Sunday, 13 April 2014

Don't mess with the quilters

Last week I came across this post by Meaghan Dougherty talking about a website called 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 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 is a great website - it enables quilt bloggers to have their feed shared across a wider audience.  The crucial differences between this and 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  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.  

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sponsor News

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 ... 

 ... and Mormor by Lotta Jansdotter.

Eclectic Maker also have some great workshops coming up including Machine Embroidery with Laura Sparks on 24 April and 1 May and Invisible Machine Applique with Dawn Cameron-Dick on 14 May. Click here to find out more about these and all their other classes in their shop in Worthing.

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have new fabrics in from The Copenhagen Print Factorya 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.

They have also taken delivery of a whole selection of Sewaholic Patterns.

Fat Quarter Shop have a free pattern and tutorial called Pockets and Pies Apron to share over on their blog which you can find here.

Monday, 7 April 2014

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt

I designed this Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt for Makower earlier this year and the pattern is now available as a free download on their website and you can find it here.

In fact you get two quilt patterns in one as we decided to make the quilt reversible so there is a second pattern to make the quilt back using the large scale panel prints.  The pattern is quite detailed but in fact it is really just a simple improv process of fussy cutting the picture fabrics, framing with skinny strips, framing with wider strips then framing again with skinny strips so you don't really need to follow the pattern to the letter if you don't want to.  And if anyone does go ahead and make one of these, please make sure you email me to show me! 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Union Jack Quilt

I finished the Union Jack quilt.  Tula Pink's Acacia.  Endless endless paper piecing.  Squidgy wadding.  Supersoft backing.  Bright lipstick pink sketch binding.

I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 which is a pouffier, squidgier wadding - not really suited to a wall hanging or display quilt where you'd want something flatter and more stable but perfect for a quilt to snuggle with.  For a more structured quilt, I tend to use warm and natural which is a bit heavier and sturdier.  And I quilted with a lovely thick Aurifil cream 40wt - lines nice and wide apart, again so that the quilt was softer and snugglier.  This is not a show quilt.  It is a house quilt.  

And it was instantly claimed by twin 2 as hers, belonging to her, only hers, not to be shared, even though it is still covered in loose threads, Frixion pen quilting markings and there are a couple of places where the binding is not quite properly sewn down.   

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Sponsor News

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have this fabulous new collection designed by Amy Adams for Riley Blake fabrics and Geekly Chic II is also now in stock.

Southern Fabric are this month choosing one lucky customer to win the April yellow stash club - 12 beautiful fat quarters of fabric.  To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is follow the Southern Fabric blog and one lucky winner will be chosen at the end of the month.

Fat Quarter Shop have just published the fourth block in their Wishes quilt along in support of the Make A Wish Foundation and you can find all the information and a link to the free block pdf here.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet

So on the first of every month, here at, we have a linky party to show off anything you've made or worked on (or even fabric you've bought) during the previous month.  There is a second linky party to help small blogs meet and connect with other blogs.  You'll find a few new blogs to follow and hopefully build up the network around your blog and gain some new followers too.   And I always look back over the month and pick my favourite project for that month which I think would probably have to be one that  I can only show you a little sneak peek of since it is going into next month's Pre-Cuts issue of Fat Quarterly.  

And what about you?  What have you worked on this month?  Any finishes?  Maybe a mosaic of everything you've been doing?  One favourite thing?  Link up at the bottom of this post to share what you've been working on. If you do link up, how about visiting at least four of the other blogs who link up - two above you and two below you - and stopping to leave a comment as well as visiting back anyone who visits you. As always here's the button to grab.
Lily's Quilts
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And link up in the second linky if you are a blog with fewer than 50 followers and would like to get to know a few more people out there in blogland. Write a post about this feature, add this button and then link up.
Lily's Quilts
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Next go and visit and get to know at least four other linked blogs - starting with the two above you in the linkys and the two below you. Visit those blogs, leave a comment, click to follow and visit that blog regularly over the next few weeks. Visit more if you have the time. And also visit back any new bloggers who come to visit you and get to know them and their blogs.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Another union jack quilt

I have made more union jack quilts than I can remember.  Since I was going to be teaching a union jack pillow at my local quilt shop Quiltessential recently, it occurred to me I ought to prepare some class samples for the steps along the way.

I made the first sample from a couple of Acacia fat quarters ...

 ... then made a couple more and before I knew it ...

... I'd made fifteen and had yet another union jack quilt top ...

Which is now in the midst of being quilted and will then have its fate decided - keep, sell or give to Siblings Together?