Thursday, May 28, 2015

Free June Calendar

Autumn is drawing to a close and we are settling in for a long cold winter. The temperature has dropped dramatically and the flu has already paid us a visit but we are appreciating the longer nights, the warmth of our home and lots of snuggling under our quilts :) With May almost over, its time for your free June calendar:
This months featured design is my Daisy Sewing Bags pattern which I designed in 2008, as part of a personal challenge to see how many projects I could make from a Jelly Roll (the total was actually 7 projects....you can see them all HERE). This pattern includes instructions for both of the bags pictured below:
The larger sewing bag is great for holding those bigger projects, that you may be taking to craft days or classes and includes pockets for all the smaller items that the average crafter's uses. The smaller project bag is perfect for storing your handwork and it's easy to grab when you find those spare minutes during the day to work on them, like in the car at school.
Both bags are quick and easy to construct and I love the addition of the applique, the ruffles and the pretty lace trim. If you have some left over Jelly Roll strips and a small amount of coordinating meterage, these bags are the perfect project to work on.
From today until the end of June, PDF pattens of the Daisy Sewing Bags will be available in my store for the discounted price of $4.95 and if you would like to purchase a copy, you can visit HERE.
To download your free June calendar, just visit HERE.
I hope that you and your family have a warm, safe and fun filled June :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 30

This weeks super cute block is Crossroads. I chose this block primarily, because I love its scrappy look. You can play around with fabric choices on this one and see how it alters the look of your own block; you could chose to be scrappier with the rectangles or maybe include another coloured fabric in the centre "square in square" unit, instead of the white.
This one goes together quite quickly and it illustrates how you can achieve a dramatic looking block using basic pieces. I hope you like this weeks block as much as I do and I think it will look lovely in our samplers :)
To download this weeks free block, just visit HERE.
Happy sewing :)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Apple and Blackberry Crumble Tarts

Winter is not my favorite season, but you can't live a positive life with a negative mind, so you have to embrace all that this cold, wet, miserable season has to offer. On the top of my list is winter desserts; not fancy, complicated works of art but simple, rustic, soul warming cooking :)
I love those "warm the cockles of your heart" syrupy puddings, jam roly poly's, baked custards, dumplings and my very, quick and easy, Apple and Blackberry Crumble Tarts:
The tarts are loaded with those wonderful classic flavours, easily achieved using staples from your pantry. There's no need to be fancy as the tarts are free forming and I find the rustic look, more appealing and warming to the soul; just like nan used to make.
Blackberries are my antioxidant of choice at the moment, but these work wonderfully with raspberries or blueberries or any combination of your choice, so grab whatever you have in your freezer and get baking. The pastry is beautiful and short and hidden beneath the fruit filling, is a delicious nutty crumble which you are sure to love ♥
These little tarts are wonderful served warm with a sprinkling of icing sugar, some ice cream, whipped cream or custard but they are just as nice cold, for morning and afternoon tea.
If you would like to give these yummy tarts a try, download the recipe HERE.
I hope you enjoy these Apple and Blackberry Crumble Tarts and that they "warm the cockles" of yours and your families hearts during winter :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 29

This weeks lovely block is Grape Basket. There are many variations of the humble basket block, from the very basic to the more intricate and, of course, this version is my favorite.
There is a bit of fiddling with smaller pieces, for this one and due to the colour combination I selected there is a "wastage" of a few triangles but I hope you forgive me for this and if not, you can always change the colours to suit :)
I hope you enjoy this one; it is a pretty block and I think it will be perfect in our samplers.
To download this weeks free pattern, just visit HERE.
Happy sewing :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sophie- Part 8

As my Sophie blanket grows, each row takes longer to complete so my progress is slower. I try to work on it each night and most nights I can complete a full row, depending on the difficulty, or if I have to unravel due to inattention. I'm happy to update that Part 8 is now complete and I just love this blanket more and more with every row I add.
Part 8 was all about adding the white ruffle flowers to the long sides and the large centre flowers to each of the short sides. I've learnt a few new stitches and it really is amazing, what you can achieve with some wool, a hook, some very basic crochet knowledge and a brilliantly written pattern :)
I'm looking forward to what Part 9 has to offer and to see this beauty grow even more.

Monday, May 18, 2015

May's Fun Free Projects

I managed to complete my two May projects in good time this month, which was great :) First up is block 5 of the FQS Snapshots quilt "Kindred Kitchen":
The apron block was inspired by the love of home cooked meals and the love of food. My grandmother always wore a pretty apron (or pinny as she called it) and she loved to bake, lots :) Cooking is very near and dear to me and I put a lot of love and time, into the meals and cakes etc. which I prepare for my family (and everyone else who walks through the door).
I had a lot of fun with this months block and I think it looks great. The second project is the May "Snow Happy Heart" from Bunny Hill Designs:
I love the little tulip she is holding and the garland of flowers around her forehead. Another pretty little heart to add to my collection :)
If you need the links to either of these projects, see my original blog post HERE.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Charm Square Fabric Trays

Have you seen the clever tutorial for the zakka inspired fabric trays from Lisa at A Spoonful Of Sugar? These are so fun to make and are totally addictive:
The tutorial suggests an orphan charm square and a square of lovely linen but I made these using two Bonnie and Camille charm squares as I'm in need of purchasing some linen. You cant see very well from the photo's but I did also quilt a little flower in the base of each of them, just because :)
Maddi put a couple in her room, to store hair pins and spare change and I put the other two in my studio for added storage, which is always handy. The uses for these little trays are endless and I can see many more of these being made in my future; they would be great to make and fill with little goodies, to give as gifts :)
I do love a quick, easy and practical project and if you haven't seen it, the tutorial for these little trays is right HERE. Thanks Lisa, these are great :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 28

This weeks block is the stunning, Centennial. This is another pretty and intricate star block and I kept this one quite simple in my fabric choices; this is my first use of a solid fabric, I think and I believe it works well with this block.
A simple little nine patch makes up the centre unit and I love the two tone tips of the star. It is another quick and easy block to piece and I'm sure you will have fun with it :)
To download and print this weeks free pattern, just visit HERE.
Happy sewing :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Juicy Fruits and Whipped Creme Blanket

Last night I finished crocheting Maddi's Juicy Fruits and Whipped Creme blanket and it has already been put to good use, on this cold, windy autumn morning:
She loves everything purple and has been quite eager for me to finish, even though she has one I made her last year :) I did enjoy working on it but once the pattern becomes familiar, I start to lose interest and it seems to slow down my progress.
It's finished off with a pretty scalloped border and it does frame it well, disguising all those uneven edges. It is lovely to see her all snuggled underneath it; it warms my heart to see the kids love and use, what I make for them :)
Now this one is all finished, I can fully concentrate on my Sophie blanket :)
Back to the hook :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 27

This weeks super sweet block is Rolling Stone. There are quite a few variations of this block and this one is my favorite. Its easily pieced, with some simple rectangles and "square in a square" blocks and the end result is so pretty.
If I had more time, I would have fussy cut the pieces but I think it looks lovely, just the way it is. I'm sure this block will be another great addition to our sampler quilts.
To download this weeks free block, just visit HERE.
Blocks 19-27
Happy sewing :)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Crochet Update

I am working on two large crochet projects at the moment and every night I try and do a few rows of either one (depending on which one I feel like). My Sophie blanket is by far my favorite and I'm learning so much and surprising myself with what I have achieved. Here is Sophie after Part 6 was completed:
I love the colours, the textures, the design............I just love everything about it :). When I looked at Part 7, I was a little worried as we were adding a "rose garden" to the long sides of the blanket and I had never crocheted a rose before but this pattern is so clear and easy to follow and I had them completed in no time:
They are so sweet and really add another point of interest to the blanket. I'm looking forward to starting Part 8 and adding some pretty flowers to the short sides, this time :)
I'm also working on Maddi's Juicy Fruits and Whipped Creme blanket and this is coming along nicely. Its so warm and snugly to work under on these colder autumn nights:
I'm nearing the end of this; only a few more rows to make it a generous size (and to use the wool) and then I'll get started on a border. Yesterday I spent hours, sewing in the ends and its such a tedious job but a necessary one (and I'm glad its done).
So that's an update of both of my crocheting projects. They are progressing slowly but once Maddi's is completed, I'm looking forward to giving Sophie my full focus and watching her grow :)
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