Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I had a slight mishap a week ago, and have been a little under the weather since. I was walking Daisy (DD's Chocolate Lab) when something must have spooked her and she took off! I landed flat on the sidewalk and ended up with a fractured sternum, a loose tooth, bruised and cut face and hands. But I didn't lose Daisy! What a mess! lol You can just imagine my husband's and daughter's reaction when they arrived home from Scotland the next day.

Needless to say I haven't been getting too much done of my stitching or quilting.
But I do have some photos to show you. HazelB of http://hazel-sewcrazy.blogspot.com/and Jennifer of http://stitchanything.blogspot.com/ sent me photos of their completed September blocks.

Don't they look great!

There is one day left before the cutoff for the giveaway so if you haven't entered yet just leave a comment on the September 4th post.

Bye for now.

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Sweet Nostalgia" - September Block.

I think I've kept you waiting long enough, so without any more teasers, here is the first of the "Sweet Nostalgia" blocks. This is the September block titled - "Summer's Gone".

This project will have 12 blocks in total, with one block being released around the 15th of each month until August 15, 2010. If you choose to use the blocks as I have planned, the quilt will measure approx. 53" x 67". The finishing instructions will be provided in August 2010, with the final block. Each block will be available for download for 3 months, i.e. when the December block is released the September block will be removed. I hope you will get as much enjoyment from stitching these blocks as I have.

The Cosmo embroidery threads for this project were generously provided by Nireko, of the Lecien Corporation, http://www.lecien.co.jp/en/hobby/cosmo25/index.html and I encourage you to try them if at all possible.

I have not included instructions for the embroidery stitches, as there are many on-line references available. Two excellent reference sites are Sharon b's Dictionary of Stitches, here http://inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html and Rissa's Pieces Stitch Dictionary, here http://www.prettyimpressivestuff.com/stitches/index.htm.

Without further ado, the pattern for this month can be found here.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you and see your progress with the blocks.

The response to my "Sweet Nostalgia" giveaway has been wonderful, so much so that I'm thinking a few more prizes may be in order. Stay tuned. If you haven't entered yet, there's still time, just leave a comment on the previous post.

Bye for now.

For those of you having difficulty downloading the file from Scribd you can download the pattern here

Edited September 21/09 - I've added 3 more prizes to the giveaway for the runners-up, so if you haven't entered yet, there's still time. Just leave a comment on the previous post.

Friday, September 4, 2009

"Sweet Nostalgia" Giveaway

I'm really excited about launching my new free B.O.M. "Sweet Nostalgia", so much so, that I think I just might launch it early! So stay tuned.
To celebrate I'm having another giveaway and I hope you will join in on the fun. This time, there are 10 colors of the wonderful Cosmo Marble thread, so generously provided by Nireko of the Lecien Corp., 4 Fat Quarters of the repro 30's fabrics, a Clover embroidery hoop, John James Embroidery Needles, and a marking pen.

To be in the draw for these gifts, I'd like you to do two things. First, leave a comment on this post - that will give you one entry in the draw. Second, put the Sweet Nostalgia BOM button on your blog and tell your blog readers about it! You can find the button on the right hand side of my blog. That will give you an extra 2 entries!

I will draw the winner on September 30, 2009. Hope to hear from you. Bye for now.

Edited September 21/09 - The response to my new B.O.M. and Giveaway has been absolutely tremendous and so, to improve your odds of winning I have decided to add 3 more prizes for the runners-up. The wonderful Nireko of The Lecien Corporation has generously donated the packages of 10 colours each of their lucsious Cosmo embroidery thread which have been added to the 6 fat quarters of these 30's reproduction fabrics from my stash.
I've tried to respond to each comment that has been left but for those of you who do not have an e-mail address provided, please know I appreciate you dropping by and joining in on the fun. Good luck with the draw.