Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A free design, and a new quilt for Sam!

Bless your hearts for the prayers and hugs over Mr E returning home for good, and putting mine life behind him. 
It was not an easy thing for us, but above all else, we cherish our marriage, and it is far more important than being apart most of the time in order to purchase a house.
"Home" is where we are together - whether in a rental, in a tent, or in a cottage of our own one day - it doesn't matter the place, it only matters in the heart. He is my home on this earth.
I think I'll have to design a stitchery to reflect that sentiment, don't you? He has already applied for some teaching positions for next year, and God-willing we'll have an answer before Christmas.
In the meatime he's looking for some casual work locally to keep bread and butter on the table. Bless his precious heart!
Our darling 19yo son, Sam, has been waiting patiently these past few years for me to design and make him a guy quilt. There have always been plenty of quilt designs around for young boys, displaying trucks, cars, boats and the like, but he wanted something edgy - something that reminded him of a favourite book I read to him and Blossom, "The Lord of the Rings".
Finally, I have done it, and he is thrilled!
Let me show you my latest quilt design, made especially for my boy...
And the fabric on the back was perfect for him!
Do you like it?
For my fellow Aussies and Kiwis, the pattern will be available in Patchwork & Stitching magazine around mid-April next year.
I will however, also list the pattern in my Etsy shop for my overseas friends (or for those of you who cannot wait till next April), sometime this week. I'll let you know when.
It's a great teen quilt, especially for someone who likes medieval books!
As promised, I'm sharing a second free Christmas design with you today!
~*~ The Stocking Tree ~*~
This runner is easy to make, and so very cheery with the dancing Christmas Stocking tree!
You can download the pattern HERE, but only until Christmas Eve and then it disappears. 
I've been asked if there will be any more Give Thanks verses in my BOM this year.
Yes, two  more in fact. 
I'll share them in the next week or so, and I suppose I'd better get my thinking cap on about what free BOM I can share next year!
Tomorrow I'll be showing you some gorgeous Show & Tell photos from bloggers who have been making my designs their very own. 
Until then, I have a husband to enjoy, and a sewing room needing some attention. 


  1. I love the colours you have used in Sam's quilt.. and the backing is great..... thank you for another lovely stitchery....

  2. Oh my goodness - I can't wait to show that quilt to MY Sam, lol - LOTR was our favorite book AND movie ever! We're anxiously awaiting the release of The Hobbit. That's an awesome quilt, Jenny! You are so versatile!

    Love the stocking tree, I think I have that one traced out, waiting for me to stitch....I don't just need more hours in the day, I need more hands! Go enjoy your hubby being home, and tell him I said "welcome home"~!

  3. BTW - maybe he should get an electrician's license...just sayin'....there seems to be a need of one there!

  4. You created a beautiful quilt for your big boy. I also think it is hard to make a quilt for boys that doesn´t look to childish.

  5. The quilt for Sam is beautiful! Great idea. How wonderful you can now enjoy your husband on a daily bases! I hope he finds a new job soon, so you don't have to worry. Thank you for the tree design....with all these great patterns floating around I will need at least two years to make them all! What a great notion.....

  6. Good for you both that he came back, a dream is just a dream, but togetherness is reality and much more important! Love the freebee and will keep it for next year, too much to do now! Have a fantastic week, greetings

  7. Sam's quilt is terrific. No wonder he is happy with it. Thanks for the pattern. It is super cute. I'm glad you are now putting the mine time behind you both and making fresh plans for the future. It will all work out in the end.

  8. Sam´s quilt is just great ;-) Bravo!
    Thank uou for sharing!

  9. I imagine your son was thrilled with his very own, specially designed, handmade with love by mom, guy quilt. Very handsome.

  10. Thanks, again, for another delightful design!

  11. Great quilt for a guy - it is hard to get something isnt it? And love the tree.

  12. Sam is going to love the quilt. Very macho!!! Thanks so much for the cute tree pattern--I really need to get busy in the sewing room soon.
    Hope one of the jobs works out for Mr.E!!!

  13. Thanks for the pattern Jenny, it's much appreciated.
    Love Sam's quilt, I should think he's over the moon with it.

  14. Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)

  15. I need to set aside time to sew all of your projects. I really want to, but my life is absolutely crazy.

    I am also making a guy quilt for my son. I keep promising one year after year. And you wouldn't believe what I am making...the Hobbit! It is a BOM on another blog. It just started in Oct so we've a ways to go. He has no idea and will be so surprised!

    I am glad that you and Mr E want to be together. My hubby and I couldn't live separate either. That would be too hard!

  16. I love the fabric on the back of the quilt.
    Great job on the front design.

  17. Gentile Jenny, volevo avvertire che non ho ricevuto ancora il numero 6 di Elefantz Home. Il pagamento è stato effettuato, ho controllato.
    Se c'è qualche problema vorrei saperlo per poterlo risolvere al più presto.Saluti.
    Marina Genovesi


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