Thursday, 23 July 2015

Win tickets to the WI Centennial Fair

WI Fair Ticket Giveaway

*** This competition has now ended - the winners are Harry's Mum and Crafts @ Home.  Congratulations to both the winners, hope you enjoy the show***

To celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Institute a centenary fair is being held in Yorkshire from the 3rd to 6th September.   

The show is open to both WI Members and non-members and will be full of craft and lifestyle stalls, demos and workshops. Carol Smillie will be ‘talking pants’, Lisa Comfort will demonstrate a vintage project from her new book and the Royal School of Needlework and tutors from the WI Craft School at Denman will show you embroidery and patchwork skills.   

There will also be lots of exhibitors from which you’ll be able to stock up on sewing, knitting and crafting supplies whilst there.   The show is being held at the Harrogate International Centre and tickets can be purchased online here.

We have 2 pairs of tickets to the show to giveaway. To be in with a chance of winning please answer the question below in the comments by 28th July 2015. Don’t forget to leave a way for us to contact you if you win (e-mail, Twitter name, web link etc).  Each winner will receive a pair of tickets, valid for one visit on any day.

Question:  If you were to attend the show which workshop would you want to take part in?

Also if you join their mailing list you get entered into a draw to win a Janome XL601 sewing machine. 

Terms & Conditions

2 winners will be chosen at random to receive a pair of entry tickets to the WI Centennial Fair.  One entry allowed per person, multiple entries will result in disqualification.  You must leave a way for us to contact you to notify you of your win and get your address.  Any prizes unclaimed after 2 weeks will be drawn again.  The prizes can be sent to an address in the UK or Ireland.  All entries must be received by 6pm on Tuesday the 28th of July 2015.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Quilt Progress

I've been a busy bee for the last 2 months working on my Tula Pink Sampler quilt from her City Sampler book.  I have to admit when I started I didn't realise what a time consuming project it would be, hours and hours on end of cutting, pressing and then sewing just to make a few blocks.   I normally cut in one session, and then sew in the next.  Here's a pic of several blocks ready to be sewn, I have to put the block number on the top or I forget which blocks I've cut!

I soon decided I wasn't going to make all 100 blocks in the book as some are very fiddly and involve lots of fabrics and pieces (and I hate cutting!) so I've been making the blocks in pairs.  Today I did a count up and layout on my bed to see if I was close to having enough to make a quilt...

I'm only 2 blocks away (represented with white pieces of paper for now).  I decided I'm going to go for a random layout so spent hours playing around with this giant jigsa puzzle trying to make sure I didn't have any similar blocks or colours too close together.

This is going to be my final layout, I just need to finish the last 2 blocks (which will be red and yellow) and then I can start joining them in rows. I managed to get some turquoise Sketch fabric for half price in the sale at Weaver Dee so I plan to use that for the borders and maybe the backing too if there's enough left.

Their sale is still on if you fancy a bargain, use code DIRECTORY10 for an extra 10% off :)  

Hopefully my next post will be showing the finished top.  I'd really like to have this finished by the end of the summer ready to use in the autumn.  Then I ought to finish my son's quilt which I started a year ago...  whoops!

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