Monday, July 22, 2013

Cal made the cover, and some blanket stitch sweetnesss...

Last year in my e-zine I shared the pattern for a block I'd made using an enlarged drawing of a cow my grandson Cal had given me back in 2008.
He was just seven at the time and had drawn his sweet cow at my request (as well as pears, I really like cows!). I knew one day I'd make a design from it, but it took 4 years to get it from his coloured sketch to my piece of fabric.
This month 'Cal's Cow' made the cover of Creating Country Threads!
What a very clever grandson I have, and how much fun I had bringing his picture to life with applique and thread!
 This is a close-up of the cushion...

Also inside this issue you'll find a profile article about my stitching journey...
 What a blessed woman I am!

In the August 2nd issue of Elefantz Home e-zine our monthly tutorial will be to look at different uses for blanket stitch. 
The special project I've made for that tutorial is almost finished. It uses blanket stitch three ways...
"Pot Me Pretty" will be a binder cover with matching bookmark when it's finished...

Later this week I will show you photos of all the projects inside this coming issue. Everything is so pretty that you won't be able to stop smiling at them...well, that's how they make me feel. 

Have you downloaded your first two blocks of "Shabby Roses Home" yet?
I made a little boo boo in the pattern, which a lovely subscriber emailed to tell me about. (thank you!)
I forgot to add the measurements for the green strip of grassy section across the bottom of the large house block....
A revised pattern was uploaded just hours after the first incomplete one, but if you did upload the pattern as soon as I released it you might have gotten the original version.
Just go HERE and download it again if you're not sure.

This week will be busy, busy, busy, with pattern writing for the Elefantz HOME ezine, but I will be taking time out for an hour or so each day to work on a project I'm making with Wendy.
She came by last week and we spent hours and hours cutting all the pieces for our "Mrs Beasley's Sampler" quilts.
By the time Wendy (below)  went home we were still only a quarter of the way through because we had talked so much!
We agreed we'd not go to bed that night until we had both finished all the cutting of our Tilda fabrics. I finished at 10.30pm, but Wendy was up till after midnight.
She already has her first block pieced and is working on the applique. Hopefully I'll get mine done before Leanne releases the second block!

Drop over HERE to Wendy's blog and see how she is going with the assembly of the gorgeous Christmas quilt she has made from the Homespun Stitch-a-Long last year...

Homespun Magazine still have the blocks free HERE on their website - all except the first one which was in their magazine. It's just lovely!

Have a mellow and magical Monday my friends,


  1. Hello Jenny! I love your style! I need to learn hand stitching and embroidery!

    What type of white fabric are you using for your backgrounds?

  2. Karen, I use white hanky linen (55% linen 45% cotton).

  3. How exciting for Cal. Lots of lovely stitching going on at your place.

  4. Love your new design. Will look forward to the sneak peek of your magazine. Hugs....

  5. Congratulations to you and Cal.Here are beautiful projects.Have a fun week!

  6. I love Cal's Cow. How fun. Also lots of fun to have a friend to stitch and sew with. Congrats on your magazine publicity.

  7. Congratulations Jenny and Cal. How exciting. I hope I get back to Australia in time to buy a copy so I can read your profile. Vicki vickilorraine at hotmail dot com

  8. Looks as if Cal is almostas talented as his grandmother. The cow is great!

  9. Well done,Jenny! Cal must be bursting at the seams. What a team effort.


  11. Hi Jenny I quilt at quilters haven in Suffolk .one of the ladies Told me about you and now I'm addicted to your things so don't stop what you do xxxxxx

  12. Love Cal's cow - beautiful work. Will look for the magazine to have a good read! I also love your Pot Me Pretty - just so beautiful! Well done, I admire your work Jennifer.

  13. Amei tudo por aqui.Trabalhos incríveis. Parabéns


    Regina Célia

  14. Congratulations to Cal and the cow! Love seeing all your embroidery projects. Was wondering what Homespun Magazine the #1 block was in. I have never seen this magazine. Thanks!

  15. Wow, Cal will be tickled pink to feature on the cover! Very clever boy. Beautiful profile story, you have achieved so much - but do hope that when you sadly leave our beautiful north it is with fonder memories than heat, humidity and cyclones :) Have a happy, fun week Jenny xoxo

  16. recently discovered the Country threads magazine and have decided it is the one for me. Inspirations will have to be replaced by this one, shame as I have all the inspirations but it has got too pricy.

  17. Congrats on your magazine article and Cal's Cow making the cover. Looking forward to seeing how you and Wendy progress on your SAL.


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