Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

Next week and the week after, we have seven talented quilter bloggers showcasing projects using the new Autumn colourshott fat eighth packs from Oakshott.

Grab the button below and follow along the seven stops along the bloghop which starts Monday and follows the schedule set out below to find lots of new ideas and inspiration for what to make with these beautiful fabrics.

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence     
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson
24 October     Mary Menzer       
28 October     Alison Dutton      
29 October     Nicholas Ball       
30 October     Kati Spencer       
31 October     Wynn Tan            

Friday, 17 October 2014

Elephant In My Handbag Giveaway!

Today we have a £25 gift voucher giveaway from my newest sponsor, Elephant in my Handbag.   We also have a voucher for 10% off your first order at Elephant in my Handbag using code Lilysquilts.  

EIMH is a family owned craft and fabric business based in Hawkhurst in Kent in the south east of the United Kingdom.  

Their mission is to find interesting and exciting things for their customers to use to create unique projects.  

They are a Top Rated Seller with over 2,000 positive feedbacks on eBay and have over 11,000 likes on Facebook.  

They have sold to countries all around the world from Chile to France, Russia to Australia - if you want references, just ask!

For a chance to win the voucher, leave a comment letting me know which is your favourite fabric at Elephant In My Handbag. 

Sponsor News

Pink Castle Fabrics are are starting their new Art Gallery Fabrics Bundle club.  Sign ups before Oct 20th will start with the first bundle, Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker.

Eclectic Maker are running  some Free Motion Quilting classes in their Worthing shop studio from the end of October.  They are running two six week sessions, one on Wednesday evenings from 22nd October and the other on Tuesday mornings from 28th October.  

My fave bundle of the week has to be this Suzuko Koseki daisies bundle from Sew Me A Song.


New Moda Pre-Cuts include Red, White & Free by Sandy Gervais and Crazy For Red by Minick and Simpson.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio have 30% off Lecien Flower Sugar with code sugar30, good through October 23 and 40% off all remaining Ahoy Matie by Northcott with code ahoy40, good through October 23.

Oakshott Fabrics are celebrating autumn with their Autumn colourshott fabric packs which are available also to buy with yardage as a kit to make my Autumn Checkerboard quilt.

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have great new Robert Kaufman Shetland  and Mammoth flannels in stock. Gorgeous and soft, double napped for extra coziness . . great for shirts, Pjs and cushions.  If you are feeling more adventurous, a lovely A-line skirt would look great in the grey herringbone.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Flash News

Elephant in My Handbag are having their quarterly clear out TONIGHT. 100's of Bolt Ends, Clearance Fabrics & Bundles will be sold off in one evening. You need to pop back to Elephant in my Handbag Facebook page at 8pm TONIGHT.  Jo will post a password at 8pm on Facebook - then just comment SOLD plus password on fabrics you want to buy - First person to comment wins the fabric - simple !

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

What went on at Ally Pally

I've just got back from a weekend working at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace (known as Ally Pally) in London.  I work for Sizzix demonstrating their die cutting machines on the Lady Sew And Sew stand, selling the machines and dies for Lady Sew And Sew.   It is always exhausting but always a huge amount of fun.  I'm on my feet for the whole of the five days of the show chatting to people about the Sizzix Big Shot.  I am now completely hoarse and my legs were fizzing with ache for a couple of days after.  Occasionally when I conked out, Nel Whatmore would take over from me.

There is always quite a buzz around the Lady Sew And Sew stand and this time was no exception as we had Freespirit fabric designer Nel Whatmore and The Great British Sewing Bee's contestant Stuart Hillard in residence and a visit on the Saturday from Zandra Rhodes, fashion designer.


There are two sides to the Lady Sew And Sew stand - my side where we sell Sizzix Big Shots, notions, fusibles, waddings, interfacings and all sorts of fabrics, kits and bundles.


And the other side which is pretty much a wall of Freespirit fabric run in conjunction with Coats in the UK.  Whereas I am limited to wearing a pale blue Sizzix shirt over black, the Coats crew tend to wear dresses made from Freespirit fabrics which really brightens up their side of the stand.


The highlights of the shows are always for me the people I get to chat on the stand and the people I work with during the weekend.  But for this show, the extra special highlight of the whole weekend for me was that Ally Pally is around the corner from my sister's house so I was able to walk "home" each night and sit chatting and laughing with her and her four wonderful daughters, one of whom came along to the show on the Sunday morning.


Hope to see you there next year!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

And the winner is ...

And the winner of the Fort Worth Fabric Lily's Quilts Birthday Bundle which you can find online here is ...

 ... was chosen by random number generator and is ... beaquilter.  Congratulations Bea!