely stack of overlaying stars.
Have a play around with your colour placement on this one. I'll be interested to see your interpretations of this block :)
You will be working with smaller pieces, so it is a little fiddly but once all the units are complete, its quite quick to put together.
To download this weeks block, just visit HERE.
Happy sewing :)
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