This looks interesting – the Sew Sampler monthly subscription quilting box from the Fat Quarter Shop. Each month you get 5 quilty related items such a fabric, notions, patterns, and thread. Plus a Block Recipe which, added to further boxes, eventually spins into a finished quilt. I love surprises! And this seems a nice way to get the creative juices flowing – sparking ideas for further quilts.
I realise it is now 2016 but I just found this scrumptious image of fabric leaves in my Pending email box. I collect pretty images, interesting emails, and blog posts and save them for posting.
This came just before Quilt Market in Houston. There are free quilt projects to make with the collections. Here’s one – The Embarcadero by Heidi Pridemore. The downloadable .pdf is the 5th pattern on the page. Rather lovely.
One of the very first quilted projects I worked on was a Christmas Tree Skirt so I have a soft heart for these patterns. Here is a Quick Spiral Quilt Christmas Tree Skirt – a free Christmas quilting pattern by Cheryl Phillips for Sulky. try it with different colours. Personally I find this version rather gloomy and would make it in brighter shades. But I like the pattern.
And of course, you have to have a table runner. Well, my table runner isn’t on the table, it keeps getting used on the filing cabinet, or the printer table, or the drinks cabinet. The point is, it gets USED! So make yourself a Christmas Star Table Runner from Bella Online.
Some time ago I was invited by the Devine Ms M to join a local beading group. It’s HAYUGE fun and expands my knowledge and experience in all directions. And when I say all, I mean ‘all’. There’s nothing like a group of women of diverse ages and backgrounds to increase one’s awareness of the world, or of a particular subject.
The Divine Ms M generously gives us all a birthday gift when the moment arises. Last year she gave us our names woven into strips of peyote. I am ashamed to say mine is still ‘on the counter’, as one of my beading companions says. Right now I can spy it on my beading table awaiting its final metamorphosis into a piece of wearable jewelry.
This time around she found a pattern for the most yumalicious little owl pendant designed by Heather Kingsley-Heath. Each of us receives an owl stitched in our favorite colours as a birthday gift. When we saw the first one the rest of the group set up a cacophony of waaaahs. Translated: gimme, gimme, gimme, I WANT, I WANT. So embarrassing. We loved the little owl.
And apparently I was the whiniest of them all. Oh dear!
But how could I not whine? It’s so cute.
If you want a little owl of your own, head over to Heather’s website and buy the kit. And maybe something else too – there’s a little bird pattern……
Here’s another little owl pattern if your single owl would like a companion. It’s a free step-by-step photo tutorial in pdf format, by Rizzo Antonietta.
When this pattern from Bead and Button showed up I couldn’t resist it. My mother loves penguins – she calls them ‘pinguins’. I made one for her birthday.
The finished beaded penguin is just over one inch high. It has a little tail which means it can be stood up. If you were feeling really silly you could make two and have a pair of ‘pinguin’ earrings. Or make one for a pendant.
They make up really quickly so you can have one finished in an evening.
As I am a quilter I had plenty of batting scraps to fill the body. Fill it firmly so the body stands up straight.