Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Patterns and a Giveaway

I often get emails asking me if I will write patterns for my toys so I have spent the last few weeks writing and organising patterns. I am starting with two that I had pretty much ready to go. The platypus was in Homespun Magazine in January and the elephant was in The Australian Women's Weekly about 18 months ago.


Although it's not super hard to work out how I made my windmill quilt I have had a few emails from people wanting the pattern. So I have written it up as well.I am going to be listing some in my etsy shop soon, hopefully today or tomorrow, but I also want to give away one of each with a few scraps of fabric as a thanks to everyone who has left messages here or on flickr about my toys and my sewing. Just leave me a comment and I will draw 3 winners on Sunday evening - Western Australian time. Yes I will send them anywhere in the world.


92 comments:

Polka Dot Daze said...

Hi there, they are stunning patterns, I hope I win one of them :)

clare's craftroom said...

Great to see your patterns all done up , they look great !Count me in please .

thetwowindmills said...

Hi Kate, Ooooh I would love to win they look great.

Amy (badskirt) said...

Great to see that you're launching a pattern line! I've "toyed" with the idea myself.

would love to add you to the pattern usage list- http://badskirt.blogspot.com/2008/11/big-copyright-list.html

When you get a spare moment or two, could you mind emailing me. I have a few unrelated questions for you.

Congrats again.

kleinzonnetje said...

Well done! The patterns look great.

Mandy Hawkins said...

Gorgeous patterns and I love the packaging too. I enjoy looking at your blog and seeing what you've been making. Please put me in the draw.

Mandy Hawkins.

Michelle said...

The patterns look great. Well done. Your elephant is very sweet.

Mette said...

I love all of them =) especially the Platypus! Socks you are knitting look very nice.

Chrissy in Chaos said...

I love your wonderful creations - They leave me inspired! It would be AMAZING to win a pattern!

Chrissy

Kirsty C said...

OMG, I LOVE that elephant.

Fingers crossed...

CK said...

Thank you for the give-away. Love the platypus!

CK

Sam said...

The patterns look great. I bought that issue of Homespun just for your pattern.

trasha said...

Now I am trying to remember if any of my comments have been about you animals and sewing?!?!?!?

I know I haven't requested patterns but I must have complimented you on those animals surely? ;-)

sue said...

They all looks gorgeous Kate. I am sure that the patterns will be very very popular. I love them all.

Mel said...

They look awesome Kate - love all of them but the windmill quilt certainly drew me in closer. I am thinking of attempting my first quilt and that pattern is one of the only ones I have been really drawn to. Lovely!

pixiepants said...

oh yay your quilt pattern!!!!! Just in time for Sydneys freezing weather at the mo! Love Love Love! :)

ClaireP said...

Well done on getting the patterns finished! The fronts look great, I'm sure they'll sell really well :)

I'm not really a quilter but would love the chance to win one of the other patterns! x

SuBoo said...

Thanks so much - very generous of you. I LOVE your softies!

Bev C said...

Congratulations on your patterns. I hope they are successful. Happy days to you and your family.

Renee said...

well done on writing up the patterns - I hope everyone loves them :)

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

So glad to see you marketing your patterns! I love your sweet softies :)

Katie R said...

your stuff is so cute!! thanks for creating your patterns and sharing them with us!

carrie said...

I love your little animals. Congrats on starting the pattern process! Exciting!

Stephanie said...

Good for you to get patterns written. I'm still dragging my feet to get one done! Love your work and all of your patterns.

Belinda said...

You did it! Congratulations Kate, I'm sure they will sell they hot cakes.

ezeldabeth said...

how wonderful! thanks for the opportunity to win!

nanaandpapa1 said...

i want to make this quilt

Ahfat said...

Always love your idea of using different fabrics to make your toy animals, they are so colourful and cheery. Great that you have patterns for them now.

DeannaMaree said...

I love your patterns - I recently purchased a softie book with your pattern (without checking) - I think it was "Maisie"? So, so cute.. I would love to win one!

Ariane said...

What a great giveaway!! I love these patterns. I hope I win one!!!

Ashley Ann said...

You're such a busy lady! I'd love one of your patterns.

nikki said...

every home needs a stuffed platypus toy!

ericandjanine said...

just love these!

Jenna Z said...

Wow, I love that quilt pattern! And the toy patterns would make great toys for dropping off for The Toy Society!

Hello, I'm Sally. said...

How exciting! I just love your style. It would be fun to try my hand at making something you designed, and with fabric you chose!

jacquie said...

yippeee! congrats on the patterns. you know i want to make that quilt!

cheryl said...

Hi there. I made my first stuffies for my girls (two easter bunnies), and have been thinking about how I can make something cuter ... like yours! Would love to win your patterns! Will also check out your shop. Love reading your blog.
mulders (at) shaw (dot) ca

socmama said...

Oh yay! Your style is so lovely, and your animals are truly adorable. Thanks for making the patterns!

Vonnie said...

You know, I'm a long-term lurker rather than commenter because I'd be mortified you looked at my blog and saw my piss-poor crafting compared to yours but I'm coming out of the woodwork for this!

Gorgeous patterns and I'd be very grateful to win :D

alwaysadorable said...

Whimsical and fun patterns! I would be thrilled from the top of my head to the tip of my toes to win these! Thanks for your generosity. :D

Kim said...

Your patterns are always fun. And adorable. And I'm sure they'd look awesome in my house ;)

anna said...

Yay for patterns! I really like your sense of color.

Just_a_bean said...

Love your patterns - especially the eliphant!

Sophalina said...

How cool, they look fantastic!

Amy said...

Gosh I just LOVE your toys! (Amy in Sydney)

danielle said...

oh great! now we can all have one!

hope i win : )

thanks heaps!!

Jo said...

These patterns look gorgeous Kate. I love the way you have packaged them. Can't wait to try the elephant one! I've just made the platypus using the Homespun pattern for my friend's little triplets who will be three on Saturday. I'm sure your patterns will be hot sellers!

Annie said...

so cute, especially the platypus!

Black Eyed Susie said...

Well done. They look wonderful. They would be perfecct things to make for my babe on the way who hasn't had anything made by me yet. Too busy making things for others - I think it's time to get on with it.

Karin Schueller said...

Wow! SO EXCITED!!! I love that darn platypus. It is what made me heart you on etsy, and then start reading your blog. LOVE IT! :) I love the other animals too, but the platypus is my favorite. :)

Allie said...

Awesome! I'm so glad to hear your doing patterns!

amanda said...

Thanks so much for sharing your amazing crafts with the blog-world! I will look for the Platypus pattern in your shop soon:) I think it would be fun to do these with my daughter!

amanda

Car said...

Stunning Patterns there!

Would love to win one ;)

zofia said...

We love your animals Kate. We have a wombat, a drop bear and a doll-gorgeous all 3!

Emma said...

Pippa and Polly are the cutest things ever! I love aussie softies!

mearaid_hock@yahoo.ca said...

Oh my...could that be the cutest elephant?

Amanda said...

I love the elephant. You actually have inspired me to start sewing again. I've made 4 little dresses for my twins. Now, you've gotten me investigating softies. Yours are so cute. I've been looking for an elephant to start with, since yours is so adorable. I'd love to have the pattern.

Kris said...

Your patterns look soooooo good Kate! Your photos and layout are just right! Hope you have lots of success selling them on etsy!

our shabby cottage said...

Good on you Kate - well done. I really should get my act into gear and write some too. I just love the platypusses. I hope they sell really well, Kathryn.

Sarah said...

Ohh! yay! Count me in!

valariebudayr said...

Yea.....patterns. count me in Kate. They look really good. Keep up the good work.

iknitipurl said...

Windmills are my fave! And your little platypus is totally adorable.

Margarita said...

Love the patterns! I need an excuse to start a quilt...

cpullum said...

Count me in California USA!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

Bonnie said...

Count me in, please! Thank you!

sadieloree said...

I would love a chance to win! I think the elephant pattern is just adorable! Not to mention it's my little girl's favorite animal... though I think she may be biased since her name is Ella. lol

Corrie said...

good work! pick me pick me!!!!

Corrie:)

Michelle said...

i'm pretty sure i'm comment number 68 wow...
that was a good year...
love the patterns....the front cover is sooooooo nice and fresh...
love all of them...
but the platypus is my absolute fav...

Suzy said...

The patterns look great! Such a good idea. I love your windmill quilt (and the toys too, of course)

babiesdoc said...

I love the softies.
But, the windmill quilt would be a great way to use the scraps of favorite fabrics.

The Shumate Family said...

you are so talented! I would love to win a pattern!!!

Love,
Dacia

Sue Cahill said...

I would love to win any of the patterns, they are all wonderful, but especially the quilt!

Thanks for the chance.
Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

Meg said...

YAY! I'm so excited to see your creations in pattern form! I want to make my boys each a platypus. Your animals are the cutest! I'd love to see the cow and fish next!

J said...

Great blog and love that you created patterns!

noahgina said...

I have made all of your patterns from the Softies and More Softies book (Hector, Elsie and Maisie) and love them so much. Would love to win one of your patterns to add to my collection. Love your blog and your work.

Jane said...

Wow I love your patterns, especially the windmill quilt, though I would be lucky to win any!
Thanks for the giveaway!
janelockrey(at)gmail(dot)com

Rach said...

Love the windmill quilt - perhaps my first real quilt project? Or will my quilting go the way of my knitting? I am HOPELESS.

Minnie requested a skirt this week featuring a platypus! Kept thinking about yours as I was sewing my rather odd little creature (of course yours are not odd - they are perfect).

Philigry said...

oh! count me in! i love your toy patterns! thanks for a great give away.

langlangcreations said...

OOOOOH! I love the platypus! Thank you for writing up the patterns.

Blue Mountains, NSW said...

Wow, Eli is just too cute, but I'd be very glad to win any of your patterns!

Jenny said...

Congratulations on the patterns-I am sure they will sell well:)

Andria said...

Lovely, lovely. I love the windmill quilt.

handmaiden said...

Kate,How great to share these patterns

christine said...

wonderful giveaway! i don't know which one i like best...might be the platupus!

Akhila's Handblog said...

Beautiful pattern and lovely photos. Congratulations and good luck.
I would love to win such a fantastic prize.

Heidi said...

I'll leave a comment for that! Thanks for always posting such great projects and being an inspiration to try new things for my kids! My current favorite is a skirt you featured awhile ago that I adapted down to baby size!

http://notahomeschooler.blogspot.com/2009/04/blog-post.html

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Wow! Would love them, fantastic work, well done!! xox

Melinda said...

Yes! I made the elephant from the Womens Weekly magazine for my daughter when it came out! I would love the platypus pattern so please put me in the draw for that.

PS - My daughters name is Amelia Eve - we obviously have similar tastes in names!

Chickpea said...

HUmmm! for sure I have to enter this giveaway... I love the quilt and all the animals. I wonder if platypuses really exist?

Linda said...

gorgeous patterns Kate and such a lovely giveaway I have fingers and toes crossed!!!!

Paul said...

Hi Kate. Since my tea pot coaster request my Christmas present has, as of yet, failed to materialise then I would like a pattern and some material instead to make my own. So could you please send me a tea pot coaster pattern, and copious instructions because I'm a bit of a dolt at craft stuff. Thanks, and Love,
Paul

p.s. did you like the "materialise" pun???

karen said...

They are all gorgeous, you clever thing!