August 14, 2011

Free Pattern - Consider the Lilies Pattern 8

We'd better have first things first!  I'm sure you will want to know who won my '400 Giveaway'.

The Random generator chose Number 57 - Susie
The parcel of goodies will soon be winging its way to Melbourne.
Thank you to everyone who participated. I enjoyed reading your lovely comments which were all so encouraging.

Now it's time to give you Pattern 8 of the free BOM "Consider the Lilies". 
This is the section for this month:

and when it's joined to Pattern 7, we have Block 3 complete:

and that's three quarters of the quilt done:

As usual, the pattern can be downloaded from my website here.

Patchwork & Stitching magazine decided to do a profile on me this month.  It's five years since they did the last one, so they wanted to reflect on how my craft has progressed.

It was a good exercise for me to think about the last five years, where I'd come from, what I've learned, how I've developed.  I quite enjoyed the process.  I think my designs have improved, people tell me I have developed my "own style" (though I'm not really sure what it is!), I am much freer to think outside the square and do things differently and I have made so many friends along the way. It's been a good five years!  I am forever grateful to the editor who commissioned my first project and started me on my design career. If my first submission had been rejected, I probably wouldn't have tried again!

The profile is in Vol 12 No 5 if you are interested in reading the blurb.

On the sewing front, I don't seem to have accomplished much lately.  Crocheting was good while we had grandchildren to mind, as it was portable and required little concentration.  We had our daughter's four lovely children for three days last weekend.  We are so proud of our daughter - her sculpture was chosen to be shown at the Rob McNamara Exhibition, so she and her husband went to Melbourne for the opening of the exhibition. You can see some of her fabulous work here

 I did manage to finish a cushion cover this week.  The stitchery had been done for weeks, so it was good to put it all together. It has already been commissioned so will be off to a magazine soon. Then there was another batch of marmalade made.  I think we must eat more marmalade than anyone else I know, as I seem to have to make a batch every 4 or 5 weeks.  I guess that's because home-made is SO much better than the supermarket one! 

At the moment I have paint all over my hands (and probably elsewhere if I looked closely).  I finally got round to painting our garage door.  It was purple!  Now I love purple, but not on my house! 

Two coats later and it is now a nondescript cream blending in rather than standing out like a sore thumb! I really didn't need the garage door to be a feature of the front yard!  It will need one more coat then it will be time to tackle the gates and dividing fences which are - you guessed it - also purple! I'll do an "after" photo when it's all finished.

I know you will love seeing Tracee's fabulous interpretation of my "All my Lovely Sewing Things" wall hanging.  Just look at this:

I love those colours.  In fact, I like it better than my original!
And Tracee has used this little fellow as her Profile Pic on Facebook:

Thanks Tracee for sharing your lovely work.

Hope you all have a great week.



Anonymous said...

Looks like a great article in the patchwork and stitching magazine, congratulations.
But about the garage door: I kinda like it. It's more 'speaking' than beige or off white, it makes sort of a statement: this is the home of creative people. And even with a matching fence, does it get any better?? LOL.
Can't you paint a nice quilt patern on that huge door?

OK, I think I beter shut up. May be it's a good thing I live so far away or you'ld be on m doorstep to tell me how you feel about my taste :-))).

Dutch hugs

WoolenSails said...

That is a saying, I truly believe in. Lots of beautiful pieces and congratulations for the magazine article.


Linda said...

Congratulations on the article, Val. I can't imagine how it might feel to be interviewed "then, and now" - to reflect on one's progress and changes. It's a wonderful honor for you.

Your home is lovely and that garage door looks great. Would you believe it... just today my husband began painting the inside of our two-car garage! What a coincidence. He's begun with the ceiling and will finish with eggshell-colored walls. After 28 years, it's been looking sorta dingy so this will be a good spiff-up. Try to enjoy unpurpling. I'm sure it's a tedious job.

KaHolly said...

Thanks, Val! Downloaded and filed away, hopefully my new winter project! It's looking beautiful. Congrats on the article. All of you designs are beautiful. I love Tracee's work! Good inspiration.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Val thank you again for these wonderful patterns. And Tracee's wallhanging is just darling - love it. blessings, marlene

Marydon said...

Val, your creations are wonderful! Not seen this before.
The garage door looks great. I just repainted the entire interior of our garage.

Would you be so kind to (& tell your friends) comment on my BLOG ONLY (emails don’t count), for the Miracle Makeover fund drive. Charlie, 8 yr. old, & his story are fabulous. Every comment brings us a $1 for the next person that will be sponsored.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Solstitches said...

Oh my, your Consider the Lilies quilt is so lovely Val.
I LOVE Tracee's version of your beautiful sewing things quilt. I was especially interested as am just about to gather supplies to make it. It's nice to see the wall hanging in the different fabrics.
My friend loaned me her Homespun magazine where the sewing things pattern appears. I just finished reading the profile on you which I enjoyed very much ;)
Your home looks beautiful. I think you were just preparing to move when that magazine article was written.
We are not able to get the Australian magazines here in Spain so when we do manage to get one from eBay or wherever it is like gold dust to us.