Sunday, 24 April 2011

Fat Quarterly and a Birthday

Well today I have news.  Firstly a quilt I designed is going into Fat Quarterly, the wonderful e-zine for modern quilters, which goes on sale this week.  The theme of this edition is pre-cuts, which I love love love as some of you may have noticed.  And secondly, it was my Mum's birthday party yesterday and I want to show you what we gave her.

So firstly Fat Quarterly, imagine my excitement when Tacha asked me to design a pre-cuts quilt in Dr Seuss fabrics for their e-zine.  I have two boys so am always on the look-out for boy quilts.  Here is a sneak peek of Jack lying on the sofa just now snuggled up under his quilt which I called "Comic Strip" and which you will, I am afraid, have to wait until Wednesday for FQ to be issued, to see it in its full glory and to find out how to make it.

Sneak Peek of "Comic Strip" in the upcoming edition of Fat Quarterly

For her birthday, my Mum asked for a family tree quilt from her three daughters (I am the difficult middle one).  I made this using shot cottons on a soft paisley background and free motion quilted the names on.  We gave it to her yesterday and she loved it (or is a good faker).

Family Tree quilt for my Mum

As an extra surprise present, we gave her a set of the most beautiful Japanese handkerchiefs you have ever seen.  If I had the time at the party, I would have photographed every single one to show you - the colours are so soft and beautiful and each one has the most wonderful simple designs on representing a letter of the alphabet.  Here is a picture of them all lined up in a gift box we put them in.  Here is a link to the Japanese shop they come from although they do not ship them outside Japan.  


And here is a picture of my Mum holding up the "J" handkerchief to show to Ayumi  (one of the nicest and kindest people in quiltblogland and flickrland) who found these for us in the first place.  And yes, this is the UK and we are in the garden in t-shirts although I did spill coffee all down mine.  


28 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to your mum. The family tree quilt is priceless.
    Love the hankies too. What will your mum do with them? They are so special.

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  2. Your new quilt looks like a winner, can't wait to see all of it. And I love those handkerchiefs.

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  3. Awww what a great birthday your mum must have had! I'm sure she loves the beautiful family tree quilt you made. And the hankies - those are just YUMMY! I might have to collect them myself as well. Oh and the mug on the table is driving me nuts too. It's so English and pretty!

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  4. So beautiful! Your comic quilt and inclusion in Fat 1/4ly, your wonderful family tree quilt and those hankies are fabulous. Lovely

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  5. It doesn't get much better than that, except a clean top, but you wouldn't want us to think you weren't human eh!
    Well done, looking superb and Happy Birthday Mummy Quilts x

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  6. What a lovely day. Congrats on the quilt in Fat Quarterly...I'll look forward to seeing it. I'm also the difficult middle one of three....we can't be that bad or can we.

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  7. Your Comic Strip quilt looks super - always good to find boy ideas.....also agree Ayumi one of the sweetest bloggers around.

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  8. Happy Birthday to your mum. The family tree quilt is gorgeous and I love the shot cottons and your very neat fmq of the family names.
    Congratulations on your quilt and pattern in Fat Quarterly.

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  9. Happy Birthday to your mum Lynne! The Dr. Seuss quilt looks fab can't wait to see it in Fat Quarterly xx

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  10. Oh no another Quilt my Jack will want me to make for him ;) Congrats on the pattern and I love the Family Tree Quilt and the hankie look fab.

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  11. congratulations to you and Happy Birthday to Mom...

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  12. Love the tree Lynne and I'm not faking!

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  13. Your Dr Seuss quilt looks divine, can't wait to see the rest of it.

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  14. What a wonderful birthday!!!! Sunshine & family, a stunning quilt, hankies for 26 days in a row. That sounds really just perfect.

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  15. Your mum gets the BEST quilts (and hankies!); I hope she had a lovely birthday.
    Looking forward to seeing your comic strip quilt in all it's glory in FQ - it looks a lot of fun!

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  16. Can't wait to see your quilt in Fat Quarterly this week. Congrats! I love that tree quilt. A tree quilt is on my list of things I'd like to make someday, I just have to decide on a design.

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  17. Your Mum is one lucky girl!! The family tree quilt is a great idea. I've painted them before, but never thought about quilting one. The hankies are lovely.

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  18. Brilliant ! looks like a warm sunny day X

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  19. Congratulations on the Fat Quarterly quilt! I am so in awe of the quilt you made for your mom...I'll have to bookmark that because my mom would adore something like it!

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  20. I am so excited for you!!I can't wait to see it!

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  21. The family tree quilt is amazing! I love it!

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  22. Happy Birthday to your Mum and congratulations on the Fat Quarterly pattter!

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  23. What a post! I can't wait to see the FQ quilt, I love the family tree and the way you kept the design simple, and when I saw the herchiefs, I thought, "Ayumi! I wonder if Ayumi reads Lynne's blog. I must tell her about these." :-)

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  24. Happy Birthday to your mom. The family tree quilt is just beautiful. What a meaningful gift. Can't wait to see your pattern!! Congrats!

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  25. The family tree quilt is AMAZING!!!!

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  26. The family tree quilt is wonderful.

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  27. love this tree quilt (those hankies look pretty scrummy too)

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  28. LOVE the family tree quilt. Will be copying, pronto.

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