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The Crafty Mummy

Craft along with Tonya from The Crafty Mummy

Tonya Grant
Queensland, Australia
Blogger and Homemaker

When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?

My Mum taught me to sew when I was pretty young, maybe 8 years old. She taught me to embroider, crochet and knit as well, and my Grandma taught me macrame. Mum sewed a lot so I'm sure I learnt lots of things just by watching.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

I embroidered doilies for my dressing table, but the first thing I sewed on a machine would have been a pencil case I think.

Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?

I love the fabric designs of Riley Blake and Tula Pink and all the quilting precuts by Moda. With so many tutorials online I don't buy a lot of patterns.

What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?

I love Stitched in Color and CraftGossip. If I need quilt inspiration I always head to the Moda Bakeshop. I realise that I read more craft blogs than sewing blogs!

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?

I often listen to blogging podcasts while I sew like Amy Porterfield and CraftyPod. But I also listen Ted Talks, and my latest music download is Claire Bowditch - amazing voice and beautiful lady!

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I crochet a lot recently and enjoy crafting with my kids. My craft room includes everything from beads to scrapbooking supplies - its kinda scary!

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Kyoto, Japan
Love Actually
The Time Traveller's Wife
Green or Blue
Fabric Brand
Moda and Riley Blake and Tula Pink and...
Sewing accessory or Tool
I'd be lost without my rotary cutter and mat, but I LOVE quilt basting spray!