If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time-Billy Joel

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Newspaper article

I was very honoured and humbled to have been contacted by Elenor from the Advocate to write a story about Bridie's Blossoms. Coincidentally, it is three years today that the first delivery of Bridie's Blossoms packages was made to our hospitals on the North West.

Hopefully I will have the instructions for the new BOM out over the weekend. I am working on a few packages as I do not have any left in my storage boxes. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

New BOM underway

I have started a new BOM using the Hatched in Africa Enchanted Garden sets. This BOM is a little different that I am doing 2 at the one time. One is done with sets designed for the 5x7 hoop and the other with sets for the 6x10 hoop and larger.

Both quilts will be the same size, finishing at around 73 inches x 90 inches.

 The quilt I am making with the 5x7 designs is going to be embroidered on black fabric and the blocks then made with the Firenze collection from Connecting threads. I can assure you this fabric looks much richer in reality. 
HIA Enchanted Garden BOM with 5x7 designs
 The quilt with the 6x10 designs is going to be embroidered on white tone on tone fabric and the blocks then made with black/red/white and grey.
HIA Enchanted Garden BOM with 6x10 designs
The requirements file has already been sent to those on my Hatched in Africa email list. If you wish to participate or have not received the file please email me.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

My Helpers

Those of you who follow my blog know that a few years ago we adopted two cats from the RSPCA. They were in the in the same pen together and we could not take one and leave the other there. Misty the black cat is my cat and Hallie the tabby is my husbands. Misty sleeps at my feet on our bed and Hallie sleeps at my husband's feet. Most of the time they get on very well but there is often a turf war as to who gets to sit in which spot in this window of my sewing room.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Whirligig Hexagon Table topper-tutorial uploaded

I have just uploaded the new Whirligig Hexagon Table Topper.  My apologies in the few days delay but I have been working on Bridie's Blossoms packages.

You can access the tutorial HERE

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Whirligig Hexagon Table Topper

I have complete another hexagon table topper, this time it has pieced strip sets giving yet another design dimension. The tutorial for this will hopefully be on the blog tomorrow at some stage.

Whirligig Hexagon Table Runner

Elizabeth has completed her  Friendship Star Table Runner in autumn tonings.

Sandy has completed her runner in Purple and mauve tonings. Both look wonderful.

You can find the directions to download this runner HERE

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Reflections on Hexagons -Tutorial Uploaded

I have completed the tutorial for my Reflections on Hexagons Table toppers. I have included instructions for both toppers. Also included in the tutorial are measurements for making toppers from different sized strips of fabric.

You can download the tutorial from the link HERE. Before downloading please read the conditions for download on the right hand side of the blog.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

More Reflections on Hexagons Table toppers

Both of the Reflections on Hexagons Table toppers are finished. Now it is off to write up the instructions. It was hard trying to decide which layout to go with for the smaller topper from the many layout possibilities that you can come up with.

Reflections on Hexagons Table toppers

Apart from looking lovely on our inside tables they are also perfect for a small outside table as they stay firmly in place even when the wind is blowing. 

Hopefully the tutorial will be up on the blog over the weekend so keep an eye out. It was hard trying to decide which layout to go with from the many layout possibilities that you can come up with. You do not need a 60 degree triangle template to make these toppers.

Sewing With Nancy has the first of two videos about quilting in the hoop with an embroidery machine.
You can find the video HERE