Donna and I have a friend who is due to have a baby in January, and it is a tradition of ours to make a quilt (me) and lots of gorgeous matching practical baby accessories (Donna) for the new arrival. This time we decided to use some of my large stash of Heather Ross Far, Far Away II fabrics. At about the time this was decided, somewhere in the internet universe I saw this quilt:
Sand Castles by Chasing Cottons
and I just about died in delight! The serendipity of finding a gorgeous quilt so perfect for a baby girl, made in the same fabrics we had just decided on, meant there was no looking back.
Upon further investigation, I discovered that the quilter was Rebecca Johnson of Chasing Cottons, and not only did she design this beauty, she also wrote a pattern! Gold!
I proceeded to purchase the pattern, wash and dry the fabric…….and that’s about as far as I got. I am a bad, bad friend. I think I’ll be working on this on my holiday. Which sounds like fun anyway. Making Sand Castles at the beach? Perfect!!
So when I received a lovely email from Rebecca recently, offering to become a sponsor of Sew It Together next year, despite being reminded of my inadequacies, I was thrilled!
Chasing Cottons is making a great splash in the pattern business (I’ve seen the patterns over at Pink Chalk Fabrics!), and it’s a breath of fresh air to see these gorgeous patterns, unique patterns, on the market.
Curlicue Crush by Chasing Cottons
The great part is that Rebecca is a local gal, from the NSW Central Coast.
Star Jewels by Chasing Cottons
and you can buy the patterns here in AUD and they are instantly downloadable. I love that concept! I also love the fact that Rebecca uses fabrics that we all know and love.
Bird of Paradise by Chasing Cottons
I asked Rebecca if there was anything in particular she wanted me to tell you about herself and/or Chasing Cottons, and she told me that she is passionate about sewing…she loves it….it makes her happy. Which made me feel all warm and fuzzy…for that’s exactly how I feel, and I know that many of you do too. Sewing is often the thing that keeps us going, through the good times and the bad; it’s a great distraction to keep your mind and fingers busy; and the delight in seeing something created before your eyes can never be underestimated.
Not that I’d know, with my pattern and fabric still sitting neatly on my sewing table.
The fantastic news for you lovely ladies, is that Rebecca is going to give you each a Chasing Cottons quilt pattern in your Sew It Together goodie bag! There’ll be 5 different patterns and you won’t know what you’ll get until you open your goodie bag! (Personally, I’m hanging for the Curlicue Crush or the Bird of Paradise – my favourites!).
And with any luck, we can lure Rebecca herself down from the Central Coast in March to come along to the Saturday Crafting Session. It would be a delight to have her join us!
Thank you so much, Rebecca, for wanting to be a part of Sew It Together; your support and generosity. We hope you’ll be able to join us in March!!