07 October 2017

OMG Where did September Go

All cheer for the school holidays and we have slowed down finally.

September is THE month at my work.  It is extremely busy and even with the extra hours I now work I did extra hours on top and to add to the stress our system (internet) went down for a week in the last week of September.  Our IT support kept telling us that they would have someone come in so I headed into work everyday only to have to use my personal mobile data to login and no-one turned up.

We had no office phones, my boss was doing seminars with clients for 2 of the days and had to field all the phone calls that were diverted to his mobile.  By the end of the week we were both fed up with our head office IT people and we both ended up blowing up at them.  Our main concern is that something has slipped through the cracks, all the urgent stuff has been caught up .... we think.  I still have a stack of printing and scanning to catch up on.

I had a finish this week Jen Kingwell's Spring Fever is done.  Since taking this photo the skinny blocks with 2 flowers on them have been added to.  They just weren't right and when I looked at Jen's finished quilt there was more detail than were in the pattern instructions.

I am hand quilting this one and started stitching last night if I keep up the pace it shouldn't take too long to quilt.  

Mo went for a job interview on Thursday and got a Christmas Casual job down at the local shopping centre.  She was on a high after the interview, and although she was really nervous she said she did really well.  We went shopping today for work wear... I dread having to find prescribed clothes for her, as she is small and still in kids sizes but we managed to get a black shirt (ladies 6 ... still a bit big but looks ok tucked in)  and black jeans (only her second pair of jeans she has owned) and we were able to get them in girls wear with an adjustable waist ... she has super long legs for her height so the adjustable waist is a must.  

Maestro has been away camping and has coming home this afternoon worn out but having had a great time.  We 3 have been enjoying the quiet of not having him around over the last 4 days because he really is very noisy with a booming voice, gaming and talking on Skype with his friends.  

I'm heading away next weekend for a sewing weekend with the girls and I can't wait. 


03 September 2017

August has been and gone

August has been a really long month.  Sewing wise I've been doing lots of slow stitching working on Spring Fever by Jen Kingwell.  I have 7 main blocks to finish, I'm about 2/3rds of my way through.  This morning I am cutting the 1½" strips to make the checkerboard blocks for in-between I don't think I will start stitching these until I am putting it all together.  The quilt has a scolloped
edge but I think I won't bother with that as I have other designs on that fabric for another project.

Last month I bought the starter kit from Amitie for Bakers Dozen and yesterday I sorted through my stash to find fabrics to go with it.  Each fabric I have chosen to add I have cut down to the same size as the Amitie Kit just to make sure that no one fabric overwhelms the quilt.  I plan to make this quilt for Maestro so I am trying to keep fabric selections as masculine as possible though there are a few small florals but I think the pieces will be small enough that it won't matter.

School has been a main focus this last month Maestro has been picking his subjects for Year 12, thankfully that is done just have to cross fingers that he gets into those classes.  Mo had to pick her subjects for Year 10 which was easier but she did agonise a little over it and worried that her friends had dropped Art, I told her to continue with it as she truly enjoys the subject and she needed to not worry about who was doing what and to follow her own path.  She is coping better with school this term and we haven't had to battle anxiety over workloads as yet and she is just taking it all in her stride.  We know that it is not something that will go away but we know what to look out for and we can get help again if we need it.

My MIL ended up in Emergency a couple of weeks ago and Drs pretty much had written her off, she had unexplained swelling in her neck and a cat scan was inconclusive they decided it was a tumour and she was just fading away.  Turns out she has a stone in the salivary gland which became infected and abscessed.  It ruptured and with IV antibiotics she came good, however the only option is surgery to remove the stone(s) and her sons have decided not to do that as another general anaesthetic would either kill her or reduce her mental capacity further.  I've come to the conclusion that we treat our animal's better than we treat our old and incapacitated.  Her quality of life is slowly being whittled away bit by bit, with each infection she loses a bit more physically and mentally.

We have had changes at work and I have increased my working hours, at least I can do them at home and work a full day on Tuesday, picking up the kids in my lunch hour then continue to work a full day.  So far it has been ok but I don't seem to make anymore headway with the workload.  To be honest I haven't enjoyed my job for a long time, but I like my boss and we make a good team and we need the money... I guess I'll be at it for a bit longer yet.

Mo set up a small fish tank in her room over the last month we just finished stocking it with the maximum no of fish the tank will allow, then on Tuesday she woke up to the fact that her female Molly (she only has one) must have been a bit of a hussy at the fish shop so we have 15 babies in the tank.  I thought natural selection would cut the numbers but they have stayed constant.  We are going to have to do something as they get bigger.


06 August 2017

Finished Quilt Top Celtic Tree of Life.


Last week I finished the top for Celtic Tree of Life.  I will work on the final putting it together instructions this afternoon and have them posted for you to download.  They will be there for 1 month before they come down again as per the usual arrangement.  I will also be working on another document to go up with hints and tips for doing the celtic knot work that I have worked out along the way.  Hope you enjoy the quilt.

I need to get my machine serviced before I can start quilting it.  Once that is done I can take some better photo's of the quilt.  I also have a couple of other quilts in need of quilting so I see a lot of time behind my machine in the next few months and I have to check out the stash to see if I have a voile that will fit the back.

Final instructions have been loaded on Tree of Life Page, do your final download available till 6th September 2017.

25 July 2017

School Holiday's have come to and end 😢





I have loved the change in pace though I have managed to late to work a couple of times.

Mo and I did quite a bit of walking to the beach during the holidays and did a couple of trips all the way to Henley which is about 6km round trip from our house. We have just come home from a bit shorter walk this afternoon after school.

We also saw a few movies, Baby Driver which we loved I'm not usually into car chases but I really enjoyed all the driving choreographed to music, Despicable Me 3 another winner how can you not love minions and The House which we both hated, and nearly walked out halfway through I kept waiting for it to get funny and it just didn't and got more senselessly violent.

We have a new edition to the household.  Mo purchased the cage a few months ago to get a cockateel but she wanted a baby that she could tame.  Her Dad took her to a local bird guy to ask if he was expecting babies in the spring and he told her he had a hand reared one that had had a fall and had injured his leg but expected it to heal in a couple of weeks and she could have him cheap,  and bring him back if he didn't improve.  I think he is staying and it has been quite good for Mo as she is really focusing on the bird and not on all the other stuff that goes on in her head.  He already sits on her hand.

I have updated the Putting it together documents on the Celtic Tree of Life.  There is now a template for the knots for the corner stones  and more instructions for the border.  I have finished stitching two of the knots and I think I will do a post on what I have found the best way to glue the knots in place without wrecking your paper template.

Picture of the 4 knots are below.







15 July 2017

Tree of Life Progress


Mo and I headed out for a walk this afternoon.  We made it to Henley Square which is about a 6km round trip from our house.  The local creek looked pretty spectacular but Mo was more concerned that I would drop my phone off the bridge as I took the photo.  
At least Mo now follows the rule that if you take the lead and the dog does a No 2 you have to pick it up and put it in the bin and not leave it to your mother to do.

The sky was pretty threatening but we made it all the way there and back and didn't get wet.  I think most of the weather action was out to sea.  The view on our walks never get old.

Conversations with Mo are always interesting on these walks nothing seems to be off limits... last week there was discussion about sex ed at school and what the other kids had told her they talk about ... this week we had 2 ladies and an older gent walking towards, us he was wearing lycra .... I only hope he was out of earshot when she said "OMG did you see his bulge that was just gross".  To tell the truth I registered the lycra and made sure to keep my eyes at head level.  She couldn't believe that I had missed it.


Progress Report on Tree of Life: I have been working on borders this week.  The top and bottom border of the Tree of Life is all stitched on and I have put together one of the side borders and have the 2nd side ready to piece.   I have chosen the corner stone design there will be only one template at this stage and i will probably use 4 different fabrics for the knots.  

I am working on the next version of Putting it all together and with any luck will post Version 3 in a few days, so you can get working working on the border if you want to.  Once I have finished the border and have the final Putting it all together version ready to post it will stay there for a month before heading to my Etsy shop. 

11 July 2017

School Holidays and time to just breath

I rarely take extra time off during school holidays as I only work until just after lunch.  Hubby usually takes a couple of days here and there I have my regular Thursday when we usually do the holiday dental checks and other appointments that need to be slotted in.  This holidays, I had today off in lieu of the extra time I worked a couple of weeks ago trying to catch up because our computer rack with all the internet and routers got fried.


We got up early Mo had a physio appointment she has shine splints which are on the mend and physio has given her some exercises to strengthen butt (cause of shine splints) stretches and exercises to help ankles and calves.

Mo and I then checked out a Raw Food Cafe which she had been wanting to try for a couple of weeks... now we are going every weekend according to her.  She had Birchers Muesli with coconut yogurt, she promptly came home and tried to make her own version of the Muesli, she was all for making her own coconut yogurt as well but I put a stop to that until we have thoroughly investigated the mechanics of that.

We then headed out for a walk, we didn't quite get to Henley Square but it was a good distance I've been encouraging Mo to walk when she hasn't been able to run especially when the day is a glorious as it was today.  See the great cloud formations below.

Mo can really use the downtime from school as she puts so much pressure on herself throughout the term.  We are finding ways to help her, she is doing yoga a couple of times a week at the moment and she is going to try some meditation as well and talking to a councillor.  I don't think we are out of the woods yet but we are getting there and taking things one day at a time.


 Some one was building stinky Seaweed Stacks on the beach glad we weren't down on the beach and there was no wind otherwise this section of the walk wouldn't have been too pleasant.

I have finished all the long geese for borders.  I really think they would make a great quilt in themselves when you see them all lined up together (first picture) and I've just thought of a way to change it up and make it a bit more interesting... probably would require more planning but there are possibilities.

01 July 2017

Celtic Tree of Life Putting it together progress

Last week I managed to cut out the strips for the pieced border.

I may start it with a narrow border (still deciding) but so far it looks pretty good without it.  I am stitching the border pieces in pairs so that they look like geese.  The corner stones at this point will be more knots.


This is what I have done this morning lots more stitching to go and we have to fiddle with colour placement but I think it is going to look good when its finished.

Also I need to let you know that the Australian Government have decided to slug downloading of digital content with a tax. I'm not sure if overseas buyers  get charged it or not but we definitely do here which is CRAP and it means all my patterns have increased by 10% and I don't get one cent of it.

























A can't wait for the school holidays to come.  I am over of arguing with Maestro about subjects, study habits and exams and Mo really needs a break from school for a couple of weeks just to breath.  We really wonder how they can be so polar opposites (one an overachieving perfectionist and the other expecting it all to happen with the least effort as possible).  If they both were more a mix of each other High School would be a breeze for everyone.  Throw in Maestro's man flu into the mix during exams and it has been a wonderful couple of weeks. The one good thing no body else came down with the bug.

18 June 2017

Finished Top Ready for Borders

Block 8 and 9 are now finished.  The template for both these blocks have been available for a couple of weeks now.  You just haven't had a finished photo.
















This morning I finished the centre row
 and put the quilt centre together.  



 I will update the putting it together instructions and start working on the borders next week.


02 June 2017

AAAH Block 8

Sorry everyone.  I uploaded the wrong template for Block 8.  It is in fact the template for Block 9.

Block 9 is slightly less complicated than Block 8 so you are welcome to do that first.  I'll sort out the template for Block 8 and post.  I won't bother about taking Block 9 Templates down and will just offer the two blocks together.

I'll probably start working on Block 9 myself on the weekend so if you have started yours already yourself you are ahead of me.

28 May 2017

Block 8 is now Go

I really need to apologise for the slow down in the quilt.  Have really been battling the no sewing mojo there is just too much going on on the home front at the moment, luckily  it has only taken a week to get this block together. And I have a wonderful sewing day with my friends to help me get all fired up and back in the swing.  Block 8 is now loaded on the Tree of Life Block and will remain there for a month.

The putting it together document by the time this uploads should be updated with Version 2.  Which gives instruction for the 1st and 2nd rows to go together and the border for the centre block.

I've been helping Mo work out a bag pattern that she can make at school as part of Home Ec and she finished a prototype today after a few tears last night in which I told her to pack it up and put on a movie and we would have another go this morning.   She does a bit of sewing but it isn't the same as her love of cooking but the need to be perfect is still there.


22 May 2017

Block 8 Progress at Last

This week I have been working on block 8 of Celtic Tree of Life.  I'm going to have to do some work on the final template but the block is looking pretty spectacular.

I am also waiting on the arrival of the fabric for block 9 which I will get on to as soon as Block 8 is all stitched.

There are quite a few photo's on Instagram of the block coming together a couple are here.  I got about ¼ of the way stitching yesterday and last night so will be powering on again tonight.  I'm hoping by end of next weekend I will have the block finished and ready to release.

Yesterday my sewing buddies and I had a sewing day we were trying to do this regularly but life just gets in the way sometimes.  I know I really needed it and so did they.  We picked fabrics for Delilah by Jen Kingwell.  I even managed to cut one block.  The other girls did way better but I was wanting to do a bit of everything.

I also started working on the MO BOM which I now have all the blocks for, most of the fabrics I loved for this BOM except their choice of background fabrics.

The day went way to quickly always the way when you are having fun.  It had done wonders for my sewing mojo which needed a big rocket.

I'm off to do some more stitching.  Fingers crossed I'll catch up again at the end of the week.


12 May 2017

Celtic Tree of Life

Sorry the pattern updates have been a bit slow the last couple of months.  There is quite a bit going on behind the scene which has sapped the sewing mojo.  But I have the top and bottom rows sewn together and the border for the central block completed.

Those of you who have teenage kids will understand some of the stuff we are going through, they are complicated creatures and both hubby and I have wanted to find an escape from adulting on more than one occasion over the last few weeks.

On top of this having to dealing with my MIL decline which is harder on my hubby than me.  At least she is only a 2 minute trip in the car to see her or a 5 minute walk which is a blessing if she is sleeping or is completely off with the fairies (which is more the case than not now) and he can come straight back home.  Just found out she has had another fall today.

I've been crocheting a blanket the past couple of weeks, originally I was thinking of giving to my MIL however things tend to go walkabout at the nursing home so I have decided that I won't be giving it to her and I won't ever give her one of my quilts. We did purchase a nice quilt cover for her and thats been missing for a while now even though it was well labeled.  Mo's put dibs on the blanket now, she pretty much puts dibs on everything I make 😉 especially if she can snuggle up and keep warm with it.  I'm at the halfway point now and it should make a great blanket to throw over ones legs while watching TV sprawled on the lounge.

Back to the Celtic Tree of Life, here is the top row sewn together and the central block all bordered.  The side panels will be 8" x 36" finished and I haven't quite decided if they will be celtic knots or pieced blocks.  First I will have to see if I have enough light fabric to make the panels.   I had already picked out rectangular knots so we will just have to see if we can get them to fit.


As you can see I haven't stuck to the original block placement.  I don't know whatI am going to do for borders.  I originally thought I'd do an appliqué border but it is kind of losing its appeal. 




07 May 2017

New Author


I'm 2 books deep into this series and I'm hooked.  It got recommended on Penny Reid's Facebook group by quite a few members which is good enough recommendation for me.  The series is 5 books and they are all out so no waiting to finish them before you move on to the next one.    If you love the Harry Potter books you would probably love these though the characters are older and more sophisticated.

It has everything, a strong female lead, time travel, a prophesy, shape changers, seers and vampires.  There is a battle against evil across time and real moments in history.  Book 1 jumps between the present time and Victorian England, Book 2 jumps back to pre Elizabethan England.

Bubbling in the background is a love story 125 years in the making.

Book 1 is free on Kindle, or you can get the first 3 books for the price of 1.  I went and purchased all 5 books so that I could just keep reading.
I saw a review that recommended it for teenagers 14 years and above.  Mo is on book 5 of Harry Potter at the moment and I have told her she should read these but she won't read on a kindle or ebook format and to get the paper copies of these books is $$$$ unfortunately.

02 May 2017

Going Slow

I guess the school holidays has been a time to just slow down.  Can't say I have had much sewing mojo unfortunately and have been crocheting at night.

I have trimmed the centre block down to 32 ½" square and am working on the square within square blocks to go round the edge.  There are 132 of them so if you want to get started you can following the same instructions as for the corner appliqué blocks there are just more of them.  As the centre square is pretty light, I have been using darker greys for the background of the square within a square blocks so that they form a defined frame.


Mo hosted 6 girls for a sleep over.  They usually meet up every school holiday and it usually at one of the other girls houses who has a separate room outside for them all to make noise in, but they expected that friend to be away this time so Mo volunteered us for the event.

We did a Costco run and got a big platter of sushi.  I also came home with a small fortune in other food stuff.  Mo went nuts in the fresh food fridge section and Costco is pretty good for some of the healthy food options she likes to partake in (nuts and nutmeal, raw cocoa, chia seeds etc).  All the unhealthy option were put in the trolly by Maestro.

The sleepover was Friday night and Mo cleaned the house while I was at work and got everything ready.  She even made breakfast for the girls in the morning.



I've probably told you that Mo has got into running, in a big way and she runs about 12km every other day.  She has been having problem with blisters lately, and she sent me a picture while I was at work yesterday of her bloody sock and the terrible state of the ball of her foot and it really broke my heart it looked so painful (I won't treat you to any gory pictures).

She had planned to run after I left for work an we discussed the state of her feet and put a pad over the affected area and thought this would do the trick as she said it wasn't sore.  She did it only really stung for a couple of minutes when she was running so she was surprised at the state of it when she had finished.

I ended up booking her into the Drs just to make sure there wasn't any infection he has just said leave off running... which is going to be hard because as soon as it feels a bit better she wants to run again.  In the meantime DH worked with  a guy who runs marathons and he asked for some advice and he sent us a heap information about what he does and link to website about blister care and prevention for runners.

So I did a crash course last night in what to do with blisters and went to the chemist in search of hydrocolloid dressing which we found and gave her immediate relief and covered the hole in her foot.        The stuff is kind a like skin and helps the body to heal at the same time.    We are heading to a specialist running shoe place on the weekend to replace her shoes and I think I will be spending a small fortune on socks and other blister prevention products over the next little while and try and keep her from running for a week 😔.

20 April 2017

Big Day - I think I may need to sneak off to bed early

Its school holidays at the moment and Mo has been booked into have her braces off for a few months now, they told me they could come of at the end of January but I have been putting it off because (well they've only been on for 12 months) initially they said 2 years (maybe longer because of problems with her jaw).  So we budgeted to pay them off in little under 2 years (not 1) and in order to get them off you have to pay the balance which at the time was $2k+ plus fork out for the gold wires an extra $700.   We also had to do it 3 appointments over the course of the day as she had to get some removed so I decided the school holidays would be it.

So my day went like this.  Wake up 6.30 do my walk, have breakfast, have shower get ready to leave the house at 8.30 as there is a lot of road work on our side of the city and her appointment is at 9.30 in the city.  Go to put the dog out so she can do her business then bring her inside and notice a piece of cotton jutting out from her foot (I'm thinking OMG needle).  I pull on it and she starts to whimper and carry on I start to panic, I feel her foot around the toe and I can't feel anything in the foot and even when I push on the toe she seems fine, I pull on it again she cry.  If I leave it alone she is ok so I put her to bed and leave its 8.40 so I head out all the while feeling a bit sick thinking of the X-rays and vet bills that are going to be on top of today's dental expenses and there is no way I'm letting DH know about this as he is always making comments about needles (which I am pretty careful with).

We head into our first dental appointment and the Orthodontist decides there is a gap in her bottom teeth that they'd really like to close before this afternoon (WTF).  So they take the top wire off and the bracket that needs to come off the tooth that must be built up by our regular dentist then proceed to wire the bottom teeth up with various bits and bobs.  Mo's eyes are watering as the bracket was stuck really well due to the smallness of the tooth and the amount of cement they used and the wiring up is ok she says but hurts a bit.

We head to our regular dentist who builds her tooth up and does a really good job but she isn't happy that they only removed one bracket because she would like to make sure that the teeth match and she can see them with all stuff still stuck to her other teeth.

By lunch Mo's a bit emotional about having to go back and have the rest of the brackets removed.  Orthodontist has ask us to get there early so they can do more tightening up and assess if they are going to take the braces off now (more WTF is going on in my head).  We arrive 20minutes early  end up waiting another 20 minutes after our set appointment time to see someone (well and truly over this now). They then proceed to wire Mo bottom teeth up a bit more but decide they can take them all off today (like this gap couldn't have been taken care of in the 14 months the things have been on instead of the last 3 hours).  1 ½ hours later we head home to deal with the dog.

Dog is still in no destress, piece of cotton is still there stuck in place.   I ring the vet and book and time to head down I tell them I suspect she has a needle in her foot but she isn't in any pain.  I said I will try and see if I can determine if there is actually a needle in her foot or not as it is an hour before they can fit us in.

I end up laying on the dog and pinning her under me with her foot sticking out and hold her leg still and have a good look at the cotton and the toe.  To my utter relief there is no needle just the cotton caught on a rough piece of her claw and when I was pulling on it, it was pulling her claw causing pain.  Further embarrassment and big vet bill avoided.

It about 4pm and Mo wants to do grocery shopping.  Mo does all our cooking and she makes me a shopping list every week.  Today as it is school holidays she wants to come with me... no shopping list because there isn't much we need apparently.  My regular shopping trip takes about 45 minutes   by the time I go to the supermarket and the fruit and veg store (a bit longer if she send me on a goose chase for something obscure).

Mo is really careful about what she eats and she likes to read the labels.  We are an hour in and only about halfway through the supermarket.  My hubby texts me to say he is on his way home.  

I'm at the end of an aisle (she also doesn't like it if I go ahead and she is reading and trying to decide if she is going to get veggie pasta or wholemeal).  My hubby is in no way a patient man, he will not stand in a line for anything no matter the incentive.  He said they were ¾ hour in a health food shop yesterday when he was on parenting duty.  We managed to make it home just before 6.

I think I'm going to bed now with a good book which I will probably fall asleep before the end of the first page.  
 




17 April 2017

Putting it all together

As discussed in my last post, this pattern will be updated from now until the end of the quilt as I decide how it will go together.

Again we have been dealing with a few family issues and people being unwell including me now with Mo kindly sharing a cold with me this Easter.  I hope to get back out to the sewing room today for more background blocks.  There is lots of them so they will keep you busy.  



Here are the first 2 blocks all finished.  I now have to decide about the centre row and how that will come together, it will have a border of blocks as well I am just unsure how big the two side blocks will end up being and wether they will be enough room for another 2 celtic knots or not.  

Its was hubby's birthday yesterday and Mo has been baking again.  




She made him a cake that looks like a pizza 😜

31 March 2017

Planning the Finish - Celtic Tree of Life

The rest of this month I will be working on the top and bottom rows. This pattern will be available from now until the end of the program as it will end up being the last pattern of the month with border options.

I now how I will frame each of the appliqué blocks but have been a bit stuck with what I will do with the celtic knots, but I came up with an idea in the shower this morning (where all brilliant ideas are born).  It incorporates the finished border which until this morning I wasn't sure there was going to be one but I think now there will be and as with Flowers with Alison it will be huge.

So stay tuned.  The top and bottom rows will give me an idea of the size of the two narrow side blocks for the centre row which will be the patterns May and June.  Then there will be no more patterns until the border is finished.
 
Blocks all trimmed ready to frame.

26 March 2017

Centre Block Complete



The centre block is complete and I have updated the pattern on the Celtic Tree of Life Page so download the new version.  

15 March 2017

Progress Report and a Template


Sorry this block is coming in dribs and drabs, but I am wondering if I am meant to finish it the way I am going.   I did something to my back getting out of the car last night and I'm not sure if sitting or standing is better at this stage the only way I'm not in pain is I lie flat on my back.

I have decided to release the next lot of templates which are the leaves and the critters.  At this stage I don't plan to add any bees but the templates are there if you want to use them.  The plan is for 4 birds, 3 dragonflies, 4 butterflies  (2 different types of butterflies).  Once the block is all complete I will update the instructions with the finishing detail and add the photo of the finished block.

Thank you for your patience.

09 March 2017

Managing Expectations Again Sorry

Hi everyone, I've been pretty quiet on the blog front.  I'm working away on filling in the centre block and it may be a few days late.  As you can see from the progress photo below I still have a few leaves  to stitch and then I can start on the critters.   I have prepared the templates for these but have to pull fabric and stitch there are lots of tiny pieces which may prove to be a bit scary but we will see how it turns out.  I could post the templates on the 15th but I would prefer to have a finished block picture to post with them so it may just be a few days late.

Last week I was fighting a sinus infection and narrowly missed having to go to the Dr's to get antibiotics I was giving it one more day on sailine treatment and then I was going to make the call when it righted itself.  During that time I couldn't wear my glasses and my eyesight is getting worse and I can't see enough to sew at night without them.  I have that problem where my arms aren't long enough 😆.  Sorry for the excuses but I really was under the weather and every time I put my head down the pain.

I've been thinking long and hard about my next BOM program and I have decided that once this BOM is finished I think this will be my last free BOM for a while and I will change it up next time.  I know we all love free stuff however in order for my business to continue I need to sell patterns, so next BOM the block's will be on sale for half price for a month then go up to full price.  That way I can cover the cost of the running my website and maybe actually pay for the fabric to make the quilt.

As I will be selling the patterns from the outset the lead time for the next BOM will probably be a little bit longer as I will want to get most of the quilt finished before we start.    I know that this will mean I will probably lose a lot of subscribers but in the end this is my business and I need to make enough money to keep it going which sadly isn't happening at the moment.

16 February 2017

OOPs

Sorry everyone I loaded the wrong template yesterday.   Please head to the page and download the correct template which is ready now.

15 February 2017

Celtic Tree of Life Block 7 Part 1


I tried everyone but it just didn't happen, there was a week in there were I was just too tired from over thinking to sew. 

We are back on track this week and I am about ½ way through doing branches.  There will probably be some more added next month but you get the idea with this picture and we can fill in the blanks next month.   

Just remember that you will need to download the pattern again next month as it will be updated with additional instructions and there will be more templates. 

Head to The Celtic Tree of Life Page to download this instalment.