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Change winds are blowing

The winds of change need to blow through this dusty ol’ blog of mine – a major sweep out is due for sure. 

I’ve got some small plans for changes in the next couple of months to make this a more friendly and enticing space for you to visit, including more about my quilt creations but also my crazy kitchen concoctions and other tid bits. 

Tell me, what would you like to see on these pages? Is there something you’d like to ask me? A topic you’d like me to explore in-depth with other creative bloggers? Who are those bloggers you’d like me to collaborate with? All the questions I have would fill page after page but dear reader, I’d really like to get to know you a little more and build a welcoming and warm community here so please, do share your ideas with me in the comments below. Or you can email me:

Thanks so much for helping me along on this journey. Jxx 

Aeroplane for the aeroplane!


I did it! I made something for me “just because” and I love it!!!! This is the Aeroplane Bag by Sara Lawson. Sara’s patterns are really well written and come with simple instructions, lots of tips and photos to help with each step.

I made a couple things different in that I added an external pocket between the handles, used cotton webbing instead of making straps and added a key clip to the inside – I don’t know about you but I always lose my keys in big bags.

This bag took me weeks to make as I started, stopped, decided to hand stitch some decoration onto the external panels, packed up, started again, you get the drift. I think if I’d focused and made it all in one go, it would take a full day, but it would be a day well spent! I’m super chuffed with the result and more than a little relieved that I finished in time to take it to QuiltCon.

Side Note :: Sara recommends using Soft and Stable as the main stabiliser and I’m so glad I found this stuff through her patterns. It’s the NICEST bag batting I’ve ever used and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to anything else! So soft and easy to work with but with lots of memory so it bounces back into shape no matter how hard it gets squished and pulled about.


The details:

Pattern :: Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. Work have a large range of Sara’s patterns on order, due to arrive early March.

External :: Echino Hexagon Bees and Solid Orange, 55% Linen, 45% Cotton. Handles are grey cotton webbing. All purchased from Addicted To Fabric (also where I got the Soft and Stable and the hardware).

Lining :: Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander purchased from Pink Chalk before they closed (sob). The key clip is a scrap of Kaffe Fassett Aboriginal Dots.

#quiltconlanyardswap :: lanyard tutorial

Hi, I’m Amy from Badskirt, Jules is having issues with her internet connection, so I’m posting her tutorial for her. Unfortunately in Australia when our home internet connection goes down, it can take weeks for it to be repaired. Poor Jules has been locked out of her blog and is sorry about the delay!

The #quiltconlanyardswap :: lanyard tutorial is available as a downloadable PDF or you can follow along here.


  • Swivel clip with 1” ring
  • 2½” x 35” strip of fabric (you can piece this)
  • 1” x 34” strip fusible medium weight woven interfacing or fusible lightweight batting

Press your fabric in half along the length. Turn in and press a quarter inch on each edge. Open out and insert your fusible interfacing on one side. It should line up with the centre crease and tuck under one of the quarter inch folds. Re-fold the strip along the length and press to fuse the interfacing.Lan1

Slip the swivel clip onto the folded fabric.


Now it’s time to stitch. Move the clip along and out of your way. Open out the folds on the short ends and with right sides together, stitch a half inch seam.


Press the seam open then re-fold the quarter inch and centre folds. Press.


Your lanyard should now look like this:


To close the long edge, topstitch an eighth of an inch all the way around, moving the clip along as you go. I have also quilted the lanyard for further decoration, if you want to do that, now is the time.


Next, you need to secure the swivel clip. Finger press the centre point directly opposite the short seam and place the clip at this point.


With the clip in place, topstitch across the width


And ta da!!! All done!!!


We’re looking forward to seeing all of the lanyards at #quiltcon! Happy swapping!