I've had some pretty great fabric roll in since I got home from our Nullarbor trip including Maker, an in-house designed Art Gallery Fabrics collection which arrived this week from Polka Dot Tea. I couldn't resist the urge to share some photos before I dive in and cut it.

Polka Dot Tea is a online fabric boutique, co-owned by two quite clever girls. Jeannette and Danielle combine their styles selecting fun, funky, sweet, trendy prints for their online shop including Liberty of London, hard-to-find Japanese prints and some of the best pieces from the production companies in the states.

The Maker collection has twenty pieces in the range in a mix of sewing-themed and geometric prints.

My first was the Big Banana. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Australia's highway network seems small compared to the roads I've traveled in the US. The towns are fewer with more space between them. The roads are narrower; the roadhouses less frequent.

I grew up in a small town in Illinois nestled along old Route 66. On our weekly trip to my grandma's house, we'd pass remnants of old restaurants and motels. We ate in the truck stops and drive-ins that were still operating.

It was the summer of 2000 and Sydney was hosting the Olympics when I first heard about the Indian Pacific. Somewhere between gymnastics and the hurdles, a story broke about the train that make its way across the desert, rolling from Sydney to Perth. I called my mom. 'Did you see that?'

I've been a train nut for as long as I can remember. I'm pretty sure I get that from her. My first train trip happened in the summer of 1979 with my mom and her cousins.

We are launching a joint project in our family. My husband has picked up a crochet hook and caught the crafting bug. He's also spending more time at my sewing machine as well.  In celebration of his achievements, we're launching a blog space for his projects.  It will be a fairly light traffic blog and won't weigh down your RSS feed. We'd like to invite you all to follow along with his work at See Craig Sew.

As the name implies, it will mostly be photographic evidence of his endeavors.

This is part two of our dual Nullarbor crossing and camping trip. Part one began with a diesel spill and a gimpy tent.

After a few days of sleeping in gas fumes in a tent threatening imminent collapse, we conceded a new tent was in order. We'd need to drive to Adelaide to rescue our vacation. Coincidentally it was our anniversary, so we decided we'd make camp in a room with four walls.

Craig and I both started tapping away at our phones, looking at caravan park cabin prices.

There are many kinds of campers in this world. Some are outdoor rugged mountaineers who trek everything in on their backs, pitch a tent on the side of a hill and melt snow to make their evening feed. We aren't those kind of campers.

On the other end of the scale are campers who drive up to a pre-pitched, less-than-eco-friendly tent that comes with a coffee machine and hairdryer in an oversized and overpriced campground.

We ran off and disappeared for a bit - gone bush, on a wheeled walkabout, exploring more of our adopted home. 8100 kilometers, a little over 5000 miles and not a peep from me. I'm back now with travel stories to make you ooh, ahh and spit out your coffee.

Craig and I crossed the Nullarbor twice this month, and I chomping at the bit to tell you about it. The Nullarbor is part of Australia's great nothing. The name itself means no trees.

The Pantone Color of the Year quilting challenge has been a feature of the quilting community on social media for a number of years now. It's always been an annual highlight for me seeing others interpret color with textiles.

We're nearing the one year anniversary of Quilt Design A Day. Although I didn't make a design everyday, I made a really good run at it. From the beginning, I planned on doing three or four designs a week. As I got into the rhythm, it was closer to five or six.

I'll be out of town all next month when the anniversary hits, so I decided to collate this year's designs a bit early. I picked out one hundred of my favorite pieces and put them together on a website, 100 Quilt Designs.

I wanted to share a few Quilt Design a Day submissions from the last two weeks. It's become evident that I embrace brash, yet subtle color pairings with uncomfortably-placed elements. There's a few in this batch that I hope I find both the time and suitably-colored solids to make.