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July 2011

Feel like a chat?

Are you participating in Quilt Fabric Delights Christmas In July? 
I will be online tonight, participating in the Christmas In July chat from 7.30pm South Australian time (8.00pm Victorian time). I'm looking forward to having a good ol' chin wag with you all! : )

(We haven't had any luck getting the online chat to work well tonight. A few issues with it dropping out and messages not sending properly. We'll reschedule... possibly tomorrow night - 30th July - at the same time. I'm really looking forward to it!!) 

What a great event it has been so far... with gorgeous Christmas projects, special offers and even a game of Christmas bingo!! It's not too late to sign up if you feel like joining in. Click here to read more. 


This week has been buzzing with creativity in Melbourne. The Craft & Quilt Fair is well and truly underway and has a huge array of fabric, pattern and notion goodness for you to explore. I'm hoping to squeeze in a visit over the weekend... which may end up in a very tight grocery budget this week!!! It's almost impossible to resist new fabric.

July 28 – 31, 2011

Thursday to Sunday

Open 9am - 5pm Daily

Open late Saturday till 7pm

Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead, full of all your favourite pastimes,

Melissa  x

Deck the halls with boughs of holly...

Are you ready for a few sneaky looks at my "Christmas in July" project for
Quilt Fabric Delights?

I couldn't resist the temptation of adding some "Christmassy", dimensional detail...

3d holly QFD project One Day In May1

These novelty prints also add some great Christmas flavour, and fit into my theme of red, green and white beautifully.

QFD Christmas project One Day In May

There is also a lovely, rich, red border that draws the eye to the centre.

QFD Christmas project One Day In May2

This years Christmas In July is going to be overflowing with beautiful projects for you to create.
You'll find gorgeous, brand new Christmas patterns... designed especially by the QFD creative team ~
Amanda of Sea Breeze Quilts, Cheryl of Willowberry Designs, Rachael of 2+3 = A Madhouse and Rachel of Four Wise Monkeys. And if that's not enough to spark your creative Christmas spirit. You'll also find exciting new designs by guest designers Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly, Janelle of The Janelle Wind Collection, Brenda Ryan of Thimblestitch and Me for One Day In May.


This exciting event starts on July 25th and runs for a whole month!!
I've been very lucky to have seen some of the other projects already... wish I could show you. They're gorgeous! 

For more details on how you can participate, please visit Quilt Fabric Delights. If you're in a browsing mood, check out QFD's wonderful blog and online store while you're there. They're overflowing with inspiration, patterns, fabric and more.

I'll be back soon, ready to reveal some more detail of my Christmas design. In the meantime, I'd love you to come over to the One Day In May facebook page for a visit. You'll find a lovely community of crafters and quilters there too.

Until then,

Melissa  x


The Delights of Christmas (in July)...

What time of year do you begin creating for Christmas?
I've had Christmas themes, carols, memories and decorating filling my mind lately, as I'm in "Christmas design" mode.

I recently received a wonderful parcel in the mail from Sarah of Quilt Fabric Delights.
It was filled with an assortment of lovely "Christmassy" fat quarters and thread for me to play with! The best kind of mail don't you think?
I'm pretty excited, as Sarah has invited me to participate in their Christmas In July event this year!


These gorgeous fabrics are from the Jovial range, designed by BasicGrey for Moda.
As you've probably noticed, I tend to lean towards soft, muted tones for the majority of my designs.
But aren't these colours fun? So bright and happy... which is exactly how Christmas should feel.


It's been great to work with something a little outside of my usual selection.

In fact, I'm growing really fond of these and have found it quite difficult to begin cutting!
I especially love the novelty print with the baubles and pointsettia. It has so much variety. Great for fussy cutting!



The thread I'll be stitching with is stranded Snapdragon, hand dyed in Australia by Cottage Garden Threads.
The CGT girls create the most beautiful colour combinations!

Cottage Garden Threads stranded Snapdragon No. 503

I'll keep you updated with a few sneak peeks as I stitch.
and will let you know the details of how you can participate in Christmas In July at Quilt Fabric Delights too.

Have you discovered the One Day In May facebook page?  I tend to update over there a little more frequently with photos, new stockists and interesting links. Come on over to say hello. : )  

Until then,

Melissa  x