Bell Christmas Tree Ornament - free pattern

Today I am just touching base as I land on the computer for a very short while. We have had a wonderful week away with our local Birdwatching Club. It's always a delight to spend time with friends who have the same interest in our wonderful Australian bird life. 

I hit home in time to do all the washing and ironing before I packed again to go off to the Creative Craft Retreat. Our daughter flew down from more than 1000 kms away to attend, so of course it was wonderful to spend a weekend away with her doing what we both love.

Now we're home again and another two of our children plus their spouses have arrived to spend the week with us before the wedding of one of our grandsons. As you can imagine, I won't be spending much time on the computer!!!

I have another free pattern for you in our Christmas Tree ornament series. This time it is a sweet bell embroidered with pretty stitches, ricrac, beads and a folly bell.

You can find the pattern here in my Craftsy Store. 
Have fun making another decoration for your tree.

Before I go, I will show you another of my PASSES (Projects At a Stand-still). It is a different coloured version of my very first free Block of the Month way back in 2009, "What is Love?". I prepared and worked most of the stitcheries many years ago and then it just sat in the PASS drawer. I figured it really was time it was completed! 

Now to go and catch up on more conversation!!!


Pudding Christmas Tree Ornament - free pattern

Christmas is getting closer! Today I have the first of six Christmas Tree ornaments that I will be sharing with you. There will be a new one added each fortnight. Here is the Christmas Pudding:

These ornaments are very quick to make, can be made from bits and pieces you have in your stash and I hope you will really enjoy making them.

I've used some fun embroidery stitches to embellish the ornaments. Fly stitch is a great felt enhancement and I've fallen in love with Palestrina Knot stitch:

The crochet edge is optional and I've made suggestions for alternatives if you're not a crochet fan.

The pattern is available in my Craftsy Store. Craftsy have changed their format over this weekend so I hope you can find your way around. Let me know if you have any difficulties. 

Seeing we're on a Christmas theme, I would like to show you this lovely "Joy to the World" cushion that I designed: 

I really like everything about this - the colours, the sentiment, the appliques, the embellishments.

... a little bit of stitchery, Prairie Points ....

... Suffolk Puffs, braid and lace:

The pattern is in Handmade Vol 35 No 4:

It's easy to find on the cover!

I'd love to see your take on the Pudding ornament so send in those photos!

Happy stitching!

Creatures great and small - well, mostly small!

I had a day or so to spare before family arrived last week, so dutifully opened up my PASS (Projects At a Stand-Still) drawer. I'm determined to reduce its size! In it I found some small creatures - three appliqued butterflies each on a white square.

I looked at them for quite a while pondering what I could do with them. Inspiration finally hit and I thought they would work nicely into mug rugs.

I had some left-over jelly roll strips and other bits and pieces in the lovely Notting Hill range so they were put to good use. I was quite delighted with how pretty they looked. 

It is interesting how the soft colours counteract the stark black of the butterfly and its equally stark white background.

I was very happy with the unlikely combination. The pink and aqua must have inspired me and I found myself making a little felt and crochet hanging, again with a butterfly:

The other small creatures I want to show you are Mr & Mrs Mouse.

I asked my clever grandson to draw me The Mouse House and he did such a fabulous job. It is definitely one of my favourite stitcheries.

It even made the cover of Patchwork & Stitching Magazine.

The pattern is in Volume 18 No 1 and will be in my Craftsy Store later in the year.

Hubby was away at a Conference for a few days, so what is there for a girl to do but to start a new design!!! It's going to be my first ever row quilt and I'm super excited about it. I've worked out one row and I have a vague idea about the others, so it's my usual 'design on the run' style. I like to be flexible!

Next week I plan to give you the first of my six little Christmas tree ornaments, so I hope to see you back here then.

Happy stitching!

PASS mark

I'll be teaching the Hollyhock Cottage needlecase at the Creative Craft Retreat next month and participants are invited to have a pop-up stall to sell craft items, patterns etc there.

When I looked at my crate of 'bits and pieces', it was looking a bit like Old Mother Hubbard so it was obviously time to think about making a few things. It's no use having a stall if there is nothing to sell!!!

The first thing to do was to look in the PASS (Projects At A Stand  Still) drawer. It was an effort to open it as it was so full! I found some half completed hardanger accessories and it really took very little time to complete them. A scissor-keep:

and a tape-measure cover:

Why had they languished in the drawer for so many years???  I really can't understand why I didn't finish them when they were so close to completion. I found yet another almost complete project in the drawer so I plan to try to tackle this one soon.

Then it was on to some more embellished hand towels:

They can be completed in just a couple of hours and I am so happy with the way they turned out:

Toadstool in a different colourway:

Hand towels lend themselves to fusible web applique:

 and Broderie Perse:

It's school holidays this week so I'll be spending time with two of our grandsons but I'm still hopeful of getting at least one more PASS finished! Then I reckon I'll definitely reach the PASS Mark!

Happy stitching!

Free Block of the Month Wall Quilt - Pattern 9

Here we are at the end of our free BOM quilt journey! I hope you have enjoyed stitching the 

You Are Blessed quilt

or as I imagine with many of you, that you will enjoy it when you get round to stitching it one day!

I have given you some instructions for how I put all the blocks together and finished the quilt. You can find Pattern 9 free here in my Craftsy Store.

All the blocks will remain free for download until 31st December 2016. Of course I would love to see a photo of your completed quilt!

That won't be the end of the freebies for the year from me as I have a plan to share
  six Christmas tree decorations

These little cuties will start at the beginning of October, with a new one each fortnight until the 11th December. I hope you will like them as I've really enjoyed preparing them for you.

We have been enjoying the freshness of the Spring Season. Birds are nesting (swallow above), young are fledging (Blue-faced honeyeater baby below) and happily for me, the weather is getting warmer.

We were thrilled to find a Tawny Frogmouth nesting again this year. They are masters of camouflage and we are amazed that we have been able to find them six years in a row in the thousands of trees we pass on our morning walk. This year there is extra excitement as we have found two separate nests:

I found a drawer full of hand towels and face washers in my craft room, so, with Spring in the air, I decided it was time they had some work on them to pretty them up.

Some quick applique, Prairie Points and a bit of ric rac and an hour or so later a plain white towel was transformed. I love the freshness of the blue and white, 

  Then I went into "In the Pink" mode!

I needed the drawer space, so I did a few more ... but I'll show you them next time!

Happy Stitching!