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And the winners are...

A big thank you to everyone who entered my "faux-doily" pattern giveaway. It was lovely to read everyones' comments, especially from those with a special love for doilies!
Now onto the winners... (imagining a little drumroll!)

The winners of an "A Doily for Annabelle" pattern are...
Michelle Watt and Cate Gibson!!


Michelle Watt said:
I recently "tripped over you" on Pinterest. I was straight up a fan - ordered my waterlilly needle keep pattern from Hugs'n'kisses and have now made 1 each for my sister and myself plus a few larger lillys for lilly loving friends :) I love all your designs and would love to win one of your patterns. Hopefully you might make it to our craft fairs in Brisbane one day.

Cate Gibson said:
Love these doiley's they remind me of my Mother and the only thing she had of her Mother a Nightie Case in what she called "White or Mount Mellick Work " from her homeland of Ireland. I am trying to copy one each for my sister, but my stitching is not like my great grandmother's it is a work in progress.

The winners of an "A Doily for Bessie" pattern are...
Sharon and Heather Porritt!!

Sharon said:
I absolutely LOVE your new doiley designs and would love to win such a special project. I enjoyed stitching your Christmas design and gave it to my mother for Christmas. She absolutely LOVED it:) Here's hoping...
Heather Porritt said:
Wow these are simply beautiful They certainly would make a great gift... and still lots of time to make them for Christmas!!!!
Congratulations to all of you, I'll email you shortly for your snail mail address.
I hope you enjoy these little designs!
Bessie1 Annabelle1

If you haven't been lucky enough to win this time, both patterns are currently available at the following stores.
Hugs'nKisses logo
Hugs 'n Kisses ~ click HERE for the direct link for online purchase.

QFD - Quilt Fabric Delights ~ click HERE for the QFD site. Type "One Day In May" into the search bar at the top right and you will find the patterns listed for online purchase.
Mallee Country Crafts logo
Mallee Country Crafts ~ click HERE for the direct link for online purchase.
Patchwork Teahouse logo
The Patchwork Teahouse ~ The doily patterns are in stock but aren't yet listed online. You can find other One Day In May patterns HERE. To order the doily patterns, please email Marilyn at
or ph/fax on (03) 59662400.

Country Hart Designs logo
Country Hart Designs ~  The doily patterns are in stock but aren't yet listed online. You can find other One Day In May patterns HERE. To order the doily patterns, please email Robyn at
or ph on (08) 86323172.
Just a quick note for those of you who are new to the blog...
Did you know I have a free stitchery pattern available to download?

Violets For You Free Design ~ One Day In May

You can find the giveaway post HERE.

Jeanette recently sent me a photo of one of her newly completed projects... this lovely pincushion, created with the above pattern. So very pretty Jeanette! Thank you for sharing your finished project with us. Be sure to pop over to read Jeanette's blog.

Sweet Violets as stitched by Jeanette

Thank you again to everyone for reading and to those who entered my little giveaway.

Until next time,

Melissa  x 

The 2012 Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show...

This weekend, the Waverley Patchworkers are holding their annual quilt show.

Each year they raise funds for the community. Money raised from this year’s show will go to Bestchance Child and Family Care to help buy a new playground.

There are an abundance of stunning quilts to behold. It is always inspirational to see the creations of others, their fabric choices, quilting style, and chosen theme.
(I will do my best to take some photos tomorrow.)

And what is a quilt show without the opportunity to shop? There are several stores in attendance, with a great assortment of patterns, fabrics, "tools" and notions to tempt.
Today I was able to spend the afternoon on The Patchwork Teahouse stand with Marilyn and Annemarie.

I spy a new quilt from Libby Richardson of Artsmart Craft Cottage, and a lovely new jungle themed quilt from Liz Stanway of Teddlywinks, amongst the array of patterns available...

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2012 ~ 9

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2012 ~ 6

...and some One Day In May designs too!

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2012 ~4

It's always a fun day when quilters gather.... a great time to catch up with friends, to admire the work of others and to chat about favourite techniques.
Here are some of the other stores at the show.

Threadbear Patchwork and Quilting from Castlemaine, Victoria...

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2012 ~ 2

Lilly Patches from Boronia, Victoria...

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2012 ~ 1

Foothills Fabric and Threads from Tecoma, Victoria...
I spy some beautiful projects from Gail Pan and Natalie Ross

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2012 ~ 3

OzQuilts with a huge assortment of thread, templates and tools!
Just look at all those lovely spools!

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2012 ~ 8

And Missy Moo from Croydon, Victoria... with a beautiful basket of batiks that I may just have to revisit tomorrow! Oh, and I spy some lovely designs by Kay Renn of We Can Quilt It Designs.

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show 2012 ~ 7

If you feel like a day out to admire the quilts, have a bit of a shop or both... we'd love to see you.

The Waverley Rotary Club’s Quilt Show continues tomorrow (Sunday 27th May), 9.30-4.00pm, at the Mt Waverley Community Centre, Miller Cres., Mount Waverley, Victoria.
Entry costs $7 for adults, children under-12 free.

Don't forget to enter my "faux doily" pattern giveaway. Entries close on the 28th May.

Melissa  x

Faux-doily pattern giveaway!!

Do you love to stitch?
Always looking for smaller projects to make as gifts?
Do you love doilies like me?

Well this might just be the giveaway for you.

I recently released two new faux-doily patterns... the first and second in a series of four.
Visit this link for more photos

"A Doily for Annabelle"...



... and "A Doily for Bessie".



The patterns are just A6 in size and include a full-sized A4 pattern sheet, photographic instructions and stitching and needleturn guides.

Each pattern features a doily with it's own unique central design and edging. Only 2 fabrics, ecru thread and fusible-stabiliser are needed to complete each project.
I do love to be able to create with what I have "in the stash"... not that I need much of an excuse to go shopping for new fabric!

I have 2 of each pattern to give away!


If you would like a copy to stitch or give as a gift, please leave a comment below.
If you follow One Day In May on facebook, you are also eligible for a 2nd entry..,
... simply let me know in your comment that you are a facebook follower too.

For those of you who are new to One Day In May, you can find 3 more faux-doily designs included in my "Thankful" quilt design.
Click here to visit the "Thankful" photo album.

Faux Doilies ~ One Day In May

Entries will be open until midnight 28th May (Australian Eastern Standard Time), and the winners will be drawn May 29th.
All entries welcome... national and international.

Good luck everyone and happpy stitching,

Melissa x

A few favourite projects in gorgeous new fabrics!

Over the next 3 days, the Spring International Quilt Market is happening in Kansas City.
Helen Stubbings, of Hugs 'n Kisses and Pattern Press fame, is launching her beautiful new fabric range, "Life is Beautiful" at market.

If you happen to be there, you can find Helen and her gorgeous fabrics at Booth# 2432/2430.

To add to Helen's display, I've made up 3 One Day In May projects in the "Life is Beautiful" range...

My "Waterlily Dreaming ~ Brooch"...

Waterlily Dreaming ~ Brooch in LIB fabrics One Day In May 2

Waterlily Dreaming ~ Brooch in LIB fabrics One Day In May

The "Waterlily Dreaming ~ Needle Keep"...
What a beautiful rich red! 

Waterlily Dreaming Needle Keep in LIB fabrics One Day In May

Waterlily Dreaming Needle Keep in LIB fabrics One Day In May 2

Waterlily Dreaming Needle Keep in LIB fabrics One Day In May 3

Waterlily Dreaming Needle Keep in LIB fabrics One Day In May 4

And a soon to be released pattern, "Sweet Roses ~ Brooch".
(The pattern also includes a matching, framed display panel as seen in my previous post.)

Sweet Roses Brooch ~ One Day In May

The variegated ric-rac adds that little extra dimension, that I am so drawn to.

Sweet Roses ~ in LIB fabrics One Day In May

I've enjoyed playing with Helen's fabrics, and hope you love them as much as I do.
All patterns are available to stores through Pattern Press.
They may be purchased retail through your favourite patchwork store. Please refer to the top left of the blog for stockists.

 Happy stitching,

Melissa  x

"A Weekend in Creative Company" at Country Hart ~ PART 3

After such a lovely Saturday at Country Hart, we were eager for Sunday to begin.

Now, I wish I had more photos of Helen's projects to show you... but if you keep an eye out on her Hugs 'n Kisses blog, I'm sure you will come across them.

Helen created a beautiful chatelaine for the girls to stitch on Sunday. I've borrowed this photo of the scissor keeper from her blog.
There was also a sweet tapemeasure cover and needlebook to match. Each piece has a beautifully matching arrangement of some of Helen's favourite stitches.

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 25

Here is Lorraine's stitchery progress, borrowed from her blog... Grannyloz. Such pretty designs!

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 24

My One Day In May project for Sunday was
"Sweet Roses ~ Brooch and Framed Display Panel".

The brooch is a combination of fabric roses, folded fabric leaves, ric-rac loops and a sweet felted wool heart.
The pieces may be arranged in any number of ways to create a sweet brooch.

Sweet Roses ~ Brooch CH wkend

Of course, it's not every day that you'd be adding this to your outfit... so I thought it could have a double purpose.
Instead of tucking it away in a drawer or box when not in use, I thought it would be a pretty addition to a matching display panel.
(suited to a 5" x 7" frame).

This is the result...

Sweet Roses ~ Brooch and Display CH wkend

At the bottom of the above photo, you can see a 2nd brooch made in blue tones.

The girls picked up the techniques for rose and leaf making quick as a whip. Here are some of their works in progress.

Sweet Roses ~ Brooch and Display CH wkend 2

These roses are also featured in my "Thankful" quilt and have proven to be very popular in class over the past months.
Since mid April, I've taught 97 women to make these little roses. They are such fun to create, can be made in any size and are a great addition to all sorts of projects.

Sunday was also "show and tell day".
Here are a just a few snaps of the girls and their projects.
(The top left is the central panel of "A Cornflower Gathering"...
I've always wanted to make up a sample in red, so I was thrilled to see this one!) 

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 26

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 29

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 28

Robyn had organised a weekend full of giveaways for the girls... fabric packs galore!
There were many ways to win, but none more funny and memorable than this.
I ask you... would you perform your best "chicken dance" to win fabric?
I think this may be the true measure of a dedicated fabric collector. ; )


And after the giggles... some more group shots to remember our weekend together.

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 27

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 30

Thank you again to Robyn and everyone at Country Hart for having me!

Melissa  x

PS. Keep an eye out for the projects I taught at Country Hart...
They will soon be released as One Day In May patterns and be available at your favourite patchwork store!

"A Weekend in Creative Company" at Country Hart ~ PART 2

Bright and early Saturday morning, the girls arrived... to the unexpected surprise location (see PART 1) and ready to create! Upon arrival, everyone received a gorgeous hand-painted  brooch (created by Nikki Tervo) with their name... aren't they lovely?

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 10

Everyone settled in quickly and Helen. Robyn and I revealed our secret projects for the day!

Helen taught the techniques to complete this devine "Colourque" project... a sweet canvas in pretty pastels, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 11
Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 12

Robyn also designed some fantastic projects for the weekend... a very handy pencil roll (to keep all those colourque pencils in their place), a pretty scalloped project bag and thread box.

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 13

My design for Saturday was "In a Pear Tree ~ Wall Hanging". This little project may be made up in Christmas tones or in fabrics suited for "all year 'round".
The central, circular panel has tiny semi-detached leaves.
The large pear panel at the bottom features larger leaves that have a tuck/pleat sewn into them to give them extra dimension.
Over the course of the day the girls worked on the large pear panel and received full kits from Robyn to complete the design at home.

In a Pear Tree project ~ One Day In May

Here is Lorraine's (Granny Loz's) project... be sure to pop over to her blog to see her progress!

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 14

And now for some happy snaps of the day... and what a happy day it was!
(Some of the following images have been borrowed from Country Hart Designs... thank you Robyn and Abby.)

We were also celebrating Julie's and Robyn's birthday... which made the day even more special.

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 15

Fiona and Lorraine (Granny Loz).

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 19

Happy stitchers!

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 16

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 17

This was the "giggly table" : ) ... just what is Kirrily up to?

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 21

Lots of "Colourque" happening at this table...

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 20

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 23

And some more of Helen's projects (completed above and in progress below).

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 22

Be sure to keep an eye out for my next post, PART 3 (otherwise known as the day of the chicken dance)!

Until then,

Melissa  x

"A Weekend in Creative Company" at Country Hart ~ PART 1

The last two weeks seem to have slipped by so quickly... filled with stitching for International Quilt Market and the teaching of a class or two. Now the days have cleared a little, I thought it was about time I shared some photos of the recent gathering at Country Hart Designs in Port Pirie, South Australia.

Robyn kindly invited Helen Stubbings of Hugs 'n Kisses and I as guest designers this year. And I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to be there. It was such a fun event to be a part of, and beautifully organised and presented as you will see... how spoilt we all were!

On the Friday, Helen and I met up at Adelaide airport with suitcases filled to the top with our quilts, stitcheries, secret projects for the weekend and more.

Now Robyn has recently undertaken a very exciting move to a gorgeous new store. The gathering was to be held at the original store... well so all the attendees thought... heehee. But Robyn had much more exciting plans!! It was all hands on deck, as Robyn and family secretly painted, polished, prepared and decorated the new shop especially for "A Weekend in Creative Company"! And it looked fantastic! Well done Robyn and all your clever helpers!

Country Hart Designs shop front

Such a pretty store front at 13 Alexander Street, Port Pirie, South Australia... and wait 'til you see inside!

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 5

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 1

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 3

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 4

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~2

Everything was so beautifully presented... from patterns and fabrics down to each of the beautiful goodie bags and table decorations.
Each guest received a beautiful bag made by Robyn (lower right), each filled with 6 patterns, kits and extra surprises! Aren't they gorgeous?
In the centre of each table was a sweet bird cage filled with fabric roses and button flowers, a gorgeous covered tin of pencils and brushes, a very clever box made with embroidery hoops (filled with threads and other notions) and the all essential bowl of jubes and chocolates!   

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 6

Late Friday, we added our own piece of decorating.
Here is my One Day In May display...

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 7

... and here is Helen with some of her stunning "colourque" projects... excited and ready to meet the girls the next morning.

Country Hart Designs gathering 2012 ~ 8

Helen also brought a special treat for us to see! A sneak peek at some projects created with her brand new fabric range "Life is Beautiful". You can see them on the lower right of the photo above.

Melissa Grant and Robyn Welsh at Country Hart April 2012

What a great weekend it was going to be! Here are Robyn and I waiting for the girls to arrive Saturday morning... stay tuned for PART 2 to see our projects for Saturday and the rest of the fun!

'Til then,

Melissa  x

It's a May Day Giveaway!

Being the first of May, it's
May Day giveaway 2

I've put together a little design for you to download and stitch!
I do hope you like it.

Violets For You Free Design ~ One Day In May

I've always had a love for violets... whether they be deep purple, mauve, blue or white.

Everything about them is special, their colour, their fragility, the leaf shape and especially their meaning.

According to this source
A blue violet symbolises - Watchfulness; faithfulness; I'll always be true

A white violet means - Let's take a chance on happiness

To download the pattern sheet for this free design, click on the following link...
Download VioletsForYouOneDayInMay


Trace the design onto a 7" high x 9" wide piece of fabric. Back it with fusible stabiliser and embroider with a combination of your favourite stitches.

I suggest Back-stitch or Stem-stitch for most of the design, and maybe some Running-stitch for the leaf-veins.
Sew a French-knot where you've traced each small dot.

Seed beads or French-knots may be added to the centre of each violet for added detail.

This design is suited to a 5" x 7" standard sized frame.
You might also like to trim the panel to 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" and add a border, wadding, backing and binding.

Please note that the design is copyrighted to Creations by Melissa Grant and may only be used for personal use.
It may not be distributed, republished or sold for profit.

 However, please feel free to share this post with a friend, or via faceboook.
I am also happy for a link to be posted on your blog or your online list of tutorials/freebies/giveaways.

I hope you enjoy this little One Day In May design.

Happy May Day and happy stitching,

Melissa  x

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PPS. If you haven't yet ready my previous post, you are in for a little surprise. You can find it here...