Blog takeover!


Hello, it’s Betty here.

Some of you may already know me but in case you don’t I’m Janet’s dog and I am very pleased to have finally been given the opportunity to tell you about all the work I do here behind the scenes.

Preparing for Quilt Market is always a busy time for us and this show we’re introducing our fourth fabric collection called ‘Nocturne’, which is inspired by the night sky.

I really like this one because hanging around in the back garden just before Janet goes to bed is one of my favourite parts of the day.nocturne

One of my first duties when the sample yardage arrives is to check the delivery carefully.

It comes all the way from Japan you know, and I always find it smells very interesting indeed.Checking delivery

Janet generally has a good think about what to do with all the fabric next and then I help Tony make sense of all her drawings, notes and measurements and we turn them into proper patterns on the computer.writing patterns

When the quilts are finally sewn (this can take days) I like to help with the binding.

It’s very relaxing sharing a sofa for all those hours and the quilts really are very comfortable.

You can tell I’m a designer’s dog because I am often covered in threads!binding

And then, we get to my favourite part of the quilt market preparations- the photo shoot. This is such fun!quality controlphoto shoot

But the most important part of my work is always being there for a quick cuddle when my designer gets a bit weary.

Well, it’s been lovely chatting to you all.


Betty x
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12 Responses to “Blog takeover!”

  1. PendleStitches Says:
    April 30th, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    That last picture is marvellous.

  2. Megan Says:
    April 30th, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Good work Betty. Carry on.

  3. Catherine Says:
    May 1st, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Your dog looks adorable and such a hard worker too. Nocturne looks interesting. I cannot wait for it to hit the shops.

  4. Joan Says:
    May 1st, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Your new fabric collection looks great! Love those navy and grey colors. What a lovely dog Betty is, too.

  5. Andy LW +Ruby the dog Says:
    May 1st, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Betty, I am allowed on the old quilt on my owners bed but not the new quilts. However, I do like to have a turn on the foot pedal when Andy isn’t looking! You look a very good assistant.
    Many woofs from Ruby the chocolate lab

  6. jo Says:
    May 1st, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I think you should have a go at designing Betty, I think foot prints would make great fabric!

  7. Hildy Says:
    May 2nd, 2015 at 9:33 am

    You’re such a good dog, Betty, and a beauty!

  8. sarah-jane down the lane Says:
    May 3rd, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Hello Betty – Buster here, listen, I don’t often come out and say this but I wanted you to know that I am a fan, I have a very soft spot for Flat Coats and if you ever what to come and hang out, you know join me for a sniff and truffle Down the Lane you’d be most welcome. PS I am also really good at road testing quilts, woof!

  9. Eva Says:
    May 4th, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Awww…what a lovely sweet Fur Baby.

    “Who can believe there is no soul behind those luminous eyes” – ANON

  10. Jane W. Says:
    May 6th, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Beautiful Betty – what a happy girl!

  11. Judith Says:
    May 14th, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Janet , you are so lucky to have such a delightful assistant.
    Chester & Bertie send Betty their very best wishes and wonder when she is going to be on the television!

  12. Karen L. Says:
    May 27th, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Betty! You did a great job with your blog post. I used to own a dog that looked a lot like you and she was lovely also. Her name was Matlida. I do miss her.

    Janet, I just found your books, fabric collections, and blog. I am thrilled to have stumbled upon them all. Your designs all speak to me as I too love nature and the “patterns” that can be found there. I look forward to reading more about you and seeing your work. Just lovely!!! Now I am wondering if I can get your TV appearance in the US? Hope so! Would love to hear you talk about your work.

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