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March 2011

A Miracle Auction for Janelle...

Last week I came across a very special event on facebook.

This coming Friday, 1st April, Miracle Auction will be holding a facebook auction in an effort to assist a local young Mum of 2. Janelle is facing the biggest battle of her life... and is facing some huge medical bills to continue her fight againt "incurable" cervical cancer. You can read Janelle's story here.

   Janelle

So... over the weekend, I made 2 Waterlily Dreaming ~ Brooches to be auctioned at Miracle Auction. One in a gorgeous soft pink and the other in a dusty red (who knew waterlilies could be a little bit country). Either would be a great little gift for a friend or indeed for yourself : )

If you are a One Day In May stockist, this would be a super easy way to pick up a store sample... while helping Janelle.

Waterlily Dreaming Brooch ~ Soft Pink for auction
 
Waterlily Dreaming Brooch ~ Dusty Red for auction

Helen Stubbings of Pattern Press has also offerred these One Day In May patterns for auction : )

One Day In May, Creations by Melissa Grant ~ patterns for auction

So please do head on over to Miracle Auction on Facebook, "like" and "share". It would be wonderful if you could help spread the word on facebook or your blog. If you'd like to add an item to the auction, please email Belinda. Her address can be found on the Miracle Auction page, and I KNOW she would be tickled pink to hear from you.

Oh yes... and don't forget to bid this Friday!!

Until next time,

Melissa  x 

A little quilt label...

I thought you might like to see this little quilt label design I've included in my table runner pattern ~ "A Cornflower Gathering". There are a few phrases to choose from, as well as all the date options needed to personalise your runner.

A Cornflower Gathering Quilt Label One Day In May

I just managed to sneak in the stitching of this label before taking my designs over to The Patchwork Teahouse last week. Marilyn has this project as well as my "Waterlily Dreaming" needle keep and brooch designs on display at the moment. So pop on over for a visit, if you'd like to see them "in the flesh" or should that be "in the fabric"... doesn't quite sound the same.

Until next time,

Melissa  x

A rambling rose... (and giveaway winners)

There have been lots of exciting things happening here over this past little while... Beginning a new design is always a joy, and seeing how it develops is even better. How about a little peek or two at something I've been working on?

This has been such fun to make...  a little applique, a little felt, some gorgeous variegated thread (Oregano from Cottage Garden Threads) and some flower construction.

One Day In May The Romance of Roses watermarked1
To add some final touches, I've used ecru Perle thread to quilt a few subtle swirls and diamonds. 

One Day In May The Romance of Roses watermarked2

I've had a few hiccups with typepad over the past few days, and have therefore had a delay in announcing my giveaway winners.

The Typepad support team have me all sorted now, so without further ado, let's find out who has won "A Cornflower Gathering" pattern.

ODIM Cornflower giveaway 1
Thank you so much for the wonderful comments you have left. It has been such a blessing to receive your encouraging words. You have given me many a smile. : ) 

ODIM Cornflower giveaway 2
 
The winners drawn from "the little box of comments" are...

Angela said: The Cornflowers are so beautiful, so pretty. I would love a chance to win a pattern. Thank you.Angela. 

SandyG said: What a beautiful little design!! Would love a chance to win.....know the perfect person to make this for.
 
CONGRATULATIONS to you Angela and Sandy! I will email you both shortly for your addresses. I look forward to seeing your versions of "A Cornflower Gathering".
 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead and are able to find a moment or two to sew. I have the last few stitches to complete on a secret project for the September issue of Homespun Magazine (no sneak peeks for that one, sorry) and then tomorrow I'm heading off to central Victoria to spend some time with my gorgeous sisters. Can't wait...
Until next time,
 
Melissa  x


The Monbulk Community Quilt Show...

In a little over a week, a very special event will be taking place in Monbulk, located in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, Victoria.

Why so special you ask? In the hills we very much need and appreciate the services of our CFA. The Monbulk Fire & Rescue Brigade consists of over 30 members and 4 vehicles. This service, that we often take for granted, is provided by volunteers. Their hard work and availabilty to serve our community is something we absolutely rely on, particularly during those hot, windy, fire-prone days.

Monbulck CFA 2 Monbulk CFA 1 
IT'S OUR TURN TO HELP!

The Monbulk Community Craft Show, will not only be a really great day out for quilters and crafters. The event will also raise much needed funds for the Monbulk Brigade. So why not take a trip to the hills on Saturday, March 19th. The gorgeous rain forest is so lush this year... the drive itself will be just beautiful.

Here are the details of the show.

Monbulk Community Quilt Show 
For more please visit Mrs. Martin's Quilt Shop Blog. There are also some silent auctions happening at Mrs. Martins. Jennifer Knol is a popular local quilt designer. She's known for her pink and green quilts. This is a great opportunity to become the proud owner of an original. Aren't they just beautiful?

Quilts for Silent Auction at Mrs Martin's Quilt Shop 
Two gorgeous quilts to choose from... so do head on over and have a look.

Until next time,

Melissa  x

A treasure trove discovered...

 
While procrastinating this morning, I discovered a little vintage shopping joy in the place I least expected to find it.... Facebook!

Mimmi's logo

Mimmis is located in Forest Hill, Queensland, and is chock full of all things vintage and collectable. You'll find furniture, gifts and Australian handmade items. You may already know Miriam from bubbachenille, and The Handmade Expo.  I found Mimmis on facebook... here.

There are loads of photos to look through. Just delicious. If you find something you like, just send a little email Miriam's way and she'll have your chosen treasure in the post, lickety split. Just look what will be landing in my letter box next week...

Mimmi's 1 

These little fridge magnets did make me giggle.

 
Mimmi's 3 
And don't you just love this journal? It will suit a particular teenager I know right down to her socks! (hope she doesn't read this!)

Mimmi's 2 
Do tell me...just how was I meant to pass up these little beauties? Don't you think they'll be sweet sitting in the middle of my "Cornflower Gathering" table runner?
What a delight, to find such treasures, on an otherwise ordinary Thursday.

Did you enter this week's giveaway yet? I have 2 "A Cornflower Gathering" patterns to give away. Simply visit this post and leave a comment to enter.

I hope your Thursday has been treasure filled too. Until next time,

Melissa  x



A little cornflower love...

 Don't you just love the satisfaction that comes with the completion of a project...

This week sees the launch of my latest pattern, "A Cornflower Gathering".

A Cornflower Gathering Pattern Cover 2 One Day In May 
I have filled this pattern with comprehensive photographic instructions, hoping to make your creative journey an enjoyable and hiccup free one. A little quilt label design is also included, which reflects the centre panel style.

“A Cornflower Gathering” has an old-world flavour, and combines gathered borders with fusible appliqué, embroidered stems and a lovely wide binding. I just adore variegated thread and have used it for the stems and leaf-curls. The tonal differences in the gathered border-fabrics reflect this variegation, while the gathers catch shadow and light to add that extra depth to the design.

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Over this creative journey, I've taken quite an interest in cornflowers and have done a little research.

If you have a love of history and symbolism, like me...READ ON. If not... SCROLL DOWN to the bottom for details about my giveaway!

Blue bottle, knapweed, star thistle, and bachelor's button... all alternative names for the cornflower. Over different periods, it has symbolised tenderness, fidelity and reliability... and surprisingly, power and majesty.

This little flower has had a lasting significance throughout history.... In the middle ages it was a nuisance weed, severey reducing crops and causing scythes and sickles to become blunt. This explains another name variation - hurt-sickle or blunt-sickle. Now, on the other hand, it has been reduced with persistent herbicide usage to a "sought-after rarity".

European cornflower and Egyptian tile fragment Top: European cornflower, Centaurea cyanus. Bottom: wall tile fragment with C. depressa, Amarna (Egypt), the reign of Echnaton, c. 1350 BC.

In ancient Egypt, the cornflower came to symbolise life and fertility. They have been found in garlands and wreaths decorating the coffins of Tutankhamun's tomb.

The cornflower features in Greek mythology also, which in a round about way led to this beauty also becoming a symbol for Heaven, Mary and Christ.

Interesting how culture evolves...
It is said that when Queen Louise of Prussia was fleeing Napoleon, she hid her children in a cornfield and amused them by weaving cornflowers... this legend is responsible for the cornflower being the national flower of Germany.

From ancient Greek times to now, herbalists have used this little flower to treat eye infections, including conjuntivitis, and to aid in the healing of wounds.

You can read more here , here and here... where I found all of the above information.

Regardless of their history, healing powers, symbolism, duration of cultural significance... I love cornflowers, their fragility, simplicity and mostly their gorgeous blue.

 

~~So, time to have "A CORNFLOWER GIVEAWAY"~~

A Cornflower Gathering Giveaway One Day In May I love a giveaway and would love it to be you, who receives a little "One Day In May" happiness in the mail.

Cornflower outline

I have 2 "A Cornflower Gathering" patterns to give away. To be in the running, simply leave a comment on this post... couldn't be easier : )

 

 

Entries close 9pm, March 10th. Winners will be drawn on the 11th.

Until next time... 

Melissa  x