Sunday, 20 January 2013

what's new, British pussycat?

Hands up who's snowed in thanks to the British attempts at snow? We have all of 2 or 3 inches here and it's pretty funny watching the neighbours trying to get their cars out of their driveways and up the block paved gentle slope we call a hill. My car has been parked on the main road since Friday, I'm not moving it back down until the 'snow' has well and truly gone.
Don't tell my neighbours but I have a heap of rock salt in my garage, I'm hoarding it for an emergency, or to sell at black market prices when the compacted snow has well and truly iced up. I'll be the rock salt pimp. You can find me on the corner of the cul de sac, selling a cup of salt for £5.

So, other than our snow woes (how come we are so bad at dealing with a little flurry?), what's new my pussycats?

Lots of sale stuff at Backstitch. Summersville, Flea Market Fancy and Quilt Blocks to name but a few.

New in is Constellations by Lizzy House. The 3 pearl bracelets and the moon phase dots are essential for every stash. There's a fun and free download for a quilt pattern on the Andover site too.



Whilst we are on the subject of free downloads, Justine at Simply Solids has this great star quilt as a free download as part of the Sew Solids Crew monthly stash club. You can read all about it on the blog and join in with the quilt along. Everyone is welcome!


Justine has had a restock of many of the kona solids this past week, so if there was something you were wanting recently that had sold out, or was low in stock, go and check it out, chances are it's back in again!

I just got my monthly stash bundle from the sew solids crew, and next week I'll be making my 2nd swoon quilt block for the rainbow swoon.

I just can't decide which 2 of these 3 greens to use in my block....


Holly, peridot and candy green

Kate at M is For Make has this fantastic pattern from Green Bee in stock. I have this pattern and it's on my list for this year. It's a really beautiful quilt, and so simple too (honest - I've read the pattern and it's not tricky!) It's a great one to showcase a selected bunch of your favourite fabrics, and the pattern has different size options too, which is a winner in my book.


It would be great with this shot cotton as the background and maybe some Field Study for the ring (I will, admittedly, opt to use Anna Maria Horner for any situation) OMG - can you imagine if you used shot cotton and voiles? That would be to die for.

Over at The Village Haberdashery there's still a stack of great stuff on sale. I really do need to get some cherry christmas before it sells out for a Christmas Scrappy Trip Along Quilt using Bonnie's amazing tute.


I just got some chicopee corduroy to make a quilt back from. I'm thinking I'll piece something cool with it, so my quilt will be double sided - cord on one side, cotton on the other. The texture of the corduroy is gorgeous - really soft and a nice fine wale. It feels so beautiful and I can imagine it will just soften up more and more with every wash. For more conventional use, it's great as dresses, shirts and skirts. The washi dress by Made by Rae would be so cute.  Why can't I sew garments? *sigh*


Pearl Bracelets from Lizzy House is coming soon, but if you're quick and you want to pre-order a bundle at a special price, click here, there's a whole £15 off the regular price if you pre-order. 


Finally for this week, over at Eclectic Maker you can pick up some of my friend Alexia's husband's fabric for Cloud 9. It's pretty darn good and has that perfect scale for quilting that lines like Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt has. And the colours are really wonderful as well. I have a bundle that I'm as yet unable to take the ribbon off, it just looks so good in its stack. There are 12 prints in the range, and the folks at Eclectic Maker have 2 different FQ bundles of 6 fabrics as well as yardage.


Also grab yourself a bargain in the going, going, gone section. Quite a few people mentioned the backing for my latest scrap vomit quilt - it's here in the sale section...


And here it is on my quilt....

another one

And a closer up pic....

#widn bindathon. Story of my life right now. With a pups under the quilt and a cat to my left. Tagged by @claireej I tag whoever wants to play!

Dan Bennett fabrics pretty much pass most of our community by, and it's a shame, because he has a great use of colour. I think I should challenge myself a little more this year, and use fabrics that I might have to seek out a little, like Dan's. Sometimes these fabrics that aren't on our radar like the usual 'trendy' lines are just what we need. Like that print for my scrap vomit backing. It couldn't be more perfect if it tried.

For those of you playing along with the scrappy trip along, and maybe wanting to start on something new - Brenda, Megan and I have sorted out which block we'll be doing for February's IG-along and you can jump in whenever you want (you don't have to have instagram- that's what the flickrgroup is for!). It's the xplusalong. Head to the flickr group for pics and a link to the tute. Just like the scrappy trip along, it's a no pressure quilt along. Use the hashtag #xplusalong on twitter and instagram and everyone is more than welcome to join in! The scrappy trip along group on flickr has over 800 members in just a few weeks and there are over 3,000 pictures on instagram with the #scrappytripalong hashtag. I've been checking out as many as I can and commenting there, but it's hard to keep up!

I made 4 practise blocks of the x + block. Pretty much loving them so far.....

That's better (bottom right still looks wonky - which is freaking me out!) #xplusalong

It's after midnight again and I need to head up to bed if I'm going to get anything done tomorrow! Today I set my alarm for 7.30am and woke up at 9am. Not good. 




14 comments:

Merran said...

Hi Katy. I recently made Alexia's diamond ring, and you're right it is pretty straightforward as long as you are precise in your cutting and piecing of the ring of diamonds. I was a bit slapdash in my copying and use of the paper template and it was a little wonky when it came to piecing. A bit of "eazing" and some clever work by my long armer and it came up wonderfully. Not sure if this link will work but here it is being quilted
http://www.flickr.com/photos/14101877@N02/8002281249/in/photosof-merrans_quilts/

Karen said...

I love that Dan Bennett, wow! The x plus block is awesome too for next qal. Love it! Oh, just booked camp stitchalot and I cannot wait!

Carla said...

Such eye candy here. I really love your scrappy x & + blocks. Never met one of those I don't like : ) I just finished an x & + out of Comma.
The scrappy Christmas trip quilt will be fabulous!

dolores said...

My sister was married today in a lovely ceremony at my folks place....we Skyped with our girl there in OX....she was telling us about the snow shutting everything down...I bet it's lovely!

Trying to finish off a few more WIPs before Tripping....like my Hexy MF!:O

Sunnybec said...

We have snow!! Here in Limousin France we woke up to a white out... for once the forecast was right, the French are as bad as the British when it comes to driving in snow. But I guess they have a good excuse as they aren't use to it where we live. My husband use to make me drive everywhere when we got bad weather so I was confident and not scared, I've done many impersonations of Torvill and Dean, but never had an accident in the snow.... not sure I could do it now though!! Hugs Linda x

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Flying Blind... said...

Just woke up, snowing again. I have a cupboard of soup, and my #scrappytripalong to bind, no complaints here!

annie patch said...

We have had 5-6 inches of snow in rural Herefordshire, and people really can't get out, if their (very narrow) country lanes haven't been salted or gritted. A perfect excuse to stay in and quilt! As if I needed one!!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Your #xplusalong blocks are lovely! We have snow here, too. There's supposed to be more arriving today but I'm wondering if it's actually going to be rain instead...I'd best walk Archie while there's still snow for him to enjoy!

peacedgoods said...

I spy a block I made for the swap. wish we had snow!

Elsa said...

Loving the x + block ~ you inspire me!

**nicke... said...

I need to use my cherry Christmas for a scrappy trip! That is a genius genius genius idea!!

Rae said...

ooh corduroy!! Lovely. And truly, would be great for a dress. M'dear we must get you to make a Washi Dress. Perhaps if I just send it on over to you...

Also: those moons!!!

liniecat said...

rock salt Queen lolol love it......and also the fabby quilt!! Delish!

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