Sunday, 1 March 2015

Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet

On the first of every month, here at lilysquilts.blogpost.com, 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.  This month my big exciting news is that I will be teaching modern quilting for a week in France this summer in the last week of July.  You can find out more at this year's courses at http://www.craftyretreats.com and about my modern quilting course right here.  For anyone setting up their own craft business there is also a fantastic week long course run by Fi Pullen from The Sewing Directory which you can find out about by clicking here.


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

FRESH SEWING DAY LINK-UP
SMALL BLOG MEET LINK-UP

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Sponsor News

Oakshott have just brought out this beautiful new Scandinavia collection.  In the long, dark Nordic winters, the home is a place of refuge. The dearth of natural light means Scandinavian interiors have come to rely on paler tones to combat winter darkness. This is the inspiration behind Scandinavia, their newest palette of calm, muted tones. 


Elephant In My Handbag have a competition on their Facebook page at the moment and to win ALL of these scrummy fabrics - worth nearly £80 andover 6 Metres of fabric.   Click on this link to enter.


The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

This week and last week, we have eight projects featuring this stack of 10" squares of Oakshott colourshott brought to you by eight talented bloggers.  Today we are off to the blog of the ridiculously talented Australian quilter, Jane Davidson of quiltjane.com


The full schedule together with links is set out below so you can visit every stop along the way and there is also a button you can grab if you like to grab a button! 

16 February     Jo Avery of mybearpaw.com
17 February     Alice Blyth of blossomheartquilts.com
18 February     Colette Howie of poppyandpoochie.blogspot.com
19 February     Kristi McDonough of schnitzelandboo.com
23 February     Amira Ameruddin of littlemushroomcap.com
24 February     Hannah Kitching of sewingandslinging.blogspot.com
25 February     Mary Kolb of maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com
26 February     Jane Davidson of quiltjane.com

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Oakshott Coloushott Blog Hop

This week and last week, we have eight projects featuring this stack of 10" squares of Oakshott colourshott brought to you by eight talented bloggers.  Today we are off to the blog of Mary Kolb of maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com


The full schedule together with links is set out below so you can visit every stop along the way and there is also a button you can grab if you like to grab a button! 

16 February     Jo Avery of mybearpaw.com
17 February     Alice Blyth of blossomheartquilts.com
18 February     Colette Howie of poppyandpoochie.blogspot.com
19 February     Kristi McDonough of schnitzelandboo.com
23 February     Amira Ameruddin of littlemushroomcap.com
24 February     Hannah Kitching of sewingandslinging.blogspot.com
25 February     Mary Kolb of maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com
26 February     Jane Davidson of quiltjane.com

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

My week on Instagram

This has been a quiet week on Instagram because it's been half term here in the UK so my girls and I have had a week in London with my sister and her girls and I tend to IG very little of family life.  So one of my few posts this week consists of one scrappy binding made from three Sweetwater Feed Company fat quarters.  This is something I do a lot when I'm working with a FQ bundle and have no yardage of the line to make a binding.  If you sew two or more FQs end to end then cut strips from that, it makes a lovely scrappy binding.  On the right is something similar I made earlier this year with Gardenvale cheater print FQs.


Over the weekend I got a bit sidetracked after seeing the photo below, taken by Cotton Berry Quilts, of a beautiful vintage quilt.


I drew up the block in Touchdraw (graphic design app for iPad) finishing at 14.5" and posted it on Instagram to see whether anyone else knew the block.  It turns out it's called Castle Walls and Amy Badskirt had drawn up an even larger version of the same block and had posted a tutorial for it on Sew Mama Sew a while back.  This is definitely a block I'd like to make into a whole quilt although those y seams are a bit daunting.


And finally, I found out that the quilt I made from Makower using their Oriental line a few months back will be on the front cover of British Patchwork & Quilting this month.


See you next week!

the Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

This week and last week, we have eight projects featuring this stack of 10" squares of Oakshott colourshott brought to you by eight talented bloggers.  Today we are off to a lovely quiltblogger who lives in the North of England, Hannah Kitching of sewingandslinging.blogspot.com.


The full schedule together with links is set out below so you can visit every stop along the way and there is also a button you can grab if you like to grab a button! 

16 February     Jo Avery of mybearpaw.com
17 February     Alice Blyth of blossomheartquilts.com
18 February     Colette Howie of poppyandpoochie.blogspot.com
19 February     Kristi McDonough of schnitzelandboo.com
23 February     Amira Ameruddin of littlemushroomcap.com
24 February     Hannah Kitching of sewingandslinging.blogspot.com
25 February     Mary Kolb of maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com
26 February     Jane Davidson of quiltjane.com

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

This week and last week, we have eight projects featuring this stack of 10" squares of Oakshott colourshott brought to you by eight talented bloggers.  Today we are off to the blog of Amira Ameruddin of littlemushroomcap.com, a very talented Malaysian crafter who lives in Australia. 


The full schedule together with links is set out below so you can visit every stop along the way and there is also a button you can grab if you like to grab a button! 

16 February     Jo Avery of mybearpaw.com
17 February     Alice Blyth of blossomheartquilts.com
18 February     Colette Howie of poppyandpoochie.blogspot.com
19 February     Kristi McDonough of schnitzelandboo.com
23 February     Amira Ameruddin of littlemushroomcap.com
24 February     Hannah Kitching of sewingandslinging.blogspot.com
25 February     Mary Kolb of maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com
26 February     Jane Davidson of quiltjane.com

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

Friday, 20 February 2015

Sponsor News

Shabby Fabrics have a gorgeous new shabby chic collection in from Moda called Whitewashed Cottage by 3 Sisters.  In other news, they now have their popular Kimberbell Pillows available as individual kits - previously, these were only offered as part of the 12 month club.



This week, Plush Addict have London Fog from Camelot in stock - inspired by rainy days spent indoors snuggled under a blanket with a warm cup of tea!








Fat Quarter Shop have two new books coming out that are now available for pre-sale.  The first is 
Winter Wonderland by Sherri Falls of This & That Pattern Company which has instructions for 12 cozy Christmas projects including 9 quilts, 2 table runners, and a tree skirt.  The second is Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet which includes complete instructions for 45 sampler blocks in two sizes (6” and 12”), 10 quilts, 2 table runners, a table topper, and a potholder.

 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

This week and next week, we have eight projects featuring this stack of 10" squares of Oakshott colourshott brought to you by eight talented bloggers.  Today we are off to the blog of Kristi McDonough of schnitzelandboo.com, famous for organising many wonderful mini quilt swaps over on Instagram. 


The full schedule together with links is set out below so you can visit every stop along the way and there is also a button you can grab if you like to grab a button! 

16 February     Jo Avery of mybearpaw.com
17 February     Alice Blyth of blossomheartquilts.com
18 February     Colette Howie of poppyandpoochie.blogspot.com
19 February     Kristi McDonough of schnitzelandboo.com
23 February     Amira Ameruddin of littlemushroomcap.com
24 February     Hannah Kitching of sewingandslinging.blogspot.com
25 February     Mary Kolb of maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com
26 February     Jane Davidson of quiltjane.com

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop