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I have had a lovely few hours of stitching time this past weekend.  It is good to get back to my latest work in progress …

Current work in progress - coming along slowly.

Current work in progress – coming along slowly.

The photograph does not show the delicate colours very nicely, but you get the idea. It is actually laid out on the doona on the guest room bed which may have inspired a plan for the background of my quilt.

My other handwork achievement for this weekend was a lovely piece of applique. While working on this I had happy memories of my weekend of stitching with Carolyn Konig at her Winter Wonderland classes. Again, my photography was done quickly today so the colours are over exposed.  They are strong and rich in real life. Next I have to make the border of hand pieced stars.  SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Carolyn’s shop and classroom is so light and airy and comfortable, and the classes are conducted around an enormous wooden table.  Carolyn is inspiring … as a look at her awesome book will reveal …

Designs from Carolyn Konig's book - Creating Heirlooms

Designs from Carolyn Konig’s book – Creating Heirlooms   www.motifbyhand.com


Carolyn is a generous teacher with lots of wisdom and experience to share. I especially appreciate her quest for perfection in everything she does, and admire her boundless energy.

I have just moved house again … move number 20 in 33 years of marriage, and that is not counting a few moves in and out of apartments for temporary relocations and the coast house. While some have been better than others, none have been easy. On the plus side, the new house has a nice studio space and office for my fabric retail business which is coming together nicely. With new stock arriving regularly, I look forward to opening for personal visits during select hours or by appointment in the near future.

Shamelessly, I will take that very loose segway … talking of the future, Christmas is not that far away. I have been on searching for a Christmas fabric range to stock. I had nothing specific in mind; just looking for a range of designs and colours that appealed. This is what I have decided on:

A Merry Little Christmas by Zoe Pearn

A Merry Little Christmas by Zoe Pearn

Would you like to win a Layer Cake (42 10″ x 10″ squares) of this fabric range –  just send me a comment answering the question below:

What will you be sewing for Christmas this year …  a quilt, Santa sacks, stockings, Advent calendar, Christmas napkins, placemats, table runners, wine bottle bags, gift bags, pincushions, pillowcases, cushion covers, totes, wall hangings, ornaments, decorations, aprons, a dress for a little girl, pyjamas for a little boy?

Winner will be announced next weekend. I will post to anywhere for a good answer!

Thanks for dropping in. Please do take the time to visit my shops: www.motifbyhand.com   or    www.etsy.com/shop/Motifsbyhand

Take care and happy stitches.