This week I’m sharing my latest design and having a “6 PATTERN GIVEAWAY”…. one each of the latest One Day in May pattern releases. 3 new Christmas designs, a wall hanging, a table topper and a framed piece which offers an extra storage option for your sewing space. Details can be found at the end of this post.
I love a practical project, don’t you?
Earlier this year, I was invited to design a project for the Tilda Club. I had my choice of Tilda fabrics to work with. So exciting! So many choices!
When designing recently, I’ve tried to set myself a brief. There are so many project possibilities whirling around between my ears, sometimes it can be difficult to settle on an idea. So, my self-imposed design brief for the Tilda Club was… design a project that’s relatively small and achievable, that uses just a few fabrics, that combines several techniques, that is original, decorative AND practical.
A brief is helpful (sort of). The file of ideas in my head can be sifted through. Any projects that don’t tick the boxes can be put aside. Logically, I should be left with a handful of ideas to choose from. Simple (in theory)! The problem is that while you efficiently “sift”, NEW ideas pop up… out of nowhere! Lots of them!! And that’s not simplifying the process at all is it? I’ve never been known for a talent in decision making.
So with best laid plans of efficiency, organised thought and decisive design… I ended up running with a new “out of the blue idea”, which just by coincidence happened to somehow fit my self-imposed brief. Hmmm… is there method in my creativity? Or creativity in my method? Whatever it is, it’s a happy outcome.
Tilda Club Members received this pattern in July. Earlier this month, I was able to release it as the latest addition to my pattern range.
Introducing, “Sew Tidy ~ Tools and Notions Keep”
Sized to suit an 11″ x 14″ frame.
At the base there are 3 large divided pockets for storing lots of your sewing essentials… notions needed for your current project, rotary cutter, scissors, tape-measure, pattern pieces and more. Stand the finished piece on your sewing table or hang it on a wall, to keep your tools and notions visible and close at hand. If you’re anything like me, there is always a hunt involved when embroidery scissors are needed.
“Sew Tidy” uses just 4 fabrics, one of which is a simple off-white print. I chose 2 floral prints and a coordinating stripe for my 3 feature fabrics.
The wreath panel combines embroidery with semi-detached applique leaves and a dimensional fabric flower. The leaves and flower are made with double-sided fabric and are only partly stitched down, allowing them to sit up from the background fabric. This gives the design some extra texture and dimension. There are lots of photos in my instructions… and the method is much easier than you’d expect. The panel is appliqued to the background fabric and edged with ecru French Knots… I love how they transform a plain edge into something soft and pretty.
“Sew Tidy” is now available through your local patchwork store. Stores that stock One Day in May patterns can be found on my Stockists page. You can also find “Sew Tidy” HERE along with more photos.
So, it occurred to me this week, that it’s been ages since I’ve had a GIVEAWAY! In fact I’ve released 6 new patterns since. I’ve had such wonderful encouragement and support since launching this site and beginning my “new adventure“… and I really think that’s worth celebrating.
I have one of each new pattern to giveaway this week! Click on the photos to find more images and details of each design.
To enter, simply leave a comment telling me which pattern you’d like to create or give as a gift. Entries close at 11pm, December 4th, 2015 (AEST). Six winners will be randomly chosen and announced a day or two after that.
Both national and international entries are welcome… good luck!
Thank you for visiting today.
Until next time,