flowered up


Thank you for all of your sweet comments on the last post, I've did exactly nothing last week and let my to do list get dusty whilst I lazily la dee daahed on my sofa.  That and a couple of others things have completely perked me up for the coming week.

Other things being - Attending the London Modern Quilt Guild meeting yesterday, eating homemade biscuits and seeing not one but two versions of my Bloom quilt.  Charlotte's is above and was just jaw droppingingly lovely made all up from various Denyse Schmidt prints and appliqued onto a very pale blue background.  She decided to go the extra half mile and made a fifth ring of dresden petals (my version had just four) and made it a whopping 100" square.  She also hand quilted the entire thing. 



Kelly also has a Bloom in progress and is well on her way to getting those rings appliqued down.


Aren't these colours just wonderful together?


To top off my weekend, I got my copy of the special Christmas in July issue of Australian Homespun magazine.  I have an interview in this issue and was delighted to be described as an artisan on the cover!  There is also a seasonal embroidery pattern from me inside this copy, you can see it there in the bottom right hand corner.  Not just that but there is also a chance to win one of five copies of my book and an embroidered quilt journal.  Not bad!

Let's just hope the rest of the week continues in the same way :)

Edited to add - Bloom quilt pattern is now available again and can be found here.

This little quilt went to market - part 2


Do you remember this quilt?




Well, this little quilt went with me to quilt market last spring and promptly got picked up!

That's picked up as in by Better Homes and Gardens 'Quilts and More' magazine.  At last you can find the pattern for this little baby sandwiched in amongst the pages of the Spring 2012 issue (it's one bumper packed issue, crammed to the staples with patterns by the likes of Kate Spain, Monica Solorio-Snow, Vanessa Christenson, Joanna FigueroaCamille Roskelley and more).


I'm kind of more than a little super excited about this because it's my first time having a pattern published in a big time US quilting magazine :))))

Today is going to be a tough day to beat, now excuse me whilst I go gush some more.


I finally mangaged to get out and grab myself a copy of Sew Hip featuring my first ever magazine interview!

The interview itself took place last December, just as I was recovering from a horrid bout of flu.  I was a little worried about how I'd answered the questions and how I'd come across but reading this yesterday I felt completely elated to read my answers with no cringe worthy experiences (((thankfully))).

The questions cover my path from starting a blog to designing for Moda as well as a few insights into my design process.

The interview appears in the March issue.

I'm currently busy working on some new fun stuff which I hope to be able to start showing later this week.

Hope you are enjoying a great start to the week!


on page 5...

This time last year I worked my weekends away at a department store in a neighbouring city.  Every Saturday I would dutifully take the half hour train ride to get to work and each Saturday became more boring than the last.  In order to 'prepare' myself for the graft to be, I developed a habit of taking an earlier train than I needed to so that I could arrive at my destination a whole half hour earlier.  Said half hour was then spent in a large newsagent en route, swooning my way through the pages of one quilting magazine after another.  It was my equvialent of an early morning pick me up so that I could begin the day inspired and on a high.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that less than a year later I would see an advertisment for my new fabric line on page 5 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  of one of these inspiring magazines - American Patchwork and Quilting.

Wow! is all I can say.

and isn't it amazing where a year can take you????!

Big, big thank you to Jenny for spotting and sending me a copy of the magazine so quickly.  You my dear are a doll.

Jenny also hid this piece of fabric from the 'Hello Betty' collection by Chloe's Closet of a few years ago just because she knows I love it. Hello Betty along with Swell and Sweet by the Urban Chiks are amongst the fabrics I am always on the lookout for (so if you know of a supply, please lemmeknow ;)

BTW: In case you're interested the quilt pattern shown in the ad will be available as a downloadable pattern from the United Notions site come April.

I'd love to know your thoughts if you read any of the big quilting and patchwork magazine titles, do you follow the quilt patterns in them or just use them for inspiration and to keep up with the news?????

Also do you have any recommendations for magazines you love?