Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop Day Six

Today is day six in the Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop.  On each of the seven days of the schedule (see below) we have one of seven talented quilt-bloggers showcasing projects using the new Autumn fat eighth packs from Oakshott.  Grab the button below and follow along the seven stops along the blog hop to find lots of new ideas and inspiration for what to make with these beautiful fabrics.  Today it is the turn of Kati Spencer from fromthebluechair.com so hop on over to her blog to see what she has made.  


The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence               fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson        r0ssie.blogspot.com
24 October     Mary Menzer                 fairlymerry.blogspot.com
28 October     Alison Dutton                allison-sews.blogspot.com
29 October     Nicholas Ball                 quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com
30 October     Kati Spencer                 fromthebluechair.com
31 October     Wynn Tan                      zakkaArt.typepad.com

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop Day Five

Today is day five in the Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop.  On each of the seven days of the schedule (see below) we have one of seven talented quilt-bloggers showcasing projects using the new Autumn fat eighth packs from Oakshott.  Grab the button below and follow along the seven stops along the blog hop to find lots of new ideas and inspiration for what to make with these beautiful fabrics.  Today it is the turn of Nicholas Ball from quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com so hop on over to his blog to see what he has made.  


The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence               fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson        r0ssie.blogspot.com
24 October     Mary Menzer                 fairlymerry.blogspot.com
28 October     Alison Dutton                allison-sews.blogspot.com
29 October     Nicholas Ball                 quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com
30 October     Kati Spencer                 fromthebluechair.com
31 October     Wynn Tan                      zakkaArt.typepad.com

And the winner is ...

And today I am picking the winner of the £25 gift voucher giveaway from my newest sponsor, Elephant in my Handbag. And don't forget that, whether or not you win, I also have a voucher for 10% off your first order at Elephant in my Handbag using code Lilysquilts.


And for the first time in the history of this blog, Mr Random has picked number 1 and ... 
for the first time in the history of this blog, Mr Random has picked Madam Pippa Parsons!!! Come on down Pippa and claim your much deserved prize after many many giveaway entries right here! 

And before I close this blogpost, I just need to drop in a photo of my FAVOURITE project in this month's Quilt Now magazine which is this beautiful star Christmas decoration made by Amelia who may even be some relation to the giveaway winner ... 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop Day Four

Today is day four in the Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop.  On each of the seven days of the schedule (see below) we have one of seven talented quilt-bloggers showcasing projects using the new Autumn fat eighth packs from Oakshott.  Grab the button below and follow along the seven stops along the blog hop to find lots of new ideas and inspiration for what to make with these beautiful fabrics.  Today it is the turn of Alison Dutton from allison-sews.blogspot.com so hop on over to her blog to see what she has made.  


The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence               fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson        r0ssie.blogspot.com
24 October     Mary Menzer                 fairlymerry.blogspot.com
28 October     Alison Dutton                allison-sews.blogspot.com
29 October     Nicholas Ball                 quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com
30 October     Kati Spencer                 fromthebluechair.com
31 October     Wynn Tan                      zakkaArt.typepad.com

Friday, 24 October 2014

Sponsor News

Some great new Dutch baby corduroy has just landed at Celtic Fusion Fabrics.  Lovely and soft at 150cm wide and prices starting at £2.95 per fat quarter.  Adorable for girls tunic or skirts, even backing a cotton quilt with this soft cord would be adorable.... PLUS they have free UK postage until tonight so take advantage while you can (no code necessary). 



Plush Addict have just taken stock of "Flower Patch" by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet. I adore everything Lori Holt makes or designs and this collection has a retro feel and palette which I love.  


Sew Me A Song have curated the most beautiful bundle for my buddy Kerry Green's upcoming paper pieced project for the next issue of Fat Quarterly and the bundle is now available in the shop.  Becca also has a Quilt Market Flat Rate Shipping Special.  All orders placed through October 27th with ship for  a flat rate of $2.50 US/ $9.00 CANADA/ $12.00 EVERYWHERE ELSE. No coupon needed Discount applied at checkout.  NB: responses to convos may be delayed and shipping will resume on Tuesday October 27th.  


Fat Quarter Shop have a beautiful new quilt kit, Picket Fences, featuring Persimmon by Basic Grey for Moda.  Quilt kit includes the Picket Fences Pattern and Persimmon Jolly Bar and fabric for the 45.5" x 56.5" quilt top, binding and backing (using SKU# 30388-11).

And because Christmas is coming, why not start thinking about making a few Christmas decorations to hang around the house.  Elephant in My Handbag have so many wonderful Christmas fabrics, ribbons and these advent calendars are flying out of the door at the moment.  


 And don't miss these wonderful new thread sets from Aurifil designed to co-ordinate with Katy Jones' new line for Art Gallery Fabrics, Priory Square. 

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop Day Three

Today is day three in the Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop.  On each of the seven days of the schedule (see below) we have one of seven talented quilt-bloggers showcasing projects using the new Autumn fat eighth packs from Oakshott.  Grab the button below and follow along the seven stops along the blog hop to find lots of new ideas and inspiration for what to make with these beautiful fabrics.  Today it is the turn of Mary Menzer from  fairlymerry.blogspot.com so hop on over to her blog to see what she has made.  


The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence               fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson        r0ssie.blogspot.com
24 October     Mary Menzer                 fairlymerry.blogspot.com
28 October     Alison Dutton                allison-sews.blogspot.com
29 October     Nicholas Ball                 quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com
30 October     Kati Spencer                 fromthebluechair.com
31 October     Wynn Tan                      zakkaArt.typepad.com

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Craft a Creative Business by Fiona Pullen - review and giveaway

So earlier this week I got my hands on a copy of Fiona Pullen's book, out today, Create a Craft Business, which is the only craft-related book you will need buy this year or next year. 237 pages JAM PACKED with information, tips, advice, suggestions, ideas and plans for your crafting business.    And that could be any crafting business at any level at all, whether you're the biggest fabric shop in Europe, a small Etsy retailer, a fabric printer, a market crafter or one small blogger starting out.  You can get hold of this book here right now,  from Amazon next week or from Amazon in the US in January or you can leave a comment below to win one of four copies I'm giving away.

The most useful crafting book I've ever bought

The book covers six main areas, each in huge detail.  Those areas are Where do I start? Legal matters, Presentation, Social Media, Selling online and Selling offline.  Within each of those chapters, there is a wealth of information presented in an easy to digest way.  Fi herself says this book  is "designed to be dipped into so that you can go straight to the aspect you want to learn about at any given time."  Each page is filled with bite-sized chunks of information such as tips on post-it notes, activities to complete, useful links, information from people in the know, regulations you need to know about etc.  I knew how hard Fi had worked on this book but had no idea how much information would be packed into it.

Hundreds of little post-it note tips give you advice throughout the book. 

Areas I instantly found of particular interest to me for example included how to improve the traffic to your website, taking great craft photos, getting started on new social media such as a blog or twitter, how to get started on doing you own accounting and many many more.

Advice for all kinds of craft businesses

This is the kind of book you need to carry around in your handbag (or briefcase), leave on your bedside table or leave in the car door so that you can dip into it at any time and pick up a few more snippets of information and advice to help build and expand your business.

Fiona Pullen shares her wealth of knowledge on SEO in this book

A lot of the advice comes from Fi herself who I regard as the pivot around which the whole British sewing community revolves.  Her website The Sewing Directory brings together every element of this community in one place and she is always the person I go to for good, sound advice in relation to my business with Lily's Quilts.  She is also a lot of fun and is THE source for all information sewing-related in the UK.

 
Six useful chapters each contain endless detailed chunks of information within them. 

It is her own experience and knowledge in setting up and running this business that she draws on  principally in this book but she also draws on advice from all sorts of other figures in the crafting community including for example, advice from Nel Whatmore on licensing, Kristin Link from Sew Mama Sew on community building, Alex Veronelli from Aurifil on Social Media and many many more.

Packed full of tips and advice from industry insiders

To win a copy of this fabulous and indispensable book, just leave a comment and I will pick four winners a week from today. 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop Day Two

Today is day two in the Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop.  On each of the seven days of the schedule (see below) we have one of seven talented quilt-bloggers showcasing projects using the new Autumn fat eighth packs from Oakshott.  Grab the button below and follow along the seven stops along the blog hop to find lots of new ideas and inspiration for what to make with these beautiful fabrics.  Today it is the turn of Rossie Hutchinson from r0ssie.blogspot.com so hop on over to her blog to see what she has made.  


The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence               fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson        r0ssie.blogspot.com
24 October     Mary Menzer                 fairlymerry.blogspot.com
28 October     Alison Dutton                allison-sews.blogspot.com
29 October     Nicholas Ball                 quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com
30 October     Kati Spencer                 fromthebluechair.com
31 October     Wynn Tan                      zakkaArt.typepad.com

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop Day One

Today is day one in the Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop.  On each of the seven days of the schedule (see below) we have one of seven talented quilt-bloggers showcasing projects using the new Autumn fat eighth packs from Oakshott.  Grab the button below and follow along the seven stops along the blog hop to find lots of new ideas and inspiration for what to make with these beautiful fabrics.  Today it is the turn of Sonia Spence from fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk so hop on over to her blog to see what she has made.  


The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence               fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson        r0ssie.blogspot.com
24 October     Mary Menzer                 fairlymerry.blogspot.com
28 October     Alison Dutton                allison-sews.blogspot.com
29 October     Nicholas Ball                 quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com
30 October     Kati Spencer                 fromthebluechair.com
31 October     Wynn Tan                      zakkaArt.typepad.com