Link Love: A Productive Week

I confess that I did not spend any money on fabric in the Black Friday sales. Although I was sorely tempted. I did however expand my patchwork related wardrobe and I spent big on quilting related t-shirts. I couldn’t help myself. I love the shirts I have and so when Patchwork Threads and Maker Valley had sales it was like kryptonite to my bank account. I live in my shirts from both of these companies and so I’m looking forward to adding more into my rotation. I admit though to being a little bummed I didn’t add fabric to the haul, but I’m trying to be responsible and use what I have a bit before adding more to it. I feel like I went to Quilt Market saying I wasn’t going to buy any and then came home with heaps. I’m at that point again where I’m seriously considering a destash.

The past week has been filled with thunderstorms, hail and a very close lightening strike. The weather has turned decidedly summer here in Canberra and it’s both a blessing and a curse. I adore the rain, it’s perfect for staying inside with just my sewing machine and the boys I love. It’s just a shame that it’s so sticky and humid for the days after it’s rained. I’m getting soft in my old age, I know. The change in weather has also brought out the creepy crawlies. On the weekend we had not one, but three massive spiders in the house. I’m not spider squeamish, but when two of those spiders were 2″ square in size I thought it time to call in a pest controller. It will be the first time I’ve ever used a pest controller, or sprayed for bugs, etc. but with Australia’s proclivity towards the deadly I thought it might be the safest thing to do now we have a child in the house.

I had a really productive week last week and I’m hoping to roll it over into this week as I finalise some things for their big announcement in December and I work on finishing up my Tula Pink Butterfly quilt. I foolishly thought I’d slow down a bit coming into the end of the year and spend some time just hanging out with the family and doing nothing work related, but I think that was a pipe dream. I also thought I’d be annoyed if that happened, but I’m actually really excited about what I have on my plate at the moment. A few big ticket items are coming together nicely and it’s giving me a nice little kick of momentum (something I’ve been desperately struggling with since coming home from Quilt Market). Now if I can just get the boys motivated I’ll be set! Wishing you a fabulous week filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!


I love this free Christmas inspired project from Messy Jesse. It’s the perfect project to whip up one weekend for Christmas gifts or your Christmas table. Click here to read more.


Kim at Retro Mama has this fabulous tutorial for making house ornaments (which could also double as pin cushions). Click here to read more.


Judi Madsen has released this Patchwork Christmas Pattern and it’s just so darling. Click here to read more.


It might be summer here, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be thinking about winter. Love this free quilt pattern from Faith at Fresh Lemon Quilts. Click here to read more.


This post on pattern stealing might be 12 months old, but the conversation is still relevant. I love this perspective on the impacts of pattern stealing by Sam of Sam Hunter Designs. 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 drooling: I cannot get enough of the products made by Rock Baby Scissors and this sew-together bag is fabulous (and on sale). Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$64.17.
B. I’m loving: I love the mix of wood, fabric and a topic close to my heart. Loving these quilt block wooden ornaments. Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$95.07 (full set, can be purchased individually)
C. I’m supporting: This is Sonia’s first pattern release and I love that she’s following her dream. Click here to purchase from me for AUD$9.97
D. I’m dreaming: I’m so tempted to add this pattern to my collection and stitch some ornaments up. Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$13.43

I’m offering one lucky person the chance to win this loot (plus a couple of surprise inclusions) by simply doing one, or more of the following. Each action listed below will provide you with entries into the swag draw:

  • Buy a Fussy Cutters Club Book Bundle directly from me (click here to purchase) = 10 Entries
  • Buy a copy of the Fussy Cutters Club book and email me (email: hello[at]gnomeangel[dot]com) through a proof of purchase = 5 Entries (click here for list of retailers)
  • Follow me on Instagram. Find the above image on Instagram and tag someone you think might like to win = 1 Entry + 3 additional entry if you’ve ordered a book from me or you’ve proven you have purchased Fussy Cutters Club from another seller
  • Follow me on Instagram and repost this image to your own account = 2 Entries + 3 additional entry if you’ve ordered a book from me or you’ve proven you have purchased Fussy Cutters Club from another seller
  • Follow me on Facebook. Find the above image on Facebook (on either my page or in my group) and tag someone you think might like to win = 1 Entry + 3 additional entry if you’ve ordered a book from me or you’ve proven you have purchased Fussy Cutters Club from another seller

All you have to do is purchase Fussy Cutters Club prior to 30 November 2018 (in your timezone) to go in the running. (Purchases from me are automatically included in the draw, proof of purchase from other sellers need to be provided via email hello[at]gnomeangel[dot]com.)

Fine print: Eligible book purchases need to be made between 1 January 2017 – 30 November 2017 (in your timezone). Open internationally. Winner will be contacted for shipping details once drawn. Winner will be drawn 2nd December 2017 AEST and details published in the Gnome Gnews Edition on 4 December 2017 AEST.

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.
  • The Strawberry Thief are having another sit and stitch day on December 16 from 12pm – 4pm. It’s a great event filled with lots of yummy fabrics, lovely people and piping hot coffee and tea. Tickets for the Sit & Stitch are $15 each and Tea/coffee is included. Places are limited and they have been selling out – please email The Strawberry Thief or call them (0400 933 902) to secure a spot.
  • Pink Door Fabrics are celebrating this festive season with 24 Days of Christmas. It’s a great sale event with custom bundles and special prices on some great fabrics. Click here to check it out.
  • Alison Glass is in the midst of her annual 12 Days sale and it’s a corker. Be sure to click on through and check out some of the bargains and subscribe to her email so you don’t miss out on the notifications.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase those items through my links I will earn a very small commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link, in fact in some cases I can offer you a better price via an affiliate link. I will not recommend something that I do not use myself. These commissions help me keep being able to provide you with great content for free. Thank you, in advance for your support!

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