Link Love: Riding in Cars Over Hills

There’s a street in Townsville (the place I grew up) that goes over a really steep hill. As kids my Brother and I used to love driving over it because it was like being on a roller coaster. You’d do this slow big climb to the top and then you’d have a brief moment where you could look out over the suburb below before you crossed the threshold and flew down the other side. I was always filled with excitement, trepidation, a little dose of fear and a crazy amount of wheeeee! when we drove over that hill. Life feels like that street at the moment. I feel like I’m coming up to the crest of that hill and things are about to get a momentum of their own. It’s a bit of an odd feeling to be having.

My book, Fussy Cutters Club, has started to arrive for those that pre-ordered and for stores all over the world. It’s been really unexpectedly amazing and humbling to hear from people who’ve spent their hard earned money on buying my book. I always feel so awkward and like I don’t know how to convey how truly touched I am when someone tells me they’ve bought the book. I’m slightly embarrassed for a nano second before all I want to do is animatedly talk to them about what they like, what questions they’ve got, what they want to make, what they still need more information about and on and on. I still feel really detached from the book in some ways and I wonder if that’s because I don’t yet have a hard copy of it. (Mine should be arriving this week.) I don’t know what it is about the medium of books, but I will never tire of the feeling of holding a book in my hands and turning the pages. I love eReaders, but seriously I hope we never stop producing books.

Over the coming months I’ll be sharing more from the book with everyone and giving some insight into the writing process of it. I’ve got a blog hop organised with some of my favourite bloggers and you’ll get the chance to see the projects they’ve made from the book as well as a chance to win your own copy! I’m working with the lovely Sharon (of @Shoppershaz_Swaphost) to host a swap of smaller items made from the book. I also got some great little Fussy Cutter Club gift items coming that you can purchase (and win!). I’ve got book signings and demonstrations booked for Quilt Market. As well as some teaching gigs lined up for around Australia. It’s going to get busy in here! I’ve set up a website for the book where you can find out all the details about it, including where to buy, where I’m teaching, resources for retails and more. You can see it by clicking here.

On top of all of that I’ve just signed with C&T Publishing to write my second book. What!??! I know, I’m crazy. I’m really excited about this one and it’s killing me not to be able to share it with you all, maybe I’ll ask if I can sneak peak you all some photos from behind-the-scenes. I’m also working on some new style events for 2018 that will give you exclusive content and greater chances of winning some amazing prizes. I’m telling you 2019 is going to be a full on adventure! With all that on my plate I’d be best served to get off the computer and get on with sewing. I hope you have the most amazing week filled with love, laughter and fabric fondling!

If you’ve ever wondered what I sound like, or what made me write Fussy Cutters Club, or even how Y’all sounds when it’s being butchered in an Aussie accent then head on over to Modern Sewciety and listen to Stephanie and I talk all things fussy cutting and life. Click here to listen.


Quarter Inch of Quirk (my pattern label collaboration with Kristy of Quiet Play) has a new mini quilt pattern available, Jolly Roger. It’s two patterns in one, you can either have a geo-fied skull (as shown) or you can have a geo-fied background. Click here to purchase.


I love a good skull project and this Quilted Skull Pillow from Modern Handcraft is just so easy to make. Click here to read more.


I’m baking a little more these days and this Frosted Apple Cinnamon Snack Cake from Delightful E Made has me drooling. Click here to read more.


Halloween is coming and Suzy Quilts has rounded up some great Halloween projects for you to make. Click here to read more.


And just because I can’t pass up a unicorn, here’s a great Unicorn DIY Pillow tutorial from Consumer Crafts. Click here to read more.

HURRY THIS OFFER IS ENDING SOON + PINS ARE CLOSE TO RUNNING OUT! Make Modern Magazine is a digital magazine made for modern and contemporary quilters. If you didn’t know I write a column for Make Modern called “The Hustle” which is all about running a creative small business.

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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 waiting: I’m a massive Heather Ross fan and I cannot wait for her new collection, Kinder, to hit the shops. I’m particularly loving the fussy cut opportunities with this little frog. Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$6.78+.
B. I’m loving: How cute at these baby seals! I’m planning directional print fussy cutting with this already! Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$8.01+
C. I’m reliving: This bundle of Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel has me having flash backs to the 90’s and I’m totally digging it. Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$84.00.
D. I’m hinting: I’ve been dropping hints about what’s coming in the way of sew-alongs for 2018 and here’s another one. (Side note, anyone else thinking the bundle of flannel would be a good one for using with this quilt pattern?) Click here to purchase this on Etsy for AUD$19.38
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.
  • Two Blue Birdies are offering $20 off when you spend $80 or more. Use Discount code TBB20 at checkout. Conditions apply – see Two Blue Birdies website for more details. Offer expires 24 September 2017. Click here to start shopping.
  • Anita of Daydreams of Quilts has released her first eBook, “A Year of Pixel Heart Quilts” and she’s offering it at the low introductory price of $14.95 (Canadian) until the end of September. (The ebook reverts to it’s regular price of $24.95 on October 1st.) There are 10 patterns for Pixel Heart Quilts encompassing many holidays and seasons throughout the year. Click here to purchase.
  • Patty Dudek of Elm Street Quilts is hosting the 3rd annual Bag It event which kicks off September 18 and runs through mid-December.  New bag tutorials plus bags from featured designers will be on the Elm Street Quilts blog. You can make a bag from any tutorial or pattern and link up for a chance to win prizes from some amazing sponsors. More information here.
  • 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 kicked off on 1 September and you can use whatever fabrics you’d like to participate. You can read more by clicking here.

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    • Hi Mary! That’s a really good question and my answer is, not that I’m aware of. The only real difference between the soft cover and the eBook is the formatting of things. I’m a fan of eBooks for fiction, but I think that the formatting to fit with an eReader just robs the book of all the pretty. Let me know if you have any problems with it. ❤️