You have found the blog of the ‘Life is Beautiful’ redwork/applique BOM project. Here you will find helpful step by step tutorials on the techniques used in the project – great for those who prefer to ‘see’ rather than ‘read’ or just to supplement your pattern instructions.

We will also be adding free downloadable files of pages, graphics and ideas to print, personalise and complete for your own personal journal.

Ideas for covering your journal will also be added.

Please come back often or add us to your bloglines so you don’t miss out on anything. We’d also love to see how you are going from time to time, leave a comment with your blog address or just pop in and say hi.

Life is Beautiful, believe…..



19 responses to “About

  1. I have signed up for the BOM from Homestead Hearth which will start soon. What kind of floss did you use, it looks to be verigated.

    • hi Cinda, thanks for joining us, yes I used a DMC variegated Garnet for the whole quilt 115, I love it for the movement it gives redwork stitcheries and use it all the time. 1 – 2 strands in this case. One for the writing and finer designs, two where it is more obvious but you will be able to tell from the close up photos of each block in the journal. have fun, Helen

  2. I love the design! I have ordered the patterns etc and now have to decide what colour fabric to use! Very excited about it all. Many thanks for this excellent design.

  3. Hi Helen,

    I saw my pictures on the show and tell site, that’s nice! Sorry, but I’m not living in Denmark but in the Netherlands…….

  4. Hi Helen

    I really love the quilt where you used the rural jardin!!
    What kind of floss did you use for the stichery? It looks multicolored but I have not been able to find anything that looks like it.

    greetings from holland


  5. Hy Helen,
    Thank you for this beautiful pattern. Just last week I start stitching and I am really hooked. On my blog you will find some pictures if you want to see how my LiB is. I am using totally different colours. It actually will be very colourful.
    You are free to put them on the show and tell page on your site.

    • hi Bietje – thankyou thankyou for sharing with me your colour choices, yes it is different to others and i will show them on the show n tell page. i am so glad you are enjoying it, happy stitching hugs Helen

  6. will you be in Sydney for the Quilt show?
    Regards Janet

    • Janet, I will be at the trade show but not the Darling harbour show. Both Patchwork by Sea and a Stitch in Time will have LIB patterns and kits there. Also possibly The Home Patch. happy shopping, Helen

  7. I would like to offer this wonderful quilt in our shop in northern Michigan, who can we contact


    • hello Kathy, I have just found this question as a comment on the blog – for some reason it didnt come through to me as normal to approve and answer. You have probably long forgotten even asking the question and visiting the blog – BUT we would still love to offer it to your store i yo uare still interested – it is certainly still popular and not widely found in the US. I will email you separately also in case you do not see this. regards Helen

  8. Hi helen, I just want to tell you that I have finished my quilt withe the Chinese blocks en The Life is beautifull stitcheries. I like it very much, and want, again, thank you for the gorgeuos design.

  9. I just recently discovered your pattern and have ordered it as a BOM starting in Jan. I’M SO EXCITED!! What beautiful work you’ve done. Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

  10. Hi Helen,
    I love your design and the ideas for making a journal are lovely – what a great idea.
    This is my first bom and after browsing through a heap of different designs I chose life is beautiful – such lovely sentiments to help keep everything in perpective and give a wonderful start to the new year.
    I start stitching tonight! Hope to meet you at one of the quilting shows in Sydney sometime.

  11. I finished my LIB today! Just in time to give it to my oldest daughter for her birthday tomorrow! I choose completely different colours for my fabric and also the the floss has an other color, it is a variegated yellow. I could not find your e-mail adress, so please get the pictures of my blog! Thanks for the lovely design, warm greetings,
    Lida Kunkeler
    The Netherlands

    • Hello Lida, I am so sorry I just found your comment here on the blog awaiting approval from June – for some reason the alert did not come through to me to see it. That is fantastic you finished it on time, I had a peruse through your lovely blog but did not find the photos – will ahve a bit more of a look. I hope your daughter loved it as I am sure she did being made by you hugs Helen

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