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Sorry if I've not replied to e-mails and there are no posts this week, but unfortunately my router died on Friday night, and I won't get a replacement til this Friday they think... Typing this badly on my phone, but alas it has a habit of sending e-mails several times over to people, so I try not to inflict that on recipients!

Pay It Forward

Nearly a year ago I signed up to receive a Pay It Forward gift from Kay at Shocking Hocking.  And then promptly forgot about it.  So when I came home the other night from work and found a parcel propped against the wheel of my bike that had come all the way from Australia, I was more than a little perplexed, especially when I saw the name on the return address.  I couldn't even remember giving Kay my address, so I was scratching my head as I opened the door and hauled it and a bunch of bags of shopping, laptop and lunchbag in.  I put everything away, and then tackled my parcel, getting more and more intrigued as I did so.

And here's what I found inside:

Now I have to say that while I have admired all those Sew Together bags appearing online, I had been pretty sure I couldn't be bothered to make myself one with everything else I have going on, and now I don't have to, thanks Kay!

And here's what was inside.  I'm locking the Tim Tams away due to their high level of demand, especially given how all of my bee mates know where I live (even if they aren't local themselves ;o) )  I shall carefully ration them out, and it looks like I have until February next year to do so :oD

So now here's where you come in.  If you would like to receive a random surprise from me in the post over the course of the next year, please let me know in the comments section below.  The first 3 comments saying they want in will qualify, and in signing up you agree to pay it forward, in turn, sometime in the year after receiving your gift from me, to 3 other people.
Quilt Now Giveaway Winner

Well there were a lot of you rather anxious to get your hands on the latest issue of Quilt Now:

And the winner is:

Who is:

Who coincidentally happens to have been one of my recent tag-ees on the Around The World Blog Hop!

Congrats Lori, I'll e-mail you for your address :o)
Craft Book Month Blog Hop - A Quilter's Mixology

Hi, and welcome to my stop on the Craft Buds Craft Book Month Blog Hop.  I love it when this event rolls around each year as it gives me an excuse to break out one of my small collection of craft books that rarely get a chance to see the light of day!

When I was at Spring Market, one of my favourite Schoolhouse sessions was Angela Pingel's, where she was presenting her new book 'A Quilter's Mixology'.  I managed to grab a few shots in there, but if I'd really been thinking, I'd have just grabbed one of the quilts ;o)

This was taken just prior to the event kick off.  I found the paint drips one to be very fresh and different, and it's nice to have projects of different sizes, from the large paint drips to the wee mini next to it, and the table runner underneath that:

The beautiful butterfly quilt spread out:

This is actually a version of my favourite quilt, the Nine Patch Curves pattern, in Violet Craft's latest line, Brambleberry Ridge.

And here is the original that I fell in love with.  I had to borrow this from from Angela's blog because I apparently lost my mind over it so much I forgot to actually take a photo of it:

I absolutely loved the brights and LV colour combo, plus the mixture of squares and curves creating that petal shape, so of course, this was what I had to try and recreate with a little help from my friends in Stitch Tease.

Since I couldn't send the templates out to my bee-mates, I had them make me the 9 patch blocks, while I tackled the curves.  Now of course because I was getting 11 people each making me 2 9 patches (with 2 more from me) instead of the mere 10 in the original quilt, I had 24, which meant, of course, that I needed 24 curved blocks too.  At 24 outers and 24 inners for each of the 4 colours, I realised immediately that photocopied paper templates were not going to hold up for very long.

Now many of the patterns in the book are Sizzix/Accuquilt die friendly, however this one isn't, unfortunately!  Still, since I didn't have either die I didn't feel too put out, and instead decided to give it a go with the Marti Mitchell 6"-7" ruler set that I picked up from the Cotton Patch.  Having lined them up with the templates in the book, I applied some washi tape to mark the new edges, then lines that up with the fabric edges and chopped away.  It's a slightly shallower curve than the original template, but it's close enough for me.

Here's my pile of inners and outers:

Unfortunately I haven't got all the curves sewn up, but here's my 'in progress' shot on the design wall (I need a bigger design wall, as you can probably see blocks on the sofa/unit below, and the ones on the left are taped to the wall!):

I actually took my colour inspiration from the project I made for Craft Book month 2 years ago, which was from the 'We Love Colour' book:

I did stick with original, going for the LV with no colour for the background, and raided every texty print I've ever collected, plus a few other LV ones I've picked up for all the LV bee blocks I was being asked for!

I love where this is going, and can't wait to finish the last of the curves and sew it all together!

If you fancy seeing more of the projects from this book, Sara at Sew Sweetness has just kicked off a sew along, head over and check out what her guests have made from the book, which is available as both a paperback and an e-book.

Please also check out my fellow Craft Buds Craft Book Month Hoppers:

Monday 9/1: Fabric Mutt / Lindsay Sews
Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside
Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty Redhead / The Fabric Studio
Thursday 9/4: Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher
Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise
Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery
Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou
Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour
Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds
Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet
Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you've made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You'll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!


1) One entry per person. 
2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014. 
3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.
4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!


Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you'll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!

Craft Book Month at Craft Buds
Work In Progress Wednesday

So I never did work out if I was meant to be anywhere on Saturday, and no-one called me on it, so I'm thinking it's all good that I spent the day cutting, with a bit of sewing thrown in.  Sunday was the 2 3 4 5 monthly haircut just after lunch, complete with a lovely head massage, which was rather soporific considering all the extra hours I worked last week (over 3 extra days' worth of hours, but who's counting, since I don't get paid overtime...)

Anywho, I got all my own Stitch Gathering class prep done, then added a bit of self flagellation for realising I'd got a bit trigger happy with the delete key and deleted the lining pocket piece from the cutting instructions when splitting things out to add in prep, so had to e-mail the class list *sigh*.  I also got all my cutting done for tomorrow's Craft Buds Craft Book Month Blog Hop Stop (try saying that after a few drinks!), and have done some stitching in the last couple of days, then literally thrown it at the wall.  Handily the wall is covered in batting, so it stuck ;o)

Finishes This Week:

None that I can share until after the tote swap at the Stitch Gathering on Sunday, sorry!

In Progress This Week:

This is the block that will be the front pocket of my Block Fronted Tote, which is the class I'm teaching on Sunday.  Apologies for the seemingly floating dresden, it's just on a white on white print background, which is itself on some white foam core board (think I need to grab some black!):

And this is what I cut, and then started sewing together for tomorrow:

To Be Worked On This Week:

Teaching will probably be the most sewing I get done this week, since mum and I are going to a new food festival in Edinburgh on Saturday

Linking up with Lee and the gang:

Finish Along Sponsor Highlight - Pink Chalk Fabrics

If it's Tuesday it must be time to highlight one of our fabulous Finish Along Sponsors, and this week it's Pink Chalk Fabric's turn again:

I had a wee wander through the 'New' section of the site and drooled over so many things, here's a few just to whet your appetite:

There is a hugemungous collection of Heather Bailey voiles (16 to be precise), and as it's just that time of year for those infinity scarves to be coming back in the Northern Hemisphere, you might need some of them in your life.  Here's my favourite:

I'm obviously in a feathery mood, because this Alexander Henry print leapt out too:

Are you a North American wishing you could get hold of some of the popular British modern quilt mags?  Well the good news is that Pink Chalk stocks Love Patchwork & Quilting:

Zen Chic was one of those lines I absolutely fell for at Market, probably because of the colour scheme.  Here's two of my favourites:

Perhaps you feel the need for a little luxurious elegance with this Liberty bundle:

Oooh, look, some new texts on the block, from the Cherie line by Frances Newcombe

Okay, I think that should have left enough puddles on your keyboards for now, but should you feel the need for more temptation, pop on over to Pink Chalk Fabrics!
Quilt Now Giveaway

So I happen to have in my hot, sticky little mitts possession an extra copy of the latest issue of Quilt Now.  Issue 2 has recently hit the shelves here in the UK, and should soon be hitting Pink Castle Fabrics in the US, but how would you like a chance to win one without having to dig into your pocket to fork over the cash?

Issue 2 has a nautical theme and is full of all sorts of patterns from quilts to bags, including this one by yours truly:

Quilt Now also always comes with full sized pattern pieces, and this month includes a free 6" ruler.

I am happy to post this out to anywhere in the world, and may even find a little something else to throw in too...

In order to win, please leap balletically through the following hoops:

  1. Leave a comment here letting me know what you love most on a nautical theme (required)
  2. If you are a 'no-reply' blogger, please leave your e-mail address - no contact details, no win!
  3. If you feel so inclined, repost about the giveaway on Instagram, tagging #LTQNGiveaway and @the_littlest_thistle (optional)
The giveaway will close on Friday 12/09 at midnight BST, and the winner will be announced next Saturday.

Now in other news, you know you may be a little over-obsessed with sewing when you are convinced that this photo in your blog feed is buttons, right up until you open it up...