Yep this is my 100th post but as explained in my last post it wont be the celebration post just yet .... however, there are a couple of things to celebrate since my last post! First up Mai from Handmade by Mai left my 3000th comment when she stopped by last week. I will be sending Mai a couple of patterns as my monkey making time is totally taken up at the moment with my current quilt.
Next up and thanks to the old random number generator blogless Chriss Jasper who left the 110th comment for the last post will be receiving the How Does your garden growpattern. Chriss is a regular visitor and commenter so I am thrilled to be sending her a little something.
Finally blogless Megan has collected on the giveaway pattern for being the first person to contact me after buying one of my patterns from Hettie's Patch!
Thanks to everyone who left a comment to that last post! I feel quite guilty that there were so many comments for just one pattern so I have decided to increase the number of patterns that I will give away, by one, for each of the next few posts leading into the eventual 100th Surprise Party Celebration (that name is so lame ... sorry but i can't think of anything else to call it ... just know that I am cringing as I write it!). So for this post I will give away two of the How does your garden grow patterns but you must comment on this post by Sunday the 28th of June at midnight Australian EST.
Thanks also for sharing with me your sewing machine loves and hints! I am going to give that left foot, foot pedal a go this week and I will let you know how it works out. I am very lucky to have my machine and there is no doubt that it has helped with my technique ... just as my 440 had done before it. However, nothing beats practice & persistence when it comes to trying to master any skills!
So what have I been doing this past week? Well .... I finished of the trapunto phase of my current quilt & have gotten back into the last of the hand sewing. Hopefully it will be ready for sandwiching by Wednesday and then I will be on the downhill run!
I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Jan, from Sewjourn, for lunch on Thursday. I am always very nervous when meeting up with fellow bloggers because I am not a very social body. Usually prefer the safety and the comforts of home and the solitude of my own company. However, after saying that, rarely have I met anyone in this blogging community that I have not thoroughly enjoyed the company of. Probably it's because we all share similar interests which is what has drawn us to each other in the first place.
Anyway ... as I was saying I met Jan on Thursday and handed over my bits and pieces for the Bushfire Quilt Hanging that turned out to be a great success on Saturday.
photo taken from Sewjourn
It was so nice to meet the people and who have worked so hard to get this project to this stage.
photo taken from Sewjourn
It was also great to see my ... Jodie's dress ...
and the beautiful textile art by Kaye Shanks.
photo taken from Sewjourn
I also enjoyed meeting so many of you who have gotten to know me and my little family by visiting this space. Thank you so much for saying hello and for the great encouragement ... it is always good to have one's ego stroked!
You also can't go very far these days without catching up with a blogger or two ... good to see you Lisa - I hope you managed to tame your savage beast! It was also good to see Bronwyn again ... twice in as many days, as we also met up in the waiting to be cut line at the Patchwork House sale. Bronwyn's photos & round-up of the quilt hanging is well worth a visit too by the way!
If you came along I hope you enjoyed it ... so many amazing women have given so much time and effort to help others. An amazing effort by some very generous women!
Jan and I did discuss the possibility of holding a weekend workshop at Sewjourn... what do you think? We haven't made any arrangements as yet but I would be interested to know if any of you would like to come along and spend a weekend with Jan & I and our sewing machines? If this is something that you might be interested in, please contact me here. If it turns out that there is enough interest we can look at making a plan for early in 2010.
Oh and I have to share with you a new addition to our family who arrived on our door step last week like a typical British tourist ...
... this my friends ... is Elle and isn't she delightful!!! She's boarding with Miss Megan after leaving home a couple of weeks ago.
She has become a very loved member of our household so we were thrilled when she told us that she had decided to immigrate!! Now if only she could convince the rest of her family!!!!
I also found myself among some of Sarah's favorite things last week .... fancy being one of Sarah's favorite things ... of course I had to pop back and check on it at least a couple 100 times to make sure she hadn't made a mistake ;) but nup there I am .... thanks Sarah!
One more thing before I go ... I am after a collection of natural linens something like the one that I used for the bird cage. I kind of like that texture that this one has ...
... if you have seen anything that might be what I am after or know where I could look please let me know ... thanks!
That's it! Now I'm headed back to my sewing. Enjoy your week guys!
PS If you can't manage to imagine your life without a gorgeous bunny like Elle make sure you go visit Lisa ... you wont be sorry ... isn't she cute!!!!!
PSS Forgive me if there are more than the usual errors in this post ... I have been hit by a cruel virus and I feel like crap. After examining me this morning my Doctor gave me a prescription but refused to give me some time off work!!! I think I need a new Doctor!!!! Are you reading this Doc? ;)