2013 at Bustle & Sew

by Helen on December 31, 2013

2013 was a very interesting year here in Devon.  There were lots of highs and some lows, plenty of hard work and productivity – and a new member of the family too!  In 2013 I published twelve copies of the Bustle & Sew e-magazine, taking me up to issue 36 – something I never imagined when I began it in 2011 …..

I also published three new e-books, and a new edition of the popular Rosie & Bear Around the Year Quilt Book ….

As well as welcoming a new member of the team …..

Ben and Daisy

 Who was very small and cute when she arrived, but quickly grew into a proper pest! 

Ben and Daisy

 Luckily for her a very much loved pest!

And now we’re looking forward to 2014 and all that year may bring us.  The most exciting event of the decade will of course be Rosie & Dan’s wedding in June and I’ve been busy making mice for her cake and sweet tables using my free Pincushion Mouse pattern ….

So I’ll have  lots to plan for and keep track of during 2014.  If you don’t have your 2014 calendar yet, then don’t risk missing any imprtant dates.  Just download my free printable Bustle & Sew 2014 Calendar (page to a month and formatted for both letter and A4 paper sizes).

 CLICK HERE to do so.





Keep Cool and think of Christmas!

by Helen on July 14, 2013

As the temperature soars outside, there’s a great way to keep cool ……

Keep Cool and think of Christmas!

 Plan your Christmas stitching!  Free newsletter readers will receive a 25% discount on all purchases from my website (except magazine subscriptions) for the next week.  This includes my Christmas e-book “Handstitched Christmas”  - a collection of 15 favourite Bustle & Sew Christmas designs from the past three years.

If you’re not a newsletter reader then you can join using the box at the end of this post – it’s absolutely free and I promise I never share your details with anyone else.  

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Congratulations to Her Majesty!  

On this day sixty years ago,  Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey.  It was a ceremony full of pomp and circumstance, colour and ceremony and must have seemed almost magical at what was still a very grey and austere time for Britain and many other countries too following WW2.  

And, for the first time ever, those who had a new-fangled television could watch the ceremony, albeit as grainy black and white images shown on a tiny screen.  In the days leading up to the big event, viewers adjusted their sets while picking up the build-up programmes. The television chef Marguerite Patten told them how to prepare melon cocktails and salmon mousse to eat in front of the television. while two Metropolitan Police officers gave advice on preventing house burglaries on the big dayIndeed, in our British folk memory, the 1953 coronation is usually seen as the moment when television was instantly transformed from a minority activity into communication and entertainment for the masses.

Diamond Jubilee Quilt

 Of course quilting has always been a mass activity, and to celebrate this sixtieth anniversary, I’ve reduced the price of my Rosie & Bear Diamond Jubilee Quilt book by 60% (seemed to be the perfect number!) for the next 24 hours only.  This means that you will receive 12 Rosie & Bear designs – celebrating the Commonwealth countries and a special Friendship block for the USA – and instructions for sewing the Diamond Jubilee Quilt for just $10 instead of $25.   Here’s a preview of the contents for you: 

This book is an instant download, so there’s no waiting about to receive your patterns – 12 Rosie & Bear patterns for less than $1 each!  

To get your copy at the special Coronation Anniversary rate of $10, just click on the purchase button below.  Remember, this offer is only valid for 24 hours!


Letting go is hard…..

by Helen on September 5, 2012

Sometimes it can be hard to let go.  Even when you know you should … indeed that you must.  Every last stitch has been finished, every single thread has been snipped and the last binding on the corner carefully stitched into place.  But now the time has come to admit to myself that there’s nothing more to be done – one of my most favouritest projects ever – my Rosie & Bear Diamond Jubilee Quilt is complete.

Diamond Jubilee Quilt

This has been a work in progress for the last 6 months, and I’ve been sharing the designs with my e-zine subscribers on a monthly basis.  The quilt commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and comprises 12 blocks – one is the Royal Coat of Arms and the remaining 11 are countries of the Commonwealth, with a special “Friendship” block to reflect the USA’s friendship with Commonwealth countries.  

In the embroidered blocks Rosie & Bear had lots of adventures!  They met a koala in Australia and an elephant in India, whilst Bear got rather closer than he might have liked to a lovely young lioness in South Africa.  They swam in Mozambique and sailed in Barbados, and even watched some rugby in (current world champions) New Zealand before meeting George Washington himself.  

I’m currently in the middle of combining the patterns and all my notes on the project into a new book – and if you’d like to learn more about it when published please do sign up for my free newsletter as I’ll be keeping everyone informed that way.  There’s a form in the right-hand sidebar.   I’ll really miss my quilt, but will just have to fill my stitching time in other ways ……