Link Love: Fun Link, Interesting Reading & a Community Happiness Officer

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

I’m officially freaking out that March is only a couple of days away. Am I the only one who’s feeling like this year is a run away train? Last week was filled with appointments, some enjoyable some not-so-much. I’m booked for surgery to have my impacted wisdom tooth removed next week. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it has to go and it won’t be a big deal. The fact that the left side of my face is now in constant dull pain is also helping me to look forward to having it taken out. With all the running around I got very little done in the way of sewing which just sucked.

But! I did get something kind of big underway – I hired someone to help out with the business! Yay! I’d like to introduce you all to Beth the resident Community Happiness Officer. If you’d like to read a bit more about who Beth is you can find out more below. Beth will be helping me out with all sorts of tasks and she’s already making a huge difference. It’s been both surreal and a little scary to be handing over tasks that I’ve previously been responsible for, but she’s made a cracking start. I can’t wait for you all to get to know Beth more over the course of the year and I really hope you’ll embrace and support her in the same way you’ve done for me.

Beth is coming on board at a great time because I’m going to be knocked out for most of next week, so if you see rambling posts on social media and the blog where I declare my love for you all then you’ll know that Beth let me get to the keyboard when I should have been sleeping! I’m actually really looking forward to having a mini-break next week. It’ll be handy to have some down time just before the Long Time Gone sew-along kicks off on 15 March. (Yep, it’s nearly here are you ready?) I’ve been working on getting everything ready and I’m nervously excited about walking you through creating this amazing quilt.

March will also see the launch of the Craft Your Blog Podcast. I can’t wait to share it all with you. I’ve been speaking to some amazing people and it’ll be awesome to share some of the wisdom, stories, laughs and advice that they’ve been imparting. It’s been such a weird experience learning this new side of sharing and connecting with my community. Apart from the technical side of things, just having to listen to my own voice is a new form of torture. *wink*

Well, I guess I’d better get off the computer and get on with my day – I’ve got lots to do! I hope you have a most fabulous day and a super week!

Beth is a collector and curator of fabric. Not a day goes by when she doesn’t think about fabric, or steal a few moments at her sewing machine. Beth has not been sewing her whole life. In fact, the reason she started sewing is because she fell in love with the Singer 160 and bought it… before she even knew what she was going to do with it or how to use it.

Fortunately, the local sewing shop also sold patchwork fabric and within moments she’d found her life-long passion in quilting. Nowadays she also sews bags and clothes for herself and her family.

Beth comes from good sewing stock: her mum sewed clothes and, as a young woman living and working in London in the 1950’s and 1960’s, she sewed amazing couture from Vogue patterns. Her mum’s mum, Beth’s Nan, was a seamstress. We’re talking wedding gowns and all sorts of sartorial splendour.

In her day job, Beth is an Executive Officer with a PhD working at Australia’s largest R&D organisation. And she is a mum to two daughters under the age of three.

Her days are busy, but she has a passion for fabric and creating beautiful and useful things on her sewing machine.

You can find Beth on Instagram via the following link: @stitchedmeup

I always love a good bag and this basket tote tutorial from Sew Can She is a great make for those of you looking for a new bag. Get all the details by clicking here.

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 With all the quilts from QuiltCon popping up on social media at the moment I really loved reading about how this amazing quilt was made by Sheri of Whole Circle Studio to help Aurfil USA celebrate their 10th Anniversary. Get all the details by clicking here.
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There’s something extra cool about big things made small, and it works a treat with this Pinnie Pennant from Heidi at Fabric Mutt. Get all the details by clicking here.

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I’m not a big scrap quilter, I mean I have a large collection of scraps but I rarely work from them. But I’m thinking all that might change after reading this great post about scrap quilting by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. Get all the details by clicking here.

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I read this post by Kelly Exeter this week on the “Empty Shelf Principle” and it’s really got me thinking. Get all the details by clicking here.

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Did you want to proclaim your love to the world? Then check out this Love Liberty quilt tutorial from The Strawberry Thief. Get all the details by clicking here.

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In case you missed it last week, I’ve shared more images and details about my completed City Sampler Quilt, “Lizzy and The City”. I also included a hint about who one of the major sponsors will be for the upcoming #100Days100Blocks2017 event. Get all the details by clicking here.

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.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase those items through my links I will earn a very small commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link, in fact in some cases I can offer you a better price via an affiliate link. I will not recommend something that I do not use myself. These commissions help me keep being able to provide you with great content for free. Thank you, in advance for your support!

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