Adding dimension to your projects and “Sew Mama Sew!” May Giveaway Day…

Sew Mama Sew!
I'm thrilled to be taking part and at having the opportunity to meet some new visitors…

Have you considered using dimension to give added depth to your quilt blocks, wall hangings and other projects? I love pushing the boundaries of "normal patchwork design" and can't resist experimentation… Trying to discover new ways to use fabric and notions in a quilt, is what I call I fun day!

3D flowers are a favourite of mine. Different petal shapes and ways of putting them together create endless possibilities… I love the way the dimension seems to catch shadow, bringing a visual variegation to the fabric, that I wouldn't have had otherwise.

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Semi-detached "flat" fabric gives a more subtle effect. This felted wool leaf and the lily leaf used for needles, are both attached at the base only. This allows for the leaf to lift for access to a hidden pocket or simply to add depth. You can also see some pleats on the right. I added these to a border recently, which added a textural quality as well as the depth I was looking for.

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Do you have a stash of pretty trims in your sewing basket? There are so many beautiful variations of ric rac and other trims available. Spiralling them into little flowers or flower centres is a great way to use them. A little loop on top of a leaf can also give an interesting effect…

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Adding texture and depth to quilt borders can also create a lot of interest.
"A Cornflower Gathering ~ Table Runner" features gathered borders. They are lovely to run your fingers over. I've also tried to give the borders a variegated look, by including many fabrics of one colour with varying tones and highlights…

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So, on to the FUN!!

I have 2 "One Day In May"patterns to giveaway, so there will be 2 winners! Both patterns combine simple machine sewing, applique and stitchery with an added dimensional feature.

If you'd like to try something a little different for your next project, please leave a comment on this post.

Simply say which pattern you would like to win; "A Cornflower Gathering ~ Table Runner" or "Waterlily Dreaming ~ Needle Keep". Take a look at the photo albums on the left if you'd like to see more detailed pictures.

Please make sure you are contactable by commenting with an "ID" or by leaving an email address. Leaving an anonymous comment, means I can't contact you if you win. Entry is open to everyone, whether you're from around the corner or from across the sea.
Entries close at midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time), May 26th. Entries are now closed.Sewmamasew MayGiveawayDayMake sure you check out Sew Mama Sew! for other "May Giveaway Day" links. 

Thank you, so very much, for visiting One Day In May today. Please refer to the stockist list at the top of the page (on the left) if you would like to find my patterns for purchase. Some stockists sell online, if that's what is needed. Wishing you lots of "blog browsing fun" over the next couple of days.

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Until next time… Melissa  x

111 Responses

  1. I love your designs Melisa 🙂
    Waterlily would definately have to be my favourite. Great giveaway prizes 🙂

  2. Kerrie

    Hi Melissa, I just love your beautiful 3D flowers,I would love to win the “Waterlily Dreaming-Needle Keep”:)

  3. Sarita

    Your patterns are gorgeous. I love them both but would really like to try the waterlily. Great giveaway!

    snowdance1 at gmail dot com

  4. Linda

    Hello Melissa,
    I love the look of your 3D work and the colours you use…..just stunningly beautiful.

    Thank you for the opportunity to take part in the “Give Away”.

    I would like to win the “Waterlily Needle Keep”, it’s just so cute and adorable, as well as practical.

  5. I love “A Cornflower Gathering ~ Table Runner”. I likey you on Facebook!

  6. Verna Sherwood

    Hi Melissa, I noticed your patterns in Helen’s pictures and was very excited for you.
    Thank you for another giveaway, and I would love to win your Waterlily Dreaming Needle Keep. Love the new bird design, too.

  7. Oh you can count me in for sure, I just LOVE your designs!!! Now i have to make a decision – which one?? This is so hard because they’re both simply gawjus. But I think my favourite is your Waterlily Dreaming pattern …. it’s just SO pretty :o).
    Joy :o)

  8. trash

    Wow! I have only added depth through wadding. Full on 3D pieces look really exciting.

  9. Hi Melissa, I read about this give away on FaceBook and just had to join in on the fun. I love all your beautiful 3D flowers and would like to enter to win the “Waterlily Dreaming ~ Needle Keep”. Thank you so much for your generosity. 🙂

  10. Wow, your flowers made me gasp! I would love to win Waterlily Dreaming ~ Needle Keep though I do love the tablerunner pattern too.

  11. sweetoo

    hello Melissa!

    Both of your project are tempting. If I think about I am able to realize, I choose the cornflower one.

    Have a nice day!

  12. Oh wow, I would love to win the Waterlily one! Gorgeous!!!

  13. Sarah

    I’d love the waterlily project. What beautiful additions to quilts you make!

  14. Toni

    I would prefer the waterlily, though I’d be very happy with the cornflower if waterlily is already taken 😉 Thanks!

    antonia (dot) rk (dot) hughes (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. Nancy

    both are beautiful! If I must choose, it will be the waterlilly dreaming needle keep.

  16. I fancy A Cornflower Gathering!! How special for you to participate in this give-away! As you already know, I absolutely love your creations! ~karen

  17. Oh, that waterlily needle keep is calling my name!

  18. Ooh Ooh!! The needle keep is so beautiful!!

  19. Gill

    I love your Waterlily Dreaming needle case
    Thank you

  20. Carla

    So pretty. I would probably make the table runner, although I have never tried anything like that… yet! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. I am surprised you don’t have more comments than this. Those are beautiful! I never thought about dimension in quilting. Inspiration! Oh, if I only had the time to expound on my thoughts… That water lily dreaming thing looks lovely, I would love to make it.

  22. Elizabeth McDonald

    I would love to be able to make the needlekeep! I just love your flowers!

  23. I can’t choose. I love them all.

  24. I’d love to win the water lilly pattern. So beautiful.
    limor477 at aol dot com

  25. Both of those are stunning! I’d love to try either, but the Waterlily is just calling to me.

  26. RobynK

    Love waterlilies and dragonflies so I choose the waterlily dreaming pattern. Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. I adore your waterlily! I’d love to try making something like that.
    Thanks for participating in Giveaway Day!
    (your comment link was rather hard to find!)

  28. I’ve been thinking of using dimensional flowers on a quilt I’m finishing up. I love the Waterlily Dreaming pattern.

  29. Both of these patterns are stunning, but i have never seen something like your water lily, that is really beautiful and I would love to try to make one. What a great gift idea.
    I have to go check out the rest of your blog and see what other wonderful creations you have made.


  30. LisaT

    Hmmm, the 3d flowers are nice but Id also like to learn to do better applique but dont know if I could handle it. Ill let you pick if Im the lucky one. Thanks!

  31. I love Sew Mama Sew giveaways cos it’s a great chance to find new blogs and new designs.

    I’d love to win A Cornflower Gathering, as I’m going through a tablerunner phase right now!

  32. Wow! That needle-keep is beautiful! I could see the rose as a pin or hair accessory too!

  33. Mega hugs Melissa xxx

  34. The needle keep pattern is so cute. Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Quilting,

  35. Your designs are lovely. I think I like the Water Lily Needlekeep best. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  36. I love the table runner pattern. So beautiful.

  37. Christie S.

    Love your flowers. I’d love to win the Cornflower Gathering ~ Table Runner

  38. rose

    Love the waterlily.

    And, as a hort major, loving the botanical accuracy!!!

    RP from BBC {at} gmail {dot} com

  39. Thank you for the great giveaway. It’s lovely.

    atchisonsteph at gmail dot com

    I like the waterlily

  40. I LOVE the Waterlily pattern. It is so beautiful! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

  41. Paula Shimmel

    I would love the cornflower gathering tablerunner. You have some amazing designs.

  42. Binks

    One of my favorite things to just look and awe over are ponds with lilies on them. That is why I would love ‘Waterlily Dreaming’. Simply beautiful.

  43. Page

    Your work is exquisite! I would love to win the Water Lily Dreaming Needle Keep pattern!

  44. Page

    I am following!

  45. I love all your dimensional work. Tough choice to make but I’ll go with the Waterlily Needlekeep. Thanks for a chance to win.

  46. Debra

    This stuff is amazing. I love the waterliliy!

  47. I love the Waterlily Dreaming ~ Needle Keep. So pretty!

  48. Kerry

    I would love to try your Waterlily Dreaming – needle keep 3D flowers, Melissa. They are absolutely beautiful.

  49. CK

    Wow! The Waterlily (needle keep) is my favourite. Thank you for the give-away.


  50. Ditto, so hard to choose… ok, Waterlily it is. Thanks for the giveaway Melissa!

  51. Gina

    Great giveaway! I love the water-lily.

  52. Peggy Apostolos

    Thanks for the fun! I’d like to win the water lily needle keep pattern. I just hope the making of it is within the realm of my abilities.

  53. karen

    This looks really so beautiful, I would love to win the first pattern, never tried it but its just so so gentle and sweet. Thank you so much for this giveaway

  54. The water lilies are so amazing. I’d love a chance to win that pattern please.

  55. I love the water lily.

    I also think “stitchery” is a funny word.

  56. Oh my, these are beautiful! I’ve never seen such amazing work. Thanks for participating in the giveaway. I love them both but I think the needle keep is so stunning.

  57. cheri

    Waterlily please! 🙂

  58. Stephanie Granite

    I LOVE the fabric flowers! If I win I’d want the Waterlily Dreaming pattern

  59. Emilie

    Waterlily dreaming is lovely!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. Those fabric flowers are unique and stunning! I’d love the waterlily pattern – it looks gorgeous!

  61. radiya

    thanks for the giveaway. would love to win the waterlily dreaming


  62. Victoria

    Waterlilly dreaming is absolutely gorgeous.

  63. danette k ottosen

    I like waterlily.

  64. I’d like to learn how to make all those flowers… Waterlily dreaming would be my choice.

  65. domestic diva

    Lovely! Thanks for the chance.
    I love the water lily.

  66. Shann in Spokane

    Love that Needle keep!

  67. Love your designs. I’d be thrilled to win the water lilly. Thanks for the chance.

  68. Anna

    Well, the waterlily is just stunning! Beautiful, I’ve just been watching Chelsea flower show on TV it would fit in so well in the gardens and the floral pavilion.

  69. Your designs are gorgeous! I’d love to try the “Waterlily Dreaming ~ Needle Keep”. Thank you!


  70. I so Love all your stuff…I wouldnt mind winning the “Waterlily Dreaming ~ Needle Keep”. It is sooooooooooooooooooooo Beautiful…

    You have a new fan…

  71. Hi, Melissa — Wow! I love your beautiful, dimensional flowers. I’d choose the “Waterlily Needle Keeper.” It’s exquisite!

  72. Ramona

    So interesting. I love both patterns but think the water lilly one is my favorite.

  73. CeLynn

    Gasp! Your quilting is awe-inspiring! I would love to win the water Lilly pattern. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway.

  74. Serena

    Wow, what beautiful patterns! I think I lean towards liking the Cornflower one just a tiny bit more. Thank you so much for the giveaway! serenakate at gmail dot com

  75. am12pm (Melissa N.)

    Thanks for the giveaway…I have a yearning for your Water Lilies pattern!!

  76. susan

    I’m new to this whole blogging thing so this giveaway event has been a great opportunity for me to find great sites like this (and your site is FAB-U-LOUS!). Ironically I’ve been looking for ways to make flowers like these so the Waterlily would be a Godsend. HOW ADORABLE! Many thanks!!

  77. Sherry J.

    I would love the water lily dreaming patterns. thanks.

  78. It’s all beautiful! I’d love to try the table runner!

  79. Wow these are both drool worthy! I’d really like “Waterlily Dreaming-Needle Keep”
    Going to go follow now!

  80. Sandi Price

    They are both stunning, but the Waterlily is the one that caught my eye first.

  81. Hi, your waterlily dreaming pattern is just gorgeous!
    Thanks for the chance.

  82. Katy

    Hi 🙂 I would love to win the needle keep pattern as being a hand sewer it’s probably easier for me lol… both are beautiful!

  83. Jenny

    Hi Melissa,
    I was googling May 1st as its my sons birthday and so glad I did as I came across the most wonderful blog. As a relative newcomer to the world of quilting you have given me inspiration to become more creative. With 3 boys in the house I seldom get alot of pretty stuff. My new passion is bags and the water lillies would look gorgeous on a bag. So yes Waterlily Dreaming please!

  84. Waterlily is gorgeous! I would actually like to make one to wear in my hair! 🙂

  85. Sandy

    I would love the water lily pattern, thanks for a chance to win.

  86. I would love the Waterlily Dreaming ~ Needle Keep!

  87. Nancy Sue

    I am a new subscriber. I love Cornflower Gathering. Hope you have some time to hop around blogland and have some fun with this blog hop too 🙂

  88. I have done dimensional flowers. Yours are beautiful. Want to know more. I would want the Water Lily pattern.

  89. A cornflower Day Tablerunner – it is simply gorgeous, and I am always up for trying something new!

  90. Patty

    As much as I like the cornflower gathering, i think i would rather have the waterlily. I do a lot of costuming, and this seems like it would have possibilities for that.

  91. mhairi

    I would love Waterlily Dreaming. I have been drooling over this pattern at Quilt Fabric Delights for ages now and would love to win this pattern.

  92. Fern

    WOW! I’d love either. They are both beautiful! And I’ve never done anything like that! But I guess the needlekeep would be the winner. It seems like that would be sweet to add to a pillow.

  93. I would love to win the Waterlily Dreaming pattern.

  94. Oooooooh, I’d love to try the “A Cornflower Gathering ~ Table Runner”!

    larissaesq at gmail dot com

  95. Susan Ikin

    Eenie meenie minie moe – decisions decisions – i would be happy with either, but pushed to a point, I love the water lily better.

  96. Robyn G

    I like the Waterlily Dreaming ~ Needle Keep. Thanks for the giveaway!

  97. Christine Rival

    Beautiful work! I’d love to learn how to do this. I’d have to say I’d prefer Waterlily Dreaming.

  98. Jo

    I really like that Water Lily! Your flowers are lovely! Thanks for the giveaway. j-j-s AT juno DOT com

  99. KT

    Love the waterlily! Thanks for the chance to win!

  100. Mama Bear

    I really love the waterlily. all of the other entrants

  101. I like the cornflower runner. Very pretty.

  102. Lunachance (Ellen Lorenzen)

    The waterlily pattern is fantastic. Would love to try making one of them.


  103. ba

    Water lilly is amazing!!

  104. So beautiful! I would love the needle keep! Thank you!

  105. I would like the waterlily needlekeep. This looks so precious! And I just made some waterlily buttons … 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway! Come and enter mine if you like – you could win some custom-made buttons!

    ulli-xox [at] web [dot] de

  106. Your designs are so wonderful!! i ADORE them both, but i think i would prefer “Waterlily Dreaming ~ Needle Keep”

  107. Joyce Mosby

    Wow! you are so creative. I have taught sewing since 1972 and I have never seen such beautiful flowers. If I win you choose.

  108. I would REALLY like to win “Waterlily Dreaming ~ Needle Keep.” I make all sorts of flowers, and I’ve never seen one like your waterlily. It is beautiful!

  109. Both patterns are beautiful but the Waterlily Needle Keep is the one I’d choose if I won. And thanks for the chance.

  110. Anna

    I love the waterlily pattern! It would be interesting to try something new.

  111. Luz Galvan

    Hola, cómo puedo comprar alguno de sus patrones.
    Muchas felicidades por todo lo hermoso que hace.
    Muchos saludos. Gracias

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