Thursday, 2 October 2014

My birthday bundle

Fort Worth Fabric always put together a weekly bundle which they feature on their website every Friday.  This week they have put together an additional bundle, Lily's Quilts Birthday Bundle especially for my birthday tomorrow. You can find my nine FQ birthday bundle here and can buy it for $24.74 or comment below to try to win the bundle which will be given away ten days from today.  

A lovely mix of low volume Paris themed prints, you can find my nine FQ birthday bundle here and can buy it for $24.74 or comment below to try to win the bundle which will be given away ten days from today.  

So just leave a comment wishing me a happy birthday for tomorrow and I will pick a winner on 13 October when I'm back from the Knitting and Stitching Show in Alexandra Palace, London!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet

So on the first of every month, here at, 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.  I have two favourite projects from this month, one big and one small.  The medallion quilt is a whopping 80" square and the mini was just 20" square.

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

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Grab your sunglasses

Grab your sunglasses for this quilt I made for Quilt Now magazine using Jungle Ave by Sara Lawson for Art Gallery fabrics.  I had designed a much fussier quilt but, when the fabrics arrived, it didn't feel right so I emailed the editor of Quilt Now, Katy I'm A Ginger Monkey Jones and said - mmm - I'm stuck now, my idea isn't going to work with these fabrics.  And she said - to show them off to their best, you need a brick quilt.  So a brick quilt is what I did.  Once again the maths was a bit of a nightmare and Touchdraw was a life saver in terms of drawing up the quilt.

The Jungle Ave fabrics are mixed in here with a lot of other Art Gallery prints and blenders to give lots of variety in the prints I used.  And here is it in situ in Quilt Now which you can find at your local newsagent this month. 

Monday, 29 September 2014

And the winner is ...

And so the winner of the Little Quilts book by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger has been chosen ...

 ... by random number generator ... 
 ... and is ... 

Saturday, 27 September 2014

My medallion quilt

For a long time I've wanted to design and make a medallion quilt but wanted to take some of the hard work out of the process if possible.  So I came up with the idea of designing one around 2 1/2" squares and HSTs which could be cut with a Sizzix die cutter.  I have the long dies of each of these which can cut about 50-60 2 1/2" squares or HSTs in one roll and the HSTs then need no trimming.  Using those, I could cut a lot of scraps up very quickly.

My colour scheme was based around Ansonia by Denyse Schmidt with co-ordinating scraps thrown in to give the quilt a much scrappier look.  The dark in that line is a dark brown which I substituted for black and charcoal which I prefer.  Hence the quilt was called Back to Black because I think it's the black in the quilt which makes the other colours really pop.  The centre medallion was paper pieced because you can't beat paper piecing for a nice pointy star.

The quilt is a whopping 80" square and, although the maths for that would have been a bit of a kerfufle, designing it in Touchdraw (an app for iPad, mac and android) meant the maths was all done for me.  By that I don't mean that TD automatically calculates your yardage etc but it's easy to measure what goes where when you can manipulate the design endlessly in a graphics program - something you just couldn't do with pen and paper.  The backing was the most fabulous Suzuko Koseki print from Sew Me A Song.

And if you'd like to make your own version of this medallion quilt, it appears in issue 13 of Love Patchwork and Quilting.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Oakshott Autumn Quilt

Another new quilt I've made this month is the Oakshott Autumn quilt.  Made with one Autumn Fat 8th pack plus yardage, this quilt finishes as 60" square.  When I get sent a pack of fabrics like the autumn pack, my overwhelming need is to put them into rainbow order.

And I wanted to design a quilt that captures the fall of leaves falling in autumn.  After going round in round in circles with more complicated designs, it occurred to me that a checkerboard postage stamp quilt would show these colours beautifully.  

The quilt is quicker to put together than you'd think because it's strip pieced but nevertheless you do need to keep quite a close eye on which fabric goes where - it's easy to lose track...I bound with the same Oakshott colourshott sand as I used for the background because I wanted the binding to fade into the background of the quilt rather than framing it too strongly. 

And finally I quilted a diagonal cross hatch in the coloured squares using a cream Aurifil 50wt.  Sometimes I think I ought to branch out in my quilting but, each time I try, it looks rubbish and I like the simplicity and uniformity of a cross hatch or straight line quilt.  

This will be available as a free pattern kit from Oakshott when you buy the autumn fat 8th pack and I'd love to see it if you make it!