Link Love: Purging, Laughing & Unexpectedly Not Turning Up

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

Happy Tuesday! Did you miss me yesterday? It was a long weekend here in Canberra and so I took the weekend off and spent it with family and friends. It was just what I needed and I’m so happy to have had such a fantastic three days with people I love and adore. Sometimes you don’t realise what you need until you accidentally stumble upon it. I hadn’t planned to have Monday off but it just happened and it was fabulous. I’m feeling really pumped about the week ahead and I can’t wait to get back to creating and having fun.

I’ve been thinking a bit this past weekend about the people and things we bring into our lives and the impacts they can have. On Saturday I went through our kitchen and dining room and started cutting back on all the stuff that we had accumulated in the five years we’ve been in this house. We had a 5 x 5 ikea square shelving unit in our dining room and it was filled to bursting with things that we just didn’t use and things that didn’t bring any value into our home. I went through that unit ruthlessly and managed to get rid of so much stuff that we were able to throw the unit out and replace it with the kitchen hutch that I used to use in my sewing room. I can’t believe the difference it’s made to that space. It feel bigger and lighter and it’s gone from being a room I avoided to one I now like going into.

The transformation has inspired me to start looking at the other rooms in our house and think about what I’m actually using and what value it’s bringing into our lives. I find it so easy to just accumulate without purpose and it’s something I’d like to change. I hold on to so much stuff out of self-imposed obligation and sentimentality when in fact it’s just weighing me down. Sometimes a good purge is just what the doctor ordered and I’ve got the toy situation in our house firmly in my sites. It’s time to go through the tubs of toys and get rid of the broken and unplayed with. (If I can just block the thoughts from my head that the toys have feelings and lives like in Toy Story I’ll be fine!)

Thank you so much to everyone that wrote in or commented with suggestions for events they would like to participate in for 2018. A lot of people confirmed events that I already had in mind while there were some new suggestions as well. It’s all very exciting and I’m pumped to think about what quilts we’ll be able to make together in 2018. I’m going to do some more research and collating of ideas and then in November I’ll open up a survey and voting option and we’ll start to lock in our to-creative list for 2018. (Can you believe we’re talking about 2018 already???)

I’d better get cracking before the rest of the day disappears! I have a mountain of things to respond to in my inbox, fabrics to fondle and things to dream up today (not to mention a postman to stalk as I impatiently await my big fabric splurge from a few weeks ago.) Wishing you a super fabulous week filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!

These felt appliqué Star Wars cushions from Bugaboo City are just too cool and so easy to make with this free tutorial – perfect for the Star Wars fan in your life. Click here to read more.

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I just love quilter’s sense of humour and this block tutorial from Lori Holt just tickled my funny bone, it’s called “Netflix and Quilt”. Click here to read more.

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I’m wishing I’d found this tutorial before the Little Man was born, imagine making one of these number cushions by Studio DIY for every birthday from 1 to 9. Click here to read more.

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I found this blog post which is a transcript of a speech given by a husband at Quilt Canada in 2010 and it just tickled my funny bone (and made me appreciate my husband a little more). Click here to read more.

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This isn’t quilting related, but if (like me) you like to sticky beak into other peoples homes and buildings this blog post on Messy Nessy is full of amazing photos. Click here to read more.
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  • 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.
  • Sew a Softie is an initiative that aims to ignite a love of hand sewing in a new generation. It encourages parents and children to turn off their computers, put down their smart phones and discover the fun and fulfillment that comes from creating a simple-to-sew softie together. Sew a Softie is happening this July Sew a Softie promotes making hand-sewn softies through workshops, online tutorials and sewing events that take place all around the world. Sew a Softie was started to show parents who can’t sew or think that sewing is not for young children, that hand sewing is a simple, inexpensive and highly creative activity that everyone can do and that young children absolutely love. To find out more about how you can get involved click here.
  • Lisa of Andrie Designs hosted the Quilt Me a Bag series which was designed to showcase some of her most popular patterns all made up in a beautifully quilted manner. The idea behind the series is to encompass many makers, from bag makers looking to delve into the wonderful world of quilting, to those quilters secretly lusting to make their first bag, and apply some of those fabulous quilting techniques they are oh-so-comfortable with to a bag pattern. You can see all the posts in the series by clicking here, you can see the final round up of the bags by clicking here. If you’re inspired by these amazing bags you can try out all the techniques on Lisa’s newest pattern, Creative’s Tote, which you can purchase by clicking here.

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