14th February has arrived – the day I promised you would see my new free Block of the Month pattern which I’ve called “Gifts of Grace”. I hope you enjoy stitching it as much as I have enjoyed designing it. I have to confess that it is still a work in progress and, while all the blocks have been designed, I am only three or four ahead of you in actually stitching them!
This BOM design has nine blocks, each with appliqué and embroidery and embellished with beads. I plan to release one block in the third week of each month.
This pattern is FREE, for personal use or to make as a gift. You may also give a copy to friends and tell them where to find me, but please do not use the pattern for profit.
I would love it if you would put my “Gifts of Grace” button in the sidebar of your blog with a link back to http://val-laird.blogspot.com. (Just right click and Save Picture As a jpeg file onto your computer, then upload it to your blog.) It would also be great if you let me know in a comment or e-mail that you’ve decided to download the patterns. Here is the button:
We all LOVE photos, so please share photos of your finished blocks. You could post them on your blog or email them to me so we can all benefit from your creativity.
Cream tone-on-tone fabric. You will need 40cm to cut nine blocks 7½ x 7½. (Add extra if you plan to use the cream fabric again in a border.)
Border and sashing fabrics
Scraps of fabric for appliqués
Whisper Weft or similar stabiliser
Water Erasable Pen
Range of seed beads in neutral, pearl and colours to match fabrics
My favourite stranded threads are by Anchor so I will give you the thread numbers that I am using and you can substitute your own wherever I mention these in the patterns.
76 Medium Rose
77 Dark Rose
122 Deep flax blue
123 French Navy
843 Olive Green
890 Deep Yellow Ochre
901 Dark Yellow Ochre
Now, you’re ready for the pattern, so click here to go to the download site (scroll to bottom of page).
Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.