Monday, 27 April 2015

Shabby Fabrics Giveaway

Today we have lovely fabric giveaway from Shabby Fabrics of this fat eighth bundle of Moda Grunge basics.  There are nineteen different shades of Grunge by Basic Grey in this beautiful bundle. Grunge is one of the great semi-solids - useable as a solid but giving texture to your quilts.

Shabby Fabrics is an online quilt shop specialising in high-quality fabric, kits and Block of the Month programs.  If you feel like browsing, their New, Coming Soon and Sale pages are always a good place to start.  My picks from each of those sections today would be:  In the New section, I love the range of L's Modern Basics by Lucien.  As well as each being available in yardage, there are beautiful bundles picked from the various colours which you can see below.

In the Coming Soon section, I'm looking forward to Farmhouse by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda fabrics.

And so for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway, you have a few options:

1.   Leave a comment, any comment on this post. 
2.   For an additional comment, like Shabby Fabrics' Facebook page
3.   For additional comments, spread the word about this giveaway on social media. 

Thank you and good luck - a winner will be drawn a week from today!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

And the winner is ...

And the winner of a digital copy of Make It Take It by my friend Krista Hennebury from Poppyprint...

...chosen by random number generator...

Is Kris!  Congratulations Kris!  (Patti was chosen first but had already won a copy of the book on another blog!)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Sew Hot Mini Quilt Club

This week I'm excited to announce a collaboration with Sew Hot, a UK fabric shop, where you subscribe to receive the kit for a new mini quilt every month designed by me.  We've got some great fabrics lined up for you and the first month - July - features Elizabeth by Tula Pink.

It will be a fun way to get hold of new fabrics every month and at the same time making something to decorate your walls or gift to friends or family.  We've already planned the next three months' fabrics and you can find out more over at Sew Hot but Elizabeth was an easy choice for this first month as it's just an endlessly fabulous line with so many gorgeous prints in incredible palettes.

You can sign up from anywhere in the world and each month a lovely package fabrics and a pattern will be sent to you.  If you sign up, I'd love to know!

Monday, 20 April 2015

The Skopelos Blog Tour

So I am lucky enough to be kicking off the Skopelos blog tour.  Skopelos is the new line from Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Here is the beautiful bundle of Skopelos which I started with a few weeks ago.  The line is inspired by the Greek island of Skopelos and has a deep saturated palette mixed with some great low volume prints.   

I mixed those fabrics with some of the navies, corals and aquas of Katarina's previous line, Recollection which you can see in the image below and with some Art Gallery Grapefruit pure elements which is a pale coral colour.  

The quilt is made of paper pieced diamonds and will appear in the quilting magazine Quilt Now later this year if you'd like to make your own version.  For me it has all the colours of summer both on the back and the front of the quilt.  

Up close you can see more of the Grapefruit Pure Elements used to frame the diamonds as well as the beautiful prints from both Skopelos and Recollection.  I quilted it with a diamond cross hatch following the lines of the coral diamonds and using a  cream 50wt Aurifil thread (my go-to thread for pretty much everything).  

The back is made from the feature print from the line which features saturated poppies against a blue and white stripe.  

If you would like to see what everyone else on the Skopelos blog hop has made from these beautiful fabrics, they are all listed out below.  

2. ALLEGORY LANHAM – April 21st
3. ERICA TOOLE - April 22nd
4. RACHAEL GANDER - April 23th
5. AMY FRIEND - April 24th
6. MARIJA VUJČIĆ - April 25th
7. DANA BOLYARD - April 26th
8. ERICA JACKMAN - April 27th
10. SVETLANA SOTAK - April 29th
11. KATHLEEN RIGGINS - April 30th
12. APRIL RHODES - May 1st
13. PAUL HALLINGER - May 2nd
15. CAROLINE HULSE – May 4th
16. JANE DAVIDSON – May 5th

Friday, 17 April 2015

Fabric Friday

So this week's new fabrics were two stunning bundles of Franklin by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit fabrics.  My first choice of these two bundles would have to be the pink and orange - I'm always drawn to a warm palette over a cool one.  Which do you prefer?

The other new fabrics that came in were these FQs which are from the new line Street Life by Jessica Hogarth for Dashwood Studio.