You’ve got to love a Monday that starts off with the family all laughing together until tears roll down their cheeks. I’ve been on a bit of a go-slow lately. It’s a combination of not really feeling it and wanting to spend more time with the boys and just chilling out. It’s been awesome and on the weekend I started to feel my sewjo creep back. I actually got out of bed on Saturday at 5:30am and headed straight to my sewing machine to sew blocks. It was a great feeling and one I haven’t had in a while. It did mean however that I was out cold asleep by 7:45pm on Saturday night, but it was the exhausted sleep of a happy person.
On Sunday I had the immense pleasure of heading the Canberra Quilters Biggest Morning Tea. It was such a great time and I’m a little bummed that I hadn’t been before. I’ll definitely be heading back next year and convincing more of my sewing peeps to attend. The event is held annually to help raise money for the Cancer Council. I ate so much good food that it’s inspired me to get back into the kitchen today and so I’m going to spend some time with the Little Man baking. I got up early this morning and headed to the grocery store to make sure we had supplies, so there should be no excuse for not getting into the kitchen to rattle those pots and pans.
This week I’m going to be putting the finishing touches on organising the last three (or will it be… I think there might be a fourth event on the cards!) events for 2017 (click here the events on the calendar so far). I’ve got to do some more sewing for secret squirrel projects and then organise the launch of my book. Such a busy week ahead but I have a spring in my step so it shouldn’t be too much of a chore. My fabric splurge from a couple of weeks ago arrived last week and so I’ve been dying to make time to fondle some fabric. I’ll be squeezing that in this week too!
I’m also adding “hunt for the perfect yellow printed fabric” to the list today. Do you have any favourite yellow prints? I’m going to enjoy hunting the internet looking for just the right fabric, it’s my favourite part of what I do. (Well one of the favourite parts!) Guess I’d better get to it if I want a chance of finishing today’s to-do list! Wishing you a super fabulous week filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!
I’m making pumpkin fruit cake today (here’s the recipe I use) and so I thought it fitting to share that Cluck Cluck Sew has a new pumpkin mini quilt pattern for sale. Click here to read more.
It’s slow cooker season in our house at the moment and these slow cooker Sloppy Joes from Skip to My Lou look so delicious I’m adding it to our menu plan for this week. Click here to read more.
Looking for a new way to do binding via your machine? Check out this zigzag binding tutorial from Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts. Click here to read more.
Have you got an event, a charity drive, a pattern release, a class schedule or something else that you think my community would be interested in hearing about? Why not drop me a line and let me know – I’d love to share it with my readers. Click here to email me.
- Keera Job of Keera Job Design (home of Live.Love.Sew) is heading to Condobolin for a fun filled weekend of quilt making and you can join her. The workshop is being held on the weekend of 24 – 25 June at the Condobolin Community Centre. For more information and to reserve your spot contact Phillipa Jones by clicking here. Download the workshop brochure by clicking here.
- Raylee and Barbara at Sunflower Stitcheries are hosting a Cottage Garden Threads Collectors Club which is kicking off in June. It’s a great way to add some fabulous threads to your collection (or start a collection) if you love to embroider. Over the year you’ll use the threads to make a beautiful table piece. You can find out more by clicking here.
- Sew a Softie is an initiative that aims to ignite a love of hand sewing in a new generation. It encourages parents and children to turn off their computers, put down their smart phones and discover the fun and fulfillment that comes from creating a simple-to-sew softie together. Sew a Softie is happening this July Sew a Softie promotes making hand-sewn softies through workshops, online tutorials and sewing events that take place all around the world. Sew a Softie was started to show parents who can’t sew or think that sewing is not for young children, that hand sewing is a simple, inexpensive and highly creative activity that everyone can do and that young children absolutely love. To find out more about how you can get involved click here.
- Lisa of Andrie Designs hosted the Quilt Me a Bag series which was designed to showcase some of her most popular patterns all made up in a beautifully quilted manner. The idea behind the series is to encompass many makers, from bag makers looking to delve into the wonderful world of quilting, to those quilters secretly lusting to make their first bag, and apply some of those fabulous quilting techniques they are oh-so-comfortable with to a bag pattern. You can see all the posts in the series by clicking here, you can see the final round up of the bags by clicking here. If you’re inspired by these amazing bags you can try out all the techniques on Lisa’s newest pattern, Creative’s Tote, which you can purchase by clicking here.
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