Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Friendship Quilt - Blocks 3 & 4

Thank you so much for your overwhelming response to my new Block of The Month.  It is going to be such fun sharing each block with you each month.  

Here is Block 3 - "Friends are like stars they come and go.  But the ones that stay are the ones that glow."

I have had lots of enquiries about a PDF version of this BOM - I have decided to offer each month of the Quilt as a 10 month subscription for $6.00 per month.  The pattern will be e-mailed to you each month after the 1st of the month.  

Alternatively if you do not wish to enter into a subscription the blocks will be available after release to subscribers in my CRAFTSY shop for $7.00 per month - Please note that the PDF versions do not receive the pattern cover as part of the download.

For those of you that expressed interest a few weeks ago you will be receiving an e-mail from me over the next 24 hours once I catch up.

The availability of Full Kits is diminishing rapidly and I have ordered what I can from my fabric supplier so if you are considering this option and want to make it in the exact fabrics as me don't leave it too long as this option will finish once I run out of fabric.

And here is Block 4 - "Friends are the family we choose for ourselves"

All of the friendship sayings come straight from the heart and I know that many will resonate with you and instantly make you think of a particular friend.  That is the beauty of friendship - A kindredship of the heart and a blessing to our soul.

I think this quilt would look equally as beautiful in redwork - Don't you?

Or maybe because it uses 2 1/2" squares you could use up some of your stash? 

Just simply choose a Cottage Garden Thread that melds with your scraps and then match up 5 or 6 DMC threads to the tones in the variegated - It's as easy as that.

To find out how to subscribe simply go to THE FRIENDSHIP QUILT Page.

I'll be back tomorrow to reveal another block on a very special day for Australian and New Zealand residents - Anzac Day.  Lest We Forget.

Hugs - Fee x

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Friendship Quilt - Blocks 1 & 2

Today I am introducing you to the first 2 blocks of my newest Block of the Month - "The Friendship Quilt"

I have enjoyed stitching each block so much and can't wait to share the finished quilt with you.  Each month contains a heartfelt friendship saying.

Block 1 is - "A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself"

So very true.  Each block is not limited to just making the quilt.  The stitchery sized at 8 1/2" X 12 1/2"  lends itself to being used in many different ways, A Bag, Wall Hanging, Cushion or many more uses.  Collect all 9 and use them anyway you wish.

Each block is bordered by gorgeous 2 1/2" squares.  The quilt uses an entire jelly roll which includes the binding.  It also has a border fabric and 30" of background fabric.  I am putting it together right now ready to be sent for quilting.  The finished quilt measures 50 1/2" X 58 1/2".

I am offering the BOM Programme in 2 ways.

Paper Pattern Only for $12 per month or a Complete Fabric, Thread & Pattern Kit for $29.50 per month - Both run over 10 months and include full instructions to complete each block and finishing instructions for making the quilt in part 10.

Over the next week or so I will reveal the rest of the blocks to you along with the finished quilt.

I hope you love it as much as I do.

Here is Block 2 - Side by side or miles apart, Friends are forever close to your heart

Every block has little applique hearts which are cut from the jelly roll strips and easily blanket stitched down.

Each block is bordered by beautiful chain stitched Cottage Garden Thread in Sweetwater which matches the fabric range "Printemps" and the DMC Threads I have used perfectly.

Isn't it a gorgeous range?

Sign Ups are now being taken for both options of the Block of the Month.  Simply go to the Friendship Quilt Page at the top of the page or click the link for further info.

I'll be back tomorrow to share another block with you.


Fee xx

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Did you have a lovely Easter?  I did all of my children came home on Sunday and it was lovely to have them all together including all of the grand babies.  I made each of my grand daughters a little bunny from a Rosalie Quinlan pattern.  I had to write their names on the back to avoid any confusion.

Somehow Miss Isabelle ended up with two - I think she bunnynapped one from someone else LOL

Sam my daughter is a lot like me and always gets into the spirit of the occassion - Imagine her children's faces when they were greeted with their very own easter bunny on Sunday morning.

What would a break from work be without sewing?  I chose to spend some time on a little hexie project I am designing.  Aren't these pretty?

I have had these fabrics put aside for sometime just waiting for the right project.

I also fussy cut some more flowers for my Shabby Garden project - I love everyone of these flowers.

And I managed to fit in some baking.  This cake is called "Apple Cake in a Nutshell" - We had some warm just out of the oven with whipped cream - Delicious !!

Towards the end of the week I am going to start showing you the blocks in my "New" BOM called "The Friendship Quilt" - I am currently stitching the final block.  I can't wait to show you.

Have a lovely week.


Fee x

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter

Monday, April 14, 2014

Busy Weekend

My busy weekend begun on Friday night as soon as I finished work - I had to pack all of my stock for the local "Quilter's Easter Showcase" which I attend locally every year.

Then it was up early Saturday morning to travel to the venue and set up my little stand.  It was "Garden Treasure's" real first public appearance and was adored by many, with quite a few sign ups for this BOM - It makes the hard slog of putting together a Block of the Month worthwhile when people love it as much as you do -It makes the heart swell !

This "Friendship Day" is always a lovely day full of lovely quilters and lots of lovely trade tables. You can just see my Lucious Lucey quilt to the right it was her first public appearance too.

The organisers do such a great job.  Well done ladies !

Yesterday after spending the morning cleaning and tidying I baked an Orange Cake and sat down to stitch.  I have had some little stitcheries traced out for a new project for quite some time but I hadn't stitched a stitch in them as I currently have 2 Block of The Months I am working on - They got the better of me yesterday and even though I have heaps to do on the BOM's I felt I just had to stitch one of these new drawings.

Oops - Forgot to turn this pic - You'll have to imagine the basket up the right way LOL

So after a few hours this little block is finished.  I can't wait to start the next one :)

My lovely friend Jenny has today released her latest magazine so this morning I downloaded my copy from her store and have it ready to sit and enjoy at morning tea time.

Hugs - Fee xx

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Friendship Quilt

There is lots happening in the Ransley household at the moment.  I am doing some Easter crafts for the grand children including these adorable little rabbits which are a Rosalie Quinlan design.  I just have to embroider their little faces and stitch their tummies down and then they are finished.  Aren't they cute ?

There has also been some gardening.  Hubby asked me if it would be ok to remove some of the roses that had gone to briar in the back garden.  I returned home to this !!  A totally eradicated garden !  I have decided to look upon it as a positive and will re-design this area of garden.  He is off interstate on the weekend for a week or so and I plan to get a bit done before he returns.

I have been making little brooches and hair clips and other little crafty bits when I am not in the mood for stitching.  This tray of bits and pieces sits next to my sewing chair so I can just pick it up when the whim comes.  It makes it much easier having everything together.

Our litter of Tonkinese babies are growing up fast and are almost at the age of going to new homes.  It is such fun having them to play with but I think Beatrice their mum is just about over babies the poor thing.  I think she will enjoy the rest once they have left home.

And finally I am into the home straight with my new Block of The Month - "The Friendship Quilt" - I can't wait to show you it finished - Hopefully after the Easter break.

Enjoy your Thursday.


Fee xx

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lavender Sachets

When I go treasure hunting I always check out the book section.  I love to read but I also like to re-use old books so recently when I came across an old Webster's Dictionary with illustrations for $3.00 I just couldn't pass on it.

I have so many ideas for the pages of this book.

All of the pages have that lovely golden look of age

This week I decided to use some of my stored dried lavender to make some paper lavender sachets

I just simply folded each page in half and sewed around 3 sides.  Filled it with lavender and then sewed along the top.

I added a sweet little satin and pearl flower and now they are ready to be sold at a major craft fair I will be attending at the end of the year.

I just love making these - They are addictive !!
Keep your eye out for some old books so you can make some too.
Or maybe you might like to make some out of some old music paper.
Fee xx