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Ugg boots...

Now the cooler days are here, at night its down to 13ºC (56ºF), (I know thats hot for some of you)! Anyhow, my Polartec jacket is out of the cupboard and my toes have been warm inside my Ugg boots but Tom our 16yo who's feet have grown to a size 12 needed new ones, so yesterday we went to buy some new Ugg boots for him.

Ugg2

So many styles and colours......ohh, I like the mauve, the pink ones were pretty but as you all know pink is not really my colour and certainly not suitable for a young man.
Ugg Boot1
This sign made us smile....
Ugg3
We bought him a tan pair and now his feet are all toasty and warm, hope yours are too.
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New fabric...

This is one of the gorgeous new fabric collections that I bought a fat quarter bundle of, its called Rouenneries by French General. Not too sure when its going to be available in the stores but hopefully I will have a new design ready for when it arrives.

French General

As you can see I have started playing with some ideas already! I am loving the threads from Weeks Dye Works and also have some of the new Cosmo thread from Leicien to try......I love my job, its such fun.
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Pattern Winner..is it you?

Announcing the Crazy Christmas BOM set lucky winner..... Sandy.

Crazy Christmas group (small)
The whole family enjoyed reading all the lovely reasons that Christmas is special but for some reason this one stood out, thanks Sandy. Please send me your postal address so I can get this set in the mail to you.

C - Christ
H - Holidays
R - Reindeer
I - g(I)fts 
S - Shopping
T - Tinsel
M - Mistletoe
A - Angels
S - Star

I - S(I)lent Night
S - Stockings

S - Singing
P - Peace
E - Excitement
C - Crazy Christmas BOM
I - Innkeeper
A - Angels
L - Lights

T - Tree
O - Ornaments

M - Memories
E - Elf

If your feeling sad that you did not win a pattern set why not head over to your favourite local quilt store to see if they have them in stock yet. Many of the store owners that I met at Spring Market told me they have my fabric line on the shelves right now in fact Fat Quarter Shop told me they already have both the patterns and my fabric line available to purchase online right now.

Have a lovely weekend and to all my US friends enjoy the long weekend!

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Home from Spring Market..

Australia to LA takes approx. 12 1/2 hours. I think of it as an endurance test and its not so bad. Watch a couple of movies, eat dinner, sleep or pretend to sleep, watch another movie, eat breakfast and get off the plane.
Pittsburgh, PA is not the easiest place to get to from LA as there are no direct flights. Our next stop was Phoenix and guess who I found in the seat in front of me!! None other than my good friend Barri (no blog) from Bareroots

Barri & me with jetlag

After a quick stop in Phoenix we were on the next plane to Pittsburgh and our lovely hotel. Arriving at dusk, our room was lovely, the bed inviting and out of the window much to Vince's delight was the baseball stadium. We could watch them play from our window which was rather fun.
Baseball stadium
We had a wonderful time catching up with friends old and new, here I am with Barri, we both look a lot less tired in this picture than we did in the plane photo!
Barri and me1
Pam and Janet the Buggy Barn girls who have been selling my patterns in their quilt shop for years and whom also design for Henry Glass Fabrics.
Buggy barn girls and me
Here is a view of some of the hundreds of booths from the overhead walkway. Where is mine??? 
The show
It was lovely to catch up with Robyn Pandolph, she taught in my shop many years ago and stayed with my mum and dad. Robyn told me that she still makes the Summer Pudding using the recipe that my mum gave her.
Robyn and Me
I met Heather from Ankas Treasures, she and her husband Joel were so friendly. Heather is also a Henry Glass fabric designer.
Heather Ankas Treasures and me
I got to meet Arlene from Rabbits Haven, her quilt designs are just adorable.
Arleen Rabbits haven and Me
I introduced myself to Joanna from Fig Tree, we have become Twitter buddies and it turns out have both been working on a chapter for a collaborative book that will be available later this year.
Joanna figtree and Me
Well, I hope you have missed me as much as I have missed you and that you have enjoyed meeting some of the lovely people I met during my trip to the US.
Thank you for all the enthusiastic entries for the chance to win a set of Crazy Christmas BOM patterns. I will pick the lucky recipient in the next couple of days, first I need to read all the entries!
bye for now
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Win this..

As you read this I will either be on the plane (yuk) or I will have arrived in the US and will be having fun at Spring Market.
If you would like to be one of the first people to have my brand new Crazy Christmas BOM pattern set then leave me a message telling me in 25 words or less why Christmas is special to you.

Cc set

I will pick my favourite answer when I get home.
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Hedgerow Quilt..

Yesterday afternoon we drove to pick up the quilt that one of my sample stitchers has made up for me using the free pattern thats available on the Henry Glass website, look in the free project section. I wanted a blue/brown quilt for my living room and so we have left the green fabrics out and the result is just fabulous.
Hugo think the quilt is great...

Hugo

I had to bribe the terrible trio with some cat snacks to get them to pose for me!
3 Amigos
Felix seen here licking his lips thought the snacks were delicious and could not understand why I didnt just go on feeding them to him!
Felix yum
Kimberley at the Fat Quarter shop is taking pre-orders for the Hedgerow fabrics so if you want some why not visit her now.
Only two more sleeps until I am catching the plane to the US for Spring Market, I am really looking forward to seeing all my friends and getting a look at all the new products.
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My Favourite Sewing gear..

I often get asked what needles etc do I use. This is my little pile of goodies that I use everyday.
My needlecase which is looking a bit used, maybe I need to design and make a new one for myself, however this much loved one is from my book Sunflower Stitching.

Favourite things

My favourite thimble without which I cannot sew even one stitch, its a Danico and I have been using this brand for years and years and have a little stash of new ones in readiness for when I need a new one.

I love my Clover No 9 Embroidery needles, they have a lovely finish to them and the gold eye certainly helps to make threading the needle easier! 

Did you notice the cute turtle?? He is a tapemeasure, you pull on his head to get the tape out, he is so cute.

I am showing DMC embroidery threads which I use all the time in my designs, the colour range is huge and I find that most people around the world have access to them, is that true?

My scissor holder which keeps my golden scissors safe and easier to find is from my book Rainbow Cottage. The tiny scissors we bought when we visited the lovely city of Toledo in Spain a couple of years ago. ('hello' to a couple of my Spanish blogging friends, Trelly and Pepi). Pepi has a quilt shop near Malaga which is where I used to visit my grandparents as a child.
The little pile of my wooden buttons......... they are for inspiration and because there is something about them that I find very pleasing I like to have them to gaze at. Did you notice there is a new one there? Mr Snowman, he will be available soon. I have been working on a Christmas themed magazine project for Handmade that features him, I will let you know once the magazine is available later in the year.
How about you show me your favourite sewing things? Post it on your blog with a link to me, lets have some fun together.
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