Tuesday, 3 March 2015

My Week On Instagram

Each week I do a quick round up of my week on Instagram (where I'm @lilysquilts) because otherwise the blog misses a lot of my daily quilt news.  My first piece of news of the week was the announcement that I will be teaching modern quilting for a week in France this summer.  Go to Crafty Retreats to find out more.


 In preparation for the retreat, I dug out an old WIP, my EPP version of Bangles (from Sarah Fielke's book Hand Quilted With Love), because I imagine we will be spending long lazy summer evenings sitting outside sipping wine and EPPing.


Over the weekend I went to a one day course on using your Digital SLR camera.  I am ashamed to say I've had mine for about five years and never taken it off Auto so the course was a real eye opener for me.  From now on, aperture priority, ISO, shutter speed and white balance will be my new friends.    During the day I took a few photos of a little bundle of Oakshott Scandinavia.


 I also took along an old quilt of mine and took photos of it draped over an old truck. 


This week the new issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting arrived and was, as usual, filled with lots of lovely projects.  Those included my "Bass" quilt and pillow made from Art Gallery pure elements and the memorandum print from Cherie by Frances Newcombe for AGF in the background


As usual my BOM was in there too.  Named after imaginary grande dames of yesteryear, the BOM was designed to have a Dear Jane feel to it - complicated traditional blocks with one print against white.  They're all made from Mimosa by A Point Of View for Windham Fabrics, a wonderful feedsack line in bright modern colours.


And as usual, I love to pick four favourites from the magazine.  This week two of the favourites were from the same project by Karen Lewis (Blueberry Park) as I loved it so much and there were also projects by Elizabeth Dackson (Don't Call Me Betsy) and Amanda Castor (Material Girl Quilts).

No week on Instagram would be complete without new fabrics and this week I put together a bundle of Kaffe Fassett prints for my next quilt and also received the first two month's bundles in Westwood Acres "I Want Her Scraps" fabric club where each month you receive a glorious FQ bundle together with a block pattern designed by a different blogger each month.


And finally, combining both new fabric news and new photography skills, I took this photo of a beautiful bundle of Flower Patch (by Lori Holt for Riley Blake designs sourced this week from Fat Quarter Shop) using my camera set on aperture priority.  By widening the aperture, the depth of field shrinks so that only the point where you focus the lens should be in focus.  Pretty cool, huh?

Monday, 2 March 2015

Siblings Together for girls

Hello, I'm Joanne and I'm hijacking Lynne's blog today to ask for help with blocks for a quilt or quilts for Siblings Together.  Now, I'm not going to say too much about the charity, other than it does an amazing job working with separated siblings in the care system that NO ONE else seems to do. Both Lynne and Mary have written really great post detailing the outstanding work Delma and her colleagues do.  As Mary asked last month for boyish blocks, I'm asking for girlish blocks, generally I hate gender typical colours, but we really need to make sure all children are thought of.  So, I'm collecting Churn Dash Blocks like these:


Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew has very kindly said I can direct you all use her tutorial to make the blocks. 
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These are unfinished at 9½" and not only are they great for using scraps up, but really quick, I made these 5 in no time.  If you feel inclined to make one or two blocks for the quilt (I need about 49 blocks per quilt) I was thinking of this colour way:
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So, yellows, purples, pinks and turquoise with any neutral or low volume background.  I put a fussy cut in the centre of a few blocks and background fabric in the others, I would just be so grateful for any contributions.


I know that sewing time is precious, so I really do appreciate any help with blocks that you can make, after seeing the photos of children with their own quilts after their residential camps, I really think it is a special way to give to a charity, in time and fabric.


You can email, Instagram, Twitter or leave a comment on my blog for contact details if you find a block or two on your cutting mat! Thanks so much! 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet

On the first of every month, here at lilysquilts.blogpost.com, 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.  This month my big exciting news is that I will be teaching modern quilting for a week in France this summer in the last week of July.  You can find out more at this year's courses at http://www.craftyretreats.com and about my modern quilting course right here.  For anyone setting up their own craft business there is also a fantastic week long course run by Fi Pullen from The Sewing Directory which you can find out about by clicking here.


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 - a brand shiny new one this month to reflect the new blog header!
Fresh Sewing Day

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.  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.
Small Blog Meet

FRESH SEWING DAY LINK-UP
SMALL BLOG MEET LINK-UP

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Sponsor News

Oakshott have just brought out this beautiful new Scandinavia collection.  In the long, dark Nordic winters, the home is a place of refuge. The dearth of natural light means Scandinavian interiors have come to rely on paler tones to combat winter darkness. This is the inspiration behind Scandinavia, their newest palette of calm, muted tones. 


Elephant In My Handbag have a competition on their Facebook page at the moment and to win ALL of these scrummy fabrics - worth nearly £80 andover 6 Metres of fabric.   Click on this link to enter.


The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

This week and last week, we have eight projects featuring this stack of 10" squares of Oakshott colourshott brought to you by eight talented bloggers.  Today we are off to the blog of the ridiculously talented Australian quilter, Jane Davidson of quiltjane.com


The full schedule together with links is set out below so you can visit every stop along the way and there is also a button you can grab if you like to grab a button! 

16 February     Jo Avery of mybearpaw.com
17 February     Alice Blyth of blossomheartquilts.com
18 February     Colette Howie of poppyandpoochie.blogspot.com
19 February     Kristi McDonough of schnitzelandboo.com
23 February     Amira Ameruddin of littlemushroomcap.com
24 February     Hannah Kitching of sewingandslinging.blogspot.com
25 February     Mary Kolb of maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com
26 February     Jane Davidson of quiltjane.com

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Oakshott Coloushott Blog Hop

This week and last week, we have eight projects featuring this stack of 10" squares of Oakshott colourshott brought to you by eight talented bloggers.  Today we are off to the blog of Mary Kolb of maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com


The full schedule together with links is set out below so you can visit every stop along the way and there is also a button you can grab if you like to grab a button! 

16 February     Jo Avery of mybearpaw.com
17 February     Alice Blyth of blossomheartquilts.com
18 February     Colette Howie of poppyandpoochie.blogspot.com
19 February     Kristi McDonough of schnitzelandboo.com
23 February     Amira Ameruddin of littlemushroomcap.com
24 February     Hannah Kitching of sewingandslinging.blogspot.com
25 February     Mary Kolb of maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com
26 February     Jane Davidson of quiltjane.com

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

My week on Instagram

This has been a quiet week on Instagram because it's been half term here in the UK so my girls and I have had a week in London with my sister and her girls and I tend to IG very little of family life.  So one of my few posts this week consists of one scrappy binding made from three Sweetwater Feed Company fat quarters.  This is something I do a lot when I'm working with a FQ bundle and have no yardage of the line to make a binding.  If you sew two or more FQs end to end then cut strips from that, it makes a lovely scrappy binding.  On the right is something similar I made earlier this year with Gardenvale cheater print FQs.


Over the weekend I got a bit sidetracked after seeing the photo below, taken by Cotton Berry Quilts, of a beautiful vintage quilt.


I drew up the block in Touchdraw (graphic design app for iPad) finishing at 14.5" and posted it on Instagram to see whether anyone else knew the block.  It turns out it's called Castle Walls and Amy Badskirt had drawn up an even larger version of the same block and had posted a tutorial for it on Sew Mama Sew a while back.  This is definitely a block I'd like to make into a whole quilt although those y seams are a bit daunting.


And finally, I found out that the quilt I made from Makower using their Oriental line a few months back will be on the front cover of British Patchwork & Quilting this month.


See you next week!

the Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

This week and last week, we have eight projects featuring this stack of 10" squares of Oakshott colourshott brought to you by eight talented bloggers.  Today we are off to a lovely quiltblogger who lives in the North of England, Hannah Kitching of sewingandslinging.blogspot.com.


The full schedule together with links is set out below so you can visit every stop along the way and there is also a button you can grab if you like to grab a button! 

16 February     Jo Avery of mybearpaw.com
17 February     Alice Blyth of blossomheartquilts.com
18 February     Colette Howie of poppyandpoochie.blogspot.com
19 February     Kristi McDonough of schnitzelandboo.com
23 February     Amira Ameruddin of littlemushroomcap.com
24 February     Hannah Kitching of sewingandslinging.blogspot.com
25 February     Mary Kolb of maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com
26 February     Jane Davidson of quiltjane.com

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop