Life often feels like a whirlwind, and now I'm feeling it more than ever! The first part of the year is crazy where I have a few small shows and culminates with the big Australian Quilt and Craft Fair at Glebe Island. The second part of the year for me is all about being ready for the wholesale Quilt Market in Houston USA and the Trade Show at the Australian Quilt Market in Melbourne. It may not seem like much, but I know I need to design and create new projects to keep the ball rolling...something I love to do, but something which devours hours upon hours of my time.
As part of my push towards Houston I am in the middle of working on a new self-published book. I will be giving you sneak peaks over the next few weeks up till October. The book will be called 'Story of My Day', and you guessed it, it is all about crazy day to day life. The main quilt will be a stitchery quilt which can also be done with appliqué. I am planning on creating heaps of other projects in the book that I will show you as I go. Pete is also back with ridiculous stories to amuse you with so I hope you will enjoy it. The book will be available in your favourite patchwork shop and through my website if you need.
Also to let you know I have also designed a range of fabric with Henry Glass Fabrics called 'All in a Day' which is based around my book. The fabric will be available Novemberish but I will keep you posted closer to time. Anyway, here is my first sneak peak from my quilt.
By the way only 2 days left in my Christmas in July competition. Spend $60 or more online or in my shop to be in the running for my Christmas pack. Good luck!
I am still recovering from the show...such a fun time, but SO exhausting! Thanks to all who came to say hi...especially you Dimity (you know why!!)
I had a new pattern at the show which was the Village Sewing Trio, a small pattern, with instructions to make an oval pincushion, and a chatelaine with a scissor keep and needlecase. I was going to have a fabric version and woollen version in the one pattern, but it was all too hard, so in the end opted for two separate patterns...almost the same, just different instructions on how to applique
Village Sewing Trio in Fabric
Village Sewing Trio in Wool
A close up of the the back and also the pincushion.
So have a look for the patterns or kits in your local patchwork store.
Until next time
A while back I wrote a book called 'A Christmas Story'. It has now been released in the United States by Martingale Press as 'Seasons Greetings'. To celebrate this release Martingale Press is also running a competition on their blog to win a bundle of my fabric from Henry Glass Fabrics and an E-Book copy of my new book. All you have to do to get in the draw is go to their blog (link below) and comment about a Christmas tradition that you have in your family.
I promised I would show my new patterns using my new range 'Under The Mistletoe'...so far two patterns are complete....
Mistletoe Garland and Table Topper - this pattern has two very easy projects in the one small pattern...very easy to make using the panel fabric and a couple of fat quarters.
Heart of Christmas - this one is an older pattern I have redone using the newer tones. It is a fun quilt/wallhanging with eight applique images and simple piecing. you could even just focus on one image and make a small wall hanging or use it as a feature on a santa sack, cushion, apron etc..
Now July is upon us and I thought I would run a competition. If you spend $60 or more in the month of July, online at either of my two websites Hatched and Patched or The Home Patch or in my store - The Home Patch, you will go in the draw to win the pack below. (Please note - If you win, I am happy to exchange any item if you have bought them previously!)
So in my prize pack (valued at over $170), there is -
- a Fat 1/8 bundle of my new fabric line - 'Under the Mistletoe'
- My new book - 'Seasons Greetings' from Martingale
- My new pattern - 'Mistletoe Garland and Table Topper'
- My new pattern - 'Heart of Christmas'
- A $50 Gift Voucher from my shop The Home Patch
So enjoy the cold weather in July and keep bundled up, Happy Stitching. The competition ends the last day in July.
Until next time
No, I don't have a screw loose! I know it isn't Christmas yet...I am not ahead of myself (but possibly am running a few months late as far as writing a new post on my blog....ooops!). No, Season's Greetings is the name Martingale have given my new book.... being published as I write YAYAY!
This book is actually reworked from one I self-published a while ago, which has been out of print for some time. Martingale have picked it up, photographed everything beautifully and are set to release it for Christmas in July....I can't wait!
So, here is the front cover... ...well ALMOST the front cover...a few bits and pieces decided to remove themselves from the cover, and me being as computer illiterate as I am, they have had to stay off...hmmm.....I think you get the general idea of what the front cover shall look like. Roll on July I say!
I have SO much else to tell you....I have been working on another new book, a new fabric range, some new patterns, and just finished drawing up the start of a new BOM....my head is spinning in about 100 different directions at the moment....a very scary sight heheh.... I will tell you more soon!