This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Diane!
But, of course, you can still buy gorgeous patterns from The Rivendale Collection – check your local patchwork store.
For weeks now I have been working on a new stitchery project. In fact, I started before Christmas! I loved this project so much that I couldn’t keep it a secret and have been sharing bits and pieces on Instagram as I went along but I haven’t yet shared the most exciting part of this project.
It involves a giveaway for you, my readers! Keep reading to find out how to enter to win 10 patterns!
This gorgeousness was created from a pattern by The Rivendale Collection. All the patterns are gorgeous but this one really caught my eye. I still remember my Mum’s button jar and now I have, not one, but quite a few button jars in my own craft room. I love the fact that you always seem to find a hidden treasure in a button jar – a button that you had completely forgotten about but are excited to find again!
This stitching project reminded me of that excitement.
My fabric with cute birds, stripe and flowers is a Riley Blake print from my stash. The blue and green spots are also from my stash but not Riley Blake. I needed something extra and this dot print fit perfectly with the other colours. The pattern includes full instructions for cutting the fabric, transferring the stitching patterns, and creating a cushion from the finished stitchery. It also explains how to make the prairie points that feature on the short ends of the rectangle.
I actually made my finished panel into mini quilt rather than a cushion. (Read the ‘how to’ below.) It is now one of a number of mini quilts waiting to be added to the wall above my sewing table.
The Rivendale Collection is an Australian pattern company created by Sally Giblin. Many of her patterns are pictured in soft pretty prints so I couldn’t resist changing it up a little and using bright rainbow colours instead. Always remember that a project can look very different depending on the colours and fabrics that you choose.
Let’s look at some of the details:
I attached all the applique pieces with Vliesofix, an iron on double-sided adhesive that is super simple to use. Then I blanket stitched the edges to decorate and protect them.
For the stitching I used DMC thread in these colours:
- Green – 581
- Red – 817
- Aqua – 598
I used stem stitch for the flower stems and Lazy Daisy stitch for the leaves. (Look out for my Lazy Daisy stitch tutorial coming soon.) I used a basic running stitch for the borders and blanket stitch around the appliques – as I mentioned above. The pattern included simple diagrams for the stitches required, although I used stem stitch rather than the suggested back-stitch. The stitched sections were perfect for working on in the car as I waited to pick up kids!
I think the Prairie Points are my favourite part of this project! I love the look of them but I have not ever made them before. The pattern included really clear instructions on how to cut, fold, pin and stitch these into place.
How I finished my Mini Quilt:
Here’s a quick rundown of how to make your panel into a mini quilt rather than a cushion. The cushion instructions are included in the pattern, of course, so this a little bonus:
- Completely finish your panel with all the appliques attached and the hand stitching done.
- Cut a piece of iron-on pellon or quilt batting the same size as the finished panel and another piece of fabric for the backing.
- Iron on or quilt the pellon or batting to the back of the finished panel. I just quilted in the ditch around the edge of all the white sections to hold the batting in place. You might spray baste the batting in place if you need to.
- Lay the Prairie Points on the back on the panel as described in the pattern with the points pointing inwards. Stitch them in place as described. They will be sitting on top of the batting layer.
- Place the backing fabric down right sides up and then place the quilt top face down with batting and prairie points facing up on top. Pin in place.
- Stitch around the edges to join leaving a turning gap of 4″ or so.
- Clip the corners and turn through. Use a knitting needle to push out the corners if you need to.
- Carefully press, then top stitch around the edge about an eighth of an inch in to close the gap and give a neat finish.
The Rivendale Collection has generously offered to give one lucky reader not only this pattern but 10 patterns total, valued at $132.
How lovely is that?!
The winner can pick 10 patterns from The Rivendale Collection website here so go and take a look. There are table runners, cushions, quilts, bags and more to choose from – see under “The Collection” tab to see all the categories. I know you will find something there to love. I love how so many of the projects include sayings or quotes in them – so sweet!
Pop over to The Rivendale Collection website and browse around then come back and tell me:
If you were designing a beautiful pattern like these,
what phrase or quote would you choose to stitch?
Read the Fine Print:
- Only one entry per person.
- Entries are to be in the comments on this post.
- This is a game of skill, not chance. You must answer the question for a valid entry – I am looking for creativity and originality in your answer. If you pick a quote from someone else, please tell us who said it.
- You must leave a valid email address for me to contact you for a valid entry.
- This giveaway is open internationally so anyone from any country can enter. (But you must answer the question in English!)
- Entries open with this post on Sunday February 28 2016 and close on Saturday March 5 2016 at 8pm Brisbane time.
- The winner will be chosen from the valid entries and contacted via email before midnight Monday 7 March 2016.
- If the winner doesn’t contact me, after 4 days I will choose a new winner to replace them.
- Once I have been in contact with the winner, I will announce the winner and pass on their details to the lovely sponsor who will send out the prize.
- I can’t take responsibility for any issues in the delivery process.