Yes it is good to be home – which is very sweet just now… but today I’m introducing you officially to the new Block of the Month

Home Sweet Home…Home sweet home BOM

This quilt was a delight to stitch – as I travelled throughout Europe thinking of home… it is full of vintage inspired embroideries – memories of my Grandma’s fancywork box and feelgood themes and sayings of a warm, cosy and welcoming home… home sweet home embroidered blockI used my favourite Presencia Finca Perle #16 threads and there are thread packs available made up just for this project. 7 x 10gram balls.

Now, you may be looking at this quilt thinking arrgggh I can’t sew all of those curved seams….. never fear… you know me… it has to be easy… there is not a single curved seam. It is all put together easily in a day using my Gluestick appliqué method and Appliqué paper. It can be assembled by machine (or by hand if you are a purist). home sweet homeWe even have the option of an extra template set so that you can cut all the pieces using a rotary cutter. (note: there are templates in the pattern so you can  trace and cut all by hand with scissors if you prefer)

home sweet home template set




If you like to do your own quilting we have included simple ideas and templates for quilting on your domestic machine.

home sweet home quilted border

I have used several fancywork/embroidery stitches in this project but all instructions and stitch guides are included in the pattern – or of course available as step by step instructions on the Hugs ‘n Kisses App or Blog. Home sweet home stitched verse The Quilt measures 68” square when finished and can be made over ten months. That's one stitched panel to complete per week and then a month to finish it all off! - quite achievable…

My version uses my Life is Beautiful Fabric range and there are several stores who are preparing to run this as a full fabric BOM program. Those that I am aware of so far are:

Gum Valley Patchwork – Victoria

Iddy Biddy Cottage Quilting – QLD

Esmes Patchwork – TAS

Cushlas Village Fabrics – NZ

Please contact them to ask about their programs or check with your local store – they can order the patterns in for you or if you have a group of friends – why not arrange to stitch it together at the store each month.

Of course the quilt will look wonderful in any scrappy colourway or using any coordinating range of fabric.. It needs 20 different fabrics plus the background stitchery fabric. One of the 20 is also chosen for the border and binding.

the old singer

This BOM pattern comes as one very large pattern booklet. It has full sized lightbox B&W drawings of every design, full colour photos of every design, step by step instructions for embroidery, transferring, gluestick appliqué, construction and quilting. It also includes our wonderful iron on transfers and full size templates for cutting. I do try to give you absolutely everything you’d need, no matter what skill level you are, to complete this project and be in love with it still at the end!

You will also need – a glue pen (and refills), Hugs ‘n Kisses appliqué paper (Floriani Stitch ‘n wash fusible), Monopoly thread, Hugs ‘n Kisses Stitchery needles (Crewel #7), 6” embroidery hoop, Stabiliser, batting and backing fabric.

I do hope you love this one as much as I do right now…it was so comforting to make and I think has a warm and calming feel to it.. it was certainly therapeutic to stitch for me.

To my wonderful store owner friends, please ask about a free shop kit and sample pattern if you’d like to run it and let us all know if you are.

okay…. so I guess this is what you are waiting for….

yes, a giveaway…. Share this post on your Facebook or blog page and leave a comment here with your favourite feelgood saying about your ‘home’

We have three full pattern sets to giveaway…you have a week to share and enter…

hugs for today, happy stitching