I wanted to take time out and wish my readers the best for the holiday season.
Like my readers I am preparing for the Holidays. Not only have we been doing the usual gift shopping and cooking but when we came back from our recent trip our garden had turned into a jungle. For those in the northern hemisphere just a reminder I am in Australia. It’s our summer and our garden is in full growth! Downunder the holidays usually entail outdoor entertaining. While we were away we had one of the wettest Springs on record which meant the grasses were out of control when we came home. Not only did we need to blitze the yard for visitors, but when grass and weeds stand as high as me it is major fire risk too. So to cut a long story short I have been very busy since we returned!
What is coming up next Year?
To be honest I am not sure yet. Of course the big news is that my book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design will be out mid year. It is currently in the hands of the publisher. I can’t explain how excited I am about this. I know everyone says it is exciting but it really is! I think about it and get a big silly grin on my face. I try not to look like an idiot … but there you are.
Next year I will continue to run the TAST challenge as so many people enjoy it. I cant quite believe how many people on facebook follow TAST – but to my total delight, they do. I really love the creative interpretations of some of the stitches that I propose. It gives me a tremendous thrill to see what people do with the stitches I propose.
A little news about a Stitch along …
There is a stitch along that my readers will be interested in. It is being run by Pam Kellog of Kitty and Me Designs. Pam calls it the Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along, and posts several designs each week. There are no rules, no time frame, work in any colour or with any thread you choose, and participation is free. You can work at your own pace, skip when life gets busy or if a band does not take your fancy then it’s OK to skip. (This sounds like just the sort of stitch along I like!)
Pam is working in panels that are 6 inches wide recommending that people use 14 count Aida or 28 count evenweave over 2 fabric threads. Regular readers will know that my band sampler is 6 inches wide. Later in the year I plan on interspersing some of Pam Kellog’s patterns with my own designs and experiments on my own band sampler. I thought I would give readers the heads up as the designs are really nice – check them out here. As I have said they can be worked evenweave fabric or if you use waste canvas you can incorporate them in crazy quilting.
Thanks for the photo goes to Jerry who took it while we were on our trip. He is currently writing up our travel tales on his blog The Fogwatch. If you are interested in our 800 km walk (500 miles) across Spain, retold with pics, make a cuppa and pop over there and check it out it was and amazing life changing experience that I am still thinking about!