Whoa! Last week went fast and kicked my butt as it went. It was a big week of highs and lows. Funny how some weeks seem to deliver such extremes. But it’s the low’s that make you appreciate just how great the highs are. I have really struggled to get back on track after having such a big holiday for the first time in years. I don’t know why but my mind and body just wants more time off and who am I to deny it? *wink* I’ve spent the past week procrastinating and just doing what I needed to get by and it’s been a delicious guilty little indulgence. But it all ends today. I need to get my butt in gear and finalise some of the next sew-alongs that Nicole and I will be hosting for the remainder of the year. (You can click here to find out more information about them.)
I really love hosting these events because they act as such a great catalyst for people to get involved and get to know others in their quilting community. They’re a lot of work to host and at times I struggle with the balance, but on the whole I wouldn’t change them for the world. I’m already looking at what I can offer in ways of events for 2018 (so far I’m looking at Marcelle Medallion, Patchwork City and a Double Wedding Ring) and I’d love to know if you have any thoughts about quilts you’d like to make in 2018.
As well as thinking about upcoming events I had the huge thrill of seeing my book come up on a couple of online sites for pre-order. It’s an amazing thing to think that soon people will be able to get their hands on a book that I wrote. It’s a childhood dream come true and I can’t wait to be able to share more of it with you (very soon)! I have put together some information about pre-ordering Fussy Cutters Club and you can find it by clicking here.
This week I’m all about the sewing and cleaning up my inbox (it’s out of control). I hate having a messy inbox and knowing that there’s things I need to respond to so I like to start the week by cleaning it up. Do you have any little “rituals” that you use to get the week started right? I’d love to know! Well I’d better get cracking before the rest of the day disappears! Wishing you a super fabulous week filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!
Fourth of July is just around the corner for my American friends and so I thought I would share this scrappy flag table topper free project from Fort Worth Fabric Studio. I think a quilt made up of these table toppers as blocks would be awesome. Click here to read more.
While we’re talking 4th of July lets take a moment to appreciate how good this Cosmic Brownie Cake from Studio DIY is and how great it would be as an accompaniment to a good BBQ with friends. Click here to read more.
Amira at The Little Mushroom Cap has rounded up her favourite things to listen to while in the sewing room and it’s a really great list. Click here to read more.
A few years ago I did a stint in Cambridge UK for work and at the time I was desperate to hire a bike and ride around the town like the locals, so when I saw this tutorial from We All Sew on how to make a bike basket liner I just had to share. 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.
- 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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