Saturday, 13 September 2014

.: Make Modern blog hop! :.

Today is our day on the Make Modern blog hop - hellooooo to you, whether you are a regular or brand new to our little piece of the internet, thanks so much for stopping by.

In case you have not been here before, we are Catherine and Vanita, two good friends from Brisbane, Australia - we live near each other, our kids are friends, our husbands are friends, but our dogs are not friends, so we keep their contact with each other to non-existent.  Vanita is a graphic designer, and Cat is obsessed with sewing.  We both LOVE fabric.  We have a little shop on Etsy, where we sell screen printed and digitally printed fabric panels - for cushions, bags, quilts, framing, whatever you can think of.  

We were thrilled when the lovely Make Modern girls asked us to be part of their launch issue, so we got together over a coffee to come up with a project.  We pretty quickly thought up our placemat panels, which we're calling 'Eat Your Words'.  'Hello You Look Lovely Today' also appears on our business cards, and we think it's a very happy and uplifting way to be greeted - whether on a placemat at your table, or as part of your wrapping when you buy something from our shop.

And we just thought 'Hello Is It Peas You're Looking For" was funny.  We had to explain the Lionel Richie reference to our kids - my oldest said "errrrmmmm Mum, you and Vanita aren't as funny as you think you are" - to which I of course said "are you kidding, we so are, we are hysterical". 

As Make Modern is of course, a fabulous modern quilting magazine (check out the fab little free preview via Issuu here) - we thought we should also magic up a sewing project - something totally new for us.  For the reverse of our placemats in Make Modern (or of course, as a stand alone project), we came up with four words - 'little xo', 'big XO', 'MWAH' and 'YUM' - all very awesome and lovely welcome-to-the-table things to say to yourself, your family and friends.

We've had a chance now to have a good read through the first issue of Make Modern, and let us tell you - it is awesome.  Kristy, Jane and Lara have seriously done such a wonderful job, there are so many fantastic projects, interviews, tips and ideas in the magazine.  It's really awesome that Australia now has its own modern quilting magazine - and it's available to the whole world with just a few clicks!  

When you get a chance, please take a look at the other fabulous bloggers/quilters on the blog hop (I'm so technologically-unfancy that I wasn't sure if I could just cut and paste the blog-list from the MM blog ... so I've just clicked through and looked at every single one of these blogs, so I could copy their addresses for you here ... hours of happy reading ahead for you all, let me tell you): 

1st   September - Make Modern
3rd  September - Kristy at Quiet Play
5th   September - Where Jane Creates
7th   September - Gina at Party of Eight: Our Story
9th   September - Molli Sparkles
11th  September - Juliet at The Tartan Kiwi
13th  September - wahoo - us! - you're here now!
15th  September - Ruth at Ben and Charly's Corner
17th  September - Kelly at Kelliotmagic
19th  September - Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts
21st  September - Serena at Sew Giving
23rd  September - Melissa at Ms Midge
25th  September - Anne at Hudson Valley Quilts

And last thing - lovely Kristy managed to convince us to share pics for Make Modern.  As in - of ourselves.  Unheard of ... we love being secret squirrels online.  But look, here we are, thanks to us ducking over to Vee's house before school one morning, and corralling reluctant children into being our official photographer - the trampoline outside was very heavy competition to being inside photographing the two of us ... 

Thanks again for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  xoxo cat and vee


  1. You guys are so CUTE And so CLEVER!


  2. You most definitely are hilarious!! I love the placemats and think they are perfect!

    And yay for being bold and brave and sharing your gorgeous selves with the rest of the world! You two look like the sort I'd love to hang out and have a few wines with! ;P

  3. Totally love the placemats! Your photo is gorgeous too :)

  4. Im still smiling after reading and humming along with Lionel :) Super talented Brisbane gals, thoroughly enjoy everything you create :)

  5. Love how the "Y" of the "yum" looks like a Martini glass ... that's definitely yum!


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