Monday, 18 May 2015

Giveaway Monday - Elephant In My Handbag

So we have a giveaway here every Monday as well as a link up for any other giveaways out there in quiltblogland.  The rules for the link up are further down.


Today's giveaway is brought to you by Elephant In My Handbag and is this 14 FQ bundle of Riley Blake Small Spots.










To be in with a chance of winning the Small Spots bundle:

1.   Leave a comment, any comment. 
2.   Sign up to Elephant In My Handbag's newsletter which you can find on their homepage and let me know that you did.
3.   Share the giveaway on social media and let me know that you did - one comment for each share.  

The winners of last week's giveaway of Lynn Harris' book Every Last Piece are: 



For those of you wishing to link up a giveaway, you need to link to a blogpost, Facebook post, Instagram or twitter post.  The giveaway needs to be open from this Monday until next Monday.  The item being given away needs to be fabric, something homemade by you or a quilting book, magazine or similar.  Any links to posts not complying with these requirements will be deleted.  

Friday, 15 May 2015

Spring Quilt Bloggers Festival 2015

It's always fun to enter a quilt in Amy's Quilt Blogger's Festival but I normally forget.  This year I think the quilt that has been my favourite is this one I made for Dashwood Studio using their Cuckoo's Calling line mixed in with some of their Flurry fabrics and some Kona solids.


The quilt is just a large dresden, made scrappily and in inspired by my love of the Georgetown Circle block.  It seems to me that making a dresden this way is a kind of a cheat's way to make a Georgetown Circle.  



I'm entering it into the Original Design section and I'm excited to see all the other quilts in that category and all the categories.  If you haven't browsed or entered the Quilt Festival before, it's definitely worth taking part.  

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The Oakshott Scandinavia Blog Hop

This week and last week we are bringing you eight projects from eight fantastic designers using Oakshott Scandinavia.  Today is the turn of Nicholas Ball and all the stops on the blog hop are listed out below.  Bear in mind that different time zones may mean that the posts appear later on in the day.


4 May  - Sarah Sharp 
6 May  - Amy Sinibaldi 
11 May - Elaine Poplin
12 May - Sarah Fielke
13 May - Nicholas Ball

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Oakshott Scandinavia Blog Hop

This week and last week we are bringing you eight projects from eight fantastic designers using Oakshott Scandinavia.  Today is the turn of Sarah Fielke and all the stops on the blog hop are listed out below.  Bear in mind that different time zones may mean that the posts appear later on in the day.


4 May  - Sarah Sharp 
6 May  - Amy Sinibaldi 
11 May - Elaine Poplin
12 May - Sarah Fielke
13 May - Nicholas Ball

Monday, 11 May 2015

Giveaway Mondays and a book review

So I am trialling something new here this week on Lily's Quilts and we will see how far it goes.  The idea is we have a giveaway here every Monday as well as a link up for any other giveaways out there in quiltblogland.  The rules for the link up are further down.


So today's giveaway is this new book from Lynn Harris called Every Last Piece.  I will say that this is one of my favourite quilting books from this year because it goes way beyond being a simple quilt pattern book and is more of an introduction to the many joys of quilting with scraps.


It's all about using up every last scrap of fabric and is full of wonderful projects, lots of examples of scrap quilts Lynn has made over a lifetime and also a lot of great advice and tips for using your scraps.  


With each quilt design in the book, Lynn adds whole sections of additional advice helping you to design your own scrap quilts using the basic ideas she has used.  So, rather than being a simple quilt pattern book, it is a springboard for you to create your own quilt designs. 


Throughout the book, Lynn talks a lot about the history behind the design of each of her scrap quilts and her design process for each quilt which really brings the whole book to life and makes it a much more useful work of reference than a book which simply gives you a series of patterns with no additional resource. 


And there are different design suggestions with each quilt, different layouts, different suggestions of blocks that could be used in the same way.  So for anyone who's beginning to think about designing their own quilts, this is a great place to get started.  As well as being full of a whole host of beautiful scrap quilts some of which are pictured in this post.   


We are offering two chances to win this book.  In your comment, you simply need to state whether you are in the US (in which case the winner's copy will be shipped by Fons & Porter, or somewhere in the rest of the world (in which case Lynn will ship you your copy direct).  So one comment, either "US" or "ROW" is all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning! 

The winner of last week's fabulous giveaway of Tula Pink's True Colours from Fabric Please! was chosen by Random Number Generator and is Iris of Crazy Dutch Bird Quilts!  Congratulations Iris! 

 


For those of you wishing to link up a giveaway, you need to link to a blogpost, Facebook post, Instagram or twitter post.  The giveaway needs to be open during the week 11-18 May.  The item being given away needs to be fabric, something homemade by you or a quilting book, magazine or similar.  Any links to posts not complying with these requirements will be deleted.  

LINK UP YOUR GIVEAWAYS HERE!


The Oakshott Scandinavia Blog Hop

This week and last week we are bringing you eight projects from eight fantastic designers using Oakshott Scandinavia.  Today is the turn of Elaine Poplin and all the stops on the blog hop are listed out below.  Bear in mind that different time zones may mean that the posts appear later on in the day.


4 May  - Sarah Sharp 
6 May  - Amy Sinibaldi 
11 May - Elaine Poplin
12 May - Sarah Fielke
13 May - Nicholas Ball

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Fabric Friday

So when I have lovely new fabrics to show you, I'll group them together into this Friday slot (which accidentally didn't get posted until Saturday this week!).  First up is Maker by Art Gallery Fabrics with scissors and zippers and pins.


Gossamer by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics has two beautiful gentle palettes which you can see side by side in the photo below.  


Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics is all about bears in the woods and has the most gorgeous Racoon prints as well as a wonderful autumnal palette.


For those of you who have signed up to (or would still like to) the Mini Quilt Club I am designing with Sew Hot, the fabrics below are the ones we are using for the next three months.  Vintage Market by Tashanoel for Riley Blake ... 

 

 ... Modern Minis by Lori Holt for Riley Blake ... 


... and 60's Scrapbag by Emma Jean Jansen for Ella Blue.


Meanwhile another of my favourite shops and a sponsor of this blog, Amanda of Westwood Acres set up a club called "I want her stash" where 12 designers through the year pick a beautiful bundle of fabrics and design a quilt block that could be made using those fabrics.  Last month was the turn of Nicole from Modern Handcraft ... 


 ... and this month was my turn.  I love a simple black and white background to a quilt with a few fun brights thrown in - I chose reds, pinks and aquas but could equally have added orange and chartreuse into the mix as well or instead. 


And now some beautiful new lines from Moda.  The first is Nocturne by Janet Clare and reminds me of dark, stormy British seas. 


For anyone who hasn't seen Modern Backgrounds by Zen Chic for Moda, there are two of the most amazing lines coming out.  In the lighter one, you get a whole low volume range of background fabrics in one hit and the darker one does the same for greys and blacks.


Some of the new lines from Moda seem to be working really well together such as For You by Zen Chic and Meadowbloom by April Rosenthal.  


And the same goes for Lorraine by American Jane and Varsity by Sweetwater.


So what fabrics do you have your eye on at the moment?!