Friday, 30 November 2012

Faves on Flickr

I love faveing things on Flickr.  They're almost always the things I wish I'd been clever enough to make and the same is true this week.  You can click on the links in the decriptions to go through to the original photos and find out more.

My creation

1. Tallahassee Anna Pillow.  This is currently my favourite block and I need to make a whole quilt of these but for now this pillow will have to tide me over.  Made by teaginny, the fabrics choices are just perfection.

2. Modern She Made Swap pillow.  Joanne Shapemoth is ludicrously talented.  I think I love everything she ever makes and this pillow is no exception.  I'm guessing it's made with Oakshott Rubies but I don't know for sure.

3. Crazy star pillow cover.  When I started doing this feature, I didn't expect that the same names would keep appearing but they do.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, Nicole Dutchcomfort never stops amazing me with her extremely wide repertoire of quilting styles and her eye for colour and design.

4. PTS9- pillow front.  I don't know Deborah Littlemama but this is one of those pillows that leapt off the page at me - perfect mix of fabric choice and design.  This is my idea of modern quilting - traditional blocks mixed with modern fabrics.

5. improv quilt.  People who have skillz with improv make quilts like this look effortless but don't be fooled.  Making something like this and balancing it and making it work is really really hard.  Leila where the orchids grow is one of my longest time online quilting friends and has a beautiful eye for balance which I think this quilt showcases perfectly.

6. Butterfly Pillow - PTS9 Recieved.  This pillow makes my toes curl in delight.  Made by Adrienne Little Bluebell, it is another example of the perfect mix of traditional blocks and modern fabrics.

7. Basted and ready to appliqué! Brioni Flossy Blossy is luckily way to busy with life to read blogs so won't read me gushing here about her.  She lives near enough to me to come to my house relatively often, is part of the Fat Quarterly gang of (sadly now only) four and is HUMONGOUSLY talented.  I am big headed enough not to be intimidated by other people's quilting talent too often but Brioni gets me every time.

8. 'Pathfinder' in Quilt Scene 2012 (4).  OK so it's Joanne Shapemoth again.  Twice she made my faves in one week.  She really is that talented.  If she doesn't have a book out this year or next year then I will eat my hat.

And I always love to see what you've been faveing on Flickr if you have a minute.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Sponsor News

A few bits of sponsor news for you this week.  Oakshott are having a warehouse sale this weekend on Friday and Saturday 10am til 4pm.  So, if you're anywhere near Gloucester this weekend make sure you check it out!

Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics is going to announce today or tomorrow a pre-order sale on Salt Water by Tula Pink.  One of the best upcoming lines of this year.  

And Fat Quarter Shop are running are really fun contest at the moment.  Pin your favorite items from their website to your FQS Gift Guide Pinterest board with the hashtag #FQSgiftguide for a chance to win. Each week they will choose three lucky pinners and send them a gift from their FQS Gift Guide Pinterest board. The more you pin the greater your chances of winning!

And the winner is ...

Someone had to win the FQ bundle of Architextures.


Mr Random picked:

Who is:

Congratulations and please get in touch with your shipping details!

Monday, 26 November 2012

How big is your Christmas stocking?

There are two types of Christmas stocking.  The very small decorative type you hang from the mantlepiece which any child would be disappointed to see at the end of their bed on Christmas morning since it would just about have enough room for one satsuma and a 50p piece.  Then there's the second type which is so big you could almost use it as a sleeping bag.


Now that's what I'm talking about.  That's a ten gallon Christmas stocking.  The one above is made from Dear Mr Claus by Cosmo Cricket for Moda and the one below is made from Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda.  


My parents are not going to thank me for this one.  They wanted stockings for my neice and nephew who are coming to stay for Christmas.  Now they're going to have to spend serious money in Poundland to fill those stockings.  When Julie from Sewing World asked me for a Christmas Stocking, I asked her permission to make one that you could fit a serious stash of presents into.  Otherwise what's it all about really?


And the magazine with the Super Sized Stocking came out this week.  Roll on Christmas!


Abakhan Projects on a Budget

In this economic climate, we are all thinking about what we can and cannot afford to make, what fabrics we can and cannot buy, what notions etc.  Well how about coming up with some ideas for projects on a budget?  THIS FEATURE IS NOW OPEN WORLDWIDE.  Here's the idea.  You head on over to Abakhan Fabrics and pick out £20 worth of anything that takes your eye.  We send it to you free, you make, photograph and write a tutorial to go on my blog.

So here's what you need to do:

1.   You can now be anywhere in the world to participate in this challenge!
2.   Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would like to make using £20 worth of anything from Abakhan.
3.   In a few days from today, I will choose a winner who will have one month to choose their booty from Abakhan, make something and write a tutorial.
4.   Don't be disheartened if I do not pick your idea this month, there are always other months.
6.   The item can be anything at all - clothing, quilted or non quilted items - anything crafty at all really.
7.   Be as original, as traditional, as creative or as simple as you like.
8.   And this month's theme is Christmas.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sew-Ichigo Pattern Giveaway

Penny and Kerry from Sew Ichigo have been working on a new pattern set, 'Sew Very Christmas'.  Read more about it here.  And they have agreed to give away three to three lucky readers! 
These are beginner friendly patterns with minimal lines and sections, no curves and no Y seams.  Plus you can download their free paper piecing guidelines here (scroll to the bottom of the page).  

You can buy the pattern here or at their Craftsy store.  And to be in with a chance of winning a copy, leave a comment here and I'll pick three winners a week from today!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

My Baby Weekender

A while back Laura Needles Pins and Baking Tins gave me the pattern for Amy Butler's Weekender bag which I was excited to make.  Following Laura's example, I started making QAYG panels but didn't really like the look of them and abandoned the attempt.  Fast forward a few weeks and Peg from Sew Fresh Fabrics mentioned she had a new Japanese panel linen in stock which would be fun for bag making.  So I bought a yard of it which was just the right amount to make a baby weekender. 

I made the main template by folding a piece of paper in half and in half again and then drawing round a cereal bowl to make quarter circle-ish corners.  I cut the main panels from the yellow flower and the pocket panels from the blue print and quilted these onto wadding to give the bag some stability.  

The black pinstripe made the handles and gusset which I backed with a stiff iron on vilene.  And the white birds fabric made the lining which I backed with a softer iron on vilene.  There are double pockets on the front and back of the bag and a little zipped pocket inside which I follower Lisa Lam's tutorial to make in The Bag Making Bible. 

And this is the yard of cheater print it all came from.  The bag is going to be my big sister's Christmas present.  I hope she doesn't mind another handmade Christmas...

Learn to make a Scrap House Quilt

Rainbow Disks are a publishing company producing craft e-books on CD which means that video instructions and demonstrations can be included as well - great for those of you who like to learn by seeing how it's done.  They are shortly going to launch a new website, which will make their books available for instant download.  And they have offered one of you the chance to win a copy of "Scrap House Quilt".  

The book takes you through the free piecing techniques for making the house blocks in the quilt.  The techniques can be adapted to make lots of different houses and to make any size of quilt.  For anyone out there who hasn't yet dipped their toes into free piecing, this would make a great starting point.  And of course who doesn't love a scrappy quilt project?

To be in with a chance of winning this e-book, just leave a comment on this post and a winner will be drawn a week from now.

Friday, 23 November 2012

And the Liberty winner is ...

And the winner of the Liberty HALF METRE bundle from Village Haberdashery...

Was randomly picked ...

And is ...

Congratulations Cille! 

Flickr Faves

Once more there are lots of lovely things popping up over on Flickr and here are a few of my faves from this week.

1. Museum Medallion.  A hand / machine pieced beauty from the queen of colour, Cathy Cabbage Quilts.

2. Fabulous pillow from Kerry.  An EPP pillow made for Tacha by Kerry in the latest round of the pillow talk swap.

3. T-Riot of Repetition.  Another of Linda Rotz Miller's incredible quilt tops.

4. Butterfly Star.  Krista Poppyprint pointed me in the direction of Stacey Staceystitched's flickrstream on Flickr which is full of the most incredible feats of piecing.

5. NY Beauty Pillow Swap. Lindsey LR Stitched pillow is perfection in the piecing, the mix of fabrics and the beautiful quilting.

6. PTS pillow from Amber {received}. An incredible improv pillow made by Amber One Shabby Chick in the pillow talk swap.  Improv looks so easy and yet it's very hard to make something that looks this good.

7. Hexagon #185.  Helen Archie the Wonder Dog has been making these hexagons with the most amazing patience and perserverance.  This one is for me a perfect mix of choice of print and shape.

8. Lucky Penny Football.  I know I made this so it shouldn't really be in here but it's in here because I love how that line of fabrics (Lucky Penny by Alison Glass) photographs.

Big Sale at M is for Make

M is for make is having a huge Black Friday sale on all fabrics and patterns, ready for the lead up to Christmas.  From Friday until Sunday 25th November 9pm, use the code 'BlackFriday' to receive 20% off all orders.

Everything is on sale, including fabrics already discounted in the sale section, such as Simpatico by Cloud 9 Fabrics or Flea Market Fancy. Or pick up one of the popular bundles for an early Christmas present?

The Chickopee collection by Denyse Schmidt and Thangles used to make this quilt are also available.

The offer runs through till 9pm Sunday night, don't forget to sign up for the newsletter while you are there to hear about these offers first.

Stars and Baubles Xmas Pillow tutorial

So I am day five on the Sizzix Blog Hop.  I made this pillow a couple of weeks ago as my parents' Christmas "card" (don't ask) and the tutorial to make this pillow is my stop on the blog hop.

For more information about the Sizzix patchwork and quilting range, click here.  And here are the stops before and after me in this blog hop:

Monday 19th November - Angela Southey
Tuesday 20th November - Tacha Bruecher/Fat Quarterly
Wednesday 21st November - Katy Jones
Thursday 22nd November - Hadley Gordon
Friday 23rd November - Moi
Saturday 24th November - Lory Bucaria

To be in with a chance of winning a Big Shot machine and a selection of our quilting dies worth over £130, click here! Closing date: Wednesday 28th November 2012 at 10am GMT.


Fabric requirements:
  • Various scraps for the stars and circles (32 scraps min 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" and 32 min 1 1/2" square).
  • Approx 3/4yd background fabric for paper piecing and sashing. Before paper piecing, cut one 1" WOF strip and two 1 1/2" WOF strips for sashing the pillow. 
  • Wadding for the pillow front 22" x 22".
  • Fusible web for attaching the baubles.
  • You will also need additional fabric / wadding / zip to finish the pillow back as desired. 
Making the pillow top:

1.   Print eight templates which you can find here.

2.   Shorten your machine stitch to 1.5 for paper piecing.
3.   Foundation paper piece four of template A and four of template B.  Note that there is a 1/4" seam allowance but a 1/2" allowance around the outside of the finished block, so the block will measure 9" square once pieced.
4.   Piece one star by first sewing the templates A and B into pairs.  

5.   Then sew two of those into pairs.  

6.   Then sew the two halves of the block together.  Repeat for the remaining three stars.  For tips on matching the centre point on an 8 point star block, go to this post here.

7.   Cut the 1" WOF strip into one piece 18" long and two pieces 9" long.  Sash two pairs of stars together.  

8.   Then sash those two halves of the pillow top together.    

9.   Cut the 1 1/2" WOF strips into two lengths of 18" and two lengths of 20".  Sew the two 18" lengths to the top and bottom of the pillow top.

10.   Sew the two 20" lengths to the two sides of the pillow top.  

11.   Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse fusible web to the back of the fabric scraps being used for the baubles.  Cut thirty-two 1" circles using the Sizzix 1" circles die and fuse to the pillow front.  

12.   Finish the pillow as desired.  

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Architextures Giveaway

I'm giving away an FQ bundle of Architextures.  After the overwhelmingly excitable response to my showing these fabrics on the blog a few days ago, it seems there are a lot of you out there anxiously awaiting the arrival of this line by Caroline Friendlander for Robert Kaufman.


And so I thought it would be fun to give one FQ bundle away.  21 FQ of text, architectural, sketchy modern, fabulousness.  To win?  Three chances, one comment per chance:

1.   Any old comment.
2.   Click to follow this blog and let me know that you do or that you already are a follower.
3.   Spread the word - tweet, Facebook, blog, you know the drill and let me know you did.

Sponsor News

A few bits of sponsor news for you:

Becca at Sew Me A Song is running a shipping special over the bank holiday weekend.  Orders placed Thursday 22 November through Sunday 25 November will receive flat rate shipping of $2.50 US/$6.50 Canada/ $8.50 everywhere else. No minimum required. Refunds will be processed upon shipment. Please put coupon code "THANKYOU12" in Notes to Seller upon Checkout.

Oakshott are at Harrogate this weekend so, if you're going, go and take a look at their beautiful shot cottons on stand TG100.

photo courtesy of Amy During Quiet Time

Annie from Village Haberdashery is opening a real life shop at 47 Mill Lane in West Hampstead, North London and will be having a preview weekend on 15 / 16 December.  I am planning to be there so see you there I hope!
And Fat Quarter Shop have a Black Friday sale this Friday.  Their sales are always worth a look.  I buy A LOT in their sales.  Even if you don't splash out on a FQ bundle (which is always my weakness), it's a great time to invest in yardage for backings.  Like this bargain for example

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

What's that for?

What's that Mum?


It's a fabric football made from Lucky Penny by Alison Glass - a new fabric line coming to Village Haberdashery in the New Year.  


What's the point of it Mum?


Well Annie sent me the Lucky Penny fabric and I was so excited to play with it that I decided to make an oversized EPP hexagons and pentagons football. 



Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Made with Oakshott

Would you like to make something with Oakshott fabrics?  Well this month, you have that chance.

Lily's Quilts
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Each month, Michael Oakshott and I choose an Oakshott bundle and challenge you to come up with some kind of wonderful idea of what you would make with it.  This month, we've chosen a FQ bundle of the Oakshott Cosmos silks.  They have a gentle muted shine and would be perfect for adding a bit of sparkle to a holiday project.

To be in with a chance of playing with these beautiful fabrics, here's what you need to do:
  • Leave a comment letting me know what you would make with the Cosmos FQ bundle.  You can mix them with other fabrics or use just the Cosmos in the project.  As you wish. 
  • You can make something big, small, quilted, not quilted, useful, decorative.  It's up to you.  
  • After a few days, we will pick our favourite project suggestion and that person will be sent an FQ pack of Oakshott Cosmos silks.  
  • All we ask of you is that you write a guest post for this blog containing photos of the finished item and a tutorial showing us how you made it, ideally within one month of receipt of the Oakshotts.  
And if you don't get picked this month, don't worry, there will be another great bundle on offer next month so stay tuned for a new chance each month.