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January 2021

The Christmas decorations have been put away and I can start a brand new year. Hopefully. this year will bring us some shows !

Last year brought me some challenges (as for everyone else) and it has been a learning curve.

I can now offer online classes, both in embroidery and appliqué, and even online trunk show ! I will plan few dates along the year for online classes, keep an eye on the website.

My garden has kept me busy, the zucchinis are filling the fridge and tomatoes are getting rounder. My chicken have a new coop, and the bees are busy. My best news for this year is my hubby starting is desensitisation treatment for bee sting…. it will be good to be 2 again to look after the girls. The garden is slowly changing looks, trying to make less work for me hence more time to create. When we first moved in 15 years ago I was happy to have a wild garden with bits here and there…. I will keep the bits in one spot now ! With the kids growing up and being less at home it’s hard to have free labor for the garden.

Last year with all that time on my hand I managed to make and finish few quilts, start few UFO’s (oops) and plan new ones. In the January issue of Quilter’s Companion you will find one of my project created in the middle of lockdown, which brought few challenges, you will find out more about it in the magazine. The magazine Today’s Quilter, in the UK, has ask for one of my creation, a new design, very exciting !

The picture below shows my latest pattern call “Jardin de Poche” ( pocket garden), made out of 1930’s and Liberty lawn fabrics and dotted with embroidery. It has been released and is available from my website only (for the present). It is a booklet with the acrylic template for the leaf. And there is room for you to write down some notes (like your choice of colour or a different stitch) as you are making it. It is a small and sweet project, one you can take anywhere with you to do.

There will be more surprises coming, I just need an extra pair of hands to write the patterns and make the kits !

I hope this year will bring us together again, I have missed meeting quilters in classes and see all the new projects, and the finished ones.

Until next time ,

Stay sane and keep sewing.

 

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Autumn 2020 had started so well

2020 had started so well for me. We had a lovely family holiday in Singapore, my son had started university and going back into good habit ( bed before 10.30pm and less computer games). My daughter passed her certificate for rope climbing and I had workshops ( here and overseas) planned as well as few shows and then the virus.

So now I have everybody home, son goes to uni (online) in pyjamas and daughter is climbing up the walls because she cannot climb anything else !

BUT looking on the bright side instead of choosing between gardening or updating my website or sewing I can do EVERYTHING. Keep an eye on the website as I am realising some patterns as download version.

I have also have join a UFO group from Red Thread Studio in the States and the big blue quilt, started 10 years ago, might get finished. I made it before designing and writing patterns and it has been tormenting me since, as well as my daughter ( it will be hers)

My blocks for the Dutch Sew along Dutch project are done. It was an interesting experience as I am more of an appliqué person than a machine pieced one, loved some of the blocks and some not so much.

“Pêle-Mêle , the final” is nearly completed (yes!), pictures will be posted on Instagram, quite few surprises on that last one.

Patience is the keyword, we all have few projects to complete and soon the day will come when will be able to resume our day to day lives and complain about the lack of time.

In the meantime stay home and safe

Cheers

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Still Winter, Still Wet

First a big apologies to all my customers who have place an order on the website. I have moved to a new version of WordPress and new look, and we (my IT person and me) didn’t to tick some of the boxes and cross the other ones…. anyway it is all running now and ready for you.

On a personal note my daughter has come back from a month in Switzerland ( so nice to have her again) and my son is up to his ears in getting ready for final exams..

As for quilting I am currently working on few (too many) projects at once, one of them with bees (that’s the only tit bit of information you’ll get!) which I cannot put down…. so much fun.

I had never mentioned it ( still amazed) but Di Ford-Hall has appointed me to look after her class at Sewn and Quilted and the shop will be running a fundraising event for the Leukaemia Research Foundation, jump online to see how you can help

http://www.sewnandquilted.com.au  or email fundraising@sewnandquilted.com.au

Anyhow today is still too cold to do anything in the garden so back to sewing 🙂

Cheers

    Our little bit of ” Stardust”