With the holiday season rapidly approaching and 'sew' many handmade gifts to make, wouldn't it be nice if there was one easy gift that you could make for everyone? That was my goal when I created today's simple and fun sewing tutorial. One gift for all of them! 

Quickly mark all your friends and family off the list this holiday season with only minor changes to this reverse appliqué wool felt project. It's super quick and easy and a great way to use special scraps like those teeny tiny vintage squares that you've been hoarding.

I'm sure you're wondering how one beanbag-like project can make everyone on your list happy?  It's easy actually! Change the filling, change the colors, make a few extras and you've got everyone covered.
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I recently had a birthday that came along with new treats from eBay and our local vintage market.

...a classic Dymo label maker. It comes with memories of Saturdays at my grandma's house. Grandma June had two Dymos. She let me play with both and waste tape like there were no cares in the world. The M-4 Australian model takes the skinny 1/4inch label tape, so my eyes will be peeled as the roll it's come with is nearly empty and my newer Dymo uses the larger tape.
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I still make designs at Quilt Design a Day, but found myself slipping a bit. We had a run of uninspiring reference images and I couldn't convince myself to keep up with it. As a group, we put our heads together and decided that between us, we have more than enough photographs to come up with clever palettes.

I was up first at making our new creative sparks. We each take seven days then pass the baton.
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I kick it old school on Flickr. For me, it's still the best way to take in a lot of crafty goodness while cutting through all the noise. It was on Flickr about a month ago that I first noticed the Cirrus Solids pop up on the Cloud9 Fabrics photostream. Immediately I was drawn to the vibrant color palette - playful teals, mustardy-citrons, bold fuchsia. My heart got a bit fluttery at the thought of yarn-dyed woven fabrics in the rich eye-catching colors that I love.
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I was sitting at our table sewing yesterday when something sparkly caught my eye...

Our local Australian Rules team won the premiership this weekend. For my non-Australian readers, that's the equivalent of winning the Superbowl. It's big news. When we moved to Hawthorn, Craig and I rapidly became Hawks fans, bought footy scarves and even went to a couple of games at the MCG. Moving to the Melbourne area rekindled a love of sport that I had lost somewhere along the way.
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Our weekend plans. The webbing arrived. Nineteen chairs worth. We're going to be busy.
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I've been tagged by Anne @ Play Crafts to join in the Around the World Blog Hop. If this is your first time seeing an Around the World whistle stop, the idea is that you answer a few questions about your creative work and processes, then you pass the baton on to a few people. There's no end to the hopping. If you've got a bit of time, you can follow the chain back to the beginning, working from Anne's Around the World stop.
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There was a bit of confusion regarding my last post which showed my quilt, Cordial on Sunday, in Patchwork & Stitching magazine. A reader commented, "It's a lovely design but I'm shocked that it wasn't made up for the magazine!!! Pretty soon we will have whole magazines without real quilts in them. We can also stay home and cover our laps and beds with pictures of quilts, instead of real ones. Oh my..."

In case anyone else had the same concern...
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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.
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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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