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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Decisions, Decisions.

You may remember my gift for my dear friend Helen.... the journal with the Initial on it.
Well of course you know me and I couldn't just stop at one so I ended up drawing the whole alphabet and have been trying to decide whether to put it into a little booklet style. The trouble was it was a big waste of paper having 1 letter on each page.  After much uming and ahhing I decided to just put it into pattern form and have 2 to 3 letters on each page. So I now have it all printed up...
As you can see by the sneaky of the other letters they are very cute. So useful for all those stitching friends gifts as well. You are only limited by your imagination as to what you can use them for. If you would like to purchase one the price is $14.00 Aus the same as the booklets. Just email me if you would like to purchase one.
I thought I would also give you a sneak peek of the un-glamourous side of designing.
Thankfully I got all pattern assembly done and we may even get dinner on the table.
I am very excited about these particular patterns. I do love them all as they are my creations but you can't help but have little goals in your mind as you go along. One of mine was to have a BOM but I had no clue how one went about it. Cue the very lovely and generous Marilyn from the gorgeous shop The Patchwork Teahouse at Warburton in Victoria. She loved my show and tell at the bloggers meet at her shop last year and wanted it for a BOM. Her help has been invaluable and I am thrilled to be able to tell you my quilt is hanging up in her gorgeous shop and we are all set to go. This is the quilt completed.
It is called "Christmas Memories" and has literally been created all over Australia as I stitched it on our Outback adventure. A little close up.
I have learnt a lot during this process. It is so easy to get caught up in the "I am not good enough game" and 2nd guess yourself but one of the main things I learnt is that I really want people to know when they look at one of my patterns that not only does it look hand drawn and home made but it actually was... it is who I am.  At the end of the day I can only put forth an authentic version of myself to be happy. So I am very pleased with how they turned out in the end.
If you are interested you can pop over to Marilyns and let her know.
Well that is it for me today....enough work. Tomorrow I am going to happily go and play with my friends and chat and stitch. I am really looking forward to it.
Enjoy your evening.
Blessings Michelle xx

29 comments:

  1. wow this is fantastic Michelle,well done you work is so beautiful.xx

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  2. Congratulations, Michelle. Your Christmas Memories is delightful, especially that gorgeous Santa! Well done!

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  3. Oh Michelle, it all looks beautiful. You have been busy but the end result is fantastic. Hugs.....

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  4. Emailed you Michelle. :) Love your BOM.It's gorgeous. Hugs,xx.

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  5. Love your initials and your Chrissie quilt. Congratulations Michelle. Sharyn:)

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  6. Gorgeous alphabet designs. Love the hand quilting on your xmas quilt too. Mum showed me your latest design in Country threads and that is on the to-do list immediately lol. In fact I might just be able to use some fabric that is out right now ....

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  7. Your alphabet letters are gorgeous. What a great idea! And I know your Christmas Memories looks great because I saw it at Warburton. It was great to see it on display.
    So pleased you beat the pattern writing into submission!
    have a lovely stitching day.

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  8. Fantastic work Michelle. So exciting to have your own BOM. Congratulations.

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  9. Love your work Michelle! I will be ordering your alphabet from you very soon. xoxo

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  10. Love your new designs as always Michelle - you are so very talented. And have already signed up for your BOM xx

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  11. Well done, Michelle. I am so glad Marilyn helped you get your BOM ready. She certainly is a lovely person.

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  12. well done on your new patterns. So great that your chrissie bom is up and running! I know we all loved the stitcheries at the show and tell. Your designs always look like they are drawn with love.

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  13. Your BOM is so beautiful, and I love your alphabets. I think I might just need them!

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  14. Gorgeous alphabets Michelle - and love the Christmas BOM...though I did say I didn't need any more Christmas projects . . .

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  15. Michelle, not exactly sure how to email you but would love to purchase your inital booklet. please contact me and let me know how I can pay you on Paypal. thanks!

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  16. Well done, they all look beautiful. Quick question. Your Gingerbread Kisses booklet, are all the designs xmas? thanks in advance. Sharon

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  17. You are a wonderful designer Michelle , the alphabet looks wonderful as well as you BOM . Hugs sheila

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  18. Absolutely gorgeous designs Michelle,I also saw your Quilt at "The Tea House"I hope it will sell like "Hot Cakes". I definitely want the Alphabet pattern, will send an e-mail. Hugs R.

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  19. Wow Michelle. LOVE both of your patterns.. but I do love Christmas ones...

    sandyn

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  20. Marilyn and The Patchwork Teahouse are wonderful. So glad that you have a BOM with them. I too am keen on the initial booklet so expect an e-mail

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  21. Wow Michelle that's fantastic. I love your letter patterns but I don't embroider anymore. It would almost make me take it up again!
    Great news to hear that Marilyn has helped get your BOM up and running, congratulations.

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  22. G'day Michelle. Your work is just beautiful. Take care. Liz...

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  23. OMG... that stitchers alphabet is so beautiful and I love how the letter C is on the front of the booklet hihihi .... This one is on my wishlist (yes I have to finish the christmas quilt first) and I think all the letters will be great in ONE quilt !!
    Your christmas memories is a beautiful one again ... I love it. I think my wishlist is keeping bigger and bigger hihihi ...

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  24. A lovely alphabet stitchery Michelle. Your stitching is gorgeous.

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  25. Michelle, the alphabet letters are just adorable... I love my set... and how wonderful to have a BOM now.... it is ultra sweet too..... it seems like you have been doing a lot of new ones recently....
    Hugz

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  26. I would love to add the "initial booklet" to my collection of Michelle Ridgway designs, as I love everything you do. Please let me know how I can pay you through my paypal and get the booklet sent to me. Bobbie

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  27. Oh Wow... Michelle you are so darn clever. I love your alphabet stitcheries and I'll be sending you an email girl..... just lovely. Congratulations too on your gorgeous Christmas Memories BOM... the quilt is really wonderful. Your designs are pure loveliness!!! xx

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  28. I love the letters. I hope you have 1 for S.

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