Previous month:
May 2012
Next month:
October 2012

July 2012

Time for a giveaway or two!

To celebrate the recent release of my 2 latest patterns, I'm hosting a giveaway!
One of my favourite things to do!!

I have 2 of each new pattern to send out. You just never know, one may soon be on it's way to your place!

The first pattern up for grabs is "Sweet Roses ~ Brooch and Framed Display".

Sweet Roses ~ pattern cover pic

I've taught quite a few "Sweet Roses" workshops this year.
Everyone seems to love the dimensional roses and leaves... and how useful they are for embellishing all manner of projects.


This One Day In May design includes instructions for the brooch and a pretty framed display panel. As well as the roses and leaves, the brooch also features lovely ric-rac loops and a sweet felt heart. The appliquéd and embroidered display panel is suited to a 5” x 7” standard sized frame.

Sweet Roses in frame

You can see a 2nd brooch at the bottom of the next photo... a pretty dusty blue and green!

Sweet Roses ~ Brooch and Display 2

And a 3rd... this time in gorgeous pinks and greys from the new "Life is Beautiful" fabric range by Helen Stubbings of Hugs 'n Kisses.

 Sweet Roses Brooch ~ One Day In May Sweet Roses ~ in LIB fabrics One Day In May

Do you have a favourite fabric or two that you would love to be able to wear?

How about combining them to create a brooch? And when it simply doesn't match your outfit, pop it onto it's frame to create a decorative piece for the home.

The second pattern is "In a Pear Tree ~ Wall Hanging".

In a Pear Tree pattern cover

This design can be created with Christmas themed fabrics to add to your festive decor, or in softer tones for “all year” display.

In a Pear Tree - full size 2

The central panel features a pretty, embroidered partridge nestled in it's tree with chain-stitched pears and fabric leaves. The small wall hanging (approx 10" x 20") is completed with the addition of some simple patchwork and a semi-circular panel. The panel features a large pear with dimensional leaves and a well known line from a much beloved Christmas carol.

In a Pear Tree - central panel 2

I've loved designing this project. The combination of embroidery, patchwork and dimensional fabric leaves celebrates the charm of the humble pear... and these soft tones seem to be my favourite right now. Are you drawn to particular colours for a while, only to discover a new love of something totally different just weeks later?
The flavour of the minute fo me is muted greens!

In a Pear Tree - leaf and pear detail 2

These two new One Day In May designs are already available in some stores.
Please check the stockist list at the top left of the blog or ask your local store to order them in for you.

So, which pattern will you choose?
Which one would you like to stitch?

Leave me a comment and you will be in the running to own the pattern you mention.
Entries close midnight AEST, July 24th. Winners will be drawn shortly after.

Good luck! Please feel free to share the link to this post with a friend, so that they can enter too!

Until next time,

Melissa  x

PS. Do you facebook? Did you know you can find me there too?
Come on over and join our little commuity... for sneak peeks, fun links and general stitchy goodness!

A stitchy, Christmassy surprise!

I've been keeping a little stitching secret... don't you just love those?

As you already know, I just love the online "Christmas In July" event over at Quilt Fabric Delights.
Well guess what! I've been secretly stitching away on a surprise project for "Christmas In July" members.

Christmas in July 2012 Web

I had some gorgeous ingredients to design with with... two tones of lovely linen, beautiful French General fabrics, pretty felt and variegated threads... PLUS my own unusual addition of household STRING!
Thought that might get your attention. : )

Working with string

I've been taking a few progress pics along the way... trying very hard to keep this little secret and to resist revealing too much.

For now I can show you a little embroidery with "Running Postman" hand dyed, stranded cotton from Cottage Garden Threads...


... and just what have I been doing with all that string? Here's a little peek.

2 working with string

Since taking this photo, lots of lovely, dimensional goodies have been added to this "stringy" backdrop. Can you guess what it is yet? It's looking much more Christmassy now that it's almost finished.
Can't wait to show you the completed design!

But, wait I must.... just a little bit longer. The pattern for this project will be available for download very soon over at "Christmas In July".

Click HERE to read more about this fun event.
And if you like, why not join in!

The event lasts all month and is filled with Christmas flavour. There are lots of Christmas patterns to download, competitions, online chats with designers and more. Being an online event, you can join in from anywhere. So far, there are members from Australia, Portugal, France, Norway, USA, New Zealand, Spain and the Netherlands. How wonderful for quilters to be able to gather from across the world and connect in this way.

There are projects from Rachael Measham-Pywell, Amanda Bergamin, Cheryl Goss and Gail Pan. Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches, Janet Rowe of Wildcraft Farm, Janelle Wind and myself... along with many more from the wonderful QFD Creative Team. You can find lots of peeks on the Quilt Fabric Delights blog.

Here's just a little look at Natalie Lymer's (Cinderberry Stitches) project. Isn't it gorgeous!!

Christmas in July 2012 b

All featured projects can be downloaded until the end of July, so it's definitely not too late to join us.

Happy stitching... and "Merry Christmas"!!

Melissa  x


My "Little work in progress"...

Firstly, thank you for all your emails... to check on my health and to pass on gorgeous words of encouragement and well wishes. What a lovely bunch you are! xx

I've been taking it a little easier over the last month. Baby and I are both doing wonderfully, but under doctor's instructions are having to spend alot of time in bed. I'm more than a little sick of the bed rest, but am trying to stitch, design, knit and read to keep it interesting.
(How very thankful I am to have a laptop right now...hehehe!)

I decided today, that despite feeling decidedly round, I should document this little bundle's growth and make myself get in front of the camera. Boy, do I loath having my photo taken... but these precious moments in life are quickly forgotten and are wonderful to look back on. I thought you might enjoy seeing my "Little work in progress" too. : )

23 weeks along July~2012

Wow, what a bump for 23 weeks... and sitting much higher than my "previous bumps". : )

I've released two new patterns over the last couple of weeks. You might recognise them from the recent gathering at Country Hart Designs. Well, now they are ready for general release.

"Sweet Roses ~ Brooch and Display"...

Sweet Roses ~ pattern cover pic

... and "In A Pear Tree ~ Wall Hanging".

In a Pear Tree pattern cover

I hope you enjoy them. I love the feeling of completing a new design, and the feeling of finishing the writing of a pattern is even better!! These new designs have begun to arrive in stores. Check out the "One Day In May" stockist list at the top left of the page or ask your local store about ordering them in.

I also wanted to let you know about one of my favourite, annual events... Christmas in July at Quilt Fabric Delights, a Christmas flavoured online retreat! This was such great fun last year. As it is an online event, you can join in no matter which corner of the globe you are in. How great is that! Members enjoy an abundance of Christmas patterns, games, competitions, making new quilting friends and catching up with other members in the chat room. Christmas In July began July 1st, but it's definitely not too late to join in. It runs over the entire month of July, filled with Christmas themed fun with the QFD Creative Team and guest designers Gail Pan, Janelle Wind, Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches and Janet Rowe of Wildcraft Farm.

The first project was The Jolly Elves by Rachael Measham-Pywell.  So cute.


 You can find details about Christmas In July and how to join in... HERE.

Christmas in July 2012 Web

Until next time,

Melissa  x

PS. I'll be back soon, to celebrate the new patterns with a giveaway... just can't resist!