Have you ever bought a gift months in advance and spent all those weeks before the big 'reveal' on the very edge of your seat waiting to have it unwrapped by the recipient?
Then you understand what it's been like for me 'hiding' a new project since January, but on Sunday I finally got to share it with the fifty ladies at Let's Get Stitched!
Before I share the photos with you, let me explain the inspiration behind my design.
Last year was a difficult one for our family, and towards the end of the year my husband and I realised that 'where we live' affects positively or negatively on how we respond to trials and grief.
The house we were in at the time was a sad one. And we were already sad enough.
In December last year we found a different house - a home. When we moved into this home just before Christmas the sensation of being 'welcomed' was incredibly strong, and it's never waned. God filled these rooms with His Holy Spirit and began to heal our hearts.
So my design for Let's Get Stitched was a true reflection of what was in my heart.
May I introduce to you -
"the welcome home"
This beautiful mini-quilt measures 17.5 inches square...
...and features applique...
...a variety of stitches...
...and a simple two-toned colour scheme.
The large centre block was perfectly wrapped with a saw tooth border made from itsy bitsy squares of fabric, which I had to make twice because I cut the squares too small the first time! (see, mistakes can be made so easily by anyone...)
And did I mention how perfectly those sweet red and sage pindot fabrics worked together to add even more homeliness to the design?
As well as the pattern to make "the welcome home", I gave all the lovely ladies in attendance a second project. A small journal cover with tiny one inch reduced vignette windows from the main design, and embellished with Let's Get Stitched and Melbourne 2014...
I still have a few patterns left, so if you'd like to stitch your own "the welcome home" mini quilt, you will find paper patterns for sale HERE.
It's a large A3 sized pattern sheet for the design and the reverse applique templates, so I have it packed in a plastic display sleeve with the materials list, plus the stitching and piecing instructions...
I've also included the small cover design for a notebook, which can easily have the wording omitted.
You could add your name or a different message if you like!
This will not be available as a pdf pattern due to the large size of the appliqued centre block, so paper patterns are the only format I can offer on this design, and numbers available to purchase are limited.
I will post this pattern worldwide - all info HERE.
Tomorrow, I have something very special to show you.
Hope you'll drop by...