Friday, 18 April 2014

Lily's Quilts Big Easter Giveaway

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.  

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.  

Lily's Quilts

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Made with Oakshott

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.

To be in with a chance of playing with these beautiful fabrics, here's what you need to do:
  • 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.  
And if you don't get picked this month, don't worry, there will be another great bundle on offer soon so stay tuned.

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.