Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block One

Sampler quilts have been popular since the mid 1800's and there are so many gorgeous patterns to chose from/admire and sew. They are an excellent way to use up your scraps or small cuts of fabric and as you piece together each block you improve or learn new sewing skills. They are also one of my all time favorite quilts to make :)
As I have been working on (and stashing away) some sampler blocks, I decided that it would be fun to offer a Free Block Of The Week Program where together we could work on a lovely sampler quilt which I'm calling Chatelaine:

Every Wednesday I will publish a new block pattern as a PDF file for you to download. Each file will include a coloured diagram,cutting and piecing instructions plus any required full size templates. I will also include photos, tips and tutorials where applicable to assist in constructing your blocks.
The blocks will be a selection of my favorites (or my own adapted version) and the difficulty level will vary from week to week. I will also offer a final layout for the quilt, (including borders) as the weeks progress or you are free to chose a layout of your own. Even if you chose not to participate in the full sampler quilt, you can collect each block pattern and use them as a reference for other projects you may have planned in the future.
The blocks will finish at 6" square (6 1/2" unfinished) and for my quilt, I have chosen to use a mix of my favorite Bonnie and Camille fabrics and some lovely white homespun.
For the first week, I have chosen the gorgeous Milky Way block:
This block is a variation of the popular Friendship Star block and it is a great example of the reversal effect of light and dark fabrics. It's a quick and easy block to piece and you only need to chose two or three fabrics to get started.
To download and print the free PDF pattern, just go HERE.
If you chose to participate and you use Instagram, post a picture with the hashtag #chatelainebow to share your completed blocks with me and others. You can also grab the Chatelaine button from my sidebar to share with your readers, on your own blog by copying and pasting the HTML code into a "Gadget" on your blog layout.
Have fun with the first block and happy piecing :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mini Mania

I think we all love a mini quilt. They are super quick to make and lots of fun to sew. While I'm working on larger projects, its nice to deviate (aka procrastinate) a little and have a "quick finish". It keeps me motivated and focused and I'm rewarded with a instant sense of accomplishment.
When I saw this free mini birthday cake pattern from Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet, I just had to make one and it was just the "quick finish" I needed :) I love this pattern and it would make a gorgeous gift.......I will definitely be making more soon, for some upcoming birthdays.
I've also got a magazine project coming up and I chose to design a mini quilt:
Just a little sneak peek for now but the magazine is due for release in the next few weeks so I can share more. I used the leftover fabrics from my Asteria quilt for this project, as they are just gorgeous and I have loved working with them :) Thanks again Helen :)
And finally I'm working on a Christmas Mini quilt which will be ready for release soon. This has been a fun mini to design and as I love lots of pieces, I've managed to cram lots into such a small project :) Stay tuned for that one and in the meantime I really should get back to my new (full size) quilt design, no matter how much fun I'm having with these adorable minis :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Subway Art

I love Subway Art; simply pop it in a frame, gather together a few props and it becomes a quick and easy decoration for any spot in your home. With Halloween fast approaching, I decided to design a free printable for you to use as part of your decorating:
I've teamed mine with a mini pumpkin and some Banksia Rose flowers from my garden but it would also look great next to your candy bowl or a carved pumpkin or whatever you have on hand as you set the Halloween theme this spooky season.
Simply download your free PDF file HERE, print the entire page on to a medium cardstock, trim around the Subway Art and its ready to pop into a 8"x 10" picture frame, for you and your family to enjoy this Halloween.
Happy Trick or Treating :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mini Banoffee Tarts

I rarely cook desserts but when I do, they have to be decadent. Last night I made some Mini Banoffee Tarts:

These little tarts are lush, super sweet and ohhhh so yummy! We have embraced clean eating and when cooking meals, I am quite adept at substituting a healthier option ingredient but with desserts or baking, I just wont compromise :)
These little tarts are quick and easy to make and we enjoyed them so much that I decided to share the recipe with you:
Either right click the recipe image and save to your files or you can download the PDF version HERE to save and print later.
Hope you enjoy!!! :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Busy as Bees :)

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" - Audrey Hepburn

Spring is my favorite time of the year; there's a promise of new beginnings and it's a symbol of rebirth. It's time to leave our long winter hibernation and reacquaint ourselves with the sights, sounds and smells of our surroundings.
It's school holidays here at the moment and we are enjoying a different kind of "busy". Our days are filled with replanting, feeding, watering and nurturing our little promises for tomorrow.

We gather outdoors to sit and enjoy the warmth of the sun, amid the chatter of birds or the buzzing of bees; sipping our coffees, reading our books or working on some hand stitching. And we breathe, we recharge, we appreciate the simple abundance that is our life before we head into the last few hectic months of the year.
I like this kind of "busy" the best :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Free October Calendar

October is almost here, so it's time for your free calendar:
This months featured quilt is my Nanny Sharon's Picnic Quilt, which I designed back in 2009 using the gorgeous Bonnie and Camille fabrics, Cotton Blosooms.
In Australia the days are becoming longer, the weather is improving and we are beginning to take our meals outside to the patio (they always taste better outside). We also love family picnics, so my quilt will be used a lot over the coming months as we wind down with nature.
I love the simplicity of this design and the pattern includes instructions for "rock pockets" which help anchor your quilt against the breeze. PDF patterns of Nanny Sharon's Picnic Quilt are available in my shop HERE, for $8.95. It's large enough for 4-5 people, finishing approx. 58" x 69".
I also love this months quote; there is no greater blessing than the gathering of family and picnics are a wonderful way to reconnect (without distractions) with our busy lifestyles :)
To download and print your free October calendar, just visit HERE.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful, happy and family filled month :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Christmas Bauble-Free Stitchery Pattern

Have you started thinking about Christmas yet? I've noticed the stores are beginning to stock Christmas lines so I guess the retail industry is trying to get us organised early :) The family Christmas lunch will be at our house this year, so I'm starting to make plans already; it really is my favorite time of the year.
So to get into the spirit of the upcoming season, I've designed a free Christmas stitchery pattern for you, called Christmas Bauble:
I have stitched mine into a mini wall hanging (and the pattern includes the requirements and instructions to complete the wall hanging), but you could also use it as the centre of a cushion, or on the pocket of a bag or you could stitch it up, add your name and use it as a quilt label for one of your Christmas quilts :)
Be creative and have fun with it :) If you are new to stitching, there are plenty of resources on the net to help you with the stitches. There's a great site HERE with lots of video tutorials, which could be beneficial to anyone who wants to give stitching a try.
To download and print out the PDF version of the free Christmas Bauble stitchery pattern, just visit HERE and to ensure accuracy of the design sheet, when printing ensure your printer resize settings are set to "none".

I hope you enjoy stitching this free pattern and if your looking for some more Christmas stitching designs, have a look at some of the other patterns I have available in my shop, HERE.
Patterns are available as PDF files only and are currently on sale with prices starting from $5.95.
Happy stitching! :)