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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Polka Dots Are Never Wrong

I've taken my love for polka dots up a notch and applied it to Hold Onto Your Heart
and I think the results prove the point that
polka dots are never wrong
and I can't wait to start this BOM adventure and see for myself 
what colour ways all of YOU opt for?! 
Hold Onto Your Heart
The Finished Size is 87 x 87 inches for the full floral border. And if you opt for the alternative pieced border, the Finished Size will be 85 x 85 inches. 

This is a 12 month BOM running from January 15th to December 15th 2019.

This BOM consists of a PDF pattern file released each month. You are purchasing the pattern. There are no fabrics or kits available. 

You will access the pattern installment parts via a dedicated BOM 2019 Members Only Download Area over on my website. 

After you have paid, you will need to sign up to this Members Only Download Area in order to access the pattern once the BOM starts. After that time, you will be able to access the Area whenever it suits you and new files will be ready and waiting for you to download 24 hours a day in accordance to the release schedule. 

Whilst you will be accessing the pattern parts via an exclusive members only download area on my website, I hope that you'll head on over to my online BOM Group (on Facebook) where you can share progress pics of your work and generally join our friendly quilting hub. Everyone on there is making one of my patterns and we'd all love to see how you're getting on!

  Early Bird Discount  
BOM 2019: Hold Onto Your Heart 
Complete Single Payment
$83.00 USD

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Hold Onto Your Heart: Dotty Purple Colourway

Applique lovers, your new quilt project has arrived! 'Hold Onto Your Heart' is my BOM for 2019 and is full of splendid details. If you love exquisite applique, sign up today and snap up the Early Bird Special.
This dotty purple version makes my heart go boom!
Don't you just want to wander around these scenes? 
I love the atmosphere this centre evokes.
These colours just... well, bloom!
Like It? Make it!

The Finished Size is 87 x 87 inches for the full floral border. And if you opt for the alternative pieced border, the Finished Size will be 85 x 85 inches. 

This is a 12 month BOM running from January 15th to December 15th 2019.

This BOM consists of a PDF pattern file released each month. You are purchasing the pattern. There are no fabrics or kits available. 

You will access the pattern installment parts via a dedicated BOM 2019 Members Only Download Area over on my website. 

After you have paid, you will need to sign up to this Members Only Download Area in order to access the pattern once the BOM starts. After that time, you will be able to access the Area whenever it suits you and new files will be ready and waiting for you to download 24 hours a day in accordance to the release schedule. 

Whilst you will be accessing the pattern parts via an exclusive members only download area on my website, I hope that you'll head on over to my online BOM Group (on Facebook) where you can share progress pics of your work and generally join our friendly quilting hub. Everyone on there is making one of my patterns and we'd all love to see how you're getting on!

  Early Bird Discount  
BOM 2019: Hold Onto Your Heart 
Complete Single Payment
$83.00 USD

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

BOM 2019 is Launched: Hold Onto Your Heart!

Every now and then I design a quilt that seems to take on a life of it's own. This is one such quilt. I'm head over heels happy to announce that it's my paid BOM for 2019. I think it's a splendid quilt and I love every bit of it. I hope you'll love it too. Applique lovers, this is a journey for your creativity to soar through. Get ready for 12 months of paced installments that will accomplish a masterpiece worthy of all your delight and pleasure. 

Let's take a good look at what this design has to offer. 
'Hold Onto Your Heart' is a sentimental quilt: it's full of evocative motifs that represent all those values I hold dear to my heart; love, abundance, perseverance, sanctuary and journey. This is a meaningful quilt, a work of your own hands and passion. 
The middle section consists of detailed applique scenes before the eye reaches outward and rests in the calm borders. I love these strong calm edges. And the details? such details! This is a quilt that will jump for joy at any extra love and attention you invest in it: fussy cutting, broderie perse, stitchery, embroidery, perhaps a few beaded embellishments here and there.. 
This is one quilt that can take as much fussiness as you want! In the pattern there are exquisite extra details that you can't see here -for instance, thorns on the vine (which aren't added to these images yet). 

Lavish all your detailed attention on each little scene and make it as personal as you wish. It is after all a masterpiece of your own making. And I'm still just talking about the centre, there's even more pleasure to come!
At first glance, the design creates an impression of a life map (..or perhaps a treasure map?) before searching for and finding all those wonderful details that make this quilt so special. 
The floral border is a triumph; full of rose heads tumbling through the vines and spilling over into the previous border. Are you imagining your favourite fabrics at work in this design yet? 
You know I can't resist a rose garden or baskets full of blooms, but for anyone not interested in the blooming rose border, there is also an alternative pieced border option included in the pattern that has been designed to zig zag any gorgeous fabrics you may want to use instead. And the alternative border option is not some afterthought - it's been perfectly designed to allow you to compliment the centre with enough visual room to allow you to showcase beautiful fabric prints. 


See what I mean?
Ok, let's talk details!

The Finished Size is 87 x 87 inches for the full floral border. And if you opt for the alternative pieced border, the Finished Size will be 85 x 85 inches. 

This is a 12 month BOM running from January 15th to December 15th 2019.

This BOM consists of a PDF pattern file released each month. You are purchasing the pattern. There are no fabrics or kits available. 

You will access the pattern installment parts via a dedicated BOM 2019 Members Only Download Area over on my website. 

After you have paid, you will need to sign up to this Members Only Download Area in order to access the pattern once the BOM starts. After that time, you will be able to access the Area whenever it suits you and new files will be ready and waiting for you to download 24 hours a day in accordance to the release schedule. 

Whilst you will be accessing the pattern parts via an exclusive members only download area on my website, I hope that you'll head on over to my online BOM Group (on Facebook) where you can share progress pics of your work and generally join our friendly quilting hub. Everyone on there is making one of my patterns and we'd all love to see how you're getting on!


  Early Bird Discount  
BOM 2019: Hold Onto Your Heart 
Complete Single Payment
$83.00 USD

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

WOW: Getting Ready to Reveal

Sunday Update: Hi Friends! I was planning to launch my BOM 2019 this weekend but my family had other plans - I've been 'treated' to a long weekend away with my daughters and I have no access to my emails or the normal stuff that has become a part of my daily routine so please forgive me for not replying to emails or launching :)

WOW = WIPs On Wednesday
I've designed a quilt so special that I've been wondering whether or not to release it! Crazy, huh? You see, I have a folio full of designs waiting to see the light of day that are each as fabulous and unique as the next. And then, I have an extra special sketchbook devoted to those designs that are just..something so much more. They take on a life of their own. They call you in. They are beautiful. They are then. They are now. They are uniquely their own. They demand to be plucked from the design stash and brought onto the design table. And you know what? I can't resist.

BOM 2019 will be revealed this weekend
See you then! 



Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Inspirational Greens

It's been unseasonably cool in my part of the world. Usually December is hot and the air conditioner is already blowing a cool breeze indoors by 8am. But this year the cool spell has lasted longer than I can remember. I had the heating (!!) on over the weekend and there's been rain too. It feels like a European spring to me which is not helpful -I'm somehow always seasonally confused. I'm hardwired to 'experience' December as a winter event and always get taken by surprise when true summer shows up, no matter how long I live in a hot, dry climate. However, despite all that, today's inspiration is characteristically Australian. Look at these glorious birds!
They're called Rainbow Lorikeets, although I wrongly called them Rosellas for years until someone corrected me. The Rosella is also very brightly coloured native bird but they have different markings. They're here everyday. I've been unable to photograph them until now because of the strong glare in the mornings which have made all my pics so far look like this one below. There's probably a lens or camera setting to deal with this kind of thing, but I'm too lazy to find out what it is.  
Luckily for me, it's been so gloomy and overcast in the mornings this past week that the pics suddenly started looking worthwhile again and I snapped these. Boy, can they chirp! They're a noisy bunch. There's a whole flock of them that fly overhead at around 7am, but only 2 of them come down together into my backyard. I think the rest must try their luck in different gardens, so I wonder why this couple keep trying out mine. They hate this tree! They always nibble at the fruit and then spit it out and stomp around a bit in disgust! The next day, they try again. I'm wondering when they're going to give up..
Nature is a huge inspiration for me. I can sit and just observe a plant or animal for hours, enjoying every little detail. These birds are a riot of colour. I am constantly re-amazed by how vivid they appear in real life. And it still marvels me that something so natural is so brightly coloured. 

 I have no idea what this fruit is, it's completely inedible. It has no taste whatsoever - neither bitter or sweet, which is odd as I did think it was some kind of ornamental tree but wasn't able to narrow it down. I keep it around for the bird play and leaves, the texture on these leaves is stunning.
I'm actually thinking of creating an 'orange room' in my garden from heirloom flowering plants that bloom in everything from pale apricot hues to vivid red orange shades. Looking at these pics, I think it's about time I got that sorted. I feel like it's time to create a whole new inspiration cycle in the garden.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

WOW: November Down!

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
OK, so November has taken me by surprise even though I tell myself each year that this whirlwind of a month won't pass me by so unexpectedly again. 

 I'm taking charge today. It's time for me to organize my projects.  
Today I'm working to finish my LE angels before I clear my desk for the launch of BOM 2019.

And WOW is all I can say.
I wonder what you'll say?! 

I'll know in the coming days.

What's Your WOW?



Wednesday, 21 November 2018

WOW: Love Entwined Border Progress

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
There's been so much 'Love Entwined' activity making the rounds lately, especially on Facebook. Seeing so many completed masterpieces has put me in the right mood to return to my own. It has been 5 years after all. I know! I just said 5 years. Let that sink in! Time surely flies when you're designing quilts.
These little leaves are perhaps the hardest applique motif on the quilt, so I'm pleased to have them all done. I've done some embroidery stitches on the centre basket too. Oooh just looking over this beauty fills me up with all those ideas of intrigue and mystery all over again.
I'm playing around with the idea of some pretty fussy cutting for my border flowers and here I am,  turning their little edges.
This is the fabric I'm harvesting for the very purpose
Aren't these lovely? I'm determined to have my border completed this week and the way I'm progressing, I really might just manage it. 

What's Your WOW?


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