(Or a Happy Canada Day!... or a Happy weekend, LOL)
Sunday, the 28th, was the one year blog anniversary for BuzzinBumble. I can hardly believe the year flew by so quickly. Becoming a quilt blogger has been an amazing experience, but by far the best part has been the friends I've met along the way. You all have inspired me, encouraged me, touched my heart, and made me laugh more times than I can count!
|10" Mini Quilt with a Ric-Rac Border around a Redwork Coffee Pot|
As a way to say "Thank you!" and to celebrate, I'm sharing one of my paper piecing patterns for a Ric-Rac border. You will find free PDF files for the patterns, templates and the "how to" tutorial at the bottom of this section.
The idea for this pattern came to me when I saw all the great projects that Amy, from (Amy Made That) creates using ric-rac. (That post is only one example, so check her out!) I thought it would be fun to paper piece a ric-rac border and frame a mini quilt. So, I purchased a redwork coffee pot flour sack towel on Etsy. The maker, Nycole, aka Dana’s Big Sister does beautiful work and creates all hand embroidered items.
|A cup of tea and thee...|
The patterns below are meant to be printed double sided, on both the front and back of the paper. Print them out on very thin printer paper or paper meant for paper piecing. I find that printing on both sides makes paper piecing a whole lot easier, because you can always see the lines.
To print a pattern, make sure you are set up for portrait setting at actual size. Print side one. Then turn your paper so that the same edge goes into the printer first, but so the next printing will be on the other side of the paper. Print side two, which is simply a mirror image of side one. All the markings will then be aligned when you hold the pattern up to light and look through the paper. The pattern page for the corners also includes fabric precutting templates.
Here are the PDF files for the patterns and the tutorial. I hope you like them!
And now for something else really fun!...
YumYum Buttons Needle Keeper Giveaways for Three Lucky Winners!
If you didn't know before, you'll get the idea now: I love shopping on Etsy!
|YumYum Buttons' Black Cat Buttons or Push Pins|
|Sweet Little Hedgehog Needle Keepers|
|Bear & Bee Needle Keepers|
Aren't these just the most adorable Needle Keepers and buttons? They are made by Buffy of YumYum Buttons, a crafter I had the very good fortune to meet on Etsy. When I received my order, I loved them so much that I wrote and asked Buffy if I could purchase another set, but hold off on placing the final order. I wanted to have a giveaway with them and let the winner choose her or his own design. Buffy liked that idea and jumped right in, generously offering to giveaway THREE sets of her wonderful needle keepers to three lucky BuzzinBumble readers!
Would you like to see some more of Buffy's wonderful creations? Check out her YumYum Buttons Etsy shop! (You can click on the photos for links too.) There you will find a treasure trove of utterly delightful covered buttons, craft buttons, push pins, magnets and needle keeper sets. Buffy has a talent for searching out the greatest fabrics. She does meticulous cutting in her work, featuring the designs front and center. The quality and care evident in her craftsmanship show in her attention to detail and the sheer perfection of her final products! I was so impressed, but on top of that: Buffy is a lot of fun to work with!
Not sure what a needle keeper is? I'll explain. It is a set of two fabric covered magnets that hold your needle in a convenient place when you set it aside while hand stitching. One magnet goes on the front of your work and the other on the back. They keep you from losing the needle down the cushions or your husband from finding it later with his sock. They work like this:
To enter the YumYum Buttons Needle Keeper Set giveaway contest, leave a comment sharing a funny joke. Please keep it clean, so that way everyone can join in the fun. (Don't worry if you don't have a joke, just leave a regular comment then.) Also, if you don't hear from me, check back before the giveaway ends, because I will let you know here if I am unable to reach you. (That is something that happens with no-reply commenters or people with yahoo email addresses.)
The giveaway will close on Sunday, July 12th, at noon UTC. I'll let the random number generator choose the THREE YumYum Button Needle Keeper winners and announce them shortly thereafter.
I've been having more difficulty than usual with vertigo from the Meniere's disease. That would be why you haven't seen me blog hopping recently, but I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things this week. I've dearly missed seeing what everyone is up to.
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