Monday, 15 September 2014

Superior Titanium Topstitch Needles

For a while now I have only been using Superior Titanium topstitch needles.  I tend to continue to use the same needle or needles until I come across issues suggesting that the needle needs replacing.  That tends to be when I start to skip stitches or the thread starts to break while I'm sewing.  Because Superior's needles are titanium tipped, the point of the needle stays sharper much much longer which means I replace my needles much much less often.

Superior's own tests show that the tips of their needles stay sharper almost fives times as long as needles which are not titanium tipped.  Although these needles cost approximately twice as much as other brands of needle, they last nearly five times longer so definitely make economic sense.  Clicking on the image below will take you to the page on the Superior website which explains this in more detail.

You can order them for worldwide delivery direct from Superior Threads.  If you are a stockist or know of other stockists in your country, please leave a comment for me below so that I can update the post.  And if your local quilt shop doesn't stock them, go in and demand that they do! 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

And the Oakshott giveaway winner is ...

And the winner of the Oakshott autumn 21 FQ bundle giveaway ...

 ... has been chosen by random number generator ...

... and is ... 

Congratulations Diane! 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Beyond Neutral Blog Hop

Today it is my spot on the Beyond Neutral blog hop.  Beyond Neutral is written by JohnAdams who you may also know as Quiltdad.  One of the founder members of Fat Quarterly, I worked with John both on the magazine and at the first two Fat Quarterly retreats and he really is one of the nicest, kindest and funniest men.

I've also been a big fan of his work right from the start of my quilting a few years ago.  He tends to use very interesting palettes, steering clear of boring old black and white for his backgrounds and combines a strength in improve piecing and placement with innovative use of empty space in his quilts and the quilts in the book reflect all of those.  

The quilts all use natural neutrals, inspired by nature, as the background colour, rather than black or white.  The quilt designs steer away from traditional quilt block patterns and are much bolder and more striking as a result. 

The quilts are also beautiful photographed out in the fresh air which really brings the palettes to life.  (Photographs by Brent Kane and courtesy of Marintgale).  

If you would like to win an e-copy of the book, leave a comment below and a winner will be picked a week from today.  

Friday, 5 September 2014

Sponsor News

Fat Quarter Shop have made some big changes to their shipping rates so that quilters around the world can now shop happier.  Below are their new LOW shipping rates and they still offer UPS express options for super pronto orders. As always, orders will be shipped as fast as they can, which typically means the same day. If you want more details, check out our shipping information page.

Orders below $80 will be $4.95 
Orders below $10 can ship for $1.95

 Orders $100 to $200 will be $40
Orders below $100 will be $20
Orders below $20 can ship for $9

Orders over $100 will be $40
Orders below $100 will be $24
Orders below $20 can ship for $12

Sew Me A Song are celebrating National Sewing Month by taking $10.00 off your purchase of $50 or more.  Enter coupon code SEWSEPT at checkout.  Offer good through September 8th.  This week I'm loving this newsprint bundle Becca has in stock.

Shabby Fabrics is turning 9, and they’re having a HUGE birthday party this year.  They have over $300 of giveaways planned on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and their blog.  Curious to know how they got to this point?  Watch their new YouTube video!  You can read all the details of their birthday celebration and giveaways in their latest blog post. For their birthday they want to give back to their customers, so they've launched a brand-new Birthday Club.  Sign up for free and get a 20% off everything coupon on your birthday!


Contemporary Cloth's new category - Low Volume + Neutral + Gray Fabrics - continues to grow...

 ... and new Michael Miller Fabrics in bold colors and abstract designs have been added to the shop too.

Southern Fabric have Trendsetter from Fancy Pants Designs new in stock.  Vintage patterns combined with modern designs, quirky geometric shapes and classy antique prints in navy blue, coral and mint. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Oakshott giveaway and big summer sale

Would you like to win a giveaway of 21 Oakshott FQs?  Today we are giving away this stunning autumn bundle.

And if you would like to buy yourself more Oakshott, now is the time to do it as there is a great big sale going on until 8 September - you can find sale fabrics here and sale quilting packs here together with free shipping:
  • for UK orders over £50 using code OXFORD
  • for Europe orders over €100 using code MUNICH
  • for USA / Canada orders over US$200 using code VANCOUVER 
  • for Australia and New Zealand orders over UK£200 using code SYDNEY
For example the Italy F8th pack is half price from £30 down to £15:

Or these colourshotts at half price from £15 a metre down to £7.50 a metre (NB: these colourshotts are 54"wide so 20+% more fabric than 44" wide).  
So if you want to be in with a chance of winning the Autumn FQ bundle, please comment on this post and make sure you leave an email address if your email address is not linked to your blogger profile or I will not be able to contact you:

1.   Leave a comment, any comment. 
2.   Subscribe to the Oakshott newsletter which you can find half way down the right hand side of this page here and let me know that you have or that you already are a subscriber.  
3.   Share the giveaway on any social media platform for additional comments. 

A winner will be picked a week from today - good luck! 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet

So on the first of every month, here at, 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.     I've sewn very little during August as it's family holiday time but a couple of earlier projects did appear in UK quilting magazines.  Firstly this quilt made from Woodwinked by Dear Stella appeared in Love Patchwork and Quilting ...

 ... along with a matching wall hanging. 

My regular block of the month feature appeared in the same issue and every month we provide a free quilt pattern to go with the block.

And then this Sunflowers quilt made from Oh Happy Day! by Dear Stella appeared in Quilt Now ...

... along with a "day in the life of" me where you can learn how impossibly glamorous my life is...!

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