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Friday, April 12, 2013

Look what arrived in the mail...

After inhaling a winter's worth of dust while "Spring cleaning" (despite a steady snowfall outside) Mr. Outback's office area this morning, I am treating myself to this...

Yes! in my hot little hands - Di Ford's new book - a late birthday present to myself. This has got to be one of the most beautifully published quilt books ever.

I have long coveted this particular pattern - Drayton Hall - and here it is complete with instructions (both in English and French).

But wait! There's more....


And....

And....

Sixteen gorgeous projects in all. Plus lovely side notes to accompany each one. Can you tell I am just a tad excited? I will take the summer months (if they ever arrive) to choose a first quilt and gather special fabrics. Working from this stunning collection could keep a quilter going for 10 lifetimes!

Paper templates and pattern pieces...

There is a special connection - though distant. While on an Australia quilt tour with Doreen Speckman in 1994, we were hosted by the Waverly Patchworkers of Melbourne. Di was (and still is) a member of that group and all of us spent 2 days being shown the amazing sights in their area. That included a trip to Primarily Patchwork, the quilt shop owned at that time by Di.

This is one of my photos taken while we enjoyed a picnic in one of the spectacular parks. Di is on the left. Wonderful memories and it seems we have "met" again through her book.

If you love 19th century inspired quilts - you will treasure this book (published by Quiltmania)


Happy stitching everyone

Pat - in quilter's paradise.


 

14 comments:

Aunt 'Reen said...

I'm drooling over your shoulder Pat! That book of quilts looks pretty amazing.

How fun to share a fond memory of meeting the author as well. Makes it that much more special!

I'd love to get my hands on a copy of that book too! ENJOY!

Susan said...

I too am drooling. This one is on my shopping list too, so many gorgeous projects. And signed too, lucky you.

Pondside said...

What a treat, indeed! Your happiness and anticipation fairly jump off the screen. The thought of a wonderful project is such a treat. Enjoy!

Sue said...

I am excited to get this book myself. It just looks wonderful!

Raewyn said...

This book looks so gorgeous - I can see why you got it - and I think I Need one too!

Maureen said...

What special memories! I'd love to get my hands on that book. Where do you get Quiltmania books in the US? I've never seen them for sale.

CATHERINE DANIEL said...

Wow! That book looks gorgeous. I am a beginner quilter and just love looking at pictures of quilts - I could be quite happy just collecting quilt books and never making any! Can't wait to see what you make. xCathy

Every Stitch said...

I have my copy too - and I agree it is amazing! So many patterns, so little time :)
Hilda

Lynn said...

Di's new book looks like it's a real winner! I just found your blog and enjoy it. I'll be back.

Kindred Quilts said...

In quilter's paradise... as you should be! How will ever decide on your first project???

Sharon said...

Mine is coming, I got my LQS to bring in a few. Glad you like it, can't wait to see all the great patterns.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Love the book! Love your shelties even more! Thanks for visiting me today!
Hugs,
Coralie

Carla said...

I can't wait to see which pattern you choose to be your first from the book. Shopping for fabric will be so much fun, like looking for little pieces of art to complete your own masterpiece. This book looks so inviting that I may just start quilting one day. For now I will just live vicariously through your work.

It was good to see you over at my blog, come by anytime you need that flower fix!

Carrie P. said...

really nice book. I do like that wedding quilt.