Things that make me smile...


An exciting thing happened this week that really had me smiling!! 
The wonderful Pat Sloan came across a picture of my Sunny Day in Swoon Town House block and posted it on her Face Book.  Oh My Golly!! 

I've had so many fabulous comments and emails from people asking for a tutorial or pattern. The block is from Camille Roskelly's fabulous Swoon Quilt. I did change it just a little bit to make the houses work and Camille has given me permission to show how I made the little houses. I'll work on it this weekend so stay tuned...

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Gbf showed me this photo because he thought I'd like the carpet. He was so right! In fact I love everything about in this photo... except...
I wish it was in colour!!! 

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Whilst floating around on the internet I came across this photo of this 70's Marimekko fabric. This is the fabric that hung in the loungeroom as I was growing up!! I loved those curtains!!  Hmmm I wonder if they had an influence on my taste

I think so -  my latest project uses all the same colours!

 Scrappy strips mixed with linen. I'll show more when I can get some daylight photos.


I'm off to the dentist today... I'm not so smiley about that, but then if I can wrangle snakes I can surely survive the dentist. 

Hope things are making you smile this week. :)

Things that make me smile...

34 comments

  1. Wow-what a week! I saw that block and didn't realise it was yours! Congratulations! And I love all the funky colour!

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  2. Love you so much!
    Congratulations on the attention, you deserve it!
    If your Marimekko curtains had hung in my family's house, they would still be around -- we were a family that got rid of NOTHING!
    And OMG, how did Gbf get that photo of ME? ;-)

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  3. I just realized you have a snake around your neck!!!!!!!!!

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  4. BOO!!! lol I LOVE that town house block!!! SOOO pretty!! ( That would love very good along beside my Stars for Suzee) LOL
    so exciting that Pat did that for you!! I saw the black and white photo and thought.. oh is that Rachael!! LOL
    I hope your dentist went well for you! I think I would rather wrangle snakes !!!

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  5. Looking forward to your post on the little houses...I first saw the pic on Pats FB page this week and just LOVED it...and now I'm a new follower of your blog...what a great week!

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  6. Wow, exciting news about your swoon block. And well deserved as it is such a fun block with those little houses - you are just so clever. That chick in the carpet photo is just how I imagined you to look, now you just need those shiny trousers she is wearing!

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  7. I love your swoon town house block! You are so so so creative!

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  8. Rachael if things aren't making me smile all I have to do is go onto your blog. It brings a smile to my face every time. Don't like snakes you are braver than I.

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  9. I thought the snake was a scarf until I read Smazoochie's comment, lol. Your Swoon block is really lovely, a fantastic way to make it your own.

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  10. Can't wait for the pattern!

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  11. That's such a cheerful, fun block! The fun thing about that photo being in black and white is now you can just imagine it to be the way you think it should be.:)

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  12. So many delightful things in this post! Well, except for that snake.

    Love the sneak peek at your ongoing project!

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  13. LOL - I love turquoise, which is the colour of our loungeroom when I was growing up. And lime, the colour of my bedroom, and of course all the colours of the rainbow.
    I'm not sure that you were enjoying posing with that python!

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  14. It official your now on My Famous list. Well deserved. I have always admired your sense of humour and surprise in your quilting.
    Like the photo of you at Featherdale.

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  15. Congratulations on your new fame! This is a wonderful block. I'd never seen it. I love what you did with the houses. Oh my, that photo reminds me of the living room I grew up in, only mine was not quite as swingin' as that one. LOVE your scrappy strips with linen AND your old curtains. Don't you wish you owned those now! I think that what we see as children does influence what comes out of us now. You were lucky with all that color around you!

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  16. The colourful strips with the linen are beautiful. All the fun of 70s, and the neutral inbetween actually highlights the colours.

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  17. That's fantastic - I LOVE your block! It certainly made me smile! The linen looks great next to those vibrant colours.

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  18. your fab block makes me smile too ! but that snake photo not so much - you are one brave girl !

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  19. Ahh! I really needed that. Last day of the school term and now the holidays begin. I really did have a smile. Thank you.

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  20. Congrats on the block being featured on pat sloans fb.
    It's such an awesome block.

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  21. That's exciting news about your block. So good to have your work appreciated. Look forward to the tutorial.
    Good luck at the dentist but please leave the snake at home!

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  22. Oh Rachael!!! I think that is such a compliment to have your block posted on Pat's FB page!! Squeeeee!!!! It's such a cute block. I can't wait for the tutorial. I would be screaming like a little girl if I had a snake wrapped around my neck LOL!!! You are so brave. You can definitely do the dentist after that =P That black and white photo is awesome! I wish it were in color too!!!

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  23. Your Sunny Day Swoon is beyond fabulous!! Pat has a great eye for lovely works!!

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  24. What a lovely compliment for your work...that block really is fabulous and well deserving of the attention.

    Hope it all went well at the place I cant even type because Im so scared of going myself...

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  25. What a great post Rachael...wow you are famous now! Geez I don't know if I'd be brave enough to do tat with a snake!

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  26. LOrdy this post so makes me smile!! Now about the snake thing.....still smiling:)

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  27. Congrats on the swoon house quilt !!! It's so cute and I look forward to the directions.
    I love Marimekko. I have a pair of Converse that are printed with a Marimekko design. I fully understand how these designs have influenced your quilting. I feel the same :)
    Yeah, I don't like snakes!

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  28. That block is a winner! It could become famous you know. As usual I'm loving your photos and especially the one of you and the snake. I'd be game as long as I knew it was harmless.

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  29. I'm excited for you too ! Pat Sloan ! Really Rachael....a snake ! I fainted, and came to, so I could comment on your lovely block ! I'm laughing at you, the look on your face....is like, HURRY UP AND TAKE THE PICTURE !!!!!!

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  30. I'm shocked too, about the snake.. not about Pat Sloan ;-)
    Well deserved, this is such a clever idea and a wonderful block !
    Looking forward to your tutorial

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  31. How exciting to be given a huge pat on the back by Pat Sloan. You deserve it for that cute tweaking of Camille's block! I love the bright colours you use, Rachael, and now I can see where your inspiration came from :-)

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  32. Everything but the dentist made me smile too. Oh, and the snake...

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  33. Congratulations! I love that block and the little houses are so cute.
    You are very brave to have a snake around your neck!

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