Link Love: Cake, Apples and Butterflies

A highlight reel of what's going on in my life and a collection of useful links and information for the creatives amongst us - Angie Wilson at www.gnomeangel.com

Ok, I have to confess I’m having a little bit of a panic attack today. There’s less than 10 days to go until we kick off #100Days100Blocks and I still haven’t decided what fabrics I’m going to use. Not only that but the Marti Michell Mini Quilt Blog Hop kicks off on Friday and I need to finalise my quilt design. Looks like it’s going to be a big week of fabric fondling and last minute freaking out. Lucky I seem to work best under pressure! (Although, really, I’ve never given myself the opportunity to find out if I work best any other way!) This weekend is also the Annual Canberra Quilters Exhibition (find out more and purchase tickets by clicking here) and I’m going to be working there on Thursday (come and say hello! I’ll be working the main door between Midday and 2pm!). I can’t wait. Last year we were all down with the flu and couldn’t make it so I’ve got two years of quilt admiring and browsing the retailers to make up for!

As always I’ve been busy in the background working on things and I can finally share something rather exciting with you… If you’ve ever wondered what I sound like or what lead me to blogging and how I approach blogging you can hear me on Aussie Bloggers Podcast.  It was such a thrill to be asked to be on the show and it’s such a great platform for sharing information about how to be a better blogger and especially to be on a show focused on Australians. Although, I have to confess to having that moment of “do I really sound like that” while listening to the show today. (I just consoled myself with the fact that I was suffering from a hideous chest and sinus infection at the time and that’s what makes me sound like I’m 15 years old.)

I’ve also been sewing up a storm and having some fun with solids. I made a cute little butterfly mini this week using a couple of the Butterfly Charm Blocks patterns made by Nicole at Lillyella (click here to get the free pattern). It was fun to play with the background instead of focusing on the “real” pattern.  I really loved how they turned out, despite the colour placement not being 100%.  I’m looking forward to playing some more with solids over the coming weeks.

All-in-all it’s going to be a big week and I’m loving how the end of the year is starting to get some real momentum to it. Everyone seems to be getting a bit of a spring in their step and being a little more creative at the moment. I wonder if it’s the change of season? Whatever it is, it’s great! I hope you have a fabulously creative day!

FUN THINGS TO CLICK ON

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COMMUNITY CORK BOARD

  • Looking for a swap with a difference then check out #cfcblockswap which is being run by Alison from Cotton Factory in Ballarat. Unlike other swaps where you have to curate your fabric with this swap you purchase the swap package from Cotton Factory which includes fabric, pattern and a return envelope. So easy even I could do it! Click here to find out more.
  •  If you love English Paper Piecing and you’re keen to try some new shapes and possibly win a whole stack of amazing fabrics, then head on over to Tales of Cloth and read this post. Click here for details.
  • Have you heard about the Modern Makers Retreat? Three quilty friends had an idea of a fantasy weekend away – where they could sew all day (and night!), gossip and eat delicious food with like minded makers. Follow them on Instagram as they celebrate modern design. Find out more by clicking here.
  • The Berry Quilting Retreat is happening on 27 & 28 August 2016 and the line up looks amazing. Jen Kingwell will be teaching there and for her wisdom only it’s worth attending. You can find out more by clicking here.

SPONSOR MESSAGES

  • If you’re like me and you like to dabble in more than just sewing and quilting creative work then check out these free downloadable papers from Sizzix. Great to use in any graphics work you might be doing (like blog banners)! Click here to get your free papers.
  • Fat Quarter Shop have released their new monthly subscription service: Sew Sampler. It looks amazing and I love that unlike other subscriptions this one comes with all the information you need to make a quilt. Each month contains a quilt block recipe card that you can use to make a full 12 block quilt. Genius! You can find out more by clicking here.

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1 Comment

  1. Anita August 11, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Those cakes are awesome! I thought the triangle one in your mosaic was to celebrate the 2017 Quilter’s Planner because it looks a lot like the cover of the new planner!