Last weekend I wanted to make something quick and easy and satisfying! So I decided to use some of my favourite fabrics and make a little log-cabin. It was so fun to make, although it was tricky to choose a fabric for the centre square. I love this quilt because it’s the first time (while auditioning a number of different coloured fabrics) that I ever heard Ange say the words, “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think I like the purple best”. I’m hoping to finish it this week because March is madness for me, in a good way.
Once you start buying fabric it’s a slippery slope. These days there are tons of fabric lines being released regularly and every time a new one comes out, I must have it. There are are lots of designers I love and often if you don’t buy the material when it comes out, you miss out. And it’s rarely reprinted. And then you have to start the obsessive hunt on etsy for ‘oop’s’ (out of print) that you loved but couldn’t quite afford at the time! Ha oh first world problems. Anyhow, I thought I would share some of my favorites of the moment.
Leah Duncan’s new line for Art Gallery Fabrics is called Meadow.
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I loved Carolyn Friedlanders Architextures and her new line, Botanics is also a fav.
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Ellen Luckett Baker is also awesome. Her new line is called Garden and even though I don’t love butterflies, I adore this collection.
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I spend hours shopping online and tweaking my cart, I don’t buy tons, but I do have hundreds of wish purchases just waiting there. I just need to get rich and buy a house with a bedroom just for fabric. Don’t even get me started on the 2014 Liberty of London spring releases…
Have you seen the new/gossip website that takes a different approach to viewing celebrities and world news? It’s called the Philosophers’ Mail and it’s run by the wonderful School of Life which is partly to do with the also wonderful, Alain de Botton. One of my favorite authors.
Here’s how the School of Life explains their new site:
The School of Life is proud to announce its latest venture, a new media outlet we’ve called The Philosophers’ Mail. This daily online news source is committed to bringing you the latest, biggest stories, as interpreted by a team of our in-house philosophers rather than journalists. We will have reports coming in from London and from our foreign bureaux in Melbourne, Amsterdam, Paris and Istanbul.
The goal of the Philosopher’s Mail is to prove a genuinely popular and populist news outlet which at the same time is alive to traditional philosophical virtues.
For too long, philosophers have been happy merely to be wise and right. This has offered them huge professional satisfaction but it has not influenced the course of society. The average work of philosophy currently reaches 300 people.
So I began reading this newspaper of sorts each day and I can honestly say I find it quite refreshing. I work in a salon, that means, obviously I am ontop of the hottest celebrity goss! But it is unbelievably sad over time and yet I’m still always curious.
Alain de Botton is such an interesting man, I’m sure many of you know him well. I really do recommend any of his marvellous books, they are somewhere between self-help and prose. Sometimes he merely states the obvious, but I always find that to be the best kind of writing, the kind that makes you re-look at what you already know. I first stumbled across him years ago when, by chance, I watched a series on the ABC called “the Perfect Home” which was SO good I’ve looked for it since to no avail. Based on “the Architecture of Happiness” which is my favorite of his books.
Even though it’s already February (already!) I really feel the new year is still fresh. I’ve been handed some great opportunities this year, which I am so happy I can act on. No more working for people who think you’re lucky to have a job with them. Time to be more in control of where I want my life to go and surround myself with people who want to move forward with integrity, happiness and enthusiasm. I’m fortunate to have a ton of support from many people which I only hope I return some way or another. I will shortly be spending more time in this beautiful space. With thanks to Nadyne for giving me an amazing reason to return to Montreal.
I’ve also been sewing here and there! A finished quilt top for MY NEPHEW OR NIECE!!! I can finally talk about how super excited I am about becoming an Aunty for the first time in May!! I just could not be more proud of my sister for how well she is handling herself, most un-cranky pregnant lady ever! Even with the insane Aussie heat! What a champ.
But that quilt top is a secret (shh) so I am going to share pics later. In the meantime I just purchased this awesome quilt pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew.
The Pow wow quilt. I’ve really liked it for ages and I finally bought it last week. So far it’s really easy and fun to sew. The one I’m currently making will be a lap quilt for my other gorgeous sister, who I recently made some cushions for. A lap quilt is the perfect thing to make with extra fabric from cushions. Matchy couch comfort!
I’m late to wish everyone a happy new year! I took a blogging break while I spent a few glorious weeks in my beautiful homeland, Australia. It was roasting hot and I loved every second of it. Now that I’ve returned to a nippy -20°C I’m writing long lists of to-do’s for 2014 and trying to manage some brutal jet-lag. It still seems weird for it to be cold in the new year, it’s a bit less motivating than I’m used to, but this year is already full of much change and possibility which I’m excited about.
There will be some sewing happening soon, with lots of new fabric I spoiled myself with, I’m keen to get back to it. I’m not a resolutions type person, but this year I’m trying to choose happiness if I can. Did you make resolutions?
As I fly in to Sydney each year to return home for some much needed Australia time, I am always struck by what a gorgeous city it is. Even though I’m not from Sydney (I have to do another little flight after arriving in Sydney), I can really see why people find the city magnificent.
The harbour has so many fingers reaching inland, there are hidden coves and beaches all over the place. A pain for drivers, but a vision from above. We always like to watch the fireworks from Sydney on New Years, the harbour bridge was pretty much made for those fireworks! I recently stumbled upon these amazing photographs of the iconic bridge being built in 1920′s. It took almost 10 years to build, how awesome.
All images from SMH website except for 4,5,6 and 8 from here and 1 from here.
Wowzer, the end of the year is flying by. I can’t believe it’s mid-month already. Do I say that every month? I think so. I’ve been manically Christmas shopping. We still buy gifts for everyone in our family as well as partners and in-laws, it amounts to well over 20 gifts for me which I am kind of struggling with this year! Some people are easy, but I refuse to buy crappy filler presents for people who are harder. If all else fails food is always my back-up. Everyone loves a treat that doesn’t take up much space (aside from in the stomach!)
I sewed a few more Farmers Wife blocks because after I lay them all out a couple weeks ago I realised that I only had about 10 more to make. Out of 100 that is such an awesome relief. Much as I love making them, I am ready to move on!
It snowed almost 2 feet (half a meter) here last night and today! Snow is marvellous! I can take the cold if there is beautiful sparkling pillowy brightness everywhere. The sound changes, everything is quieter because the snow absorbs the sound, so the usual traffic I hear outside is pleasantly muffled. You should see Mitch go crazy out there too – dogs LOVE the snow. Seems odd that in a week I will be sipping cocktails by the pool for a real Aussie Christmas.