I first met Dana when she gave away a quilt waaaay back in 2008.
At that point I was amazed and inspired by her generosity,
(I remember crying when I watched the video of some lucky person getting in).
I think that Dana's act of outrageous giving ignited something in my own heart
and showed me the possibility of sharing love in this way.
By that stage I had been blogging for three years,
and my life had taken a few unexpected turns (ah, Hello Annie-Rose)
but the world was opening up with lots of crafty folks starting blogs.
I've pretty much read every word Dana has written since then
and I count her as a friend. She continues to inspire me.
Dana is one of the cool kids and I was amazed and honoured when she asked me to
review her shiny brand-new book.
I've always liked the quilts that Dana makes so I was excited to read her book.
As soon as I saw this quilt, I HAD to make it.
I loved the simplicity of it. The instructions were clear
and I easily made four of these pinwheels (one is now a cushion for Reuben).
One of the things that I noticed about the quilts is that they have quite a lot of
background space, and while it is beautifully quilted in the book,
I wondered how they would look if you didn't have access to
a long arm quilting machine.
So I decided that before I reviewed the book,
I would quilt as much of the quilt as possible by hand
just to see how it looked and so that I could review the book
with a clear conscience.
Good timing, I had to watch the first season of the Newsroom
for my Media Audiences paper,
and so I spent a couple of happy afternoons hand quilting
and watching the Newsroom!
I'm happy to report that it is looking lovely,
I still have a long way to go with the quilting,
but that's fine, I know it is going to turn out beautiful.
The book is filled with quilts that are beautiful in their simplicity,
and their originality. I really love the whale. I think I have to make that sometime.
It would look amazing in vintage sheets, just saying.
It's a great book and I recommend it. Thanks Dana for entrusting me with a copy.
Now luckily for you, I have a digital copy of the book to giveaway
plus this delicious bundle of fabric also to giveaway.
I can't believe i have to give it away,
it's cruel to send me fabric and not let me keep it!!!
It's called Playdate by David Walker and I wish I didn't have to part with it.
There are a few ways that you can enter below...