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.
One of my first duties when the sample yardage arrives is to check the delivery carefully.
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.
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.
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.
After many months of planning, paperwork and a screen test (!) I am really pleased to say that I am going to be making my very first live (!) TV appearance on Sunday 19th April at 1 pm (English time).
As you can imagine, the prospect of an hour talking and demonstrating on live TV is making me feel quite worried and a little bit excited too!
You can watch live on the Create and Craft website or tune in on these UK channels:
P.S. Unrelated but cute photo of Betty who used to sit on tables in her youth. She’s just celebrated her fourth birthday and is the best dog ever.
This stunning quilt has been made by Sue Oakley in my Hearty Good Wishes fabric to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust charity.
And whilst Sue has spent many, many hours at the sewing machine her brother-in-law Michael is doing his part by braving the elements and is sailing around Britain to raise funds for this worthwhile cause too!
You can read more about the amazing work this family are doing here.
I am pleased to say that all we need to do now is purchase a raffle ticket or two and hope to win the quilt!
Or you can donate here at their Virgin money giving page.
P.S. Make time to visit Milly’s blog- her drawings are exquisite.
My third fabric line for Moda, ‘More Hearty Good Wishes‘ is due in at a quilt shop near you any day now.
This is a continuation of my first line ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ (which is all but sold out now) and has four new coastal inspired designs in my favourite indigo and cream colour palette.
Here’s my little display area at Fall Quilt Market. I used the whales, gulls and fish templates from my ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ book to create some new quilts.
And you’ll be pleased to hear that the Jolly Whales quilt (top right) is available as a free pattern for you here.
Members of my email club received the free pattern for this gulls picture using a mini candy charm pack with this month’s newsletter.
If you haven’t already done so please join here.
Do you fancy winning a ‘More Hearty Good Wishes’ Layer Cake? Yes, I thought you might!
Simply leave me a comment and you’ll be entered to win.
The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and I will post the layer cake anywhere in the world.
You have until April Fool’s day to enter.
I’ve decided to stop being scared of knitting in the round. I want to knit socks, mittens and hats and possibly even a proper garment one day!
So, last time I was in London I took myself to Loop and asked the lovely ladies there to help me and help me they did.
First I was guided through the hat patterns and I chose the Effie beret from Quince and Co in my very favourite green.
Then I went downstairs to buy the daunting circular needles and the lady downstairs told me I had to learn magic loop, it was almost silly to learn anything else and besides it saves money and I could even knit 2 socks at the same time!
After a knitting demonstration and lots of assurances that I could possibly master this magic loop thingy off I went happy with my purchases.
Many, many attempts, youtube videos and increasingly bad tempered mutterings later I had cast on properly and was knitting in the round.
And then I got all blaise and blocked my beret having forgotten to knit a whole four and a half inches of rib…
So, I did rather a lot of frogging!
And started the whole process again, reading the actual pattern this time.
It was a steep learning curve but I must say I’m pretty proud of my green beret now!
And this year I plan to ‘optimize’- my energy, my surroundings, my business and all the myriad opportunities I am given.
My first optimizing challenge for 2015 is to de- clutter and tidy our house. Like many others I have been inspired by the charmingly eccentric Marie Kondo and her book ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’.
We are a family of hoarders, so this will be a long process.
But I have made an excellent start and now have a very tidy and organised studio to work in. If I did not love an item or know it to be essential it went out to find a new and loving home with my thanks (that’s one of the eccentricities in the book).
So, now my studio where I spend so much of my time is now a truly inspiring and comforting place to be.
We sent out the winter newsletter with this rather rotund penguin today. Henry, age 10 (our resident penguin expert) pattern tested for me and did a brilliant job as you can see (penguin onesie from Marks and Spencer).
If you’d like to join the club please subscribe here and we’ll send you your penguin.
The next newsletter will be sent in March 2015.
A proper grown up, professionally managed email club no less so please subscribe here to receive my welcome message which includes a free pattern for our ‘Hugo the logo’ club badge (all the best clubs have badges don’t they?)
I’m planning on sending quarterly newsletters with lots of perks for my club members.
Can I count you in?
Just before leaving for Quilt Market I made myself a couple of dresses from my ‘More Hearty Good Wishes’ fabric (shipping in March 2015) and I even remembered to take a photo of me wearing one of them taken in my ‘oh so glamorous’ hotel bathroom!
The pattern is the ‘Anna Dress’ from ‘By Hand London’, which is very well written and produced. I have 3 Anna dresses now (all with French seams!) and plan on making even more- I’d like to add some sleeves, but will need to learn how to draft some first!
I also made myself a belt to wear with them.
The dresses were washed when I came home and I’m pretty sure they’re still in the ironing pile…