Two introductions for this post!
Firstly, a huge congratulations to my dear friend Emma, and her partner Grant, on the birth of their first child, Zachary Mark, this morning! Was a dramatic birth, with the cord wrapped around the bubs shoulders and neck, but I am so pleased to report that mum and bub are both doing well now! A long labour, and 2 weeks overdue, he finally arrived and weighed in at 8 pounds 6.5 ounces. He sure wanted to make a grand arrival! And so now I am a Godmother, which is incredibly exciting!
And secondly, welcome to...
I am so excited to be finally starting my first free Block of the Month Sew Along. “Stringybark Farm" is a wallhanging measuring 24 x 28” roughly. It has 11 stitched panels depicting all those who call the farm their home. I am still finishing designing it now, so there isn't a finished photo of the wallhanging just yet – it will be a mystery! But I can tell you this – it’s cute! It’s a great project to use up your scraps, and it’s very quick, simple and easy. Each month a new block will be released, so there is plenty of time to stitch the block. I did the first block in under a day.
So if you would like to join me on this journey – please do!
For those wondering, a Stringybark tree is a type of Gum Tree, that are native to Australia. They have a loose stringy bark, hence their name! We have alot of these trees around where I live (and no, they aren't the trees pictured in the photo above!) I just love the name, and it inspired me to create my BOM, and come up with the story of the farm, and all who live there.
So, welcome to Stringybark Farm. This lovely old farm is owned by Farmer Jack and his dear wife Betty. They have a delightful old farmhouse where they raised their 4 children. And although their children have all moved on, they are not alone, for alot of animals call the large farm home. You will get to know more about Farmer Jack and Betty, and all the animals, as we go along this journey. They all have personalities and characters that are just waiting to be shared!
So, without further ado, I would like you all to meet Rusty.
He is very excited to be the first block to be released! Rusty is a young pup, and still has a lot to learn about farm life. He adores Farmer Jack and tries his hardest for him, but he often finds himself more interested in chasing the chickens than doing the farm work. He gets distracted quite easily, and even a butterfly will send him bounding off through the paddocks in chase.
He has a heart of gold though, and loves nothing more than sleeping infront of the wood fire in the farm house. Well, that is when Farmer Jack sneaks him in when Betty isn’t looking of course! Rusty is full of energy, as most young pups are, and is always wagging his tail, and loves making new friends. But don’t get too close, or he’ll lick your nose!
If you would like to create “Rustys Place,” please click here for the link to the tutorial. I hope you like him!
I will also be making a sidebar button for you to take and use if you would like.