Sunday, 13 November 2011

Winner of the 100 Block Magazine Blog Tour is.......! And a note to you all from Nel

Home Quilt! Congratulations. I will be getting all your goodies off to you next week. There were so many of you who very kindly commented it was a bit overwhelming THANK YOU SO MUCH! As I have to make three Christmas cakes today, as the fruit has been soaking a bit to long. I will try to reply to some of you, who had queries but alas can't promise to manage everyone. So please know how much I appreciate it you dropping by and I look forward to keeping in touch.

The exhibition up at Ripley of my originals is going well. Thanks to all of you who have visited so far. I love spending my Saturdays up there much easier than doing the jobathon at home. I will post some pics shortly , after doing the Christmas cakes as they need to cook for 5 hours!!!!!!

I am so excited today the first strikeoffs of Katharine's Wheel , my third range, arrived and I AM SO PLEASED WITH THEM. I so want to put them on my blog but as a few of the patterns need just a few tweaks I am going to try to be's very hard though as I can already see bags and quilts and all sorts of things that I want to make.
Anyway here are a few pics as couldn't leave without putting some up. They are of our annual visit to Thorpe Perrow Aboretum. Which is just such a beautiful place.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Happy Go Lucky Block in this issue of 100 Block Magazine Issue 4

Hi everyone from a rather grey North Yorkshire! It's great to have my first block in 100 Block Magazine Issue 4.

I am a fine artist and so all my textiles are inspired by original paintings. I am always very happy when I paint and so it seemed appropriate to call my first range Happy Go Lucky. I work in pastels and oils and  then take elements of my original paintings and create textiles designs for Freespirit.

Happy Go Lucky is my first range of fabrics with Freespirit so it's  all been rather exciting to say the least. Here are a few pictures we did of Happy Go Lucky in my friends garden.
 I love block quilts and although I am relatively new to quilting and all the joys of it, I love the way blocks when combined together make new patterns. 

The quilt above was fussy cut so you end up with the lovely flowers in each square. A border was then added again to add a further dimension to the quilt. The whole range can be seen at Cottonpatch
If you would like to see more of my originals then please go to
If you would like to win a copy of the issue of 100 Block Magazine along with some other goodies including beautiful file dividers and the new 2012 Calendar and diary,

If you would like to win a copy of the issue of 100 Block Magazine along with some other goodies including beautiful file dividers and the new 2012 Calendar and diary, then please just add a comment and I will choose a winner on Saturday.

 Here are some pictures of the rest of Happy Go Lucky that we took in my friends garden. I wish it was our garden!


The colours used in my block are from the blue colourway of Happy Go Lucky and include Polly Poppitt which was inspired my daughters stripy tights. Often it's little things that inspire me from  colours I see together to treasured moments in life, it all plays it's part. 

FREE PATTERN There is a free Happy Go Lucky Doorstop pattern if you would like to make it just click on the cat on this link and it will download automatically. Happy sewing!

My new range Sleeping Beauty has just launched in Houston and we have been showing it in London too. This is our stand in London last weekSo it has been a very busy couple of weeks. Let me know where you find Happy Go Lucky fabric as I would love to know and by all means send me pics of what you have made with it and I will put them on my blog. Look forward to hearing from you and hope you win the give away,  warm wishes Nel xx

Friday, 4 November 2011

Exhibition Starts at Chantry House Gallery 5th-20th November 2011

Well how time flies and it's already November and Chantry House Gallery Exhibition at Ripley Nr Harrogate, starts tomorrow and it only seems a few days since we came back from Brand Licensing in London. I will be up at the gallery every saturday for the next three weeks so that's the 5th,12th and 19th. So it would be great to see you all. I always have such a nice time with Chris Braddon up at the gallery. It's so nice to see my work all hung so beautifully. In fact I will take some pictures tomorrow and post them up for you to see.

 In the meantime Helen made some fabulous things using Sleeping Beauty fabric at the Brand Licensing Show in London and we had interest from all over the world including Russia, Belgium, Italy, USA and Ireland. So we have been very busy following up from the show. At home it has been rather hard work as we have been having some much needed maintenance done on the house and it has opened up a huge can of worms so we are currently into our third leak in the lounge and second gas leak. So going up to the Gallery all day tomorrow away from drying out carpets and chaos will be very nice in deed!

 Oh yes I must mention I have a block in the latest 100 block magazine and will be doing a guest blog post and giving a way a free issue of the magazine on the 10th November. So I'll tell you about my block then. But look out for it soon.