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  • November 22, 2021 Why I love books - part 2
    Why I love books - part 2 I’m one of the few lucky people in the world who grew up to be exactly what they wanted to be. When I was little I wanted to write books, draw pictures and be a teacher. And that’s what I do for a living - not in exactly the way my little mind envisaged - there’s a fair bit more fabric involved than I ever could have guessed. Having written 14 quilting books I still have the flame inside me to write more, and the ambition to write a novel, and a children’s book. One day, one day.
  • November 22, 2021 Why I love books - part 1
    Why I love books - part 1 My entire childhood, I dreamed of writing a book. At the age of three I could read words out of the newspaper to my mother. It’s one of my first memories, sitting on the kitchen step reading out the ones I knew while she stirred something on the stove, my baby brother on her hip. I would staple pages of folded craft paper and write little stories on the pages and illustrate the blanks between.
  • October 29, 2021 Gum Leaf Christmas Wreath Pattern
    Gum Leaf Christmas Wreath Pattern

    This Aussie themed Christmas wreath is quick and fun to make! It would be a lovely gift for someone, or make a few for all your family’s bedroom doors so Santa knows where you are.

    You can make it from beautiful wool felt as I have - or consider using the templates for a needleturn applique project. It would be a wonderful cushion!

  • October 29, 2021 New! The Christmas Crew embroidery pattern
    New! The Christmas Crew embroidery pattern

    Santa’s reindeer are ready and raring to pull the sleigh and deliver everyone's presents! This is a simple embroidery that has lots of lovely potential festive uses.

     I have used two strands of DMC embroidery thread for all the embroidery. The finished circle is 35cm (14 inches) in diameter.