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Thanks, Mom!

The dottie angel book has many extra little details that make it very special—and labour-intensive. The stitched scalloped-edge postcards adhered to each cover had to be stitched by machine. With a print run of 3000, that's a lot of stitches! Over 3km of stitches, actually!

Thank you so much to my mom and to Paige for taking on this arduous task. Mom stitched her way through 2200 postcards, so chances are high that the book you order will be her stitches on the cover.

Above are some images of my mother's workspace which is just off the family room. The sewing area is designed to fold up and fit behind a closet door, but I can only recall a handful of times when it has been completely stowed away. Which is a good thing because my Mom always has a project in the works.

She recently put up a flannel wall so that she can view her quilts in progress:

Below is a hand-hooked rug that she made. It is one of my favourites; I like the graphic design and use of black.

My Dad holds up a recently completed quilt (he's got quite the wingspan!:

Finley admires some flowers:

Thank you again to my skilled, talented and hard-working mom.

Reader Comments (7)

Wow! These are just incredible- your moms an amazing artist!
August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca
Your mom is a true talent! She must be a very patient and passionate woman!
August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDinara
Mum's are the best, aren't they? I can't wait for my book to arrive. Thanks Janine's mum for all your hard work- it will be appreciated.
August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRosalie
oh Janine's Mom! i think several gold sticky stars are in order. thank you so kindly for all the time and stitching you put in, to make the book look so peachy :)
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTif Fussell
oh my goodness...the handstitched cover is incredible!
i cannot wait to see my copy in person.
this is going to be delightful!
August 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermelissa deakin
Beautiful quilts. This little story makes me want to order the book even more with so much handcrafting involved.
September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia
WOW! Looks like it was a labor of love! I'm so excited to be getting such a special book. I still can't belive most of it had to be done by hand (sort of speak -er by machine!). I would have been yelling, "Did we have any extras because I messed this one up?!?!?"...haha! Thanks to your mom for all her hard work.
September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEstela
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