Thursday 28 February 2019

Harrogate Spring Quilt Show

The Harrogate quilt festivals are my local shows and it's always nice to see so many familiar faces. I had a lovely time last weekend at this 3-day event, though I think it was warmer outside than in the hall - always the way!

My curved EPP kits proved pretty popular, especially the Hoop Art kits which I had hanging on the end of the stand - a couple of years into doing these shows and I'm still learning how best to display my items :) 

Within the first hour, I had some very enthusiastic ladies come to the stand asking about my curved EPP cushion that was being demoed on the Quilter's Guild stand - this was news to me! Eventually I discovered it was the lovely Hilary from Region 14 who has fallen for this technique in a BIG way! Thank you Hilary for sharing the love ;)

On the Sunday, I had a chance to walk around the show and see some of the quilts - I was very happy to see Abigail of Cut & Alter had an exhibit of her work. I was especially blown away by her On The Plus Side quilt - just look at that amazing ruler work and free motion quilting! And who doesn't love a little Alison Glass, just stunning!

Back to curved EPP for a minute, my Hoop Art project is featured in the current issue (71) of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. This hand-pieced flower ring in Alison Glass's Road Trip fabrics is mounted onto a 16" hoop - I do love this way of displaying mini quilts, and must make more!

Wishing you all a happy and creative week, linking up with Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday

Wednesday 20 February 2019

EPP Inspiration and Sewing Quarter Catchup

Recently I received a lovely email from a subscriber to tell me how her quilt group had been inspired by my curved English paper-pieced projects in Love Patchwork & Quilting, and British Patchwork & Quilting magazine. So much so that they held a special EPP sewing day to make up my two projects - how chuffed am I?!

As you can see, these ladies have a great eye for colour and design, both cushion layouts looking amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creations ladies, and I'm so glad I could be your inspiration!

Talking of curved EPP, I had a great time at my second appearance on craft TV channel, Sewing Quarter last week, where I demoed the beautiful Artic Feather quilt by Elizabeth Hartman as well as my Curve Appeal cushions. If you missed the show or would like to watch these techniques again, you can catch them on Sewing Quarter's YouTube channel here - the Feather quilt is in the second hour and my cushions are in the fourth hour.

I'm now off to my first quilt show of the year, in the pretty North Yorkshire town of Harrogate. As well as my fabric pre-cuts and patterns, I'll have a huge collection of quilt, cushion and EPP kits, so why not pop along? 
Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th February
10am - 4.30pm (4pm on Sunday)
Great Yorkshire Showground
Hall 2
Harrogate, North Yorkshire

I hope to see you there, if not, wishing you all a safe and creative week ahead. Linking up with Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday

Thursday 7 February 2019

Pre-Cut Party Time - with a difference

As many of you may know by now, I host a Pre-Cut Party in which subscribers to my Newsletter receive a free pattern every month straight to their inboxes. Well this year, I've decided on something a little different - over the next five months I will be hosting a mystery block-of-the-month quilt! The Birds of a Feather quilt is aimed at the skilled beginner and upwards, and features half-square triangles, a little foundation piecing and some simple patchwork. 

Each month I will share cutting and sewing instructions for each block, and then show how to put them all together into the finished quilt in June. I know it can be quite daunting not knowing what the finished quilt will look like, but that's all part of the fun! My Newsletter subscribers can also get 20% off a collection of fabric bundles I have curated especially for this quilt. 

If you would like to take part in this exciting new BOM, why not sign up to the Newsletter now and receive instructions for the Centre Nest Block. You will also receive a newsletter every week with special offers and the latest Sewmotion news.

In other exciting news, I have designed a beautiful quilt for Sewing Quarter using some very pretty Tilda fabrics, this will be on air on Saturday 9th Feb at 9am (GMT) while my next appearance on Sewing Qaurter is next Wednesday (13th Feb) where I will be showing off my favourite curved EPP technique to make my Curve Appeal cushion and then demoing a beautiful quilt by Elizabeth Hartman. You can watch Sewing Quarter on Sky 687, Freeview 73 (8am-12noon), online and on YouTube.

Wishing you all a sew-happy week, linking up with Midweek Makers and Needle & Thread Thursday