Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet - no more!

After a few years of doing the Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet feature on the blog, I have decided to retire the idea.  I'm going to have a think about replacing it with something but for the time being, I think it needs to be left to simmer.  So for all of you who are enjoying the heat today, happy 1st of July and here's a quilt I made this week for the Oakshott stand at Festival of Quilts this year.  Please pop by their stand if you're visiting and say hello to the quilt.  It's called Fifty Shades + Grey because it's made of 50 shades of Colourshott and two shades of grey - kits will be available at FoQ.




Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Giveaway - Purple Stitches

So we have a giveaway here at Lily's Quilts every Monday (bumped to Tuesday this week but some computer glitches!).  This week we have this lovely pile of goodies from Purple Stitches including a 9 FQ bundle of First Light by cloud9 (organic cotton), one Aurifil 2600 50wt and one aurifil 2784 40wt, one pack of assorted superior needles and two lace zips.


If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning this lovely prize:

1.   Leave a comment, any comment.
2.   Click to follow Purple Stitches on Instagram (@thepurplestitches) and let me know that you did. 
3.   Share this giveaway on social media and add one comment per share.  

And the winner of last week's prize of this fantastic Aurifil 12 spool thread set curated by Victoria Findlay Wolfe was picked by random number generator and is... 


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Fabric News

Shabby Fabrics have just introduced their newest quilt kit called "Standing Strong".  This quilt meets the standards for the Quilts of Valor.  The Quilts of Valor Foundation is an organisation that presents quilts to men and women who are serving or have served in the armed forces.  The full kit includes the pattern, all top fabrics, borders, and binding and finishes at 59"x73".  They are also offering the coordinating pillowcase kit as Quilts of Valor require a pillowcase along with them.


Marmalade Fabrics have a fantastic 40% off sale going on at the moment - 40% off all print fabrics.


Elephant in my Handbag are having a Mid Season Sale with up to 20% Off EVERYTHING in shop.  Includes all New Fabric collections - including 2015 Christmas Fabrics - so stock up your stash before the discount runs out !


Colour your own fabric - "Color Me" from Michael Miller just arrived at Plush Addict.




Fabric Please! is having a Flannel Giveaway over on Facebook to celebrate Canada Day.  They'll be giving away two yards of any of the flannels pictured.  The winner will have their choice of any combination (4 half yards or 6 third yards or 8 fat quarters) of prints to make up two yards from the flannels pictured.  For details and to enter, head over to their Facebook page.  A winner will be drawn on July 1st - Canada Day!


Oakshott’s Lakes shot cottons inspired Casey York to design this stunning Shoreline Quilt.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Giveaway Mondays - Aurifil

So we have a giveaway here at Lily's Quilts every Monday.  And this week the giveaway is brought to you by Aurifil, makers of my favourite threads and the only threads I ever use.  They come in a variety of weights and a colossal variety of colours so you can always pick the perfect one.  My go-to threads are the 50 weight which are the thinnest, finest threads, perfect for machine piecing, hand piecing and applique.
And this week we are giving away this fantastic 12 spool thread set curated by Victoria Findlay Wolfe which contains the perfect combination of neutrals and bold colours.


For any of you unfamiliar with the Aurifil designer of the month club, it is hosted every month by Pat Sloan over at Aurifil's blog and this month's designers are the sisters and design team at Me & My Sister… Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson.  Every month you get a free block pattern and the chance to win some wonderful Aurifil threads by taking part and making the block.  And this is this month's gorgeous block. 


If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning Victoria Findlay Wolfe's fabulous thread set:

1.   Leave a comment, any comment.
2.   Click to follow Aurifil on Facebook and let me know that you did. 
3.   Share this giveaway on social media and add one comment per share.  

And the winner of last week's prize of Jane Davidson's beautiful Australian quilt collaboration book, Desert To Sea, was picked by random number generator and is...


Thursday, 18 June 2015

Fabric News

New in stock at Sew Me A Song are these frankly incredibly feeds prints by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa.


Happy 12th Birthday to Fat Quarter Shop!  This year, they want to celebrate their special day with you along with some amazing deals on some of their favourite things.  So they've combined their Birthday sale with their Flash Sales to create the BIRTHDAY BASH in a FLASH deals! The Birthday Bash will last for twelve days from Monday, June 15th.  So be sure to check back on their website to unwrap new deals daily.


This week Pink Castle have announced that they are now selling Janome sewing machines.  They cannot ship machines internationally (because of warranty issues) but will ship machine feet, software and accessories worldwide.  They have some machines that they ship in the US and some that can only be ordered in the shop.
The DISTRIKT collection from Erin McMorris has just arrived at Celticfusionfabrics - an urban, modern mix of prints with pops of black, white and yellow would look great in a living room or as a summer dress.


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Fat Quarterly back on sale today!

As of today, Fat Quarterly, the modern online magazine, is back on sale.  You can find it now at payhip.com/fatquarterly where you can currently buy issues 10-20 and the remaining earlier issues will also be available there tomorrow.  The hiatus in sales was caused by changes to the VAT legislation in Europe - we needed time to see what solutions the market came up with and www.payhip.com fit the bill for us because it takes care of the European VAT collection and reporting.


Over the next few days, our home website, fat quarterly.com, will be updated to link to the payhip site but we wanted to get the sales available as a first step.  Those of you who are current subscribers will automatically be sent the new issues in the same way as previously but we will no longer be selling subscriptions as the payhip website does not cater for this option.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Giveaway Mondays - Desert To Sea

So we have a giveaway here at Lily's Quilts every Monday.


Today I have a copy of Jane Davidson's beautiful Australian quilt collaboration book, Desert To Sea,  to give away.  Available at all your usual online sellers, you can also buy this book direct from Jane's own website.

Jane has pulled together a group of wonderful Australian quilt designers who have each contributed a quilt to the book.  These are Betty Kerr, Cathy Underhill, Charlotte Dumesny, Danielle Aeuckens, Jane Davidson, Rachaeldaisy, Jeannette Bruce and Lorena Uriarte.  The book is curated, designed and published by Jane herself, no mean feat. 


In her intro to the book, Jane says:

I find most Australian quilters are inherently eclectic in their style of quilting. They are not afraid to use bold colours and patterns in their designs. Maybe it is a reflection of the beauty that surrounds them and the diversity in our landscape and culture that inspires them to create such beautiful and unique quilts. 

As well as containing ten wonderful and inspiration projects, there are beautiful photos of the quilt both photographed flat so you can really see what you're making and photographed against some beautiful Australian scenery.  


This also has the feel of a book designed by quilters for quilters with really good clear instructions and diagrams throughout.  
To be in with a chance of winning a copy of this wonderful book, just leave a comment on this post.  


And the winner of last week's prize of a $50 gift certificate to Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory was picked by random number generator and is...