It’s the last Monday of the year for me here at GnomeAngel HQ. I’m taking a much needed (and well earned) week off, I’ll be back on the keyboard come 1 January. For now though I’m going to spend some time with my boys, do some no pressure sewing and just enjoy the change in atmosphere that the festive season brings.
I’ve had an amazing year. It’s been so hard and it’s had it’s up’s and down’s but on the whole it’s been a foundational year. Without this year I wouldn’t be in the position I am now; looking forward and excited about what the next 12 months will bring. It’s going to be a big year for all of us. Our Little Man is starting school, which none of us are really prepared for. HUBBY will be doing more things with his work that may mean changes for all of us. My book is out next year, and of course there’s some big changes coming for this space. It’s an exciting time.
When I look back over the year I’m frustrated by all the wasted opportunities. I really shut down this year. I turned inward and spent a lot of time rallying against the things that were happening. It’s difficult to think about and I’m working hard to learn from it and ensure it doesn’t happen again. I feel like I’ve not done much this year, but then I remind myself that I wrote my first book, spent half the year solo parenting, quit the job I’ve had for twenty years, dealt with constant illness, broke my toe and travelled to the other side of the planet. So, all-in-all not a small year.
I’m really excited about what 2017 will bring. I’ve been working hard since I got back from Quilt Market to put big changes in place and start some new adventures. I can’t wait to share them all with you. But for now I need to go and do some last minute panic gift sewing. Wishing you a most fabulously creative day and a safe and happy Feastive Season! See you in 2017!
FUN THINGS TO CLICK ON
52 Weeks with The Quilter’s Planner has been announced and we’re getting everyone ready for a big year of working on your sewing skills and keeping your sewjo alive. You can get all the details by clicking here.
If you wanted to know more about Quilt Market from a business perspective then check out the latest issue of Make Modern. I’ve written a whopping 1,500 words on all the do’s and don’ts when it comes to Quilt Market. I’m really proud of the article and I hope it helps those of you trying to decide whether Quilt Market is for you or not. (Don’t forget Make Modern is a digital magazine so you can get it and read it anywhere in the world. It also only costs AU$6.95 so with the current exchange rate for most of you it’s around $5. Less than a cup of pumpkin spice coffee!) Click here to buy your copy.
Loving this article from Jenni at In Color Order on how to care for quilts. It’s especially handy at this time of year as we give quilts to people for gifts. Click here to read more.
If you’re looking for last minute wrapping ideas this handy tutorial on how to make a fabric bow tie from Beth from Sew DIY on the We All Sew blog. Click here to read more.
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.
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