Friday, May 27, 2016

Quilt market 1

There is no possible way to keep up with myself at the moment. I am days away from Quiltmarket and yet to post about.

I know you would have already seen great quilt market wrap-ups around the interwebs so this is just a little bit of my stuff for now. This Sew Together bag was made for me by my friend Katharine (@katharine_von_bibra on IG). It is the cutest most perfectly executed bag ever!!! In the background is the wonderful quilt made by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts.

Market is crazy and I did not leave the booth (bathroom breaks aside) for the first two days. I talked the ears off people and laughed (a lot) and even managed a prom photo.
I line-danced and gate-crashed a BIG party and danced like a loon to some awesome '80s music. I made a whole host of new friends and I squeezed some old friends extra hard. I missed the people who weren't there and made plans with the people who were. I had short moments of complete Designer Professionalism and a few important-people type meetings that have pretty much turned me off ever becoming an important-person.

There was very late night alcohol induced pushbike riding that involved stationary pushbikes and loud singing of 'Let's get Physical' and loads of sheanigans and merry-making.

I could say most stories involving me at market are greatly exaggerated.... But none of you would beleieve me if I did.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

By the skin of my teeth

It is Wednesday early morning and I am almost feeling human. I will crash and burn at about 3pm but then feel great again at midnight.

Yesterday we had a little wander and visited Walmart ( yes !!! Just like I imagined) and caught some trains and visited a wonderful colourful friend and finally met her daughter. It was a fantastic day.

Temple Square

Today we head off to Ikea to buy furniture and cushion inserts and dress forms and all the bits and bobs for the booth and begin setup. We will lay the floor and hang the curtain walls.... The craziness begins.

(The title of this blogpost refers to the descent into Utah in a very small plane, that had me grasping the sick bag and breathing deeply . We made it to the ground sans vomit but it was ten long minutes my friends. )


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I can see the finish line

You know how, at the end of a big race, there is always that last crazy burst at the end? People who have been running for days at a slow plod suddenly find that last burst of energy to sprint to the finish.....

I am totally like that, exept for the energy bit, and the sprinting bit and the running bit. I do however see the finish line and that is a good feeling. I am not sure whether the end of the list will be reached but I do know that nobody but me will know so it doesn't really matter.

Today was my last day at school before I leave and I have a lot of small things to finish off and a house to clean so the house/pet sitters don't run screaming from the door. Actually some doors will just be closed, thereby negating the need to clean behind them ( and if the housesitters are snoops .... they can suffer in their jocks ).

I am looking forward to catching up with friends at market - total understatement! I have made THE BEST friends doing this crazy fabric gig and I love that I get to go and visit different parts of Amercia ( except Houston, sorry Houston you smelt like poo). Mr Ric Rac is coming along this time to make sure I don't get carried away with the designer gig and disappear up my own arse.

There will be long days and sore feet and I will inevitably look like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards about halfway through the first morning. There will be new exotic foods to try (peanut butter with everything) and there will be dinners and events and meetings and Very Important People.

There will not be screaming babies on planes or hymn singing nervous flyer women. There will not be explosive tummy bugs and nor will there be pooey smells or steamy weather or hurricanes.

I have exhumed all the technologies that connect cameras to ipads to dropboxes to birth records or whatever and will do my best to blog a bit while I am there.

Tell me something you know about Utah. I know that it is illegal to fish from horseback and also illegal to have sex in the back of an ambulance on the way to an emergency....but I decided to go ahead with my travel plans anyway.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Spoonful of Sugar

 When Lisa of A Spoonful of Sugar invited me to join her blog tour for her new book I was excited. I have blog-known Lisa for about a hundred blog years and i am a great admirer of her blog - it is stunning ! Things being what they are i was also a little bit concerned about the timing as I knew I would be preparing for market. Lisa assured me she would give me a spot early in the tour - and she did !

I welcome you to the  Spoonful of Sugar Book book tour blog hop.

I am sure you all know Lisa and Sarah, the dynamic mother/daughter team behind The Spoonful of Sugar Blog... well Lisa has just released her first book and it is stunning! 
Of course if you know Lisa's blog you would expect nothing less. Her style is so recognisable ! This book is as beautiful and considered as her blog. 

There are projects to suit everyone in this book. From cute little felt beetles to the most stunning Cathedral Windows pincushion (which I look forward to trying after market.).

I made the sweet coasters and they came together far quicker than I imagined. I used some Ella Blue basic for the text and the little tonal is from my new range. The instructions and diagrams are comprehensive and super easy to follow. Anything that can be embellished with Ric Rac is a winner.

There is a great mix of projects in the book, some raw edge applique, Sashiko and English Paper Piecing as well as patchwork and crochet -truly something for everyone.
This book is going to become my go-to for hand made gifts.

I want to include a hundred pictures in the post and show you all the gorgeous projects but instead you can follow along the Blog Hop below and see as each person makes a project from the book.
 The tour is going to include giveaways and there will be a fun sew-along on Instagram.
The Sew-along starts on June 1st to August 9 and will consist of five rounds of two weeks. There are going to be prizes for each round and a grand prize winner generously sponsored by Alisha from Ministry of Fabric

April 27 – Minki Kim from Minki’s Work Table
April 28 – Melissa LeRay from Oh How Sweet
April 29 – Jemima Flendt from Tied With a Ribbon

April 30 – Beverley McCullough from Flamingo Toes

May 2 – Sedef Imer from Down Grapevine Lane
May 3 – Nadra Ridgeway from Ellis and Higgs

May 4 – Amy Morinaka from Chick Chick Sewing
May 5 – Caroline Critchfield from Sew Can She
May 6 – Kristyne Czepuryk from Pretty By Hand
May 7 – Bronwyn Hayes from Red Brolly

May 9 –  Anorina Morris from Samelia’s Mum
May 10 – Peta Peace from She Quilts A Lot
May 11 – Faith Essenburg from Sarana Ave
May 12 – Angie Wilson from Gnome Angel
May 13 – Sharon Burgess from Lilabelle Lane Creations
May 14 – Stacy Olson from Stacy Olson

May 16 – Ayda Algin from Cafenohut
May 17 – Jennie Pickett from Clover and Violet
May 18 – Wynn Tan from Zakka Art
May 19 – Lisa Cox from A Spoonful of Sugar

As Lisa said - not everyone can win a prize so she has generously added this sweet little hexie pincushion tutorial to her blog to say thanks for everyone's support and encouragement . She is an egg of outstanding quality.

Hexie Pincushion Sewing Tutorial by A Spoonful of Sugar

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Nod if you can hear me


Yes the sampling arrived. Do you know I get five metres of each print in my sampling?... In this case 20 prints . One hundred metres of fabric - that seems so mountainous but once it is tucked away on bolts it seems like not much at all.

I have made three quilt tops and given them to the wonderful Jeanette of Precious Thyme Quilting here in Ballarat. I made a fourth but have yet to sew the blocks together. (I fell out of love with it). I have cut up a zillion things and sewn some fruit.

I have written and re-written the to-do list each day and just like the weatherman I work on short and long range predictions, I cross reference and highlight. I borrow time from here and there and I always feel like I am running behind.

It is a madness.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Free quilt pattern - I blame the iron

Recently,  I was availing myself of the amenities at the shopping centre and took the time to read those interesting facts on the back of the door.
No, not the " for a good time  - call Kim" type notices - this one was about iron deficiency.
Apparently a lack of iron can lead to forgetfulness and silly mistakes. I am calling it. I am hereby drastically iron deficient.
That is my excuse for not posting this freebie pattern earlier.

 I made this quilt with the help of my friend Michelle (stitcher extraordinaire) and took it to Houston last October. I thought I might release it as a pattern - but you know, I have been feeling like every shade of shit lately so thought I should just share it for the fun of it. 

I promptly sent the link out with my newsletter and then forgot all about it (lack of iron obviously)

How cute are all those little quilty bubbles. Emma Jansen did the quilting for me in some sort of trade that I have now forgotten but I am sure I got the best end of the deal.

Anyway, the pattern is all organised and you can download it from here .

There is a whole bunch of free stuff over there on the sidebar under Free Patterns  - help yourself !!

I am off to eat some spinach.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Big news and bigger news

 Here we are on Easter Sunday. What better day to tell you about my upcoming fabric range.
Due for release in May at Spring market, this is Bunny Trail.

I am super pumped about it and am keeping one eye on the calendar and one on the to-do list as things get closer to market time. The sooner the fabric gets here the better, but in truth, I am not expecting it for a few weeks. Then it will be saddle up and sew like the wind to get everything ready for market in mid-May. (I am going to Salt Lake City !!!! Can't wait )

The neck / back thing has improved , and now  the man with the magic hands is working on the shoulder. New drugs mean my stomach lining will return to something closer to normal in a few months and for this I will be eternally grateful. (Oh friends it was a new and awful place).

But the really big news ? Bigger than a trip to the USA  and bigger than new fabric range ???

I have a grandpuppy !
He is the cutest puppy ever (of course)

and as a total bonus - I am holidays for two glorious weeks so I have plenty of time for puppy antics.
I hope your Easter makes you as happy as a puppy with two tails.

(His name is quite possibly but not definitely going to be Mac)