Link Love: Thoughts on Life

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

Technically today I’m (hopefully) driving back from a fabulous weekend in Torquay hanging out at Amitie Textiles and learning from Denyse Schmidt. I’ll write all about my experience later in the week, today I’m relaxing and enjoying time with the boys. I spent last week frantically working to make sure everything was set up and ready so that I could have a week off and it reminded me again of the differences in my life since I left my public service career behind. Once upon a time I’d just go to work, get as much done as possible and then leave on holidays and not give it another thought, but now I work my butt off in the week before hand trying to bullet proof everything and then I go on holiday and pray like crazy nothing goes wrong and then spend time troubleshooting while I’m away.

On the surface I’d say I don’t like it, but I realised last week that I actually really love what I do. (Some days I love it more then others…) I don’t resent the impact as much as I did when my “day job” impacted on my away from work time. It’s a really unique and special position to be in and the realisation hit me pretty hard (in a good way). I’ve spent so much time this year fighting the status quo and trying to figure out what I was doing when the whole time I’ve been doing what I love. (Sure, there’s improvements to be made, but I love growing my business.) I’m really excited about where things are heading and I’ve got a big twelve months ahead. I’m excited to get things started and finished and then rinse, repeat.

But enough waxing lyrical, I have things I need to do and places to be. Talk soon! Wishing you the most amazing week filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!

My book, Fussy Cutters Club, is now available as an eBook. Yay! My Improvable Dream Pillow is a project from the book. Click here to read more.

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If you’ve never done Foundation Paper Piecing and you’re looking for an easy gateway project and tutorial to get you hooked then check out this Get Happy Project and Tutorial on We All Sew. Click here to read more.

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Simple Simon & Co. have this great Framed Quilt pattern for free if you sign up to their newsletter. Click here to read more.

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Amy at Diary of a Quilter has this great free tutorial for making her On Point Four-Patch Quilt. Click here to read more.

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I love this bright bold quilt from Northcott and it’s a free pattern on their site. Click here to read more.

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Sewing Loft has put together a handy list of apps you can use on your phone (both android and iOS) to help you keep your sewing organised. Click here to read more.

I love to share the cool things that I find during my week of surfing the internet window-shopping and splurging. Here’s my top 4 from this week:
A. I’m hinting: In case you missed my hint last week about an upcoming event here’s another one. (PS. Don’t assume it’ll just be this one quilt so don’t be disheartened if you’re hoping to do the Awesome Ocean quilt.) Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$227.27.
B. I’m drooling: I’m trying to cut back (not cut out) on my sugar intake and so this fabric might be the closest thing to baked goods I’ll get in awhile. Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$4.22+
C. I’m obsessing: I found the perfect denim jacket this week and so my enamel pin collecting has hit another level! Love Audrey! Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$16.82.
D. I’m loving: I’ve got a real thing for dots at the moment and I’m loving this bundle and I’m thinking about the right pattern to show them off. Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$53.57
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.
  • Yvonne from Quilting Jet Girl is kicking off the Wayward Transparency Quilt-along on 15 September and you can find out more about it by clicking here.
  • Andrea and Elise are hosting the “Tilda’s Seasonal Ideas Collection Sew-along”. It kicks off on 1 September and you can use whatever fabrics you’d like to participate. You can read more by clicking here.
  • Monica at Knit’s All Folks has a great tutorial on learning loom knitting as an alternative if you’re scared of knitting via knitting needles. You can read more by clicking here.

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