I have been having fun designing with my new range of fabrics, and, since I had my daughter first, the girl side of my range had to go first too!
Look at what I just received in the mail!! Nothing like the bills and boring bits AT ALL!! Now my fingers are really itching to stitch...
My new range named About a Boy, About a Girl. It was originally going to be all about Boys, but Henry Glass (with whom I design fabrics) wanted to see the girl side as well, so I ended up creating both! The Henry Glass contingent have sent me samples to create with....just enough to go CRAZY heheh....
This range is due to be released in late October/November, so keep an eye out! Hopefully I will have a few new patterns....there are already a few free ones on the Henry Glass Fabrics website.
I'm off to sew!
Yes, it has been a while to say the least. I sorta fell off the face of the earth there for awhile didn't I?
Life has been a little crazy since last I posted. Life sometimes throws something out there that affects what can be achieved, and for me, that happened a couple of months ago.
My son has been living with epilepsy all of his life, and a couple of years ago we went through the gruelling decision to undertake brain surgery. This all went well, but was not totally successful. Half way through July this year, we had an amazing bout of seizures which the medical staff just couldn't control. After a month of being in hospital they finally found a concoction that prevented the seizures, but has made him very foggy. Because of this, he has been at home rather than school, and I have been spending more time with him, rather than with you ....ooops!!
Hopefully life will start to feel a little more 'normal' soon ;-)
Thanks to all who have been asking for my whereabouts, and so sorry for my sever lack of communication, especially since I was going to do my reveal as soon as I came home from the Craft & Quilt Fair at Glebe Island, Sydney (which by-the-way was fabbo....loved the new venue with all the light!)...here is a quick snapshot of that grand adventure...
....now for the reveal of my latest releases... Town & Country Quilt....using flannel and some woven wool applique. Very easy, and my son loves it!
The Happy Elephant....This one makes me smile... a fun one great for a wall hanging or a cushion, or even as the beginning of a quilt.
I will try that little bit harder to keep in touch...I have a few bits and pieces I have been working on, so more on that soon!
Best wishes always
I am off to the Craft & Quilt Fair in Sydney, and have been working hard on some new patterns....I am not going to show you the whole project just yet...hopefully you will come and see them for yourself on my stand!!
Hopefully I will see you in Sydney - otherwise, I'll do the full reveal soon
New York is one place I never really felt the need to visit, but I must say, it was one place that I was totally unexpected for. I loved it!!!
Central Park was HUGE! There were so many people running, walking, playing, riding, but there was still so much space, and such a variety of things to see and do!
I met up with Helen Stubbings, her friend Jo, and my co-worker Yas, who came to help me with the wholesale show (in Pittsburgh, happening the following week). We stayed in Times Square which was BUZZING! I had very little memory on my camera, so didn't take many photos, but did some amazing things such as visit the Statue of Libery (of course), the Twin Tower site (sad and peaceful), toured around a city bus, saw a couple of shows on Broadway, went to a David Letterman Show where one of my fave stars, Harry Connick Jr, was being interviewed, and went up to the Rockereller lookout to see the NY night lights - stunning!!
Helen, brave soul that she is, hired a car and drove from the centre of New York (on the wrong side of the road in a HUGE car) to the more peaceful setting of Lancaster Amish Country. Sadly we were too busy yapping to navigate properly (oops), so only just had enough time to nab a cart ride with the most interesting man who answered our hundreds of questions!
such a lovely slow-paced way to live....I had a thoroughly great time here, even if it was only overnight on the way to Pittsburgh...
After Trondheim I made a short trip down to Oslo where Kathrine and her coworkers took me under their wings.
Kathrine and Helle took me on a journey to visit a few sights such as this! The ski jump I saw from the sky.... it was HUGE!! Kathrine and I walked half way up, and this is looking down...
...just a little jump then??
After the day we ate pizza, then washed it down with a desert of show and tell and shopping!!
just a few women turned up.... around 170... gulp! Luckily they did just as much talking as I did with their amazing renditions of my designs on show....
I should say here that this quilt was made using some images from A Boys Story book, but with fabrics suited for a girl!!
....I kissed France and my family goodbye, as they headed back home and I made my way to Norway to teach. I think Siw and Kathrine have been asking me to teach there for around 10 years, so it was great to finally oblige!!
I started my Norwegian journey in Tondheim, a very picturesque town... ...this was taken from Siw's house...what a view! I love the grass growing on the roof - a tradition there!! Siw is the owner of Quiltegarden the shop I taught in while here.
Most opted to make my Tiny Town Tablerunner...here was one end almost complete using gorgeous black and beige tones...I should mention that this woman, AnnAka designs many patterns in Norway, so it was wonderful to see some of her work while I was there!
..the bag from my book 'A Gardeners journal'.
I had a fabulous time here and was very sad to leave. Hopefully I will be able to visit Siw and her wonderful shop (and the women within) again some day....