July Catch-Up

It feels like a quite while since I stopped to catch my breath, and write a catch up post. Life feels like it's moving at a million miles an hour, but in slow motion at the same time.  

I started a new job at my local quilt store, a few weeks back. It's quite perfect really. Just a few hours here and there which is quite lovely as I dropped out of the (paid) workforce when I had my first child 16 years ago. I saw the ad for the position and applied, not really expecting to get the job as I didn't have retail experience. But they've given me the chance and I'm absolutely enjoying it.

I bought a pretty fabric bundle after a very busy day in the store (picture above). Isn't it just a lovely rainbow of Tula? No plans for it as yet other than to sit pretty on my shelf for now. I also bought a pack of Bohin crewel needles. I've wanted to try them for a while... that's the problem with working in a quilt store... everything is easy to buy now.

I took some steps in putting together my first block in the Gratitude Quilt, designed by Susan Ache. This was the Stitching Kindness SAL hosted over on the Aurifil blog (this is where you can find the embroidery panels). The quilt pattern is hosted over on the Moda blog.

I'm sticking with my original plan of using 1930's style prints for this quilt. The white sections will be from my white scrap tub. Everytime I have left over strips or pieces of white (I used to make a lot of quilts with white backgrounds), I add them to this tub. Though there may be slight differences in the colours/shade of the whites, I think this will still work. It'll certainly be interesting.

We received our second shipment of goodies from Island Batik with new release fabrics. These fabrics will be used in projects through to the end of the year.

All of the ambassadors were to create an unboxing video, like we did at the start of the year.  Here is the link to my Unboxing Video #2. 

Thanks to my clever son and his video editing ability. 

Island Batik are extremely generous in the supply of product to their ambassadors and we have again been spoiled. One of my most favourite new ranges is this bundle of 10" square of Honeycomb (below). These colours are so rich and yummy.

This bundle (below) is the Clam Up pouch pattern from byannie.com. We chose and were supplied the fabric to make the project along with the interfacing/hardware. I seem to have an ongoing 'warm' colour theme going on, don't I?

Today marks one year since my mum passed away. It's been a tough day, although in saying this, most days are. 


  1. neat little video of the products that your son made I like that! you will have fun I hope working on all the projects using these lovely supplies!

  2. I love the fabric you bought at the quilt store. If you were located close to me, I'd definitely stop in and buy some; unfortunately you're not. My mother has been gone 16 years and I'm still using fabrics from her stash. She used to work in a fabric store also. I don't think she ever brought her pay check home, spent it all there! I'm sure she got a store discount. I'm reaping the benefits of her job. Happy stitching!

  3. Losing you mum never goes away, but it gets easier. ((Hugs))
    Looking forward to seeing what you do with all of those beautiful batiks.
    Have fun with your work and try not to spend all of your wage in store. LOL

  4. I tried again on my computer and this time it worked.........

  5. thinking of you and your family today, I can't wait to see what you make with your gorgeous fabrics, the Tula and the batik.

  6. Sounds like the perfect job - tempting though! Gorgeous batiks and the clam bag looks like a great pattern. xx

  7. making me drool again here anorina....such lovely new bundle and oh those batiks! so sorry about your down day, hope some good memories come to mind to cheer you.


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