Handmade with Love: The Ultimate Giveaway!

I have been sitting on some super exciting news. What would you say if I told you 52 brilliant modern handcraft designers were joining forces and practically giving away over 200 of their best projects, patterns, and tutorials? You’d probably say I’m crazy. But I’m telling you, that’s exactly what’s going to happen with the Handmade with Love Super Bundle, which will be available on November 27. Over $1000 worth of patterns and projects for only $29.97 - an overall discount of 97%! This digital bundle will include my Bearhug & Honeybun Baby Storybook pattern. I will share more info on the rest of the bundle soon, so stay tuned!

To celebrate the launch of this super bundle, there is an incredible giveaway happening! How would you like to win a Cricut Maker Machine ($400), a Brother Embroidery and Sewing Machine ($390) or any of 18 other prizes altogether worth $4000? I thought you’d be excited about that!

Here’s what’s happening: the good folks at Ultimate Bundles are running a giveaway…and not just any giveaway! Including the prizes I already mentioned, there are 20 prizes (worth almost $4,000 altogether!), so you’ll definitely find something crafty that you’ve had your eye on. I mean, with categories like Knitting & Crochet; Embroidery & Cross-Stitch; Sewing, Quilting, & Applique, and Mixed Media Fiber Arts (like Weaving), there’s something for every maker.

Head over to the GIVEAWAY PAGE now to enter. All you need to do is pick a category, enter your name and email address. That’s it! Entries close November 26 so don't delay. Open to everyone worldwide! Good luck!

Sushi Roll Mini Quilt

When Caroline from Sew Can She asked me to design another mini quilt for her popular monthly mini quilt series, how could I say no? I enjoyed the first mini I designed for this series so much!

The inspiration for my new mini quilt came from a sushi roll I saw on Pinterest - google 'mosaic sushi roll' and you'll see what I'm talking about. I thought it would be interesting to replicate the design in fabric. I used my Sweet Prairie fabric collection for Riley Blake to make it and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. You can download the free pattern from the Sew Can She blog.

I've had very little time for sewing as of late - we are still catching up with the spring mowing and slashing of our acreage, mulching the borders and trees, tending to the orchard (which has started to yield fruit), and in our spare time (!) building our new DIY chicken coop. 'Cluckingham Palace' as my hubby calls it - it's going to be a Hamptons style mansion when it's finished. The cladding and nesting boxes are finished, the roof will go up next. Then we are on the home stretch - shutters, doors, a lick of grey paint. Hopefully ready just in time for summer!

My sewing time being so limited, I've been making small things of late. I helped my friend Nadra from Ellis & Higgs test her new Christmas mini quilt pattern, Holly Jolly, by making one of the blocks. It's supposed to be a gift box though I think mine looks more like a funky shirt with a bow tie - maybe using a low volume for the box wasn't the best idea! I still think it's cute though.

Yesterday I made a sweet macaron cross-stitch and turned it into a pincushion. The cross-stitch pattern is from the book ‘Friandises & Patisseries’ by Helene Le Berre. It's quite hard to find (you may need to order it from Amazon France) but it’s a real gem of a book packed with beautiful cake and French patisserie patterns. One of the most cherished books in my library!

Thanks for visiting today. Until next time - happy sewing!

New Pattern: Indigo Star Quilt

I have a new quilt pattern out: it's called 'Indigo Star'!

This is a fat quarter friendly pattern that is quick to piece and suitable for all levels of quilters, including beginners. It's available in paper and PDF versions - ask for it at your favourite quilting store or you can purchase it in both formats from my shop. It's also available for wholesale ordering through Creative Abundance and Checker Distributors.

The beautiful fabrics I have used in this quilt are 'Blue Carolina' by Riley Blake Designs - available now at quilt stores!

Sweet Prairie Blog Tour: Full Recap

The blog tour for my new collection Sweet Prairie for Riley Blake Designs has come to a close, and oh what wonderful projects we were treated to! Here's a recap of them all and their talented makers - I'm sure you will agree they showcased the line so beautifully.

Allison Jensen - Woodberry Way - @woodberry_way

Alli has made two beautiful great granny square pillows and has shared a free tutorial on her blog. Find it here.

Minki Kim - Minki's Work Table - @zeriano

Minki made her very first large quilt with Sweet Prairie using the strip piecing method - the result is a lovely square patchwork quilt showcasing all the prints together. Read all about it here.

Keera Job - Live.Love.Sew Pattern Co - @keera.job

Keera has designed a gorgeous new quilt for this tour and is sharing the free pattern on her blog. Download it here.

Alexis Wright - My Sweet Sunshine Studio - @mysweetsunshine

Alexis made the sweetest tunic top with the mini floral and gingham prints. The pattern is Pixie by Violette Field Threads. Read more about it on Alexis' blog.

Emily Dennis - Quilty Love - @emily_dennis_

Emily made a stunning baby size quilt using her pattern, 'Expanding Stars'. Read more about it here.

I hope you enjoyed all the sewing inspiration today! If you would like to get your hands on a bundle of Sweet Prairie, I have compiled a list of shops who are stocking it here. Thank you for visiting!

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