Do you love a good secret? Then I’ve got something to share!


I’ve talked about it before here, but I’ll say it again – I suck at keeping secrets. It’s like dancing whenever I hear Jackson 5’s “ABC” come on, it’s involuntary. My body is not built for keeping the joy in. But, I’m having to learn to curb my enthusiasm and keep some things on the down low these days. One of the things I’ve been sitting on for the past few months is an amazing opportunity given to me by Love Patchwork & Quilting.

A few months ago I was talking with Alice from Love Patchwork & Quilting about my Liquorice Allsorts quilt and she made me a mindblowingly awesome offer; join the Love Patchwork & Quilting Team and write a monthly column. I paused for all of two seconds before responding with a huge “hell yes!” which I’m sure they heard all the way over there in London from here in Canberra.

I wrote my first column (about the lessons I learned when I made my 100’s & 1000’s Swoon Quilt) sent it off and then really impatiently waited for it to be published. Longest few months ever!

But the day has finally arrived and my first ever column has been published and I’m so excited that I can now share it with you all. I really hope you love it and get some tips and tricks from it as well as encouragement to get out there and give things a go. (You can find out about how to purchase the magazine by clicking here.)

It’s not the only secret I’m sitting on at the moment, and because I can’t help myself I’m going to give you a little hint about what it is…. just click here to find out more. This secret is really close to being revealed, so be sure to check back in next week and find out more details. 

The submission day for quilts to the Canberra Quilters Exhibition was on Saturday and despite my best procrastinating efforts I managed to submit the two quilts I’d planned on putting in. In a totally crazy leave it to the last minute kind of adventure I only finished piecing, quilted, hand bound and delivered my Tiny Treasure (no side of the quilt is greater than 35cm) quilt on the day of delivery. It was a bit touch and go there for awhile but I’m so thrilled with how it came out and I’m really happy to have it in the show.

I also lost my mind and went with a walk up Tuggeranong Hill early Sunday morning with my lovely (and patient) friend Kate. I, hand on heart, thought I was going to die while walking up there. It was freezing cold and my lungs were struggling to deal with the ice cold air. I had to stop more times than I’m comfortable admitting and I’m so glad Kate (who was walking up it like she was walking through an aisle at Woolworths) was happy to wait and not make fun of me. On the way up I was questioning my sanity, but coming down I totally thought I could do it again (and would want to do it again). The views across Canberra were amazing and it was so lovely to see the sun rise – I kinda understand now why people bush walk.

My 30 Day Challenge is still happening and it’s not too late to sign up and start your own 30 Day Challenge to making a change. It’s been fun knowing that there’s others going on this self improvement adventure with me. (Click here to find out more.) But, if I’m going to get anything achieved today I’d best get off the computer and start.

Wishing you an amazing day!

PS. If you missed last Monday’s fun things to click on because I slept in and missed the email deadline you can see them by clicking here.

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  1. Beth July 29, 2015 at 12:52 am

    I do love the bundle! It’s great! I doubt if I will be able to afford it, unfortunately. I hope I’m not being rude by asking this. Could you point me in the right direction to get the fabríc in your bundle that looks like stars with dots. It is in several colors and I love all of them! I thought even if I can’t get the full package, maybe I could treat myself to some of these. And congratulations on your column, Angie! A full fledged published author with a recurring column! That is just exciting beyond words 🙂
    Thank you,

    1. GnomeAngel July 29, 2015 at 5:37 am

      Hi Beth, that’s not rude at all and I completely understand. The fabric is by an Australian company called Ella Blue and that pattern is part of their range called “Ella’s Basics”.

      I’ve noticed that Fat Quarter Shop have this range listed in fat quarter bundle units, but not in yardage as yet. I’m not sure whether this would work for you or not but the links are here; Romance Ella’s Basics or Adventure Ella’s Basics.

      Let me know if you have any issues and I can try and track down some yardage for you. 🙂

      Thank you for the congratulations – you’re right it is a exciting beyond words. 🙂

      Hope you’re having a great day! <3

      1. Beth July 31, 2015 at 2:50 am

        Hi Angie!
        Thank you for your help! The Fat Quarter Shop is now carrying the yardage for Ella’s Basics, probably in anticipation of the interest that will be stirred up by your bundle, just like me! So, you’re probably doing your countrymen quite a good turn 🙂 I am going to get as many of the star/dot fabrics that I can in August. Then I’ll go in for the stripes and the grid type pattern later. Thank you again because I really love these basics and I know that I will be using them a lot!

  2. Linda July 28, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Is this magazine available in Australia?

    1. GnomeAngel July 28, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      It is at select newsagents – my understanding is they can order it in if you ask. You can also get it as an eMag. If you contact them I’m sure they’ll be able to tell you where you can find a copy locally. Let me know if you don’t have any luck and I’ll see what I can do to help you track a copy down. <3

  3. Jen @ Faith and Fabric July 28, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Love your secrets! …and the bundle is wonderful. We live in an old craftsman home built in the 1940’s, and we’ve been decorating in a vintage style true to the period. Can’t wait to pick up the bundle and make a quilt to fit the decor. Congrats!!!

    1. GnomeAngel July 28, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Oh wow, the house sounds amazing. We live in a 1980s vintage brown box with no personality at all. I’m dreaming of returning to full time work when the young one is at school and then funding a big renovation! 🙂

  4. Archie The Wonder Dog July 27, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Lots of exciting things going on for you – congratulations!

    1. GnomeAngel July 28, 2015 at 7:21 am

      Thank you! <3 Yes, it's going to be a busy few months ahead. 🙂

  5. Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts} July 27, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I subscribed to the magazine on iTunes just so I can read you each month, haha! And that bundle is absolutely divine! Love the little pop of kangaroos 😉

    1. GnomeAngel July 28, 2015 at 7:22 am

      I thank you for your patronage 😉 🙂 Yes, well I couldn’t do a bundle without a little nod to Australia.

  6. Tara July 27, 2015 at 11:15 am

    How exciting about the monthly column. I already have a subscription to Love Patchwork and Quilting so I look forward to reading your article

    1. GnomeAngel July 28, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Thanks Tara – it’s really exciting and I hope you enjoy them. 🙂 <3

  7. Andi in Arizona July 27, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Yay for publishing! And I peeked…what a gorgeous rainbow bundle. I bet that was a fun project too.

    1. GnomeAngel July 28, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Thanks Andi! It was both fun and terrifying. It’s like being let loose in a candy shop and wanting it all but only being able to carry a certain amount. I didn’t want to leave any fabric behind!!!

  8. Anita July 27, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I love the fat quarter bundle! It’s beautiful! So great that we get to know some of your secrets. 🙂

    1. GnomeAngel July 28, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Thanks Anita! I’m shocking at secret keeping. Seriously, I need an intervention. It’s been killing me to keep things secret this long!