Friday, 27 January 2012

Blogger of the Year - Deadline approaching!

Just a little reminder that our Blogger of the Year awards is rapidly approaching the deadline.  Don't forget to let us know which sewing blogger inspired you in 2011.  You can win a prize just for voting and the deadline is 31st of January 2012.

A little reminder of the prizes:

1st - £50 voucher for Backstitch
2nd & 3rd – Prize bundle which includes a fabric sample pack 
from Makower, a sewing book & handmade ceramic buttons.
Voter prize - £15 voucher for Backstitch

You can send your nomination using this entry form or add your vote into the comments below this post. 

Monday, 23 January 2012

Fabric Finds 2

Blueberry Crumb Cake

I've spotted this gorgeous new Moda collection over at Quilt Me Happy, Eclectic Maker and Hulu Designs. These gorgeous blue & tan fabrics are already proving very popular Quilt Me Happy have already run out of charm packs and jelly rolls but still have the Layer Cakes in stock, Hulu have all 3 in stock currently and Eclectic Maker have jelly rolls, bundles and some of the fabrics by length.
Blueberry Crumb Cake
Backyard Baby by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller

This cute new fabric from Micheal Miller is now in stock at The Eternal Maker available both in the gorgeous bundle pictured below and by length (£3 for a fat quarter).
Backyard Baby

 Ann Kelle Cords

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have just got a stunning selection of colourful Ann Kelle Corduroy fabrics in stock a few of which are pictured below.  Click on the link to view all of them.

Ann Kelle Cords

Always & Forever

Another pretty Moda collection in pink and reds with hearts and flower prints ideal for Valentine's day.  Eclectic Maker have this fabrics in charm packs, jelly rolls and by length.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Resolved to Sew 2012

Sewing Resolutions

Ali over at the Very Berry blog is encouraging everyone to share their 2012 sewing resolutions by having a mega fabrics giveaway (with 11 different prizes) and everyone who shares their resolution either on her blog or their own blog get entered into the draw.

So first off I am going to share my sewing resolutions and then send you over to Ali so you can share yours and be in with a chance of winning some lovely fabrics to help you achieve your resolutions.

*A rather general resolution for 2012 is to make more time to sew.  Last year I was so busy with The Sewing Directory that the only sewing I did was out of neccessity (repairing clothes & making some blinds) rather than anything fun.

*Finish a Quilt!  This is my main sewing resolution for the year, I have around 4 quilts started but not finished so this year is going to be the year that I finish one.  I've opted to start afresh with some beautiful charm packs from Quilt Me Happy the pictured Blueberry Crumble fabrics. 

*Try hand embroidery.  I've always fancied trying hand embroidery, for years I've been collecting up embroidery books but still haven't tried it yet so hopefully 2012 will be the year I get started.

So what are your sewing resolutions, please do feel free to share them below in the comments but remember to be in with a chance of winng you also need to go leave a comment here:

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Fabric Finds

We are going to run a new regular series on our blog this year with details of new fabrics & patterns in stock on our customers sites.

Catch of the Day by Hoodie

Backstitch have the new seaside inspired Timeless Treasures collection, Catch of the Day available on their site here, I love the fish designs.

You can buy a fat quarter bundle of the collection here, it is named the shark bite bundle.

White Wash by Meg Hawkey

Quilt Me Happy have the new White Wash collection by Meg Hawkey for Lecien.  With pale colours and subtle lacey designs this collection has has a distinctive 'French Grey' look.

This elegent collection is available as a bundle or you can buy by length (minimum half metre).

Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle

Due in any day now at Sew Me Happy is the adorable Urban Zoologie collection by Ann Kelle.  Full of brightly coloured animals these fabrics would be great for kids quilts.  I just love these colourful owls, there will also be monkeys and chicks on the other fabrics.

Lark by Amy Butler

The ever popular Amy Butler released her latest collection at the end of last year - Lark.  This vibrant collection can be found in many shops as both fabric bundles and fabric by the fat quarter or metre.  Just a few of the places you can find it include Fabric With Love, Eclectic Maker, Suffolk Sewing School and Gone To Earth.

Maternity Patterns by Megan Nielson

Available for the first time in the UK at Backstitch are a collection of maternity patterns by designer Megan Nielson.  Designed to accomodate a growing bump, and for nursing mothers most of these patterns are aimed at beginners. 
Sewaholic Minoru Jacket pattern

Ideal for the cold and wet winter weather Sewaholic's latest pattern is a pretty feminine jacket avilable on the Sewbox website.  Also available on the Sewbox website are new additions to the Hot Patterns collection including a couple of patterns for men.

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