Rosie & Bear Sampler and the May Magazine

Still no sign of the frame I have ordered for my Rosie & Bear “First Stitches” Alphabet Sampler, so as magazine publication time draws ever closer, I thought I’d better photograph it un-mounted…. 

Alphabet Sampler

… I’m very pleased with the way it turned out, and am looking forward to being able to frame it.  I don’t often sign my work, but added a little postage-stamp sized patch with stitching details on here – as a sampler I felt it needed this, though I had to squint very hard through my old lady specs to stitch that bit!  But the rest is really easy, though you can’t see the colours very well in this photo – I don’t think my camera likes white backgrounds, I think it’s over-compensating for glare.  If anyone has any tips for photographing white then I’d love to hear them please!! 

Meanwhile, I’m hoping that there’s something for everyone in this month’s magazine.  There’s the Rosie & Bear Alphabet Sampler (above), the Floral Fabric Birdhouse

Birdhouse Clock (3)

 There’s machine applique in the “One Sunny Day Pictures – By the Harbour and My Home”

 Two applique pictures

 And even some quilting in the Springtime Quilted Cushion project ….

Springtime Quilted Cushion

Plus “Blog of the Month”, more vintage designs, and very excitingly a new regular feature on Free Motion Quilting from the lovely Leah Day (having tried stippling as part of the project above I am hooked on this surprisingly easy technique and felt sure you’d like to learn more about it too). 

As well as magazine publication day, next week also includes a very special occasion – Ben’s birthday … he’ll be FIVE!!  So of course this month’s magazine will contain “Ben’s Birthday Gift“, some downloadable birthday bunting flags to add a festive air to any birthday party….

Vintage Style Birthday Party Bunting

Plus the next two blocks in the Rosie & Bear Jubilee Quilt series – Great Britain and New Zealand.  I haven’t quite finished New Zealand yet, but here’s Great Britain for you to see … 

Great Britain block

 All this for just $5.50 for subscribers!!  You can learn more about the magazine as well as subscribe on the magazine page of this website.  And, as always, now is a very good time to subscribe as you’ll receive the current issue, and your free copy of “The Stitcher’s Companion” straight away, followed by the May issue containing all the goodies above on Thursday 26th. 

Phew .. I’m exhausted now .. I have been sooo busy this month.  I think it’s time for a nice cup of tea!! xx


Can’t wait – I shall certainly be stitching the sampler!
I love the “Old Penny” design.
Can’t wait for the new magazine
Julie xxxxxx


What a beautiful sampler! Everytime I look at the picture I can see new details! I just love all the woodland creatures….and…well….everything about it! Simply precious!
I’m so excited for next week’s magazine! I’m looking forward to ALL the projects! And if I can learn to free-motion quilt…at least a little bit…I’ll be ecstatic!
X Linda
PS…Birthday hugs and kisses to Ben!!!!


I’ve so been looking forward to seeing the sampler and I am not disappointed.
I will most definitely be stitching it and I can’t wait.
Love the patriotic design too. It just makes me want to sing Rule Brittania!


Super Duper edition this month Helen. Thank you for all your hard work. I do a monthly Newsletter (not sewing) so I know how much work is involved.


Hello Helen

Did your New Zealand jubilee design ever get published? Would love to see it somewhere…


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