Friday, 31 August 2012

A lovely note....and don't forget Lilys quilts

The other day I had a visit from a customer to collect her first quilt....very exciting!  But even more exciting when I received this wonderful note and pictures of her quilt in situ a few days later!  It is lovely to see the quilts I have played a small part in being loved and used as they should be.  Thanks so much Amy...

Hi Karen.

I just wanted to say thank you for all your help with my first ever
patchwork quilt. I really appreciated your advice when it came to
choosing a long-arm quilting design, the colour of the quilting
thread, the wadding and the backing. It was so kind of you to take the
time to talk through everything over a cup of tea.

I am really pleased with the finished result – you obviously took a
lot of care with the complex quilting pattern – and your tips on
binding came in very handy. I was dreading binding the quilt, but it
was easy and took less than a day.

I thought you might like to see a couple of pictures of the finished
quilt in situ. It proves that even beginners can make something
beautiful. Even Trevor, the neighbour’s cat, approves. I’ve decided to
call it “Postcards from Gardener’s Cottage” since I think the blocks
look like old fashioned postcards scattered all over the bed.

I’m already wondering what I can make next, so no doubt I'll be
browsing your online shop soon. Maybe I’ll work up the courage to try
triangles or hexagons.

Best wishes,


And don't forget....the new webshop.  Pop over to Lilysqults for a chance to win some Bella fat quarters.  Have a lovely day....from the woollies and me!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The running chicken meets Lily

Pop on over to Lily's quilts for a splendid giveaway at the running chicken webshop!!

19 scrummy fat quarters of Bella by Lotta Jansdotter to be won and discounts in store.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Blog giveaway!!!!

To celebrate the first week of my webshop, I am having a giveaway!!!  Please leave me a comment and register on the new website if you would like to win one of my red bundles of fabric.  There are eight lovely fat quarters in the bundle perfect for your stash!  I would love to know what sort of fabrics or notions you would like to see included on the website so let me know!!
   Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways
I have joined the quilter's gallery blog hop party with this giveaway !!

The giveaway will close on Friday 31st August....good luck!!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Festival and home again....

Two very busy days spent at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham....buying some useful templates and ridiculously, some more fabric!!!!  Loved the new quilting machines by Innova, the Cotton Patch stand with the wonderful colours and the new hugely expensive Berninas. (oh I wish!!)  Also found some lovely books by Quiltmania which I brought home to put on my webshop

Hopefully, they will all be on the site by tomorrow!  My favourite so far is the Feathering the Nest with Vintage Quilts by Brigette Giblin..quite appropriate for a running chicken I suppose!!!
Have a lovely day...

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Mini quilt complete!!

Hand quilting done, binding finished....I think it looks really pretty.

I tend not to use sludgy reproduction fabrics...I just can't help picking the brighter tones!!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Hurray! My new webshop is now online!!!

Today, my new webshop has been launched!!!  How exciting....we have not posted all my fabrics and notions as yet, there are more to come, but its a start!!!  I still have my longarming site to run alongside the shop.  Do go and collection of fabrics is varied and colourful,  from reproduction prints to modern designs.   I love them all!!!  so I hope you will too....

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Messing around with little blocks...

I do love mini blocks...have a peek at some I have been working on!
These are 41/2" blocks done in reproduction fabrics...  I will make these into a lovely small wall quilt I think!

The stars are 4" blocks made using the Rapid fire Lemoyne star ruler, which is fabulous! Just love using it!   I am planning on making a much larger star quilt so these are just practise pieces!

However, the longarm beckons, so upstairs to the studio to tackle an edge to edge job!  The woollies will have to be walked later on today!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Meadows and quilts.....

I had the opportunity to take my camera out with me when I was walking the dogs a couple of days ago...normally my hands are taken up with ball throwing or handing out kibbles to Mr Zach, but this time, those things had to wait!!

The flowers and grasses were wonderful....masses of colour and lushness!!  I'm not sure the dogs thought so however, as we are having a problem with grass seeds in their coats and paws which has caused a trip to the vets recently.  Poor woollies!
I have also finally completed M's japanese quilt...a beautifully sewn quilt with very complex piecing.

The pictures don't really do it justice!  Today its finishing off time...a few edge to edge quilting jobs to complete.  And maybe a little time to do a little more on a miniature quilt I am making!! (Oh, and watching the highly compulsive Olympics on the telly!!)   Not sure the day is going to be long enough!!!  
PS If you do read my blog, please do comment....I love to hear from my readers!
Best wishes,