Thursday, 16 August 2018

The Festival of Quilts 2018

What a week!!! The Festival of Quilts, Europe's largest quilt show, never fails to deliver and this year was no exception! Having worked with Doughty's for the last eight years, building, working and then breaking down their five stands, I thought nothing could be harder...! Well, it was just as hard and I feel as completely shattered as ever! Even more annoying, I've come away realising I hadn't seen half of the show, sadly including the Jane Austen Coverlet, so sad!

Anyway, as my first FoQ for Sewmotion, it was a great show, I met so many lovely existing customers, and those who know me from Instagram, so nice to put faces to names! And I also met lots of new customers who had such nice things to say about my products. Here is my stand...



This was also the first time I entered a quilt of my own into the show, Rainbow Rings. I've been showing sneaky peeks of this hand quilted EPP quilt for a while now, here is the grand reveal...



I had some lovely comments from the judges about my use of colour and design, though I definitely think next time I'll make sure I block it properly so it hangs better, oops!

There have been so many pictures on FB and Instagram from the show, half of which I didn't even see, if it's not on the way to the loo, I tend to miss it - in a quiet moment I'll remember to go and have a look at something, then I'll get busy again and forget, I blame my addled brain! However, I did spot a few eye-catching beauties, including this miniature masterpiece from the amazing Phillippa Naylor, always to be found in the Winners Gallery! Circuit Training is machine and hand pieced, hand appliquéd and hand guided free-motion quilted - isn't it stunning!



Alexandra Kingswell had her Creations collection on show, in which she uses mathematical ratios found in nature and bright colour to create these very striking pieces, Let the Waters Teem! (left) and Let the Rainforest Sing! I love using geometry and bright colours in my own work which is probably why I was drawn to this wonderful wall of joy!



One quilt that caught my eye on the very first day, and many others by the sounds of it as it won Visitor's Choice, was Starburst by Elizabeth Wife - machine pieced and hand appliquéd, Elizabeth has then added hot fix crystals to the background to make the star really shine - I loved this so much!



Finally, a few more that took my fancy... Sue Faulkner's Sailing Home and Anna Orduna's 1977,



while this quilt by Ann Pill is a fantastic lesson in thrifty quilting, aptly named Hundred & Thousands of Scraps, Ann has hand sewn 9216 1.5" squares from her scraps alone to make this truly stunning quilt!

So back to normal life.. well until the Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate in a couple of weeks' time. Back at Sewmotion HQ, I've finally had time to upload the two Christmas Table runner kits into the shop. This beautiful runner features partial seams and HSTs and comes in two variations - Makower's Silent Night and their Scandi Christmas - you can find out more here. I also plan to get all the patterns seen at the show up online soon, both printed and in PDF form.



Wishing you all a very happy week of sewing!

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

Thursday, 2 August 2018

It's Pre-Cut Party time... again!

Where on earth is this year going!?! I seem to say this every month, but how did it become August already?? Anyway, a new month means a new Pre-Cut Party pattern. For those new to Sewmotion, I offer a free pattern to my Newsletter subscribers every month, based on my love of the quilting pre-cut, be it jelly roll strips, charm squares, a layer cake, or even scraps from the stash.

This month I have taken inspiration from one of the many strip sets I've been making up for next week's Festival of Quilts - my Rainbow stripper made up of Makower's Spectrum solids. They are so bright and cheerful and I wanted to show how the most traditional of quilt blocks can look amazingly modern in the right fabrics. So here is my Rail Fence Quilt...



This quilt finishes as approx. 53" x 65" so would make a great lap quilt or a child's bed quilt. It uses just 20 strips and around 2m of background fabric. 



For your own free copy, and more free patterns every month - subscribe today! You also get special subscriber-only offers, including 20% off the jelly roll used in the quilt.




Meanwhile, I have a winner on my latest Instagram Giveaway... congratulation Jacqui, I know you're going to love making your Rainbow Overlapping Circles cushion!



As you may have gathered by now, I'm off to the Festival of Quilts next week where you can find Sewmotion on Stand F16. As well as many, many boxes of quilt, cushion and EPP kits, I'll have lots of gorgeous fabric pre-cuts just begging to be stroked and a large collection of printed patterns including some Pre-cut Party gems - so if you're coming along, come and say hi! 

See you on the other side :)

Linking up with Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Instagram Giveaway!

I'm slowly but surely getting through my packing up for next month's (eek!) Festival of Quilts, I'm so pleased that I outsourced my printing, the boxes look much more professional with the sticky labels. So much so, I've decided to host a Giveaway, which includes the last of my free tickets to the show.



For your chance to win your choice of my Overlapping Circles Cushion kit, plus two tickets to this year's Festival of Quilts, pop along to Sewmotion's Instragram page, follow me, like the post and tell me which cushion you would choose if you were the lucky winner. You can then tag some friends for more chances to win. Good luck everyone!!



Meanwhile, I've finally finished my Rainbow Rings quilt - full reveal coming soon, but here's a little taster of the big-stitch hand quilting, the texture is amazing - I love it!!

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

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Festival of Quilts Preparations


Following on from last week's positive vibes, I'm getting excited for the biggest show of my life, the Festival of Quilts which is only a couple of weeks' away now, eek! I'm well into the kit building as you can see above, and the printing I out-sourced to a local firm came back yesterday. So the for the next few days you'll find me folding, packing and sticking these and many more kits and trying to fit them into the tower of banana boxes my father-in-law kindly found for me.

And then it's on to the strip, charm pack and fat quarter bundles - phew! It's going to be a busy few weeks, and in the hottest summer we've had for years! Haha!  If you're coming along to this year's Festival of Quilts in August, I will be on Stand F16 so pop by and say hello. As well as all these quilt, cushion and EPP kits, I've also had many more patterns printed up, some of which will come with the relevant pre-cut papers. These will also be available on the website after the show.


Meanwhile, I wanted to share this adorable quilt, again made by Gillian who has been busy! Gillian made this cute four-patch quilt from my Let's Play fat quarter bundle - I love the mix of four-patch blocks with the larger squares that really show off the fabrics, and that stripped backing takes pieced backings to another level - this really is two quilts in one! Thanks for sharing Gillian.

Right, let the packing commence...

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


Thursday, 12 July 2018

Finding the positives in life

Is it me or does there seem to be a positive vibe in the air? Maybe it's the great weather or England's young footballers in Russia... But with the world going through so many upheavals and constant change, I find it difficult to hear the good things in life, one of the many reasons I no longer read our national press! But I went on Facebook the other morning to find so many happy stories to brighten my week. A friend who had had a pretty serious fall and broken her neck was well on the mend and able to look behind her for the first time since the accident. Another friend had completed her first triathlon at the young age of 69 while another had just completed a charity cycle ride from London to Cologne. These people are all amazing!

These achievements also reminded me of a wonderful lady I meet sometimes at my local quilt group. She's a friend of a friend really, and comes whenever we have a fabric sale. After introducing me to Mable, my friend then said, "guess how old she is... 90!!" I couldn't believe it, she looked amazing, if that's what quilting does for your longevity, then I'm all in! That was 3 years ago, and Mable's still going strong, in fact she told me that she's just tried English paper-piecing for the first time! Now this really made my day and just goes to show, it's never too late to try something new, be it running, swimming, cycling or EPP :)



Talking of EPP, my latest addition to my EPP Cushion Kit collection is now available in the Sewmotion Shop. This Diamond Star Cushion kit is a great hand sewing project using English paper-pieced diamonds to create this striking star design in Makower's Bloom fabrics. And of course, not only does the kit include all the fabric you need to complete the front, including binding, there's also a Sewline glue pen, an Aurifil thread, and a whole pack of pre-cut papers!! No more cutting your own, yay! 



So if you're looking for a holiday project, why not treat yourself to some relaxing mindful stitching with an EPP kit - you can see the whole collection here.

A lovely customer contacted me a while ago to ask if I could make up one of my quilt kits, but in different fabrics, and I said, of course I can! So we went for the Novelty Nine Patch cot quilt in Happy Day fabrics, and I have to say, Gillian's quilt is so pretty, and the backing is perfect - I love how she used the block left over from the front for a label. 



I'm sure this quilt will bring years of love and joy to its recipient. Thanks so much for sharing Gillian. You can see the original kit for this quilt using Let's Play fabrics here, or this design is actually one of my free patterns on the website, which you can see here.

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

Thursday, 5 July 2018

July's Free Pattern and some more new projects

As those familiar with Sewmotion will know, I send out a free pattern every month to my Newsletter subscribers, many of which are based on my love of the fabric pre-cut, while some are designed to bust the stash, including all those "it might be useful one day" scraps. And this is where July's pattern comes in - the EPP Flower Mug Rug!


I may have mentioned before how curved English paper-piecing has taken over my life, everything from my Purse and Hoop Art kits to my mammoth Curve Motion Medallion BOM - though I think I prefer the smaller projects, and they're also a great way to introduce people to this wonderful technique. 

I've also made up three versions of this Mug Rug kit, all from Liberty of London's Cottage Garden prints, there's the Pastel, the Blue and the Pink kits, all of which include the fabric pieces, wadding, pre-cut paper templates (Yay!) and full instructions, you'll just need a Sewline Glue Pen and thread. Click here for more details on the kits - did I also mention, that if you sign up to the Newsletter, you get 15% these kits until 11th July, so why not sign up now.



Through all this, I'm still in my mad rush towards the Festival of Quilts, how did it become July already! New kits making their debut at the show (though I am hoping to get them uploaded online too) include this EPP Diamond Star Cushion in Makower's Bloom prints, I love those bluey greys! And I've decided to make a longer version of my Christmas Table Runner in Makower's Silent Trees fabrics, a great project for showing off those beautiful feature prints in the collection. Ahh, more kits to cut up and pack!

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



Thursday, 28 June 2018

Pre-Cut Paper Excitement and a New Cushion Kit

I have recently acquired a new toy, and I'm so excited!! A friend and fellow EPP addict was telling me about how her wonderful husband and boys had treated her to a Brother Scan N Cut machine for her birthday. Ooo, I asked, what does that do? Well, she said, as well as appliqué shapes and card making designs, she was also hoping she could scan and cut out all the templates for my Curve Motion Medallion BOM she's currently enjoying. WOW I said, really?! This I needed to know more about. So once home I started googling this amazing machine, and low and behold, Create & Craft were running a special on the latest version. I took this as a sign!


So this is my new baby, and so far, it's been amazing! Having watched numerous YouTube tutorials, I've got my head around the Canvas online app where you can download and manipulate your own designs, before sending them to the Scan N Cut via wifi, then it will draw certain lines before cutting out others. This means I can draw the necessary guidelines on each shape first, before they are all cut with the press of a button!! How great is that!

I've also found a slight heavier paper to use, a 120gsm, which should help get sharper points when glue basting. So, from now on, all my EPP kits will have pre-cut papers included, no more fiddly cutting out before you can get down to some sewing. Looks like I have even more work to do before Festival of Quilts now! haha!

In other news... I have now uploaded this new Overlapping Circles Cushion into the Sewmotion shop - this version is made in Edyta Sitar's lovely Blue Sky fabrics, and looks so soft and pretty against the light grey Essex Linen. You can learn more about this and all my cushion kits here.

I'm off to the garden for some EPP in the sun - have a great week everyone.

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

Thursday, 21 June 2018

New Disappearing Courthouse Steps Quilt Kit

As you may know, I run a Pre-Cut Party every month where I offer my Newsletter Subscribers a free PDF pattern straight to their inbox, based on my love of pre-cuts. Often the pattern is just to inspire them to get cutting into their stash of beloved pre-cuts, and other times the pattern is to accompany a new kit release. June's pattern was another play with the ever-versatile jelly roll strip to make this striking yet simple Disappearing Courthouse Steps Quilt - you can grab your own copy by subscribing here.



I received the quilt back from my lovely local longarmer, North Star Quilting, who did a wonderful job echoing the blocks' direction with parallel lines in each quarter. I added the binding and then of course chose the dullest day of the week to photograph the quilt! This kit includes all the squares, strips and background fabric in Riley Blake's Heart & Soul fabrics you need to complete the top, plus binding, thread and full instructions, and is now available here in the Sewmotion Shop.

Meanwhile, outside of my Sewmotion bubble, my old bosses, Doughty's are holding one of their fantastic fabric roadshows at my local quilt group at the end of the month, so if you're in the North Yorkshire or Teesside area, why not pop along for some fabric shopping therapy!



Wishing you all a happy sewing week!
Linking up with:
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Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation

Thursday, 14 June 2018

New Jelly Roll sets and Rainbow Rings progress

In more preparations for this year's Festival of Quilts in August, I've been creating some gorgeous new fabric strip sets, and have even managed to upload them into the Sewmotion online shop! I am feeling pretty productive this week haha!

These collections are all from Makower and include Sky Blue and Sequoia, both designed by Edyta Sitar, Sundance by Beth Studley and finally Makower's brand new collection, Bloom, which I have to say is my new favourite - those teeny weeny florals are so cute!



These sets contain forty 2.5" strips, four in each of the ten fabrics included in each set.  I think these are my favourite pre-cut as they are so versatile, if you need inspiration, why not check out my Pre-Cut Party PDF patterns. What's more, if you subscribe to the Sewmotion Newsletteryou can get 10% off these sets over the next week.



Meanwhile, when not cutting I've been working hard on my Rainbow Rings quilt, my latest mammoth curved EPP, hand appliqué and quilting project, and it's coming along nicely - although this weather isn't the best to be sat under a full size quilt! Now I've hand sewn the four rings onto the dark grey background, I'm now hand quilting around each of the segments using an Aurifil 12wt cotton.

Wishing everyone and happy sewing week!




Thursday, 7 June 2018

June's free pattern

Life's getting a little frantic here at the minute, the mammoth cut has began in preparation for August's Festival of Quilts. Though I'm telling myself I've still got two months, I know that's going to fly by and I really need to get my finger out! As well as getting fat quarter bundles, jelly rolls and maybe some charm packs cut, I need to figure out how many kits I can get out of my fabric stock, what extras I need and how many I actually need to take to a four-day show, and that's all before I can then let the printers know how many patterns I need! Friends tell me I'll be fine and to make a list... I have lists of lists!! haha!

And of course, it doesn't help when my brain is coming up with new ideas for kits all the time! And then I've also got 'normal' work including commissions for magazines, and of course my free monthly pattern to my Newsletter Subscribers. 



For June I've returned to the jelly roll strip to create this Disappearing Courthouse Steps quilt - I love building blocks only to cut them up and rearrange them don't you! I have made this quilt using the Heart & Soul fabrics from Riley Blake, and once it's quilted and bound, I plan to release it as a kit. Though I also think this design would look great in Ombre fabrics! If you would like this free pattern subscribe to the Newsletter here.

This week one of the many projects on the go has been a new Hoop Art kit using the cute Kitty fabrics, I particularly love the flower print in this collection - so many fussy cutting possibilities!



And talking of magazine work, I've also got to make a couple of cushions in this gorgeous Dashwood Studio fabrics, so cute!!! 



So I best get on! Wishing you all a happy creative week.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

New Fat Quarter Bundles and Mammoth Curved EPP sewing!

This week I've finally uploaded some lovely new fat quarter bundles into the Sewmotion shop. When I buy these ranges, I have all the best intentions of designing and making them into kits and pre-cuts, but then time runs away from me and I find them collecting dust on the shelves. So I thought it was about time to get them out into the real world and share them with my customers! As you can tell, I've fallen for Makower's ranges in a big way at the moment - those Christmas ranges are so cute!! You can click here to find out more and to see the whole collection of fat quarter bundles.


I've been making great progress on my latest curved EPP mammoth quilt. For my Rainbow Rings I turned to my stash for some colour inspiration, and using my favourite EPP method, designed these four concentric circle designs. Now the piecing is complete, I just have to appliqué them onto the grey background and quilt it - should keep me busy for a while!



I'm also developing some new cushion designs to make into kits, including this Overlapping Circles cushion in those gorgeous Blue Sky fabrics from Edyta Sitar.



I have so many new kits and patterns in the pipeline, all in preparation for August's Festival of Quilts. I have worked this amazing four-day quilt show (Europe's largest I think) for my old employers Doughty's for the last eight years, but this is the first one I'll be doing for myself, and I won't lie, I am starting to panic at the amount of work I need to do!! Not only have I lots of existing kits to make up, but my brain won't stop coming up with new ideas - really annoying!! Anyway, you'll find me buried in pre-cuts and kit boxes for the next two months, with some curved EPP thrown in for good measure :)

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

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Greek bliss, purse kits and Quilts UK

Gosh, it seems such a long time since I last blogged, what a busy month! Even though it seems like an age ago now, we had a wonderful time in Kefalonia. We had been before, and it was still as wonderful and unspoilt as 13 years ago! As it was May and early in the season, the island's flowers were in full bloom and looked spectacular - why can't my garden look like this!! 

We stayed in Skala in the south of the island, and being shattered and only there for a week, we decided not to hire a car, but to explore the local area on foot instead... which one day turned into a 10mile hike up into the hills. We were headed for Old Skala but I have a feeling we took a wrong turn and ended up going much further, but these things happen for a reason, and man, was it worth it, the views were amazing! It was quite hilly with loose rocky paths, so a little tricky at times, but I'm so glad we got 'lost' on this stunning island!





On our return, I just had time to release some new Purse Kits into the Sewmotion shop. These were actually meant for the following week's show, but proved really popular with my newsletter subscribers. These kits come with all the fabric, plus zip, you need to make this cute English paper-pieced purse, and are £10 each. You can find out more here.



And then of course, it was Quilts UK in Malvern. As I may have mentioned in the past, I used to live in Hereford, about an hour west of Malvern where I worked for Doughty's. When we do this show, we're very lucky to be able to stay with Mrs Doughty who not only knows how to cook a fantastic Hereford steak, but also makes a damn good gin! Thank you Ruth!

This was my second year doing this four-day quilt show for Sewmotion, and I think this one was hottest one yet! We were in the marquee, and once it gets to a certain temperature, customers don't fancy hanging around too long when they could be in a nice air conditioned hall, and who can blame them! And of course, there was a certain Royal Wedding to compete with too... don't they make a beautiful couple!! Anyway, we still met lots of lovely people, including many newsletter subscribers - its always nice to put a face to a name. 



As those who were there know, I have added a third kit to my EPP Flower Cushion kit collection, this time using one of the bright and beautiful floral prints from Liberty's Cottage Garden collection together with a Makower spot. Click here to find out more about this kit, plus a link to my video tutorial series on how to make these cushions.

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

Thursday, 26 April 2018

A Give-away Winner, New Hoop Art Kits and Secret Quilting

We have a winner!! I'm so happy to announce that the winner of this gorgeous fabric bundle and two tickets to this year's Festival of Quilts is... Eileen Gilmour! Huge congratulations Eileen, I will be contacting you via email.


Meanwhile, I've been working on another couple of Curved EPP Hoop Art Kits - can you tell I'm getting addicted! The first one features fussy-cut foliage in prints from Laundry Basket Quilts' Blue Sky collection, while the second is much more vibrant in hot Sundance fabrics from Makower. These kits are slightly larger at 10" but you need less fabric than the 8" designs so the price is the same at £20. Click here to find out more including what's included in each kit. If you're looking for a portable holiday project or you'd just like to try out this curved EPP technique, these kits are a great place to start.


I've also been working on a couple of new projects, a secret baby quilt for an upcoming issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting, and a new version of my EPP Flower Cushion, this time in a lovely bright floral Liberty print.


We're off to sunny (and very hot) Kefalonia next week, so there won't be a blog for the next couple of Thursdays, see you on my return just in time for Quilts UK in Malvern!

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

Thursday, 19 April 2018

A Springtime Giveway and Finishing Off the EPP Flower Cushion Back

As I sit at my desk every day it's hard not to be distracted by the comings and goings outside - my window looks down on our small but pretty garden which is currently home to families of blackbirds, sparrows, the occasional blue tit, and even a lovely couple of collared doves. What's more, the other day I saw a bee, which can only mean one thing, spring has finally arrived in the Northeast of England! So to celebrate the brighter days and warmer weather, I'm hosting a Giveaway, yay!


This competition is open to all of my Newsletter subscribers, so for a chance of winning this gorgeous bundle of Liberty of London Cottage Garden fat quarters, together with two tickets to this year's Festival of Quilts, all you have to do is subscribe to my Newsletter. Not only will you hear all the latest product news and subscriber-only offers, you will also receive a FREE PATTERN every month straight to your inbox.


Better still, if you tell a friend and they sign up, then email me to let me know who referred them, you get an additional entry into the draw - happy days!
Closing date is midnight on Tuesday 24th April and the winner will be announced in next week's Newsletter, out on the following Thursday, good luck everyone, and get sharing!


Elsewhere at Sewmotion HQ - have you had a go at my Curved EPP Flower Cushion yet? It really is a lovely hand project to take on the go - you can catch the four-part series of video tutorials here. Once you have made the beautiful cushion front, what better way of finishing than with a nice and tidy zippered back? I have added a full tutorial on adding a zip to this cushion which you can see here.

Talking of EPP Flowers - I have uploaded two brand new Hoop Art kits to the Sewmotion shop. As you may have gathered by now, I'm totally addicted to this method of EPP and I'm loving applying it to all sort of projects. These EPP Flower kits come with all the fabric you need, including the fat quarter of background fabric, a 8" wooden hoop, template plastic and wadding, an embroidery floss, templates to cut out and full instructions. Click here to find out more about each kit.


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

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Final Part of my Curved EPP Tutorial and New Cushion Kits

The fourth and final part of my YouTube video series on curved English paper-piecing takes you through hand-quilting the flower ring using decorative big stitches. I love this method of quilting, the hand movement is so therapeutic and it really is quite quick!

You can see the latest instalment below, and of you have missed the first three parts covering the fussy-cutting, glue-basting, piecing and appliqué, you can visit the Sewmotion Channel here.



I have also now released a couple of cushion kits to accompany this series, the first is in the Red Rose Garibaldi fabric as featured in the film, and the second is from Liberty of London's Cottage Garden collection - I just couldn't resist fussy-cutting those cute little houses!



I am aware that as this glue-basting technique becomes more popular, it's highly likely that customers may already own a glue pen, and also have their favourite brand of thread they like to use, so I have decided not to include these in the new kits, which takes the price down to £14.00 and also gives the customer the choice. So each of the kits include the fabrics you need to make the flower, plus binding strips, a fat quarter of background fabric, a square of template plastic, templates to cut out and full instructions. What's more, if you subscribe to my Newsletter, you can get 10% off these new kits for the following week - sign up for free here.

With a few big quilt shows coming up, I'm starting to develop some smaller kits that are quicker for me to make up as well as more affordable for the customer wanting to dabble in curved EPP, the first of which is this cute mug rug - this is a my first mug rug, and I loved making it!! I think this may be the first of many :)


Linking up with;
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation

Thursday, 5 April 2018

April's Free Pattern and Part 3 of My Video Curved EPP Tutorial

After a lovely long Easter weekend that included our 14th wedding anniversary,  I seem to have hit the ground running with so much to get done! As today is the first Thursday of the month, it must be Pre-Cut Party Time! For the uninitiated, my Pre-Cut Party involves my Newsletter subscribers receiving a free pattern every month, based on the treasured quilting pre-cut.



This month I have returned to a fave, the 2.5" fabric strip, otherwise known as the jelly roll. I actually came across an old quilt top I made years ago and remember having so much trouble with working out the layout, though I really don't know why, the blocks are just offset in vertical rows... I have a feeling I designed the original going horizontally - haha! The things you learn!

This bright quilt reminds me of the summer (which seems so far off looking at my rain-drenched window) and is made in Michael Miller's Flora Pop fabrics together with a lovely white-on-white print. If you would like this free pattern, and many more in the future you can subscribe hereYou will also hear about latest products and subscriber-only offers.

I decided to have this quilt longarm quilted again by the wonderful North Star Quilting who are only up the road in Hartlepool, so if you're local to the northeast why not check out their website, they currently have 10% off edge-to-edge quilting!



Alongside this pattern, I also have the kit in Flora Pop in which I have kindly cut all the 2.5" strips for you so you can get sewing straight away! The kit also includes borders, binding, thread and full instructions. What's more if you subscribe to my Newsletter, you can get 20% off the kit.

This week also sees the third instalment of my video  tutorial series on how to make this pretty curved English paper-pieced cushion. In Part Three I show you how to appliqué the flower ring onto the background fabric.


If you have missed Parts 1 and 2 covering the fussy-cutting, glue-basting and piecing, click here to go to Sewmotion's YouTube channel. I will have kits for this cushion soon, but if you have some gorgeous fabric in your stash just begging to be fussy-cut, click here for the templates.

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