...is almost ready to start.
I've been taking photos and putting the pattern for Block 1 together today, so I might just show you a sneak peek or two??
The monthly patterns will begin on February 1st and will be free all year.
They don't make a quilt and they don't 'go together', but will be individual blocks or projects you can use any way you like.
Some months there'll be a pattern with the block to make a finished item, other months it will be a stitchery you can display in a frame, on a cushion, or in some way that suits your home.
But each month's design will celebrate a love for HOME.
I've set myself a challenge with this BOM to use only fabrics I already own and decided the bundle of "Bumblebee" by Tilda that I received before Christmas from Fiona at Tilda Australia would be perfect. I'll add in bits and pieces from my older Tilda stash and use hanky linen (a 55% cotton 45% linen blend found in most Australian quilt shops) for the stitchery or applique backgrounds.
These fabrics are delicious, aren't they?!
I'll list the thread colours I've chosen to blend with these fabrics in the pattern for Block 1.
They are DMC stranded cottons because they seem to be the easiest for everyone to source...
So, will you be joining with me to make 10 lovely projects for "The Love of Home" this year?
If you'd like to share photos of your work as you sew along come and join our Gentle Domesticity Facebook group.
This group began last year when I shared the "Gentle Domesticity BOM" but it's become such a delight that we've kept it going and the membership continues to grow daily!
It's Thursday and in the Gentle Domesticity group as well as here on the blog it's our day for the weekly chat question!
Today I'd like to ask you what it is about visiting someone's home that makes you feel welcome, comfortable and at ease?
I've been in homes where the hostess is quite cool and everything is so 'sterile' that I find myself being careful not to make a wrinkle in the tablecloth or leave the smudge of a footprint on their floor. The experience can leave me exhausted because I'm never relaxed or fully enjoying the visit, my mind constantly on whether I've stained something belonging to the hostess.
On the other hand, I've been in homes equally as clean and tidy but the hostess has created such a welcoming atmosphere by her own nature that the entire visit is one of delight and calm.
So I thought perhaps we could put our heads together and share what it is about visiting someone's home that makes us feel welcome and at ease, or uncomfortable and wishing we could get out of there as quickly as possible?
You can join in the chat over in our Gentle Domesticity group, or share your thoughts in the comments below.
I suppose my answer should be given too?
I think there's two ways of approaching a welcome home.
If it's a friend you know well you're naturally more comfortable with them, as they are with you, so visits to each other's homes can take on simpler planning. For example, when Rosie and I first began visiting each other for stitching days quite a bit of effort was put into the lunch we'd prepare (seriously, it was like restaurant food a lot of the time, delish!) and on my part I always felt the need to push myself in that area the next time she came to my place.
But years pass and you realise you just love spending time together and the things that used to matter don't anymore. Now we focus on the delight of sewing together, catching up on family news, and looking over what we've each made since our last visit.
Lunch is usually a sandwich, and we're fine about having a bought cake for morning tea if we've been too busy for baking...the welcoming atmosphere comes from knowing my friend cares about "me" and not my home.
Naturally we clean and tidy before a visit, but not to show off in a prideful way, rather to do what we domestic homemakers naturally do...keep our house pleasing to those who live within and welcoming to those who visit from without.
But what if it's someone new? A person who has never visited before? How do you ensure you and your home will be welcoming and comfortable to them?
There's no perfect answer here, but I think it's best to be who you are every day, greet them the way you will greet them in six months or two years down the track. Be today who you are everyday, then there are no surprises or disappointments ahead.
Last week I babysat Cully May for a few hours and after a long play she fell fast asleep on the living room floor...
She's been quite fractious the past week and Blossom has barely slept, but this morning the issue was resolved when Bloss discovered Cully May's first tooth had broken through.
She seems to do everything early!
Not yet 6 months and she has been sitting up by herself for a month and now a tooth. She started swimming classes for 6 month olds but they had to put her in the 1 year old class because she can already do what they learn in the younger class.
I think Blossom and her DB will always be on their toes with this little girl.
It's Australia Day here and Mr E is home for the day, so we're relaxing and later we'll cook lamb for dinner as is our Aussie tradition.
I hope your day is wonderful too!