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Winner announced at the end of the week
(NB: This giveaway is now closed - winners are listed below)
After making the scrappy trip-a-long at the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself to sew more things just for fun, things for me, things for the family.
These last few weeks I have been cutting and stitching away here and there - mostly there in the late, late night, when the house is quiet and I have a moment to make a strong cup of tea, breathe, then sit and sew.
The pattern I decided on was a must for me, it's called Folk Tale Paths and designed by Emma from Ballarat Patchwork. She designed this quilt to showcase Folk Tale at AQM last year, at the time I was about 11months pregnant.
.......you know, I was huge & about to pop.
So I began cutting and piecing.
As I cut and pieced I watched seasons 2 and 3 of Downton Abbey, I cried in a few places and I pricked my fingers more times than I wish to say.
It was good, real good.
The fabric choice was an obvious one if you look at the shelves in my creative space.
As the blocks grew and I began to love the design even more, if that is possible.
I HAD to finish, I stayed up later, I became addicted.
When I layed it out on the floor in the studio I Instagrammed a picture - you know, that moment when the last block is sewn really is pure bliss.
It was worth every moment, every pricked finger.
I'm almost done
and then I realise I have not taken one photo of Folk Tale Paths during daylight hours. So this might be known as my midnight quilt.....or the Midnight Folk Tale Downton Abbey Quilt
Would you like to make your own Folk Tale Path quilt?
The lovely Emma from Ballarat Patchwork has sent me ten patterns to giveaway....yes x 10......could you be that lucky?
How to Enter?
Please pop on over to our Facebook page and enter the draw or leave a comment on this post, ten winners will be chosen at random next Friday.
But that's not all, Emma has kit's available for this quilt so you can use Folk Tale fabrics too.....and she has 20% off storewide
So hop on your porcupine and gallop as fast as you can.
Winners names drawn May 24, 2013 - a huge thank you to everyone who entered via the Cinderberry blog, facebook and rafflecopter the lucky people are listed below each will recieve an email/direct message from me tonight....
Congrats to the winners....Sandy Norman, Bronwyn Kenney, Julie VanderStar, Debra Debuke Komar, Ellyn Zinsmeister, Heidee Hallum, Yvonne Benson, Angela Torlop, Melissa Whittle and Marie Bezzina
Have you seen the latest issue of Leanne Beasley's Vignette magazine? Among the pages you will find the Cinderberry Stitches studio and a girl I kind of know looking back at you. Let me tell you it was amazing to have both Leanne and Melinda come to visit my home studio - you know you are among great friends when you only stop talking to take a breath and eat.
Among many things I showed the girls were my original strike off fabrics from Woodland - yes, those colors that never did make it to the final collection you see in stores today. Can you believe there were 50 options before I had to get tough and cut it down to the final 32. Trust me - it's a difficult decision to make when the time arrives, choosing what stays and goes....like choosing the best kids to keep. Maybe I need to devote a post to 'those cotton souls that didn't get a selvage' someday.
(image taken by Leanne....yes, it's a tease - some of the fabrics that didn't make it.)
For those who have visited my hometown Geelong, I took the girls to my favorite local store Lily Pond - it's an enchanting emporium of all things French. I'll be honest, we could have stayed there all day with French music playing in the background and the most amazing products & accessories to discover - love that place.
So that's the background of Vignette's visit to Cinderberryville, it was fun, went too fast and was full of inspiration. Among the pages of Issue 7 you will also find a gorgeous quilt Leanne made & Melinda quilted using a fat quater pack of Woodland, it's called 'Sweet Dreams' & perfect to snuggle under - so grab a copy of the magazine and a pack of Woodland and start stitching away.
........and if you have yet to grab your own bundle of fabric then keep reading.
To celebrate the studio feature & visit in Vignette I have one bundle of 32 fat quarters from my Woodland line straight from the Cinderberry studio (yes, that's the complete collection folks) AND a copy of Leanne's Vignette - Issue 7 to giveaway.
If you are the lucky winner you can put your feet up and read Vignette while hugging your new fabric or just hug them both. You only have one week to enter the competition by leaving a comment on this blog post & I will choose one winner at random on the 29th June 2012.
So what are you waiting for? go pop your name in the draw!
Find Cinderberry Stitches on facebook & see what keeps me busy.
Thanks for the foxy loving everyone.
Yes I think they will be added to the card series at some stage soon so I will keep you posted on the progress!
I mentioned in the last post about the new 'visual colour guide' packaged with this pattern series and here is a glimpse below taken with Instagram last week. Basically the design is colour coded to make it very simple for you to see which colour thread goes where.
This is something I have been hoping to introduce to my patterns and I am so pleased with the results - hope you love the idea too.
It's Friday night here so time for me to put my feet up enjoy for a while. Planning on re-designing my studio space this week, so a trip to Ikea is on the cards - give me strength.
Wow - I have received so many emails and messages in the last week!
You have all completely knocked my socks off, to say you are excited about the iron on transfers & changes would be an understatement.....I thought my inbox was going to pop this week. So with my quick calculations I have come to the conclusion.
(No tracing lines and going cross eyed at the light box = more time sewing for everyone)
These last few months have been tedious for me, transferring, re-formatting designs and spending way too many hours in front of the computer getting things 'just right' zapping my energy & creative time.
Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY Yes.
Will you love them? ABSOLUTELY Yes.
So now the tedious part (insert yawn) is over it feels amazing to be back drawing and sewing again. I missed it, the imagination, stories in my mind, creating, scribbles on blank paper, bits of fabric thrown around the studio, pins in my fingers, taking photos....every part of the process.
Because creating makes me happy, it is who I am.
I even brought a new sketch book to celebrate
Inside the cover it tells me to use the book as 'a year long record of sketches, because every daily drawing is worthy of remembrance' and that is true but, between the two of us.....I'm loving that the edges of the book are orange against the fresh white crisp pages.
I'm serious book crushing here.
One Sketch a Day, what's not to love.
Time to announce the six lucky people who win a pattern each (from the previous post) it was amazing and so much fun to read where you all are visiting me from. Cinderberry love really is worldwide.
If your name appears below and there is an email in your inbox from me you are a lucky winner indeed....congratulations to
Elisa from Michigan, USA
Sharon from Highfields, Queensland
Bari Jo from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hildy from Munich, Germany
Paula from North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Jules from Newcastle, New South Wales
Oh and for the other 259 peeps, don't feel left out. This is for you - Download One Wee Home your very own mini pattern.
Print it. Stitch it. Love it.
Back again soon with more sneak peeks at what I am currently stitching.... it feels like I am alive again and I love it.
I was busy playing in the studio this afternoon when I looked up and saw this little owl watching my every move, it's nice to know he is keeping a look out, is quiet and does not require feeding. The perfect pet.
I mentioned in the last post about the much anticipated changes to Cinderberry Stitches, both patterns and distribution, so now it's about time I revealed my new look pattern covers so you know what to look for in your local patchwork store.
I love the new look and hope you do too, it's stamped with my signature drawings and the colours I love....what's not to like about that?
The front.....and the back....
the packaging....the iron on transfers.
Nothing more to say but hooray!!
Oh....except it is about time I shared the pattern love around - don't you think?
So if you feel the pattern love and would like to take the chance to win your very own 'hot off the press' Cinderberry Stitches pattern please leave a comment on this post. I would love to hear what your favorite embroidery stitch is or where in the world you are visiting me from.
I will draw a handful of names at random next week (Thursday 9th Feb 2012) - so please enter and shout out to your friends that Cinderberry has an awesome new look.
3 x Hedgehog Happy Hour patterns
3 x Hedgehog Happy-ness patterns
up for grabs
= 6 very happy people :)
Pattern writing or making daisy chains with my girl?
I choose the daisy chains every time.
There is nothing better on a sweet Spring day.
Congratulations to Sandra Timmons who left this message -
"I just love happy dance. I could be dancing my little heart out when I have the copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 4 in my possession. I just want to make so many of these blocks. Thanks for a chance to win such a wonderful magazine."
I will have Quiltmaker send you a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volumn 4 so you can in fact dance your heart out - and stitch away!
I guess you realise I have been chained to the sewing machine this past week, I could think of worse places to be. Day's roll into one and before you know it a week has flown past, somedays I can't even remember what day it is. If you told me today was Friday I would believe you, I am quite serious.
Time never went this fast when I was a kid.
I need to slow down and smell the fabric flowers.
It is true, I have been at the sewing machine more this week than in the last three months combined although you will not hear me complain, I know I am lucky. I am sewing with the fabric I designed, and loving it more than you could ever believe.
This week in the studio I pinned my selvage to the inspiration board - my computer free version of pinterest. In fact, I urge you to begin one yourself, why should your computer have all the fun and pretties tucked away in a file?
Get them out, look at them everyday - they will inspire & make you happy.
So there it is, selvage stuck. Sharing space with love notes, and things I can't possibly put away in a drawer. I also LOVE that my 9 year old niece adores her Derwents as much as I do (we sat together last night to smell the newly opened tin and inhale all that imagination waiting to be found). I promised her I would stick her art in my studio, this is where it will stay.
"Hello, Selvage & love notes?"
I know, all you really want to see is THE fabric and the next few posts will be devoted to Woodland, promise.
Yes, you will see more of this...
most definately this in my future....
Now I hope you can understand my absence.
By now you know I have been 'preoccupied' with a lot of cotton lovey-ness but I believe it is time for some competition house keeping. Thank you for waiting for me to get my act together - it is hard to tip-tap on the laptop when Woodland is calling my name....I hope you understand.
The two winners -
Meg Howie: Hi Nat, I love your new design plus your new pattern setting. I'm going to make 2 for my girls for their DSI's - what a great present idea. I'm also going to make one for me - enlarging to put my Ipad2 into. Welldone again. I Look forward to your posts. xx (date: 05/09 4.13pm)
Helen Summers: Just love the new design, have a dear friend and I could make her a case for her Kindle which she takes everywhere,also one for my grandaughter for her small sketch book and pencils. (date: 06/09 6.44pm)
Thanks so much Helen and Meg, I will send you both an email and have the patterns sent to you. I loved reading all the comments and ideas for how you would use your flip case, it makes me want to whip a few more up in varying sizes!
Promise to share more next time.
It is amazing when you release the pressure, relax and chill a little what happens. Drawings spill out and sketches become abundant - even though I want to race off into the studio and begin stitching I know the best thing is to just sit with pencil and paper in the evenings and draw, each sketch brings another idea and before long I am surrounded by artwork.
In a week my HB pencil has shrunk to almost half it's size.
Here are some rough drafts I have been playing with - sketching onto baking paper when I need to reverse images quickly or repeat an image across more than one design. These are the very first stages of something new, a new collection, new creatures, new ideas hot off the pencil.
It's a hard choice but this is the moment in design I love the most, when it's just me, my pencil and imagination.....and then I pick up the needle and that's a whole other story.
Now you know what I have been doing this week - no sewing, just a lot of great ground work and enough sketches to keep me busy for quite a while.
Ok - so back to the last competition post and the two winners of signed Cotton Floss books. You are all awesome x 336 times for taking the time to enter the draw and leaving a comment - more than thrilled to hear you are excited about the book release and love the designs.
So two random names...
Ancret Shipton - "Oh oh, am I too late to get my name in the draw????? I meant to do this ages ago, I'm blaming baby brain :-) I would LOVE a copy of your gorgeous book!" x
Kelly Rachel - "Oh Natalie! A book...signed??? I'd have died and gone to heaven! I just adore your work. And the colder weather makes me want to stitch...some of your projects would be perfect to work on!"
Ancret and Kelly - let me know your details and a special signed copy will be on it's way in the next post.
If you are looking to buy a copy please ask for 'Cotton Floss' at your local quilt store (I would love to see the book in your home town) you can also check out the Cinderberry Stitches stockist page for the latest information.
Quick - go get your 'Cotton Floss' on
The good news? Cotton Floss is in the house and shipped to stores around the globe.
I am hearing people love it and can't work out which design to stitch first....LOVE it! When my copies arrived last week I sat there for a few moments just looking at the envelope - then I reached for the camera.
When eighteen months of work all comes down to one express parcel, you need to take a photo.
So in one surreal, excited and quiet frankly incredibly scary moment,
I ripped open the bag & there they were.
My paper baby was born.
Cotton Floss has now been shipped to stores (who have placed orders) and I am just beginning to get feedback from those who have their copies and don't want to let them go.
I can see a field of Toadstool pin rests beginning to grow around the world.
Not to mention owls dotted here and there.
With Cotton Floss arriving in stores it's time I shared with you all twelve projects fetaured in the book, there are still a few more designs I have not managed to show you yet.
Row 1 (L to R) The Hidden Garden canvas art / Little Red Cap needle holder / Little Red Cap thread holder / Little Red Cap zip pouch Row 2 (L to R) Market Folk carry bag / Toadstool pin rest / Market Folk journal cover / Owlish Dreams bag (library bag, toy sack or pj bag) Row 3 (L to R) Stella and Henry owl softies / The Big bag / The Family Tree wall hanging / Market Folk mini quilt.
Got to love the little elfin girls that pop up here and there.
So would you like to get your hands on a signed copy, directly from me? To celebrate the arrival and release of Cotton Floss in stores I have two signed books to giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post to join in the fun.
Two signed books = Two very happy winners
Names will be drawn at random on the 25th May 2011
Feel free to leave a comment but the competition is now closed - winners announced here