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30 October 2016

we have a winner !

thanks so much to everyone for visiting to see what I made for the First Blush blog hop - it was so fun to read everyone's comments and I was happy there was so much positive chat about my use of the dark background - phew !!

Unfortunately there were quite a few who left comments but I couldn't reply to as they are no-reply commenters or otherwise their link goes straight to their Google Plus page and there aren't any contact details there - so if you didn't hear from me then you may be in this group.  My friend Rachael of Blue Mountain Daisy has a little post on her blog about this.  I know that Blogger changed things a while ago and that's had an affect - probably the easiest thing to do is leave your email when you comment - longhand of course !!

anyway onto the winner of the fabulous prize !! thanks to Windham Fabrics and Aurifil our winner will receive a fat quarter bundle of First Blush fabrics (that's 33 fat quarters) and a box of 10 small Aurifil 50wt threads to match First Blush- woohoo !!


I used Mr RNG who picked comment #127


Congratulations Gloria - I'll send you an email shortly :)

thanks again to everyone for visiting and have a wonderful day !!

23 October 2016

First Blush Kaleidoscope quilt

it's my day on the First Blush blog hop and I'm excited to show you the Kaleidoscope quilt I made !


After receiving the bundle of sweet First Blush fabric by Ruby Red Designs I had so many ideas of what to make and then I spotted the new Summer Breeze Kaleidoscope pattern by It's Sew Emma.


I decided to go with a charcoal background even though my initial thought was to go with white and I really love how the luscious spring and summery colours really pop against the darker fabric !


It was a fun pattern to make and I really love the finished quilt.


I also have enough triangle leftovers to make another fun quilt - always love being able to use leftovers !!


While I was making the quilt I found it so hard to keep it a secret and not post photos !! so to keep myself entertained I played around with the Prism app and really love the mosaic photo :)


First Blush is now available in stores so check your favourite retailers for the collection. You can also join in the planned Block of the Month that the Fat Quarter Shop is running.

First Blush Hop Schedule (US time):

Monday, October 10 – Chris Dodsley, Made by Chrissie D

Tuesday, October 11 – Sinta at Pincushion

Wednesday, October 12 -  Fat Quarter Shop - plus an extra special giveaway !

Thursday, October 13- Windham/Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine

Friday, October 14- Jennie at Clover and Violet

Saturday, October 15- Aurifil- Hillary Jordan

Sunday, October 16- Tina Egner

Monday, October 17 – Kristyne Czepuryk

Tuesday, October 18 – Allison Harris

Wednesday, October 19 – Erin Cox

Thursday, October 20 – Angie Wilson Gnome Angel

Friday, October 21 – Debbie at happy little cottage

Saturday, October 22 – Heidi Staples - and an extra special giveaway !

Sunday, October 23 – its my day right here !!

Monday, October 24- Greg Jones Grey Dogwood Studio

Tuesday, October 25- Wendy Sheppard Ivory Spring

Wednesday, October 26 – Stephanie Lynn Denton

Thursday, October 27 – Lisa Ruble
http://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com

Every day of the blog hop you have a chance to win a bundle of First Blush fabric from Windham Fabrics, along with a small First Blush thread box from Aurifil.


Giveaway now closed :)
How do you win ? just visit each blog and leave a comment on the daily blog posts !

The giveaway is open from Monday 10 October to Thursday 27 October (US time) and its also open to everyone worldwide - woohoo !

Winners will be chosen randomly from comments posted on blog posts and will be announced on Friday 28 October - so make sure you leave a comment and don't forget to leave an email address so I can contact you :)

Thanks so much to Crystal at Windham Fabrics for organising this hop and thanks so much for visiting my blog today - don't forget to check out the others on the hop for more chances to win !!

11 October 2016

First Blush Blog Hop



I'm really excited to be joining the First Blush Blog Hop to celebrate the release of this fabric line by Ruby Red Designs!


First Blush by Ruby Red Designs is a celebration of the first bloom of the season. Fresh pinks, aquas and reds bring new life to vintage-inspired prints. Striking ginghams and Sunkist dot prints offer a great backdrop to the florals.


The Fat Quarter Shop has organised a Block of the Month program with patterns by It's Sew Emma - the modern 12 month BOM uses a special ruler from Creative Grids to create its unique pattern.

The fabric will be shipping to stores this month so check your favourite retailers for the collection and to join the planned Block of the Month.

The First Blush Blog Hop schedule is below and will have some awesome makes from some fabulous bloggers so check them out each day ! I can't wait to show you what I've made with this gorgeous fabric !

as an added bonus, for each day of the hop, Windham Fabrics will giveaway a FQ bundle of the collection, along with a small thread box of First Blush from Aurifil for each stop of the blog tour! Thank you Windham Fabrics and Aurifil !


Hop Schedule (US time):

Monday, October 10 – Chris Dodsley, Made by Chrissie D

Tuesday, October 11 – Sinta at Pincushion

Wednesday, October 12 -  Fat Quarter Shop - plus an extra special giveaway !

Thursday, October 13- Windham/Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine

Friday, October 14- Jennie at Clover and Violet

Saturday, October 15- Aurifil- Hillary Jordan

Sunday, October 16- Tina Egner

Monday, October 17 – Kristyne Czepuryk

Tuesday, October 18 – Allison Harris

Wednesday, October 19 – Erin Cox

Thursday, October 20 – Angie Wilson Gnome Angel

Friday, October 21 – Debbie at happy little cottage

Saturday, October 22 – Heidi Staples - and an extra special giveaway !

Sunday, October 23 – its my day right here !!

Monday, October 24- Greg Jones Grey Dogwood Studio

Tuesday, October 25- Wendy Sheppard Ivory Spring

Wednesday, October 26 – Stephanie Lynn Denton

Thursday, October 27 – Lisa Ruble

How to win the fabric bundles and Aurifil thread - just leave a comment on the daily blog posts !!
The Contest is open from Monday, October 10th through Thursday, October 27th. Contest is open to US and International entries. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments posted on blog posts and will be announced Friday, October 28th.
Good Luck and enjoy the Hop !!

06 August 2016

repeat QAL - finished top

Its time to link up my finished top in the Repeat QAL being hosted by Patty over at Elm Street Quilts.

I finished the last of my letters a few weeks ago and then someone said squirrel and that was it !!

So here are my final letters s, r, l, and t


and then I made the star block - I love this fabric - its Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman - its the fabric I started with and its why I made all of the letters in pink !


the next day I had sewn all of the letters and star together - its so fabulous !


and then this week I finally put the borders on !  I was taking photos of the finished top to do this blog post and discovered that the word quilt was quite uneven !! it was a bit like my handwriting and curved up at the end - hah !


I thought that it might not look so bad when it was all quilted but of course the more I thought about it I knew I'd need to fix it so I unpicked the l and t blocks and remade them and sewed them back in.  I'm really pleased I fixed it and it didn't take very long - my unpicker and I have a very special relationship !!


so with that issue solved I've finally got a quilt top to link up !! I really should have had it quilted but the quilting always stumps me - I'm thinking I might do pebbles around the letters as I really want them to stand out and then I might do straight lines - I'll think about it a bit longer but I've given myself until the end of August to get it done !

so without further ado - my finished quilt top !


If you want to check out all of the Repeat quilts - visit the linky over at Elm Street Quilts.

 Elm Street Quilts Repeat QAL

02 August 2016

Building Blocks Tuesday at daisy and jack handmade !

Hi there and welcome to this week's Building Blocks Tuesday.

Quilter in the Closet

I'm guest blogging for Jen at Quilter in the Closet while she enjoys a summer break.  Its been fun visting the guest bloggers over the summer and I'm the last on the list !! Jen will be back next week - sure hope she's had a wonderful summer :)

This year its been all about blocks for me - I've joined in quite a few quilt alongs and I'm also in a flickr bee doing blocks for others.  I'm also using some of my long hoarded fabric stashes which makes me happy !

The Bubbles Bee is making blocks based on Aylin's Bubbles quilt.  Its a log cabin block that makes circles which is just so fabulous !

The bee started in June and runs until March next year and I've made two blocks so far.

This amazing plum and mustard block for Aylin


and this grey and low volume block for Sue which I just finished on the weekend !


I've also been making blocks for the Project 48 quilt - this is a 48 block quilt along with one block being published each Friday.  Their tag line is One year | Two quilters | Twenty-four quilty friends | Forty-eight blocks and is organised by Crystal and Linden who both live in Canberra, Australia, which is not that far from me.

I'm using my Lizzy House stash for these blocks - here are the blocks I've made so far - I'm hoping to catch up a bit more this month.


I just had to join in with Amy Gibson and her 2016 Sugar Block Club BOM - I'm using my Denyse Schmidt stash for these blocks and I'm almost keeping up !!


I also joined in the awesome which is the Splendid Sampler quilt along being run by Pat Sloan and Jane (Quilt Jane) Davidson - it seems that everyone is making blocks in this 100 block marathon - I'm very behind but I don't mind - I'll get them all done eventually :)


and because I'm one of those crazy quilters, I'm joining yet another quilt along which starts in mid August - #100days100blocks - its being hosted over on instagram by Angie GnomeAngel and friends and is based on Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 modern quilt blocks book - as I have a stash of Tula fabrics I thought I'd join in and get them into a quilt instead of on my sewing studio shelves !!


As you can see I'll have quite a few blocks to link up with Building Block Tuesday for the rest of the year !!

Thanks so much for joining me for this week's Building Blocks Tuesday - so what blocks have you been working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them so show them off!

06 July 2016

more Repeat QAL blocks

We're getting to the end of the letters for the Repeat quilt-along being hosted by Patty over at Elm Street Quilts.
Elm Street Quilts

Last weekend it was the letters Q and P.



I even used some of my newly acquired pink Liberty fabrics along with some of my favourite pink scraps.

Just had to check out the letters so far all together - I think this will be such a fun little quilt !


I am looking forward to doing the rest of the letters this weekend or even this week if I can sneak in some sewing time - I already have the fabrics picked and cut to size !

It not too late to join in - all the information is available over at Elm Street Quilts.