Each year with sheer anticipation I look forward to various designers and their block of the months. I just know they have planned something special for us that year. I am always saddened when they decide to take a break or stop for a year or so, but I totally get it also. The sheer amount of work that goes into a block of the month for free or for purchase is unbelievable. You can’t even imagine unless you’ve done one for yourself. At the same time, if you’re creating that quilt I know you look forward to getting it pieced or appliqued to go into your planned project so it has to be a let down when the designer is late, such as my current botms.
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When I join a blog hop I like it to do something that challenges me. That hasn’t always been how it’s worked out, but for the most part I like to do things I haven’t done before or try new techniques that interest me.
For as long as I can remember I have had a love for Sashiko. Back in the ’90s at a quilt show, I saw this absolutely gorgeous quilt that I just fell in love with. While I’m not a blue person, her quilt was dark blue and used a white thread. I’d never seen it before, they’d placed it in the embroidery category, but to me, it was a whole cloth quilt thus I had no knowledge back then of what Sashiko was. Suffice it to say I bought every Sashiko book I could get my hands on at the time. I have loved the beautiful work in Sashiko ever since.
Sashiko is very much like a hand quilting stitches with the exception that the stitches are traditionally a little larger than hand quilting stitches are. Sashiko is a series of lines or curves that are supposed to run in a continuous fashion.
My project today contains Sashiko if you haven’t guessed yet. I didn’t go crazy and make a full quilt, I am not quite up to that as yet with my feet, but I’m getting better at least.
I love my followers, ya’ll are so wonderful about letting me know about new BOTM’s, or events going on the web… it allows me to help share with the rest of you. A Huge Thank You to Marge, she wrote to me yesterday about a new BOTM she found and thought I’d like to post it on my blog.
Each month a free new pattern. This is adorable, a Sunbonnet Sue Christmas botm. I have added it to my botm page for the Around The Web BOTMs. The January block is up and will be up until February 29, 2020. I do not know if the blocks will still be free after February 29, 2020, or not, so be sure you get to there website to download. They have precut kits also available to purchase if you want to make it quick and easy.
A little oops, I forgot to post the url on this post yesterday when I wrote it, so have linked it on the image above.
Since we are now in February, be sure to be on the lookout, most Continue reading
Hi all, I know it seems silly to release these literally the day before Valentine’s. It’s been somewhat difficult to get these done when I wanted to release them as I gained permission to distribute SVG cutting files from artwork during the creation of these patterns and of course, I had to take the time to create the SVG files, thus, they are getting released today.
Most of today’s patterns are very quick and easy and require little or no embroidery. I sure hope you like them.
These come in sizes 9×12 and 12×15, both sizes in each pattern. None of the patterns in this set include SVG Custting files (still trying to obtain permission to distribute) but some of them do have machine embroidery files.
When you purchase the full set, a bonus pattern has been included, making that 10 patterns in the set.
Of course, I also have a free pattern for you inside the post also.
Each year that goes by, I think to myself, it seems so early to do signups for an event that isn’t even going to start for another 8 months. At the same time, it does take time to get your ideas in place, draw your pattern, create the pattern, then sew the test pattern out.
Are you curious about this year’s theme? The picture says it all, but the theme this year is based on gardens of all types… Thus we are having a garden party and everyone is invited.
Today is your chance to sign up for this event. You can be a blogger or a quilter who’d like to become known as a pattern designer. This event is a great way to gain followers for your patterns, for your blog, and for your business.
Today I have for you Sue & Sam in Nebraska and Idaho. I know it seems like it’s been a while, but 12 Days kept me very busy as did the rest of December and January. Because I’m also trying to finish up Twas the Night I have held off doing these and at the same time, I do expect to have at least two releases per month over the next few months of 2 states per release. I need to finish Twas The Night which is just two more blocks and then it’s done and we’ll be zooming on Sue/Sam in the USA… I won’t finish by my March deadline, but I do think we can finish by June 2020 if all goes well.
We are finally at the halfway point for Sunbonnet Sue/Sam… doing 50 states is a big undertaking, Nebraska is the 25th state, and Sue/Sam USA is now 50 blocks large. Idaho makes it the 26th state, so we are now more than halfway done… LOL!! and there are 52 blocks. In the end, you’ll have 100 blocks for this botm.
You’ll notice some changes in the pdf patterns. Continue reading
I really wanted to get these done in December, but block 22 has so much detail it has literally taken me the last 3 weeks to write this pattern. By itself, it has 158 pages in the pdf. It’s mainly the embroidery section, the block just has a lot of detail. With it being 2020, I’ve also made a small change to my patterns for the new year and I hope you’ll like the change… You’ll see it in every 2020 pattern this year.
If you were here yesterday, you saw the free pattern I’m giving away till Monday. I am releasing the full set of animals today also.
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