Thursday, June 15, 2017

Here's the thing - Weekend Quilting

I seem to know a lot of people who write books. I watch them go through the whole  process. It appears to be very stressful. Of course, being me I can't help but jump in and say "hey I'll help promote your book when it is out". I'd love to join your blog hop, sew along, book circus.
Of course, fast forward to the books release and I am quietly shitting myself that there won't be anything in the book easy enough for me to sew, I will make a dog's breakfast of it, people will laugh at me, I will humiliate my friend, lose a friend and die alone in a bedsit talking to my canary.

Luckily for me, my friendship, and the aforementioned imaginary canary Jemima's new book is actually just as it states. You guys all know Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon. She is one of the funnest people I know, she is a rockstar dancer and pretty good with a hula-hoop as I learnt at quilt market in St Louis.

Weekend Quilting has simple beautiful  designs that most people really could sew in a weekend.
I told Jemima I would make the easiest thing in the book which I promptly did. I sent Jemima a gushing message shortly afterwards - along the lines of ... OMG I actually understood that first go !!! Jemima's instructions are super clear and the book is a pleasure to read.

This resulted in two surprises.
1. I actually quite enjoyed making this cushion. It came together quickly and I didn't need to fudge it. I even did the quilty bit (yea I may have marked the lines with the back of a bread and butter knife but I like to think of that as a Macgyver life-skill).

2. Cushions are bastards of things to take photos of. They have no internal fortitude. The corners stick out all funny and the bit on the bottom disappears.

received and eBook version of Jemima's book so I can't share any of the inside photos with you but you can go and check out some of the previous posts in the blog hop to see the super-cute things people have been making or you can join in on Instagram too. 

I hope you are feeling chuffed Jemima, you deserve to. It is fantastic !!

Mon May 29 ~ Lisa Cox -  A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
Tues May 30 ~ Robyn Shapiro - The Strawberry Thief
Wed May 31 ~ Melissa LeRay - Oh How Sweet
Thur June 1 ~ Emily Dennis - Quilty Love
Fri June 2 ~ Samantha Dorn - Aqua Paisley Studio
Mon June 5 ~ Nadra Ridgeway - Ellis and Higgs
Tues June 6 ~ Peta Peace - She Quilts Alot
Wed June 7 ~ Stacy Olson - Stacy Olson Design
Thur June 8 ~ Sedef Imer - Down Grapevine Lane
Fri June 9 ~ Elizabeth Chappell - Quilters Candy Box
Mon June 12 ~ Suzy Williams - Suzy Quilts
Tues June 13 ~ Rachel Howard - Family Ever After
Wed June 14 ~ Amy Sinibaldi - nanaCompany
Thur June 15 ~ Jodie Carleton - Ric Rac
Fri June 16 ~ Ange Hamilton - A Little Patchwork
Mon June 19 ~ Heather Andrus - Quilt Story
Tues June 20 ~ Elea Lutz - Elea Lutz Design
Wed June 21 ~ Lauren Wright - Molly and Mama
Thur June 22 ~ Claire Turpin - Claire Turpin Design
Fri June 23 ~ Jennie Pickett - Clover and Violet
Mon June 26 ~ Fat Quarter Shop
Tues June 27 ~ Alisha Orlando - Ministry of Fabric
Wed June 28 ~ Minki Kim - Minki Kim Sewing Illustration

Thur June 29 ~ Jemima Flendt - Tied with a Ribbon


  1. Oh my, you have Macgyver skills !!!!!
    Use them to come up with a canary pattern, or pin, just in case you might need one one day ..... wich I seriously doubt, your review skills are awesome :-)

  2. Just love it Jodie - you have done an exceptional job at a task I knew you were a little nervous about. Thank you for sharing your project in the Weekend Quilting Showcase. J x

  3. you get extra points for a clean knife.

    you do the best book reviews.

    I will always supplement the canary, never fear. Choice between talking to a canary or an elderly decrepit penguin mind you, you might choose to stick with the canary!

    also a very natty cushion and I love that seagull.

  4. It looks great and I know just what you mean about photographing cushions but you've done a good job with your props. The seaside spade is so cute - is it metal? The ones I had when I was very small were and God help you if you accidentally plunged it into your naked foot hidden by sand - it hurt like hell and there were tears before bedtime.

  5. I love the fact that you understood the instructions first go, so important. There is nothing more annoying than having to figure out their 'simple' instructions!!

  6. What a crack up! Mental note to read all of Jodie's book reviews from now on ��
    Cushion turned out pretty well too! Thanks for the belly laughs.

  7. I love reading your blog because you make everything funny and still get the important message across.

  8. Girl... your points match up beautifully! You rocked this! And I'm stealing your knife trick for when I can't find my her a markers. Yup, I have two and they always seem to elope together!
    Also, dress me up in a canary costume, and we'll hang out at the old folks home together! <3

  9. Way to go, your big girl pants look good on you ;) We love your toys and dont expect you to become a quilter anytime that you have finished a cushion and a quilt, I guess you could say you passed your apprenticeship!

  10. Congratulations, so funny to hear you underestimate yourself. Glad it came together so well and stress free. Canary? Isn't it supposed to be cats???

  11. Lovely cushion! I wished there was video of the hula hoop prowess.

    Marking the lines with a butter knife is a MacGyver version of the Hera marker. I love my set of Hera markers!


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