Thursday, March 25, 2010


Well, it has been wonderful to hear from so many of you who are participating in the Homespun 'Give Thanks' Stitch-a-long! How exciting! I'm looking forward to seeing photos of the stitcheries as they progress along. If you have any photos, and want to share them, please feel free to email them to me.

Now, I had a lady ask if each week I could put up the finished size of each stitchery. There has been a bit of confusion over whether the stitcheries are printing out at the correct size. So, just to make it clear, the stitcheries are actually quite small, and the fabric allowance is generous to allow for ease of sewing in a hoop.

If you would prefer to save on some fabric, maybe try using a large piece of muslin or homespun, and don't chop it up for each individual stitchery. Instead, just draw and stitch each stitchery on the fabric, allowing some room between each one of course.

Below is the finished block size of the stitcheries that have been released so far:

Week 1.
Butterfly. Finished block size is 3" square.

Week 2.
Love Heart. Finished block size is 1.5" square.

Week 3.
5 Hearts. Finished block size is 1.5 x 3."

Hope that is of some help ladies!
Oh, if you are doing the stitch-a-long, please let me know in a comment on this post, and I'll add your name to a sidebar on my blog.

In other news, I am leaving for Indonesia tomorrow! Yes, tomorrow! Talk about exciting. And my other exciting news - we have 170 items of clothing for the orphans!! How awesome is that?! And that doesn't include other bits of donated goodies, like a soccer ball, hair clips, pens and paper etc etc. So I am really looking forward to going back to West Papua and blessing the kids with all these goodies! I have just spent the morning rolling up each item and packing them into the bag. I have so many photos to share with you, but just not the time at the moment - sorry!

So, I will be back on board after Easter, so if you don't hear from me for awhile - that's why!

Till then, happy stitching!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

...Give Thanks...

So, did you see it? Did you see it?
*jumps up and down excitedly*

Yup, the new Homespun magazine came out, and guess what was in it? My quilt!
Talk about exciting!

So, the Stitch-a-long has begun, and you can check out and download the instructions on the Homespun website. I've already had ladies sending me an email to let me know they are doing the stitch-a-long - yay!

Well, I'm glad at least someone likes my quilt!! I must say, there is quite a bit of nervous apprehension when you do something like this. Must be to do with my fear or failure or something like that.

Anyway, I will be doing some of the Stitch-a-long myself and coming up with some new ways to use the stitcheries, and I'll be sure to share it all with you.

Till then, happy stitching!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Little bit of this and that..

Well, it's a wee bit hard taking pretty and creative photos when it's rather windy and dark outside. And drizzling with rain. Not that I'm complaining about the rain mind you. I'm so grateful for the rain that we have been having lately.

But I wanted to show you all what's been keeping me busy for the past little while. See, I am heading over to Papua in Indonesia in 16 days time (eek!) to deliver the clothes for my Sew Blessed mission. So I have been madly trying to sew as many things as possible, and that has been taking up any and all of my free time.

Once I'm back I'm determined to get back into the swing of sewing quilts again. I have so many designs running through my head that I want to create!

So yes, I'm getting pretty excited about going back to Indonesia, but also pretty nervous and anxious. There just seems so much to do in so little time! I have no idea how I'm going to be ready in time.

Anyway, just to finish off this post with a little something I have been working on (when I needed a slight break from sewing clothes!) I absolutely love the Patisserie range of fabric by Moda, so this little quilt is made using a Turnover, and some co-ordinating fabric for the strips.

As I said, it's a bit windy outside, so excuse the pics, but I just had to share the yumminess. I think I will leave it at this small size, as it will be perfect to hang on the wall of my future dream house. *sigh* Someday!