My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Crazy Cat Lady Tote and DUQ Cover Girl

I've had a productive week.  I don't know how it worked out like that, but I'm guessing having deadlines helps just a bit!  I've finished writing my midwifery standards review, completed a technical editing project and made a cat tote for a budding crazy cat lady.

My inspiration for this tote came from Pam at Hip to be a Square.  She said it was okay if I was a 'copycat'.  Sorry....couldn't resist.

I made if for my daughter's best friend.  The order was for a bag with cats on it, and her favourite colour is purple.  Done and done.  Shhhh, don't tell my daughter, but I'm making her one too so they can be all matchy matchy.  Didn't you do that with your best friend when you were seven?

Love me a stripey lining.  Just about as much as a stripey binding.

And what do we have here?  My very first magazine published pattern.  And I made cover girl!  Woot!  Now that they've published the photos, it'll come home, maybe in time for Christmas?  It's called 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and is a cute little wall hanging inspired by my favourite seasonal poem by Clement Clarke Moore.

The wallhanging has piecing, fusible appliqué and a little bit of stitchery.  If you are interested in making one of your own (I could imagine it with a snowy white background and red and green houses), you can get a digital copy of Down Under Quilts from here.

I'm working on editing my next podcast with another of my interviews from Festival of Quilts, but in the meantime, I'll leave you with this:

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In the hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there

The children were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
Mom in her kerchief and I in my cap
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew with a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow
Gave a luster of mid-day to objects below.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer

With a little old driver so lively and quick
Well I knew in a moment, it must be St. Nick
More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came
And he whistled and he shouted and he called them by name

"On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen
On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall
Now, dash away, dash away, dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly
When they meet to an obstacle mount to the sky
So up to the rooftop the coursers they flew
With a sleigh full of toys and St. Nicholas too.

And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing, the pawing of each little hoof
As I drew in my head and was turning around
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound

He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back
And he looked like a peddler just op'ning his pack

His eyes, how they twinkled, his dimples, how merry
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry
His droll little mouth was drawn up in a bow
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow

The stump of a pipe, he held tight in his teeth
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when laughed (ho, ho, ho, ho) like a bowl full of jelly (ho, ho, ho, ho)

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf
And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread

He spoke not a word but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings and turned with a jerk
And laying a finger to the side of his nose
And giving a nod up the chimney he rose

He sprang to his sleigh, and to his team gave a whistle
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle
But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight
"Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight"


  1. You have been busy. I have my MSR in February but I think I should start soon as it seems to take so long to get it all done. Love the wall hanging and can't wait for the magazine to come out her. Congratulations.

  2. Awesome bag! Wow, congratulations cover girl!!!

  3. Love the bag and I went and bought a copy of DUQ yesterday. Awesome!!!!

  4. whoot whoot. I might just have to go buy myself a copy of that magazine. What a perfect excuse. My friend Charlotte made the front cover... My claim to fame Well done. I love the bag too. I might just be a copy cat too as my dear friend is leaving town and I am going to make her a cat quilt. She loves her cat very much. And I love the pattern too... I too love Twas the night before Christmas. We had a copy of it in a book when we were kids. If I hurry I might get it done for Christmas (but I won't say which Christmas)

  5. Big congratulations!!! It's beautiful! I love the cat bag too especially the striped lining. Great job, Charlotte!

  6. Congratulations on the publish! And cover girl! That's icing on the cake

    Lucky to have such wonderful backdrops for your photos of your work. The weathered wood of the pier - love!

  7. Congratulations!!! And we knew you when.... And I agree with quiltedfabricart--can we send you our quilts for photo shoots? Wowzer.

  8. On the cover... where you belong! Well done, and may the quilt patterns continue to flow...

  9. Hi Lottie, so good to see your Dragolfly quilt at the Adelaide show. Just beautiful! I felt I was meeting a friend, as I 'd seen your quilt online. So fabulous 'in the flesh'. Dee

  10. Congratulations on being a cover girl!!
    'Twas the night before Christmas - I used to read this as a child leading up to Christmas, practically know it off my heart I think. I bought another copy many years ago and still at 68yrs read this in the lead up to Christmas - takes me down memory lane. So lovely to see it on your blog.


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