Friday, July 25, 2014

Free August Calendar

July seems to be flying by in a blur; its been another crazy month but August is fast upon us, so its time for your free August calendar:
I'm still in "birthday mode", so this months featured quilt is my very first BOM quilt, Family Values. I released this quilt in 2007 and since then, I have seen it finished in so many gorgeous colour ways and it still remains one of my all time favorite quilts. It holds a special meaning to me, as my husband and children helped design each of the 20 stitcheries and each sentiment is close to our hearts and our little family :)
Family Values is available in PDF form, in my store, as a 5 part series:
Each part contains 4 individual stitchery patterns and instructions to complete the blocks. The final instructions for the quilt construction are included in Blocks 17-20.
Each part is currently available HERE for $5.95 and until the end of July 2014, if you use the code BIRTHDAY at the checkout, you will receive a 15% discount on your purchase.
I love the quote I have chosen for this months calendar. There is no greater bond than family and as Les and I watch our little family grow and change and make lifelong memories, it fills our hearts with joy and purpose.
To download and print your August calendar, just go HERE.
I'm currently working on the fifth issue of the Threadbare ezine and finishing the quilt top of my latest design, Asteria (cant wait to share this quilt with you, its sooooo pretty!) Back to it and I hope that August brings, joy, peace and happiness to you and your families :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Birthday Sale!!!! :)

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone for the gorgeous comments, emails, Facebook shares etc. for my free pattern, Star Cluster Mini Quilt. The response has been amazing!!! I'm thrilled that everyone loves it and I've loved seeing versions of it popping up on social media :)
As it is getting closer to Threadbare Creations 8th birthday date (29 July), I'm running a birthday sale in my store for you all:
From today until the end of July 2014, just enter the code BIRTHDAY at checkout, to receive a 15% discount on any purchase in my store. To visit the store, just go HERE.
Those who have purchased the Threadbare Ezine-Issue Three, don't forget to use the special voucher on page 11 , on July 29th to receive your exclusive discount :)
Happy shopping :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Free Pattern- Star Cluster Mini Quilt

"Threadbare Creations" celebrates its 8th birthday this month, so I wanted to design a free project for you, as a way of saying thank you for all the wonderful support I have received since starting this little business back in 2006.
I prefer to piece small blocks but I decided to design a mini quilt using a large 16" block. The Crown of Thorns block is my all time favorite, so I adapted it slightly, by adding a Crystal Star block to the centre to create, the Star Cluster Mini Quilt:
This is a fun and easy little quilt to make and if you're new to piecing, its larger pieces are ideal to practice your skills. How you use the quilt is up to you. You could add a hanger and use it as a wall hanging (the pattern includes two options for hanging the quilt):
Or you could turn it into a cushion or maybe make up multiple blocks for a table runner, tablelcoth or quilt. I've decided to use mine as a table topper for the lamp table beside my chair:
It fits perfectly (that was kinda deliberate) and pretties up that little corner of our lounge room.
Here's a close up of the quilting I chose for my mini quilt:
I used the FMQ flowers I quilted on my Fairground quilt. I enjoy quilting these and I love the texture it adds.
The free PDF pattern for the Star Cluster Mini Quilt, comes with full instructions and detailed diagrams for easy construction and you can get your copy, HERE.
I hope you enjoy making this little mini quilt and once again............ a big thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last 8 years. You guys are simply the best :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Threadbare Ezine- Issue Four

I'm thrilled to be able to release the fourth issue of the Threadbare Ezine:
This has been another fun issue to put together and includes 12 quick and easy, stash busting projects, 4 yummy recipes, some printables and lots of tips, facts and hopefully heaps of inspiration for August and September.  The first section is dedicated to Children's Book Week:
We love books (or though we have been using Kindle lately which is great but not the same as holding a book in your hands) and our kids loved Book Week at school. It was a chance to dress up and share their favorite books. A lot of thought went into those costumes, I assure you :)
This section has a lovely appliqued teddy bear library bag for the girls and a drawstring library bag with pieced ship blocks, for the boys. Both are quick and easy and sure to be treasured and admired by classmates, for years. I have also included two fabric bookmarks which would make lovely gifts for any "bookworm" or as an enhancement to your own reading experience.
Maddi and I worked on a recipe for a healthier option, chocolate smoothie and this recipe would make a great after school snack. It's packed with good nutrients and we added the Oreo's as a little treat :)
The next section is devoted to Spring Cleaning:
After those long, cold winters we want to throw open the windows, remove all the clutter and freshen our homes. A lot of time will be spent washing and cleaning so these projects are designed to brighten up our laundries and make our job more pleasurable.
There's a lovely appliqued peg bucket and with the addition of some pretty pegs, hanging out curtains, linen and quilts wont feel like such a chore.  There is also a quick and easy appliqued Laundry Sign to hang on your laundry wall.
While you are cleaning, its nice to sit down and have a break with a cuppa and a biscuit, so I've included a recipe for Orange and Ricotta Biscotti for you to enjoy. These are light, tasty and quite moreish ;) There's also a printable Spring Cleaning Checklist for you to use as a guide when cleaning and should be useful when delegating chores to other family members.
The third section is inspiration for Father's Day and I find men are the hardest to buy/make gifts for:
The four projects in this section are quick and easy and I'm sure any dad would love them. There's a Chess Game Mat (which could also be used for draughts or checkers) and there's a zippered bag to store game pieces as well. Both projects have a little applique and make a lovely set to give to your dad. There's also a mini wall hanging featuring neck ties which is sure to delight and a golf inspired framed applique which is super quick and perfect for that avid golfer, like my dad :)
I have also designed some Father's Day subway art which is ready to print and frame, and decorate your lunch or dinner table.
Father's Day lunch is usually quite relaxed for us, so I have included a recipe for Cornish Pasties, which the men in my life love. These are really yummy and teemed with a quick garden salad or coleslaw, they will be enjoyed by everyone.
The final section is for Football Finals:
Les and Cohen are huge AFL fans and although Maddi and I participate in the weekly tipping competition, the only game we actually watch with them (that's if we cant sneak away), is the Grand Final. We always have a "finals lunch" which is usually a BBQ and we may have a few friends or family over, depending on who is playing :)
The projects in this section are a placemat and coaster set. The placemat has a little pocket for your cutlery and serviette and I have also included applique templates for soccer, rugby and grid iron depending on what sport your family follows :)
I also included a recipe for a Cheese and Herb Damper, which is prefect to nibble on with your BBQ food or while your BBQ is cooking.
So that's whats jammed packed inside the 43 page, Issue Four of the Threadbare Ezine. I hope you love the projects as much as I do :)
You can purchase your PDF copy of the ezine HERE in my store for $5.95.
A PDF file (5.12MB) will be emailed to you ASAP and printing instructions are in the store policy section of the store.
I hope you enjoy making the projects and spending quality time, celebrating with those you love :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Free July Calendar

With a new month almost upon us, it's time for your free July Calendar:
July symbolises the eighth birthday of my little business, so this months featured photo is of the very first pattern I released back in 2006, Family Melody.
This pattern means a lot to me. The piano in the photo belonged to my grandparents (that's my Nan in the picture holding my dad) and I spent a lot of time with them when I was growing up; it was my happy place and they truly shaped my life. We would all gather around the piano and Nan or Pop would play for us. They did try to teach me but I proved to be a "one handed player" only :(
I have mentioned my Nan countless times over the years, as she was the one who taught me to stitch and her embroidery was perfect; such an inspiration. She has been gone for almost 20 years now but everyday I think of her and treasure those times I sat with her; watching her stitch, threading her needle and playing in her sewing basket. I opened her sewing basket the other day and it still smells like her and flooded me with such wonderful memories.
This months quote is sweet and simple yet speaks volumes about whats really important in life; all the little things.
I have a few fun things planned for next month to celebrate Threadbare Creations birthday, so stay posted but firstly I have revamped the Family Melody pattern and added it to my shop HERE It's available as a PDF file only for $3 (AU). I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed designing it :)
The July Calendar can be downloaded HERE.
Hope July is a wonderful month for you and your family.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Whats in Issue Four- A Preview

Issue Four of the Threadbare Ezine is all about celebrating August and September and will be covering Children's Book Week, Spring Cleaning, Fathers Day and Football Finals.  I have had too many ideas for projects (which is always a good thing) so I will have to see how many I can accomplish in the time frame :)
Spring Cleaning means a lot of time spent in the laundry, washing etc, so the projects are designed to spruce up your surroundings while you work.
Both of these projects are quick and easy and fun to make :)
There will be four Fathers Day projects and I'm sure they will delight any dad:
These little neck ties, remind me of my dads tie collection when I was growing up or though dad had a bright purple paisley one which he wore most often (and he probably still has it).
If your dads a golfer, like mine, he will love this project. This only takes a couple of hours to complete but I'm sure it will be admired for years to come.
And if hes a lover of Chess, like my husband is, this will be a great gift idea for him. 
We are avid AFL fans so the Grand Final is a big event in our house and usually signifies the first BBQ of the warmer season. The Football Finals section has three projects and will also include templates for Soccer, Rugby and Gridiron for you to adapt the projects, depending on your families preferences.
Children's Book Week is a fun dress up time for the kids and its a great way to encourage them to read. There will be both a girls and boys project plus two little projects which would be great as gifts or for you to make just for yourself :)
So that's a little look inside the next issue. It will be available early July :) 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Free Pattern- Tea Bag Wallet

Maddi and I love herbal teas and when the weather turns cold and miserable, she prefers to drink tea at Uni, instead of bottled water. The cafeteria offers green tea but not some of our other favorites, so she needed something pretty to pack her tea bags in........therefore I designed her a Tea Bag Wallet and now its a new free pattern for you to try as well:
She can throw this in her handbag and have a selection of her favorite herbal teas on hand, helping her to keep focused and relaxed during those long hours of study.
To make this Tea Bag Wallet you will need:
- 17cm main outer fabric
- 17cm lining fabric
- scraps of fabric for stars
- 10cm white homespun for stars
- iron on pellon (6 1/2" x 9 1/2")
- 1 x button
- 3 1/2" piece of hat elastic
- quilting cotton
- matching cottons for top stitching
- general sewing supplies

To get started, you will need to make three star blocks for the front of the wallet. The following instructions are for ONE star block only:

From the white homespun cut:
- 4 x 1" squares (A)
- 1 x 2 1/4" square cut diagonally twice to yield 4 triangles (B)
From your chosen fabric scraps cut:
- 4 x 1 3/8" squares cut diagonally to yield 8 triangles (C)
- 1 x 1 1/2" square (D)

1. Arrange the cut pieces according to the following diagram:
2. Sew a (C) triangle to one short side of each of the white homespun (B) triangles, pressing seams towards the dark fabric.
3. Sew the remaining (C) triangles to the opposite side of the white homespun (B) triangles, pressing seams towards the dark fabric, to make 4 flying geese units which should measure 1" x 1 1/2" when complete.
4. Sew one of these flying geese units to two alternate sides of the (D) square, pressing seams towards the square.
5. Sew a white homespun (A) square to either short side of the two remaining flying geese units, pressing seams towards the white homespun square.
6. Sew one of these units to the top and bottom of the centre unit, pressing seams open to alleviate bulk, to complete your star block which should measure 2 1/2" square. Make three of these blocks.

From your main outer fabric cut:
- 1 x 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle
- 1 x 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strip

7. Sew the three star blocks together to form a row which should measure 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" when complete.
8. Sew the 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strip to the bottom of the star blocks, pressing seam towards the strip.
9. Sew the 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle to the top of the star blocks, pressing seam towards the rectangle. Your wallet front should now measure 6 1/2" x 9 1/2".
10. Fuse the piece of iron on pellon to the back of the wallet front with a hot iron and quilt as desired. I chose to stipple my wallet front using a co-coordinating quilting thread.
11. Position the button, in the centre of the bottom strip, just below the star block seam (as pictured above) and sew securely.
12. Fold the 3 1/2" piece of hat elastic in half and with raw edges together, position in the centre of the back of the wallet, leaving a small tail beyond the raw edge (as pictured above). Sew across the elastic, three or four times, using a scant 1/8" seam to secure into position.

From the lining fabric cut:
- 1 x 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" rectangle (main lining)
- 2 x 6" x 6 1/2" rectangles (pockets)

13. With wrong sides together, fold the pockets in half to yield two strips 3" x 6 1/2" and press.
14. Top stitch 1/4" along the fold, using matching thread.
15. Mark the centre point (3 1/4") of each strip, using either a hera marker or chalk pencil and pin pockets to the main lining.
16. Sew down the marked line in the centre of each pocket, using matching thread.
17. Sew around the three raw edges of the pocket, a scant 1/8" to secure to the main lining.
18. With right sides together, pin the lining to the wallet front and sew around all four sides, leaving a 3-4" opening on one side for turning.
19. Clip corners and turn wallet to the right side, pressing out corners. Press the wallet well and ensure the seams of the opening are pressed inside.
20. Top stitch around the wallet, a scant 1/8" to secure (this will close the opening).
21. Slip tea bags into the pockets, fold wallet in half and secure the elastic loop over the button to complete your Tea Bag Wallet:
I hope you enjoy this free pattern, its a great rainy day project.  Maddi was thrilled with hers and it comfortably holds eight of her favorite tea bags; quite enough for a day at Uni. I made one for myself also, to throw in my bag for craft days and visits with family and friends and can see a few more being made in the near future. They would make lovely gifts and you could add a few boxes of herbal tea to make it extra special.
Time to put the kettle on :)