I love a great book tour for a great book! Kathreen Ricketson is know to many of you as the gal that runs http://whipup.net/ .. a fabulous site with loads of ideas! (psstt.. photo above snagged from Kathy Mack at Pink Chalk... I like her book pic better than my book pic... thanks Kathy!!)
The new book is "Little Bits Quilting Bee" and it's full of twenty wonderful projects for precuts!
BIG SHAPES.. holey moley look at those adorable BIG popcicles! And I love the tabs on the border too!
Since I LOVE to interview people ... I asked Kathreen to answer a few questions.. so get to know her better...... hang on!
This is one side of my studio (the neat side), I like to have this side kept a bit tidy so I can quickly make some thing on a whim! On the wall behind are a few vintage quilt squares for inspiration as well as other various snippets that I change and add to every now and again.
This room belongs to my 9 year old son Orlando. He is a big soccer fan, plays the guitar and likes to draw (on his wall!) The quilt that is on his bed is a simple quilt using Layer cakes, the directions for making this quilt appeared in Australian Woman's Weekly last year.
This room belongs to my 11 year old daughter Otilija. She loves Harry Potter and stuffed toys! On her bed is a homemade stuffed horse and a patchwork a love heart pillow. The quilt on her bed appears in the Little Bits Quilting Book - its her favourite quilt!
This cosy room doubles as the spare room/study/music room, the framed pictured on the wall is a sketch of me as a child - its a good likeness - my auntie did it. There is a bunting hanging up over the coloured glass - its made of vintage scraps.
The Family Room: This is one side - with a couple of cosy chairs I recovered with Ikea fabric - and the cushions are made using Cloth - an Australian brand of hand painted fabric which I love. My basket of yarn and crochet projects is within easy reach, and a quilt from the book (community garden) is hanging on the wall.
Lounge room: This view is the big comfy couch - with handmade crochet rugs, and soft squishy cushions, the quilt is the back of one from the book - behind are painting by my children and Rob's Didgereedoo!
Where did you learn to sew?
I learned to sew as a child - from my mother and grandmother. My grandma (her name was Gertrude) lived with us since I was 5 years old and she was an amazing woman who sewed all her own clothes (including underwear), she knitted her own sweaters and some for us too, she crocheted doilies all the time (I have her collection) and was a fabulous baker too (her sponge cake was divine).
I was her little apprentice, threading her machine when her eyes became bad, pinning things for her, pressing seams etc - thats where it all started. My mum sewed too - but she also worked full time - but weekends were crafty and thrifty - we would spend our weekends in the kitchen baking or in the garden or else it would be canning season or jam making day - and we would be there peeling, cutting and stirring whatever was needed.
My mother often left us to our devices and we were allowed to use the sewing machine and raid the scrap fabric bin - I think the first things I sewed were little patchwork cushions and clothes for my dolls. I remember my little brother actually used to make himself clothes, but I don't remember doing that myself until I was a teenager when I made my prom dress (ugh - hideous thing!).
what is your favorite color?
Red - deep blood red
What book are you reading right now?
Olivier and Parrot by Peter Carey http://petercareybooks.com/Parrot-Olivier-America
cheers and thanks Pat!
Want to win a copy of "Litte Bits"?
Leave me a comment by Saturday night telling me
Where YOU learned to sew
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Visit Kathreen at her site http://whipup.net/
Scroll back to visit the other blogs on the tour!
Monday, November 7 – The Long Thread (sample project review)
Tuesday, November 8 – Craft Nectar & Comfort Stitching (interview and review)
Wednesday, November 9 – luvinthemommyhood & Elsie Marley (reviews)
Thursday, November 10 – True Up (my five fave fabrics)
Friday, November 11 – House on Hill Road & Craftypod (reviews)
Next week there is more…
Monday, November 14 – Handmade by Alissa & Hello My Name Is Heather
Tuesday, November 15 – West Coast Crafty & Foxy Art Studio
Wednesday, November 16 – Patch Andi & The Last Piece
Thursday, November 17 – In Color Order & Pink Chalk Studio
Friday, November 18 – Camp Follower Bags & Quilts