My first week in the new work space is done and I must confess it’s been a little bit weird and it’s taking some time to get used to it all. (You can get a quick tour of my new space by clicking here.) I never used to sew while I was the only adult in the house and our son was home. I didn’t like being in the sewing room where I couldn’t see him and so my sewing time was fairly constrained, now I can cut, press and sew all while keeping my eyes firmly planted on him. It’s been great for a couple of reasons, but one unexpected one is how much more involved he is now when it comes to fabric selection. Who knew a nearly 5 year old would have such bold opinions about what works and what doesn’t! It’s great.
I’ve had a big week of final book proofing before my book heads off to the printers. It’s a little surreal and a whole lot of awesome. I’ve even started work on book #2 which I’m super excited about. I learned so much from writing the first one that I can’t wait to make this one even better (and easier). I’ve been watching the #QuiltMarket hashtag on Instagram and it’s got me really excited about my upcoming trip to Houston for Fall Quilt Market. Finally being able to share my book with people in person will be amazing.
Since turning 40 I’ve been thinking about where I want to be by the time I’m 50 and how much I want to achieve and experience in the next decade. It’s been really interesting to reflect a little on where I’ve come from and look forward to where I’m going. Last week really sucked and it made me appreciate just how great things are for me when I choose to focus on the positives and not get trapped into thinking about the things I can’t control and the bad things that can happen.
I need to get moving with today. I’m finding it hard to focus and need to power through my to-do list before I head to the dentist to get my second ever filling. Wishing you a super fabulous week filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!
PS. If you’re wondering whether Quilt Market is for you, or maybe you’ve decided to go and you want to know how to make the most of it, then be sure to head on over to Craft Your Blog and read all about my top 7 tips for getting the most out of your Quilt Market. Click here to read.
PPS. The latest issue of Make Modern Magazine is now available and it’s jam packed full of awesomeness. Because we’re besties I’ve got a special discount code so that you can secure your very own copy for AUD$5 by using code “gnomenews16” at checkout. Code is valid until 1 June. Click here to purchase.
I really needed to read this post on “The Joy of Failure” by Smack Bang Designs which I read over on Blog Society. Number 3 really resonated with me. Click here to read more.
Are you using Instagram to connect more with the Quilting Community? I love Instagram and I’ve collated my Top 5 tips for troubleshooting Instagram when you’re participating in an Instagram sew-along. Click here to read more.
We’re currently trying to reset our eating habits by adding more fresh produce. I love these reusable fresh produce bags and you can make your own with this tutorial from Lia Griffith. Get all the details by clicking here.
I’m fascinated by half rectangle triangles at the moment so this tutorial on how to sew half rectangle triangles by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts has come at just the right time. 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.
- Raylee and Barbara at Sunflower Stitcheries are hosting a Cottage Garden Threads Collectors Club which is kicking off in June. It’s a great way to add some fabulous threads to your collection (or start a collection) if you love to embroider. Over the year you’ll use the threads to make a beautiful table piece. You can find out more by clicking here.
- Alison from Cotton Factory has teamed up with the Very Snuggly Quilt Program to help them collect much needed fabric for their charity quilt program. You can purchase a meter of fabric to donate to the program for AU$15 by clicking here (all you need to do is purchase it the Very Snuggly Quilt Program team will do the rest). All donated fabric will be collected on Wednesday 24 May AEST with a charity sewing day planned for Saturday 17 June at Cotton Factory.
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