A giveaway to celebrate the New Year…

Happy New Year!
After a few weeks away for a little relaxation and recuperation, it's time to get back into the swing of routine and to begin planning the year ahead.
A new year feels a little like a clean slate don't you think? Without getting too deep and meaningful about it, I find myself reflecting on and challenging all manner of attitudes, life choices and priorities. We love a resolution or two don't we? I think my resolution for 2012 is "organisation for the sake of relaxation". Wouldn't it be lovely for everything to have it's place? How wonderful if work schedules and the madness of family life all fitted so efficiently into the day, that there was an abundance of time for "time out". Already, I can see my dreams of "fitting it all in" are doomed… but dream I will, for just a week or two longer. 
"Thankful", my new 6 part Block of the Month, has begun to arrive in stores, which is a great feeling. It has been a wonderful exploration of technique for me, and I hope it will be for you too.
Thankful - full quilt - LARGER file size
With “faux doilies”, ric-rac roses, small fabric roses, embroidered appliqué, reverse appliqué, gathered panels, lace-covered panels, and a dimensional bow, “Thankful” has been such fun to create.
"Block 1" includes a comprehensive technique booklet filled with step by step, photographic instructions. The booklet also includes a full guide to needleturn applique, for those who haven't tried it before.
Blocks 1, 3 and 5 each measure 10 1/2" square (including seam allowances) and may be used to make a 12" cushion, edged with binding. The instructions for the cushion are also found in "Block 1". I've made my cushion with more of a "country flavour" (pictured on the bottom right of the pattern cover).
 Thankful Block 1 pattern cover
There is a new photo album for "Thankful" in the left sidebar (or click here), where you'll find a full quilt photo and lots of closeups of each block and dimensional features. 
Thankful Block 2 ~ One Day In May 3 Thankful Block 3 ~ One Day In May 2 Thankful Block 6 ~ One Day In May 3 Thankful Block 6 ~ One Day In May 2
Over the weekend (after much googling and lots of trial and error),
I created this little "Thankful" button for you to add to the sidebar of your blog or website. The button will link directly to the "Thankful" photo album. To add this button to your blog, highlight and copy the html code from the box below and paste it into the "embed your own html" section of your blog content page. You can easily customise the size of the button to suit your blog or site by altering the width part (width="150") of the code. It is currently set at 150 px.

One Day In May
Add this button to your blog!

Melissa  x

66 Responses

  1. michelle

    Love your work, Melissa! Thanks for sharing on your blog.

  2. Peg

    I think that this is the prettiest one yet! Love your faux doilies. What a pick me up that would be!
    Thanks for the chance!

  3. Anne Elias

    Oh my gosh!! This project is simply stunning! Thank you for sharing with us 🙂

  4. Elizabeth

    I would be verythankful if I won this quilt pattern! It’s uniquely beautiful!

  5. Hi Melissa, I was up at The Patchwork Teahouse on Friday and saw your ‘Thankful’ Quilt… it is so beautiful and you have put so much work into it!!

  6. D

    What a wonderful give-away! Inspiring and beautiful patterns!

  7. I think this is just gorgeous, and am especially intrigued by the ric rac roses! I would love to win, but if I can’t it was a pleasure to see your work anyway

  8. Beautiful! THANKFUL

  9. vickilw1

    Oh yes please I so admire your gorgeous work. Not that I would live up to those standards, but I sure would like to try. Thanks for the opportunity

  10. That is such a pretty pattern… congratulations…

  11. It is a stunning piece of work that I would love to add to my pile of must make but, am almost afraid to as it is breathe taking..and mine may not look so good!

  12. Wow Melissa.. What a beautiful quilt. I LOVE the name too… I would LOVE the opportunity to win.



  13. Lyn Smith

    That is a really beautiful quilt. Thanks for the chance to win the set of patterns.

  14. AngelaF

    This is so beautiful …just love the flowers and colours.

  15. Anita Kroll

    I want this pattern so badly – love the design and the beautiful work on it. I am trying to find a store that is now selling them.


  16. ronlyn00@bigpond.com

    what a fabulous giveaway, please enter me as I love your work.

  17. de

    Its a lovely design. Thank you for the opportunity to own it.

  18. Thank you Anita. : )
    I'm putting a list together of stores that are running Thankful as a kitted Block of the Month. I want to give stores a few days to get in contact with me after they have all returned from holidays. So, I'll publish the list in the post announcing the giveaway winners. You will also be able to purchase pattern sets without kits if you prefer. ~ Thanks again, Melissa

  19. I have loved it the minute I saw it Melissa……thanks for the chance to win my very own copy. Hugs Vicki x

  20. Oh my goodness …. you’ve no idea how much I would like to win a set of your fabulous patterns. I just LOVE “Thankful”!!!
    Thanks for the chance Melissa :o)
    Joy :o)

  21. Ros Dunstall

    Wow, this is so lovely. I would love to have the patterns. I also like the colours you have chosen.
    thanks for offering this to us Melissa.

  22. I love your quilts

  23. Kerrie

    Hi Melissa, Wow how lovely, Thankyou for all your beautiful work.

  24. Jennifer J

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I’d love to win these patterns. Your work is just beautiful!

  25. This is the pattern I’v been waiting my whole life for 🙂 It’s so lovely and brings love to my house if I be the lucky one to win. Thank you for this pattern

  26. Tracey

    HI Melissa,
    What a lovely Block of the Month, with such a variety of techniques. Please enter me in your draw. Ah yes to be organised and fit everything in neatly? I wish!
    Best wishes

  27. Hi Melissa! Your quilts are sooooo beautiful! You are a great designer… Thanks for sharing it with us. Brazilian kisses…

  28. Jeanette Warner

    I would love this to make with my mum!

  29. It’s beautiful!! Just like all of your other creations!

  30. Debbie

    How I wish you were my neighbor. LOVE LOVE LOVE your designs.

  31. Verna Grace

    Thank you for the giveaway! So much detail, and I would love to try my hand at this.
    I especially love the faux doilies.

  32. Kathleen G


  33. Annette Johnson

    Beautiful work. So refreshing.

  34. Oh! What a wonderful giveaway! I like leraning new tecniques!

  35. Gill

    Beautiful! Count me in please!

  36. Your design is beautiful and I would love to win your patterns.

  37. Wowww!!! Love,love,love <3 Thanks for sharing on your blog Melissa ;))))

  38. Hi Melissa, I just love “Thankful” I would love to work with these patterns. Thanks for the opportunity. Just love your work have been watching over the last few months of you putting this together…Thanks for sharing.

  39. Silvia

    ciao, I hope to win your giveaway; your blog is very nice! Silvia from Italy

  40. Thank you Melissa!! I love your work, it’s so cute, so delicate!

  41. Alison Gilewski

    Wow, what a truly lovely way to start the New Year. A special give away from a special person. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win.
    Hugs, Al.

  42. Anita Kroll

    Great!! Am very much exciting and looking forward to it. I am all set to get that kit/pattern no matter what.

  43. Hi Melissa, I have watched your work bloom since seeing it in the Homespun Mag you are a wonderful designer and its different to what other designers create. I would love the chance to win the pattern set for the Thankful quilt, here I sit with fingers crossed.

  44. Amanda Begelhole

    Looks gorgeous! Would love a chance to win. Thanks Melissa.

  45. Chris Clark

    Hi Melissa
    I just love your style. As usual your new pattern is exquisite. I have bought As Roses Bloom but haven’t had a chance to start it yet. Would so love a chance to win Thankful. I would be very thankful! Keep the lovely patterns coming. Thanks. Chris x

  46. Helen S

    You have done it again. What a beautiful pattern. Thank you for being so clever. These colours are lovely.

  47. It’s just divine!! So precious and feminine. Definitely what is needed in my house full of boys. Love it.

  48. Just popping in to leave a comment on behalf of Dawn, who had trouble with the comment box not functioning today.
    Dawn says…
    Love the pattern and would love to win one of the pattern sets. It is gorgeous and I don’t usually like hearts and flowers.

    Cheers and thank you

  49. Laurie G

    Your Thankful quilt is beautiful. I love the color combination in it. Thank you for the chance to win.

  50. Mary M

    Melissa, I’m just so “thankful” for your new design;so rich & romantic combining so many of my favourite pastimes in one project. I can’t wait for it to arrive in stores near me. Many Many thanks for all your beautiful designs.

  51. SuzK

    This quilt is breathtaking! Thank you this opportunity! Have any US shops ordered this yet?

  52. Glenys

    simply beautiful would love to win.

  53. Hi Melissa, thank you for the opportunity to be in the draw to win this beautiful package. I have been following your blog for quite some time and agree this quilt is just so beautiful.
    Good Luck to all that enter.
    (((HUGS))) Roz

  54. hi melissa
    I found you little time ago, and enjoy a lot your beautiful work
    I’m not sure if I can be part of the giveaway, I live in argentina, finger crossed
    thanks for the chance

  55. I love your work. Such beauty. Please put me in the draw.

  56. Jenny S

    Well done Melissa – another beauty!

  57. Gill Smith

    Thankyou for the chance to win Melissa, Love the pattern and would be over the moon if I won! Gill

  58. Kathy

    Hi Melissa, What a beautiful pattern with some new techniques for us all to learn!!! Look forward to making this quilt. Congrats on you work!!

  59. Mary Jo

    What a GORGEOUS quilt and what a wonderful way to begin a new year-by being THANKFUL!!! Your colors are my very favorite!

  60. Sharron Sebastian

    Hi Melissa, I would love to win this set of patterns, I love the way you add your flowers and incorporate all the little extras such as the lace. Thank you for the opportunity.

  61. I enjoy your creativity in all that you do. I would love the opportunity to win these gorgeous patterns. Giving me the idea I need a wall to display a themed quilt each season or holiday.

  62. Brenda Cregbger

    You know I think it is so beautiful. I would love to win. But one way or another I will get the pattern.
    Thank you so much.

  63. Helen S

    It would take me a long time to make, but I believe my friend would adore that pattern (especially if I were able to give it to her as a gift).

  64. Julie C

    What a stunning pattern, the colours you have chosen are beautiful and compliment the pattern. thank you for giving us the opportunity to enter this giveaway.,

  65. Janette

    Hi Melissa. Your “Thankful” quilt is gorgeous and I love the colours you have used and the 3D flowers and lace. Lots of new techniques to learn and enjoy. Thank you very much for the opportunity to go in the draw to win a copy.

  66. Alison Gilewski

    I’m sure I wrote a comment about how kind it was of you to have this gorgeous give away and what a lovely way to start the New Year. It seems to have vanished, so please, please, let it be me.

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