Previous month:
December 2010
Next month:
February 2011

January 2011

A Happy Day and My First Giveaway!

Waterlily Dreaming Pattern Launch One Day In May 
Today is the day!

I am happy to announce the official release of One Day In May, Creations by Melissa Grant needlework patterns.

 Waterlily Dreaming Needle Keep Pattern Cover 
Waterlily Dreaming Brooch Pattern Cover 
Waterlily Dreaming Needle Keep and Waterlily Dreaming Brooch pattern are now both available for wholesale purchase. Which in turn means you are now able to purchase them from stores! Over on the left <--- , I have made a list of One Day In May pattern stockists. I will add new stockists to the list as soon as I am able. In the meantime, if you would like to get your hands on either Waterlily Dreaming pattern please do the following.

Foothills 

Visit the store located at 1553A Burwood Highway, Tecoma VIC 3160 Australia. Or telephone Sandra or Lesley on 61 03 9754 6166. You can visit their blog here.

QFD%20Creative%20copy1(1) 
Purchase online at Quilt Fabric Delights. Or give Sarah a call on        61 08 7122 3237. You can read Sarah's blog here.

Did you notice anything else over on the left <--- ? I met Helen Stubbings of Hugs 'n Kisses late last year. Helen wears many hats, one of which looks like this...

Pattern press logo 
Pattern Press is an Australian based company that publishes and distributes craft patterns, books and gifts. I am thrilled that Helen will be distributing for One Day In May. Click on the link <--- and have a browse through the many pattern designs that Helen distributes. It's window shopping heaven!! If you find anything you like, check out the list of retailers listed on the Pattern Press site, and give one a call. You can also click on the "designer blogs" link down the bottom to read designer biographies and find links to their blogs. Don't forget to arm yourself with caffeine and nourishment for the "browsing journey"... you may be there for quite a while!

So, how about something to celebrate?

It's my first giveaway!!!

Giveaway Lovebird One Day In May 
Please leave a comment on this post on or before February 13th. On February 14th (ooooh Valentine's Day), I will randomly select 4 comments whose authors will receive a little LOVE LETTER (Waterlily Dreaming pattern) in the mail from me. Depending on the luck of the draw, each winner will receive either a Needle Keep or Brooch pattern. You never know it may just be you who receives some "One Day In May love" in the post.

Thank you for visiting and helping me celebrate...

Until next time,

Melissa  x

 

A cornflower gathering...

Back in November, I began experimenting with a little collection of blue and cream fabrics. I love working with just the two colours... playing with contrast and texture. The end result is a combination of many ideas and inspirations.

A Cornflower Gathering - Table Runner, began with an art nouveau obsession which developed into pattern repetition. I also found a gorgeous variegated thread (from the Cosmo Seasons range), which inspired me to experiment with a kind of "fabric variegation" in the borders.

A Cornflower Gathering - Table Runner One Day In May 1 
This little project is rich in texture, despite it's simplicity in colour. The border's are ruched, which has given them a slight elevation as well as creating that variegation I was hoping to create. The swirling leaf curls and stems in particular have ended up looking like braid... a combination of chain-stitch and satin-stitch.

A Cornflower Gathering - Table Runner One Day In May 2 

It's been a lot of fun, experimenting with various combinations of simple sewing techniques and different styles. The tricky part is the "naming". The flowers remind me of cornflowers... what do you think?

 A Cornflower Gathering
Until next time,

Melissa  x

PS. Congratulations to Amber!! She is the winner of my Flood Relief Auction, and the recipient of 51 buttons!! Thank you to everyone who participated and a HUGE thank you to Toni and Carli of Make It Perfect, for organising such a wonderfully successful fundraising event. Just look at what we've managed to raise, thanks to their hard labour, patience, organisational skills and generous hearts.

QLDFloodAppealWERAISED  

 

A Special Delivery...

My daughter was casually opening the mail, as we were driving to a friend's this afternoon... when I had to pull over very quickly. A very exciting little parcel had arrived and I simply could not wait to have a look!

One Day In May Waterlily Dreaming pattern prototypes 
These are the prototypes for my first 2 patterns!  They have come up beautifully... and the feeling of opening one for the first time was truly wonderful.

Happy dance...

Melissa  x

 

Where is this going?

Truthfully... I have no idea where this project is headed. Will it be little? Maybe it will evolve into a quilt.

A thankful Heart One Day In May 4 
I know I am really enjoying it's creation.

A thankful Heart One Day In May 5 
It's all feeling a little old world in flavour... the colours are certainly a lot richer than I would normally be drawn to.

A thankful Heart One Day In May 6 
Personally, I can't wait to see what happens next.

Until next time...

Melissa  x

 

With a thankful heart...

I've put aside my current projects for a few days, as my head and heart have been filled with other things. So many feelings evolve from watching the widespread heartbreak across our flooded country. It begins with deep sadness and worry. What has settled on my heart, however, is thankfulness.

I am a complainer, plain and simple. If not always in word (but pretty often), almost always in attitude. There is the constant need to improve things, the home, the yard... our lives in general. I tend to focus on what isn't right or what still needs doing. And generally I'm not happy until it's fixed. Days can come and go without a second thought to how much I have to be thankful for. It's not that I can't see and appreciate all that is good in my life... I just don't remember to reflect on it and be thankful for it.

I'm a bit behind schedule, but I think I've decided on a resolution for 2011. I want to live with a different attitude... an attitude of gratitude, respect for the many blessings in my life and with a thankful and generous heart.

 A thankful Heart One Day In May 1 
  This week, stitching feels different. It's been a little like meditation. My mind is filled with emotions, the plight of others and the appreciation for all that I have.

 A thankful Heart One Day In May 2

Sometimes there are tears. But as the days roll on, I am inspired as I watch the generosity shown from one person to another in the flood "clean-up" efforts. Even from those who have lost everything themselves. I so admire their generous, giving spirit.

A thankful Heart One Day In May 3 
I am also very proud of Australia's craft industry. There are numerous fund-raising efforts taking place, in the form of auctions across blogland and facebook.

 Photobucket

Take a look at the Make It Perfect blog by Toni. Toni and team will be posting "The Master List" on Sunday night, of all the auctions happening across many craft and quilting blogs next week. You can read more about the auctions here. Not only is it a great way to be able to give to the people of Queensland, there are some fantastic items up for grabs... a once in a lifetime opportunity. Natalie, of Cinderberry Stitches, is offering up one of her original quilts, for example.

Recovery will be slow and long lasting in the devastated areas. Money is the best way we can help... so please... have a look at your favourite blogs and check "The Master List" on Sunday night, over at Make It Perfect. Some blogs are using the form of a raffle instead, which may be more financially manageable for some. There are plenty of auctions to choose from, many ways to give.

Until next time,

Melissa  x

  

Do you know of any great online tutorials?

Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a "Quilting Hotline" that you could call in the wee hours. There are times too, when you just need to be able to see, first hand, how "it's" done. Most certainly, your "local patchwork store" visit, sewing circle or workshop is a great time and place to learn skills and tips... BUT, if you're anything like me, you don't generally remember to ask at these opportune moments.

I have to confess, I love an online tutorial! For anything really... from computer tweaks to the vast array of needleturn applique methods that exist. I can call on "tutes" at anytime of the day (yep I'm a late night stitcher and blogger), while drawing on the knowledge of very clever people with years of experience. 

In my "online travels", I've stumbled across some needlework/quilting tutorials that I think are clear, well illustrated and comprehensive. I thought it would be fun (and hopefully helpful) to create a little library of links to share. Scroll down to the bottom of the left sidebar to find it. Some links are for reference like an imperial to metric conversion chart. There are some where you will find "quilting basics" like "using triangles", and some are just really good ideas. As a "late-night lurker of the internet", I very much appreciate coming across a gem of a tutorial or site. The effort and time taken to create these tutorials is substantial. Full credit and appreciation is due to the authors. Please take time to look around their sites/blogs.

Please note:

The library is open all hours, you don't have to be quiet when visiting AND you can even eat chocolate/drink coffee while reading!!

Bookworm_Carl_Spitzweg 
  
I hope you find these "tute" links useful. Do you know of any great online tutorials? Please email me or leave a comment if you'd like to share a particular sewing tutorial with other readers of this blog... and I will add it to the library!

Until next time...

Melissa  x

 

Summer days...

It's a fine line... making good use of these commitment free summer days and relaxing. During the year it can be quite hard finding an extended period of time to do anything like stitching, pattern writing, gardening. It often feels to me, that as soon as I've settled into any kind of rhythm... it's school pick up time or time to fit in the supermarket shop, before school pick up time.

 So, as a result, I am quite eager to get a good deal done in the next weeks. BUT... these post Christmas, Summer days! They're quite persistent in lulling me into that lazy, sleepy existence... you know... everyone's on holidays, nothing in particular has to happen... forget the washing, cooking... rest... relax. 
However, I am on a mission,... seize these stitching opportunities I say! So many ideas to get on paper and sewn up. Now is the time... strike while the iron's hot! Anyway, stitching is relaxing... right?

Dragonflies One Day In May

You're right. I should take my time, enjoying the colours and the texture of the thread... mmm, I love the texture of thread. Hey, I could stitch in the sun on the verandah... feet up. That sounds like "enjoying the stitching". I could watch the dragonflies (they seem so prolific this season... maybe it's all the rain we've been having).

Dragonflies and lilies One Day In May

Actually, now that I'm out here, I might just put my head back for a moment and listen to the birds. You know I could close my eyes for just a little while...

Summer 
zzz...Until next time,

Melissa  x