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cowslips

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I seem to have been sketching cowslips for years, its fair to say that I am enchanted by this little wildflower.  I've planted variations of it in my garden over the years, it never loves me back but I'm still besotted.  If you look very closely at my Meadow print (the one with the girls reading) from my Posy fabric line, you'll see some tiny cowslips in amongst the other flowers.

I always knew I wanted to do a fabric printed entirely with cowslips, so here it is!  In an ideal world, I would have loved to have done several different colourways of this print but industry is so much more limited than artistry.  Maybe one day.

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In the meantime, if you like your florals pretty but want something a little out of the ordinary, this is the fabric print for you!

You can find stockists for the Foxglove fabric line here.

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For today's Foxglove showcase maker, we are visiting the talented Ashley of Mommy By Day Crafter By Night.  Ashley first came to my attention when I saw a bag that she'd made from my Posy line on Pinterest.  I've been a huge fan of hers ever since, everything she makes makes me sigh.  For the showcase she's been busy working on something involving paper piecing, go take a look at what she created using Foxglove.


Foxglove showcase

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This week sees the start of the Foxglove showcase.  This online event will take place over two weeks and each day I'll be showcasing something new I've made from my Foxglove fabric line or showing you the inspiration behind some of the prints.  I'll also be introducing you to a talented team of makers for the duration of the event.  Each day, I'll be linking up to a different maker and they'll be showing what they have been busy sewing up with Foxglove.  I've seen a few sneak peeks and I think we are all in for an inspirational treat.  Hopefully you'll discover a few new people along the way too.

For today's make I sewed up a new All In One Box Pouch.  This pouch is just so handy, it's impossible to have too many!    I used three colours of my Stem Dot print for the pouch - navy for the main pouch, pink for the vinyl pocket and aqua for the lining.

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The pocket front uses the Fox In The Foxgloves print in navy and I used some Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in silver to bind the pocket, it contrasts with the prints perfectly.

I also used a little of the Foxes in the aqua colourway to make up a new mini foldover pouch.  Again these are too handy not to have around.  For the zippers I used my go to zipper colour - mustard.  If you haven't discovered the magic of the mustard zipper yet, you need to give it a try, trust me it goes with all my favourite colours and prints.

You can find stockists for the Foxglove fabric line here.

You can see more photos of the pouch pattern in my previous post here.

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Today's maker for the Foxglove showcase is Emily from Quilty Love.  The quilt Emily has been making involves the triangles above and is looking so pretty!  I'm really excited today to see it in it's entirety for the first time.  

Click over to see the finished quilt.


Foxglove showcase intro

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Today I'm announcing a fun online event which starts on Monday and will last two weeks - the Foxglove Showcase.  I'll be posting here each day and showing you some of the inspiration behind this selection of prints, a little on the design process and a few things I've been busy sewing up.

The most exciting part is that each day I will also be linking to a different maker who has sewn something from the fabrics.  In the process, I hope to inspire you with plenty of idea's and a good dose of quilting eye candy.  Hopefully you'll discover some fun and interesting new people along the way to follow too. 

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It's going to be a fun packed two weeks.  I hope you'll join us!

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tulips

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I've been in love with Camille's Vintage Tulip pattern ever seen she posted pictures online.  I recently talked myself out of making the large size by consoling myself with the mini (a quilt bite when I really wanted a full blown snack..).  I bought the paper version of the pattern from her online shop and it was nice to get some quilty mail and to use a real life pattern for once.  As with all Camille's patterns, this one is well written and enjoyable to stitch up.

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I used a mixture of my new Foxglove fabrics with some Vignette.  The colours sing well together.  I especially love that the aqua print in Foxglove is a little lighter than the Vignette one.  It gives things a pretty watercolour kind of effect.  Also that orange and aqua together...

Can't wait to finish this one up so that it can go up on the wall with my mini Flutter!

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foxglove thread set

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Any fabric loving girl will be able to tell you that threads are all important.  I whole-heartedly agree and I've long been of the persuasion that Aurifil threads are the best you can buy - the diamonds in the dust of the thread world.  These spools have earned that fangirl status from me for several reasons - they're made from high quality egyptian cotton, come in a super range of colours and in a variety of thread weights (more on this below).  They are also available in boxed sets of colours, perfect if you want a range of colours but can't decide exactly what you need.  I'm thrilled to be able to tell you that I was asked to put together a thread box recently to coordinate with my Foxglove fabric line.

Say hello to this delicious range of colours..

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I took the opportunity very seriously indeed (as only a fabric and thread loving gal can).  I sat around for a few days with my aurifil thread cards, thread spools and the fabrics spread out all over the place and spent hour after hour draping threads over the fabrics to determine what would work in any given sewing situation.  I wanted the threads to match the colours certainly but I also wanted threads in there that could for example, be used for an all over quilting design, for hand quilting, bag making, topstitching and so on.

So my box contains a small selection of colours AND a variety of thread weights.  There are four spools each of the -

50 wt - Ideal for general sewing/piecing and machine quilting

28wt - Great for bag making and topstitching, this slightly thicker thread is also perfect if you want your quilting design to stand out more

12wt - Perfect for hand quilting, beautiful high sheen quality.  You will just want to hand quilt everything once you start! 

The range of colours are perfect to match with Foxglove but they are also very classic colours that will go with a much wider range of fabrics too.

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And there we have it, thread talk over (for now).

My Foxglove thread set is currently being shown to distributors and shops.  If you are off to quilt market this week, please visit the Aurifil thread booth and ask to take a peek at one of the boxes.  I think these will start arriving in shops in a matter of weeks, I'll keep you posted on that.

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tell me a story block

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I've long been a fan of fussy cutting and intentional piecing.  Even before I designed my own fabric, I was always drawn towards the kinds of fabrics that lend themselves best to this type of sewing. These types of fabrics or 'conversationals' as they are known in the textile industry can be used in so many fun ways.  I'm so happy to see that at long last a book has been published covering this subject in some depth.  Intentional Piecing:From Fussy Cutting To Foundation Piecing by Amy Friend has finally arrived!  Published by Lucky Spool, this book looks more specifically at ways to make thoughtful fabric choices when sewing.  There is a focus on precise and mindful work to create more personal projects.

This is my first block for the Tell Me A Story Quilt from the book, Amy encourages us to pick the fabrics and sew each block one at a time.  Telling a story through fabric choices intentionally, it's a fun and creative way to work.  I paired up a little colour story using my Foxglove fabrics, I adore this gold and grey combination.  Since the little fox at the centre is running though the flowers, I pieced each of the grey floral strips away from the centre.  It plays on the kaleidoscopic setting of the block and looks like the flowers are parting out of the way as the fox runs through them.

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I'm whirring with idea's for what to piece for my next block.  In the meantime, you might like to know that there is a contest going on over on Instagram (with a fun fabric prize).  Just piece a Tell Me A Story block and post it on IG with a little explanation of the story going on in your fabric choices and use the hashtags #tellmeastoryquilt and #intentionalpiecingbook.  If you want to see more of Amy's work, she is @duringquiettime over there.

p.s. you might want to know that if you use the discount FRIEND30  you can get a 30% discount when purchasing the book from the Lucky Spool website.


Flutter mini quilt

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Flutter is a new mini quilt pattern I've been busy putting together over the last few weeks.  I used to make mini quilts more regularly a few years back but after finishing this one I've been wondering why I don't make them more! - they are so quick to finish and I can't wait to hang mine up (once I can decide where I want it most).

This was a perfect first project for me to showcase my new Foxglove fabrics to you.  I loved putting it together.  And now that I've finished the mini, I'm getting started on a full sized version, I hope to bring you an update soon.

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You can find a pattern for the mini quilt here.

You can find the Foxglove fabric collection now at all of these fine stores -

USA

Fat Quarter Shop

Fabricworm

Hawthorne Threads

Indeed Fabric

Sew Modern

Fancy Tiger Crafts

Phat Quarters

 

UK

The Village Haberdashery

M is for Make

Backstitch

Sew Yellow

Blonde Design

 

Canada

Dragonfly Fabrics

Fabric Spot

 

Australia

Bella's Patchwork

 

Denmark

Marienhoff


Foxglove

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Say Hello to my newest fabric collection - Foxglove!

Designed by me for Cloud 9 fabrics, Foxglove is a group of 12 prints on quilting cotton, inspired by the english countryside and designed with quilt making in mind.  I wanted the prints to have a modern yet timeless feel and for the designs and colours to work for both children and adults. The collection features foxes and florals including foxgloves, primroses and cowslips.  There are small and medium sized prints as well as a super useful basic - stem dot. 

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We kept to a small group of colours for the prints so everything co-ordinates beautifully.

 

The best news about Foxglove is that it just arrived in stores and is available at all of these fine retailers -

 

USA

Fat Quarter Shop

Fabricworm

Hawthorne Threads

Indeed Fabric

Sew Modern

Fancy Tiger Crafts

Phat Quarters

 

UK

The Village Haberdashery

M is for Make

Backstitch

Sew Yellow

Blonde Design

 

Canada

Dragonfly Fabrics

Fabric Spot

 

Australia

Bella's Patchwork

 

Denmark

Marienhoff

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I'm hoping to get sewing and sharing what I make as I go.  I hope you will join me by picking up a bundle and sharing what you make too.  I would love to see, so please share what you sew!  You can use the hashtags #foxglovefabric and #aneelahoey on instagram or tag me on facebook, 

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