Saturday, 26 January 2013
Australia Day Gifts that we’ll just keep on giving….all year long!
Happy Australia Day! A day to celebrate all that’s Aussie……the barbie (translated into northern hemisphere language….the barbeque or grill), snags (sausages), tomato sauce(ketchup), prawns (shrimp), the beach, zinc, cricket, helping out a mate (friend or acquaintance)……and heaps of other Aussie traditions….. soooooooooooooooooo…. Dawn and I thought we’d be truly Aussie and share our Aussie B.O.M. with you this year, one that we shared last year with our Sew It’s Finished ‘finishers’ and one that we want to share with you all year round. So those Sew It’s Finishers who never quite got all the blocks, you’ll have the chance to collect them all this year! Our B.O.M. is called ‘Seasons Of…” and represents all things Aussie, month by month, so you’ll get a snapshot each month of something that’s truly Aussie and representative of that month in Australia…..soooo no snow at Christmastime here……we’re going to start the year at the beach….truly Aussie! Each month, Dawn or I will create a block based around the seasons in Australia and this month is my month so, of course, January is all about Summer and the beach....something that’s a very January thing to do here, Downunder! You will get two patterns, one stitchery and the other appliqué , so whatever it is you are into, we hope you like them. Each stitchery block (finished) is 8 inch square and each appliqué block is a little bigger at 10 inches square (finished). You need two charm packs and a background fabric….. If you choose to make the stitchery version, it should finish as a wall hanging/table topper or small lap quilt at about 34” x 42”. The finished appliqué version will be a bit bigger at about 45” x 55”......these are only approximate though as the finished design is still in the making but it will give you a bit of an idea! Finishing off instructions will be given with the last block in December. Here’s the ‘almost’- finished version of the stitchery one…. Hope you’re going to join us each month…..we’ll post a new block on the 10th of each month and because Dawn and I both had a hand in designing the blocks, we’ll share the giving, starting this month on my blog, next month on Dawn’s and so on, alternating every month….but don’t worry if you forget, we’ll remind you! Grab the button and pop it on your sidebar as a reminder, and to let others know to join in on the fun. And you can share your photos of your progress on our Flickr page too Ready to start??? Click on the link HERE to get your first stitchery block instructions and HERE for the applique version. Let us know if you’re joining along with us and we’ll link your blog in our sidebars, under the button, so we can all see your progress and encourage you along the way. Happy Australia Day and look out for Dawn’s block for February on her blog next month on the 10th. Sugary hugs