Monday, 21 July 2014

feeling virtuous

This weekend I managed to spend a day with the kids and have some family time AND a day sewing. It was quite the miracle!

To prove that there are miracles in this world, I even spent part of Sunday tidying up my sewing room, which was getting ridiculous with the amount of stuff in piles all over every available area.
It went from this....

To this....

Fair enough that doesn't look all that tidy either, but right at the back on the left I have a stack of stuff I need to take to the next Leeds Modern Quilt Guild Meeting to palm off donate to people that want it. Just scraps and stuff, and a big bag of wadding off cuts I'm taking to my friend Hannah on Tuesday when I see her (she's on some kind of crazy pillow making mission at the minute). At least the floor is clean, and I can actually use the surfaces now.

My desk is tidy (and my little Bernie is all packed up and ready to go to the Oh Sew Sweet Shop on Tuesday for a class. A class where I'm not the teacher and it's a work day that I've booked off as holiday. I'm all kinds of excited!)

Desk number 2 over here is tidy too. (I need the instruction manual next to that Janome because it's all a bit complicated for me. But, oh my gosh, it sews like a dream! It's the Horizon Memory Craft 8900, and the first time I've had a Janome to sew on. I'll blog about it properly when I have actually figured out more than the straight stitch!)

To reward myself, I had a beer. I felt I deserved it.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

what's new, pussycats?

Well, hello. Are you still there?  I'm sorry things are so quiet around here, but I have been sewing stuff which means I have stuff to show you...but no time to blog it! Expect a deluge of blog posts verrrry soon.

Before all that, let's go shopping.

Brenda at Pink Castle has these awesome secret stash boxes. She puts them together every now and then and they are truly fantastic. There are 50 fat quarters from the shop, no linens, no solids just great designer prints from the shelves in store. Each FQ is different too, so it's a fantastic way to boost up your stash or to get started if you're a newbie. lus, they're $80 for 50 FQs, which works out at $6.40/yard, so they're great value too!

Indelible has also just arrived, the line from Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics.  There's so much I love about this collection, it's so great on so many levels and is also masculine without being trucks and tractors.

Gleeful by Sew Caroline for Art Gallery has just arrived at Fat Quarter Shop. 

You might remember I made a nested churn dash block using Jane's pattern with this fabric. It's so fun and happy. I love it. (I really need to get some more so I can make that block into a quilt)

These seed prints from Blend at Sew Me A SOng would be so useful in any stash. I'd like them as binding instead of a dot.

At Bobbie Lou's Emily Herrick's new line for Michael Miller is in. Got to love those stags.

There's this really awesome Pearl Bracelets roll up at cuts of cotton

2.5" strips, 45 in total. Would that make a great rainbow quilt?

Skipping back over to the UK now and at the village haberdashery Far Far Away by Heather Ross (on quilting cotton) is in stock. Remember this line was printed on double gauze a few years ago, which was gorgeous but quilting cotton is soooooo much easier to work with.

Fabric HQ has had a delivery of laguna jersey by Robert Kaufman. These are great quality knits at a really reasonable price. 

KITTENS AND BUNNIES!!!! At Plush Addict!

these ones

and their friends the bunnies....

Simply Solids have a new Low Volume section in the shop with some great new additions from Art Gallery Fabrics

Backstitch have some new fabrics in stock. I am especially liking these ones...

this is a cambric (like a lawn)

this is one of my all time favourites from art gallery fabrics

and this is a lovely drapey viscose for dressmaking

I love the huge variety of fabrics at Elephant in My Handbag. This week this retro rockets print has grabbed my eye. It's lovely, isn't it?

And that's it for another week!
I am locking myself in the sewing room today and I will try to get a couple of blog posts written for this week. It's the summer holidays now, so I am kind of dreading the balance of going to work and having the kids. I don't think I'll be doing much sewing at all this summer because my days off will be spent doing stuff.
Work is great, making stuff is great, but I have realised since I started working outside the house that all too soon the kids will have grown up and I don't want them to look back and think they had all kinds of fun with their dad but I was always too busy.

Monday, 14 July 2014

makin' it cute with Fat Quarter Shop

A little while ago Kimberly and her team at Fat Quarter Shop asked if I'd like to be a part of the blog event for the makin' it cute petal packs templates that they and me and my sister designs have designed as part of the it's sew emma range.

Of course, I said yes. Duh.

My petal packs got a little lost in the mail, and only arrived late last week, so I haven't had a chance to play with them properly, but I am planning on adding those little flowers to pretty much everything that stands still. Including the cats.

With the school holidays happening right about now, and the kids getting fed up with the same old tricks I think these would make a really fun project, whether from fabric scraps, paper, felt...anything really. They're simple to use, the template material is sturdy without being too stiff. You just draw around the template shape, layer, stitch and cut. (There's a video here if you need a visual.) Even little kids would enjoy playing with the flower shapes, if a grown up did the cutting.

If you head over to the Jolly Jabber there are 20 sets to win...go on...get yourself over there! I'm going to get cracking on a flowery garland for my sewing room - I think it'd be great!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

what's new, pussycats?

Lot's of exciting news this week.
Firstly, the first subscription issues of Quilt Now have started to arrive this weekend, so keep an eye out in the post tomorrow for yours if it hasn't arrived already. So far there's been some great feedback, all positive (although you cannot possibly please everyone all of the time, so I'm sure there will be some people that aren't as keen on it...that is the nature of the job).  If you haven't subscribed and are wanting to then there's the 3 for £5 offer on but you won't get issue 1 (you can get that in the shops when it's in stock on the 17th though).
US/rest of the world, you can get your copies from Brenda at Pink Castle fabrics or grab a digital copy from the 17th in the App Store.

So, while we are on the subject of Quilt Now, I made up a sorbet inspired bundle for Brenda, so you can use it to make projects from the magazine. I'm going to do this each month, because the issues are themed it makes perfect sense, right?

Also, good news, there's 15% off all bundles and pre-cuts this weekend. Use BUNDLE15 for the discount. And all orders over $50 get a golden ticket for a chance to win big. You can find out more about golden tickets on the blog

At Fat Quarter Shop there's 25% off all Moda fabrics until the 18th with the code MODA. 

There's a cool contest involving the sew what t-shirts from Fat Quarter SHop. From now until September you can win a $100 gift certificate by posting a selfie of yourself in your t-shirt. Find out more on the blog. And if you want to grab a t-shirt, they're for sale in the shop! (I'm wearing mine right now!)

Cuts of Cotton announced that the modern solids collection by Alissa Haight Carleton is no longer being produced, which is a real shame. They have some in stock still and it's gorgeous so grab it while you still can.

Bobbie Lou's have Brambleberry Ridge in stock now.  I love this collection and think this print would make an awesome background fabric. The metallic is so great.

Some great random prints from Sew Me A Song...

this one

this one

and this one

Over in the UK, the village haberdashery has Anna Maria Knits in stock

and the full collection of cotton + steel has arrived too!

For those of you heading down to London for the Fat Quarterly retreat next weekend, Annie has a shopping event in the shop all day Friday and Friday night (18th) with 10% off in store. Find out more on the blog.

Simply Solids has 15% off bundles all weekend. Use the code bundle15 on checkout (and FYI - there's bundles of cotton + steel included in that!)

There's 15% off everything at fabric HQ until Midnight tonight

Newly arrived at Plush Addict is the new collection from lakehouse, sausalito

Elephant in my handbag have unicorns and rainbows. (we have a project using Shari's unicorns and rainbows fabric for Riley Blake in issue 1 of Quilt Now)

Lastly this week, over at Backstitch, there's mirror ball dots in stock. Which are just lovely.

And there we have it! Another week gone! If you are heading down to the Fat Quarterly retreat next week, have a great time. I'm not going this year, so say hi to everyone from me and maybe I'll see you at the festival of quilts in August instead (or at some other do).

And don't forget - Quilt Now is in WHSmith, major supermarkets (and the app store for digital downloads) from the 17th. I hope you buy it, I hope you love it (and if you'd like to submit a project idea, just shoot me an email!)

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

today I shall...

I've got a day off work. Yay! Which means writing up the directions for this Cotton and Steel quilt (for issue 2 of Quilt Now...which is out end of technically that's work isn't it?), having a manicure, and doing the laundry (well, 2 out of 3 activities aren't bad!)

I used all the prints and the basics (pretty much, I think I missed out a couple) for this quilt, and it's pretty big, and it's pretty much my favourite quilt (today, at least). It's off on a photo shoot next week and then I'm bringing it straight home for snuggles.

The Village Haberdashery has cotton and steel in stock now, in case you hadn't pre-ordered. You can mix up the collections for a really cool effect, I think, and you most certainly need the basics. I used fat quarter bundles for this and I'm going to re-stock because I need them in my life still.

Find out all about the collections and how to buy them at the village haberdashery blog

Monday, 7 July 2014

Quilt Now - free worldwide shipping!

Head on over to More Mags to pre-order issue 1 of Quilt Now.

The first 100 buyers will get free worldwide shipping too, so it's a pretty sweet deal, and a perfect way to see whether you like the mag or not without signing up for a subscription.

If you do want a subscription, the 3 for £5 offer wasn't working at the weekend (SORRY!) but it's sorted again now, so head to here if you want to sign up (UK only)

giveaway winner!

The Fat Quarter Shop giveaway from a couple of weeks ago has finally been drawn and the lucky winner (who gets a bundle of Nouvelle, a gift certificate AND a bundle of Dreamin Vintage) is number 60.....

Mary Ann Scanlon!

Congratulations Mary Ann!!!! I'll shoot you an email over today!