Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory has 25% off the entire inventory - every single thing in her wonderful shop - from today until next Tuesday 29 April. Use discount code SPRINGCLEAN when you check out.
Thursday, 24 April 2014
In this edition of Made with Oakshott, we have Rebecca from Doilies Are Stylish using a Rubies F8th pack.
I had daydreamed about the most stripped-down and simple medallion quilt made of Oakshotts for months, and am happy to have had this opportunity handed to me -- thanks Lynne and Michael Oakshott! I settled on a design that used big quarter square triangles of the Oakshotts, so that no one vantage from which you can see the whole quilt top could have in view all of them on the straight of grain at the same time. It is very shimmery in person when it moves.
One Oakshott Rubies fat eighth bundle plus three and a half yards of 44"-wide background fabric will yield a quilt top that finishes to 64" square.
You will need to cut the following from the Oakshotts:
- 27 5-1/4" squares
- 6 2-7/8" squares
- 114 2-7/8" squares
- 108 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles
- 4 2-1/2" squares
- 14 4-1/2" WOF strips
Arrange 20 of the flying-geese-plus-rectangle units around this central square in a colour order that pleases you, so that the arrows are all pointing counterclockwise and the corners make little half-windmills. Pluck out four units from the middle of the top and bottom of your arrangement, sew them together as you had arranged them, press, sew the rows of units to the top and bottom of the central square, press again....
Sash the central square with another round of background fabric as before -- this time you will need to cut two 24-1/2"-long pieces and two 32-1/2"-long pieces from your stock of WOF strips.
The final round of flying geese will require the remaining 52 units. Arrange them so that the arrows point counterclockwise. Sew the central 12 units from the top and bottom of the arrangement around the square into rows, press, sew them to the central square, and press again. Sew the remaining units into columns as before, press, and sew them to either side of the central square.
Posted by Lynne (Lily's Quilts) at 09:05
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Would you like to win a copy of the new Fat Quarterly Book, Quilt Colour Workshop? In this book we talk all about colour theory and how you can use it in your quilting projects. We look at blocks in different colour schemes as well as plenty medium and large projects, each one made to show an example of different colours used in different colour schemes.
And of course the most important bit of the book should be mentioned here too.
So if you'd like to win a copy of this book, just leave a comment and a winner will be drawn a week from today!
This quilt is an example of a red monotone scheme and is my variation on a Storm at Sea quilt.
This is John's blue complementary quilt which is my favourite project in the book.
This one is Brioni's purple triadic quilt - classic Brioni style!
This is an orange double complementary quilt made by Tacha with lots of lovely snippets of text prints dotted about the place.
Posted by Lynne (Lily's Quilts) at 15:49
Friday, 18 April 2014
Would you like a great big Easter giveaway? Well here it is. Gifts from a whole host of my sponsors to brighten up your Easter. So what are the prizes?
Becca from Sew Me A Song is giving away this gorgeous bundle of 10 F8ths of assorted Yuwa floral prints.
From Fort Worth Fabric Studio we have this RUB A DUB DUB, FWFS Exclusive NINE FAT QUARTER bundle. Featuring the Tub Time rubber ducky prints by Robert Kaufman, along with some coordinating prints.
From Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory we have five half yards of Riley Blake Medium Chevrons to make a total 2.5 yards bundle.
Peg from Sew Fresh Fabrics is giving away one of these bundles of Lotta Jansdotter's Sylvia. This bundle contains nine FQs.
Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics is giving away this 32 Scrappy 16th rainbow bundle - equivalent to eight FQs of scrappy loveliness.
Alex from Aurifil is giving you two chances to win some of his beautiful threads in these two boxes of Carolyn Friedlander Botanics 50wt threads - in either the 12 large spool case or the 10 small spool box.
Gwen from Celtic Fusion Fabrics is giving away this beautiful seven Fat Quarter bundle of Meadow by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics.
Aubrey from Southern Fabric is giving away a $25 gift certificate to spend on anything at all in her shop.
And Oakshott are giving away a £30 gift certificate to spend on their wonderful shot cottons.
A week from now I will use the random number generator to pick one winner of each of the above. Please make sure your email is linked to your blogger profile or leave your email in your comment in the format lilysquilts at gmail dot com or similar. You have several chances to comment:
1. Leave a comment, any comment.
2. Leave one comment for each time you share this post on social media. You can re-IG my picture of the post, retweet my tweet, click to share this post on facebook or google+ or even include the button below on your blog and each share gives you an extra chance to comment.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Would you like a chance to play with some Oakshott fabrics? Well this month, we are offering six half metres of these new herringbone weaves. They are the weight of quilting cottons, soft like old denim and have a slightly different shade on the reverse side which you can see where I've turned the corners on them in this photo.
- Leave a comment letting me know what you would make with these fabrics.
- Be specific about your idea. We won't pick someone who says "I want to make a quilt" but might pick someone who says "I have in mind a quilt with ohio star blocks and I would mix the Oakshotts with low volume text prints".
- Bear in mind in your proposal that we are offering a half metre bundle this month so will be unlikely to pick someone who wants to make something very small!
- After a few days, we will pick our favourite project suggestion and one person will be sent the bundle.
- All we ask of you is that you write a guest post for this blog containing photos of the finished item and a tutorial showing us how you made it within one month of receipt of the Oakshotts.
Posted by Lynne (Lily's Quilts) at 11:14
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Last week I came across this post by Meaghan Dougherty talking about a website called Quiltpatternspro.com which contained blogposts from many of our favourite bloggers without permission or link back. She suggested we all do what we can to spread the word. I posted an image of one of my blogposts from this website on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and the response to those posts and to the posts of many others following Meaghan's lead was swift and furious. You can see from this image that the website was using my content to bring advertising revenue to its site - without my permission and without linking back.
The quilt bloggers of the world proceeded to bombard GoDaddy (the domain name host), Wordpress (the blog host) and Google Ads with information about the situation. Some of us also contacted Quilterblogs.com to let them know that it appeared that it was their RSS feeds which were being used to grab these blogposts. I should add here that Quilterblogs.com is a great website - it enables quilt bloggers to have their feed shared across a wider audience. The crucial differences between this and Quiltpatternspro.com are (i) we give permission to Quilterblogs to share our content - in fact we positively request it; and (ii) they link back to the original blogs, neither of which was the case with Quiltpatternspro.com. I'm not sure which of the above actions had the desired effect but within eight hours the website was down and has stayed down since. Moral of the tale - don't mess with the quilters. The truth is we are not a bunch of nice little old ladies.
Posted by Lynne (Lily's Quilts) at 09:23
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Marmalade Fabrics Around the Colour Wheel April bundles are now ready - and this month is my favourite colour of them all: orange!
Eclectic Maker have some beautiful new fabrics in stock including Daydream by Kate Spain for Moda ...
Bee My Honey by Mary Jane for Moda ...
Southern Fabric have their usual array of crazy fabric reductions - from 10% to 50% across a whole range of lines. Click here to grab some bargains.
Celtic Fusion Fabrics have new fabrics in from The Copenhagen Print Factory, a new Danish brand created by people with many years' experience in textiles and the design. The fabrics are organic and the designs are beautifully simple. This is the range that they have chosen with more to come in the following weeks.
Purple Stitches have a promotion running right now: spend £20 and receive a free larger fabric organiser.
Posted by Lynne (Lily's Quilts) at 14:15