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Monday, 11 December 2017

International Association of Quilters

Have you heard of the International Association of Quilters (IAQ)? 

The brainchild of Becky Jorgensen of Patchwork Posse, IAQ has hundreds of members all over the world, it's like joining a Quilt Guild but you do it all from the comfort of your own home.

International Association of Quilters
Here's a look at what 2017 membership included - 2018 membership will have all this and more:

How Do I Join?
IAQ enrollment opens only for a short time each year - and guess why I'm telling you this now? 

Yep, enrollment is opening again today, Monday, 11 December and

you only have until midnight on Thursday, 28 December to sign up,
then the next opportunity won't be until April 2018.  

AND, if you sign up before midnight on Wednesday, 13 December there's a free sign-up bonus 
- a spiral-bound 2018 Patchwork Planner & Calendar (international members pay to ship only). 
and YES, it is this one created by Patchwork Posse with a value of $18.99.  There are pages to help you track your projects, keep up with quilt alongs, swaps, your other quilt groups and more as well as keeping track of finishes for 2018!

So, you may be wondering what this has to do with me?!!!

I'm thrilled to announce that I've been asked to be one of the IAQ 2018 Guest Designers.  

IAQ 2018 Guest Designers
Here's the photo line-up:

Are there a few faces you recognise in there?  Obs, that's me top left, and maybe there are a few new faces for you too?!  

This is the monthly schedule:

February - Kirsty @Bonjour Quilts
March - Shelley @Cora's Quilts
April - Chris @made by ChrissieD - that's me!
May - Carolina @Always Expect Moore
June - Lauren @Transient Art
July - Tammy @Tamarinis
August - Joanne @The Fat Quarter Gypsy
September - Sarah @Fearless With Fabric
October - Emily @The Caffeinated Quilter
November - Jennifer @Jennifer Jangles
December - Lorna @Sew Fresh Quilts

Don't forget you'll also have access to designs from previous years which have included projects designed by Caroline @Sew Can She, Jess @Quilty Habit, Christa @Christa Quilts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Alyce @Blossom Heart Quilts and many more familiar and new-to-you names.

Sneak Peek At My IAQ Design
I'm afraid you'll have to wait until April to see my project design for the Association but here's a sneak peek at the fabrics I'm using.

I'm loving these fabrics - it's a brand new Dear Stella collection called Welcome To The Jungle and the wonderful ladies over at Cotton Cuts, which as you know is my fave fabric subscription box service (read more here), filled my December box with this collection especially so I can put this project together.  Thanks, ladies you really are the best x

Welcome To The Jungle Fabric
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More About IAQ Membership
I'd love you to consider joining me and the IAQ next year for a year of sewing!  You'll love the year-long Sampler of 2018, the Scavenger Hunt BOM, the monthly projects (don't forget one is designed by me!), swaps, challenges and more!

Being a member is simple and you'll have access for the whole year.  You'll love the community support as well as popping into the group on your own time.  No matter your schedule, you can pick up the patterns (new and previous years as well), and connect with others from around the world.

Scavenger Hunt Quilt
And, NEW for 2018, the International Association of Quilters is introducing a Scavenger Hunt Quilt.  Every month a new block from each of us 12 designers is shared, building a sampler quilt.  You'll be able to hop around and explore new sites and get to know each of us!

Join Us
So, head over to the IAO website and read all the info on becoming a member and join us for what promises to be another great year.  Can't wait to share the fun with you :D

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

By Special Request: iPad Case + Cable Storage

iPad Case and Cable Storage by

Earlier this year, during one of our weekly Skype chats, my Mum did something she's never done before, she asked me to make something for her.  More specifically, she asked me to make a case for her iPad, something like my daughter, Flicky, had made for her Mac using one of my tutes.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Free Tute: Point To Point Runner

Point To Point Runner Tute by

Measuring approx 48" x 13", the Point To Point Runner protects surfaces while making sure your table, sideboard or dresser look great.  Whether you're creating focal interest on bed ends and over the back of sofas and chairs, there are so many ways you can use it.  This clean, crisp design is a showcase for all fabric collections, modern and traditional, and is an easy way to ring in changing seasonal themes in your home.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Free Tute: Drawstring Back Pack

Drawstring Back Pack Tute by

Measuring approx 12" x 15-1/2", the Drawstring Back Pack can be worn by small children, teenagers and adults simply by changing the length of shoulder cord used.  Fully lined and quilted, my design features a trimmed front pocket with optional faux popper embellishment, side tabs, and a drawstring top channel that's constructed separately to the main body of the bag.

Back To School 2017 Blog Hop For Windham Fabrics

Back To School 2017 Blog Hop For Windham Fabrics by

I'm delighted to be joining Windham Fabrics today on Day 4 of their Back To School 2017 Blog Hop, sharing their brand new Aliens collection by Jan Avellana.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Exploring Australia - Material Obsession, Sydney

Material Obsession, Sydney, Aus review by

Have you heard of Kathy Doughty?  An American living in Sydney, Australia, Kathy is a quilter, pattern designer, fabric designer, book author, teacher and Sydney fabric store owner.  I highly suspect that many of you reading this have made at least one quilt designed by her. 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Back To School Projects + Inspiration

Unless you're hiding under a stone, at this time of year it's hard to miss the annual Back To School promotions in stores, on tv and online.  Feels like a good time for me to share again a handful of tutes I've written for pencil cases, bags and storage solutions that always prove useful at this time of year.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Tute: Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley

The Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case is wide enough to hold a 12" ruler and a notepad up to 5-5/8" wide alongside just about anything else you might need on your first day Back To School.  It also has a separate zippered front pocket to hold your spare change and even your phone!  Its size makes it super versatile, how about using it as a makeup bag or a coupon pouch?

Monday, 22 May 2017