Seasons Greetings

Seasons greetings photoI 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.

Travel tales

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!

Seen the cover of my book and it gave me goosebumps!

crazyquiltdesign-coverHi all just a quick heads up to say I am back home, over the jet lag, done the hum drum bits like unpacking and the washing and started to tackle the over grown garden. But that is all mundane stuff and boring.

I have 2 pieces of exciting news. The first is that I have seen the cover of my book! I am sharing it with you. I have also been checking the edits etc. The title will be The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches Stunning Results. The book has been in the hands of my publisher (C&T) and they have been doing their magic. It is due to be published mid year in 2017 and I am already excited about it.

Other news is that I have my shop back online. Both sets of my templates are available. If you are ordering or a gift please remember I am in Australia and of course this is the holiday season so order quickly to meet the date.


Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here

Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here


In a Minute Ago a site about journaling

image for in a minute ago Hi everyone – I have some news I am excited about as I have re-launched In a Minute Ago as a site which explores contemporary journals and journaling techniques and turn it into a resource site that offers techniques and ideas that people can have fun with.  Contemporary Journaling often combines visual elements such as sketching, collage, printmaking, and photography with text.  Journaling is heavily influenced by the book arts and artist books. Some journals explore the format of the book with pages that fold out, or have concertina pages, while others hold memorabilia in constructed pockets.All sorts of interesting things are happening in the journaling community so I have decided to track this topic on In a Minute Ago.

Why? There is nothing like a road trip to get me thinking. Sitting 5-6 days driving in one direction, visiting family and then turning around and driving back for another 5-6 days meant I thought about what was satisfying about keeping a blog and why I was doing it. I knew my old site needed attention and decided to re-launch In a Minute Ago and this morning I have made a video on how to choose a journal.

Visit In a Minute Ago I hope to see you there

Time for a Cuppa

photo of me on training walkJerry and I are going off on a bit of an adventure walking the  Camino de Santiago which is a 500 mile (800 Kilometres)  pilgrimage walk from St Jean Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago in Spain. It will probably take us about 5-6 weeks to walk it. Other travels involve seeing friends in the UK and Europe. We will be away a good few months.

I can’t guarantee that I can get to your emails or messages as quickly as I normally do. I’ve closed the online shop and will be re-opening the store in the first week in December.

Take a Stitch Tuesday  (TAST)  will continue with prewritten posts scheduled to be published each Tuesday. When I can I will be checking out what people do , as love seeing some of the inventive ways the stitches are used.

As I travel  I will share textile related adventures on Pintangle. I am travelling in Holland, France, the UK, and Basque country in Spain who all have amazing embroidery traditions. I will stay on topic (ie textiles) as I think that although people say they want holiday photos they are being polite.

In a minute Ago has been relaunched as a blog about journaling and journal techniques. If you are wanting more of my travels and travel sketches I will share them on the new re-launched In a Minute Ago.  Jerry who is far better travel writer than I am,  will sharing his photos and trip experiences on his blog  The FogWatch. All of the blogs have a ‘follow’ function so you can get email updates delivered to your inbox as they are published.