Sunday, 27 July 2014

Quilt Now winner

Thanks to all those that entered the Quilt Now giveaway. Mr Random Number Generator chose:
Congratulations Kelly. I'll contact you in the morning if I don't hear from you before then :) 

Sorry you couldn't all win a copy. You do still have chance to enter our blogiversary giveaway though so you might get lucky there :) Catch you soon x

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Blogiversary giveaway!

It's giveaway overload at the moment around here so apologies to anyone that hates giveaways! As promised on Wednesday we're back. To celebrate our 4th blogiversary we're giving away 3 prizes.

First name drawn will win these mini-cartwheels blocks turned into a cushion or mini-quilt depending on the winner's preference. I used the most awesome fabric line ever - Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt, so the winner should feel very honoured that I'm prepared to part with it ;)
Second name drawn will win a scrap pack from Yvonne's stash! It will contain enough pieces to make a full size cartwheels project similar to the one below, but obviously not in these fabrics. (Backing fabric not included)
Third name drawn will win a scrap pack from my stash! It too will contain enough pieces to make a full size cartwheels project similar to the one above but not necessarily in these colours. (Backing fabric not included).

So, to be in with a chance of winning you need to visit our website (if you haven't already) to obtain the code that we posted in the "New"section on Wednesday. Come back here and enter the code in the comments section along with your favourite colour scheme so that we have an idea what scraps might be of interest to you if you happen to win :)
That's it! No more hoops, just enter the code and colour scheme. If you don't enter the code I'll be deleting your entry so it's worth taking the time to find the code. 
This giveaway will close on Sunday 3rd August around 11pm (BST). The winners will be chosen by random number generator. Apologies in advance if I don't manage to reply to you all individually. Please leave a contact email if you are a no-reply blogger.
Catch you soon x

Retreat giveaway winner

Thanks to everyone that entered the retreat giveaway! Sorry you couldn't all win.
Mr Random Number Generator chose:
Congratulations to Kerry!
I'm off to email Kerry now. I'll be back very soon though with yet another giveaway as promised!
Catch you soon x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Quilt Now

I know I've mentioned Quilt Now magazine before but I don't think I actually showed you what I'd been secret sewing for it. This is the fantastic first issue, packed with gorgeous projects that you're going to want to sew!
As I've said before my contribution is a monthly quilt along. It's a skill-builder and will result in a rather fabulous medallion quilt (even if I do say so myself). Here's the first month's block- Curves and foundation piecing!
For those readers that like the block but don't fancy the quilt along I've designed a companion project for each month. This month it's a summery tote bag. The pattern for the tote is live on the Quilt Now website.
I've been so excited to see blocks appearing in the wild already! Our lovely friend Sarah has already shown her fab block to the world! I'm encouraging people to use the #quiltnowbom on Instagram so I can find them all :) I really can't wait to see the different versions of my blocks as time goes on.

Anyway, the point of this post, other than shameless self-promotion is that I have a spare copy of the magazine to give away!
The first issue comes with a full size template sheet, a strawberry pincushion project pack and a very detailed guide to quilting for those who may be new to it.
If you fancy the chance to win this copy of the first issue of Quilt Now just leave a comment - ME PLEASE and I'll include you in the draw. If there are more than a handful of you I'll use random number generator to decide the winner, otherwise it will be names out of a hat. The giveaway will close on Sunday 27th July at 11pm(BST). Please make sure I have a way of contacting you if you are the winner. Catch you soon x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Blogiversary celebrations!

It's been 4 years since the birth of our little space in blogdom! How on earth has so much time flown by already? We're rather excited so we're having an extended celebration both here and on our new website :) If you head over to the website and check out the "New" section you'll find the opening act of our celebrations - PDF templates for the Cartwheels block!
If you do decide to head over there you might want to take a pen and paper with you to note down a special code that will come in very handy on Saturday for the next part of our celebrations :) Catch you soon x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Retreat run down part 2 - the classes

Here's the second installment of my trip to Fat Quarterly Retreat. In fairness it seems a bit daft to call it retreat as it was anything but relaxing! Don't get me wrong, it was fabulous, but totally exhausting. I could happily sleep for a week or two. Anyway, back to the run down.
Day one - First up - Hand quilting with Jen Kingwell. I was so excited about the prospect of meeting Jen as she is one of my biggest quilting idols! Unfortunately I missed over an hour of this class due to transport delays and was so hot and bothered by the time arrived that I didn't actually get to do much hand quilting. Fortunately for me I was lucky enough to have another class with Jen on the Saturday so a major tantrum was unnecessary ;) No photos to show for this class.
Second class - Embroidery with Jo Avery  - it was fantastic to finally meet Jo! We have known each other online for many years thanks to Flickr in the good old days when it was actually a thriving community. Jo was very patient and encouraging which was particularly helpful as our class was fairly high maintenance ;) This is as much as I managed to sew in class...
I predict this being finished some time in the next decade :)
Day 2 First class - Screen Printing with Karen Lewis - I was ridiculously excited about meeting Karen as we have been in constant email contact since a Flickr swap in 2010. Karen is even more fabulous in real life! Despite Karen's best efforts I am not a natural screen-printer, I'm blaming it on the early morning and vertigo. While the rest of my class mates churned out numerous perfect pieces I managed 2 semi-decent prints and gave it up as a bad job. Check out this post on Karen's blog to see what the other members of the group created :)
I do have Karen's awesome new book so I'm not saying never again...
Second class - Green Tea and Sweet Beans with Jen Kingwell - Jen is an amazing teacher! Her down-to-earth style is right up my street. It was an absolute privilege to witness a master at work. Jen was very generous with her expertise and we were all rapt.
I didn't get a great deal accomplished in class as I was too busy ogling Jen's quilts! Here's my sad effort...
...I do love it. I've promised myself I'll finish this quilt before I turn 60 ;) Here's Jen's original!
It's impossible to convey just how beautiful this is in real life but I did take a few close-ups to try and give you a better idea :)
Check out the tiny hand quilting stitches!
I was even lucky enough to see the Gypsy Wife quilt! Let me just tell you that it is so much more awesome in real life. The colours are far softer than they appear on the pattern cover. Kerry and I had a good fabric-porn session ogling all those yummy fabrics!
After all that excitement I was pretty much done in so I gave the Sunday classes a miss. The weekend was truly inspirational and I can't wait to have the energy to get creative again! I'm sure there are plenty of other things I should be telling you here but frankly I've run out steam. I am going to leave you with a giveaway! I've decided to share these lovely freebies with someone who didn't attend retreat.
For a chance to win these lovely goodies just leave the comment NOT AT RETREAT. I will draw a winner by random number generator if there are lots of you (or out of a hat if there a handful of you) on Saturday 26th July around 12 midday (BST). Catch you soon x

Monday, 21 July 2014

Home again - Retreat run down part 1 - the haul

It's been an exhausting but awesome weekend! After 3 years of trying I finally got to Fat Quarterly Retreat. It was lovely to meet lots of bloggy friends in real life. I was completely useless at photographing any of them, I did get lots of photos of fabric though :) Look at this lot! This lot was in the goody bag from the FQR 2014 sponsors. So generous!
 Then I won this fab stack of fabric from Dashwood studios in the FQR raffle!
Following the sensible decision to join the pub quiz team that Hadley was part of (we won obviously!) I had the pleasure of winning this awesome pattern by Jen Kingwell!
Fat Quarterly Retreat market night yielded many fabulous fabric finds. This selection of remnants from Beyond Fabrics ticked a lot of boxes...
...and this selection of Cotton and Steel prints from Eternal Maker put a smile on my face...
...I couldn't resist a few basics from Fluffy Sheep Quilting either.
Then I had the great joy of taking part in the Sample Swap and came home with these fab goodies in exchange for my aprons:
Blue mug rug from Sue Blake, Purple mug rug from Tsoniki, Nested Churndash from Sue Bone and the orange hexie pincushion and key fobs from Corrine.
So after all that fabric indulgence I'm completely whacked. I intend to be back tomorrow with more retreat news. Catch you soon x