As promised, the Prom Night Pillows pattern is ready to go in my Craftsy store! These sweet cushions were designed to showcase Kim Andersson's Good Hair Day fabric, but they'd look wonderful in any sweet and playful prints. There are a number of pattern pieces to wrangle, but it's easy construction suitable to an advanced beginner. The pattern includes two layouts, Midnight Kiss and Slow Dance.

I'll be showing you a number of samples over the next couple of weeks from my super keen pattern testers. I have to do a big shout out to them as they answered the call and tested things for me with a week's turnaround. I'm very lucky to have them on board.

I want to start with Anna's pillow tops, as she went all out. She made her first pillow top using a Heather Bailey charm pack.
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Nearly six months ago, Kim Andersson invited me to design a project for her newest fabric line for Windham Fabrics.  Good Hair Day is a 22 SKU collection with six hair-themed prints in a range of blues, corals, greys and yellows.

I'll admit when Kim told me she was making a hair-themed collection, I was a bit bewildered. I'm not much of a hair girl. I rock a very short pixie that rarely gets dolled up.
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Finding time to sew while working fulltime has been a challenge, but I always like to whip up a few charity projects at Christmas time. This string quilt is a bit sweeter than my normal style,  but it was clear to me that Kim Andersson's Good Hair Day and Tidal Lace belonged together.
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I am trying to stay a head of my scrap pile in the caravan by using up wee scraps as I make them. I also trying to justify the dozens of acrylic template sets that I brought with me. I went a little overboard with my packing for a six month gig. I'm not sure what the historical name of the block is,  but I'm calling it a #RolledSchoen since it is made like the Schoenrock Cross block with rotated corners.  I'm not sure what it will become yet,  but a potholder is a good possibility.
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During office drinks on Friday, my coworkers told me that Saturday was Pageant Day in Adelaide. They warned me not to head downtown as it would be a hot mess of people. As often happens, there was a bit of a cultural disconnect. I pictured hundreds of beauty queens with bouffant hair running around town giving a polite queen's waves. I pictured long, pastel party dresses with big bows on the rear. I completely missed the mark.
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I have long been a fan of Sew, Mama, Sew's Handmade Holiday series. When I wanted to find quick, easy projects; they were my first port of call. Beth, Kristin and the curating teams always pick clever and inspiring projects for the list.

As soon as I spied CraftyStaci's felt camera ornaments in this year's Gift for Tech Lovers post, I knew I had to make them. Being without a printer, I had to wing the pattern a bit. I pared back on details to suit my somewhat minimalist style.
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I popped by Tokyo recently. 

- coffee at Bookends in Shimokita

- businessman watching in Ueno

- shopping and parks in Kichijoji

- and meandering the Imperial Gardens

It was kind of a great trip.

Finding time to stitch while working full-time has been a wee bit more challenging than I expected, but somethings are worth making time for. Last weekend, I put the final binding stitches on my Transmission quilt which is made with my #wakeupcallquilt pattern.

The quilt block was designed during my daily design stint at Quilt Block a Day. I wrote the pattern, pieced and assembled the blocks; and then spontaneously packed the travel-trailer and moved to Adelaide for a short stint.
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I've pinched this photo from Lorena's instagram feed because I was so excited to share it with you and I haven't picked up my copy yet. Early this year, I was fortunate to host the editor and photographer of Simply Moderne in my home. Simply Moderne is a new magazine with a modern quilting focus from the creative team at Quiltmania. I feel so fortunate to be included in article about modern quilters in Australia.

It was a harried day when they came.
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