Link Love: Fussy Cutting & Clearing the WIP Pile

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

Did you miss me last week? Sorry about that, I was off frantically putting the finishing touches on my book draft. I’m very pleased (and relieved) to say that the first draft is done and with the publisher. I have not had the smoothest run at getting this book done and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to having it all behind me and focusing on something else. But with that said, I’m getting really impatient about sharing the projects in the book with everyone. I’m really proud of how it’s all coming together and I can’t wait to hold the finished book in my hands.

While it doesn’t look like it at the moment judging by my blog and social media accounts I have been working non-stop and pulling together a slew of new projects and tutorials to share over the coming months. I’ve been working with the latest ruler from Marti Michell, Multi-Size Fussy Cutter. It’s fabulous. I have been a big fan of her 6½” Squaring Ruler for awhile now because of the clear quarter inch seam line which makes it so perfect for fussy cutting and now she has a dedicated fussy cutting ruler. It has 5 in built square sizes for cutting plus diagonal lines which come in handy for working out placement for half square triangles. It’s also got that lovely quarter inch marking all the way around it which makes it super easy to cut a shape that’s not on the ruler. I’ve been having so much fun with it.

The best thing is that for a few more hours you can take advantage of Marti’s 15% off sale by using the code “SAVE15” at the checkout. The ruler is already super cheap at US$12 so getting 15% off it seems like a gift on top of a gift. The sale ends midnight tonight, so you’d better get in quick. I’d also recommend checking out her other rulers and template sets. I’m slowly converting all my rulers over to Marti Michell rulers so I have consistent measurements in my work and it’s made a world of difference. Marti didn’t ask me to share this with you all, I just love the products so much that I wanted to let you know so you can try them out too. Out of all the good things that the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along has brought me (and it’s brought me a lot!) I’d have to say finding Marti Michell has been one of the biggest blessings.

In other news, winter has well and truly descended on the Capital and we’re all feeling it at the moment. I don’t mind so much the start of winter when the skies are bright blue and the days are crisp, it’s the middle of winter when the days are more grey than blue and I’m over having to wear fifty layers all the time. For now though I’m going to enjoy it and take advantage of this perfect binding weather to finish up some quilts that have been in the WIP too long.

I hope you have a most wonderful and fabulous day!

FUN THINGS TO CLICK ON

  • How adorbs are these fish laundry bags from Sew Can She? I think I’ll be needing to whip up a couple for our upcoming family holiday! Click here for the tutorial.
  • I loved these helpful suggestions from Pip at Meet Me at Mikes on how to help a friend when they’re sad or struggling. Click here to read more.
  • If you’re looking for a quick make then check out this free tutorial for the twisted nines quilt from Chelsea at Patch the Giraffe. Click here for the tutorial.
  • I’m a little bit obsessed with zip pouches at the moment (because for the life of me at the moment I can’t make one without some part of it going wonky) and I love this Spectrum Pouch from Heidi at Fabric Mutt. Click here for the tutorial.
  • A lot of things came out of the latest Quilt Market, but by far one of the things I was most excited about was this announcement from Cotton + Steel. Quilt photos just got a whole lot funkier! Click here to read more.
  • Love this modern granny square pillow tutorial from See Kate Sew. Click here for the tutorial.

 MAY IS FOR MAKERS

gnomeangel-may-is-for-makers-last-patternsYou might remember I wrote about May is for Makers back at the beginning of May and today marks the last Monday of May. I wanted to share with you the final two patterns I’ve purchased to encourage you to get out there and support those that are making our creative community stronger.

  • Social Tote – I have been eyeing this off for awhile and I decided to take the jump and get it for a little something special that’s coming up.
  • Legendary Pals – A little bit different, but I couldn’t help and grab this cross stitch pattern for an upcoming swap item I’m working on.

You can read more about May is for Makers by clicking here. It’s not too late to take the pledge!

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COMMUNITY CORK BOARD

  • The lovely ladies at Make Modern Magazine are running an amazing competition that just requires you to make a Mini Mini Quilt (that’s a quilt that measures no greater than 6″ square). There’s over $1,000 in prizes on offer and the competition closes June 20. Find out more by clicking here.
  • Patty at Elm Creek Quilts is kicking off the “Repeat” Quilt-along on 1 June where you can learn how to make a really fun word based quilt. You can find out more information by clicking here.
  • Ann from Al Things Beautiful is sharing this fabulous tutorial on recycled cardboard crafts. You can see it by clicking here.

SPONSOR MESSAGES

  • If you’ve noticed the new JORD watch I’ve been sporting and showing off in my Instagram feed and you’d like a chance to get $20 off buying your own or a win $75 voucher, then head on over and enter the competition being run by Kellie on Give a Girl a Blog. Click here to find out more.
  • If you’re like me and you like to dabble in more than just sewing and quilting creative work then check out these free downloadable papers from Sizzix. Great to use in any graphics work you might be doing (like blog banners)! Click here to get your free papers.
  • Fat Quarter Shop have released their new monthly subscription service: Sew Sampler. It looks amazing and I love that unlike other subscriptions this one comes with all the information you need to make a quilt. Each month contains a quilt block recipe card that you can use to make a full 12 block quilt. Genius! You can find out more by clicking here.

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