Harriet's Cretan Olive Groves
Our May Join Prize was won by Harriet of Cambridgeshire. Harriet is an extremely talented Popular Patchwork reader, and won a copy of "Quilts from the Heart II" by Karin Renaud. Harriet said, "Wow! I'm amazed and delighted to win this draw. Thank you very much. I have just googled the book and it looks great and will challenge me to do something quite different from my normal sewing"
 
Harriet continues, "Not surprisingly for a reader of Popular Patchwork, I am passionate about textiles, particularly appliqué, quilting and embroidery. Although I have a large stash of fabric falling out of drawers, I much prefer dyeing my own fabric. I tend to work on small pieces and wall-hangings as I find hand-sewing very relaxing, even though it takes a long time (weeks to months) to finish a piece. I design my own work inspired by nature, especially landscapes and flowers, and usually nothing is finished until it has been densely textured with simple embroidery and/or beads. My ambitions are to learn to love my sewing machine more, so as to become more productive and use new techniques, for which Popular Patchwork's website provides good guidance in the Techniques section. I also use the Events listing to find out what's on either near to home or further afield if I am going away for the weekend."
Harriet's May Garden
Harriet's May Garden
 
Harriet sent us some wonderful photos of her work, I love these beautiful wall hangings. The first is "Cretan Olive Groves" (50 x 38 cm), which won third place in the Festival of Quilts Pictorial category in 2007, and the other two come from a challenge Harriet set herself to produce a monthly representation of the colours in her garden. Here we can see May (A window into the garden with alliums and potato vine), and June (A dragonfly's view of the pond). Harriet says "Each is 24 x 19 cm and I turned all twelve into a concertina book. I have to admit that in the end it did take more than twelve months to complete!" I hope we see more of Harriets work soon, I'm really very impressed with these pieces.
 
Harriet's June Garden
Harriet's June Garden
Our book competitions this month were won by Janet from Northampton and Carol from Lampeter. Janet won a copy of "A Year of Paper Piecing", by Beverly A Maxvill and Carol won "Easy Applique Blocks" by Kay Mackenzie. I hope they both enjoy their prizes, and make some great blocks for us to see. Don't forget to check the homepage regularly to see our latest prize giveaways, entry to all our competitions is free, you just need to be a member of Popular Patchwork online. I look forward to seeing your entries soon!
 
The Laurel Burch Handbag was won by Lozzy from Cheltenham. We had lots of entries for this competition, it seems you were all interested in winning this one! You can buy other Laurel Burch handbags in similar designs from Puddleducks, who kindly donated the prize this month.