Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Kona cotton giveaway giveaway winner

And the winner of the Kona cotton giveaway is Cathrine.

Congratulations and thank you everybody for participating.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Kona Cotton giveaway

So here it is as as announced earlier in the week. Robert Kaufman and I are giving away one fat quarter set of the 33 new Kona Cotton colours to one lucky winner.

To participate in the giveaway you simply need to tell me if you have ever made a solids only quilt and/or will consider it in the future.

Further rules are the usual ones:

  • no restriction on participants
  • need to include the answer to above question in the comment
  • I will absolutely not chase potential winners, so you must have an e-mail address attached to your profile (no response bloggers comments will be disregarded)
  • giveaway ends on bankholiday Monday the 25th
  • winner announced the day after

Enjoy and thank you very much for participating !

Monday, 18 August 2014

In support of Solids

I have teamed up with Robert Kaufmann' Kona Cotton and Love Patwork & Quilting to make a series of solids only quilts for the magazine. The first quilt that is truly a riot of colour and I promise you, should not be missed is made using all the new Kona colours plus many, many of the existing colours. It will feature in the November or December edition. So why am I telling you this ? Well, because Robert Kaufmann generously sent me two fat quarters bundles of the 33 new colours which means I can give one away. That I will do later in the week and I hope you stop by and participate.
But first I hope you enjoy a little trip down the solids only memory lane with me.

Over the past years I have not only appreciated solids but have worked often with just solids and now almost find myself preferring them to patterned fabric (there I said it).

And one of my all time favourite quilts is still the 'Single Girl' quilt made with Kona and Klona cottons. Having it on my sofa or bed or simply looking at it fills me with enormous pleasure and satisfaction and I am sure this will never change.

And I think the second favourite is my Comet quilt featuring Oakshott Cottons that really pack a punch.


But it wasn't always high impact colours that I went for. 'Tuscan Hils' uses masses of negative space in a very subtle way and incidentally was my first quilt on which I tried circular quilting and that has now become something of a trademark on my quilts.

I also used circular quilting with 'She loves the Blues' , a quilt commissioned by my brother for his girl friend. I really love this quilt with its floating squares.

A wall painting in a London restaurant served as inspiration to make the Sketch quilts. Sketch I was sewn from all my solids scraps and Sketch II with Michael Miller Cotton Couture and both make me smile a lot. Sketch II was also the first quilt that I made for LP&Q.

Sketch I
Sketch II

I must have been drunk to want to make 400 or so HSTs for 'Drunken Harlequin' but I was glad I did in the end. This quilt also uses the incredibly soft Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids.

And my latest edition to the ever growing solids series is the Gee's Bend inspired quilt 'Dreams of Summer' which was constructed without rotary cutter or ruler and felt quite liberating to make.

There is growing number of quilters such as Alissa Haight Carlton that now use solids as the main feature in their quilts and not just as a background colour. Solids only quilts have a distinct modern feel to it that is often combined with a graphic design element. I find it easy to use solids but know other quilters find it rather difficult due to their intensity. So I hope the giveaway that will be on my blog later in the week will inspire another quilter to become a convert for solids only quilts!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A new shopper for me

I almost never use plastic bags for grocery shopping. We never did at home and although Mum and Dad have a bakery and we do give out plastic bags in the shop if customers ask for, we just never use them ourselves. So this is something that comes natural to me.

But cotton bags do eventually wear out and I was in need of a new one. The other day at the Village Haberdashery I spotted this wonderful cotton twill and I knew I wanted to make this bag with it. No other, just this simple number and oh boy am I happy with it.

The bag uses vintage linen that I have from my grandmother and I used the twill not just as a handle but also as decorative straps around it. This does make sewing a little tough but I used my trusted walking foot throughout and that made the process quite easy.

The handles are 17 in long which is perfect to carry the tote in your hands or on your shoulders. It's got boxed corner of course and is lined with 'Annali' from Dashwood studios.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A bunch of Knick-Knack Knickers

Ever since I saw the free Bloomers pattern by Anna-Maria Horner I have been dying to make a couple of these but in the absence of a small baby in my family or friends circles I had to bide my time.

And you bet with the arrival of my niece nothing could stop me from making a few of those. They are soooooo easy to make and it takes barley 30 min to make one.

And I promise these aren't the last I made either.....

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A Shearwater Kaftan for me

Regular readers may remember that I made a Tova last year from beautiful Nani Iro double gauze. Although the Tova wasn't my normal style I found that I loved and still love wearing it. It is the best piece of clothing to wear on a summers evening when it get a little cooler.
The cut is great but what I love most of it is the double gauze. So I stocked up on more double gauze a while back with the intention of making another Tova but then I saw the Shearwater Kaftan pattern from 'make it perfect' and thought that this was actually a better cut for me and it is a lot quicker to make. The ultimate relaxed kaftan.


So I printed the pattern, cut the pieces from my beautiful double gauze of which I can't remember the name nor the designer (anybody ?). (All I know is that last year I begged Annie from the Village Haberdashery to keep me a piece big enough to make a kaftan)

I followed the very detailed and well written instructions and the kaftan was done in a couple of hours all in all.


But I did make a mistake which could have been disastrous but I managed to turn it into a feature. The kaftan has a placket at the front which I managed to put on the back (yep I did !!) and best of all whilst working on the kaftan and trying it on I kept thinking mmhhh the front is a little high (because I used the back piece as the front) until the thing was almost done and it finally dawned on me....


Some quick thinking ensued and I decided to lower the neckline of the back a bit which shortened the placket opening and then I basically closed the placket at the top with a few stitches. This all worked a treat actually and I now wear the front as the front (as intended) and the slightly lowered back with the little opening feature as the back and it sits perfectly.

The lovely Abigail (my student from the churdash class at the Village Haberdashery) took a photo of me wearing it the other day.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

And the winners are

The winners of my flash LP&Q quilting giveaway are Cheryl, Linda and Katherine.
Ladies you can expect an e-mail shortly from me with confirmation.

Congratulations !