Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy 2016!

Happy New Year! 2015 was huge and 2016 may be even bigger, so in the name of international expansion we'd like to introduce two more very special people who are going to be jointly running TGIFF with us...

Introducing ...

Leanne from Piecefully Devoted Quilter
Because M-R was feeling lonely and you can never have enough Canadians with three boys, we thought we'd add another. Leanne is from Newfoundland, so I imagine her diving into the waves and rescuing fisherman when she is not quilting... 

Fiona hails from the north of Scotland and she's landed back there after a brief respite in Latvia. Fiona has a love of linen and cross stitch as well as quilting.

And in case you've forgotten us, the original dream team behind TGIFF is

Laura from Quokka Quilts.
Laura's located on the Western edge of Australia in the most isolated city in the world. But she still gets around... Laura is hosting today's TGIFF so hop on over and link up.

M-R from Quilt Matters
M-R is our other Canadian with three boys. When she is not quilting, she is playing ringette, tapping maple trees for syrup and riding moose around Ottawa.

You can sign up for 2016 hosting here.

Now that you've met the team behind TGIFF!, head on over to Quokka Quilts for the first TGIFF! of 2016!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and quilters everywhere were putting the finishing touches on presents and laying down their needles... 
Our host on Christmas day is Alisa from Knit Spin Quilt. If you have time and a finish, please pop on by and wish her a Merry Christmas and a happy last TGIFF for the year!

And to counterbalance all the snow, I couldn't resist sharing this little Aussie Night Before Christmas poem with you!!! Perth is looking at a perfect 34C sunny Christmas Day so I shall be in my bathers and thongs (that's flipflops to you northerners!). Enjoy!

'Twas the night before Christmas; there wasn't a sound.
Not a possum was stirring; no-one was around.
We'd left on the table some tucker and beer,
Hoping that Santa Claus soon would be here;
We children were snuggled up safe in our beds,
While dreams of pavlova danced 'round in our heads;
And Mum in her nightie, and Dad in his shorts,
Had just settled down to watch TV sports.
When outside the house a mad ruckus arose;
Loud squeaking and banging woke us from our doze.
We ran to the screen door, peeked cautiously out,
Snuck onto the deck, then let out a shout.
Guess what had woken us up from our snooze,
But a rusty old Ute pulled by eight mighty 'roos.
The cheerful man driving was giggling with glee,
And we both knew at once who this plump bloke must be.
Now, I'm telling the truth it's all dinki-di,
Those eight kangaroos fairly soared through the sky.
Santa leaned out the window to pull at the reins,
And encouraged the 'roos, by calling their names.
'Now, Kylie! Now, Kirsty! Now, Shazza and Shane!
On Kipper! On, Skipper! On, Bazza and Wayne!
Park up on that water tank. Grab a quick drink,
I'll scoot down the gum tree. Be back in a wink!'
So up to the tank those eight kangaroos flew,
With the Ute full of toys, and Santa Claus too.
He slid down the gum tree and jumped to the ground,
Then in through the window he sprang with a bound.
He had bright sunburned cheeks and a milky white beard.
A jolly old joker was how he appeared.
He wore red stubby shorts and old thongs on his feet,
And a hat of deep crimson as shade from the heat.
His eyes – bright as opals – Oh! How they twinkled!
And, like a goanna, his skin was quite wrinkled!
His shirt was stretched over a round bulging belly
Which shook when he moved, like a plate full of jelly.
A fat stack of prezzies he flung from his back,
And he looked like a swaggie unfastening his pack.
He spoke not a word, but bent down on one knee,
To position our goodies beneath the yule tree.
Surfboard and footy-ball shapes for us two.
And for Dad, tongs to use on the new barbeque.
A mysterious package he left for our Mum,
Then he turned and he winked and he held up his thumb;
He strolled out on deck and his 'roos came on cue;
Flung his sack in the back and prepared to shoot through.
He bellowed out loud as they swooped past the gates-
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all, and goodonya, MATES!'
Yvonne Morrison, Kilmeny Niland.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Going Crazy...

It's only a week until Christmas! Season of goodwill or time for adding a little ginger to the season?

Today's TGIFF is hosted by Iris at Crazy Dutch Bird Quilts.  She's managed a finish amongst all the silly season busyness so head on over and congratulate her!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

An Ornamental TGIFF!

'Tis the season for TGIFF! Come on over to Quilt Matters for this week's party and bring those fab finishes with you!

Here's some Hello from the Mother Side... ;)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Life gets in the way

Sometimes life gets in the way of other things... like quilting. Especially around silly season.

We Met A GirlRub-a-dub-dub there's a pup in a tub! Grow up right from the first bite. Visit for all things puppy.
Posted by BuzzFeed Partner on Tuesday, 1 December 2015
That pup so reminds me of Scarlett!
TGIFF is on at QuokkaQuilts today, so for more cavalier fixes, some quilty ramblings and finishes from people who HAVEN'T let life get in the way (cough cough Laura), head on over and say hi!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A TGIFF! Thanksgiving

First of all, a huge apology to Anja from Anja's Quilts and you all for missing last week's promo post. Luckily, Laura's and my total space out didn't stop you from having a great TGIFF! party anyway. Thank you to Anja being an awesome host! If you missed it, do check out Anja's gorgeous Gravity quilt and the beautiful quilts everyone linked up last week. Serious inspiration there!

We're a little more on the ball this week so here we go. Jan from Quilting Among the Groves is hosting TGIFF! this week. Yay! Grab those finishes, head on over to link up and say hello to Jan! His Zig Zag quilt is beautiful! You know I love a good parody so here you go! Enjoy! And Happy Thanksgiving to our US friends!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A TGIFF! That Will Make You Carsick

Curious? Head on over to Quilt Matters with your finishes to link up! Enjoy the inspiration of fellow TGIFFers!

Saw this movie. Fabulous!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fantasy or reality for Friday's finish?

I blame you Hollywood, for showing me things you never should have shown a young girl, in this cruel world...

But what's life without a little bit of fantasy amongst the reality? To check out some text fabrics that show the whole mix, head on over to QuokkaQuilts and see Laura's finish!

Friday, October 30, 2015

A Boo-tiful TGIFF!

Happy TGIFF! everyone! This week we're visiting with Jen at Faith and Fabric and she has a boo-tiful project to share! Grab those finishes and head on over to link up. Don't forget to say hi to Jen!

Enjoy! Anyone try this with their kids?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Get historical for Friday!

We're a quarter inch away from the weekend and Jennifer from Quarter Inch from the Edge is naturally getting historical!  Head on over and check out her finish. Make sure you say hi, visit some other party-goers and link up if you're joining the party!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Gearing Up for TGIFF!

Shelley at the Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilt is hosting TGIFF! this week and she has a gorgeous Mod Gears quilt to share. Grab those finishes, head on over check out her finish and link up yours!

Newest video from the BreakWomb!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

It's Time for TGIFF!

It's over with M-R at Quilt Matters. She's 'bubbling' with excitement over her finish this week. Grab those finishes (finishes only please) and head on over to link up.

Before you head over though, be's coming...;)

Taking Back Time Trailer
Important PSA!NZ: September 27AU: October 4UK: October 25US: November 1Video: Nacho Punch
Posted by Timely on Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's Friday! Let's float away!

We have some brightly coloured inspiration to kick off the end of the week over at Quokka Quilts today! Come and show us your finishes!

Thursday, September 24, 2015


The lovely Janet from Simply Pieced is our hostess for TGIFF today!  She has a deer little finish, so hop on over!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

TGIFF! Is Kind, Is Loving, Is Warm...

And is over at What a Hoot Quilts with Lynette this week! Head on over with your finishes to link up.  Check out Lynette's beautiful Be Attitudes quilt!

Enjoy being! XO

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Spring! (Or Fall)

It's change of season time!!! For those of us Down Under, things are getting warmer - hurrah! I've changed my bed quilt in anticipation...  It's been a cold winter in my little unheated home so sewing has been minimal due to the distance between machine and fire. But I have a finish - miracles do happen - so hop on over to Quokka Quilts and see what I've been sewing!

To celebrate the change of season, we have a second TGIFF party happening simultaneously - please check out Iris's finish too at !

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Infatuated with TGIFF!

Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation is our TGIFF! host this week. Yay! She's, dare I say it, infatuated with a line called Tweet As Can Be. Find out what we mean by heading over to My Quilt Infatuation to link up those finishes and enjoy the inspiration!

And my latest infatuation? This video -- love the 93 year old's advice!

Thursday, August 20, 2015


TGIFF is playing hide and seek this week. We weren't sure where it was going to be until the last minute... but now we know, so hop on over to Quokka Quilts to see what Melody is hiding!!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

TGIFF! Leans Left

Happy TGIFF! all! As it is International Left-Handers Day, M-R thought it was only fitting to have a finish that celebrates the left. Grab those finishes (and finishes only please) and head on over to link up at Quilt Matters to find out what she means.

Before you go, here are some little tidbits about those wacky southpaws:

Thursday, August 6, 2015

How not to sew

We have a special sewing tip today for TGIFF which is being hosted at Quokka Quilts...

How Not To Sew

Go on over to Quokka Quilts and see if Laura got over this!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A T minus TGIFF!

Riddle me this -- what is T minus 4 months and 25 days? Grab those finishes and check out our host Michelle this week at From bolt to beauty to find out!

Happy TGIFF! all!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Look at the stars...

Look how they shine for you...

Janet at Simply Pieced is our hostess today - head on over and see her starry wonder!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

It's More of a TGTTIF than TGIFF!

What the hell does TGTTIF mean? Bring your TGIFF! and find out at Quilt Matters this week.

Before you go, check this out. I seriously *heart* Joseph Gordon-Levitt. :)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

TGIFF! Is On the Case

What do you do when you are hosting TGIFF! and you don't have a project ready to share? Find out at Quilt Matters!

As for this little video, I think the only thing missing is Star Wars... :)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

It's on...

TGIFF is on at Quokka Quilts and guess who forgot to do their own promo post?!! DOH!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

An East Meets West Kind of TGIFF!

What happens when you cross a Maritimer with an Edmontonian? Find out at this week's TGIFF! when we go to visit Adrienne at Chezzetcook Quilts. Grab those finishes and head over to link up. Don't forget to wish Adrienne an early Happy Canada Day, eh! :)

And in honour of Canada Day next week, here's a cute ditty from the Hadfield brothers!

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Let's Go Fly A Kight Kind of TGIFF!

Jen at Quilter in the Closet has a gorgeous mini using Kim Kight's Homebody collection to share at TGIFF! this week. Grab your finishes and head on over to say hello and link up. Enjoy this week's inspiration!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

A TGIFF! Kind of Superhero

Happy TGIFF all! We're over at M-R's Quilt Matters this week. She didn't think she'd have a quilt to share this week, but Quilt Girl came to the rescue! Grab your finishes (finishes only please), head on over to link up and enjoy the inspiration.


More Quilt Memes | Quilting Sewing Creating

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Guest TGIFF post

We suspect that Laura's been sleeping on the job... because there's a guest post over at QuokkaQuilts today. Hop on over and celebrate your finishes with RedQuiltyGirl!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Nova Scotian TGIFF!

Okay, I know it seems fishy, but I swear we didn't set this TGIFF tour of Canada up intentionally! We're heading to the East Coast this week for TGIFF! Anja of Anja Quilts, who I had the pleasure of meeting in person last summer, is our host this week. Grab your finishes (finishes only please!) and head on over to link up. Don't forget to say hi to Anja and thank her for hosting.

Before you go, you have to check out this lesser known ditty for a flavour of one of my favourite provinces! :)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It's a Slostudio Kind of TGIFF!

Happy, happy TGIFF! This week we're visiting with Stacey at Slostudio in Edmonton, Alberta (it seems to be the month for Canadian hosts -LOL!) for TGIFF! She's kicking some serious Aztec this week (sorry, couldn't resist)! Grab those FINISHES, head on over to link up and visit some of the other inspiration. Don't forget to say hello to Stacey and thank her for hosting this week!

This week's bit of randomness? My current favourite song...enjoy!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

TGIFF! Is at a Quarter Inch from the (Selv)Edge!

TGIFF! is visiting the Canadian Maritimes at A Quarter Inch from the Edge this week! Grab those finishes (finishes only please!) and head on over to see Jenn's fabulous selvage pillow. Don't forget to say hi to Jenn before taking some time to visit some of the other inspiration.

Speaking of inspiration, check out this feast for the eyes!


Happy TGIFF!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May the Fourth Be With You TGIFF!

Happy TGIFF! This week we're over at Quilt Matters with M-R. Grab your finishes (finishes only please!), link up and enjoy the inspiration from fellow TGIFFers!

First there was:

Then there was:
Could Return of the Sixth be next?

No? Okay, but the new Star Wars is coming...

Woo hoo!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Day

It's May Day... So take a quick look at this and then head on over to Quokka Quilts for a Two Finish Friday!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Free to good home: Rainbow Unicorn Kitten

What could be cuter than a rainbow unicorn kitten?

Maybe what Sarah has to show us as her TGIFF finish! Head on over!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Going Dutch...

Ok, none of these images have anything to do with today's finish... except that they are all Dutch and we're off to Holland today to go Quilting In Amsterdam with Maartje. And they were just too darn cute to resist...
So head over and get this excited at Maartje's finish... 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Animal antics for Friday...

The photo above is of baby Makulu and was taken in 1995 at the Perth Zoo in Western Australia. Canada is a long way from Perth, but Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts dropped some hints about her finish for the week that suggested this photo, so what better way to reinforce the CanAussian connection of TGIFF?
Head on over to Sew Fresh Quilts and check out Lorna's finish!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Happy Easter

Here's wishing everyone a very blessed Easter with much sewing and chocolate.  I won't rabbit on... just head on over to Quokka Quilts for this week's TGIFF linky party. 
Have a really Good Friday!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Simply brilliant

They certainly are for Janet over at Simply Pieced! Go over and check out her brilliant finish and say hi to some others too.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Here's a multiple choice quizz for you!  Today's TGIFF theme is BUBBLES. This is because our host Aylin:
a) is a bubble artist like this when she is not quilting

b) has made a quilt inspired by Michael Jackson's monkey Bubbles

c) has made a pouch from her Bubbles pattern...

Leave your answer telling us which one you WISH it was and we'll get Aylin onto making that project next! Oh and do go over and check out her finish and linky party - TGIFF! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Signup time

Wow time flies!

It's time to think about the next quarter or longer. If you'd like to host TGIFF, sign up here!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

TGIFF! is at...

Quilt Matters this week! Grab your finishes (finishes only please), head on over to link up and say hello to fellow TGIFFers!

Totally planning on doing this one day to my kids...muwahaha!

T-Shirt Quilt

Thursday, March 5, 2015

When Quilts Talk...

Laura at Quokka Quilts is our host this week for TGIFF! She's letting her quilt speak for itself...and it's a pretty powerful message.

Here's another powerful message. Happy International Women's Day/Week!

You are magical, darlings!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Mini TGIFF! Over at Persimon Dreams

It's TGIFF! time and this week, we're hanging out with Kim over at Persimon Dreams. She's got a wonderful Aurifil mini to share. Grab your finishes, head on over and link up. Grab a bevy and enjoy the inspiration of fellow TGIFFers.

This week's bit o'fun is a good lesson on perseverance:

Happy TGIFF! all!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

TGIFF! Goes Scrappy Over at The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts

This week, we're heading to The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts for TGIFF! Shelley has a scraptastic quilt to share with us today. Head on over with your finishes (finishes only please!), say hello to Shelley, link up and enjoy the inspiration. It's the weekend!

Oh, and don"t forget to live dangerously once in a while!

Live dangerously!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

TGIFF! Is Flying to Quilt Matters

M-R is so excited to host TGIFF! over at Quilt Matters this week that she made a Bitstrip about it. So grab your finished projects and head on over to link up. We can't wait to see what you've made!

So what propaganda do we have for you to enjoy this week? I'm not usually one for commercials, but this one is fun and, well, it is Valentine's Day coming up after all...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

TGIFF - Double trouble

Is it a finish, or have you missed a bit?
It's a double barrelled celebration today with a huge finish over at Quokka Quilts and another at A Quarter Inch! Go on over and visit both ladies and see what they have been up to!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Devoted to finishing...

Leanne is a devoted quilter and she's our host for the week. She's been to a wedding, giftless, becuase the quilt wasn't quite finished. I know the feeling. I had friends who had a 4 year old by the time I finished their wedding quilt - and they never actually got it. But Leanne is a bit better than me, so  she's going to show you her handiwork. Hop on over to Devoted Quilter and help Leanne celebrate!
PS if you'd like to host next week, please let Laura at QuokkaQuilts know cos there ain't much quilting going on around there!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

TGIFF! Goes From Bolt to Beauty

This week, Michelle, of From Bolt to Beauty is kicking off our Australia Day long weekend and hosting TGIFF. Michelle has been sewing for well over a decade, but it wasn't until 2013 that she started quilting. Now, some 15 quilt tops later, her innocent hobby has taken over her free time (and her dining room!).

Just because it's Australia Day, here's an educational video for you (some language, be warned...). 

 Then head on over to From Bolt to Beauty to learn more about Michelle's adventures in sewing quilts, bags, pillows, and other cool stuff.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

TGIFF at Val's Quilting Studio

Today's guest host is Valerie from Val's Quilting Studio.
She started her quilting journey in 2009 and started blogging in June 2013.  She loves to connect with others who shares her passion for quilting.  She's an eclectic sewer who bounces between applique, english paper piecing, traditional and out-of-the-box piecing.  Check out her Sunday Organizing Series.
I'd also like to take this time to share with you a new linkup she'll be hosting every Tuesday, called Tuesday Archives.  Every Tuesday you get the chance to share your OLD quilting / sewing posts.
It's as easy as 1,2,3...
1.  Each Tuesday she will post a new quilting / sewing theme.
2.  Search through your quilting archives for old posts to link under the theme.
3.  Visit a few other quilty friends and let them know they have inspired you.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy TGIFF! Over at Quilt Matters

It's time for TGIFF! and it's at Quilt Matters this week. Head on over to link up your finishes and enjoy the inspiration!

This is one of the funniest cool people being real moments I have ever seen. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's all about soul...

Happy New Year!!!! And happy TGIFF! TGIFF this week is on at Quokka Quilts and it's a HUGE finish to welcome in 2015. Head on over and check it out!