Monday, 4 May 2015

Tula Pink Giveaway from Fabric Please!

Today we have a wonderful giveaway of a 20FQ bundle of Tula Pink's True Colours from Fabric Please!  Based in Canada, they specialise in quality designer fabrics for the quilter and sewist.  You will find lines from leading designers and manufacturers, such as, Tula Pink, Art Gallery, Michael Miller, Lecien, Sandy Gervais, Cloud9, Monaluna and many, many more.  

They strive to offer quality fabrics at reasonable prices.  Their batting prices are also very competitive.  They ship internationally and will find the best shipping rates to save you as much money as possible.

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic bundle, you can

1.   Leave a comment, any comment.
2.   Like Fabric Please! on Facebook and leave me a comment to let me know you have.
3.   Spread the word on social media - one comment for each different share. 

The Oakshott Scandinavia Blog Hop

Over the next two weeks we are bringing you eight projects from eight fantastic designers using Oakshott Scandinavia.  All the hops are listed out below so you can come back to this post and see where to go to next!

Scandinavia is a line of shot cottons shot with cream so that they create a beautiful gentle palette and I am so excited to see what everyone is going to do with them.  

The blog hop stops are listed out below and I hope you enjoy the inspiration you find there.  

4 May  - Sarah Sharp 
6 May  - Amy Sinibaldi 
11 May - Elaine Poplin
12 May - Sarah Fielke
13 May - Nicholas Ball

Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Oakshott Scandinavia Blog Hop

This week and next week we are bringing you eight projects from eight fantastic designers using Oakshott Scandinavia.  Today is the turn of  Sarah Sharp and all the stops on the blog hop are listed out below.  Bear in mind that different time zones may mean that the posts appear later on in the day.

4 May  - Sarah Sharp 
6 May  - Amy Sinibaldi 
11 May - Elaine Poplin
12 May - Sarah Fielke
13 May - Nicholas Ball

Friday, 1 May 2015

Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet

It's the first of May so it's time to dance around the maypoles.  Here at Lily's Quilts, 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.  Yesterday I finished this quilt.  It is made using Sherwood, a new line from Makower hitting the shops later this year.

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



Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Top tip

Today's top tip is all about avoiding wavy binding.  Where the quilt is nice and square and flat before binding, the problem is being caused by the binding process.  As you attach the binding to the quilt, it is easy to gently pull the quilt so that, once the quilt is fully bound, the bound edges are wavy.  So here's how to avoid that:

1.   Start attaching the binding and attach about 2".
2.   Lay the quilt out on a table, don't pull it or stretch it, just let it lie flat.
3.   Lay the binding along the edge of the quilt.
4.   Clip the binding to the quilt using wonder clips or similar about every 6-10".  When clipping the binding, pull the binding taut so you are leaving the quilt top relaxed and flat but gently pulling the binding.  This is the key.
5.   Take the quilt back to the machine, attach the binding to that side until you reach the corner, sew the corner to start the next side as usual, again sew about 2" then once again stop, lay the quilt flat on the table and clip the binding to the edge as before.
6.   Continue until the whole quilt is bound.

As usual, I'd love to hear any of your tips for avoiding wavy quilt edges!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

My week on Instagram

This week I had a fabulous weekend working at the Uttoxeter quilt show on the Oakshott stand with Michael Oakshott who was a lot of fun to work with.  And of course it's always a joy to be surrounded by all those beautiful fabrics and quilts.

Then yesterday the new issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting arrived, chock full of lovely projects as usual.  Those included: my Gardenvale quilt and pillow.  I love this line from Jen Kingwell for Moda and loved making this quilt with a really scrappy feel.  I had no back big enough for the quilt so made a "fat quarter back" with FQs sashed with what yardage I did have!

My quilt made from Suffolk Garden for Dashwood Studio and my BOM made from Mimosa for Wyndham Fabrics were also in this issue.  
My four faves from this issue were made by Christine Tepsick, 

And finally this morning, I received my much-awaited copy of Lynn Harris' book Every Last Piece.  I've been browsing this over my coffee and it is packed full of beautiful scrap quilts but I will be reviewing this book properly in the blog in a few days' time because this is one that is too good to miss, especially if you're a fan of scrap quilts.  

Monday, 27 April 2015

Shabby Fabrics Giveaway

Today we have lovely fabric giveaway from Shabby Fabrics of this fat eighth bundle of Moda Grunge basics.  There are nineteen different shades of Grunge by Basic Grey in this beautiful bundle. Grunge is one of the great semi-solids - useable as a solid but giving texture to your quilts.

Shabby Fabrics is an online quilt shop specialising in high-quality fabric, kits and Block of the Month programs.  If you feel like browsing, their New, Coming Soon and Sale pages are always a good place to start.  My picks from each of those sections today would be:  In the New section, I love the range of L's Modern Basics by Lucien.  As well as each being available in yardage, there are beautiful bundles picked from the various colours which you can see below.

In the Coming Soon section, I'm looking forward to Farmhouse by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda fabrics.

And so for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway, you have a few options:

1.   Leave a comment, any comment on this post. 
2.   For an additional comment, like Shabby Fabrics' Facebook page
3.   For additional comments, spread the word about this giveaway on social media. 

Thank you and good luck - a winner will be drawn a week from today!