Monday, 26 June 2017

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It might be hard to believe but we have made it to the end of the second quarter of the 2017 FAL and it's time to link up your Q2 finishes!

The 2017 FAL has a community of bloggers across the world jointly hosting the FAL. Our hosts are:
  • Sarah - Sew me - Northern Ireland
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Before you link up, let's give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:
For the 2017 FAL, we continue tutorial week. Here is the schedule so you can visit them all:
The 2017 Q2 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).
  • 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 @finishlong and tag your photos #2017FALQ2yourname (substitute your name), this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your lists.
  • Our hosts will also link their finishes to share in the community, but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.
The Q2 Finishes link will stay open from now thru July 1, 2017 - 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 Q3 lists as the Q3 list link opens on July 2nd.
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Scraptastic Tuesday - June Link Up





I have been out in my garden almost every day in the last month.  We are celebrating a significant birthday for my husband this summer and I'm hoping we will be out in the garden to do so, hence all the pottering, digging, planting and weeding I am doing.  It is giving me a great tan and I feel fitter - well I would if I wasn't so tired.

Well this is my way of saying that I haven't been up to any sewing to speak of but I'm sure you all have been!

Indeed I will show you some photos I took of quilts that arrived here made for Siblings Together, a charity that reunites children in the UK care system with their brothers and sisters.   So many families are broken up when things go wrong and it is hard for the children to keep in touch but so important.  Every child that attends the charity's holiday camps receives a quilt!  And I am collecting them in my house - it is a great job as you get to see all the splendid work that so many people have contributed to...




These scrappy quilts were donated by Bee Blessed a group of quilters in Northern Ireland who make quilts for charity, and Siblings Together Bee 2; a group of wonderful quilters making just for the charity.  Aren't they fabulous scrappy quilts?  

I just cannot believe the magnificent generosity of the quilting community - we can all feel proud of it and contribute towards making a more caring society!  It's what we do!



So yes it is the second Tuesday of June and that means that the Scraptastic Tuesday link is open. Please share your scrappy projects, in progress or completed or your tips for using or organizing your scraps.



Here are our fabulous Scraptastic Tuesday Sponsors and their buttons, feel free to click through and thank them for their support:




A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes which will be awarded randomly among those of you who link up.
Please join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I by linking up a blog post or flickr or instagram photo sharing a scrappy project, in progress or finished, or your thoughts on dealing with your scrap mountain:
  • You don't have to have joined us before, everyone is welcome.
  • One link per person, and it will be your entry into the random draw for the prizes. It is the same link up here and at Leanne's blog - She Can Quilt - so you only need to link up on one of our blogs.
  • This link is to share with our community about using your scraps, please don't use it to advertise your own products or events.
  • You can link up from your blog, instagram or flickr, but you have to link up to be entered in the prize draw.
  • Please visit at least a few of the links, they are very inspiring, and leave comments too as everyone loves to connect. 
  • Use the Scraptastic Tuesday button and invite your friends to join us too. Please share our button, or a link or the hashtag #scraptastictuesday in your linked post or photo. 
  • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. We will announce the winners next Tuesday. 
  • If you have trouble linking up, let me or Leanne know and we will get you sorted.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us this month.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Scraptastic Tuesday - May Link Up



I have been working on one of my #finishalong2017 projects and have been loving it!   It is the #bringmeflowersquilt by the lovely, super talented Jen Kingwell.  I have decided to change it up a bit - I always like to add my own personal touch to a quilt when following a pattern and I'm changing the setting of this one and adding my own flower blocks.


Here are some of the blocks I've added - apart from the background fabric these blocks just use small pieces of fabric...








And this is how I'm framing each block: first with a solid colour featured in the block and then with some 1 1/2" low volume squares...



To complete my planned 36 block layout I need three more flower blocks - I'll be repeating this one which I designed based on the Tallahassee block from this wee book : 500 quilt blocks by Lynn Goldsworthy and Kerry Green""...





and I need to think of one more design.   I think that has been the most fun part of this project, though I have learnt lots from the designs by Jen of course.   She mixes lots of techniques in this quilt, including English paper piecing, foundation paper piecing and applique.   So lots of things to try out on a small scale of you want.   I even did the English paper piecing .....not my favourite technique but I can tolerate I small amount.  

And here is the fabric I have leftover from those supplied by Amitie Textiles.   I think I have enough - though I'll probably add background fabrics.   The rest I want to cut into 11/2" squares to make a wonderful postage stamp border ....


And this is a photo of all the blocks together when I last had them on my design wall ...



There are a few more now of course...

So what scrappy business have you been up to?  It's the second Tuesday of the month and that means that the Scraptastic Tuesday link is open. Please share your scrappy projects, in progress or completed or your tips for using or organizing your scraps.



Here are our fabulous Scraptastic Tuesday Sponsors and their buttons, feel free to click through and thank them for their support:




A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes which will be awarded randomly among those of you who link up.
Please join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I by linking up a blog post or flickr or instagram photo sharing a scrappy project, in progress or finished, or your thoughts on dealing with your scrap mountain:
  • You don't have to have joined us before, everyone is welcome.
  • One link per person, and it will be your entry into the random draw for the prizes. It is the same link up here and at Leanne's blog - She Can Quilt - so you only need to link up on one of our blogs.
  • This link is to share with our community about using your scraps, please don't use it to advertise your own products or events.
  • You can link up from your blog, instagram or flickr, but you have to link up to be entered in the prize draw.
  • Please visit at least a few of the links, they are very inspiring, and leave comments too as everyone loves to connect. 
  • Use the Scraptastic Tuesday button and invite your friends to join us too. Please share our button, or a link or the hashtag #scraptastictuesday in your linked post or photo. 
  • The link is open until next Monday night at 10:00 pm MST. We will announce the winners next Tuesday. 
  • If you have trouble linking up, let me or Leanne know and we will get you sorted.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us this month.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Scraptastic Tuesday - April Winners




The April Scraptastic Tuesday winners have been picked!

But first here are our fabulous Scraptastic Tuesday Sponsors and their buttons, feel free to click through and thank them for their support:




A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes which have been awarded randomly as follows.
Leanne will be getting out the prize emails to the winners as soon possible, please watch your inboxes.

If you have not yet done so, check out the linked up projects, they are lovely and so inpiring. And please plan to join Leanne from She Can Quilt and I on the second Tuesday in May for the next Scraptastic Tuesday link up.

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