Link Love: The Monday Before…

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

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t freaking out a little. Last Friday was particularly bad. I think the realisation that HUBBY was starting his leave to be able to stay home and look after the munchkin kind of brought it screaming home that I was leaving on a jet plane. I tried to sew on Friday but everything I touched just turned to poop. It literally took me three goes to make binding on Friday. Binding – the world’s simplest sewing. I’m getting excited about going, but I am terrified about leaving the boys behind. I wish we could all be going together, but it’s not meant to be this time around.

I’ve spent the past week panic sewing all the things that I figured I’d need to truly travel handmade. I’ve made more pouches, drawstring bags and general things in the past week then I have in a long time. I’m particularly smitten with my camera bag. It was the first time I sewed with minky (talk about a fluff generator) and I just adore the lobster canvas print. It’s subtle, just like me. I made the Little Man and I matching Ninja Turtle pillowcases so that we could “share the same pillow” while I was away as it’s something we regularly do here. I’ve been making little keepsakes for the friends I’m meeting for the first time in real life. It’s been quite the hive of sewing activity. It’s been good to put my nervous energy to constructive use, however it’s not been so good for my fabric as I’ve done a lot of wrong cuts – more than usual anyways.

I still have so much to do before I fly out on Thursday and it’s looking like I won’t be wearing handmade to this Quilt Market. Turns out watching a couple of episodes of Project Runway and then “giving it a crack” do not a dressmaker make. Oh well. I still have all my fabrics intact and I’m going to track down a dressmaker course and learn some new skills. I am determined that I will wear handmade! (Eventually)

I’m all over the place at the moment and it’s hard to focus on anything. I’m still trying to sew and get things done but it’s not looking good, so I think it’s time to cut my losses and just enjoy my time with the boys before I head off on my big adventure. I keep thinking of the A.A.Milne quote “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” I am extremely luck because I really don’t want to say goodbye this week. Praying that I get home to my boys safe and sound. And on that completely sappy note; wishing you a most fabulously creative day!

FUN THINGS TO CLICK ON

  • If you’re a fan of the Gilmore Girls (and who isnt’?) then check out this casual sewalong happening over on During Quiet Time. Click here for details.
  • Looking for a nautical inspired quilt for the Sailor in your life then check out this free pattern from Suzy Quilts. Click here for the pattern.
  • I’m obsessed (obsessed!) with this pumpkin quilt from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. Click here for the pattern.
  • For those that love bats there’s these fabulous cushions from I’m Feeling Crafty. Click here for the pattern.
  • If you’re looking for a fun Halloween cushion tutorial check out my Zombie Bear Paw cushion. Click here for the tutorial.
  • And for those in the Houston area, if you could make these little bat lollipops for when I come trick or treating that would be cool. Click here for the tutorial.

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COMMUNITY CORK BOARD

  • Have you seen The Quilter’s Planner? The Quilter’s Planner is an 8″x11″ spiral bound book that includes standard planner fare such as weekly and monthly calendar pages, sturdy laminated cover and tabs, and stickers to add flare to your planning pages, but it also includes content created especially for quilters: project planning pages, 14 quilt patterns from top designers, swap organisation pages, project progress pages, weekly block designs, free motion quilting designs, beautiful quilt photography from the coast of Maine, a color chart from Cloud9 Fabrics, and plain and graph paper for recording your quilt ideas. This year, there’s also a small companion book for when you’re on the go. Stephanie has seriously thought of everything! The Quilter’s Planner is the perfect gift for the quilter in your life (especially if that quilter is you!) and can be ordered now by clicking here. Numbers are limited, so be sure to get yours before they’re all gone.
  • Ros at Sew Delicious is currently doing a drive to help supply the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) at the Northern Hospital in Melbourne with drawstring bags. The bags are used to help keep all the laundry and clothing in order for babies that are being treated in the Unit. The bags often go home with the baby when they get to go home. The bags are super simple to make and you can get the tutorial and details about where to send them by clicking here.
  • Seven quilt pattern designers have teamed up to create Quilt Theory, releasing a new pattern line printed on small cards. Quilt Theory asks, “Where can your quilt take you?” acknowledging the wide and varied influences brought to the crafting of a quilt. Each pattern is simple enough to fit on the back of a small card or one-page PDF, making the patterns perfect for both beginner and advanced quilters. The cards are sturdy and aesthetically appealing, and at only $3 each, they are perfect for gift giving or collecting. Online download of the Quilt Theory bundle also includes coloring pages for each quilt design. Click here to find out more.
  • Love all things Fairy Tale and magically, then be sure to check out the Land of Magic Sew-along that Kerry from Kid Giddy will be hosting, you never know you might just find a gnome hiding out in the land of make believe. Click here to find out more.

#100DAYS100BLOCKS SPONSOR INFORMATION

Blocks 61 – 70 of the #100Days100Blocks sew-along are brought to you by the ever fabulous Fat Quarter Shop.

You can find Fat Quarter Shop in the following places: Instagram | Website | Facebook

The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. An avid quilter, Kimberly began her shop as a side business while still working a corporate position, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop’s reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the past few years a few more people have joined the staff! As a team, we continue to branch out with the best fabrics, exclusive kits, quilt clubs, BOMs, and more. And we will always be driven by the passion that Kimberly founded the store upon, which is always giving you the best products and service!

Prize: $100 Gift Voucher

How to win:

Open: Internationally

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1 Comment

  1. Mary October 24, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I am excited for you and hope your next trip to America includes bringing your family with you. Welcome to the USA. I hope y’ll enjoy your time at market yet have a chance to hear some of the campaign rhetoric. I can’t wait for the election to be over. Have a safe journey to and from.