Now that I have two reasons to celebrate,
it's definitely time for my giveaway!
On top of my 100 designs landmark, I have now reached the 600 followers milestone! Thank you to the four or five lovely ladies who became official followers during the week to make this happen.
For the giveaway, I decided to make a pretty sewing set using some of the Scarborough Fair range. There's a pincushion:
A scissor pillow:
and a thread-catcher:
Then there's a set of 22 five-inch charm squares of the lovely Butterscotch & Rose range of fabric:
To enter is easy. If you are a follower of this blog, or become one in the next few days, you are eligible to enter. All you need to do is leave a comment at the end of this post. (Reminder: my system is set up to automatically delete any "Anonymous" comments. If you are a "no-reply blogger", please include your e-mail address in the comment.)
The giveaway will close on the first day of our Spring - next Saturday 1st September, at midnight Australian time.
Feel free to mention the giveaway to your friends - I'd be happy for them to become followers too!
My "Charmed Life" Table Runner appeared in Patchwork & Stitching Vol 13 No 5 recently.
Charm squares are such a great way to sample a fabric range and they are quite economical too. It takes all the guesswork out of matching fabrics and colours! It can be lots of fun going through the stash trying to get things to match, but sometimes it is really enjoyable to use a range of fabric where you know absolutely every piece will fit in perfectly! This design is very simple with squares "on point" and a bit of ricrac and flowers for embellishment and hand-made tassels on the end.
The only "tricky" bit to the pattern is how to bind and mitre the odd angles on the sides. Some time ago I prepared a tutorial for you on how to cope with an angle other than 90 degrees. You might find this helpful some time and can download the file from this page here.
Have a great week and happy stitching!