Tomorrow my book, Things I love to Make is being released at my local quilt shop, Avonleigh Country Quilting. I'm not sure who is more excited, Kay, Sharon or me. Sharon has been busy this afternoon baking yummy treats for the morning (11am - 12.30pm) and evening (5pm - 7pm) signings.
Firstly let me say thank you to everyone who entered the draw. The lovely comments are very encouraging and have made the late nights and early mornings all worthwhile. It's been a big learning curve!
The lucky girls are
Christine B (Switzerland),
Patricia Quinnell, and
Please email me with your address and a signed copy will be posted to you, early next week.
One of the stitcheries in the book. I enjoyed stitching the birdie so much I decided to to use it on a bag, needle case and pinwheel.
Friday Girl Prezzies - I'm planning on making another tonight, without the spool, filled with ground walnut shell. Not sure if this will happen as there are bags and a car to pack for the trip to Melbourne. Tomorrow is set up day for the AQC. Jan will be there helping me again.
Come and say hi and check out the new book and other goodies we have on offer.
You'll find us at Stand 191 same spot as last year!
All weeks are busy but some seem to have more packed into them others. Finalising stock for the AQC and loading it on a pallet coincided with the delivery of my book.
And here it is, finally and not a moment too soon.
As the name suggests, it is a collection of the things I love to make, a scrap quilt, baby quilt, pillow cover with yo-yo trim, red & white table topper, this year's journal cover, redwork sampler, sewing accessories and simple decorative items.
I released my first pattern just over 10 years ago and it feels right to celebrate this anniversary with the release of my first book; something that never crossed my mind all those years ago.
I have three copies to give away. For a chance to win a copy, simply post a comment by Monday 16 April. The three winners will be randomly selected.
If your going to the AQC next week, make sure you drop by Stand 191 and have a look at the book and samples. It will be for sale at the special introductory price of $22, normally $25.
For local girls, don't miss the book launch at Avonleigh Country Quilting on Wednesday 24 April, 11am-12.30pm or 5.00-7.00pm. Please see their blog for more details.
If none of the above suits, you can order a copy of the book here. Please indicate if you would like your copy signed. For this month only, there
will be no postage charged on Australian orders and postage on overseas orders will be discounted 50%.
Today I made a start on the job I dislike most of all, packing for the show. Who would have thought this would require so much planning. The main priority is to have as few boxes as possible, make sure they're full and secure and like kits have been packed together making it easy, or easy as possible, to access once the show is underway. Sounds simple!
It hasn't been all work. Last Monday there was a wedding to stitch for.
The Kissing Bird Heart looked lovely hanging from bride's wrist. The back was stitched with their names, date and message. The hand painted button is of course one of Barb's.
I've been designing quilts and other sewn items for decorating and use around the home, since 2003. I especially love making quick things and gifting them to family and friends. My favourite techniques include needle turn and felt appliqué, stitching, hand and machine piecing. I live on the Victorian/NSW border, Australia.