Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Followers

I've tried not to be too focused on numbers when it comes to followers. The number of followers a site has doesn't always reflect the talent contained on the blog. I've seen some absolutely amazing blogs that don't have many followers. Also, I think it can sometimes stifle creativity to know that lots of people will be looking at your work. You may try to do what you think others will like, rather than going out on a limb and trying new things (I've been nervous putting some of my quilts or posts out there).

Having said that, I must admit I'm pretty chuffed that there's 500 of you following my little blog. Hopefully a bunch of you wont 'unfollow' now and put it below 500 again (that would be a little embarrassing)! Thanks to everyone who comments, adds photos to my flickr group, buys my patterns, emails me, visits here regularly and even those who visit once in a blue moon and just have a look around.You are the reason I continue to blog and write patterns. This blog is a great way to journal my quilting and occational family events, but I don't think I'd do it as regularly if no one came to visit.

So to celebrate and say 'thankyou' I'm having a quilt pattern sale. Half price on all of my pdf patterns for the next 48 hours. Just head to my downloadable patterns page. Cheers! Sale finished - thanks.


I'm off to the Darling Harbour Quilt and Craft Fair in the morning. Are you going? Can't wait!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

He's a keeper

... And that's a good thing because seven years ago today we were married for all eternity. I can't tell you how happy I am that I found Todd. It took a while, but I found him. He's a good man and I love him dearly. It's wonderful to be with someone that's on the same wavelength - it makes life not only easier, but happier, travelling it with him by my side. He understands me, warts and all, and often knows just the right way to handle a situation. The other day I got really frustrated with him (I can't even remember about what, probably something silly), and he just chuckled and kissed my hand. It felt nice and I couldn't help but smile back (mind you, that doesn't work every time :)).

Fortunately Todd is very supportive of me and puts up with my quilting shenanigans. He even gives some great suggestions from time to time. We pray together, work together and are raising our three kidlets together (he's a great dad). Todd's my best friend, my rock, and my home.  Now, if I can just convince him that I am always right, I'm sure the next 7 years will be even better than the last!

Happy anniversary honey!

This photo was taken just before we got married

By the way, keep an eye out for a pattern sale that will be coming up soon. Blink and you might miss it!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Stack and Slash Tutorial - "Through the Trees"

If you've had a look around my blog you would know that I love the "Stack and Slash" method of constructing quilts. Many (actually most) of my patterns employ this method, and I've made yet another fun one with a tutorial to go with it. I finally had a chance to cut into my stash of Nature Walk fabric by Cloud9. It's their price sensitive organic cotton range, and its absolutely beautiful to work with. I especially love the print with the red leaves.


Do you want to try a bit of "Stack and Slash" and make this easy peasy quilt - perfect for a picnic in the park? (At the moment, with a new baby, easy peasy is all I can manage - but I remind myself that sometimes less is more!)


I'm guest posting over at Chasing Cottons and you can find the tutorial over there right now as part of her amazing Quilt Class 101 series (I don't know how she does it all). Thanks so much for having me Becky (and for being such a wonderful friend)!

Chasing Cottons

And here's an out-take shot! You can see my brother, Matt, holding up the quilt. He's 6 foot 7, so you can see it's a pretty big quilt!


You can find my "Through the Trees" tutorial HERE.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Baby Blessing

Grace was blessed by her daddy today. She's such a treasure.




Life is good... and busy.

I feel the need to give back a little to those doing it tough. Cheryl over at Naptime Quilter has launched "Quilts Recover" - a wonderful initiative, providing finished quilts to communities ravaged by disaster.



I'd love to send over a quilt but living in Australia and Cheryl in Canada, I think the cost of sending over a finished lap sized quilt could be considerable. Cheryl has asked for completed quilts only. If I completed a quilt top, would anybody (who lives closer) be interested in adding the batting and backing, quilting it and sending it on? I'm sure we can find a way to work together :)