Friday, August 22, 2014

Diamonds in the Deep (Daffodils in the Deep)

Hello everyone, we're on the slide down into the weekend. Yay for Fridays!

As I mentioned in my last post, I had four wonderful sewists offer to test my Diamonds in the Deep pattern. They each took a size to test, from crib to queen.

Today I'd love you to check out Susan from PatchworknPlay's amazing yellow/low volume version.

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Isn't it stunning?

Make sure you pop over to Susan's blog where she has many more photos to share.

And make sure you have an amazing weekend!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Diamonds in the Deep

Hello All,

I'm very happy to announce my first quilting pattern, Diamonds in the Deep, is available for sale!

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I have a new Pattern Shop (you can see it up there in the menu) where you'll find it listed.

Diamonds in the Deep uses various log cabin blocks to form an asymmetrical colour gradation across the quilt (phew, that sounds technical).

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The pattern is a downloadable PDF (not a physical, paper pattern) and contains lots of instructions and cutting guides and diagrams.

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Diamonds in the Deep comes with instructions for four quilt sizes: crib, lap, twin and queen.

You can easily make the pattern with yardage or scraps and yardage (as I have here) or completely from scraps. We are nothing if not versatile ;)

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I had four wonderful and talented testers make up a version in each size and I can't wait to show you what they made. But more on that through the week.

This being the first time I've sold a pattern, I think I've got all the different shop/payment/delivery interfaces set up properly. If you do decide to buy it (1000thankyous) and experience any problems at all, just shoot me an email and I will sort it out.

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Thank you and happy sewing!



Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Little Bit of Liberty

Today I have a little interview and an embroidery tutorial up on the Liberty Craft Blog - be sure to check it out if you are a lover of Liberty fabric.

For those visiting from the Liberty blog - you can find my embroidery hoop wrapping tutorial here.

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In other news, I received some fun mail this week - a copy of The Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making.

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I was asked some time ago if I'd like to contribute my Modern Chevron Baby Quilt to the book and of course, I said yes.

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It's a little surreal to see something of mine amongst the works of so many talented quilters.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. It's Saturday morning here and it's bucketing down - perfect quilting weather!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Newsletter inbound

Just a quick note to say that the newsletter will be popping into inboxes soon...

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If you'd like the instructions for this jumbo (32"!) star variation then don't forget to sign up in the side bar.

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I made this one with some Cotton + Steel.

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I was unable to resist the current navy and coral trend (although I think this might be more on the tangerine side of orange, but who cares).

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Hope you're all having a great start to the week!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane

I'm a little slow getting this post up (our visit was Easter this year) but I hope once you see all these cute, furry faces you'll forgive my tardiness.

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The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is located here in Brisbane and is the world's largest and oldest koala sanctuary.

They have 130 koalas in a multitude of display enclosures, which makes for great viewing.

Normally, whenever we see koalas in a zoo, we only see this:

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Or this:

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Not unexpected given koalas need to sleep about 20 hours a day.

At Lone Pine we were delighted to see plenty of koala goings-on:

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The koala presentation (given twice a day) should not be missed for all sorts of interesting info on the life of these little critters. (Did you know you can identify koalas by the patterns on their bottom fur?)

You can have a cuddle with the koalas too, and have your photo taken. The koalas only spend about 10 minutes 'on duty' giving cuddles before they are swapped back to their enclosure.

Here's one of the keepers collecting a fresh koala for cuddles.

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The black sleeve protects the keeper's arm from the koala's claws.

She explained that because it was lunch time, they were all expecting her to give them their lunch:

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No wait, come back!

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Sob. Where's my lunch?

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Luuuuuuuuuuunch!!!

Another keeper brought their lunch (huge bunches of fresh gum leaves) moments after this photo.

There are plenty of other Australian animals to see, not only koalas.

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We attended the Bird of Prey demonstration:

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Sea Eagle

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Barking Owl has just seen Nicki Minaj's latest album cover

There's a large walk-through park area with emus:

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And lots and lots of kangaroos:

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They are very tame and love a scratch behind the ears:

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You can also buy a bag of feed which they will eat from your hand:

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Joey in mama's pouch:

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If you're very lucky you'll get a special show:

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Ahem.

Our older kids were in stitches over this, and I'm happy to report that every single tourist, of all nationalities, raced over to take a photo. Global unification through kangaroo nooky.

Because nothing I can write could possibly top that, I'll say goodbye. (And don't forget to visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary when you come to Brisbane.)

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À bientôt!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Red Letter Day. Except in Blue.

Hello all! Just thought I'd squeeze in a little post before the weekend.

If you've been following me on Instagram (it took a while, but I've finally found my way over there) then you'd have seen this already:

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This is the Red Letter Day quilt I started at Camille's class last month. As it's for one of my boys I decided on a blue/green/aqua colour scheme, and I added an extra row of stars to bring it up to twin size (the blocks are 22.5" square).

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I ummed and ahhhed about the back until I decided that I would use all my left over scraps to put together some improv-style blocks.

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When I was through I remembered that I was planning to do a scrappy binding, but now had no scraps. D'oh. I might just go with the solid turquoise for binding now (same as the central, inverse star).

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In other news, I'm hoping to get the pattern shop set up this weekend and finally put my first pattern up for sale. I'm a bit of a tech klutz so keep your fingers crossed I don't short out the internet while I'm at it.

And finally, do you remember when I used to do French video clips on Fridays? Well, I've got an Aussie one for you. (If you're Australian you're probably at saturation point with this song, but I just have to plug the local talent.)

This band is from Brisbane (where I live!) and I'm fond of the video because 1. Creative use of cardboard and 2. Blue hair. (I also love that the lead singer and the two girls are siblings.)

Say Geronimo and have a wonderful weekend! (ETA: Video link here if it doesn't work below.)



ETAA: They have made a new video for the song as they are about to launch themselves on the (unsuspecting) US. That might explain why folks outside Australia can't see the first video. International video is below: 1. No cardboard. Boo. 2. Blue hair still there, yay!

Can someone outside Australia tell me if they can see this one? Ta.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Brisbane French Festival

Bastille Day, the Tour de France and this weekend's French Festival in Brisbane...it's hard not to think about France today!

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We enjoyed another beautiful sunny winter's day here on Sunday at the Brisbane French Festival.

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Lots of market stalls, French food, dressed-up folks and activities for the kids.

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As close as I've ever been to Tahiti:

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Churros with a warm caramel sauce:

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What happens after you say 'no more churros':

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And the grand finale - Pepper the French Bulldog:

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I hope you're enjoying your Bastille Day, wherever you are!

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