Link Love: A Crazy Little Thing Called #100Days100Blocks

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

Holy guacamole! Seriously. Last week we launched #100Days100Blocks over on Instagram and it’s going off like a frog in a sock! I thought we’d get a few people participating, but not this many. As of this morning, a mere 6 days in, we have over 3,000+ images on the hashtag. It’s just amazing. I’m totally loving seeing all the different variations of the blocks and hearing about what inspires people’s fabric choices, what they’ve learned, the friendship they’re making and how much fun they’re having. I just hope they’re still having fun come day 80!

After what felt like the universe conspiring against me I finally managed to get my Marti Michell Mini Quilt tutorial posted. It’s been awhile since I’ve made a quilt that I’ve just loved on sight and this is one of them. I’m so thrilled with how it worked out and I’m keen to try the pattern again with different fabrics and in different configurations. (Click here to get the tutorial.) The Blogger tutorials are starting to pop up on Friday’s from now until the start of November. I’ll be sure to share the links with you all so you can check them out.

I must confess to getting a little bit excited. I’ve been lucky enough to organise a private workshop with Wendy Williams (if you don’t know her work then be sure to check out this link) in September and I’m so thrilled. I love Wendy’s work and I’m looking forward to learning a new technique (or two). It’s only a small class and it’s already filled with some amazing friends and quilters. However, we have one spot left and I’d like to offer it to someone on my reading list so you can come and hang out and have a laugh too! The details are as follows:

  • Class Date: 4 September from 10am to 3pm
  • Location: Material Obsession, Sydney Australia
  • Cost: $100 plus class supplies, includes lunch and snacks. Payable prior to class and is non-refundable.
  • The class is free form, you can work on whatever you like, we’re all working on cushion kits (I think!). If you’d like to see what’s available click this link or this link.

If you’d like to put forward your interest in attending drop me an email via this link. It’s a super small class and I promise it should be worth a laugh or two. I’m trying to decide whether to do the Tree of Life cushion (click here to see) or take the plunge and do the quilt that captured my heart a couple of years ago at the Sydney show, Round the Garden. (click here to see). Or maybe I should just buy her book, Wild Blooms and Colourful Creatures, and make everything (I do so love those little sheep)! Oh what a delicious dilemma to have!

I have another lovely week of working with fabric, spending time with the boys and just doing my own little happy dance and I can’t wait. I might one day come to regret it, but so far quitting my job and concentrating on my own small business has been one of the best decisions ever. Whoops, the boss has just told me I need to get back to work. Right, on with the day! I hope you have a fabulously creative day!

FUN THINGS TO CLICK ON

  • I’m totally digging on this half apron that Jennifer from Ellison Lane made, and not just because it comes with a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Click here for the tutorial.
  • Nancy Zieman (yes, the Nancy Zieman) is guest posting over on Sew Mama Sew with these fabulous fabric wall pocket organisers. Click here for the tutorial.
  • While we’re talking organisation, check out this back-to-school binder cover from Art Gallery Fabric over on We All Sew. Click here for the tutorial.
  • Love this Top Spin quilt from Melissa at Happy Quilting – bright, scrappy colour is always a winner with me. Click here for the tutorial.
  • Need a backpack? Then check out the Chubby Backpack from Heidi at Fabric Mutt. (I love it and not just because we’re both chubby!) Click here for the tutorial.
  • Tonya from The Crafty Mummy has shared her Marti Michell Mini Quilt tutorial and it conquers the thing I dread most, triangles. Click here for the tutorial.

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COMMUNITY CORK BOARD

  • 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.
  • Peta at She Quilts A Lot (and she does!) is getting ready to rock your socks off with the Sweet Stars Sew-along. I’m really excited about this sew-along because it’s going to be teaching the basics, and it’s always great to learn more and reconfirm good habits. Click here to find out more.

SPONSOR MESSAGES

  • Fat Quarter Shop are previewing the Scrappy Project Planner by Lori Holt (which is open for pre-order) and it looks great. I just love the sewing stationery accessories you can get for it as well. You can find out more by clicking here.
  • Have you seen the Quick Make video tutorials available from Sizzix? I just love their new Sweet Spring Home Decor Quick Make – just in time for our rapidly approaching Spring. You can see them all by clicking here.

#100DAYS100BLOCKS SPONSOR INFORMATION

Blocks 1 – 10 of the #100Days100Blocks sew-along are brought to you by the ever fabulous Cotton Factory

You can find Cotton Factory in the following places: Instagram | Website | Facebook

Cotton Factory is a Sewing Studio located in Ballarat, Victoria. We offer a gorgeous range of carefully curated modern fabrics, for use in Quilting, bag making, apparel and toys. We love social media, and welcome crafters of all abilities to the Cotton Factory Community.

Prize: A 5″ charm pack of Tula Pink True Colours, and a 2017 Tula Pink colouring calendar. Total prize value $55 (AU).

How to win:

Open: Internationally

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3 Comments

  1. Barb in Mi August 29, 2016 at 3:35 am

    Angie, thank you so much to you and the gang for starting & hosting the 100 day-100 block adventure!
    It’s incredible to see all the action under the hashtag – and so far it’s been doable at least for me. And finally using a book I have had sitting around for way too long. It’s a win-win and gets me sewing a little bit every day – and posting, too.
    Happy Sunday from Michigan!

  2. Ruth August 26, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Angie, I’ve seen this pop up in my feed and can see lots of people are having fun with 100 blocks – what day are you on? Would love to join the fun!

    1. GnomeAngel August 27, 2016 at 6:22 am

      Hi Ruth – depends on your timezone (and you’d post blocks dependent on your timezone) we’re up to Block 11 or Block 10. You can find out more about it, including getting a handy tracker, by clicking here.