04 January 2018

Some Exciting News

Happy New Year my friends. I hope your new year has started off well (and continues to be wonderful).

I'm stopping in quickly (as I'm in the midst of packing for our trip tomorrow) to share a couple of exciting news bits. 

First exciting new bit is that my newest project 'Floral POP!' is on the January 2018 cover of Homespun Magazine. Yay!! This issue it out today and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy the magazine.

Photo Credit: Homespun Magazine on Facebook

This newest issue of Homespun also includes the sneaky peeks of the 2018 BOM, which I hear, is created with gorgeous Tilda fabrics. 

Okay, are you ready for my second bit of exciting news? Not only is my work published in a magazine, but I'm also in the Quilters Companion 2018 Diary! Double Yay! 

See the table runner which this diary sits upon?
Come back in a couple of weeks for my TROM post.
TROM = Table Runner Of the Month

I was so surprised when I received a copy of the new QC diary in the mail. We'd stopped into the post office on our way to do a quick grocery shop and I couldn't wait to get home to open my parcel. 

Without reading the attached letter, I quickly started to flick through the pages of this beautiful diary when lo and behold, there was a picture of my Tesela quilt in the first week of June. 

Squeals of excitement from me and my little lady as we traipsed behind the boys at the grocery store. I was excited to see the quilt and Amelia was excited because she's the one who named the quilt 'Tesela'. She's forgotten this, but she told me that she loved that name so much that she wanted to call her daughter 'Tesela'. I think she's changed her mind since this quilt was made though.

I'm going to go and finish packing suitcases now. We head out on our family holiday tomorrow and I need to make sure that everyone has packed enough clothes (and underwear) for the next two weeks.

31 December 2017

Taking Stock: December 2017

It's the last day of the year. Can you believe how quickly this year seem to have flown? It felt like such a short time ago that the year was beginning with the promise of creative potential, the excitement of the unknown and the possibilities to grow, learn and love.

I've had the best of intentions to keep this little blog current with the goings on in my life, but time just creeps away. I find myself posting a quick photo on instagram or facebook to document (or diarise) life's happenings as I have to say that I love the ability to go back to a day in my past as see what was happening, or to be reminded of a time when my family was young (and quite possibly toothless).

Perhaps, this will be my resolution for 2018 - taking the time to keep my blog current as a way to look back on what I've created, made, eaten, felt, enjoyed and just generally wanted to share and remember. 

What about you dear friend? What is your resolution for 2018?

Here's my December 2017 Taking Stock post. Find the prompts over at Meet me at Mike's.

Making: We spent Christmas in Melbourne with my husbands family and so I prepared a few small projects to work on by hand while there. I honestly didn't get as much accomplished as I'd though I might. I made my first EPP Mandolin Quilt block which is a pattern by Jodi over at Tales of Cloth

CookingTomato chutney and tomato chilli jam. Our vegetable garden has produce a crazy amount of tomatoes this summer and I wanted to find ways to make them last. For the cherry and small tomatoes, I used these thermomix recipes - chutney & chilli jam.

Drinking: Well it IS new years eve, so probably a cocktail or two with some family friends. My girlfriend Vicki has been researching cocktails online and is planning on being the bartender for the evening.

Reading: Love you Dead by Peter James is what I'm half way through right now. It's got a quick pace and I'm sure I'll have it finished in the next few days.

Wanting: For everyone to have the best 'last day' of 2017 possible. Oh, and if it's not too much trouble, a self-cleaning house would be lovely too.

Looking: Forward to our first family cruise next week. 10 days on a cruise ship, sailing with my family around the south pacific. The kids and hubby are looking forward to the water slides on the boat and I just look forward to sitting on a deck chair in the sun, with my book. 

Playing: 5 Seconds - it's a simple game where you have 5 seconds to think of 3 things, while the timer counts down. For example, name 3 Aussie cities starting with T or name 3 insects that sting. It's hours of fun for the whole family and it can get VERY loud.

Deciding: Which chores need doing first. We have about 30 people over for lunch tomorrow to help celebrate my grandmothers birthday. 
My gran passed away a couple of years ago, but it was always her tradition to have a big family celebration at her little house. Last year I decided to give her a little memorial birthday party and this year, it's going to be even bigger.

Wishing: My gran was still here to enjoy her party.

Enjoying: Cherries! The great big, dark red, sweet and juicy ones.

Waiting: For everyone in the house to wake up!

Wondering: Will the rain last? After some hot & steamy days, I woke up to a cool foggy and drizzly morning - much cooler than it has been recently. My favourite type of weather.

Loving: The Crown on Netflix. Have you seen it?

Pondering: What 2018 will bring for me and my family.

Considering: Which sewing challenges I'll begin this year (and complete).

Buying: Clearance Christmas decorations, wrapping paper and expensive chocolates at 1/2 price because they're boxed in festive print. Winning!

Watching: Big Bash League cricket. Oh my gosh, I never thought I'd be such a fan of cricket (or watching sport in general!).

Hoping: My mosquito bite would JUST STOP ITCHING! What are you best de-itch mozzie remedies?

Cringing: At the crazy selfies which will happen tonight.

Needing: To buy some flowery, flowy, breezy dresses for the warm days on the cruise ship. 

Questioning: How many suitcases will we REALLY need to take. It'll all be summery lite clothing, so maybe 2 between the 4 of us?

Smelling: Gardenia's in bloom. One of my most favourite scents in the whole wide world.

Wearing: My nightie - still

Following: A few new-to-me blogs including The Bluebirds are Nesting which was suggested by Jenny of Elefantz

Noticing: The time. I'd better get a move on. This house won't get clean by itself.

ThinkingI want to make a new quilt for my son's bed. His birthday is in February, so I'd like to make him something a little more grown up and big enough to cover his big, enormous feet which always seem to peek out at the end of the bed.

Sorting: The cupboard under the stairs. It's a shamozzle and really needs a good sort out and cull. Do you have a cupboard where you hide all the bits that you don't know where else to put?

Getting: Hungry! I think it's time for breakfast.

Bookmarking: Kim of my Go-Go Life has listed the BOM's and quilt alongs she's come across, starting in the new year. 

Disliking: My super itch mozzie bite. I think I'm allergic or something - one little bite always becomes a huge hard lump which is hot and insanely itchy!

Opening: All the doors and the windows to let the cool breeze through the house. It'll be hot and steamy before long, so I'm going to make the most of it.

Feeling: A little excited for the possibilities that a new year and a new beginning can bring.

Snacking: Cherries. Did I mention cherries?

Hearing: Noises coming from upstairs. I think my sleeping beauties are awaking.

What ever you do this evening, I hope you have a lovely time and I look forward to seeing you (more regularly) in 2018. 

Happy new year friends xx

18 December 2017

Sundae Quilt

Hello friends and welcome to my stop on the Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It's Sew Emma! blog tour, hosted by The Fat Quarter Shop. The Cake Mix Quilt Book partners with Moda's Cake Mix Recipe Cards to make 16 beautiful quilts.

When I received the invitation from The Fat Quarter Shop to join the blog tour, I hadn't seen the quilts, only the names of the quilts and decided on the Sundae Quilt. Honestly, who doesn't love an ice-cream sundae with chocolate fudge sauce and crushed nuts... yum!

I ordered the cake mix #3 papers and got to work. It's such a simple way of producing the most perfect half square triangles. 

It was a slow task, but I sat myself down on the floor and removed all of the papers from the back of the 540 HST's while watching Moana with my daughter.

This Sundae Quilt uses one print layer cake (I used Hazelwood by Moda) and a solid layer cake (though I was cheeky and used a white dot on dot layer cake. I decided to make the basket handles with a co-ordinating solid coral fabric which I already had in my stash, though there are enough left-over print squares from the layer cake to make them.

This is a big quilt. Really, really big. Probably the biggest quilt I've ever made. Once I get around to quilting it, it will be perfect for my king size bed. 

I'm still deciding how to quilt this and would love your suggestions. There is a lot of white space which I could potentially play with.

Here are the bloggers who are sewing along with the Cake Mix Quilt Book tour. Be sure to visit them and see the delicious quilts they're making or check #CakeMixMonday on Instagram.

26 November 2017

Sewing Mojo Mini Quilts

Over the weekend, I made the most of the Craftsy sale and purchased the Fabric Play: Sewing Mojo Mini class by Suzy Quilts. I've been a long time fan of Suzy Williams and just knew that her class would be total fun. What I didn't know was how quickly I'd want to make the class quilts! 

25 November 2017

Spelling Bee Sew Along: Bird Block

Spelling Bee Book by Lori Holt

Hello friends and welcome to my turn on the Spelling Bee Sew Along, hosted by Fat Quarter Shop.

Spelling Bee is the sweet new book by Lori Holt and is filled with alphabet blocks, punctuation blocks, cute picture blocks and 18 gorgeous projects.

The sew along features 88 blocks from the book and will continue for the next 44 weeks, with 2 blocks shared each week. 

The block I'm sharing today is the bird block.

The block instructions come in two sizes and I decided to make the 6" block. I used a fat eighth panel of Cozy Christmas by Lori Holt which was perfect for each different colour section of the block.

NB: I just checked the website and Cozy Christmas is currently on sale at Fat Quarter Shop. It is one of THE CUTEST Christmas fabric ranges.

After creating my block, I added a border and then quilted and bound it, making a cute coaster. Perhaps I'll get time to make a few more and create a whole set of birdie coasters. They'd make a fun Christmas gift, don't you think?

If you'd like to follow along, here is the list of participants in the Sewing Bee Sew Along. Keep and eye out for all of the cute blocks and makes each Saturday - #SpellingBeeSaturday

Spelling Bee Book by Lori Holt

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