Firstly there was the news of the arrival of that beautiful little baby that I get to claim as my first grandchild (the daughter of our Japanese host son from 2004 which I shared yesterday here)
There was also a parcel containing a book from the USA - Sew Illustrated by Minki Kim and Kristin Esser published by Stash Books.
Some time ago Kristin (from They Grow Up too Fast blog) contacted me and asked me if I would be prepared to pattern test for this new book. I was tickled to be asked and said yes of course. I chose to make the House Zipper Pouch (found on page 89 in the book) and was able to provide them with feedback on the process. Its the first time I've ever done that. The hardest part was keeping quiet about it for so long. Now I can crow about it. I was planning on buying the book (after entering the give away that Frances was running on her blog The Off Kilter Quilter but then Kristin got back in contact to say they would like to send me a copy of the book as a thank you. Wow.
And now here it is.
My new book
Signed by both authors
and a mention in the acknowledgements
Its a darling book and I am hoping to make more of the designs from the book. I want to make another zipper pouch cause I think it is so cute.
My efforts from a year or 2 ago. I've used it a bit so its not quite as perky and well shaped as it was... and I don't think I used the proper stiffening. Still.. I love it
If you aren't lucky enough to win a book (or be given one by the amazing authors he he ) then you can purchase it here on Amazon