Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Matariki Crafting- Snowflake

Well here we are on the last day of the Matariki Crafting Blog Hop! How did that come around so fast.
Its been lots of fun hasn't it!?
Please join me in saying a huge huge thank you to all the lovely and talented girls who shared their posts with us.

BUT..., its not over yet! Its over to you guys now! Come and show me what winter crafting you've been doing. Have you been making hotties for the hottie project? Have you been knitting up a storm? Have you been quilting, sewing, scrapbooking, crochetting or crafting with the kids? Whatever you've been up to, please come and join in the fun- there are prizes!

The linky is already open and will stay open until 10 July, so you've got plenty of time to get your act together! You can link up to 3 projects. They should preferably be finished items, but if you are working on a huge project like a quilt or a crocheted blanket feel free to link up and we'll give you some encouragement (only one Work In Progress linked in per person please).

Now, you didn't think that I would set everyone else to work writing tutorials and not provide you with a little something myself did you!?
Here's my contribution to the Blog hop- I hope you enjoy it!

Growing up in Scotland, there were certain things that you knew for sure:

That the best weather of the Summer would always come when the school children were doing their exams in June and would disappear the moment the school summer holidays started.

... That Easter falls in Spring and at that time you are surrounded by amazing signs of new growth.

... The fact that Autumn falls in October and that at that time of year the children play conkers and the trees wear a coat of amber.

.. And finally there's the fact that Winter falls in December and as such Christmas falls in Winter. 

Moving over to New Zealand, everything was turned on its head!
Christmas in the Summer?
Easter in the Autumn?
The world just didn't seem to make sense any more!

I became very aware that much of the imagery that I used to use for Winter and Spring; for Christmas and Easter no longer fitted. The difference between the Christian and the Pagan symbolism that these festivals have gathered through the years suddenly became clear to me.

I must admit that I really struggled coming up with a winter design for the blog hop.

A robin red breast? - No we don't get them in New Zealand
A Christmas tree? oops wrong season
Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe- not in NZ and wrong season again!

I found it hard coming up with a winter image that didn't scream Christmas at me, but then it came to me - a snowflake!

So here's my gift to you, a paper pieced snowflake pattern. Its available for free from my Craftsy Store. It will always remain free.

Sorry for the non-seasonal colours, but I couldn't bear to make a 12 inch block with no purpose when my sampler quilt is so close to completion... Got to keep going, got to keep going...

My pattern tester Jeifner chose more traditional snowflake colours for her interpretation of the block. Don't you love the subtle use of colour!?

For anyone who is remotely interested- here's a progress report on said sampler quilt:

Onto the final row of the sampler quilt now... no really! There is no way that this is getting any bigger!

Once again, thank you for following along with the Matariki Crafting Blog Hop and please don't forget to link up- there are some great prizes!


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  2. Let's try that again. What I meant to say was this pattern is just so pretty. I can't believe you are offering it for free. Your generosity astounds me at times. And that quilt, oh! I love those colours together. Thank you so much for a great blog hop, Juliet.

  3. juliet!!!! it's fantastic, absolutely fantastic. and i'm not even a quilter!

  4. I love, love your snowflake block! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  5. there you and your adventurous soul go again
    love this so much you are very clever and talented and generous

  6. Hi - love the snowflake! I know what you mean about the seasons having grown up in the UK too... but slowly getting new traditions. I am planning to share some of my Matariki crafting soon. I have found new motivation with the thought of linking up and others out there crafting away. Thanks for the inspiration. Sam

    1. That's great to hear Sam! Can't wait to see what you link up, your work is beautiful.

  7. It's stunning! you clever thing you! perfect for the southern hemisphere winter x

  8. That is beautiful, love those colours and you are so clever. Quilting is so far beyond my talents!

  9. Wow that is a gorgeous snowflake. I really love it in your colour combo. Your sampler quilt is looking stunning.

  10. Oooh, I love it. Thanks for sharing it with us. I don't know whether I could deal with such a reversal of the seasons..

  11. I love it and I love that you've made something so perfect for winter too. It's just lovely. xx

  12. So cool Juliet, and can't wait to see the sampler quilt finished, so close!!! Trying to get my beetle on and make some things for the linky party!

  13. Beautiful block! Ooh loving how the sampler quilt is coming along! Not long to go now!!


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