Saturday, 29 November 2014

Caturday Wisdom #96

This (box) town ain't big enough for the three of us. Literally. Go away. Ivy and Ralph

Getting the stink-eye from two cats simultaneously is quite the experience - it's hilarious. Any time they get super mad or crow about the woollen mouse they've caught or put their ears backwards or forget to pull their tongues back in their mouths after cleaning is the best. They're so weird and it's my favourite thing about them. 

Announcing - the 2015 Finish Along!

Today I have a super exciting announcement to share with you about the 2015 Finish-Along.

The Finish-Along was originally started back in 2012 by Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap:

FAL button 2

In 2013, Leanne from she can quilt picked up the baton and really ran with it:

she can quilt

And this year the FAL has been run by Katy at The Littlest Thistle:

Finish Along 2014

All three ladies have done an amazing job of making the FAL the fun and motivating event it is now, and I am thrilled to announce that I am taking the reins for 2015!  

After a year of not focussing quite so much on finishes, I have a mountain of works in progress myself, so I'm really looking forward to completing some of my own finishes and helping you find the motivation to tackle yours!

As in previous years, there will be amazing prizes up for grabs, encouragement aplenty, and some great tutorials at the start of every quarter (so you can plan your next round of WIPs, naturally!).
Please feel free to grab my button and spread the word about the 2015 FAL!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

I will be providing more updates as sponsors join the FAL, and you can find all the details on my 2015 Finish-Along page.

In the meantime, hop yourself over to instagram and follow @finishalong - Rhonda is running the instagram account and I believe she's planning a giveaway in the middle of December.

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Black Friday round up

Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends!  Since there's some great shopping to be had at the moment, I thought I'd share some of the awesome sales that my sponsors are having.

First up is Fat Quarter Shop with 25% off everything:

Fabricworm have some great discounts going on too:

Westwood Acres are having their big annual sale too:

Craftsy's classes are all discounted, with nothing over $19.99 (a great deal!):


I thought I'd join the celebrations as well, and am offering my High Tea Quilt Pattern at just half its normal price (US$4 instead of US$8) for this weekend.  You can find it on Craftsy and on Etsy.

I hope everyone, wherever they are, has a great weekend!  I'll be frantically organising my entries for QuiltCon, spending time with my stitchy friends at our guild Christmas lunch, and hopefully getting some quilting in as well.  Plus, if you keep your eyes open, I have an exciting announcement for 2015 coming very very soon!

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Monday, 24 November 2014


I haven't been swapping much this year, but when I saw heaps of my online quilting buddies signing up to the #igminiswap being run on instagram, I couldn't resist.  It's being run by Sandy aka @curly_boy1, and the mailing deadline for international participants (i.e., me) is coming up soon.

igminiswap quilt

This is the mini quilt I've made for my partner.  I wanted to use some of the very special handprinted fabrics I got from Karen Lewis Textiles (formerly Blueberry Park).

igminiswap quilt

This log cabin variation, which uses wide logs and narrow logs (which are half the width of the wide logs), is something I've been wanting to play with as well.  I know my partner likes a low volume background, so it seemed like the perfect way to let the hand printed fabrics shine.

igminiswap quilt

Hopefully this doesn't give the game away, but my swap partner has some mad machine quilting skills, so I decided to take the complete opposite approach and hand quilt this mini.  I've been enjoying hand quilting a larger quilt but it's taking FOREVER, so it was nice to have a quicker hand quilting project!  I used Aurifil 12 weight thread in white (2024) and I love the effect.  I actually bought a box of assorted 12 weight threads (this one) because I see more hand quilting in my future.

igminiswap quilt

I bought a cute "made with love" stamp from Typo a couple of months ago, and I've been waiting for the chance to use it.  I used permanent fabric ink with the stamp and then added my own name and my partner's name (edited out in these photos) with a fabric marker.  The hand-worked blanket stitch is kind of my label signature now.

igminiswap quilt

I had a few scraps left over from cutting the logs for my mini quilt, so I decided to use them to make a cute little pouch to go with the mini.

Scrappy stitching pouch

I'm not sending the threads but they just looked so pretty with the colours of the pouch!

Scrappy stitching pouch 

My partner can use this pouch for whatever she likes.  But, it does fit lots of threads!

Scrappy stitching pouch 

As usual, I used the open wide pouch tutorial, but made a fairly random size (basically the size my scrappy panels came out) and didn't box the corners.  I quilted the pieced exterior to a scrap of batting to give the pouch a bit of body without having to use interfacing (I hate interfacing so much!).

Scrappy stitching pouch

I'm really happy with how this mini turned out, and I enjoyed making it.  I really hope my partner likes it!

Have you been making things to swap lately?

Quilt Stats 
Pattern: I think this is a traditional block, but I did the quilt math myself
Finished Size: 18" by 18"  
Fabric: various low volume fabrics, Pretty Potent Co-ordinating Solids Fat Quarter bundle, printed by Karen Lewis Textiles
Backing: Ephemera
Binding: Print from Lotta Jansdotter's Sylvia line
Pieced and quilted by: me

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Saturday, 22 November 2014