Seasons Greetings


You have to imagine this – Here I sit in my twirly chair with a big silly grin on my face, the chair is going round and round and I am waving to all corners of globe. It’s the silly season I am allowed to be silly. I want to wish everyone all the best for the holiday season. I hope you have wonderful and safe times. Like my readers I am preparing for the Holidays. Not only have we been doing the usual gift shopping and cooking but also walking regularly and since I am in Australia it’s our summer so I have been out in the garden enjoying the season. These poor kangaroos were photographed by Jerry last winter.

Looking back and looking forward

It has been a very eventful year for me. Of course the biggest thrill has been the release of my book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results. It has had a wonderful reception. I can’t really explain how satisfying it has been. Every time I think of it I smile. Honestly at the time of writing I doubted my sanity but now I try not to look like an idiot smiling so much. Now of course I am thinking of my next one.

Another book? Your ideas wanted

I have just started the process of proposing another book – in fact it is the stitch dictionary added to, expanded and profusely illustrated with samples. Lots of eye candy in other words. I would love to hear what readers think of as the perfect stitch dictionary. Do leave comments and let me know as it will shape what I write. The project is at the proposal stage so it will be a while but I am excited and energised about it.


Early in the year Jerry wrote up our travels about our long 800 kilometre (500 miles) walk across Spain. You can read about here. The news is that this coming year we are going to do it again! We will travel in the Northern Spring. Pintangle will be pre-written and set to publish so dont worry about missing out on TAST or other goodies as post will appear as they are scheduled.

We aslo went to Kuching for the Urban Sketchers Asia Sketch walk. It was a great week sketching the city. We took advantage of the trip and went to Cambodia to see the temples at Angkor Wat. I did a bit of sketching there and had a wonderful time. Sketching is not something I write about on Pintangle but I love sketching on location and hope to do some more of it next year. Cambodia was a real bucket list item but now I want to go again!  (Click on the image to see a larger version)

What else is coming up next Year?

2020 crazy quilt block 3 by Sharon BoggonWe have two challenges running next year the first is 2020 challenge. So no doubt I will be busy.  The idea is to make a crazy quilt using 2020 different items by the end of the year 2020. You will find all the details on the 2020 Crazy Quilt Guidelines page. Its fun and I am enjoying posting my blocks immensely. You will find them all and their patterns free in the 2020 Crazy quilt Archives

The TAST challenge restarts up next too! There has been many new members in the Facebook group which is now well and truly over 4000 people. I really love to see the creative interpretations of some of the stitches that I propose. This year TAST is a little different as I am running two versions of TAST concurrently. The regular TAST starts upon the 2nd but for people who have done TAST before or are experienced embroiderers we are adding another level to TAST –  Beyond TAST! Details about both versions of the challenge are on the TAST guidelines page.

In the meanwhile over the years I have supplied a few free resources at this time of year but this year I have been a bit pushed for time so I decided to bit a round up of resources that are already on the site but easily get burried. I really do appreciate my readers and I like to say thanks.

Here are some free hand embroidery patterns which I hope readers enjoy.

Free Christmas tree pattern coloured

Free Christmas tree patternThis  free hand embroidery pattern of Christmas trees you can outline the trees in stem stitch or chain stitch and there is plenty of spaces for beads and sequins if you want to add them. I have also made it available in PDF file format so you can print it out easily. Download the PDF file here Christmas-free-hand-embroidery-pattern

screenshot of tutoral

Here is another free patterns that can be outlined in stem stitch or chain stitch and as usual I have left plenty of spaces for beads and sequins if you want to add them.

For crazy quilters

There are many other free resources on this site but probably one of the most useful resources for crazy quilters is a tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams. I have a screenshot (left) of one of the 17 page mini ebook. Here is the  download  and keep it as an ebook on a tablet, or print it out easily.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Anyway I hope people enjoy these offerings and I want to wish all my readers a happy holiday season and all the best for the new year. I hope everyone finds some quiet time for stitching. See you back here on the 2nd when TAST starts up again!

Just a quick note

Just a quick note folks as I am getting emails asking why Pintangle has gone quiet. It’s nice to know people notice so a little catch up.

First up I went to Kuching in Borneo for the Asia Link sketch-up meeting. It was a wonderful week.

After that  we went on to Cambodia mainly to see the temples at Siem Reap. Angkor Wat has been on my bucket list for years. We were away for a few weeks and I had an amazing time sketching. I thought I would share a couple of photos from my travel journal/sketchbook.

It was really a wonderful holiday. But …

there is always a but …

I have picked up a very nasty flu and have been quite sick. I have been so sick I have not even been stitching! For people who know me that is unheard of. I am on the mend but it’s knocked me around a good bit and at the moment have zero energy.

So until I feel my old self I will taking a bit of time off blogging. I am still around doing email, facebook etc but I will just take a little break from Pintangle updates. So don’t worry all is fine and for those who have written to me thanks for your concerns I appreciate it.

Great review of my book

screenshot of reviewI am really chuffed this morning – in fact bouncing around the house with glee as Mary Corbett over on Needle ‘n thread has reviewed my book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results. I know that sounds a mouthful but Mary has written a detailed review discussing the key sections of the book and what she found useful. Anyone who is thinking about purchasing the book can see the quality of the book, Mary describes the approach I take to the subject and what aspects of crazy quilting it covers.

Anyone who reads Mary Corbett’s book reviews regularly you will know that at the end of each review she lists both pros and cons which is hallmark of her reviews. Both pros and cons are always fair and to the point. Needless to say I was interested to see what she had to say. I nearly fell off my chair when I read:

“A terrific book! And on so many levels!
All pros, no cons.”

Thank you Mary for such a good review !

If you want to read it make a cuppa and follow the link to Guide to Crazy Quilting book review

You will find my book  The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results here