Thursday, August 4, 2011

Finally, a reveal of "Juliet's Rose"!

Designing a project for a magazine can be a test of patience. Paper published craft magazines are always many months ahead of schedule so a project is normally submitted up to 6 months in advance.
After a while you get used to this, but by the time the magazine comes out and your project is revealed, it seems as though half a lifetime has passed!
I am very excited today because I can finally share with you a quilt I was working on in January of this year for Homespun magazine! The magazine has hit the newstands and I quickly ran to grab a copy of my own to see how they had photographed my beautiful...
~Juliet's Rose~
As most of you know, I homeschooled my children for 11 years. From the age of six I read to them the plays of Shakespeare rewritten in story from wonderful authors such as Charles & Mary Lamb, Edith Nesbit, and later in their teenage years we read Leon Garfield's versions alongside the actual plays. We watched the plays on DVD, listened on CD,  and would also make characters with Paddle-pop sticks and scraps of fabrics to stage our very own play.
We had our favourites of course ; Much Ado About Nothing, Midsummer Night's Dream, MacBeth, and naturally for Bloss and I - Romeo and Juliet.
I designed and made this quilt as a legacy of those memories.
Here are pics taken beforethe quilting and binding...
...and all finished before posting off to Homespun editor, Catherine Sanchez.
Now here is the wonderful news for YOU!
This pattern is FREE for you to download from the Homespun website!!
Each month Homespun share a free web project, and this month it was my gorgeous quilt, "Juliet's Rose".
You can download the pattern and all templates HERE.
Remember, if you make "Juliet's Rose", please email me with photos. I'd love to share them on my blog. :-)
This current issue of Homespun is full of lovely projects, but to see them you'll need to head off to your newsagent to grab a copy, or to subscribe you can use the details below:
Today I am going to thread these WELCOME hearts I made a few years back onto ribbon to hang in my daughter Kezzie's new home before she arrives next Wednesday.  I pick up her house key tomorrow and that gives us a few days to add some lovely welcoming touches before they walk through the door to begin their life in our town. :-)
I have decided to format all my Simply Basics 101 tutorials as PDF downloads from now on so that you can save them on your computer and not have to go looking for them on my blog when you need them. Thanks for the suggestion, Marcia
I'll list the links under the Simply Basics 101 button up on the right hand side of my sidebar as I share them.
Before I head off to the sewing room I wanted to show you a gift that my friend Janelle gave me. She is a doll designer who took a break from designing for a number of years, but has now begun playing with laces and beads to make the prettiest shabby chic items! This mannequin is all her work and I just love it to bits!
 Janelle has also taken my place at the school as the new teacher's aide in Home Ec, so I know the classes will be blessed indeed to have her skills at hand!
I'm trying to talk her into posting on her blog, so maybe you should leave a comment and encourage her too? You'll love seeing photos of what she does with bags - truly! 
Have a wonderful day, and remember to tell someone how much you appreciate them!


Rebecca Nelson said...

I'm speechless. Your work and your vision is nothing short of amazing. I love it...absolutely love it. My gramma was a quilter and had she not lost her eyesight to glaucoma she'd have quilted until her last day (she was almost 92 when she passed two years ago). She would have LOVED THIS!

Thank you for sharing~


Melody said...

So many wonderful things and a free pattern. Just fabulous.

Lindi said...

Beautiful quilt, Jenny! As a Shakespeare lover, I love the quotes, too. :)

Allie said...

Oh JENNY - this is absolutely gorgeous - you are truly amazing, girl. I can't wait to make this!

I love the little hearts you made to welcome Kezzie and her family to their new home, I know she'll love them too, I'm so glad she's coming! What a true blessing, girl. And I love the mannequin that Janelle made for you - that is too sweet - do you have a link to her blog? I would love to see it!

Elisa (AKA scrapcat) said...

Juliet's Rose is stunning! I was scrolling down your post desperately looking for a way to order it, and shouted & danced when I saw the link. Thank you (and thank you Homespun). I can't wait!

Kaylee said...

Thankyou Jenny for the free link for "Juliet's Rose" it is truely lovely, however I am unable to download templates 5, 6 and 7, the pages are blank. Cheers Kaylee

Heleen Groot said...

That is one beautiful quilt! I have been looking for a pattern to make for the two weddings I have coming up. This one fits the bill! Thank you so much for sharing it. I can't wait to get started!

Maria said...

You have been a busy girl making lots of beautiful projects and thanks for the pattern too.

How nice to have your daughter come live close to you. The welcome home hearts are lovely and I am sure your DD1 will love them

Cattinka said...

Congratulation for having another beautiful project in Homespun. And thanks for the link to all the free projects.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Juliet's Rose is stunning Jenny - congratulations on another beautiful project.

Enjoy the arrival of your family!

retdairyqueen said...

Another lovely project from you
So beautiful

Barb said...

What a lovely quilt...just lovely!

Margie said...

I love all your projects. Was so excited to see this one for free, but pages 1 - 4 load up black. 5-7 loaded just fine. Sent them a note and so hope it can be fixed. Really would like this pattern. Keep up the good work and Take Care.

Fee said...

Beautiful quilt Jen - so gorgeous! I love Much Ado About Nothing ... in fact Miss B was ALMOST called Hero, although in the end we decided maybe it was a bit "out there" as a name. Knowing her now I think it would have suited her!!
Hugs, Fee :-)

Carrie P. said...

Oh, the quilt is stunning, Jenny. thanks so much for sharing the pattern with us. You are always so generous with your creations. So glad to hear about your daughter being home soon.
Such a great mannequin.

quiltercaroline said...

Jenny you have done it again - a beautiful quilt, I love it. As I was reading I was disappointed that I wouldn't be able to get the magazine and then... what a special surprise to know I can my hands on it for free! Thank you so much. I also love the welcome hearts a lovely touch that I am sure your daughter will love. Enjoy having the family close. GB C

Jeanne said...

Love your work and Sophia is such a doll!

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Juliet's rose is just beautiful!

Marilyn said...

Juliet's Rose is beautiful. It is so good that Homespun has made it available as their free web pattern.
Love the mannequin Janelle made for you, and it fits perfectly among your pretty boxes and goodies.

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations Jenny! It's just gorgeous!!!
Those hearts are darling too!
xx, shell

Anonymous said...

Jenny, your quilt is stunning! I love the story and the design is beautiful!

vernagrace said...

I love Juliet's Rose and her "story". Not many more days before both your girls are close! By the way, Homespun is available from Stonehouse in Canada, too.
Love the mannequin.