I'll begin with the good stuff, yeh?
When I was considering what sort of pincushion to make for Q and U it seemed fairly obvious.
Those two letters go together like butter and toast so why not use them to create a rather lovely pincushion for those who like to quilt?
I had a very small piece of elegant cream floral fabric leftover from my Robyn Pandolph phase many years ago and married with cream cotton lace it was only a matter of choosing thread colours to sew a very special pinnie for you this week...
To be honest, I've stitched a number of words using my alphabet pattern in the past but I do really love this one the most (so far).
I chose two Cosmo Seasons variegated threads to keep the overall appearance soft and simple.
Sooo, guess what!?
This week I'm giving you the Q, U and T as your free download!
I and L have already been shared and are now part of the $2 sets you'll find here in my shop.
Here's the diagram for my new pinnie but you'll also find it in the pattern for reference later.
The link to download patterns for O and P can be found if you scroll through my blog for the previous two Fridays. They are also free until January 3rd.
The pattern sets for A-E, F-I and J-M are $2 each here in my shop.
I won't be sharing an alphabet letter or pincushion idea next week as you received a triple blessing this week, but the first Friday in January I'll have R and S ready for you.
Now the not so good news.
Craftsy have decided to close many of the online pattern shops they have hosted for a number of years.
Fortunately mine is not one of them, however, they will be taking control of my shop and making changes that I will have no say in.
From December 28th they will be removing many of my patterns, their choices and not my own, and I will no longer be able to upload any new patterns or freebies until much later in 2019 - Craftsty have not given any dates for this except to say 'later in 2019'.
This is happening to all remaining Craftsy shops after December 28th, but I feel rotten for those lovely craft designers who have just been told their shops will close at the end of the year.
So here's my advice.
If you have purchased a pattern from my shop or any other shop make sure it has been downloaded to your computer and saved.
If you have had your eye on a pattern go to the relevant shop and purchase it now for the shop or the pattern may not be there from December 29th.
If you're after some of my freebies or any of my other patterns, go HERE to my shop and grab them now as I do not know which ones will go or which ones will stay. I will find that out on December 29th when I check what Craftsy have left on my shop shelves.
What has made me angry is being given just ten days notice that this will occur and not being allowed to choose which of my patterns to keep there and which to remove. I do not even know how many patterns are allowed only that they will be removing a lot.
Two close designer friends have caught up with me this afternoon and sadly one of them has lost their shop and this has huge ramifications for her. Fee still has one other shop, a new one with just one pattern, but it's her main shop which she's had for years that Craftsy have chosen to remove. If you'd like to check her patterns before the shop vanishes hop over here.
My other friend is Allie and like me she has no idea what patterns Craftsy will remove so if you'd like to visit her shop it is here.
We're praying for wisdom in choosing a new path forward as we all work hard as self employed designers.
I had more lovely things to share today but this rattled the cage a lot and as there's only a very small window of time before these changes take place I needed to tell you now.
God bless you, and just as I am doing, may your own troubles or anxieties be handed over to the Lord for He knows exactly what to do and can bring calm to the storms which tend to blow through our lives when we least expect them.