Thursday 30 March 2017

New Quilt Kits Coming Soon

I've dedicated this week to quilting, and getting some more quilts finished to make into kits, and boy do my shoulders ache! The new house sadly doesn't have a bath, but we're definitely now making that the priority job, oh, how I've missed a long soak... anyway, back to the quilting.

Having more or less sold out of my All Squared Up kits (I have one left in the American Patch fabrics) I'm working on replacements, and couldn't resist these Sun Prints by Alison Glass with this sumptuous grey from Makower, it seems to make them shine doesn't it!?

I seem to be addicted to this wavy line quilting, it may take a while, but it really is so easy, and so effective, and going from my experience at recent shows, it really sells the quilt. And of course, I couldn't resist a pieced backing...

You know when you love the back as much as the front?! You can see the instructions for this backing here in my free tutorial for this All Squared Up quilt.

For new quilt kit ideas, I've turned to my quilt patterns for inspiration, and decided to make a slightly larger version of my Snowballs in Spring pattern using this gorgeous Papillon range from Makower along with a couple of their blenders.

This one is now basted to ready to quilt, my job for today. I hope you're all having a creative and productive week, if you have more time for quilty chat and inspiration, why not pop along to these linky parties and say Hi:
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication and Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

Thursday 23 March 2017

New Show Dates & Works in Progress

Well I think spring might be here, though they were talking about snow this week so who knows! What I do know is that the cute little garden at our new house is full of buds - I have little idea of what most of the plants are or what they'll do, but that's all part of the fun! I did plant some spring daffs and tulips so there's some colour for now at least.

So with spring comes more quilt shows, yay! I've just booked Sewmotion into the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show at the Harrogate International Centre on 11th - 13th of May. This is a new venue for this show, but with impressive events at Birmingham's NEC and London's Excel, I'm sure this one will be as successful - and it's also nice to have some more creative events happening up here in the north! For more on this show and to buy tickets, click here.

A week after this, the 18th - 21st May, we'll be at Quilts UK in the beautiful town of Malvern. I've worked this four-day event before for Doughty's, but this time I'll be there with Sewmotion! For more details and tickets, click here

I've then got a little rest until we're at the National Quilt Championships at Sandown Racecourse on 23rd - 25th June - for more info and tickets, click here. 

As you can see, I'm going to be very busy in the next few weeks...! As well as cutting and folding pre-cuts, I'll be working on some new kits and patterns to add to my collection, including this funky take on my All Squared Up quilt kit, this time in Alison Glass's Sun Prints collection, with a lovely rich grey, and don't forget, I know have a gorgeous fat quarter bundle of these fabulous prints in the shop.

Then there's a bright and summery new Hexy Cushion Kit to finish...

...and of course, more free patterns for my Newsletter subscribers - April's pattern will be this funky flying geese cushion - to get this free pattern and more, why not sign-up? It's absolutely free, you get a pattern based on my love of pre-cuts every month, with access to previous months' patterns, and you also get to hear about my latest news, events and products with special discount offers! To subscribe, click below.

So, I best get on with some sewing/cutting/folding eek!!! If you're looking for more quilty chat and inspiration, why not visit these fab linky parties!

Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday 16 March 2017

Pre-Cut Linky Party Time

It's been a while since we've shared some pre-cut love, so let's have a party!! Before the sharing begins, I just wanted to show you a couple of pics I've recently been sent by Sewmotion customers, funnily enough based on the same pattern, my disappearing four-patch quilt, Square Dance.

Kath is a lovely lady and fellow quilter at my local quilt group, the Village Quilters in Middlesbrough. A prolific quilter, if she's not making beautiful quilts for family and friends, she's making the cutest Christmas items, in fact, we call her Mrs Christmas! This is her version of my Square Dance quilt, complete with the linear quilting, isn't it beautiful!!

My second project is from another lovely lady we first met at the Harrogate Autumn Quilt show last year. Jan bought my Charming Vintage Rose quilt, sadly now out of stock. I love how she changed the layout so the colours run diagonally across the quilt. Jan also made this gorgeous cushion to match, those stars are so cute!

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

So now it's your turn... 

Thursday 9 March 2017

New Strips & Kits

Wow, what an incredibly busy couple of weeks! What with the quilt show in Harrogate, then the next weekend in Duxford, I'm a little worn out, and getting very low on stock!! I've completely run out of my Japanese All Squared Up quilt kit, and have only one left in each of the American Patch All Squared Up, the Monochrome Sunset and the Charming Vintage Rose... I think I best get sewing up some new patterns and kits!!

And what better place to start than with these gorgeous new fabrics from Alison Glass, her Sun Prints range comes in these beautiful jewel-like colours - I'm thinking maybe an All Squared Up kit with a dark grey as the blender... for now I have made up this 24pc strip set, available on the website for £20.

Another plan I have is a new zigzag quilt made in this bright and fresh 40pc strip set in Basically Hugs fabrics from Red Rooster. These colours just remind me of springtime - this strip set is also available on the website at £35.

If you attended either of the recent quilt shows, you may have seen my new EPP Diamond Cushion Kits. Similar to my Hexy Cushion kits, each one includes the fabric, templates, thread, wadding and full instructions to complete the cushion front. These make great portable projects, and are also a great introduction to English paper-piecing. Both are available on Sewmotion for £23.00.

Right, I better get on with some sewing - for more quilty chat and inspiration, check out these linky parties;
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
MidWeek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

Wednesday 1 March 2017

March's Free Pre-Cut Party Pattern

As predicted, February has flown by! Which means it's time for my next free pre-cut pattern! This pretty charm square quilt is called Mosaic Garden and uses a 48pc charm pack, or a 42pc with a feature fabric used for the centre squares of each block.

At a finished size of approx 43" x 55", this project would make a lovely baby or child's quilt, or maybe if made in a smaller version, say 3x3 blocks, you could make a wall hanging using those precious fabrics you bought on holiday! What a lovely momento!

To get this free PDF, and many more patterns, simply subscribe to my Newsletter below. 

This quilt is also available as a full kit which includes the 48pc charm pack made from Michael Miller's Henna Garden collection, a solid white for the sashing and borders, a 50wt thread and six binding strips. This kit is available at £35.00, (£30.00 to Newsletter subscribers).

We had a great time at the Spring Quilt Festival in Harrogate last week, it's so lovely to meet my subscribers and hear how much they enjoy getting their newsletters, thank you all for your kind words! And also a huge welcome to my new subscribers, I look forward to inspiring you on your next project!

Looking for more quilting chat and inspiration? Why not pop along to these linky parties and say hi!
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation

The Pre-Cut Linky Party will be back soon, so if you've been inspired by a fabric pre-cut to make something beautiful, get ready to share!