OMGoodness, I never thought it would be possible to fall out of love with being in bed but I’m there. I’ve spent the last week resting and taking it easy and it’s driving me bonkers. I learnt the hard way that while I might feel great and my wounds look superficial if I do too much it completely wipes me for the next day. On top of all of that I’ve gotten a seasonal sinus cold from being in air-conditioning all the time. I’m not a very good patient. On the upside, my doctor cleared me for driving so at least I’m back on school duties and that’s a little ray of sunshine in my day. (There’s nothing as awesome as picking up someone who’s happy to see you!)
I’ve been laying in bed all week thinking about the things I’m most looking forward to doing in 2019 and high on the list is making a lot of quilts. My work output this year has been so stifled that I’m dreaming of being able to pump out heaps of quilts. We need more in the house and I want to make gifting of quilts a priority this year. I’d also really love a studio hand. Someone who can come in and help with the cutting, the stitching and the finishing. So, basically I want some elves like the Cobbler had!
It’s now December and that means, CHRISTMAS! I love this time of year. I’m not going to lie, I’ve watched a LOT of Christmas movies on Netflix in the past week. I love the traditions of Christmas, the decorating, the gift giving and the eating of many, many, Christmas goodies. But before I can really indulge in all of that I need to get back to bed. Wishing you a week filled with love, laughter and much fabric fondling!
Handmade Christmas Stockings are always such a big visual treat for me and this free pattern from Simple Simon & Co. is a great way to get started on making them. Click here to read more.
I love this pattern for the pixel chain from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. Click here to read more.
Looking for a fun traditional one block quilt to make for a holiday gift, check out this log cabin tutorial from Sew Can She. Click here to read more.
I love this list of 12 Christmas Traditions you can start today from Studio DIY. I’m such a sucker for Christmas. Click here to read more.
It’s time to start with the holiday cooking, and how good does this no bake chocolate reindeer slice look! 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 rainbowing: I’ll take one in every colour please! Love these cute embroidery scissors. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
B: I’m obsessing: I use my super tote all the time and I love this bright kit version from Pink Door Fabrics (and it’s on sale!). Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
C: I’m loving: I’m a sucker for anything that has strawberries on it and I’m loving this print from Amy Sinibaldi’s new line, Sonata. Click here to purchase this on Etsy.
D: I’m stuffing: Another great stocking stuffer for the sewist in your life, these cute little animal measuring tapes are too hard to resist. 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.
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.
- Jo, from The Crafty Nomad, has just kicked off the Ho Ho Ho Cushion Sewalong (#hohohosal). It started on Friday 30th November and runs until 10th December. It’s a super quick project for the holidays and you’ve still got time to enter. To find out more click here.
- Jo is also hosting a quilt-along starting on 4th January for the Tumbling Spools Sampler (#tumblingspoolsqal). This is a 10 week quilt-along using a foundation paper pieced pattern with participants making a block a week. You can find out more by clicking here.
- Kristin Esser, of Simple. Handmade. Everyday., is hosting a hand pieced sew-along kicking off in January 2019. You can find out more about it by clicking here.
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