Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sponsor News


Sew Me A Song have some wonderful bundles in stock as always including this SK and more FQ bundle ... 



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

100 FQ giveaway from Plush Addict

Today we have a 100 FQ giveaway from new sponsor on the blog, Plush Addict.   That is a giveaway of 100 Kona solid FQs.  Plush Addict is a UK based online shop which stocks all 277 Kona solids plus many wonderful modern quilting cottons and will be getting all the new Kona colours in stock next week.  

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Made With Oakshott - Amy


Hello - I am Amy from [Amy's] Crafty Shenanigans.  Back in May I was sent some delicious Oakshott Herringbone weave fabrics.  As Lynne stated on her blog, these fabrics "are the weight of quilting cottons, soft like old denim and have a slightly different shade on the reverse side"- and she was right!  These are super soft and totally reversible fabrics!


I suggested that I would like to make a 'Plaid' quilt using these fabrics. Utilising both sides of the six fabrics, I was able to get twelve colours.  To me, this means you can have twice as much fun using them and have twice as many possibilities.  To make the 'plaid', I flipped the fabrics to show the different shades.  Where fabrics 'crossed' each other, I tried to show what colour could be created.  Yes, perhaps a little imagination is required!


There is a fantastic website where you can search a register of hundreds of different tartan patterns by name or colour or even by colour combinations.  I searched for a tartan with similar colours to the yummy Oakshott Herringbone weave fabrics and sketched out my design.  Using some pencil crayons to give me a guideline, I started cutting.  Because the fabrics can be flipped, I did try several different possibilities to create the plaid that I liked best.  The end result is a simple and symmetrical quilt that represents tartan, or what I call plaid.
 

The darker blue fabric has a subtle variation of colour on its reverse so in the photo you do not see much difference.  However, in person you can see the difference more clearly.  They really are wonderful fabrics and best seen and felt in person!  Here are my cutting dimensions [in inches] for the squares and rectangles:

A = 8.5 x 8.5
B = 8.5 x 4 (and 4 x 8.5)
C = 8.5 x 3 (and 3 x 8.5)
D = 4 x 4
E = 3 x 4
F = 3 x 3

I pre-washed the fabrics and used colour catchers and a product called Synthrapol(R) to prevent any colour bleeding.  For my seam allowance, I stitched at just a little more than the typical 1/4" and used some spray starch to help me to keep the soft fabrics straight when I stitched them together.  The finished quilt is approximately 40 x 56 inches.


For the back, I used Kona silver which looks like it has a slight purple hue to it which compliments my quilt front.  I used several shades of Perle cotton, Aurifil 50 and Gutermann threads to do some 'straight' stitching both by hand and by machine to give a more 'plaid' appearance.  You can really see the stitches on the back - I can't wait to wash and dry this to see the crinkly textures created.   


Thank you Lynne and Michael of Oakshott for letting me play with these gorgeous fabrics.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Oakshott Colourshott Bundle Blog Hop Day 8

Today is the final day of the blog hop featuring Oakshott's eight new colourshott F8th bundles which will be coming soon to their website.  There is a button further down this post as well as a blog hop schedule.  
Today it is the turn of Susan Claire from Gourmet Quilter whose project uses the New Forest bundle.

Here is the full schedule of the blogs on the bloghop:

31 June:  Jo from My Bearpaw
1 July:     Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
3 July:     Nicky from Mrs Sew And Sow
4 July:     Helen from Archie The Wonder Dog
7  July:    Sonia from Fabric And Flowers
8 July:     Charlotte from Displacement Activity
10 July:   Trudi from Trudi-Quilting Prolifically
11 July:   Susan Claire from Gourmet Quilter

And finally a button because what's a blog hop without a button?! 

Lily's Quilts

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Oakshott Colourshott Bundle Blog Hop Day 7

Today is day seven of the blog hop featuring Oakshott's eight new colourshott F8th bundles which will be coming soon to their website.  There is a button further down this post as well as a blog hop schedule.  
Today it is the turn of Trudi from Trudi-Quilting Prolifically whose project uses the Spice bundle.


Here is the full schedule of the blogs on the bloghop:

31 June:  Jo from My Bearpaw
1 July:     Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
3 July:     Nicky from Mrs Sew And Sow
4 July:     Helen from Archie The Wonder Dog
7  July:    Sonia from Fabric And Flowers
8 July:     Charlotte from Displacement Activity
10 July:   Trudi from Trudi-Quilting Prolifically
11 July:   Susan Claire from Gourmet Quilter

And finally a button because what's a blog hop without a button?! 

Lily's Quilts

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Oakshott Colourshott Bundle Blog Hop Day 6

Today is day six of the blog hop featuring Oakshott's eight new colourshott F8th bundles which will be coming soon to their website.  There is a button further down this post as well as a blog hop schedule.  
Today it is the turn of Charlotte from Displacement Activity whose project uses the Derwent bundle.


Here is the full schedule of the blogs on the bloghop:

31 June:  Jo from My Bearpaw
1 July:     Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
3 July:     Nicky from Mrs Sew And Sow
4 July:     Helen from Archie The Wonder Dog
7  July:    Sonia from Fabric And Flowers
8 July:     Charlotte from Displacement Activity
10 July:   Trudi from Trudi-Quilting Prolifically
11 July:   Susan Claire from Gourmet Quilter

And finally a button because what's a blog hop without a button?! 

Lily's Quilts