Sunday, March 31, 2013

A thing of beauty is a joy forever

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have this beautiful book in my hands! My lovely friend Di dropped a copy in to me this morning, and I have spent some time today feasting on the glorious pictures within.  To me, of course, they are more than pictures, but rather memories from the past 20 years, starting back when I took my first class with Di at Primarily Patchwork.  At that time I was a newish mum, with not many female friends around, and without a clear idea of where my life was headed.


Di's shop was an oasis for me, somewhere I could be just myself and indulge in the process of creating gorgeous quilts.  Of course I was awed by the Primarily Patchwork quilts. Di seemed to be able to conjure something beautiful out of nothing - putting together fabrics in a way that was magical.

The book also holds the promise of things to come. As I was reading through today I was planning which quilt I would make next, and the next one, and the one after that.  My first choice is "Miss Porter", I remember fondling it when Di was making it (I even tried to sneak it out in my bag but I got sprung, lol!). I have a bag of blue and brown goodies all ready to go.


I still count my blessings that the Secret Sewing Sisterhood formed at the shop before Di retired, and this group of women, with Di at the heart, have become so important to me.

It's a beautiful book, reflecting the beautiful person that Di is. Congratulations Di, may you be reprinted many times!

Happy Easter,

Deb

15 comments:

Sue-Anne said...

What a beautiful tribute to Di and the SSS. Isn't it amazing the friendships that form because of the common thread of patchwork. Happy Easter to you and my our family Deb xxx

Sue-Anne said...

Oops that should. Read happy Easter to you and YOUR family lol

Miriam said...

How wonderful that you have a copy of Di's book already!
I wish I had found Primarily Patchwork much sooner than I did.
I am looking forward to many hours of stitching inspiration from Di's book too.

Happy Easter Deb!

Adele said...

Happy Easter Deb

I get my book after Easter.....really looking forward to it.

not so zen -quilts in Paris said...

Good morning Deb, can you please show us some pics from the inside?Here in Europe the book will be available through the end of April and i'm sitting here mouthwatering... Happy Easter weekend from a cold but sunny Paris, Will V

Cardygirl said...

Happy Easter Deb. I will have to get a hold of that book...looks great!

Kathie said...

so exciting what a wonderful post Deb....as you know I admire Di's work tremendously and oh unfortunately from afar ! HOw lucky are to be part of this incredible group, reminds me of the Patchwork Diva's in Texas!
can you share a picture or two from the book?
I can't wait to be able to get my own copy of this book and oh I just happen to have browns and blues :)
Kathie

Kimme said...

Thanks for the great post Deb. I love Di's work and have the book on preorder at Threadbear.

Margaret said...

I can't wait for the book but will wait patiently. You all are so lucky to have the Secret Sewing Sisterhood. Happy Easter!

Megan Carroll said...

We are all thrilled for Di at Threadbear. Her book is positively sumptuous and testament to her hard work and beautiful personality. And no doubt, the SSS all played your part in supporting her creative endeavours. So, here's to celebrating something wonderful! xox

Kleine Vingers said...

Just a bit jealous that you have had a look at the book already. I have pre ordered the book in the netherlands and will have it in about 6 weeks I hope. So just a little wait but I hope to get much inspiration. Something I do not need since I have already so many ideas in my head...
Greetings
kleinevingerstussenstofjes.blogspot.nl

Michelle Huddleston said...

Ooooo, I think I need that book.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

It looks like a wonderful book. How lucky you are to have been a member of such a talented group!

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Kleine Vingers said...

The book of Di Ford arrived already, and it is beautifull! I can't decide which pattern I would like to try first.
Enjoy your patchwork.
Greetings