Tuesday, 22 July 2014

#fqr2014

And so the Fat Quarterly London Quilting Retreat weekend is over for another year.  This was my favourite year so far and the highlights for me were:


The attendees - so many talented quilters all under one roof, so much inspiration, so much to see and talk about and, most of all, so nice to just sit and chat to quilters all day long.  And, as Jo Avery said to me, so many LOVELY people.


My students who joined me for Quilt Maths and Touchdraw for iPad.  As in every other year, I love the fact that I come out of my lessons having learned a whole load of new tricks and tips from them in the classes I'm teaching.  Thank you especially to Kelly for the tip of making backing fabric go further and Sonia for the tip on defining line length in Touchdraw!


The teachers - we really lucked out this year with a group of teachers who not only taught wonderful classes but who really joined in with the whole spirit of the retreat and just hung out with everyone all weekend.  An extra special mention has to go to those who joined us for the Saturday night quiz when they could have been home tucked up in bed!


Trash who was our social secretary for this year and made is her mission to smile, laugh, chat and entertain everyone during the whole weekend.  Generous with her time, laughs, hugs and brownies, she really created a wonderful atmosphere for us to work in.


All the sponsors who support the event, who provide goodies for the bags and who come to the Saturday night quilt market but especially Janome for providing us with fifty sewing machines for this year's retreat which enabled us to create this most dorky of photo opportunities as we carried the machines back out to the courier can at the end of the weekend.


Sandy, Brioni's husband, who took on the role of social media co-ordinator for the weekend and snapped and tweeted and posted and shared all weekend - go look for the hashtag #fqr2014 if you want to see more of what we did over the weekend.  He also took on a secondary - and perhaps more important role - of talking to the Jacks in their own language, rather than quiltspeak which the rest of us were using.


Mandy - my BFF who lives in my village, got me into quilting in the first place and who has supported me and looked after me for all three retreats now - I'd be lost without her there.  She hugs me when I get anxious and tells me it will all be fine.


Tacha and Brioni - as frantic as we always are during the whole weekend, I have so much fun working with these two all year round and especially during the retreat where we actually get to hang out together and chat for a whole weekend.  With all the stress of the many many things that go wrong and get difficult in the preparation for retreat, we had decided this would be our last.  But during retreat we loved it so much, we vowed to do it all again next year!


And last but by no means least, the Jacks (my son Jack and his mate Jack) who will next year have their own hashtag #jackquarterly. They carried machines upstairs, set machines up, packed them away at the end, changed sewing machine feet, set up ironing boards and irons, carried suitcases and boxes full of fabric, held up quilts on stage, flirted with all the cougars and generally ran around after us all weekend with smiles on their faces.

 

For those of you who were there this weekend, thank you so much for coming, we loved having you and you made the weekend such fun for us and a great reward for al the work and anxiety that goes on behind the scenes in the run-up.  I'm going to set up a linky party on the Fat Quarterly blog and we would really really love to hear all about the weekend from your perspective.  The post will also contain a link to an online survey and we'd love to hear any feedback you have so that we can make any changes needed for next year.  For those of you that didn't come, maybe next year?!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sponsor News


Sew Me A Song have some wonderful bundles in stock as always including this SK and more FQ bundle ... 



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

100 FQ giveaway from Plush Addict

Today we have a 100 FQ giveaway from new sponsor on the blog, Plush Addict.   That is a giveaway of 100 Kona solid FQs.  Plush Addict is a UK based online shop which stocks all 277 Kona solids plus many wonderful modern quilting cottons and will be getting all the new Kona colours in stock next week.  

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Made With Oakshott - Amy


Hello - I am Amy from [Amy's] Crafty Shenanigans.  Back in May I was sent some delicious Oakshott Herringbone weave fabrics.  As Lynne stated on her blog, these fabrics "are the weight of quilting cottons, soft like old denim and have a slightly different shade on the reverse side"- and she was right!  These are super soft and totally reversible fabrics!


I suggested that I would like to make a 'Plaid' quilt using these fabrics. Utilising both sides of the six fabrics, I was able to get twelve colours.  To me, this means you can have twice as much fun using them and have twice as many possibilities.  To make the 'plaid', I flipped the fabrics to show the different shades.  Where fabrics 'crossed' each other, I tried to show what colour could be created.  Yes, perhaps a little imagination is required!


There is a fantastic website where you can search a register of hundreds of different tartan patterns by name or colour or even by colour combinations.  I searched for a tartan with similar colours to the yummy Oakshott Herringbone weave fabrics and sketched out my design.  Using some pencil crayons to give me a guideline, I started cutting.  Because the fabrics can be flipped, I did try several different possibilities to create the plaid that I liked best.  The end result is a simple and symmetrical quilt that represents tartan, or what I call plaid.
 

The darker blue fabric has a subtle variation of colour on its reverse so in the photo you do not see much difference.  However, in person you can see the difference more clearly.  They really are wonderful fabrics and best seen and felt in person!  Here are my cutting dimensions [in inches] for the squares and rectangles:

A = 8.5 x 8.5
B = 8.5 x 4 (and 4 x 8.5)
C = 8.5 x 3 (and 3 x 8.5)
D = 4 x 4
E = 3 x 4
F = 3 x 3

I pre-washed the fabrics and used colour catchers and a product called Synthrapol(R) to prevent any colour bleeding.  For my seam allowance, I stitched at just a little more than the typical 1/4" and used some spray starch to help me to keep the soft fabrics straight when I stitched them together.  The finished quilt is approximately 40 x 56 inches.


For the back, I used Kona silver which looks like it has a slight purple hue to it which compliments my quilt front.  I used several shades of Perle cotton, Aurifil 50 and Gutermann threads to do some 'straight' stitching both by hand and by machine to give a more 'plaid' appearance.  You can really see the stitches on the back - I can't wait to wash and dry this to see the crinkly textures created.   


Thank you Lynne and Michael of Oakshott for letting me play with these gorgeous fabrics.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Oakshott Colourshott Bundle Blog Hop Day 8

Today is the final day of the blog hop featuring Oakshott's eight new colourshott F8th bundles which will be coming soon to their website.  There is a button further down this post as well as a blog hop schedule.  
Today it is the turn of Susan Claire from Gourmet Quilter whose project uses the New Forest bundle.

Here is the full schedule of the blogs on the bloghop:

31 June:  Jo from My Bearpaw
1 July:     Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
3 July:     Nicky from Mrs Sew And Sow
4 July:     Helen from Archie The Wonder Dog
7  July:    Sonia from Fabric And Flowers
8 July:     Charlotte from Displacement Activity
10 July:   Trudi from Trudi-Quilting Prolifically
11 July:   Susan Claire from Gourmet Quilter

And finally a button because what's a blog hop without a button?! 

Lily's Quilts

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Oakshott Colourshott Bundle Blog Hop Day 7

Today is day seven of the blog hop featuring Oakshott's eight new colourshott F8th bundles which will be coming soon to their website.  There is a button further down this post as well as a blog hop schedule.  
Today it is the turn of Trudi from Trudi-Quilting Prolifically whose project uses the Spice bundle.


Here is the full schedule of the blogs on the bloghop:

31 June:  Jo from My Bearpaw
1 July:     Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
3 July:     Nicky from Mrs Sew And Sow
4 July:     Helen from Archie The Wonder Dog
7  July:    Sonia from Fabric And Flowers
8 July:     Charlotte from Displacement Activity
10 July:   Trudi from Trudi-Quilting Prolifically
11 July:   Susan Claire from Gourmet Quilter

And finally a button because what's a blog hop without a button?! 

Lily's Quilts