Friday, 19 December 2014

Sponsor Thank You

And a little Xmas thank you to two of my quieter sponsors - since they're not shops, they don't have news as often as the shops but they are two of my most important sponsors in that they both produce products which I would be using whether or not I was sponsored by them.  In both cases, I approached them and asked for payment in goods (Superior Titanium Topstitch needles) or thread (Aurifil threads) in return for promoting my use of their products on the blog.  Why do I use each of these and why are they my favourite? In the case of Superior Titanium Topstitch needles, the tip of the needle is coated with titanium which keeps the needle sharp and therefore useable for about five times as long as a regular needle.  Although they cost more than regular needles, they do not cost five times more and are therefore a better buy in my opinion.


In the case of Aurifil threads, I use them for a whole host of reasons.  I love that they come in four weights and so many colours.  I love that they produce less lint than many other threads and so don't clog up the machine.  I love that the bottom of the spool comes off so you can wind the end of the thread there.  I love that the spools are colour coded for weight so I can easily reach into my thread box and find the perfect weight and colour just with a quick look.  


So I just wanted to say a quick thank you to both Superior Titanium Topstitch Needles and Aurifil Threads for keeping me sewing again this year! 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sponsor News

In the works right now is a new update to Quiltography, the quilt design app, (Version 1.3) that hopefully will be approved by Apple later this week. There is a major overhaul in the user interface, more in line with iOS 7 & 8, as well as a yardage calculator that has been much asked for since the release of the App.  There are a number of additional tweaks, minor improvements and bug fixes too. For people that already own Quiltography, it will be a FREE update.  So you can purchase the app before the update hits and you will still benefit from the new features as soon as it is available for download.  You can keep up to date with Quiltography and the progress of the update over on their Facebook page.














Elephant in my Handbag have a Christmas sale starting on Boxing Day - hundreds of fabrics will be reduced to mark the date in your diary!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Selling quilts and scraps today

Yesterday on Instagram on a new account @lqdestash, I put some scrap packs and some quilts up for sale and this morning there are only a few left.  Sizes and prices are listed below the pictures.  If you're interested in any of these, email me on lilysquilts@gmail.com.  I can tell you more about the quilts if needed and can look into the cost of shipping any one of the quilts internationally.


1.   80" square medallion quilt backed with a Suzuko Koseki print.  £200 shipped UK. SOLD
2.   70" x 90" Jungle Ave quilt £150 shipped UK.
3.   84" square Storm at Sea quilt £150 shipped UK. SOLD
4.   Dear Stella Big Dresden quilt backed with a soft flannel. £100 shipped UK. SOLD


1.   300g purple scraps. £10 shipped UK. NOW SOLD
2.   600g red scraps.  £15 shipped UK. NOW SOLD
3.   550g green scraps.  £15 shipped UK. NOW SOLD
4.   950g blue scraps 1.  £20 shipped UK.
5.   950g blue scraps 2. £20 shipped UK. NOW SOLD
6.   550g brown scraps.  £15 shipped UK. NOW SOLD
7.   600g pink scraps.  £15 shipped UK.  NOW SOLD

Thursday, 4 December 2014

#VATMOSS #VATMESS

Are you aware of the new EU digital download VAT laws?  They take effect from 1 January 2015 and apply to anyone worldwide selling digital products to anyone in the European Union.  Value Added Tax at around 20% has to be paid on each digital download into one of those countries.  Previously these transactions were taxed at source, i.e. in the country of the provider.  Now they are to be taxed in the country of the purchaser.  Originally designed to ensure that the giants like Amazon, Google or iTunes couldn't minimise their VAT by setting up business in a state with very low rates of VAT, the new laws have implications for anyone selling online patterns or magazines, such as Fat Quarterly, and will have ripples throughout our community.  This cartoon by cartoonist Dave Walker is the best representation of the options that micro businesses have for dealing with this situation.


At the moment there is a lot of confusion out there about how this will affect micro businesses.  Until now our turnovers have been too low for us to have had to register for VAT (the UK threshold is around £80,000 although it is much lower at around  €10,000 in many EU countries) but there will be no threshold for cross-border transactions into the EU so we will be liable for VAT on any digital sale to any EU country.  We can still take advantage of the UK's threshold however as sales into the UK from the UK are not cross-border.

I am no expert in this area but you can find out more information within this Facebook group which in turn leads you to all sorts of blogposts, webinars, twitter chats, EU documents and HMRC announcements which sometimes clarify, sometimes muddify.   Many micro businesses will decide to cease trading as a result of these changes, at least in the short term.  Some of the bigger e-selling platforms may take on the responsibility of dealing with VAT registration, invoicing, record keeping and payment obligations but that will come at a cost and prices will have to rise.
The sad news is that one 1 January 2015, Fat Quarterly will stop trading.  The good news is that we intend to resume trading as soon as all clarifications about the implementation of this law have been provided by HMRC and as soon as we can change and adapt all our systems to deal with all the new obligations.  But we will be back!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet

So on the first of every month, here at lilysquilts.blogpost.com, we have a linky party to show off anything you've made or worked on (or even fabric you've bought) during the previous month.  There is a second linky party to help small blogs meet and connect with other blogs.  You'll find a few new blogs to follow and hopefully build up the network around your blog and gain some new followers too.  My favourite project of this month was this deaden quilt I made for Dashwood Studio to showcase their new Cuckoo's Calling line by Bethan Janine.  I designed two templates - one for the inner dresden circle and one for the outer dresden circle where the leaves are split into two.


I used one of the prints from the line on the back - some people don't think quilt backs are important but for me, they can really bring a quilt to life and this orange print really pops. 


Once again I quilted the quilt using a pale Aurifil 40wt thread and a diagonal cross hatch.  The pattern for this quilt will be appearing in the April 2015 edition of Love Patchwork and Quilting so watch out for it! 

And what about you?  What have you worked on this month?  Any finishes?  Maybe a mosaic of everything you've been doing?  One favourite thing?  Link up at the bottom of this post to share what you've been working on. If you do link up, how about visiting at least four of the other blogs who link up - two above you and two below you - and stopping to leave a comment as well as visiting back anyone who visits you.  As always here's the button to grab - a brand shiny new one this month to reflect the new blog header!
Fresh Sewing Day

And link up in the second linky if you are a blog with fewer than 50 followers and would like to get to know a few more people out there in blogland. Write a post about this feature, add this button and then link up.  Next go and visit and get to know at least four other linked blogs - starting with the two above you in the linkys and the two below you. Visit those blogs, leave a comment, click to follow and visit that blog regularly over the next few weeks. Visit more if you have the time. And also visit back any new bloggers who come to visit you and get to know them and their blogs.
Small Blog Meet