Thursday, 29 March 2012

15% off Echino and Anna Maria Horner this weekend

This weekend, there is 15% off all Echino and Anna Maria Horner fabric (including laminated cotton and flannel) just use the code EA15 at the checkout. Offer runs from 8am 31st March to 9pm 1st April BST. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Limited edition bundle 2

So, it seems like you rather liked the first limited edition bundle, so much so that it sold out before the week was out! So this week I have another bundle featuring new fabric from Carolyn Gavin and some older favourites.

I have picked out the lovely deep tones of the Soul Garden with some Joel Dewberry Heirloom and offset this with some lighter coordinates. You can find it here!

New in...

Minimalist blogging today due to a lack of hours in the day (if you have some spare, can I have them please?) But just time to share 2 lovely new collections with you. 'A walk in the woods' by Aneela Hoey and 'Soul Garden' by Carolyn Gavin.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Monsterz at M is for make!

Lots of new fabric again at M is for make this week, first up Monsterz by Cloud 9 fabric. I chose a selection of grey and minty prints from the collection, hope you like them. I rather love the raindrop prints which I am thinking about adding to my hexagon quilt, although they are a little late to the party. Which is your favourite?

Paying the price for a morning off, I missed my delivery of this fabric today, hopefully I will be able to share it with you on Monday.

Wishing you a happy (and hopefully like Brighton) lovely, sunny weekend,


Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Limited edition bundle

I have been looking at this collection of fabrics ever since Washi and Woodland arrived and thinking how lovely they look together. These Natalie Lymer prints in particular are rather swoony and begging to be used.

So for a week only you can buy a bundle of this fabric at 15% off, the offer will end 8pm on Tuesday 27th March and shipping in the UK will be free. Yippee! You can find the bundle here.


Monday, 19 March 2012

Heirloom bag winner

... the winner is Magpie Mimi - well done! Do get in touch with your address and I will send the bag to you. Everyone else, don't forget you still have another week to win another bag over at Sew Recycled.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Heirloom bag giveaway!

Yay - another giveaway. The lovely Emma from Sew Recycled made these brilliant bags for Making Magazine from one of my favourite fabric collections - Heirloom by Joel Dewberry.

The Pocket Folding Shopping bag is brilliant as despite being a great size, it folds into a tiny pocket. Perfect stashing in your bag ready for any unplanned shopping trips, if there is such a thing.

Emma is giving away the Tile Flourish bag on her blog, head over there now for a chance to win it.  I am giving away the beautiful Rose Bouquet bag, if you can wrestle it from my hands, I adore that print.

All you have to do is leave a comment below before 8pm GMT on the 18th March. Don't forget to enter on the Sew Recycled blog for the other bag.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Attack of the rogue hexagons

I've been thinking about making a hexagon quilt for quite some time. I have lots of lovely childhood memories of my mum making them. Last time we visited my parents, my daughter slept under one of those quilts. That might have been the last straw that made me start this quilt with no idea of who it was going to be for.

 It didn't take long for my son to claim this 'honeycomb' quilt for himself. I think perhaps I saw this coming and deliberately avoided any overtly girly prints. It was all going rather swimmingly and I was enjoying picking it up, adding a few hexagons, (after wrestling them off the cat).

When suddenly the rogue hexagons hit. I'm not sure where they came from and it took me a little while to realise, but a number appeared that were about 5mm bigger than the rest. I rather stupidly kept adding them in, presuming it was just a blip but after a while they were just too big to tweak into place. Perhaps because a lot of this quilt has been made in the evenings when the light isn't great and I am a bit tired I kept sewing for longer than I should. When I finally realised that I had added about 6 of these rogue hexagons and they were spoiling the party, I had some very frustrating unpicking to do.

So, naughty hexagons gone, and only good, uniform, well behaved ones left, progress has been better. 

I started off with about 5 colours, planning a nice random pattern. But I realised pretty quickly that you need rather a lot of different patterns to be random, and even then it's hard to avoid 2 dark colours together or too many dots in the same place. So I have ended up with 11 different fabrics in all and as I have cleverly chosen a few that are running low, I really hope I don't run out.

You can find the fabrics I have used here, they include some absolute favourites of mine, and I'll be revisiting a variation of this colour scheme for my triangle quilt.

And if proof were needed that I am becoming overly sentimental as I get older, I have set my daughter to work unpicking the hexagon templates and taking them out. I loved doing this as a child, it's so satisfying turning it from a crinkly, rigid paper quilt to a lovely soft fabric one. I think she enjoys it, but sometimes I think she may be humouring me, bless her.

PS I have just noticed that these colours match my blog colour scheme!

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Swimming in new fabric...

So much new fabric has arrived this week, I can hardly believe it. Some lovely Birch basics...

Beautiful, subtle grey roses from Lecien...

... and Woodland by Natalie Lymer...

I really love these bears in a line, the background colour is perfect...

And finally, rather exciting, I now stock the brilliant Warm and Natural batting. After using it on this quilt, I knew I had to stock it. I love that the natural batting uses no chemicals and it's the perfect thickness to snuggle under.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Washi by Rashida Coleman Hale

Such a busy week at M is for make with the arrival of 2 much anticipated collections. Next it is the turn of Washi by Rashida Coleman Hale. If the name sounds familiar, you may have one of Rashida's books or already follow her blog.
I love the colours and patterns in these prints and have been thinking about using it for my triangle quilt (if it ever makes it off the drawing board!) I think the star flower prints in particular will be really useful as they are a great near-solid pattern. But then I also love the floral print, it's hard to chose a favourite - do you have one?

Winner of the Curious Nature bundle...

is Strawberry Patch ... well done! Please get in touch with your details.

For everyone else, Curious Nature is available here, including the popular fat sixteenth bundles for a taster of all the prints.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Curious Nature by Parson Gray - and a giveaway!

New in to M is for make, the beautiful "Curious Nature" by Parson Gray.

If you would like to read more about David Butler, the designer behind Parson Gray then have a read of this great interview at True Up, there are some more gorgeous photos of the fabric to enjoy there too.

This collection is full of earthy, muted tones and has some of the best names for the prints and colours that I have seen in a while.
To celebrate the arrival of this collection, I am giving away a fat quarter bundle of all the prints shown above. If you would like a chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment below before 8pm GMT on 7th March. I will pick a winner at random ... good luck!