Sorry to have been quiet for so long, my trip to the US was both successful and exhausting...on arrival we had some late night, last moment stitching to do...
We went shopping the day after we arrived in the hope of walking off any jet lag we might have had! I ended up with a lot of shoes, I have become addicted to Tom's which are affordable and great fun.
The next day we set up the display for quilt market. Its always such a relief to see the yellow DHL boxes waiting for me when I arrive.
I had two companions for this trip, Raewyn whom many of you will remember used to work for me and Lesley who lives in NZ with whom I have become good friends.
We tested yummy salted caramel biscuits...they were great and I can reccomend them.
How exciting to see my name on the board outside one of the Schoolhouse lecture rooms, not that this is the first Schoolhouse I have ever done but each time it feels very special. I stood alone outside my room for a while... all alone....until...
a big crowd arrived and I knew I had friends.
My room was full of store owners and fabric distributors from around the world, each visitor got a charm pack of each of my new fabrics compliments of RJR fabrics.
I did a video presentation on how to use the Apliquick Tools for all those tiny pieces of applique that are challenging to needleturn, once its been loaded on YouTube I will give you the link. I thought I would be nervous being filmed but I managed Ok without making too many 'opps'....
I had fun doing two book signings and met lots of lovely ladies which was fun.
This is the 'free to use' quilt 'Towne Square' which was designed by my friend Wendy Sheppard and is 77" square when finished, it combines my 'Quilter's Garden' and Bread and Butter Cream fabric collections which will be in stores in early 2014. We will be offering kits for this quilt, please email us to express your interest and once we have prices and a delivery date we will let you know. You can download the pattern by following the links from here.
I had fun wearing the tea cosy from my new book 'Stitch It for Autumn', of course it would also make a very nice door stop if you added a base and filled it with sand. All the projects in the book use Mending Fences fabrics and I brought a limited number of fat quarter bundles home with me so if your interested in getting one look here.
I met with the lovely Christine who is planning to make a short movie for the Sundance Movie Festival and I have been invited to make one of the quilts for the movie ...how exciting!
I am now home and having had a quiet few days and feeling more or less back to normal. I am busy planing my teaching trips for 2014 and 2015....lots of work to do co-ordinating everything. Hopefully I will meet you somewhere in the world, my list includes, Australia, Norway, Spain, Mexico and Russia....I guess I had better make sure there are plenty of pages left in my passport!!
I will send an email newsletter with more information once I have got a few more things finalised but it should be alot of fun so if your not already recieving my newsletter and fancy a stitching extravaganza with me in France next year please sign up for the newsletter today.
bye for now