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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A few weeks ago, I made a block for my friend Kristin to mark the US Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage.

In the crazy week before I moved to Adelaide, I wrote a tutorial for the #lovewinshearts block which is now available for free at Sew Mama Sew.

While my quilt block celebrates victory in my native country, I also want to take a moment to reflect on the situation in Australia. I don't think we can fully celebrate until #lovewins everywhere.

Our caravan interior is shades of cream and brown. There weren't any choices with that so I just nodded and accepted that it is what it is.

Many of the caravans we looked at were clinical white with bright lights that looked like a med clinic, so generally we are happy that our caravan looks homey. Still it needs small pops of color, so I am making small projects that help spruce her up.

This cushion is the first project completed entirely in the caravan.

Craig and I believe that it is best to keep life interesting and take unexpected opportunities. That's how in the span of about a week,  I packed my bags and moved to Adelaide for a short term contract.

Before I started in the craft industry, I worked in visual effects for film and games. It had been almost five years since my last project though,  so I thought I had left those industries behind.

Crystal of Raspberry Spool tipped me off last night that my My Type of Quilt quilt was in the latest issue of Patchwork & Stitching, 16-10.  I knew it was coming out soon, but had lost track of which issue it was going to be in. I dashed straight to the local newsagent.

Long time followers of Badskirt might recognize this quilt. She had a few comical missteps in the beginning before arriving at the beauty she is today.