It's been out for a couple of weeks, but I couldn't make it to a newsagent until now. My quilt, Cordial on Sunday is available in the current issue, 15-10, of Australia's Patchwork & Stitching magazine. This design is a variation of one of my daily quilt sketches from Quilt Design a Day. In the same issue, I've written an article talking about the ins and outs of raw edge appliqué.

If you're an Australian reader, there are a few bloggers you might recognize in the issue. It's sold in a three pack of magazines at most newsagents, so it's a good value at $9.95.  I'd love to see this made up.

Welcome to new readers who've popped over for the Tidal Lace blog hop showcasing Kim Andersson's first collection with Windham Fabrics. This stop almost didn't happen, but thanks to Kim's persistence, I got to play with some beautiful new fabrics and I was inspired to create a clever new pattern. If you haven't had a chance yet, pop over to Kim's blog to read all about her prints and the inspiration behind them.
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I have a lot of strange obsessions. I fixate on things. I skirt the fine line between eccentric and crazy. It's a trait that my family and friends have all come to accept. My latest project comes as so surprise to them.

Lawn chairs. Dead, broken, deteriorating lawn chairs. We're bringing them back to life.

I've spent no less than a year scouring eBay for a set of folded seat heaven. These chairs rarely came up in New South Wales where we used to live.
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I'm a wee bit enthusiastic about working with wool felt at the moment. Four cushion covers later and and there's no signs that I'll be slowing down. As soon as I own enough cushion inserts, I'll see about getting better photos. Apparently a trip to IKEA is in order.  I've found wool felt to be terrific textile to work with. The sheets I used had a nice thick body and I'm quite fond of the flecked brown that I found.  I've got a few more wool  felt ideas that I want to try.

Sometimes a new medium gives you an extra bit of excitement - a simple challenge, something new. I've paired some wool felt circles with a peppered shot cotton.  I added double strands of Perle 12 for detail. It's going to be one very awesome cushion.

happy crafting, amy badskirt.
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So many Venn diagrams could be drawn to represent overlapping aspects of craft. Remember Venn diagrams from high school? The big circles where the cool shit always happened in the football-shaped middle? The center of those diagrams were the pinnacle of awesome. Never mind that you could draw them in reverse with the awesome on the outside... no one ever does that.
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This giveaway is now closed. Winner will be announced shortly.

We settled into our home quickly. We tossed down the quilts and the pillows and we made a nest. To celebrate, I asked the girls at Polka Dot Tea to sponsor a housewarming giveaway with some of their Japanese fabrics. Jeannette pulled together a bundle of ten prints, which I'm going to giveaway to you.

Before I do, I want to tell you about some things that I love about Polka Dot Tea.
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A few people recently asked how we are settling into our new home. The answer is pretty darn quick. We aren't ones for a show home with perfectly styling. We go for a more lived in approach. Two days after our boxes arrived, they were all unpacked. Things were put away and the nest of quilts and pillows started to fall into their natural shape on the couch.

We didn't buy any new furniture for this move. In fact we purged quite a bit - my sewing desk, our coffee table and the sideboard.
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Often when I go on holiday, I look forward to getting away from technology. On this trip, it was apparent that I was needed to take technology with me. I was still organizing a move, reviewing print submissions and finishing projects on a deadline. In lieu of lugging around laptops during our holidays and on our move, Craig and I bought new mobile phones earlier this year.

From mid-July until mid-August, I knew I'd be without my computer and/or a reliable network connection for it.
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Ready to have your mind blown? I made each and every one of these quilt designs on my phone.

Yes, my phone. I can hardly believe it myself, but it is true. Later this week, I'm going to put a blog post up about tools for travel - vector design, image processing, image transfer, blogging and more. For now, though I just wanted to show you what you can do when you work past perceived limitations.
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