Thursday 25 January 2018

Pre-Cut Party Patterns Now Available

As you may know, I offer a free pattern inspired by my love of quilting pre-cuts, to my Newsletter subscribers every month. After 14 months of patterns, I've been wondering what I should do with them once they've gone out, and have decided to offer them for sale.

I already offer my other quilt patterns as PDFs on Etsy as there were complicated VAT/Europe reasons why I couldn't offer them on my own website - or so I thought until a friend told me about PayHip. I'm not going to bore you with VAT details, but basically, someone in Europe has decided that those people who are making a fortune (I wish) through offering downloadable products are getting away with not paying any tax... or not enough tax anyway.. so in their infinite wisdom, instead of charging tax of the country where the PDF file originates, in my case the UK, they would charge tax through the country of the buyer, and that the seller would be responsible to recouping this tax and personally sending it to the relevant country... absolutely barmy I know, which is why you'll find many US pattern sellers not offering downloads to Europe.

Anyway, up to now, good old Etsy has been the only company who have offered to sort all this VATMOSS out for us confused sellers, which of course has meant having an Etsy shop and taking people away from my own website. However, now Payhip is thankfully offering the same service which means that when you click on any of the Pre-Cut Party patterns, you'll be taken to the product's Payhip page to place payment and download the PDF - couldn't be easier, phew!

So if you love quilting pre-cuts as much as I do, click here to see the collection so far - better yet, click here to subscribe to the Newsletter and receive a free pattern every month straight to your inbox!

Meanwhile, on the making front, I've been developing my curved EPP shapes, and I'm currently working on two 'secret' projects - I think I've finally found a love of fussy-cut EPP!!

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Thursday 18 January 2018

The Curve Motion Medallion BOM technique in action

The first month's instalment of my Curve Motion Medallion block-of-the-month quilt went out this week, with fabrics, temps and instructions to make the two centre rings. This is a great English paper-pieced project for those looking for some slow meditative sewing, and you can start anytime!

Over the next 16 months from when you sign up, you will receive all of the Alison Glass and grey background fabrics you need to complete the top, including binding, plus full sized templates to cut out and easy-to-follow-instructions. 

This gorgeous quilt finishes at 82" square and features a curved EPP technique using glue basting, the same technique I used in my Sun Spell mini quilt featured on yesterday's Sewing Quarter TV channel. 

If you missed it, you can now catch it on YouTube - it's on in the second hour, so you may want to move the time bar across to an hour into the show. The lovely Victoria Peat's excellent demonstration shows how easy this technique is thanks to the amazing glue pen and a 'flat back stitch'. 

If I've caught your imagination, and you would like to join us on my Curve Motion Medallion adventure, you can click here for more details on costs etc. Alternatively, if you'd like to try a smaller project using this great technique, why not try one of my Pincushion kits or the pretty Overlapping Rainbow Cushion kit?

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

Thursday 11 January 2018

A (late) Happy New Year

Well, so far 2018 hasn't been very healthy! Having managed to get through a wonderful family Christmas at my mum's, then a lovely laughter-filled New Year with dear friends in Germany without so much as a sniffle, we've both come home to the so-called 'hot bed' of Aussie flu! Great! Admittedly Justin seems to have had the worse of it, at least I've managed to get out of bed and do the odd bit of work. 

All of which explains why my Happy New Year wishes are rather late, as is my first free Pre-cut Party pattern for my Newsletter Subscribers. While browsing through my 500 Quilt Blocks book (Goldsworthy & Green) I came across this cute HST Shoo Fly block and thought it would make a lovely little project. Having promised myself one for ages, I decided to make a much-needed needle case - you would not believe how many needles I found buried in my pin cushion... or maybe you would! 

If you are new to Sewmotion, I send out a free pattern based on quilting pre-cuts every month to my Newsletter subscribers. You will also hear news of my latest products and events, plus subscriber-only offers. You can sign up here.

This lurgy has also meant we haven't been able to get outside to take some decent photos of my Curve Motion Medallion quilt - this one was taken in our half-finished dining room - hopefully by the weekend we can get out of the house! This block-of-the-month quilt is over 16 months and is one for lovers of hand-sewing, with English paper-pieced blocks, hand appliqué and even hand quilting is desired. You can learn more about this BOM here, you can start whenever you wish - the first shipments go out on Monday - but you must commit to the whole 16 months.

I also used this curved EPP technique in my Sun Spell mini quilt featured in this month's Love Patchwork & Quilting, so if you would like a taster before embarking on my BOM, why not give this a try - even better, Sun Spell is actually being demonstrated on the UK's Sewing Quarter Freeview channel (78) on Wednesday 17th January, so tune in to see this wonderful technique in action!

I wish you all a creative and colour-filled 2018!

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