Thursday, 17 January 2019

My TV Debut on Sewing Quarter

Last Thursday started very early indeed with a 4.30am alarm call! Having stayed in a hotel the night before, I made my way in darkness to the Sewing Quarter studios where I met the very lovely Victoria Peat, the presenter for the day. After a short talk with her and the producer to discuss the shows' running orders, I made myself a cuppa and enjoyed Vic's first hour, trying to ignore my mounting nerves!

As it happens, I had very little to be nervous about. Victoria took very good care of me, kept me talking while I explained the techniques to my curved EPP Sun Spell Wall Hanging and then my on-point Table Runner. Apart from losing my machine foot and then a ruler mid show, I think I kept it together ok, though I think I'll tone down the giggling next time!

If you missed the shows or would like to see them again, they are now on Sewing Qaurter's YouTube channel (I guess for eternity (eek!) which you can see here - I'm on in the second and fourth hours.

I'm booked on again next month, so this may become a regular outing for me, meanwhile I'm currently working on a new pattern for SQ using some gorgeous Tilda fabrics - more on that soon...

Wishing you all a very happy and creative week, and linking up with Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

A Late Happy New Year and a TV debut!

I can't believe we're into the second week of January already, so much for trying to ease up my busy schedule in 2019! Anyway, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year. We spent ours travelling the length of the country visiting family, I think we did over 1,000 miles in the end, and went through who knows how many counties - Justin does like to count them off and will even take the odd detour to add an extra one to the list!

I came home to not only a pile of orders, which was very nice, but also to a box of fabric goodies for preparation of two projects that I will be demonstrating on the Sewing Quarter TV channel later this week! I'm pretty nervous but also excited, on making my TV debut! 

I have already had the chance to make up a sample quilt using Lynne Goldsworthy's Maiden Voyage pattern. Being my first project for SQ I was a little daunted that it featured curves, bias edges, matching points and setting-in the inner circle - talk about jumping in the deep end! But I was overjoyed to find that it all came together really easily, even the inner circle! It's been so long since I've followed someone else's pattern and I really enjoyed it. This quilt was featured on the show on the 31st December, and you can see it again on their YouTube channel here - it's on at 2hours in.

I will be on at 9am and 11am on Thursday 10th January and will be demonstrating two of my own designs, my Sun Spell mini quilt which features, of course, curved English paper-piecing, while the second will be my Picture This Table Runner using HSTs and on-point blocks. Kits will be available for both on the show and Sewing Quarter's website.

I'm also overjoyed to have my Stars & Flowers block-of-the-month quilt featured in British Patchwork & Quilting magazine. This pretty quilt is made up of 10 different blocks featuring my fave curved EPP as well as more traditional machine piecing. I made my version in Liberty's Cottage Garden fabrics, and I'm offering 10% off the 7pc fabric bundle in peach and blues on the website, just use the code P&QBOM10 at checkout.

During the Christmas period, I received a lovely email from a customer, Alison who sent me a pic of her Stag Christmas Wall Hanging - isn't it beautiful?! That stunning quilting really makes the stars shine! She also went on to say;

 "I’m really pleased I ordered the kit, working full time, having the pieces ready cut so I could start sewing straight away really made a difference for me".

Thank you so much for sharing Alison! What do you love about kits? Do you like having everything prepared to save you precious sewing time? Do you like the fact you're not left with lots of leftovers to add to the mounting stash? I would love to know your thoughts!

Wishing you all a lovely creative week, and linking up with Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Pre-cuts for the Boys & Merry Christmas!

I have recently taken delivery of two new fabulous collections that I ordered with the boys in mind. I know I have many fabrics and kits which are far too floral and pretty for the men in our lives, so these new sets of pre-cuts are for them!

The first is the Quantum Bygg collection from Andover Fabrics, designed by Giuseppe Ribaudo, also known as Giucy Giuce in the social media world. These richly coloured fabrics feature geometric prints inspired by quantum physics diagrams, with no flowers in sight! The 40pc strip set (aka jelly roll) includes two strips each of twenty designs, while the 42pc charm pack has two 5" squares in each of 19 designs and four squares in another

This second new collection is from the company Dear Stella and features the cutest seagulls dressed in wooly jumpers and hats, ditsy fish and crabs, mermaids and lighthouses and even the odd shark!

In bright and modern blues and orange, this is another great collection for quilts for the often neglected men in the family - or what about a quilt for that seaside getaway or for a day at the beach? The 42pc Charm pack contains six 5" squares in seven different designs, while the fat quarter bundle is made up of seven fat quarters - more than enough to make a baby or even lap quilt - add a blender and you could make a single or even double bed quilt.

Click here to see my whole Pre-Cut Collection

I had a lovely email from a regular customer this month who sent me pics of her latest creation. Gillian bought one of the Connewarra Red Strip sets along with the last fat quarter bundle and took inspiration from my Fox in the Nine Patch free pattern to make this glorious quilt. She used the jelly roll for the front - isn't that pieced border wonderful! And then used the fat quarters for a great pieced backing, this really is two quilts in one! Thank you so much for sharing your quilt Gillian, I look forward to seeing your next one ;)

Meanwhile, I've actually found some time to sew this week - here is a new Hexy cushion kit in progress, and I also had this commissioned quilt back from the longarmers, North Star Quilting, who as ever did a wonderful job. 

I'm taking a break over the festive period and looking forward to getting down to my mum's and helping her to enjoy my husband's amazing cooking as well as the odd bottle of red. So for now, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Creative New Year! 
Louisa x

Linking up with Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday