Thursday, 15 November 2018

'Red Delicious' Makers, this is YOUR post!

Those of you meeting up to make Red Delicious, this is your link. Follow the sale prompts below to purchase the digital pattern, ready for home printing. I've decided to extend my reduced pattern price to my online community too, so who knows, this might be the making of a Red Delicious making boom! I sure hope so.

Don't forget to join my BOM Group if you'd like to keep us all updated and show off your work. 

Love it? Make it!
Red Delicious
Complete Digital Pattern
$4.80 USD




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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

WOW: Lavender Blues

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
I've been gardening this last week and will continue on with that today. I just feel that it's too nice to be inside sewing whilst the gentle sun is shining and the warm wind is blowing. Mostly, this time of year I'm just confused, seasonally speaking. This year my plants are confused too. In my mind I'm hardwired to think it's autumn with all the cosy visions that inspires. In reality, in my part of the world, it's actually spring.. which keeps taking me by surprise. My plants are all in a tizz too. It's been very warm and then very cool with bursts of rain. All the plants are confused and growing, then not growing and then shedding - all out of 'season'. 

This is the second time this year my lavender has gone crazy. I had to cut it down again because it was becoming straggly. Although I had already cut it down once this year. I collect, dry and then turn my lavender into sachets for the household by stitching handfuls into cotton bags. I have so much scrap material that it's never an issue to zip 50 or so up in an afternoon. I put them everywhere I have a cupboard and it usually keeps all the pesky insects away. 
I missed my lavender routine last year and my wardrobe was attacked by moths, so I'm not making that same mistake again. I love the aroma too. Nothing beats natural, fresh dried lavender wafting through the house each time I open a door. This creature is a lizard. Actually I think it's a gecko. I found him under a pot plant and put him back soon after this pic. What a cutey. I usually avoid outdoor critters but for some reason the mini lizards don't bother me.

Today I'm planting some herbs. I can never get enough fresh sprigs of herbs in just about everything. Even tea. And a fresh planting today means I'll be enjoying a whole new bounty right after Christmas. After that I'll be heading indoors for my usual pre-Christmas quilting binge as I have some quiet days ahead at home..

What's Your WOW? 




Saturday, 10 November 2018

Hearts Desire

Today I've been catching up on some long overdue housework. As a quilter I must confess that my housework sometimes falls behind my creative pursuits. As I was sorting out a storage cupboard I found this beauty and had to revisit it. I've been quilting for so long now that I have a large 'back catalog' of quilts that haven't been seen by very many people. Yes I'm biased but I do think that this quilt is just too pretty not to show off! I love every little detail of Hearts Desire. And what's odd is that, if I had to recreate it today, I wouldn't change a thing.
I look at these details and wonder how I had the patience to domestic machine quilt every last inch. Phew! Nowadays, I'm happy just to complete a 'quilt top' and move on.
 Interestingly, I still love the fabrics I selected. This was my first 'serious' applique pattern that I felt was a step up from easy or fun applique patterns. In fact I think this was the last hand drawn pattern I accomplished before I went digital. Check out those hearts!
In this quilt design I can see my love for flowers, baskets, birds and leaves - the shapes and lines I favor have now become hallmarks of my style and patterns. I'm also really happy to see the 4x petal heart appear throughout the design - years before I started out on my Love Entwined journey.

Obviously that precious coverlet had burrowed into my imagination years before I even realized!
Hearts Desire is an applique design full of old world charm and plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the splendor of a blooming garden. Finished size: 84 x 84 inches

There aren't any Hearts Desire quilts in the Open Gallery yet but I do hope that this will change as I know they're out there! Perhaps you have one yourself? I think I'll go and add my own to get the ball rolling.
Like it? Make it! 

Hearts Desire
Digital Pattern Download
$39.95 USD



What you need to know:
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Pattern downloads are INSTANT and followed up with a live link to your email inbox
Check your email for the follow up email (and check your spam / junk folders if you can't see it)
The pattern will download to your computer directly
You REQUIRE an UPDATED PDF Reader in order to open and print the PDF Pattern

Note:When you receive your download, be sure to SAVE it to your computer.
If you print it directly from the browser download screen, it will not be backed up to your computer. 
Here are all my posts connected to Hearts Desire, if you go ahead and make it yourself, feel free to add your own blog post specific URLs to the linky archive below for other quilter's to enjoy:


Friday, 9 November 2018

Love Entwined by Tiny Por

Tiny Por of the Netherlands has created this breathtaking blue masterpiece by hand, including the exquisite quilting! The shades of blue are expertly balanced with the hues and prints drawing the eye to the wonderful centre. Every last detail is a beauty and I'm in love with every last inch of Tiny's creation. 

I have a real soft spot for blue and white quilts, they have an old world charm about them that I find irresistible. Perhaps it's the association with Delft ware, but I always think blue and white shines and looks good in any decore or era. Yes, I'm swooning! 
What a striking centre star, 
and what a great idea to section the inner ring surrounding circles in groups of prints
I love everything about this vase! 
 The stems embroidery provides just enough contrast in perfect red
Tiny hand quilted this beautiful quilt, look at all those stitches!

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Thanks to Tiny Por  for sharing her finished quilt pics with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished Love Entwined quilts, visit the LE Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make LE to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. 

Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Queen's Garden by Cate Winkler

Queen's Garden by Cate Winkler 
of Wagga Australia 

This beautifully toned Queen's Garden is a perfect example of blending gentle tones with contrasting elements to create a visually balanced beauty. Yes, the greens are perfect but I really love the use of blues too. It's just perfect. 

'Queen's Garden' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Cate Winkler for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

WOW: That Birthday Buzz

WOW = WIPs On Wednesday
Hip hip hooray! These roses are counting the years of my life, that's why there's so many of them! It's a whole armful but I'm not complaining, it's good to be alive! I celebrated my birthday over the weekend and whilst I was still feeling a bit drab from my head cold, I had a really beautiful day at home with my family. Every year I always say that I don't want to celebrate my birthday because I think I'm too old for all this fuss. Actually I think birthdays are best for children, once you're an adult they feel a bit silly to me. But every year my family just ignores me and carries on celebrating it regardless. This year I put my foot down and demanded that if anyone was planning to buy flowers, they had to be potted plants because I'm over bouquets. I've had too many bouquets lately to celebrate my design finishes and I find that I'm always worried about them dying. Well, they ignored that demand of mine.. but given that roses were involved, I'll forgive them 😸
This is my most useful gift of the year: it's a pot of thyme. I love herbs and thyme is something I use so much of. I have grown it myself, but its always been stringy and knotty whilst this pot is lush and springy, it's the nicest thyme I've seen.
Those of you who follow my Instagram will have seen that we bought a cake this year. Really, this is something I want to stop doing. The problem is, I'm completely out of practice. I just don't do any baking and haven't done for about 20 years and although I'm always planning on getting back into baking lovely family occasion cakes... well, I simply haven't. I've been quilting instead. Obviously this has to end or we'll never enjoy real cake again.
I've been all around town over the past 5 years looking for honest to goodness quality cakes. And I can tell you that every single time it's been a let down. I don't know what happened to proper cake bakeries, but the cakes on offer these days just aren't authentic enough. This cake was horrible. It contained layers of custard that was the cheap and nasty flour and sugar kind rather than the egg kind and the taste was, well, awful. Then whole of the outside of the cake covered in a kind of sickly, sugary mock cream. Just awful. We only took a few bites of the slices and the rest went into the bin. It was such a waste of money and a disappointment too.

On a happier note, when I was clearing out my cup and saucer cabinet last month, I re-discovered this autumn rose design that I've been carting around me with for over 30 years. I've always loved it. It's so romantic and the brown and yellow tones seemed so fitting because I was born in autumn so it made sense to have some golden roses to use during the fall season each year. Well, for as long as I can remember, my DDs have never liked this tea set, I recall that they have previously used the words 'ugly' to describe it. 
Well, what a turn around this year was! Suddenly they both set upon it and declared they they had never seen this autumn rose set and what's more, they think it's beautiful and love it very much. Really, I don't know what to think! I'm just glad that my cupboard spring cleaning has proved useful - I have my cups and saucer sets on rotation and there'll be more gems like these making a reappearance after many years of neglect. 

Today I'm going fabric shopping with my DD because I'm in a pickle over what fabrics I want for my new BOM design. I thought I knew, but nothing feels right. You know how I am about fabric selection - it's going to be a long day!

What's Your WOW? 



Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Queen's Garden by Jean Brewer

Queen's Garden by Jean Brewer 
of the Gower Coast, South Wales UK

Oh bountiful blues, how beautifully this quilt settles in with the surrounding colours and prints. I do love a blue quilt and this one's extra special. I love that Jean has managed to balance the green against the blue by using a lighter, almost minty green alongside the  yellows, corals and pinks. It's fabulous. 

'Queen's Garden' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Jean Brewer for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Queen's Garden by Mary Kathleen Oliver

Queen's Garden by Mary Kathleen Oliver 
of Santa Maria, California USA 

What a beautiful quilt! The balance between red and yellow is perfectly enhanced by the neutral beiges which subtly introduce hints of green that shimmer throughout. Doesn't it shine? It's a WOW from me and I'm delighted to see how Mary Kathleen has adapted the pattern to suit her. And the quilting is gorgeous too.

'Queen's Garden' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Mary Kathleen Oliver for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Juliette by Glenda Jean Hepburn

Juliette by Glenda Jean Hepburn

Yes, she's done it again. No, I can't believe it either. And if you do find out where Glenda finds all the extra hours to make so many gorgeous quilts, please let me know. I have asked her, but she won't spill the beans. And if you think she's the only one, you'd be wrong. Jenny Henry also creates a unbelievable number of quilts each year. And you know what else? They're both Moderators of my Online Quilt Group ..and it staggers me how they get it all done? I suppose we'll just have to accept that we've got the most talented and productive Quilt Group in the world in our little community. I'm quite speechless.

As for Juliette, look at the bold, bright colours Glenda has selected to use on this dark background - it's just superb.

'Juliette' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Glenda Jean Hepburn for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Queen's Garden by Roseanne Bullock

Queen's Garden by Roseanne Bullock of Adelaide, Australia

Talk about a quilt that pops! Oooh this vibrant red fabric on a dark background is stunning! 
What a statement, I love every last inch of it. 


'Queen's Garden' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Roseanne Bullock for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Queen's Garden by Maxine

This is Queen's Garden by Maxine of Seattle, USA

This newest addition to the Open Gallery has made my morning - what a stunner. I love Maxine's use of purples to tie this selection of fabrics together on the light background. Beautiful!

'Queen's Garden' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Maxine for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

'Juliette' by Lennea Wolfe

Juliette by Lennea Wolfe 
of Olympia, Washington State, USA

What a knockout! That's the first thing that came into my mind when I set eyes on this stunner! I am completely in love with the striking colour scheme - how simple and effective!

Here's what she told us about her quilt:
Raw edge applique with free motion quilting done on my Tiara. As soon as I saw Juliette, I knew I had to use these fabrics leftover from a project several years ago. I much prefer how they look here as Esther’s Juliette is the perfect companion for them.

Yes Lennea, this is the perfect was to use up much loved scraps as Juliette has been designed to let fabrics shine and show themselves off. 

'Juliette' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now


--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Lennea Wolfe for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

WOW: Spending the Day in Bed!

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
I'm spending my much loved weekly and always anticipated Work In Progress Wednesday in bed. 

I'm all spent. I've had back to back birthdays in my household and it's my own birthday next week. I'm battling a head cold and want to be up on my feet and actually able to enjoy my special day, so I'm taking it easy. Today will be all about endless cups of herbal tea, chicken soup and a huge stack of magazines and books to keep me occupied between recuperative naps. 

See you on the other side of this sniffling chill - not only will I be a year older, I'll also have a special reveal to share. But for now, some tea..

What's Your WOW?


Tuesday, 30 October 2018

'Shelly' by Karen Richardson

Karen Richardson
sent through this pic of Shelly hanging on display.

Isn't it a beauty? Now, from what I remember from comments over in my Group, Karen made this quilt in memory of her brother and it includes his Hawaiian shirts in the fabric selection. This really touched me. As a quilter, I know that every quilt has a story and when you learn and hear about the stories behind the wonderful quilts being made, it make you feel good. It makes you feel connected to other people who are living their lives just as you are: full of hopes, happiness, ideas and sometimes sadness. 
Quilts really do become a part of the 'fabric' of our lives and working with fabric to make something tangible out of an idea or memory always touches my heart. I love every inch of this quilt.
A memorial is a beautiful reason for a quilt and I'm honored you picked Shelly when you decided to make yours Karen. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all. 

'Shelly' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now
 

--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Karen Richardson for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Clear here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Monday, 29 October 2018

'Queen's Garden' by Diane Bertrand

Diane Bertrand in Canada has sent through pics of her utterly gorgeous Queen's Garden quilt. Isn't it just a stunner?! The top was finished this month and I can't wait to see it done and quilted, I can already tell it will be incredible!
 Fabulous fabric choices Diane, they shine!
Thanks so much for sending through your progress pics, they just made my day! It's lots of fun seeing how each and every quilter adds their own touch to my patterns and setting my eyes on them and being able to share them here on the blog is motivation indeed!

I know there are hundreds of Queen's Garden quilts out there..


How is your Queen's Garden coming along? 

'Queen's Garden' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

 
--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Diane Bertrand for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.
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