My friend Jacqui – this is her ….
is an amazingly talented designer and illustrator – but also ridiculously camera-shy!! You may remember that Jacqui and I have collaborated on a range of Sewflapdoodle patterns for Bustle & Sew – my all-time favourite is the one she created for her little dog Lionel and Ben ….
And now Jacqui is setting out on a new venture – her own online shop offering her artwork as printables – there will be bunting, cards, invitations, (all can be personalised) as well as her very own paper doll designs. Her shop isn’t quite ready yet, but in the meantime she’s giving away her printable St Patrick’s Day bunting and placecards when you join her free newsletter….
If you’d like Jacqui’s St Patrick’s Day bunting, then please just click on the image above to join her newsletter (she promises never to share your email address with anyone else) and your free printables will be sent to you straight away.
I can hardly believe that Christmas Day is behind us now! So much anticipation, preparation and general excitement and then – the day was gone in a flash! Townie Husband ate lots of roast potatoes (too many to count!), I am ashamed to report that I was rather greedy with Rosie’s home-baked mince pies, whilst Rosie and Ben were observed snuggled down in a corner together scoffing chocolate Santas (Ben’s were doggie-chocs of course). There was laughter and fun, a little (but not very serious) bickering, and a good time was generally agreed to have been had by all.
During the holiday period between Christmas and New Year I have always loved to sit down with a sewing project – this year I’m hoping to make some progress on my rather neglected snowflake door curtain – but that’s not anywhere near ready to show yet. So I thought this might be a good moment to share instead my Patchwork Pup tutorial, created from a selection of vintage and new Liberty fabric from their new Liberty Lifestyle Collection.
Liberty fabrics are so quintessentially English – and their new craft range works really well with their vintage designs too as the more vibrantly coloured craft fabrics beautifully complement the more muted tones of their vintage patterns.
The pup’s body is created from a cheat’s version of pieced hexagons – all machined onto a firm cotton base creating a nice strong fabric for your softie. My finished puppy measured about 10″ long, but the pattern can easily be re-sized if you wish. If you’d like the free tutorial then please just just CLICK HERE to download the pdf file.
Coming next week – and I do hope you like it! There are seven Bustle & Sew projects (all those shown above) – some vintage patterns as well – articles and features, plus subscribers’ bonuses – free printable Christmas bunting and the opportunity to purchase either (or both!) of my quilting e-books at half-price too!
And of course, as always, the end of the month is the very best time to subscribe as you’ll receive the October issue straight away (containing the projects above) followed by the November issue with all the projects above and your discount codes to purchase my e-books at half-price next Thursday (25th October). So don’t delay – snap up a subscription today!! CLICK HERE to learn more and subscribe.
Yes, it’s getting towards that time of the month again …. the next issue of the Bustle & Sew e-zine is out on Thursday. I’m still in the process of bringing everything together, and it’s going to be a cracker!! Last year the October issue was all about Christmas, but this year I’ve decided to spread the festivities over two issues, so there are some other projects in this month’s issue too….
There’s the Blackbird Cushion Cover, “Star of Wonder” Rosie & Bear embroidery, Baby Owls Advent Calendar, Swan Softie pattern, “Halloween Fun” from SewFlapdoodle and “I Saw Three Ships” Christmas Table Runner. I do hope you’ll enjoy them. And of course, if you’re not already a subscriber, now is a brilliant time to join as you’ll receive the current issue (September 2012) immediately, followed by the October issue on Thursday 27th……
That’s all these projects as well – for just $5.50!! And of course, there are features, articles, interviews (this month I’m talking to Pipany, an amazingly talented lady from Cornwall, England, about her work and inspiration), and Rosie’s recipes too! If you’d like to subscribe, then please CLICK HERE to learn more.
And remember .. you’re not tied in to a lengthy subscription – if you decide my e-zine isn’t for you, then you can unsubscribe at any time without penalty.