Sewing machine servicing: 5 things that should be included

Sewing machine servicing: 5 things that should be included

Ok, I know this post is supposed to be about sewing machine servicing, but humour me for a second and imagine you’ve just picked up a brand new set of wheels.  You’ve been waiting for ages.  Saving your pennies.  And finally (FINALLY!) you’re driving away in the car of your dreams.  So, what’s the first thing that comes to mind as you ease out of the car dealership and onto the road?

Let me tell you what it’s not. (more…)

Dragon & Bat Wings | A new Wife-made Wings add-on!

Dragon & Bat Wings | A new Wife-made Wings add-on!

The Dragon & Bat Wings Add-on has technically been available now for about two weeks now – this is currently the story of my life.  I’m late to most things, I’ve usually forgotten something, and my standards of dressing have significantly dropped.  Thankfully I live in a city where thongs are considered acceptable attire for most occasions.

But, as the saying goes, better late than never…

I am very pleased to be able to welcome this little addition to my pattern portfolio.  (Remember the other three? The original Butterfly, the Lacewing and the Bumblebee!)  It turned out pretty much exactly as I had hoped, which is a minor miracle considering post-partum baby brain. (Leo slept through last night for the first time!  It was his 5 month birthday gift to me.  So thoughtful of him really.  Let’s hope it continues… EDIT: It has not.) (more…)

Blog Tour | Pretty Handmades & the Lovely Leaf Scissor Keeper

Blog Tour | Pretty Handmades & the Lovely Leaf Scissor Keeper

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Ok, I gotta be honest.  I’ve been trying to think how I could spin this post about Lauren Wright’s debut book, Pretty Handmades, to make myself look good, or at the very least, save a bit of face, but there are some moments when you just gotta stand and face the music.

I mean, I could complain about how my brain isn’t functioning at full capacity of late, and blame newborn sleep patterns.  Or I could whinge about how newborns (this one, in particular) and children in general are a time blackhole, sucking in every second of the day so that you’re left, quite often, wondering how on earth it’s 9pm already and you’ve only just finished tidying the kitchen.  Or I could whine about how the simplest sewing activities take me ten times as long as they take the average Jo, because I have to get up about ten million times to feed/water the children…………………………………

Yeah, I could try to shift the blame as much as I want, but that doesn’t change the cold, hard, irrefutable fact.

And that fact is… I’m a terrible hand-stitcher. (more…)

Blog Tour | A Piece of Cake

Blog Tour | A Piece of Cake

There are some things in life that should always be shared.  Firstly… cake.  Secondly… quilting books.

You can, therefore, imagine my excitement when I was asked to join in the blog tour for the release of  ‘A Piece of Cake’ by Peta Peace of the delicious blog, She Quilts A Lot, and published by Martingale, because it happens to be a quilting book with cake on the cover! My prayers have been answered! (more…)

My top 5 tips to find your sewjo again!

My top 5 tips to find your sewjo again!

You know the feeling.  The WIP piles (yes, that was meant to be a plural) keep growing.  Deadlines are looming.  The sewing room is a mess (ok, so that’s a given).  All you want to do is close the door and pretend it’s not there.

You’re in a creative/sewing/quilting {insert most appropriate adjective here} funk, and there’s nothing you can do about it, except hope that someday you’ll find your sewjo again (most probably under a pile of fabric scraps).  Right?

WRONG!

Pull yourself together, put on your big girl/boy undies and get yourself out of that rut by following my top five mojo-locating strategies!

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Tilda Harvest | The ‘Lovebird’ Quilt

Tilda Harvest | The ‘Lovebird’ Quilt

It’s my day on the Tilda Harvest blog hop!  I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to sew with Tilda fabric.  I have been a huge fan of the Tilda brand for a while.  Tone’s style really appealed to me when I first started sewing, and hers was one of the first designer collections I spent my hard-earned cash on.  I still have scraps of those first purchases in a special basket that houses only Tilda fabrics.  I’m saving them up for a scrappy Tilda quilt. (more…)

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