When I first started quilting I never in a million years thought I would get to a point where I would design my own patterns or have anything I made appear in a magazine, but today sees two of those things happen in such an amazing way that it brings a tear to my eye if I stop and think about it. Nearly 2 years ago I woke in the middle of the night having dreamt of a quilt pattern inspired by Liquorice Allsorts that I had to make. I got out of bed, used my phone as a torch and stumbled through the house to my desk where I hurriedly scribbled down notes on what the pattern was.
I held on to those notes with a plan in my head about how I’d translate that dream into reality once I’d found the time. I look back at that sketch now and chuckle. It shows just how little I knew about quilt making and how truly horrible I am at quilt math, but it’s all mine and I love it. I did that sketch on the 16th September 2013.
Then last year when I was playing in Sewvivor I got the most amazing email from a lovely lady named Alice. Alice wrote to me to ask me if she could feature my blog in the magazine she worked for, Love Patchwork & Quilting. I still remember clear as a bell sitting at my sewing machine working on my Naughty-cal Weekender when my phone pinged with an email alert and I opened it to find that email there.
I don’t think I have ever moved so quickly up and out of my sewing chair and into the lounge room. I did a little happy dance as I told HUBBY about the email and raced to the computer to pen my reply (all the while hoping I sounded way cooler than the hysterical mess I was). Love Patchwork & Quilting did a really lovely piece on my blog and it’s still one of the things that sits on my inspiration board pushing me on when I’m feeling like I’m nuts for wanting to do what I do. …