Sunday, 25 November 2018

Wire Flower Sewalong

EDITED: Thanks for signing up! Sign ups are now closed and groups will be sorted and emailed next week.



Welcome to the Wire Flower FPP Sewalong!

Due to popular demand I am running a sewalong with my new foundation paper piecing pattern, Wire Flower. In reality this is a swap but a sewalong has a certain lovely ring to it!

The sewalong will consist of being put into groups of 9. You will then each make nine flowers, keeping one and swapping 8 with your group members and voila, you will have 9 varied blocks to make your own mini quilt!

So why join in the sewalong and not just make for yourself? Well, we all love our quilting community and making new sewing friends. Also, I don't know about you, but I am always drawn to the same fabric designers and sewing with the same types of fabrics and it's so refreshing to see what others do and mix it up a bit. You may discover new favourites along the way!

A few guidelines to make the Sewalong an enjoyable and smooth running experience...

1. You need to purchase the Wire Flower FPP Pattern from Etsy. Click on the link here.

2. You will be assigned to a group.  The number of groups will depend on how many participants we have.  Each group will include 9 people.

3. Everyone in your group will receive your mailing address so that they can ship to you directly.

4. You will sew a total of 9 blocks and send 1 to each person in your group (keeping 1 for yourself!).  You can either make them all different, or use the same fabric throughout...your choice! Just take into account people's colour likes and dislikes.

5. You may be required to ship internationally.

6. Please don't feel pressured into sending extras. This sewalong is supposed to be relatively quick, fun and inexpensive.

7. Please tag me on Instagram @karenlewistextiles when you make your final post showing all the blocks you are shipping. If you are not on IG, just send me an email when you ship.  This is just a way of keeping up with everyone. Please also tag any posts with #wireflowerfpp and #wireflowersewalong. It's great to keep up with what everyone is up to!

8. You will receive your group assignment by December 22nd via email.

9. You need to ship by January 31, 2019, unless you are swapping at Quiltcon.

10. You must email me when you ship to your group. I want to make sure that everyone sends so that everyone receives. 

Made it this far and still want to join in? Great!

Have any questions? Leave a comment and I will answer here for all to see. Someone else may have the same question!

Thank you so much for joining in...I'm really excited about this sewalong and can't wait to see what everyone gets up to! x

Friday, 16 March 2018

Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder


I am very excited to be the final leg of the wonderful Kristi Schroeder's Southwest Modern book tour. Last year in Savannah Kristi was telling me about her impending book...I even got a few glimpses of the beautiful quilts she was making...part travel guide part quilt book. It sounded so fresh and original and it is exactly that.

I have long since been an admirer of Kristi's modern striking quilting style and just knew it was going to be unlike any other quilting book on the market. Even though I had had an insight into the book I was gob smacked by its beauty. Firstly can I say, New Mexico? When is the next flight leaving for there?? Secondly the quilts, boy oh boy every single one of them is beautiful beyond beauty. I want to make them all.

At first glance they seem simple on the eye (that's a good thing in my book) but looking at them more closely they will challenge both beginner and experienced quilters alike (another good thing in my book).

The styling of the book itself is exquisite. The layout of the patterns themselves is so fresh and clean and clear, whilst the photos, like the ones above, show off the quilts in all their majestic glory, in the most stunning New Mexico locations. Did I mention I want to go there?

So what did I choose to make?

I could have done any one of them but I decided to choose by being fickle and seeing which one made me stop quicker than any other so I chose Mosaic, which happens to be on the front cover.

I have a few apologies about my make...

You may know if you follow me on IG that the last few weeks have been challenging personally which meant

1. I was running late for this...
2. I clearly wasn't reading instructions correctly so some of the low volume central pieces weren't placed correctly. The plus side to this is the pattern is flexible and unless you were looking at this next to the pattern you really wouldn't know!
3. I ran out of time to do the complete quilt so here is my Mosaic Mini...another plus to the book I can alter the patterns to your need/space/desire and still get a great feel for the original...ever the optimistic!

I hope you like my little mini...I sure do...but in case you wanted to see how it would look as it was intended, here's a little mock up I did with my new found Touchdraw skills...
I hope you have enjoyed my little book tour and if you would like to see more about the book check out the fab people and links below...ALSO the good news is you can be in with a chance of receiving a copy of this exquisite book. It is one you will most definitely want on your bookshelf.

1. Follow me AND follow Kristi Schroeder @initialkstudio on Instagram 
2. Please comment on this blog post to be entered to win. Bonus entries for contestants who comment/like on my IG post. (@karenlewistextiles)
3. Winner will be announced Monday.

ALSO NOTE... Kristi is having a Grand Prize Giveaway at the end of the blog hop courtesy of the following sponsors:
1. Signed copy of Southwest Modern by Lucky Spool
2. FQ bundle by Robert Kaufman
3. FQ bundle by Me & You Fabrics
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