Friday 29 July 2016

Folksy Friday - Riding the Wave

This week I finally got round to quilting my latest top ready for a new kit - which will be revealed soon... I love using my walking foot on my sewing machine to sew wavy lines across the entire quilt top, not only does it give it great texture, but it also looks fresh and modern. So this week I thought I'd carry on this 'Wave' theme - enjoy!

1. Making Waves Whale Lino Print – Meadow Lark Prints - £20

2. Fused Glass Rainbow Wave – Glass by Harleyjay - £20

3.  Life On The Ocean Wave Badge Set – Hole in My Pocket - £3 

4. The Great Wave Pendant – Mad as a Box of Frogs - £7.50  

5. Mustard Ripple Crochet Baby Blanket – Ivey’s Attic - £30  

6. Stained Glass Ocean Wave Panel Suncatcher – Sugar Lips Glass - £42

7.  It’s Our Song – Personalised Sound Wave Print – The Cheekie Monkey - £14.99 

8. Minimal Silver Plate Wave Bangle – ClutchandClasp - £10  

9. Lighthouse Limited Edition Screen Print – The Lost Fox £63  

These beautiful handmade items are made by some of the very talented makers on Folksy - the online marketplace for modern British craft - go and explore their shops - you may find that perfect gift you won't find anywhere else!

Wednesday 27 July 2016

We have a Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Sarah J who has won these fabulous Vintage Rose quilting pre-cuts - I can't wait to see what you make with them Sarah! I have emailed you for delivery details.

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I'd like to thank everyone who entered this fabulous Giveaway, and to welcome my new subscribers - as promised I'll be letting you know about my latest products, new projects and events as well as inspiring you with free quilt patterns and tutorials.

As a thank you for entering, I'd like to offer you all a 20% discount off my entire range of Pre-Cut Strip Sets and Charm Packs in the Sewmotion shop - simply add the code Giveaway20 at checkout to get your discount (offer ends midnight, Sunday 31st July) What's more I offer free UK postage, prefect timing for that summer project :)

Friday 22 July 2016

Folksy Friday - All Squared Up

Having spent the last week measuring, cutting and packing quilting pre-cuts, including some mini charm squares, in preparation for the Harrogate Quilt Show, I'm now seeing squares in my sleep! So what else could I choose for this week's Folksy Friday....

1. Little Square Studs – Arc Creative Jewellery - £11
2. Granny Square Blanket – The Sheep Pen - £35
3. Contemporary Silver Square Pendant – Black Kiku - £65
5. Red Squared Bowl – Potstop - £18.95
6. 10 x Multi-Coloured Squares – Treasures In Measures - £1.20
7. Square Notebook – Kate Bowles Books - £22 
8. Men’s Pocket Square – CatkinJane - £15
9. Square Wych Elm Bowl Eastfield Design £35

These beautiful items are made by some of the talented makers and crafters on Folksy, the online marketplace for British modern craft. If you like what you see, please go and explore their shops - you may just find that unique gift you won't find anywhere else.


Thursday 21 July 2016

No Quarter-Inch Foot? No Worries!

To me, one of the greatest things about being a quilt and kit designer is encouraging other people to take up this wonderful craft that I love so much, and I was so happy to inspire a lovely Dutch lady who bought one of my Quick & Easy Beginner’s Quilt Kits at last weekend’s craft fair.

After a long conversation about our love of the Netherlands, and their love of the UK, I managed to ease her worries about making her first quilt - even the fact that the ‘inch’ (rather than metric) was about to take over her life, in particular the scant ¼” seam allowance. I wrote a blog post about checking the accuracy of your seam allowance last year, but thinking about it again, I wanted to add that you don’t actually need a specialist ¼” presser foot, which many machines don’t include, but that you can use your normal straight stitch foot with a little adjustment of the needle. So I have since added to that tutorial which you can read in full here.

Back at Sewmotion HQ…

As I mentioned in my previous blog, we have a new Vintage Rose Strip Set – a 20pc pre-cut made up of Riley Blake’s Backyard Roses with a couple of co-ordinating Kona Solids.

To celebrate we’re hosting a Giveaway!!! If you haven’t entered yet, or want to tell a friend about this great chance to win a set of these new Vintage Rose pre-cuts – just think of that beautiful quilt you could make – click here to go to my last blog and enter there. The draw will be made on Wednesday 27th July.

Upcoming Events

This Sunday (24th July) Sewmotion will be at the Teesmade Festival at Preston Park Museum & Grounds in Stockton-on-Tees. This great family event will be exploring the rich history of heritage skills in the area, with live demonstrations of leather working, willow weaving, pottery, foraging and quilting.  
You can then discover the modern-day crafts emerging from Teesside in the Music Room where local makers will be selling their unique handmade items.


Tuesday 19 July 2016

A Vintage Rose Pre-cut Giveaway!

Well, it looks like summer is finally here, and we have two new quilting pre-cuts in the shop - so I thought I'd celebrate with a fabulous Giveway! 

I introduced my new Charm Pack a while ago, and I've just added this gorgeous 20pc fabric strip set to the collection. This strip roll features 14 strips from Riley Blake's Backyard Roses collection, together with three in Kona's Banana and three in Peony.

I think this set would look fabulous in my All Squared Up quilt - find the free pattern here - and used together with the 42pc charm pack, there really are so many possibilities! If you're stuck for ideas, why not have a browse through my Pinterest boards?

To win a pair of Vintage Rose Pre-cuts (one strip set and one charm pack), simply subscribe to Sewmotion's Newsletter. To enter, click on the down arrow in the box below, click on the link and subscribe - this only takes a minute - then come back here and type VintageRose in the box below to be entered into the Giveaway.

I will not bombard your inbox with daily emails trying to sell you things you didn't know you wanted! Instead, around twice a month I'll let you know about my latest products, including quilting supplies, patterns and kits, upcoming events where you can meet me in person, plus I'm currently planning a whole range of freebie patterns, templates and other goodies, only available to Sewmotion's lucky subscribers.

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This Giveaway is open internationally. The lucky winner will be chosen at random and be announced on Wednesday 27th July, 2016, when I will contact the winner for delivery details. 

Today we're linking up with;
Handmade Monday at Lucy Blossom Crafts
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Mop Monday at Tweety Loves Quilting
Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts 

Friday 15 July 2016

Folksy Friday - The Humble Hexagon

I have to admit, I'm quite addicted to this six-sided little gem, and it seems I'm not alone! So to celebrate my latest Hexy Cushion Kit release, I've dedicated this week's Folksy Friday to the sexy hexy.

I made a Pinterest Board of hexies on Folksy a while back, so I was very happy to find so many new items to include here...

1. Handmade Wired Hexagon Necklace – Gingercatbeads - £4

2.  Hexagon Fused Glass Bowl – Granary Glass - £20

3.  Art Deco Handmade Hexagon Papercut – Kartegraphik - £35

4.  Waterproof Aztec Hexagon Print Purse – Jiggle Ma Wiggle - £17

 5.  Geometric Hexagon Stud Earrings – MUKA Studio - £18.99

 6.  Set of four Hexagon Placemats – E Inder Designs - £32

 7.  Hexagon Crochet Granny Blanket – Loop By Loop - £48

8.  Bee Hotel & Insect House in Blue & White – Wuddl - £21.95

9.  Hexy Cushion Kit in Dashwood’s Cotton Candy – Sewmotion - £22

Folksy is the UK online marketplace for modern British craft - please go and browse through the beautiful items for sale made by some of the country's most talented makers.