Hello and welcome to Pat Sloan's Bloggy Love tour... But before we begin, I have to share my exciting news. Sorry Pat, but I have to be thrilled first and do some housekeeping first!
Thursday's Quilt Show word is: THIMBLE.
Come to the Down Under Quilts stand (which is right outside the actual quilt show) at 12pm, be the first to say THIMBLE to me and you will win tomorrow's Calico and Ivy fabric pack, which may or may not be Liberty.
Today was the first day of the show and on the first day of the show comes the judging. I like to enter quilts but I don't ever expect to win - my quilts are not hand pieced masterpieces that take 12 years to make so I just put them in for fun and so people can see them. Today, however I won.
I entered two quilts from my new book, Quilting: from little things. I won Fourth prize in my category, which is New Traditions from Old Favourites.
The Night Garden
And I also won a special prize, Best Reproduction Inspired by an Antique Quilt.
On with the bloggy love. The idea of this blog tour is that there are no prizes, no bells and whistles - just five bloggers linking to each other, all answering the same questions and getting their readers to find out about other terrific bloggers they may never have heard of before! Sound fun? Here we go....
1. What is the most interesting or unusual item in your studio?
Easy peasy. That would be this guy:
This is Bunny. Bunny was made for me by a sculptor who is a friend of the family. I had been showing her the very loved bunnies I made for my then very little boys - she was interested in their patched and patched bodies and their curvy shapes. I told her how I made the same bunny every time a friend had a new baby. Very soon after I had a huge car accident and was very nearly killed. Lindy heard about it and decided someone needed to make me a bunny too. Here is my Bunny. She made him just for me in her very distinct style, sent him to me in hospital and I love him very much. He stays in my studio.
2. Who would you like to hang out with for the day and why?
ooo that's a hard one. I can't think of just one so I'm going to cheat and have a dinner party. I promise, I'll cook! At the party would be Freddie Moran and Gwen Marston, my quilting heroes, because I would LOVE to meet them, gush over them like a total fan-geek and pick their brains.
Also at the dinner party would be Henri Matisse, Brett Whiteley and John Olsen, my favourite artists - difficult because two of them are dead. They would be there for interesting conversation, inspiration and general arty-ness.
Also present would be Hugh Jackman, to give me something pretty to look at. Although I'm sure he is very intelligent and witty and charming etc. But he wouldn't need to open his mouth.
Sting would provide relaxing dinner type music and Adriano Zumbo would do dessert. After all, I did the main. Want to come? Well you can't. My dinner table only seats ten :)
3. Give your Top Tip or a Tutorial:
So that's the Bloggy Love Tour from my end - make sure you go visit the other lovely Bloggy Love children here:
Have fun checking out new blogs everyone, and say hi from me!