Thursday, 20 October 2016

Duxford Autumn Quilt Festival

I'm currently away working for Doughty's at an annual quilt show in Dublin. However, next week Sewmotion will be at the Duxford Autumn Quilt Festival held at the amazing Imperial War Museum in Cambridgeshire. I remember visiting this show last year and was amused to see a group of quilters having a well needed sit down with a huge plane towering over them (can I find the pic now!?!)

Having had so much fun at the Harrogate show, we thought we'd venture further afield while also getting in a visit with a dear friend who lives nearby. We'll have our fabulous pre-cut quilt and cushion kits, quilt patterns, and of course our gorgeous pre-cuts and bundles.

So if you're in the Cambridge area, why not pop along to see the gorgeous collection of quilts on display, and have a good browse among the many stands - this is also an ideal opportunity to get some Christmas inspiration for those festive makes! The show runs from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October, 10am-4.30pm (4pm on Sunday). We hope to see you there!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Works in Progress

Lately, I've been trying to take stock of my work and actually admit to myself how many projects I have on the go at this moment in time. I then sigh, put them back where I found them and carry on with a current favourite. This is not good! I know for many of my fellow quilt bloggers, documenting their UFOs (unfinished objects for the uninitiated) and owning up to them encourages them to get working and get stuff finished, so I thought I'd give this a try. Here goes…

I bought this gorgeous EPP pattern called Perpetual Spring, from Flossie Teacakes as a summer project. Even though it's my go-to project beside the sofa, I am making very slow progress – though having just got into Scandi-noir series The Bridge I’ve realised it’s impossible to sew and read subtitles at the same time! It may also have something to do with the colour... I'm really not a pink person! So I'm planning on adding some orange and yellow flowers into the 'bouquet', and as friends on Instagram have suggested, maybe even some lime green!

This next one is an idea that’s been rolling round my head for a while and I’ve finally got it cut and sewn. Unfortunately I can’t show the whole thing here, as I’m over the moon to say this cushion will be featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine next year! Yay!! Though I will be developing this curved hexy idea into larger blocks and playing with the layout soon.

Another EPP project – do you see a running theme of unfinished projects here – is one which some of you may have seen at the Harrogate Quilt Show. Not one for standing still, this was my ‘portable project’ for that weekend. Now the piecing is complete, I really need to get this sewn onto a backing and get it quilted!

Then of course there’s the projects that haven’t seen the light of day in a while… a second version of my Side to Side pattern using Kona Solids, a new pattern based on HSTs, my Triple Goosed cushion using this fab foundation-pieced pattern from Jeli Quilts, and my recent adventure into curved piecing... I’m not going to even mention my La Passacaglia! 

Ah well, at the end of the day, I think I would much rather have too much to do than have nothing at all, I know these projects will get finished one day, just maybe not yet :)
How do you deal with your UFOs? Do you leave them out where they can't taunt you, or do you hide them away in the 'one day' pile? Please let me know, if only to tell me I'm not alone! 

This week I'm linking up with these great parties:
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts 
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt 
Handmade Monday at Lucy Blossom Crafts 
Building Blocks Tuesday at Quilter in the Closet 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

It's Pre-Cut Party Time!

At the beginning of each month, we hold a Pre-Cut Party and invite all our Newsletter subscribers to come along and celebrate these versatile fabric sets. Together with a free pre-cut pattern, there are great shop discounts, plus the latest product and events news, all straight to your inbox. You can subscribe here for free to receive our latest issue. 

This month’s free pattern, Blueberry Kiss, focuses on the 5” charm square to create this gorgeous small lap quilt or wall hanging. I have used my Blueberry Park charm pack for this quilt, which actually contains 48 squares, though I have included layout ideas for the more traditional 42pc packs.

Once pieced, I then had some fun with straight-line quilting using my walking foot – no clever free-motion stuff here! Using Aurifil thread is always a dream, and their Silver 50wt seems to blend into anything. I started with some stitch-in-the-ditch around each of the ‘kisses’, then echo-quilted ¼” inside each kiss, ending with a double square at each centre. I then noticed the diamond shapes created in the sashing and accentuated those with another diamond, finishing off with some straight lines down and across each of the sashing strips and borders.

This quilt comes together really quickly, and would make a beautiful Christmas gift for a loved one, or for yourself!! To get this free pattern, plus 20% off the Charm Packs in the Sewmotion shop, just subscribe to our Newsletter

This week I'm linking up with these great parties:
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation