That Was Bendigo Craft Alive - Historic Bendigo

Cloudy, but still beautiful in Bendigo.

Last week Gemma (of Pretty Bobbins) and I drove from Canberra to Bendigo to be a part of Craft Alive‘s Bendigo event. Craft Alive had contacted me back in March to see if I’d be interested in hosting an Instagram Meet Up and I said “H-e-double-hockey-sticks to the yes!”. I was so nervous saying yes to an event like this because I didn’t want to disappoint. I know how important these regional events are, not only for the people that attend but also for the small businesses that exhibit at the events.

The craft industry is a fragile one. Craft is a luxury item and therefore when times are tough often it’s our ability to do crafts that suffer. A lot of the exhibitors travel a fair distance to be a part of an event like Craft Alive and there’s a lot of expensive involved in being able to leave their shops, put their businesses on hold while they’re away and to pay to be out of town. Craft Alive provides these small business owners with an opportunity to get out, make connections with people and is a large portion of their yearly advertising. There’s a lot riding on these events for them.

It’s fabulous that Craft Alive is providing an outlet for regional centres to get access to some of the things that they don’t have in their towns and for which they’d normally have to rely on the internet or go without. So I was conscious of all of this going into the event and I wanted to do all that I could to try and raise the profile of the event and encourage people to get out of their pyjama’s and head into the event….

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Junk Free June Wrap Up

If you’d told me a month ago that I would easily go a month without Junk Food I would have told you you were dreaming. But here I am, a month later and Junk Free June is done with only a small confession to make. I found the month so much easier to do then…

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Oh Brother, I’m cheating on my first love…

Thank you Bendigo for blowing my mind! Gemma and I had such an amazing time and we’re both so very grateful to all of you that came out and said hello and for the amazingness that was Bendigo. If you missed out and you’d like to know more about what happened in Bendigo and how…

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Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt from Fat Quarter Shop

I’m supposed to be sharing my completed Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt for Fat Quarter Shop today, but instead I’m sharing a tale of woe. When Fat Quarter Shop asked me to make my version of this pattern I knew the exact Christmas range I wanted to use; Kate Spain’s “Jingle”. Slight problem, it wasn’t…

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How to Make Your Room Smell Nice (Sponsored)

Today I’m talking about how to make your room smell nice with Airwick’s new Life Scents range. I don’t know about you, but our house is a cacophony of smells, from the wet Beagle to the nappy pale and on occasion our toilet (totally not because of me!). There are days when I open the…

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Are you coming to Bendigo?

Holy shizballs, I’m off to Bendigo this week to host the Craft Alive Meet Up!!! Where did the month go? Seriously, it feels like only yesterday I was proclaiming to the world I was giving up junk food for a whole month and here I am at the end of the month heading into one…

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Pandy Warhol - Patchwork top made by Angie Wilson of Pattern done using 4 of the Fat Quarter Shop's Pada-Monium Mini Quilt Patterns.

Panda-monium Quilt-along

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s work with Marilyn Monroe I decided to give the Fat Quarter Shop’s Panda-Monium Mini Quilt pattern a bit of a modern art treatment. I’m a huge fan of Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cottons and so this was the perfect excuse I needed to get in there and have come fun with colour…

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Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots Quilt-along - Patchwork by Angie Wilson of

Block 6 of Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots Quilt-along

It’s time to reveal another block in the Fat Quarter Shop’s Snapshot Quilt-along and today is Block 6 “Triple Scoop Sundae” (you can get the pattern by clicking here). I find it somewhat amusing that this is the block for June when I’m on a Junk Free June. This will be the closest I come to ice-cream in the…

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HiHo HiHo It’s off to Sydney I go… again!

After an amazing Friday in Sydney I’m back to the real world this week, but not for long! This Friday Gemma (of Pretty Bobbins) and I are hitting the road again and heading back into Sydney to attend the Sydney Craft and Quilt Show. I’m not sure if Gemma realises or not but it’s going…

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Remember that time I Skyped with Weeks and Bill Ringle?

Happy Birthday Lizzy! It’s the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend here in Australia which is fabulous because it gives me an extra day of hanging with my boys (which translated means I’ll get some time to guilt-free work while the Hubby looks after the young one). Normally I try not to work my weekends as I’d…

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X Plus meets Smitten and only one will survive

I think my calendar should come with a warning similar to the ones seen on rear view mirrors; “Caution events on the calendar are closer than they appear.” I do not for the life of me know how I have come to find myself only a couple of weeks out from Canberra Quilters Exhibition submissions…

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No Sew Pin Cushion Tutorial by Angie Wilson on Turn any bowl, cup, egg cup, pot or measuring cup into a pincushion.

No Sew Pin Cushion Tutorial

I recently participated in the Instagram Pin Cushion Swap where I had to make a pin cushion for my secret swap partner. My partner had selected a Woodland theme and when I saw these owl Babushka style measuring cups in Typo I just knew what I had to do. Turning these into a fun and functional…

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I have a favour to ask… and it involves junk food

Well, wasn’t May a fun ride! Welcome to June! I’m not sure what it’s going to bring but if it’s anything like May it’s going to be fun finding out! May seemed to be a whirl wind of revealing the things that have been happening behind the scenes over the past 6 months. I’ve really struggled…

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Liquorice Allsorts Pattern and Quilt by Angie Wilson of Quilting by Gemma Jackson of Pretty Bobbins. Pattern and quilt appeared in Love Patchwork & Quiltling in May 2015.

How Liquorice Allsorts made a Dream Come True

When I first started quilting I never in a million years thought I would get to a point where I would design my own patterns or have anything I made appear in a magazine, but today sees two of those things happen in such an amazing way that it brings a tear to my eye…

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Are you doing what makes you happy?

It’s the start of the last week of my birthday month and I’ve been reflecting on a few things and marvelling at where my life has taken me. When I was in Primary School I had a teacher who asked as to write down what we thought we’d be when we grew up. I boldly…

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