We'd better have first things first! I'm sure you will want to know who won my '400 Giveaway'.
The Random generator chose Number 57 - Susie.
The parcel of goodies will soon be winging its way to Melbourne.
Thank you to everyone who participated. I enjoyed reading your lovely comments which were all so encouraging.
Now it's time to give you Pattern 8 of the free BOM "Consider the Lilies".
This is the section for this month:
and when it's joined to Pattern 7, we have Block 3 complete:
and that's three quarters of the quilt done:
As usual, the pattern can be downloaded from my website here.
Patchwork & Stitching magazine decided to do a profile on me this month. It's five years since they did the last one, so they wanted to reflect on how my craft has progressed.
It was a good exercise for me to think about the last five years, where I'd come from, what I've learned, how I've developed. I quite enjoyed the process. I think my designs have improved, people tell me I have developed my "own style" (though I'm not really sure what it is!), I am much freer to think outside the square and do things differently and I have made so many friends along the way. It's been a good five years! I am forever grateful to the editor who commissioned my first project and started me on my design career. If my first submission had been rejected, I probably wouldn't have tried again!
The profile is in Vol 12 No 5 if you are interested in reading the blurb.
At the moment I have paint all over my hands (and probably elsewhere if I looked closely). I finally got round to painting our garage door. It was purple! Now I love purple, but not on my house!
Two coats later and it is now a nondescript cream blending in rather than standing out like a sore thumb! I really didn't need the garage door to be a feature of the front yard! It will need one more coat then it will be time to tackle the gates and dividing fences which are - you guessed it - also purple! I'll do an "after" photo when it's all finished.
I know you will love seeing Tracee's fabulous interpretation of my "All my Lovely Sewing Things" wall hanging. Just look at this:
I love those colours. In fact, I like it better than my original!
And Tracee has used this little fellow as her Profile Pic on Facebook: