A big thanks to Mum and Dad (M&D) who have waded through piles of photos to find these for me....here is Butch sitting in our garden next to a concrete toadstool that M&D made by using a dustbin lid as a mould, they were wanting to emulate the old staddle stones. I think they did a great job dont you?
Oh, here I am sitting on one of the many flint walls that M&D made in our garden. The house they built was in a field that was full of flint stones. Mum spent hours collecting the flints and building these walls that held the garden beds.
If you remember Butch the dog came with a car that my dad bought that was in a field, Butch who was half starved and a bit wild was in fact the sweetest dog once he arrived at our house. How gorgeous does my mum look in that 60's bikini and there is Butch wearing my hat and in the background another of those wonderful flint walls.
Well I hope you have enjoyed my quick journey into the past, I know I have.
Last year 8 designers from around the world were each gathered together by Pam Lintott to design and make a quilt for inclusion in a collaborative book which is titled The Quiltmakers, published by David & Charles it will be available from November in your favourite quilt shop.
Of course I accepted the invitation and with a fat quarter bundle of Miss Jumps Scrapbag in hand I set about making the quilt.
Once I get my advance copy of the book I will be sure to show you the full quilt. But for now here is its introduction in the book. "Take the humble pineapple, international symbol of welcome, and combine it with a simple house, trees and flowers, throw in some letters and numbers and you have the makings of a charming sampler".
To continue my story, the publishers liked what I submitted so much they have commissioned me to do a whole book on my own!! The deadlines are very tight and so I am going to be a very busy busy stitching quilter... here is a sneeky little peek at one of the first projects......do you see a familiar dogs tail in there?? Well, its not really Hugo but rather his black cousin, lets call him 'Butch'.
PS. Butch was a lovely big black Newfoundland x Lab from my childhood who we inherited with a car my dad bought for my Mum. The dog was in the car when dad bought it and would not get out. He apparently belonged to no one, until he arrived at our house where he was loved and welcome.
I have four new punchneedle patterns hot off the press, they should be arriving in stores any day now so please ask for them at your local quilt shop. Thanks must go to the very wonderful Debbie St. Germain who has kindly worked from my drawings to produce these simply gorgoeus punchneedle projects.
Thank you ladies for the book orders...just a few more to go before I reach the target of 50, then the first name out of the hat will be the lucky recipient of a full refund, so if your tempted to buy this book please dont delay order your signed copy today.
I have just finished adding the finishing touches to An Angels Wish quilt and now its ready to go to the quilter....
Its so pretty in this new range of fabrics that are from Lecien. I have painted the angels face, plaited her hair and given her some pretty bows, how cute is she?
The book An Angels Wish is an angelic collection of 10 achievable, special projects for you to create, treasure and enjoy.
The first 50readers to purchase a special signed copy will have the chance to get the copy for free. Simply log into Paymate and enter my email address email@example.com fill in your details and for AU$53 which includes postage and packaging to anywhere in the world you will get your very own signed copy of An Angels Wish. Have a peek at some of the pages inside this lovely book.
Once the first 50 copies have been sold I will draw a name from the hat and that person will get the AU$53 refunded. If I get to 100 I will draw two names from the hat so be quick for your chance.
PS. Let me know if you want me to write a special message in your book??
This is what I came home from the quilt shop with me yesterday,
its so pretty in a sludgy way, makes me think of scottish heather with its soft greens and mauves. I think I already know what I am going to make with it and have been dreaming my new design all night, so its pencil and paper for me for the next few days. Ahh, its going to be wonderful.
PS. The fabric is called Evening Mist by Moda
PPS. The reason I needed a treat and to go to the quilt shop was because my quilt in the French General (see picture below for reminder) fabrics did not turn up in the mail yet!