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Old photos...

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.

Lynette & Butch '63

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.

Ruth, Butch & Lynette

Well I hope you have enjoyed my quick journey into the past, I know I have.


The Quiltmakers..

a bit of a story for you....


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. 

D&C close up

This is the star studded line up of invited designers of which I feel very honoured to be among, Janet Bolton, Joanna Figueroa , Lynne Edwards, Carolyn Forster, Lynette Jensen (Thimbleberries), Marsha McCloskey and Petra Prins

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'.

Sewing bird


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.

3 more to go...

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.


PS. See post below for ordering details.

Order for a chance to win...

I have just finished adding the finishing touches to An Angels Wish quilt and now its ready to go to the quilter....

Angels face

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 50 readers 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 protected] 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.

SignaturePS. Let me know if you want me to write a special message in your book??


Thank you all for the lovely comments and it seems you all like of the new Fox Cottage Block Book pattern. So here is the winning number pulled from the hat by the random number generator....

Ran num

I have carefully counted the comments and this is the comment left by lucky No.55.

Mojonika said...Hi! I love your work and your dog. (We have two labrador retrievers making our lives happier.

Best wishes, Mojónika

Please Mojonika can you email me with your postal address so I can send you the pattern and the buttons.


New pattern and giveaway..

Fox Cottage my newest pattern, which is a block book made using fabrics from my Hedgerow range is now ready......

Foc cottage4

This stylish, brilliant book can be used to store your blocks, finished or works in progress... see inside there are pages made from felt.

Fox cottage3

The blocks cling to the felt, keeping them flat and easy to transport

Fox cottage2

I have one pattern to giveaway and with it a set of my gorgeous handpainted wooden buttons.

Fox cottage1 Please leave me messages and I will put your entry into the draw.


Big birds and Hugo

When were out for our early morning walk we saw a couple of Black Cockatoos Its not the best photo as I only had my phone with me, they are really fun, big, noisy birds.

Black Cocatoos

We headed down to the river so Hugo could have a play in the water but he decided to become a sand digging dog....

Sand digger

He wasnt too impressed when we told him it was time to go home... if you take a closer look at the photo you will see just how sandy he had got himself...

Sand digger1

We had to hose him down when we got home as he was full of sand, which he thought was wonderful fun!

I hope you had a great weekend,


Fat quarter bundle...

This is what I came home from the quilt shop with me yesterday,Evening Mist

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.Signature

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! 

FG& Freckle