Friday, 12 January 2018

2018FAL Quarter 1 :: My To Do List!

New Year, new Finish-A-Long List.  

It makes for the ideal time to sort out all my projects and figure out which are going to get finished this quarter (or this year even!).  This is a rather comprehensive list and I don't realistically expect to get them all ticked off but you never know what I might want to work on - I certainly I have plenty of choice.

Without further ado the list:

1.  Secret sewing - made up of these gorgeous fabrics (plus some I am hopefully getting tomorrow!)


2.  25th Anniversary Silver Challenge - 10" x 20" piece containing silver for local Quilt Club show in March - I have an idea and I have silver fabric!


3.  UK Travelling Quilt Bee - I want to make some more blocks for this before piecing the top and finishing


4.  Christmas Quilt - only needs the binding done


5.  Charley Harper Hummingbird Quilt - to be quilted and bound


6.  Villa Quilt from Gloria Loughman class - to finish facing


7.  Hexagon rosette - to become a cushion


8.  Stash Bee '16 and '17 quilt - to be quilted and bound


9.  Low Volume Scrappy Quilt - to be started!


10.  Union Jack Flag - to finish assembly and decide what it will become


11.  Summer Sampler '16 - to decide whether to make more blocks and layout then finish


12.Christmas Tree Wallhanging - to fuse in place, quilt and bind


13.  Quiet Play Sewinf Maching - to finish paper piecing and decide what to use it for


14.Polaroid Blocks - extra blocks to be made into a quilt for charity



15.  Back to Front - to finish front, quilt and bind


16.  Handmade Heart Swap - to make, finish and send


17.  Crocheted Heaxgons - what am I going to do with these?


18.  Black and grey quilt - started for daughter who changed her mind - need to decide what to do with it


19.  Birthday Bunting


20.  Project Linus Quilt - to be quilted


21.  Italian House - sample from Gillian Travis class in 2016!


22.  Illuminated Houses - from a class with Anne Moore - first one was gifted so I want one for myself!


23.  Caravan Tote by noodlehead


Phew!  There are a group of international hosts for this event and you can link up with any of them to join in the fun.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

UKQU New Website Launch

The new UKQU website launched yesterday. If you haven't yet popped over go and have a look. There is lots to see and read and the site will develop into a one stop resource for UK based quilters.

I was delighted to be asked to contribute to the site and I will be one of the bloggers featured in Bloggers Central each month.  Initially I am going to talk about building your quilting community - so if you have still to find your own tribe then maybe you will find some useful hints. I will also be showing the projects I am working on – I always have a lot on the go so there will be plenty to see!  Want to take a read?  Just click here!

There is also a fantastic competition running until the end of January with a Janome machine and much more going to one lucky winner. To enter the competition you just have to register on the site, after which you will get regular newsletters. Head to Competition Corner to be in with your chance of winning :)


Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017FAL :: Quarter 4 Link Up



It might be hard to believe but we have made it to the end of the fourth quarter of the 2017 FAL and it's time to link up your Q4 finishes!

The 2017 FAL has a community of bloggers across the world jointly hosting the FAL. Our hosts are:
  • Sarah - Sew me - Northern Ireland
  Before you link up, let's give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:  



The 2017 Q4 link for your finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs - you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on each blog. Link-up "rules":


  • Add one link for each finish. If you want to link a round up post of all your finishes, use that link to enter one of your finishes and then link the rest of your finishes separately. Please, only one link per finish, as your link is an entry into the randomly drawn prize draws.

  • Please ensure that the photo or blog post you link up contains a link or reference back to your original list so that we can verify your entry (make sure it is from the appropriate quarter). Feel free to tag your photos #2017FALQ4yourname (substitute your name), this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your list.

  • Please become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others and comment. We all need encouragement so let's applaud each other. The 2017 FAL Facebook page is here and follow us on Instagram @finishalong

  • Our hosts will also link their finishes to share in the community, but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.

The Q4 Finishes link will stay open from now thru January 6 at 11 pm EST - link up your finishes early and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don't miss out. The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings. We will post the winners on each hosts' blog.

And don't forget to start making your 2018 Q1 lists as the Q1 list link opens on January 7, 2018. More details about next year's Finish A Long will be announced soon.  Hope you will join us.


Friday, 15 December 2017

2017FAL :: Q3 Winners - Hooray!!


Today is the day we are privileged to announce the winners for Q3 of the 2017 Finish-Along.


If you are low on inspiration or maybe your sewing mojo has been missing lately, we highly recommend you visit some of the finishes from the third quarter of the year.  There are a lot of beauties linked up and ready to inspire you!

Thank you again to our generous sponsors. Without further ado, the winners - each picked by the random number generator - of the Q3 FAL prizes are:



The Q3 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Just Jude Designs goes to Jennie who blogs at Jennie's Threads and she made this colorful and cheery quilt.


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The Q3 Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop goes to Marisa via IG @mmckee_10 and she made these creative patchwork curtains.


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The Q3 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Charm About You goes to Brenda who blogs at The Quilting Nook and she made this stunning dress.


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The Q3 Winner of the $50 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Angela via IG @heartofcharnwood and she made this great quilt back! (The quilt is a surprise so she couldn't share the front.)

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The Q3 Winner of the 3 PDF patterns from Elven Garden Quilts goes to Katie who blogs at Karma Willow Designs and she made an absolutely beautiful Swoon quilt (and isn't this photo great!)


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The Q3 Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Tartankiwi goes to Heather who blogs at Quilting and Beyond and she made these fantastic quilted banners.


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The Q3 Winner of the 3 PDF patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts goes to Jenny via IG @silverbellsandcockleshells and she made this great BW Sailors Top.


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The Q3 Winner of the $50 gift certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Mercedes who blogs at LadyFriend Designs who made this lovely quilt.


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The Q3 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from During Quiet Time goes to Celine who blogs at Espritpatch and she made this perfect Ogden Cami.


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The Q3 Winner of your choice of 3 individual patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Sarah who blogs at Cedar Fork Stitches and she made this fantastic quilt.


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The Q3 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Cooking Up Quilts goes to Cathy via IG @cathyewbank and she made this super cute clamshell drawstring bag.


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The Q3 Winner of the 3 PDF patterns from Sew Sweetness goes to Joelle via IG @joellemaude and she made this fun and colorful quilt.


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The Q3 Winner of the $30 gift certificate from Knotted Thread goes to Kathy who blogs at Life in Pieces and she made this super cute quilt (love the butterflies!)


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The Q3 Winner of the Camp Bag Pattern Pack from The Littlest Thistle goes to Debbie who blogs at A Quilter's Table and she made this gorgeous improv quilt.


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The Q3 Winner of the $15 gift certificate from Green Fairy Quilts goes to Teresa who blogs at Aurea's Kitchen and she made this adorable dress and bloomer set.


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The Q3 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Quilting Jet Girl goes to Corinne at CorinneLouise via Flickr and she quilted this stunning pillow.


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The Q3 Winner of the $30 gift certificate from Sunny Day Supply goes to Linda who blogs at The Pieceful Kingdom and she made this gorgeous low volume quilt.


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The Q3 Winners (3) of a six month subscription each to Make Modern Magazine goes to

1. Jennifer via IG @CrimsonConfection and she made this pretty quilt.



2.  Kathy who blogs at Kathy's Kwilts and More and she made this great Dr. Who quilt.



3.  Helen via IG @archiewonderdog and she knitted these pretty (and I'm sure snuggly) socks.


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The Q3 Winner of the $30 gift certificate from Clover & Violet goes to Kate who blogs at Katie Mae Quilts who made this bold and very pretty quilt.


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The Q3 Winner of the $20 gift certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Mary who blogs at Pondering It All and she made these super handy zipper bags.


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The Q3 Winner of the $40 gift certificate from Imagine Gnats goes to Pippa via IG @Pippaspatch and she made this sweet and scrappy quilt.


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The Q3 Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Studio 39 Fabrics goes to Andree who blogs at Quilting & Learning and she made this beautiful quilt.


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Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the sponsors!!  I hope you are having a successful Q4, be prepared to start linking up those finishes starting December 31, 2017.