Monday, 1 February 2016

The Avant Garde Blog Tour

And today I am very pleased to say that I will be closing the blog tour for the wonderful fabric line, Avant Garde by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics.


Sadly I can't show you what I'm making with these beautiful fabrics as the quilt will be going into the UK magazine Quilt Now, coming out later on in the year but if you want lots of inspiration for how to use these beautiful fabrics, just work your way through the previous stops on the blog tour which you can find listed out at the bottom of this post.  I love the whole collection but these two prints were the ones that really jumped out and grabbed me and made me want to design a quilt around them.

This print had to go on the back - I just love those great big poppies and the beautiful warm palette.


And then the quilt will be a mix of the strong, hot palette Katarina has pulled together for this line.


And mixed with these striking B+W prints.


And for more inspiration, go and take a trip around the other stops on the blog hop listed out below and a round up post on Katarina's blog today:
January 15th: Megan Jimenez from Quilt Story
January 16th: Svetlana Sotak of Sotak handmade
January 17th: Sharon Mcconnell of Colorgirlquilts
January 18th: Rachael Gander of Imagine gnats
January 19th: Ali Brorsen of Because of Brenna
January 20th: Laura Scaramella of Simple Life Company
January 21st: Alexis of My sweet sunshine
January 22nd: Marija Vujčić
January 23rd: Hema Malini of Malini’s quilts
January 24th: Kristy Sachs - Rockbabyscissors
January 25th: Paul Hallinger aka Evildemondevildog 
January 26th: Erica Jackman 
January 27th: Kathleen Quilts
January 28th: The Tattooed Quilter
January 29th: Nicole - Lillyella
January 30th: Sari - Sariditty handmade

Giveaway Mondays - Pelenna Patchwork

This week we have a giveaway from Pelenna Patchworks - a UK based online quilt shop stocking hundreds of patchwork fabrics and a large range of quilting tools, plus tools for knitting, crochet and bag making. They offer free samples, group discounts, loyalty points and pride themselves on our fast delivery.  And today they are giving away this Michael Miller Round Up FQ bundle.
To be in with a chance of winning:
1.   Leave a comment, any comment.
2.   Sign up to the Pelenna Patchworks newsletter, which you can find by clicking here, and let me know that you did.

And the winner of last week's giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop of this 20 FQ Ombre bundle by V & Co for Moda Fabrics was chosen by Random Number Generator and is Kristen.  Congratulations Kristen - I will be in touch!
 

Monday, 25 January 2016

Giveaway Mondays - Fat Quarter Shop

This week we have a fabulous giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop.  As usual, they have let me choose the giveaway so I can give away something which I would really love to win and I hope that means it is something you would really love to win.  It is this 20 FQ Ombre bundle by V & Co for Moda Fabrics.  
To be in with a chance of winning this wonderful bundle:

1.   Leave a comment, any comment. 
2.   Subscribe to the Fat Quarter Shop newsletter and let me know that you have. 
3.   One extra comment per share on social media. 

And the winner of last week's giveaway of her own pick of one of these Oakshott Fabrics Monochrome Picks bundles was chosen by random number generator and is Betty! 


Friday, 22 January 2016

Fabric News

The new Seaview collection by Makower has just come into stock at Elephant In My Handbag.


Sew Nana have these Pouch kits available which come with a gorgeous selection of Japanese inspired fabric. Boy  Walking Dog Zip Up Pouch Kit and House Zip Up Pouch Kit, have everything you need to make a lovely gift for a sewing buddy or for yourself.  Fabric, zip, felt, and notions, instructions in both Japanese and English are included.


Pelenna Patchworks have this week taken delivery of a new range of extra wide backing fabrics, the Chromadots collection from Blank Quilting - great to back quilts up to a king size without having to join fabrics!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Sister Sampler Quilts Blog Hop

Today is my stop on the Sister Sampler Quilts Blog Hop.  This wonderful book is written by AnneMarie Chany from Gen X Quilters - you can find out more about the book right here.


The book gives a modern twist to traditional sampler quilts by taking twenty-five traditionally pieced blocks and pairing them each with a "sister" block that is different to the original in fabric placement or colour layout. 


And putting these pairs of sister blocks together within the quilt creates added interest to the finished sampler as you can see below in the first of the samplers showcased in the book.  


In the another of the samplers in the book, the colour placement within the blocks is reversed in the sister blocks to create a whole different effect again.  


I think the thing that really sets this book apart for me is the beautiful sampler quilt layouts - AnneMarie has moved away from the traditional simpler 5 x 5 rows layout to create new and imaginative sampler designs. 


In addition to the blocks and the sampler quilts, there are extensive "how to" sections at the end of the book so that this would make a great book for a beginner as well as someone with extensive quilting knowledge and experience.  


If you would like to find out more about this wonderful new book, head on over to all the other stops on the blog hop tour which are listed out below.  

Monday, January 18  
AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters - Introduction
Sara Lawson / Sew Sweetness

Tuesday, January 19 
Leah Day / Free Motion Project
Brenda Ratliff / Just A Bit Frayed

Wednesday, January 20
Faith Jones / Fresh Lemons Quilts
Angela Pingel / Cut To Pieces

Thursday, January 21
Lynne Goldsworthy / Lily's Quilts
Amy Friend / During Quiet Time

Friday, January 22
Christa Watson / Christa Quilts
Violet Craft

Monday, January 25
Lee Heinrich / Freshly Pieced
Melissa Corry / Happy Quilting

Tuesday, January 26
Karen Lewis / Karen Lewis Textiles
Amy Gibson / Stitchery Dickory Dock

Wednesday, January 27
Sherri McConnell / A Quilting Life
Melissa Mortensen / Polka Dot Chair

Thursday, January 28
Heather Valentine / The Sewing Loft

Friday, January 29
Cindy Wiens / Live A Colorful Life
AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters - Wrap Up

Monday, 18 January 2016

Giveaway Mondays - Oakshott Fabrics

This week we have a giveaway from Oakshott Fabrics who have started putting together Monochrome Picks bundles each containing five or six pre-cuts of ​their 100% shot cottons​ and ​available in Fat 8ths, Fat Quarters and Half Metre Blocks.​



These come in a variety of colours including (below):

Sky and Tangiers


Atlas and Kew

Moss and Asparagus
 

and Buttercup

And you get to choose your own prize if you are picked as the giveaway winner. 

To be in with a chance of winning: 
1.    Leave comment letting me know which is your favourite monochrome picks bundle (and that is the one you will win).
2.    And for a bonus comment, subscribe to the Oakshott Fabrics newsletter and tell me that you've done so.

And the winners of last week's giveaways have been chosen by random number generator and are as follows.  The winner of the giveaway from Janet from Sew Nana's Place of the bottles of Soak, Flatter and Handmaid is Emily Kim.
 

And the winner of Windy City Bags by Sara Lawson is Mokki.