Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sponsor News

Contempororay Cloth currently 50% off shipping to everywhere. Just type 50ship into any Fabric Comment Section.  Take a look at their New Arrivals and Clearance Section for more.  Their favourite at the moment is Flirt by Dear Stella.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

A $50 Bundle Giveaway from Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Today we are having a giveaway of a $50 bundle of your choice from Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  Or you could pick two bundles as long as the total value does not exceed $50.  Jodie loves putting together bundles so you will have plenty to browse between.  I've picked a few favourites for this post.  There's this Mustang bundle.

There's this low volume bundle.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment letting us know which bundle or bundles you would like to win if your name is picked.  

Good luck and a winner will be drawn a week from today! 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

And the Plush Addict Winner is ...

Today we announce the winner of the Plush Addict 100 FQ Kona solids giveaway. 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


And so the Fat Quarterly London Quilting Retreat weekend is over for another year.  This was my favourite year so far and the highlights for me were:

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sponsor News

Sew Me A Song have some wonderful bundles in stock as always including this SK and more FQ bundle ... 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

100 FQ giveaway from Plush Addict

Today we have a 100 FQ giveaway from new sponsor on the blog, Plush Addict.   That is a giveaway of 100 Kona solid FQs.  Plush Addict is a UK based online shop which stocks all 277 Kona solids plus many wonderful modern quilting cottons and will be getting all the new Kona colours in stock next week.  

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Made With Oakshott - Amy

Hello - I am Amy from [Amy's] Crafty Shenanigans.  Back in May I was sent some delicious Oakshott Herringbone weave fabrics.  As Lynne stated on her blog, these fabrics "are the weight of quilting cottons, soft like old denim and have a slightly different shade on the reverse side"- and she was right!  These are super soft and totally reversible fabrics!

I suggested that I would like to make a 'Plaid' quilt using these fabrics. Utilising both sides of the six fabrics, I was able to get twelve colours.  To me, this means you can have twice as much fun using them and have twice as many possibilities.  To make the 'plaid', I flipped the fabrics to show the different shades.  Where fabrics 'crossed' each other, I tried to show what colour could be created.  Yes, perhaps a little imagination is required!

There is a fantastic website where you can search a register of hundreds of different tartan patterns by name or colour or even by colour combinations.  I searched for a tartan with similar colours to the yummy Oakshott Herringbone weave fabrics and sketched out my design.  Using some pencil crayons to give me a guideline, I started cutting.  Because the fabrics can be flipped, I did try several different possibilities to create the plaid that I liked best.  The end result is a simple and symmetrical quilt that represents tartan, or what I call plaid.

The darker blue fabric has a subtle variation of colour on its reverse so in the photo you do not see much difference.  However, in person you can see the difference more clearly.  They really are wonderful fabrics and best seen and felt in person!  Here are my cutting dimensions [in inches] for the squares and rectangles:

A = 8.5 x 8.5
B = 8.5 x 4 (and 4 x 8.5)
C = 8.5 x 3 (and 3 x 8.5)
D = 4 x 4
E = 3 x 4
F = 3 x 3

I pre-washed the fabrics and used colour catchers and a product called Synthrapol(R) to prevent any colour bleeding.  For my seam allowance, I stitched at just a little more than the typical 1/4" and used some spray starch to help me to keep the soft fabrics straight when I stitched them together.  The finished quilt is approximately 40 x 56 inches.

For the back, I used Kona silver which looks like it has a slight purple hue to it which compliments my quilt front.  I used several shades of Perle cotton, Aurifil 50 and Gutermann threads to do some 'straight' stitching both by hand and by machine to give a more 'plaid' appearance.  You can really see the stitches on the back - I can't wait to wash and dry this to see the crinkly textures created.   

Thank you Lynne and Michael of Oakshott for letting me play with these gorgeous fabrics.