…2012 BOM update…

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There’s nothing quite like seeing a plan come to fruition. Way back at quilt camp in 2015, I spent the weekend getting most of the blocks of my 2012 block-of-the-month quilt. The way home saw my layout plan considered, revised, and decided…then I got home, laid it out, and my single quilt as per the kit suddenly blossomed into a queen size. Christmas 2015 saw

…queen bee dori…

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Back in February, I was travelling constantly for my essential oil business. Every weekend I was in Melbourne or Brisbane or at the coast, and in between times, I had three trips to the big smoke for Boy2 as we underwent some testing relating to a reasonably new diagnosis of some learning difficulties (dyslexia, plus some other bits and pieces). I was also trying to

…improv stash busting quilt…

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Once upon a time, I signed up for a block of the month quilt club. Just shy of four years after the club wrapped up, I finally finished the quilt top (don’t talk to me about the actual finishing of it…). As we all worked through our blocks, we regularly commented on how generous the fabric cuts in the packs were, with multiple mentions of

…making morning time easy…

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that this particular crafter in possession of a warm bed, must be in want of a snooze button…   I am not the world’s most pleasant morning person. The alarm goes off, and my brain slowly kicks into gear, and I lie there mentally moaning for a good twenty minutes, trying to psych myself up to get out of

Butterfly Starts School :: paint smock

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  Even after 2 big boys grown and off to school, I still am constantly amazed at how darn quickly my tiny babes become big babes and I blink and my wee small girl is suddenly swathed in plaid, hauling a backpack almost as big as her, and wearing a grin so large it could be seen from space. Part of the adventure is I

maker’s tote :: summer sewalong challenge complete

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  Around the middle of term four last year, AJ shared with us the very cute Maker’s Tote pattern by Noodlehead. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect to stash all my bits and pieces in for out roadtrips, and next minute, out comes the C word. Yup. The challenge was thrown down, and so begin the search for fabrics.

Teachers Gifts {advent blogalong day 19}

Another year done! Where on earth has this school year gone? A quick post today, sharing a wrap-up of the gifts I made for the children’s teachers. I ended up finishing just in the nick of time – so much so that I didn’t get “real photos”!! For Bear’s teachers & class aides, he chose tea wallets, paired with some simple black & white mugs:

on babywearing with my baby

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It’s long been a fun game. “Mama! Slinky!” they would call, and come find me, baby (theirs, not mine), tucked under their arm, a muslin wrap trailing along behind them. They would cuddle their baby and hold their arms out while I tied up some approximation of my own sling, and off we could toddle, each wearing our own babies. For Butterfly’s recent birthday, I

Quilt Camp :: what I worked on

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My plan, for quilt camp, was to get a quilt top together. I packed light this year – a mere three projects. My big one was my 2012 block of the month. Each month, it would roll in, it’s little packet tempting me… c’mon, it would say, you know you want to… but there was always housework or children or other projects that demanded my

quilt camp 2015 :: what I gave

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Ah, camp gifts. The dilemma of what to make – with a whole year to come up with an idea and get them made, of course I would leave it until the week before camp to change my mind, decide on a new project and make seven of them. Where’s the fun in a project if you aren’t madly sewing the day before to get