Accuquilt Giveaway Winner …. and a look at November’s magazine

Sorry to be a little late with the results of my Accuquilt giveaway … but I have been soooo busy finalising this month’s magazine.  The picture above is one of the projects in Issue 10 – The Owl and the Pussy-cat – sitting in their beautiful pea-green boat of course!
But on to the most important thing – our winner – chosen by random number generator – who is .. comment number 21 – that’s Sunnybec.  Well done to Sunnybec (I’ve emailed you already)  and thank you to everyone for entering – I really enjoyed reading all your autumn comments.  One of my favourite books is The Magic Apple Tree: A Country Year by Susan Hill, an account of life in a small village – it really resonates with me as I grew up in a small village in Warwickshire, England in the 1970s and 80s.  Susan describes autumn thus:
“There is a smell in the air, the smell of autumn, a yeasty, damp, fruity smell, carrying a hint of smoke and a hint, too, of decay.  It fills me with nostalgia, but I do not know for what.  It is a smell I love, for this is and always has been my favourite season.  They said that as I grew older I should recoil from it, the winding down of another year, the descent towards winter, the end of summer pleasures, that I would begin to shift my affections towards spring, when all is looking forward, all is blossoming and greening and sprouting up.  But I do not do so.  Spring so often promises what in the end it never pays, spring can cheat and lie and disappoint.  You can sit at the window and wait for spring many a weary day.
But I have never been let down by autumn, to me it is always beautiful, always rich, it always gives in heaping measure, and sometimes it can stretch on into November, fading, but so gently, so slowly ….”
If you’re not familiar with The Magic Apple Tree then I highly recommend trying it – it’s been on my bookshelf for years and is a book I would never want to be without – I dip into it regularly as the mood takes me.
And just before I go I thought I’d show you another project from November’s magazine … Harvey the terrier applique scarf.  Because autumn can be beautiful, but it can also be cold – and a scarf will soon be essential when walking Ben on the beach. 
PS for a full preview of November’s magazine, please click here – loads more to see!


OMG Helen I am still in shock, I can't believe I have actually won one. Thank you so much.


Congratulations Sunnybec!

Helen, the owl and the pussycat are wonderful and just perfect in their peagreen boat 🙂
Harvey looks very cute too!

The Vintage Hobby House

I have just found your fabulous blog,lot's of inspiration I am now an avid follower XX Manda XX


Just wanted to say thanks to all you lovely people for your good wishes…the smile is still plastered on my face. xx


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