Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A pattern give away!

My friend Jess, from Elven Garden Quilts has given me a copy of her new pattern, Block Flower to give away to one of my readers. This is a fun and fast fat quarter friendly pattern which is great for showing off larger scale prints.

Jess is my incredibly talented and smart partner in the Decipher Your Quilt project, which has been moving slowly this summer - there will be a post about circles on Thursday this week and then we are off for another month until September 18. We did not think you would mind getting the quilt math in slow doses while we cope with the stuff that life throws at us. But I digress.

Jess's pattern testers did great work and you can see many different and beautiful versions of this lovely pattern on Jess's blog here. Go and have a look and then come back here, I'll wait. You can buy a copy of this pattern for the next two weeks at 50% off in Jess's Craftsy shop, here. If you buy one now and then win a copy, Jess will happily refund you your purchase price.

To enter the draw to win my copy of the pattern, just leave me one comment per person on this post letting me know if you are making quilts these days or working on other things. I will keep the draw open until Thursday noon and announce the winner on Thursday evening. If you win, you could always start working on this pattern for the weekend.

Courthouse step block

And just a short update on my own sewing. Tonight I made that courthouse step block from some Cotton + Steel basics fabrics. I am hoping that with some quilting, it will represent the theme urban contrasts for my Four in Art group. I need to finish it before August 1, so you will know soon if I manage to pull this one off. Regardless, it has affirmed my huge desire to make a courthouse step block quilt.

cross stitched flying geese

And there are my 11 rows of cross stitch flying geese - which is all the stitched geese there will be. I need to finish this project off as it is due to be mailed on August 4 to my secret partner for the Big Stitch Swap. Right now I am leaning towards finishing it off as a hoop, but we shall see. Those few cross stitched geese (165 geese in total) took me about 11 hours to stitch up, so I am thinking that maybe they deserve to be celebrated as they are. I also think I am a very slow cross stitcher but I love the effect of cross stitched quilt blocks.

So don't forget to enter the draw to win Jess's lovely pattern.