I cannot believe it’s the end of October already! This year is just powering ahead and nothing seems to be able to make it slow down. This time last year I was in Houston with Kristy for International Quilt Market. That Market set off a chain reaction of things that have massively impacted this year and are still impacting it. When I look back on that Market and the months that have followed it’s been a hard year. But it’s also been an amazing year. I’ve gotten some big things done despite the upheaval and then somethings are totally because of that upheaval. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
It’s weird not going to Quilt Market this year. A small part of me wishes I was, but the bigger part of me realises that my business isn’t where it needs to be right now to take advantage of being at Market this year. Quilt Market is a trade show, it’s all about business, and while I’d love to be in the US catching up with the people I love and admire I know I’m better off here at home taking care of my health, my family and making pretty things.
Or not so pretty things… the kid has asked for a jack-o-lantern and it’s my job to make it happen. I have no idea how to do it, so I’m thankful for the internet and Google. It’s going to be interesting to see if we can make it happen as pumpkins now seem to be in short supply. He’s also asked to go trick or treating and I don’t think I, or our neighbourhood, are quite caught up to America yet when it comes to Halloween. (Thankfully!) I’m devising a way to let him go trick or treating at home using our hallway and it’s multiple doors. Wish me luck!
Wishing you a week filled with love, laughter and much fabric fondling!
This article from Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts was a really refreshing read, and an important one for those that want to see why it’s important to support your favourite creatives. Click here to read more.
A fun way to celebrate Fall (for those in the Northern Hemisphere) are these great Acorn Fabric Ornaments by Nadra at Ellis + Higgs. Click here to read more.
Simple Simon & Co. have this fabulous and easy tutorial for making a Halloween Strip Quilt. Click here to read more.
If you love a good cup of tea then you need a cute tea pot cozy to help it last longer, check out this tutorial by Kristin Esser from Simple. Handmade. Everyday. Click here to read more.
Flourless chocolate cake, yes please! 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 smelling: Time to stop and smell the flowers with this sweet bundle. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
B: I’m purpling: Purple, you either love it or hate it. I love it. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
C: I’m licking: This is the most perfect binding fabric for that Christmas quilt I’ll make one day. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
D: I’m influencing: You can pre-order Elizabeth Hartman’s Gnome quilt through Pink Door Fabrics. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
You can find the latest information about the following events by clicking the on the relevant link below:
Raylee at Sunflower Stitcheries & Quilting is hosting a Finish-along for those that are looking to turn their completed #100Days100Blocks2019 blocks into a finished quilt. You can find out all the details by clicking here.
Jill sent me a lovely email where she shared her amazing City Sampler quilt that she made as part of #100Days100Blocks and it’s HUGE! So big that I couldn’t get it all to fit in. I love how the red really makes this quilt pop!
I love seeing the quilts and projects that are made during my sew-alongs or from my book and I’ve decided I’m going to start sharing them with you all so that you can see the amazing work being done within this fabulous creative community. If you’d like to have your work shared please reply to this email with 1 photo of your work made during one of my events, from one of my patterns or from my book. Make sure the image is well lit and clearly shows your work so people can truly appreciate your handy work. Include the details of what you’ve made and it could end up on my blog and in one of my newsletters. If you have any questions, reply to this email and we’ll get it sorted together.
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.
- Deborah, of Driftwood Quilting, is hosting a great retreat in November! It’s all about making a baby quilt and you can find out more by clicking here.
- Vicki of My Creative Corner3 has some great patterns, events and even a podcast to share with everyone. You can check it all out by clicking here.
- Sally, of Felicity-Ann Bags, Crafts & Vintage, is hosting a beginners quilt class and social sewing circle in Gonerby Foot Hill in Grantham. You can find out more details by clicking here.
- Ellen of Handmade 3D is hosting an #instabee for those looking to connect with other quilters and make some awesome quilts in the process. The Bee will use the book, “Free Spirit Block Party” for the blocks and you can find out more information by clicking here.
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