Sunday, 25 October 2015

'Nelke', my new FREE Quilt Pattern

When I saw Di Ford's new fabric range 'Cloverdale House' I knew I HAD to have it. Then, when I'd purchased enough to make 'something' (I really wasn't sure what it would be quite yet), I left it in my sewing room to keep looking at and pondering over. Well, it started to remind me of 'Nelke', a sketch I'd created and hadn't turned into a pattern yet. And, the more I thought about it, the more I was decided. 
I was certain I would use the beautiful minty blue fabric as the main, but as you can see, I didn't. I think I'm saving it for I don't know what. All I know is, it will come in handy for something, I can just feel it. 

Instead, I've gone for the beautiful greens, browns and beiges which makes it a perfect blender to show off gorgeous fabrics- you can go into brights or mute it right down. This naive sketch is really versatile. Of course, I've set my heart on using the Cloverdale House range, but I do wonder what fabrics you can imagine working with?!
I can't really put my finger on what spoke to me from this range, I thought it was the minty blue, but the rest of the range slotted in so perfectly with my sketch that I didn't want to fight it. I just went with it. In case you're curious (I know I would be), I purchased Cloverdale House on my own at my local quilt shop, this isn't a sponsored post. Frankly, I wish I had been sent the range because with a little bit of forewarning, I would have had the perfect project for the minty blue which I am just itching to use. As it is, I'll have to allow my inspiration to brew a little longer...

This past week, I've been fighting my copier, scanner and PDF software (which died of course). I think I have a new pattern bug - whenever I attempt to release one, something in my house 'retires'.
Hopefully I'll be able to iron out these time zapping annoyances - I've got a line up of patterns ready for release as well as my annual Christmas Project coming soon, so I could really use a bit of technological relief!
This complete pattern is available right now for free in my Yahoo BOM Group

Patterns like this don't suit BOMs, so I'm releasing the entire pattern as a once off. The pattern will be free for a limited time, so if you're interested, the time to download it is now.

Thanks for your support everyone. This year my readership has skyrocketed and I'm humbled by the support and continued kindness that readers of this blog keep showing and sharing with me. Thank you! Sharing what I do with like minded quilters is a passion of mine and giving anyone who's interested the opportunity to take part in my patterns is my pleasure.

Yahoo Group Members: some of you have asked me to start offering A3 options for the pattern template printing and this is something I'm looking into. I know how annoying it is to paste down and construct all those A4 pages when you know you could do it faster in A3. I'm all for saving time! I'm hoping to upload A3 templates this week, so sit tight and I'll notify members over in the group when I get this done.


  1. Wowww, it is a gorgeous pattern. How kind of you to share it with us. Thank you Esther.

  2. Thank you Esther!!! Your artwork and designs are wonderful. Thank you for sharing the Nelke pattern with us. You are so kind!!! It is so beautiful!!! BK Bentley

  3. Thank you Esther. I LOVE it !!!!!

  4. Thanks, Esther, for another wonderful pattern.

  5. oh my! Thank you Esther! I can't believe how generous you are, spending your time creating patterns and then releasing them for free! I can't teleport myself to Australia to say 'thank you' in person, so what I'll do is put some extra money into our quilt show 'takings' this afternoon so it's passed on to our two charities this year (Cancer research and a local hospice). I'm looking forward to making this!

  6. Love the new quilt pattern. Thanks so much for sharing Nelke with us.

  7. Thank you again. It is gorgeous. I will be attending the Houston Festival this week with a new supply list in hands. I do have some of the same fabrics you used; but I am not sure what I will do yet. Cheers.

  8. Another stunner thank you Esther.

  9. Hello Esther,
    what a gorgeous quilt!
    Thank you for sharing the pattern!
    Greetings from Germany

  10. Thank you for the beautiful pattern
    Regards from Copenhagen/Denmark

  11. Lovely! Makes me want to start it


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