Friday, 28 March 2014

out of my comfort zone...

i'm going to pretend that i've been a faithful & dutiful blogger & that it hasn't been months since my last post...

i've been toying with getting back into design 'properly' - you might remember years ago i designed stuff for other people - some food packaging, a book cover & some stationery before designing for moda. i enjoyed these experiences immensely - taking direction (however loosely) from someone else who has a 'proper job' (ie an art director) was daunting, but equally rewarding when the final pieces were finished. so in order for me to stick my toes back in the water, i thought i'd better brush up on some skillz and take an online course. from monday i will be a student on the lilla roger's 'make art that sells' (MATS) course and i'm bloody bricking it, not least because it's an intensive 5 week course & the boys are off school for easter for 3 of those weeks. way to go with planning, lu, you idiot. it's to push me out of my comfort zone & designing for all kinds of markets, from bolt fabric (well, yeah, ok, looking forward to that one) and children's books (ekk!) the second part is in october and i've signed up for that too. oh, & i'm writing my second book. (which is why i've been awol - been starting to play around with ideas & researching. as well as procrastinating & eating cake.)

anyway, i will be blogging a bit more regularly if i've time, with images, if not lots of words. but that's OK because i'm pretty sure most of you would rather i shut up now & then anyway. 

i leave you with a collage i made the day i signed up for MATS. i won't lie, i didn't exactly push myself out of my comfort zone here, but slowly, slowly, catchy monkey, yes?

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

fat quarters...

...are now up in the shop - these are completely unique, black & white pieces i printed last summer. there are only 5 of them left, so get 'em while they're hot :)
available right here!

Thursday, 30 January 2014


big congrats to my two winners…

first up, the winner of a signed book & mini quilt is penny from the rats as big as cats blog

who said:

"How exciting! I'd love a Lu Summers original. Our tradition is putting up the tree to an 2010 CassetteBoy Christmas Mix, it has all the Christmas songs you could want jam packed into 20 mins." 

and the winner of the second little quilt is helen from helen quilts who said:

"I'd love a chance to win a copy of the book and/or one of your beautiful minis! I have a large tub of strings that could do with some new inspiration so they could become quilts.
Not many traditions in the household, but we do always watch "It's a wonderful life" on xmas eve :)"
congratulations ladies, and thank you to all of you for entering!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

sew mama sew

PHEW! it's the last day of the blog hop today and it's the turn of sew mama sew on the blog hop and to say i'm excited to have this massively popular quilting blog involved is a huge understatement. there's a little treat in store for you in the form of a little tutorial i created just in time for valentine's day. so hop on over and check it out!

i'm honoured to have had so many amazing people taking part in my first blog hop in so many brilliant ways - i've enjoyed being interviewed, reading the reviews and best of all, i've loved it when bloggers have actually delved into the book and given it a go - especially those who openly admit to being uncomfortable with bending the quilting rules! i hope you've enjoyed hopping around the blogsphere with me, and i'd like to say a MASSIVE thank you to both the bloggers and you lovely lot for joining in. stay tuned for the winners of the giveaway later on!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

i'm a ginger monkey

well. what can i say about katy of i'm a ginger monkey? she's one of the nicest people i've ever met for starters. kind hearted, funny, daft as a brush & a tattooed, tall & skinny freak of nature. i luffs her very much & she's the only girl i've ever shared a bed with (numerous times.) FYI, she's a very neat & tidy sleeper and she snores like a little hamster. she'd better say something nice about my book today on the blog hop otherwise i'll be pretty damn grumpy.

Monday, 27 January 2014

don't call me betsy

go on over to visit elizabeth for today's blog hop visit. elizabeth's the creator of amazing quilt patterns and has book out called 'how to become a confident quilter'.

Friday, 24 January 2014

handmade by alissa

ekk! today i'm nervous because the next stop on the blog hop is alissa haight carlton, author herself of amazing quilting books…i'm scared and excited to find out what she makes of the book!