Sunday, 4 December 2016

Gilmore Girls mug rug ☕

Whether you are a fan of the show or not, this free pattern from Anorina at Samelia's Mum is adorable and you could easily add your own quote. I happen to love the show and the new series. I listen to the theme song Where You Lead by Carole King on every episode!

It was a lot of fun picking the fabrics. The soft Make Drafts, Maker by AGF Studio is a sweet cup and I tried to balance it with the bold Shadow Dot, Hadley by Denyse Schmidt, which also fits nicely with the coffee theme!

I enjoy doing embroidery and a little project like this is a nice quick make. I used two strands of Aurifloss #2530 and a simple backstitch for the text. 

I added some hand quilting, steam coming from the cup and some little crosses to mimic the fabric print, using Aurifil 12wt #2021.

This is my first time doing reverse appliqué and, while it's far from perfect, I'm really pleased with it and definitely want to do more. I had no clue what I was doing so I used this Fons & Porter video tutorial to help me. I had the perfect brown Aurifil 50wt #1285 to do the top stitching. I did needle turn appliqué the cut out of the handle but it looked odd without the top stitching so I added it! It would be super quick to make this and just do raw edge appliqué but it was nice for me to try and challenge myself.

I loved Anorina's mug rug so much that I decided to add in some trim. I have a bag of it that someone gave me and is the perfect finishing touch!

Now I'm not sure I want to put my coffee on it so it might live on my bedside table instead!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Marti Mitchell Mini Quiltmania Link Up!


I'm excited to share with you all the details for entering the Marti Michell Mini Quiltmania competition organised by Gnome Angel and to tell you about all the fabulous prizes on offer! You have two weeks to enter and create your own mini using one of these amazing mini quilt tutorials. There's 13 quilts to choose from with varying degrees of skill required for each. The thing they all have in common is that they use Marti Michell Templates to make. The tutorials for all the mini quilts are ready and waiting, so you can just enjoy making!

Here's the complete list of all 13 quilts and where to find their tutorials:

  1. A Tree Quilt Mini Quilt by Rachel at Wooden Spoon Quilts: Click here for tutorial
  2. There's a Bear in There Mini Quilt by Cat at Cat + Vee: Click here for tutorial
  3. Rainbow Triangles by Tonya at The Crafty Mummy: Click here for tutorial
  4. Coral Mini Quilt by Kristy at Bonjour Quilts: Click here for tutorial
  5. Beach Boxes Mini Quilt by Peta at She Quilts A Lot: Click here for tutorial
  6. I Left My Heart in Colorado Mini Quilt by Lucy at Charm About You: Click here for tutorial
  7. Thanks a Bunch Mini Quilt by Angie at GnomeAngel: Click here for tutorial
  8. Bear Paw in the Bee Hive Mini Quilt by Marti at Marti Michell: Click here for tutorial
  9. Nebula Mini Quilt by Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts: Click here for tutorial
  10. Whirlwind Mini Quilt by Nat at Ouvrages de Nat: Click here for tutorial
  11. Fall Pumpkin Mini Quilt by Lisa at In The Boon Docks: Click here for tutorial
  12. Pineapple Slice Mini Quilt by Lisa at Sweet Little Pretties: Click here for tutorial
  13. Butterfly Mini Quilt by Raylee at Sunflower Quilting: Click here for tutorial


The lovely lady herself, Marti Michell, is sponsoring a fabulous prize for one lucky winner. You can win a $50 gift voucher to spend online at the Marti Michell shop. This is such a great prize for adding to your template collection and taking advantage of some of the great template pattern books Marti has written. Go window shopping by clicking here.  

Simply Soilds who are simply awesome are offering one lucky reader a mystery FQ Bundle. If you haven't heard of Simply Solids you need to remedy that quick smart. Here's a little history on Simply Solids for you.
Established in 2010 Simply Solids has been providing the UK sewing and quilting community with designer cotton solids in a vast rainbow of colours! We remain as one of the UKs premier destinations for Robert Kaufman's Kona Cotton Solids and our rapidly expanding blenders division is allowing us to introduce many more designer fabrics to our mix. Here you will currently find manufacturers such as Michael Miller, Art Gallery Fabrics, Makower and Riley Blake to name but a few!
Still not convinced, check out their Fat Quarter Bundles section and start dreaming about what's coming your way! Click here to drool.

Make Modern is an Australian-based modern quilt magazine written by quilters, for quilters. Make Modern is published digitally which means you can get your copy anywhere. One lucky entrant will win a 6 month subscription to Make Modern. Want to see what you could be reading, click here to see the Make Modern Pattern Gallery.


Enter by submitting your photo of your finished mini quilt made via one of the 13 tutorials to the link up below. Alternatively you can submit your photo to the specific album in the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Facebook Group or you can post it on Instagram with the hashtag #MartiMichellMiniQuiltmania and tag @gnomeangel and @MartiMichell in the photo. So many ways to enter there should be no excuse for you not to be in the running! Entries will be open from Wednesday 30 November 2016 @ 7:30am AEST (Sydney Time) and close Wednesday 14 December 2016 @ Midnight AEST. (That's two weeks to make a mini quilt, you can totally do it!)

Enter Here!


We have a secret panel of judges that will choose their favourite entries which will go in the running to win a prize. It’s open internationally and winners will be announced on Friday 16 December at 7:30am AEST. (Judges decision is final and discussion will not be entered into.)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

laughter and a winner

I just got off the phone to my husband. We had a really funny chat, it's one of those stories that if I tell you about it you won't find it funny at all - so I won't bother. What I will tell you is I couldn't stop laughing. A proper laughing fit. It felt so so good! I encourage you all to laugh today. Talk to your partner, a friend or watch something funny and have a really good laugh. Master of None on Netflix is hilarious, I'm currently watching it and would recommend it.

This little parcel is a full of secret sewing and is on it's way today, but sorry I can't share until next year! Admire the pretty washi tape though :)

In other cuteness, this little ball of joy is constantly cracking me up! She is so theatrical and loves singing all the songs she's learning at nursery. Adorable!

So on to the winner of the Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory giveaway...

69 Dude!! 

Congratulations Jessica! I have sent you an email :)

I hope you're all having a great week and that you can find something to smile about today! xx