Monday, 20 April 2015

The Skopelos Blog Tour

So I am lucky enough to be kicking off the Skopelos blog tour.  Skopelos is the new line from Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Here is the beautiful bundle of Skopelos which I started with a few weeks ago.  The line is inspired by the Greek island of Skopelos and has a deep saturated palette mixed with some great low volume prints.   

I mixed those fabrics with some of the navies, corals and aquas of Katarina's previous line, Recollection which you can see in the image below and with some Art Gallery Grapefruit pure elements which is a pale coral colour.  

The quilt is made of paper pieced diamonds and will appear in the quilting magazine Quilt Now later this year if you'd like to make your own version.  For me it has all the colours of summer both on the back and the front of the quilt.  

Up close you can see more of the Grapefruit Pure Elements used to frame the diamonds as well as the beautiful prints from both Skopelos and Recollection.  I quilted it with a diamond cross hatch following the lines of the coral diamonds and using a  cream 50wt Aurifil thread (my go-to thread for pretty much everything).  

The back is made from the feature print from the line which features saturated poppies against a blue and white stripe.  

If you would like to see what everyone else on the Skopelos blog hop has made from these beautiful fabrics, they are all listed out below.  

2. ALLEGORY LANHAM – April 21st
3. ERICA TOOLE - April 22nd
4. RACHAEL GANDER - April 23th
5. AMY FRIEND - April 24th
6. MARIJA VUJČIĆ - April 25th
7. DANA BOLYARD - April 26th
8. ERICA JACKMAN - April 27th
10. SVETLANA SOTAK - April 29th
11. KATHLEEN RIGGINS - April 30th
12. APRIL RHODES - May 1st
13. PAUL HALLINGER - May 2nd
15. CAROLINE HULSE – May 4th
16. JANE DAVIDSON – May 5th

Friday, 17 April 2015

Fabric Friday

So this week's new fabrics were two stunning bundles of Franklin by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit fabrics.  My first choice of these two bundles would have to be the pink and orange - I'm always drawn to a warm palette over a cool one.  Which do you prefer?

The other new fabrics that came in were these FQs which are from the new line Street Life by Jessica Hogarth for Dashwood Studio.  

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

This week's top tip

This wee's top tip is quick and simple.  When you make stripy binding, use a straight rather than a diagonal seam.  That way, the join becomes invisible.  It's hard to see the join when you look at the binding as a whole.

Only one you zoom right in case you see the join.  

The other thing I do when making bindings is to shorten my stitch to about 1.8.  That way the binding seams don't come undone when you're pulling and pushing the binding around the quilt.  And I'd love to hear any binding tips you have to add into the mix. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

This week on Instagram

Well this has been all about one thing this week and that was despatching.  If you follow me on Instagram, you can choose to follow a second account (@lqdestash) where I destash fabrics every few months.  Everything in the pictures below sold over the weekend, there were a lot more bundles than just those shown below, I took four huge bags of parcels to the post office on Mondaybut I seem to have no less fabric - my sewing room is like the magic porridge pot.  Good thing or bad thing?



Monday, 13 April 2015

Sneak Peek

On a Monday I like to post a little sneak peek of something I'm working on which I won't be able to show you for a while.  So today, I'm working on some diamonds made from Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff for RJR fabrics mixed in with a selection of black blenders.  What are you working on this week?!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Reel Time blog tour

So I am kicking off the Reel Time blog tour today.  Reel Time is the new line from Brigitte Heiland of Zen Chic for Moda.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on some earlier this year which was sent out post haste to a wonderful group of eight contributors to Fat Quarterly and their projects will appear in the next issue, coming out early next month.

Inspired by cinema reels, this line has both a fantastic fresh modern palette as well as some great blenders, text prints and feature prints.  I love all the prints in this line but the black and whites are really something special.

For the rest of the blog tour and to see some wonderful projects made from this line, you can hop from blog to blog on the dates shown below!

14 April
15 April
16 April
17 April