Friday, 17 April 2015

Fabric Friday

So this week's new fabrics were two stunning bundles of Franklin by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit fabrics.  My first choice of these two bundles would have to be the pink and orange - I'm always drawn to a warm palette over a cool one.  Which do you prefer?

The other new fabrics that came in were these FQs which are from the new line Street Life by Jessica Hogarth for Dashwood Studio.  

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

This week's top tip

This wee's top tip is quick and simple.  When you make stripy binding, use a straight rather than a diagonal seam.  That way, the join becomes invisible.  It's hard to see the join when you look at the binding as a whole.

Only one you zoom right in case you see the join.  

The other thing I do when making bindings is to shorten my stitch to about 1.8.  That way the binding seams don't come undone when you're pulling and pushing the binding around the quilt.  And I'd love to hear any binding tips you have to add into the mix. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

This week on Instagram

Well this has been all about one thing this week and that was despatching.  If you follow me on Instagram, you can choose to follow a second account (@lqdestash) where I destash fabrics every few months.  Everything in the pictures below sold over the weekend, there were a lot more bundles than just those shown below, I took four huge bags of parcels to the post office on Mondaybut I seem to have no less fabric - my sewing room is like the magic porridge pot.  Good thing or bad thing?



Monday, 13 April 2015

Sneak Peek

On a Monday I like to post a little sneak peek of something I'm working on which I won't be able to show you for a while.  So today, I'm working on some diamonds made from Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff for RJR fabrics mixed in with a selection of black blenders.  What are you working on this week?!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Reel Time blog tour

So I am kicking off the Reel Time blog tour today.  Reel Time is the new line from Brigitte Heiland of Zen Chic for Moda.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on some earlier this year which was sent out post haste to a wonderful group of eight contributors to Fat Quarterly and their projects will appear in the next issue, coming out early next month.

Inspired by cinema reels, this line has both a fantastic fresh modern palette as well as some great blenders, text prints and feature prints.  I love all the prints in this line but the black and whites are really something special.

For the rest of the blog tour and to see some wonderful projects made from this line, you can hop from blog to blog on the dates shown below!

14 April
15 April
16 April
17 April

Friday, 10 April 2015

Make It Take It Book Tour and Giveaway

So it's my turn in the Make It Take It book tour and giveaway.  The rest of the dates are listed at the bottom of the post.  This book was put together by my friend Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint and she has gathered together a whole bunch of contributors to talk about retreats and to create projects to make at retreats or to help bring your stuff to retreats etc.  It's filled with lots of lovely stories from the contributors about their experiences of retreats and lots of advice from Krista on creating wonderful quilting retreats.

My parts in the book were (i) to talk about my experiences at the Fat Quarterly London quilting retreats and (ii) to provide a project which could be done over a weekend retreat.  So I decided on a quick, large scale lone star without too many pieces.  Made with Oakshott Liparis and a text print, the quilt is called Lone Star Circle for obvious reasons.  And here it is with Krista on her tour of the Northern Territories of Canada. 

I have to say, as much as I love the original of this quilt (which is going to my accountant on its return, as a thank you for saving me from the purgatory that is my tax return), I think I love the mini Krista made from the pattern even more. 

If you'd like a chance to win a digital copy of this book, please leave a comment on this post and one winner will be picked a week from today.  
Blog tour

Friday, April 3 Blog hop kick-off: Poppyprint
Monday, April 6: Berene at Happy Sew Lucky and Amy at During Quiet Time
Tuesday, April 7: Leanne at She Can Quilt and Felicity at Felicity Quilts
Wednesday, April 8: Martingale Inc. at Stitch this!
Thursday, April 9: Krista at Spotted Stones and Krista at Krista Withers Quilting
Friday, April 10: Lynne at Lilys Quilts and Cindy at Live a Colorful Life
Saturday, April 11: Ayumi at Pink Penguin and Krista at Poppyprint
Sunday, April 12: Kristie at OCD: Obsessive Crafting Disorder and Christina at Sometimes Crafter