Thursday, 11 September 2014

Guest Blogger - Melissa from MsMidge

Hi there!  I'm Melissa - aka Ms Midge.  I am thrilled to be here introducing myself to you all on the Make Modern blog!

So, about me?  Well, I'm an almost-nearly-there-40 year old, living on the outskirts of Melbourne in the shadows of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges.  If you have never been there, nor heard of them - do a quick Google search.  Best. Spot. In. Melbourne.  Moving right along......  I live here with my darling husband and our four kids.  My "paid" job is as a disability carer - a career I fell in to almost 20 years ago - but my sort of/kind of other paid (and quite regularly not paid enough) job is as a quilter!  It's another career I fell in to, but one I could not be enjoying any more!

Ms Midge - the business - started a few years ago, when the need for art smocks and library bags arose and every Mum at the school wanted one.  From there, I started making children's clothing and things took off!  Fast forward to 2012, when I thought I'd make a quilt.  A quilt.  ONE.  Ummmmm..........  Needless to say, things have snow-balled from there, and around 40 quilts later - I'm a Quilter!  My little business has now evolved in to one which I can make and sell a variety of goods - from quilted cushions, to bags and quilts.
I'm still a work in progress, and am learning every. single. day. Some of my recent quilt finishes have been made using new techniques (to me) which have pushed my skills beyond their limits!

When the lovely ladies at MM asked me if I would like to contribute to their first issue, I  couldn't say YES quick enough!  And when I discovered my contribution would, in fact, be gracing the cover - I just about died!  I'm excited to be a part of Make Modern, and will hopefully be able to bring a little bit of my warped sense of humour to my "Domestic Quilting Goddess" articles each issue.

I'm also hoping to see a few different versions of my Pavement Puddles quilt pattern made!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Make Modern: Issue One!

Hello Make Moderners!

Well we are in a complete state of excitement (and nerves and possibly a chocolate coma) with the very first issue of Make Modern being published today! Woohoo! We hope you love it as much as we do! We even have a little preview available on Issuu - pop by and have a look!

So to celebrate the launch of the magazine, we're having a blog hop! As you do! We have a great line up including a number of the makers from our first issue. Make sure you pop by their blogs to find out a little bit more about their projects and get to know them a little better.

The line up looks just like this:

1st   September                 Make Modern
3rd   September                 Kristy @ Quiet Play
5th   September                 Where Jane Creates
7th   September                 Gina @ Party of Eight: Our Story
9th   September                 Molli Sparkles
11th September                 Juliet @ The Tartan Kiwi
13th September                 cat&vee
15th September                 Ruth @ Ben and Charly’s corner
17th September                 Kelly @ Kelliotmagic
19th September                 Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
21st September                 Serena @ Sew Giving
23rd September                 Melissa @ Ms Midge
25th September                 Anne @ Hudson Valley Quilts

Look at all that awesomeness! We think you're going to love seeing what these clever people have been up to and what projects they have to offer you in Make Modern.

We are very proud to share with you our first issue - 112 pages of modern quilty goodness. There are 14 projects included (from quilts, to cushions to placemats), a couple of fabulous giveaways, and a wealth of knowledge and fun articles.

You can pick up your copy now from our website. It is a digital magazine so you can access it immediately and read it in PDF format. That also makes it easy to print off any patterns or articles you want!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your copy, get reading, get planning! Let's Make Modern!