Thursday 25 August 2016

Are you coming to Harrogate??

As I may have mentioned recently, Sewmotion will be at this year's Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate, 2nd-4th September! This is a wonderful 3-day event incorporates the Great Northern Needlecraft Show, so there is sure to be something for every crafter. As well as workshops and demonstrations, there will be a display of beautiful quilts to admire and inspire, and of course lots of supplier's stands to meet your creative retail therapy needs.

I will be selling my collection of pre-cut quilt and cushion kits as well as the gorgeous pre-cut packs I make up from my curated collection of designer fabrics, including Riley Blake, Karen Lewis Textiles' Blueberry Park, Kona Solids and Dashwood.

There will also be the chance to learn more about my Pre-Cut Party to which you can subscribe and receive a free pattern every month straight to your inbox.

You can click here to learn more about the show and ticket prices, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Friday 19 August 2016

FolksyFriday - A Much Needed Holiday!

After last week's Festival of Quilts, I still feel like I've got major jetlag!! Thank goodness I'm off to a week in the sun to rest and relax, and pull myself together! So what else could this week's Folksy Friday be but items to help me on my way...

1. Beach Mug, Heather Richards, £19.50
2. Cotton Mini Tote, Clare Gets Crafty, £4
3. Slim Leather Passport Cover, Hide and Home, £35
4. Traveller’s Notebook Cover, Stephanie Guy Fine Art, £10
5. Hola Travel Zip Pouch, Carry Stuff, £10.95
6. Small Cosmetic Box Pouch, Sewmotion, £8.95
7. Handmade Eye Pillows, Vintage Cow Handmades, £8
8. Croyde Beach, PM Photography, £8 
9. Beach Bag, Funky Kitten, £16

These beautiful handmade items have been made by some of the very talented sellers 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!

While I am away, I will be keeping my Sewmotion, Folksy and Etsy shops open, but will not be posting anything out until Monday 29th August.          

Thursday 18 August 2016

Festival of Quilts 2016 & Middlesbrough

Another year, another Festival of Quilts over, I can’t believe this was my seventh working for Doughty’s! I had a fantastic time working with some old friends, and saying Hi to familiar faces…. Though don’t get me wrong, setting up five stands, trading for four days, and then doing Sunday breakdown is very hard work – you can read about the prep, sweat and tears involved to putting on such a big show in my post from last year here.

As ever, I didn’t get much chance to look at the quilts, I just managed to snap a few that caught my eye on my travels, including this EPP masterpiece, isn’t it stunning! You’ll have to forgive me for not noting all of the makers’ names.

Another amazing creation was this one made from teeny EPP hexagons – absolutely beautiful!

I somehow managed to miss most of the new section of Modern quilts, though the winning quilt below, Office Doodle 1 by Sarah Humphreys is beautiful! For a more thorough round-up of the modern quilts that featured this year, check out Jo Avery’s blog post at My Bear Paw.

A style of quilting that has always amazed me by the amount of work and planning involved has been the wholecloth quilt, and this year didn’t disappoint. The winner of the Traditional Quilt category and overall Best in Show, was Sandy Chandler with this beautiful quilt called Infinity – apologies for the picture quality, I have an old phone! 

The winner’s of this year’s Visitor’s Choice award was another stunning wholecloth, Pearl Princess by the enormously talented hand quilter Sandy Lush, the stitching and beading is just exquisite!

One quilt that did make me laugh was on Fabric Galore's stand - in full view of people walking in, was my Scandi Heart quilt that I made for John Louden - I can now say I had a quilt at the Festival of quilts! Haha!!

While wolfing down my lunch one day before joining the loo queue, I managed to meet the lovely Liz Betts, editor of Popular Patchwork, who kindly gave me a copy of their latest edition featuring my Let’s Visit Middlesbrough article. It’s always great to see your own writing in print, and I was even more chuffed to see my contributor pic next to the amazing Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts! This is the September issue, which should be out now.

Back at Sewmotion, I’m desperately fighting my aching bones to get as much prep done for the Great Northern Quilt Show as possible, before we nip off to the sun for a week – I've been promised a week of lounging, resting and eating with not a bicycle in sight!

At the show in Harrogate, (2nd-4th Sept) I will have my range of pre-cut quilt and cushion kits, as well as a growing collection of quilting pre-cuts. Need ideas and inspiration for these gorgeous pre-cut packs? Why not subscribe to my Newsletter and get a free pattern every month straight to your inbox? As well as quilts and cushions, there will be smaller items such as bags and purses, plus free turorials on cutting and stretching those precious pre-cut pieces. Click below to sign up.

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Friday 12 August 2016

Folksy Friday - The Beauty of the Handmade Quilt

I'm currently working at this year's Festival of Quilts, the largest quilt show in Europe. As well as the hundreds of stands (over 300) and shopping opportunites, daily workshops and demonstrations, there is always a beautiful display of quilts, many of which are entered into the show's competition. Unfortunately, it's rare that I actually get time to see many of the beautiful makes on display, so before I set off, I thought I would put together a collection of my favourite handmade quilts available to buy on Folksy...

1. Hand Printed Quilt Names Saffron – Betsy Badge - £745
2. Modern Patchwork Quilt in Bright and Grey – Nostalgia Knits - £300
3. Patchwork Quilt in Scottie Dogs - Bee and Thistle - £180
4. A Wisdom of Owls - Mother Goose Quilting - £78
5. Modern Rainbow & Unicorn Quilt - Cake Card Cloth - £600
6. Little Centre Square Red Quilt - Vintage and Floral - £90
7. Fox in the Nine Patch Quilt - Sewmotion £210
8. A Day at the Spa Quilt Alessandra Handmade Creations - £215
9. Quishion - a Patchwork Quilt in a Cushion - Jane's P Ragges - £200

These beautiful handmade items have been made by some of the very talented sellers 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!

Friday 5 August 2016

Folksy Friday - who doesn't love a rainbow!

This week I finally got round to uploading my new quilting pre-cuts in Robert Kaufman's Blueberry Park range - I just love them!! I sat with the rep for hours going through all these glorious fabrics just to find the perfect rainbow, and I think I've nailed it!! So to celebrate, I thought I'd bring some glorious colour into everyone's Friday!

1. Crochet Rainbow Doily Table Mat Coaster- Rainbows ‘n’ More - £8
2. Rainbow Fused Glass Light Catcher – Luminosity Art - £10
3. Rainbow Brooch with matching badge – Made by Lolly - £15 
4. Flutterbow A4 Giclee Print – By Charlie’s Hand - £15
5. Chakra Bracelet – Angela Warwick Jewellery £8
6. Stripy Rainbow Buttons – Sew, Who Are You? £2
8. Rainbow Blanket – HappyHook - £106
9. Hand Embroidery Hoop Art – PixieCraft - £55

These beautiful handmade items have been made by some of the very talented sellers 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!

Thursday 4 August 2016

I’m having a Pre-Cut Party!!

Don’t you just love a good pre-cut! Fat quarter bundles, cutesy charm squares, and those jelly rolls that you just can’t bear to unroll! I don’t think I’m alone in being tempted by these beauties, only to get them home to just stroke! Well, I’ve decided it’s about time I got cutting and sewing, and would love for you to join me.

Starting this September, I will be sending out a free pattern every month with my Newsletter, sharing a project for one of these incredibly versatile pre-cuts. As well as patterns for quilts, there will be cushions, table runners, purses, pouches, and anything else I can imagine! At the beginning of each month, you will be emailed a link from which to download your free, full colour PDF pattern, and not only that, but you'll also get subscriber-only offers on Sewmotion’s collection of pre-cuts available on the website.

I will also be encouraging you to share your makes on the Sewmotion Makes Gallery – coming soon!

So what are you waiting for? Subscribe to my Newsletter and prepared to be inspired! 

Talking of pre-cuts… having finally received the final bolt to make my curated collection complete, I’ve been able to make up and upload these gems featuring Karen Lewis’ Blueberry Park fabrics. I came across Karen's fabrics back when she was printing them herself and selling them in small quantities on Instagram. Wonderfully, she has now been asked to design for Robert Kaufman, starting with this gorgeous Blueberry Park collection.

I can’t wait to get stuck in and make something gorgeous with these… alas I think it may have to wait until after The Festival of Quilts… yes, it’s that time of year again! So forgive me if I’m quiet next week, not doubt I'll be found cutting, folding and packing up fabric on one of Doughty’s five stands at the NEC – I will try my hardest to take some pics this year! If you’re coming along, stop and say Hi!

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