Tomorrow morning, we enter the next phase of lockdown.  This time is different, schools are still open so my family will be keeping to their regular schedule. My schedule changed in March to pivot to be all online. For the most part, this has worked well. GillyMac Designs is now in the groove of online teaching with a large box at the front door for supplies to be collected from by my pupils.

Whilst the rhythm here won’t change much over the next month, I am very aware of how isolating this second lockdown will be for many. For that reason, I have changed what I will be making and creating during November and December. I intend for this to help you all sew yourselves happy over lockdown.

What to Expect in November/December 2020

6th November – My simple Christmas Tree Challenge will be laid down. You will be given access to my 3 small Christmas tree foundation pieced patterns and by 30th November the best 3 creations made incorporating them will receive a prize. The prize is a bundle of fabrics and a couple of other goodies for each winner. More on the rules of this later in the week.

9th November – My Phoenix Quilt will be released to my newsletter list. Sign up here if you aren’t on it yet.

11th November – A short vlog will be released to explain how to get the most from the Phoenix Quilt pattern.

18th November – A blog covering the fundamentals Improv Piecing is released along with a short accompanying video. I’d love to see what improv designs you come up with after this.

25th November – A short vlog discussing which are my favourite Quilting Rulers. This should come just in time for you to make a note to hand to your loved ones as Christmas ideas.

1st December – Christmas Tree Challenge winners named.

2nd December – A blog, free video tutorial and patterns for 5 new free-motion applique designs] is released. I will also provide a free simple tote bag pattern to use them on.

9th December – How many applique techniques do you use? This week I will share this with you and also cover when I find each technique most appropriate to use.

16th December – Let me show you how I am preparing for 2021 with my humorous look at my own UFOs. “How often should I count my UFOs?”

23rd December – A sneak-peek video of the project for the next Virtual Retreat.

I do hope this programme interests you and that, with me, you will sew your way happily through to Christmas, whatever that may bring.

Love & Virtual Hugs, Gill