I have a cold. We’ve done pretty well this year in the sickness stakes, but I pushed my luck this week. I went to bed with wet hair and just like something out of an episode of “Little House on the Prairie” I’ve caught a chill. I’m blaming the wet hair, but it could also be the post road trip rundown and tired cold. Either way I’m snotty and sore throated and just generally a pain to be around. I’m lamenting the fact that it’s happened now when I have just over a month until I’m off to Houston for Quilt Market. (Yes, it’s still going ahead and you can read more about it here if you’re interested.) My to-do list for what needs to happen before I fly out is massive and seems to grow daily. I’m having to implement techniques for prioritising and staying on track, and it’s having a bit of a hit and miss strike rate.
In amongst all the Quilt Market preparations I’m impatiently waiting for the postman to deliver my copies of my book; Fussy Cutters Club. It was released as an eBook on the 1 September and the past week I’ve had messages from people who’ve ordered it and read it. It’s so surreal to think that the book is out there in the wilds with people. I’m starting to get messages from people who’ve pre-ordered the hard copy to say that they’ve got notification that it’s on the way to them and that blows my mind as well. It’s just all so crazy. I’m really hoping that the Postie delivers my books today, I don’t think it’s fully going to sink in until I’m holding one in my hot little hands.
It’s been a week since our trip to Amitie Textiles to learn from Denyse Schmidt and I wrote about the experience (you can read it by clicking here). I’m still trying to process all the things that I learned and all the thoughts that were born from the event. I feel like I’ve gotten so much stronger within myself and with my own aesthetic in the past 12 months and being part of that event just helped drive that home. It was such a great experience and I can’t wait to see how it influences my work over the coming years.
In amongst all of this crazy I have some big announcements coming and I really need to get things locked down, so I’d better get back to work. I’m really excited about the rest of the year and moving into 2018. It’s going to be such a fun little adventure, whatever happens. I wish you the most amazing week filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!
A good tote is such a handy thing to have and this free tutorial from She Can Sew for making a canvas tote is super quick and simple. Click here to read more.
I never know what size to make a quilt and so this handy quilt sizing chart (and free printable) from The Sewing Loft is now on my wall to remind me. Click here to read more.
Art Gallery Fabrics has this handy collection of 21 beginner friendly quilt block tutorials for those of you looking for some skills practice. Click here to read more.
Kelly at Kelby Sews has a handy little tutorial on how to make these 30 Minute Pouches and I’m all over it – pouches are so handy when you’re traveling. Click here to read more.
I love these tips from Stephanie Palmer on the Craftsy blog about keeping your quilting projects organised. Click here to read more.
Make Modern Magazine is a digital magazine made for modern and contemporary quilters. If you didn’t know I write a column for Make Modern called “The Hustle” which is all about running a creative small business.
Make Modern are offering a fabulous incentive to those of you that are thinking about subscribing; the first 100 new subscribers in September will receive a free Make Modern enamel pin. (I have them all and they’re fabulous!)
Annual subscriptions are AUD$40, six-monthly subscriptions are AUD$21 and single issues are AU$8. The issues are FILLED with great patterns, interesting interviews and handy hints and tips – high on content, low on advertising.
- Patty Dudek of Elm Street Quilts is hosting the 3rd annual Bag It event which kicks off September 18 and runs through mid-December. New bag tutorials plus bags from featured designers will be on the Elm Street Quilts blog. You can make a bag from any tutorial or pattern and link up for a chance to win prizes from some amazing sponsors. More information here.
- Yvonne from Quilting Jet Girl is kicking off the Wayward Transparency Quilt-along on 15 September and you can find out more about it by clicking here.
- Andrea and Elise are hosting the “Tilda’s Seasonal Ideas Collection Sew-along”. It kicked off on 1 September and you can use whatever fabrics you’d like to participate. You can read more by clicking here.
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