Week 4: Tumbling Spools Quiltalong

Can you believe we are on Week 4 of the Tumbling Spools Quiltalong!!! Here are some of this week’s WONDERFUL entries. Remember you can see ALL the other people’s blocks by searching out and following the #tumblingspoolsqal hashtag on Instagram or just click here.

Here are a just few of them I have randomly picked out.

Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad Block 2 random Selection

And I know you are all desperate to know who the Winner of the Week 3 Prize is. So without further ado the winner of the Stork Necklace and Snipsters is …@ddealca ! I’ll be in touch.

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If you’re just joining in now, it’s not too late! You can get the pattern here

IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY CHECKED THE Q&A AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS OR LAST WEEK’S POST PLEASE DO. IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THOSE DOING THE SAMPLER VERSION THAT THEY ARE USING THE CORRECTED PATTERN. Scroll to the end for more details. I really don’t want anyone wasting time or fabric making up a block that will be smaller than the ones you’ve already made!


So this week you’ll be making Block 3.

For those of you doing the Sampler version, you will be making Block 3: Wonky Star. I used two different green fabrics in mine but it really doesn’t matter how many fabrics you choose or colours you use! I used fabric from the Foundation Range from Windham Fabrics.

Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad Block 3 Week 4

If you are making the plain blocks instead, you can go ahead and make another one. Here is one from my plain block version using Michael Miller fabric.

Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad Block 3 Week 4 plain block

Be sure to post a picture of your block to your Instagram page using the hash tags #tumblingspoolsqal and #thecraftynomadpatterns so we can see your fab makes and more importantly for you, so you qualify for entry for this week's prize! Deadline for entries is 8pm (GMT) Thursday 31st January 2019. On Instagram you can ‘follow’ the hashtag. I would encourage you do that so you can meet all the other people joining in and encourage them along and get wonderful inspiration.

Note: your profile settings must be set to public (not private) for everyone to be able to see your posts.  If I can’t see the post then unfortunately you can’t be entered into the prize draw that week! 

Week 4 Prize!

The prize this week is from Sew Busy.  Sew Busy is a UK Based fabric shop owned by Nicola Frost. The shop is based in Fleet, Hampshire and is where I used to teach my classes. They stock a wide variety of quilting cottons, an ever growing range of dressmaking fabrics and large selection of haberdashery and sewing themed gifts. I recently interviewed Nicola as part of my British Quilt Industry Series so if you’d like to know more about her then you can read it here.

Nicola has offered a fun fabric bundle and a pack of Bettie Confetti pencils as the prize. The fabric bundle contains three fat quarters, one of which is the Michael Miller comic fabric I used on my plain spools version of this quilt (pictured above) plus two other co-ordinating fabrics. I think the black and white check would be a great binding fabric! The Bettie Confetti pencils have really fun sewing related sayings on the side such as: ‘Itchin’ to be Stitchin’’ and ‘Sexy and I Sew it’ . This one is open for worldwide entries. 

Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad Week 4 Prize Sew Busy

To be in with a chance to win, make sure to post a picture of Block 3 (plain or sampler) before 8pm (GMT) Thursday 31st January 2019.  Use the hashtags #tumblingspoolsqal and #thecraftynomadpatterns and tag me in the post!  If you are making the plain version please be sure to mention somewhere that this is your Block 3.

Looking forward to seeing all the different versions of this popping up on Instagram!

Block 3 has some angled pieces in it which can cause problems so I just wanted to share with you a quick little video that I’ll be putting on social media this week to help with those tricky bits.


Q & A on Pattern Update

Q: How do I know if I have the updated version?

A: The file name on the corrected version ends in ‘Revision 1’ or ‘Rev 1’. If you are using this one then it is correct.

The pattern was updated on the 12th January 2019. If you bought it on the 13th or later you will have the latest version. Those people who bought the pattern before the update, were emailed the updated copy. If you didn’t receive it then please check your junk or spam folder. If still not there then please email me and let me know the email address you used to buy the pattern and I’ll sort it out for you.

Q: I’m making the Sampler version and had already made the first block before I got the update, what do I do?

A: Block 1 and Block 2 in the original file were the correct size, so you are fine! Just use the updated version from now on. Only blocks 3-8 were affected.

Q: I’m making the sampler version and I made all the blocks and now have Block 1 & 2, that are larger than Blocks 3-6. What do I do?

A: You will need to make blocks 3-6 using the updated pattern. Don’t throw away the small ones though, these will be perfect to make other items, such as Mini Mini Quilts, Mug rugs, incorporate them into zip pouches or other fun things you want to sew.

Q: I’m making the plain block version and I already made one (or more) block. Do I switch to the new version?

A: No, not necessarily . If you’ve already started making the plain blocks from the original pattern then I would say stick with it. You will just end up with a slightly smaller quilt that is all. Alternatively, as above, you could use the blocks you’ve already made for other projects and start afresh using the revised pattern.

Q: What pages were altered?

A: Pages 11-16 were changed. An additional sentence was added to Page 5 to give you the finished block size. So you just need to reprint those pages not the whole thing.

Any other questions, please email me, I’m more than happy to help!


Rules!

There will be a prize assigned to each week of the sewalong.  It will be clearly stated if it is available to be mailed to an international address or just UK postage in the weekly post/email. 

In order to be considered for a prize, you'll need to post a picture of that week's completed task to your Instagram page by a certain time/date stated in the weekly post/email.  You'll need to add the hashtags: #tumblingspoolsqal; and #thecraftynomadpatterns, to the text of the post and tag @thecraftynomadfleet in the post.  Make sure your profile is not set to private.  It will need to be set to public so we can all see it.

It is possible to join in on Facebook but you'll need to follow these steps to make sure that we can all see your picture.  When posting, select Public from the drop down box.  Use the hashtags exactly as given above (no capitals or spaces).  And tag @the crafty nomad in the post.

The weekly winner will be announced a few days after the weekly deadline. 

It's fine to sew ahead.  If you know you are going to be busy one week and want to sew your blocks ahead of time, that's absolutely fine.  Just remember to be considered for the weekly prize, the posts must be made within the allotted time frame so I can see it when I do my search.

By joining in, you agree that any photos you share using the hashtag may be reposted by me to social media or shared via email to others joining in, or on The Crafty Nomad website.  They will always be attributed to the maker.

In order to get the prize, you will need to supply me with a mailing address.  This information will be treated in the same way as other personal information using my Privacy policy.

In the unlikely event that a prize becomes unavailable then a substitute will be sent instead.

As per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

This post contains affiliate links.

British Quilt Industry Interview Series: Nicola Frost from Sew Busy, Hampshire

This is the third in a series of interviews that I hope to bring you. I want to cast a light on the wonderful people behind the British Quilting Industry. These are the people coming up with fun ideas, patterns and products for you to use in your quilting endeavours! I think we should celebrate and support the quilting talent we have here in Britain, don’t you? If you know someone who I should interview, or you would like to be interviewed yourself, either pop a comment in the comment box at the end of this post or drop me an email.

British Quilt Industry Interview Series The Crafty Nomad

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Meet Nicola from Sew Busy.

Sew Busy is sponsoring a prize on my Tumbling Spools Quiltalong. Nicola and I first met almost 6 years ago! Nicola was setting up her shop in my local town and contacted me about teaching my sewing classes there! So I know her really well, but some of you might not, so thought it would be fun to pose some of my interview questions to her for you all!

Nicola-Sew busy Fleet Hampshire

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Q. Tell us a bit about yourself and your business

I'm Nicola, the owner of Sew Busy in Fleet, Hampshire, UK, a fabric store selling quilting cottons as well as some dressmaking fabric, ribbons, haberdashery and sewing gifts. I try to source items that aren't available locally and anything quirky is always popular. I love the vintage look and am always drawn to retro, kitsch prints as well as vintage florals. I have to remember sometimes to order for a range of tastes, not just mine!


Q. What prompted you to set up your business within the quilting industry?

I set up Sew Busy as there was nothing available in the local area providing prints to my taste and I felt that customers wanted to feel the fabrics and see the true colours rather than shop online. I also wanted to encourage beginners to start sewing, running workshops which is where Jo and I met. Jo ran lots of workshops from beginner sewing classes to more advanced quilting classes for us in our early years. I think a simple project can look stunning in a modern print without any other work needed.


Q. What's new with you? What does 2019 have in store for your business?

We have some lovely ranges on order for the coming months from various fabric houses. At the moment, I'm really loving the designs by Flamingo Toes who designs for Riley Blake, Bev's vintage caravan pixel quilt is high on my to do list.


Q. Tell us about the first patchwork or quilted item you made

My first quilt was for my eldest child (now 19!) to lie on as a baby and that was when Laura Ashley was selling what is now known as charm squares. I still have that much loved quilt, a little worse for wear but I wouldn't change it.


Q. What do you listen to/watch whilst sewing?

I often hand sew, crochet or knit when I'm watching the tv (can't do nothing!) but when I'm at my sewing machine, I don't listen to or watch anything, I like the silence and just concentrate on my project. I still seem to make mistakes so maybe I should tune in to something!


Q. So what was your biggest sewing mistake!? Did you fix it or chuck it?

My worst mistake was a small lap quilt for my youngest (now 14) where I didn't know how to quilt with a machine. I ruined the quilt and stuffed it away in a cupboard. I recently found it and unpicked it. It's now been quilted again and my cats seem to appreciate it the most!


Q. How about tools, do you have a favourite?

My favourite tool at the moment has to be my Thread Heaven conditioner wax. It makes such a difference to hand sewing, I currently have a hexie EPP on the go from an older Tilda collection which is probably the latest project I'm working on; I don't think I'm alone in admitting I have several projects on the go...…..


Q. Where can we find you online?

Our website is www.sew-busy.co.uk. We are on Facebook and Instagram as @sewbusyfleet. Really honoured to be a sponsor for The Tumbling Spools Quiltalong and it's lovely to see all the different designs popping up on my Instagram feed.


Thanks for that Nicola! Sew Busy is full of wonderful products so if you get the chance do make a trip to Fleet to check it out for yourself. It’s inside a shopping centre with covered parking so it doesn’t even matter what the weather is doing! Lots of coffee shops and cafes to stop and recharge too!

I couldn’t help myself have a little browse on the Sew Busy website. Here are some of my favourite fabrics!

Meadow Falls Quilt in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

I’m very excited to share my Meadow Falls quilt that has just been published in Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 70.

Meadow Falls Quilt by Jo Westfoot for Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine  Issue 70

Issue 70 is jam packed full of fabulous linear designs. The one I designed comes together really quickly and looks modern too. You can buy the magazine from W H Smiths and other newsagents and some supermarkets in the UK.

I used the Flower Child range of fabrics by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics. The fabric is a beautiful quality and the colours were really vibrant.

And here it is hanging on the front of my garage!

Meadow Falls Quilt Design by Jo Westfoot for Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Issue 70
Meadow Falls Quilt Design by Jo Westfoot for Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Issue 70
Meadow Falls Quilt by Jo Westfoot for Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine  Issue 70

Week 3: Tumbling Spools Quiltalong

Oh my goodness it’s been really wonderful to see all the fabulous blocks popping up on my feed! They are all AMAZING! If you haven’t seen any others yet, then I encourage you to search out and follow the #tumblingspoolsqal hashtag on instagram or just click here.

Here are a just few of them I have randomly picked out.

Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad Block 1 random Selection

And I know you are all desperate to know who the Winner of the Week 2 Prize is. So without further ado the winner of the Rainbow Set of Seven Spools of Sulky Rayon thread is …@lisagcreates! I’ll be in touch Lisa.

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If you’re just joining in now, you can get the pattern here

You may have spotted on Instagram or via your email that I spotted an error in the sizing of some of the FPP block patterns on Saturday. Thank you for all your support on this. If you’ve got some queries about that please check out the Q&A at the bottom of this post. Please check you have the right version.


So this week you’ll be making Block 2.

For those of you doing the Sampler version, you will be making Block 2: Line of Flying Geese. I used two different yellow fabrics in mine but it really doesn’t matter how many fabrics you choose or colours you use! I used fabric from the Foundation Range from Windham Fabrics.

Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad Block 2 Week 3

If you are making the plain blocks instead, you can go ahead and make another one. Just make sure to remember to make three leaning left and three leaning right over the next 6 weeks, otherwise they won’t tumble! Here are a couple I made this week.

Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad Week 3 Plain Block option


Be sure to post a picture of your block to your Instagram page using the hash tags #tumblingspoolsqal and #thecraftynomadpatterns so we can see your fab makes and more importantly for you, so you qualify for entry for this week's prize! Deadline for entries is 8pm (GMT) Thursday 24th January 2019. On Instagram you can ‘follow’ the hashtag. I would encourage you do that so you can meet all the other people joining in and encourage them along and get wonderful inspiration.

Note: your profile settings must be set to public (not private) for everyone to be able to see your posts.  If I can’t see the post then unfortunately you can’t be entered into the prize draw that week! 

Week 3 Prize!

The prize this week is from The Fabric Fox.  The Fabric Fox is a UK Based online fabric shop run by husband and wife team, Kirsty and Lee. They specialise in bright modern fabrics and have some fab gifts for sewists and quilters too. I recently interviewed Kirsty as part of my British Quilt Industry Series so if you’d like to know more about her then you can read it here.

The Fabric Fox have offered one of their beautiful Stork necklaces and a pair of teal Stork Snipsters as the prize. So jealous I think I need both of these in my life! This one is open for worldwide entries. 

Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad Week 3 Prize The Fabric Fox

To be in with a chance to win, make sure to post a picture of Block 2 (plain or sampler) before 8pm (GMT) Thursday 24th January 2019.  Use the hashtags #tumblingspoolsqal and #thecraftynomadpatterns and tag me in the post!  If you are making the plain version please be sure to mention somewhere that this is your Block 2.

Looking forward to seeing all the different versions of this popping up on Instagram!

Just in cased you missed it on social media, I shared a short video last week about how to deal with bright fabric in the seams underneath pale fabric.   Working with a mixture of pale and bright fabrics can be challenging when foundation paper piecing as you may have no choice but to have the seam under the pale fabric.  Here's a simple way to deal with that bright fabric so it doesn't show through!


Q & A on Pattern Update

Q: How do I know if I have the updated version?

A: The file name on the corrected version ends in ‘Revision 1’ or ‘Rev 1’. If you are using this one then it is correct.

The pattern was updated on the 12th January 2019. If you bought it on the 13th or later you will have the latest version. Those people who bought the pattern before the update, were emailed the updated copy. If you didn’t receive it then please check your junk or spam folder. If still not there then please email me and let me know the email address you used to buy the pattern and I’ll sort it out for you.

Q: I’m making the Sampler version and had already made the first block before I got the update, what do I do?

A: Block 1 and Block 2 in the original file were the correct size, so you are fine! Just use the updated version from now on. Only blocks 3-8 were affected.

Q: I’m making the sampler version and I made all the blocks and now have Block 1 & 2, that are larger than Blocks 3-6. What do I do?

A: You will need to make blocks 3-6 using the updated pattern. Don’t throw away the small ones though, these will be perfect to make other items, such as Mini Mini Quilts, Mug rugs, incorporate them into zip pouches or other fun things you want to sew.

Q: I’m making the plain block version and I already made one (or more) block. Do I switch to the new version?

A: No, not necessarily . If you’ve already started making the plain blocks from the original pattern then I would say stick with it. You will just end up with a slightly smaller quilt that is all. Alternatively, as above, you could use the blocks you’ve already made for other projects and start afresh using the revised pattern.

Q: What pages were altered?

A: Pages 11-16 were changed. An additional sentence was added to Page 5 to give you the finished block size. So you just need to reprint those pages not the whole thing.

Any other questions, please email me, I’m more than happy to help!


Rules!

There will be a prize assigned to each week of the sewalong.  It will be clearly stated if it is available to be mailed to an international address or just UK postage in the weekly post/email. 

In order to be considered for a prize, you'll need to post a picture of that week's completed task to your Instagram page by a certain time/date stated in the weekly post/email.  You'll need to add the hashtags: #tumblingspoolsqal; and #thecraftynomadpatterns, to the text of the post and tag @thecraftynomadfleet in the post.  Make sure your profile is not set to private.  It will need to be set to public so we can all see it.

It is possible to join in on Facebook but you'll need to follow these steps to make sure that we can all see your picture.  When posting, select Public from the drop down box.  Use the hashtags exactly as given above (no capitals or spaces).  And tag @the crafty nomad in the post.

The weekly winner will be announced a few days after the weekly deadline. 

It's fine to sew ahead.  If you know you are going to be busy one week and want to sew your blocks ahead of time, that's absolutely fine.  Just remember to be considered for the weekly prize, the posts must be made within the allotted time frame so I can see it when I do my search.

By joining in, you agree that any photos you share using the hashtag may be reposted by me to social media or shared via email to others joining in, or on The Crafty Nomad website.  They will always be attributed to the maker.

In order to get the prize, you will need to supply me with a mailing address.  This information will be treated in the same way as other personal information using my Privacy policy.

In the unlikely event that a prize becomes unavailable then a substitute will be sent instead.

As per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

This post contains affiliate links.

British Quilt Industry Interview Series: The Fabric Fox

This is the second in a series of interviews that I hope to bring you. I want to cast a light on the wonderful people behind the British Quilting Industry. These are the people coming up with fun ideas, patterns and products for you to use in your quilting endeavours! I think we should celebrate and support the quilting talent we have here in Britain, don’t you? If you know someone who I should interview, or you would like to be interviewed yourself, either pop a comment in the comment box at the end of this post or drop me an email.

British Quilt Industry Interview Series The Crafty Nomad

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Meet Kirsty and Lee from The Fabric Fox.

The Fabric Fox is sponsoring a prize on my Tumbling Spools Quiltalong. And I finally got to meet them both at the Farnham Maltings Quilter’s Sale at the weekend. It’s always good to meet people in real life!

We thought it would be fun for you guys to get to know them a bit better too. So I posed a few questions to Kirsty and here is what she said.

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Q. Tell us a bit about your business

A. The Fabric Fox is an online fabric shop and I (Kirsty) run it with my husband Lee from our home in Essex. We focus on stocking the most colourful, exciting and modern fabrics we can find. We also sell sewing patterns and colourful haberdashery as well as lots of fun sewing accessories.

Q. How did you get into quilting?

A. My mum has always sewn while I was growing up and she started getting into patchwork so she showed me how to make a patchwork cushion and I picked it up from there. I love how creative you can be with patchwork and how the different combinations of colours and patterns can completely transform the way a quilt looks.

Q. Tell us about the first patchwork or quilted item you made.

A. I made a quilt for my GCSE textiles project and it had an autumn theme. I used lots of browns and oranges so the colours were completely different to anything I would make now! I did get an A for it though so I was really pleased with it.  

Q. What prompted you to set up your business within the quilting industry?

A. The main thing that drew me to quilting was the fabrics, I was always hunting for modern fabrics and I came up with the idea of setting up a shop that would be the go-to place for the most colourful and unusual fabrics. I knew there were lots of people out there who, like me, wanted to create bright and modern projects, and I love finding fabrics for our customers.

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Q. What's the favourite item you ever made?

A. I designed a cushion that featured clouds, rain and a rainbow and I used to make it to sell at craft fairs. I have always loved the design and fabrics I chose, but funnily enough I don’t own one myself as I sold them all! I think I have some of the fabrics left in my stash, I shall have to make one for myself one day!


Q. Tell us what your favourite tool is?

A. My rotary cutter is definitely my best friend, I cut a lot of fat quarters so it really comes in handy day-to-day.

Q. Tell us your favourite fabric range?

A. I have always been a huge fan of Cotton+Steel, I love how they create lots of modern designs but also incorporate retro and vintage artwork into their fabrics. Now that the original designers are moving on to become Ruby Star Society, I am very excited to see their upcoming designs.  


Thanks for that Kirsty! I’m excited to be see what’s next for The Fabric Fox! I love how with patchwork and quilting so many people were taught by their mothers, grandmothers or friends. It’s such a community event. I’m also excited to see what’s coming next from the newly formed Ruby Star Society.

I couldn’t help myself have a little browse on the Fabric Fox website. Here are some of my favourite things!

Week 2: Tumbling Spools Quiltalong

Ok guys so last week was the relaxed start to this Quiltalong, all you needed to do was post a picture of your fabric pull, easy peasy…but now the hard work starts lol!

Winner of Week 1 Prize, the Sarah Ashford Project Pouch, is…..Tracy from "@RedKiteandDoe!

Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad Week 1 Winner

If you’re just joining in now, you can get the pattern here

So this week you’ll be making Block 1.

For those of you doing the Sampler version, you will be making Block 1: Asymmetric Stripes. I used three different orange fabrics in mine but it really doesn’t matter if you do two or more. And of course it doesn’t have to be orange! It can be any colour you like. Make it yours! I used fabric from the Foundation Range from Windham Fabrics.

Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad Block 1 Week 2

But you might have chosen to make the plain blocks instead. You might be choosing to showcase your favourite fabrics or fussy cut a fun novelty print into the spool centre. I’ve made one with this fun sewing themed print. If you are making the plain blocks, make sure to remember to make three leaning left and three leaning right over the next 6 weeks, otherwise they won’t tumble!

Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad Week 2 Plain Block option


Be sure to post a picture of your block to your Instagram page using the hash tags #tumblingspoolsqal and #thecraftynomadpatterns so we can see your fab makes and more importantly for you, so you qualify for entry for this week's prize! Deadline for entries is 8pm (GMT) Thursday 17th January 2019. On Instagram you can ‘follow’ the hashtag. I would encourage you do that for this one so you can see all the other people joining in and encourage them along and get wonderful inspiration.

Note: your profile settings must be set to public (not private) for everyone to be able to see your posts.  If I can’t see the post then unfortunately you can’t be entered into the prize draw that week! 

Week 2 Prize!

The prize this week is from Sulky of America.  Sulky specialise in thread and stabilisers. I LOVE their Rayon thread. It’s what I used on my original version of this quilt. I chose to use Rayon as it really catches the light, much more than regular cotton. So if using that to quilt the words, it will help the words really pop out amazingly!

Sulky are giving one lucky quiltalong participant the chance to win this RAINBOW set of seven 850yd spools of Rayon thread. So this would be great for someone planning to quilt their words. I may even be able to get this to you before your start that part! This one is open for worldwide entries. 

Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad Week 2 Prize Sulky of America

To be in with a chance to win, make sure to post a picture of Block 1 (plain or sampler) before 8pm (GMT) Thursday 17th January 2019.  Use the hashtags #tumblingspoolsqal and #thecraftynomadpatterns and tag me in the post! 

Looking forward to seeing all the different versions of this popping up on Instagram!

Rules!

There will be a prize assigned to each week of the sewalong.  It will be clearly stated if it is available to be mailed to an international address or just UK postage in the weekly post/email. 

In order to be considered for a prize, you'll need to post a picture of that week's completed task to your Instagram page by a certain time/date stated in the weekly post/email.  You'll need to add the hashtags: #tumblingspoolsqal; and #thecraftynomadpatterns, to the text of the post and tag @thecraftynomadfleet in the post.  Make sure your profile is not set to private.  It will need to be set to public so we can all see it.

It is possible to join in on Facebook but you'll need to follow these steps to make sure that we can all see your picture.  When posting, select Public from the drop down box.  Use the hashtags exactly as given above (no capitals or spaces).  And tag @the crafty nomad in the post.

The weekly winner will be announced a few days after the weekly deadline. 

It's fine to sew ahead.  If you know you are going to be busy one week and want to sew your blocks ahead of time, that's absolutely fine.  Just remember to be considered for the weekly prize, the posts must be made within the allotted time frame so I can see it when I do my search.

By joining in, you agree that any photos you share using the hashtag may be reposted by me to social media or shared via email to others joining in, or on The Crafty Nomad website.  They will always be attributed to the maker.

In order to get the prize, you will need to supply me with a mailing address.  This information will be treated in the same way as other personal information using my Privacy policy.

In the unlikely event that a prize becomes unavailable then a substitute will be sent instead.

As per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

This post contains affiliate links.

Week 1: Tumbling Spools Quiltalong

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Yay so exciting! Today is the start of the Tumbling Spools Sampler Quiltalong.

Feel free to share this fun ‘I’m joining in’ image on your social media or blog pages.

If you need a quick reminder of the schedule here it is. It’s basically a block a week, a couple of weeks for the words and a week for finishing off. Should be all done in 10 weeks.

Schedule Tumbling Spools Quiltalong The Crafty Nomad

This first week is all about the planning.  A nice gentle easing in to the quiltalong!

If you haven't managed to get the pattern yet, you can grab a copy here

Decide if you are going to make the sampler blocks or just six plain spool blocks.  Things to consider here are: how confident you are with foundation paper piecing; do you want to showcase a fabric; or do you want to challenge yourself with the sampler blocks.  The plain blocks are obviously easier as less pieces to piece!

Decide if you are going to applique the words or quilt them in place.

What fabric are you planning to use?  If you are doing the sampler version then blenders, solids or small prints will work well.  If you are opting for the plain block version, then choosing a fabric that has novelty print can work well if the size is right to position it in the centre of the spool.

Be sure to post a picture of your fabric pull and front page of the pattern to your Instagram page using the hash tags #tumblingspoolsqal and #thecraftynomadpatterns so we can see your fab makes and more importantly for you, so you qualify for entry for this week's prize!

Note: your profile settings must be set to public (not private) for everyone to be able to see your posts.  If I can’t see the post then unfortunately you can’t be entered into the prize draw that week! 

Here is my fabric pull.  I'm making up the sampler version using Foundation Fabric by Shayla Wolf of Sassafras Lane for Windham Fabrics.  I will make up some of the plain blocks as well during the 10 weeks to make up as mini mini quilts or mug rugs.  For those I'll use some other novelty fabrics.

Week 1 Fabric Pull tumbling spools quiltalong the crafty nomad

Week 1 Prize!

There will be a different prize on offer each week (rules below). The prize this week is from Sarah Ashford Studio.  Sarah is a quilter and pattern designer.  I recently got to interview her and you can read more about that on this blog post. Sarah makes and sells these fun project pouches to keep all your bits and pieces together for one project.  We thought it would be great to have one especially for your Tumbling Spools Quiltalong! So one lucky participant will get to win one! 

To be in with a chance to win, make sure to post a picture of your fabric pull and front cover of the pattern.  Let us know in the post if you are planning to do the sampler or the plain version, the applique or the quilted words.  Use the hashtags #tumblingspoolsqal and #thecraftynomadpatterns and tag me in the post!  This one is open for worldwide entries! 

If you don't win but want to keep all your blocks in one just like this then just contact Sarah, I'm sure she'd make up some more like this one!

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Seriously can not wait to see all the different versions of this popping up on Instagram!

Rules!

There will be a prize assigned to each week of the sewalong.  It will be clearly stated if it is available to be mailed to an international address or just UK postage in the weekly post/email. 

In order to be considered for a prize, you'll need to post a picture of that week's completed task to your Instagram page by a certain time/date stated in the weekly post/email.  You'll need to add the hashtags: #tumblingspoolsqal; and #thecraftynomadpatterns, to the text of the post and tag @thecraftynomadfleet in the post.  Make sure your profile is not set to private.  It will need to be set to public so we can all see it.

It is possible to join in on Facebook but you'll need to follow these steps to make sure that we can all see your picture.  When posting, select Public from the drop down box.  Use the hashtags exactly as given above (no capitals or spaces).  And tag @the crafty nomad in the post.

The weekly winner will be announced a few days after the weekly deadline. 

It's fine to sew ahead.  If you know you are going to be busy one week and want to sew your blocks ahead of time, that's absolutely fine.  Just remember to be considered for the weekly prize, the posts must be made within the allotted time frame so I can see it when I do my search.

By joining in, you agree that any photos you share using the hashtag may be reposted by me to social media or shared via email to others joining in, or on The Crafty Nomad website.  They will always be attributed to the maker.

In order to get the prize, you will need to supply me with a mailing address.  This information will be treated in the same way as other personal information using my Privacy policy.

In the unlikely event that a prize becomes unavailable then a substitute will be sent instead.

As per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

British Quilt Industry Interview Series: Sarah Ashford

This is the first in a series of interviews that I hope to bring you. I want to cast a light on the wonderful people behind the British Quilting Industry. These are the people coming up with fun ideas, patterns and products for you to use in your quilting endeavours! I think we should celebrate and support the quilting talent we have here in Britain, don’t you? If you know someone who I should interview, or you would like to be interviewed yourself, either pop a comment in the comment box at the end of this post or drop me an email.

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Meet Sarah Ashford.

Sarah is sponsoring a prize on my Tumbling Spools Quiltalong.

Sarah is a quilter, designer and writer. You may have seen some of her fabulous work in your favourite quilting magazines.

I recently got to interview her and thought I’d share that here with you guys!


Q: So Sarah, how did you get into quilting?

I always used to see my friend’s mum making beautiful quilts and I knew that one day I wanted to make them too.  That was long before social media existed!  Fast forward a few years and I started reading blogs, getting inspired by quilts online and when a quilt shop opened locally, that was me sold.  I bought a fat quarter bundle and haven’t looked back since.  

Q: Tell us about the first patchwork or quilted item you made

A: I have been sewing in one form or another since I was about 6 years old, but my first quilt was about 10 years ago; a baby quilt for my daughter.  I had no idea what I was doing! I used scissors to cut the squares and completely fudged the binding, but it was made with love and she still has it today.  

Q: What prompted you to set up a business within the quilting industry?

I’m a primary school teacher by profession.  But I found that with the long working hours and a young family there was very little time to be creative.  I had so many ideas and no time to put any of them into action.  So I left full time teaching and started making quilts for magazines and samples for fabric companies.  I then started making and selling the project pouches and writing more articles.  I still get to teach; I run a sewing group locally and I go into my children’s school and run a sewing club once a week.  I also teach at various retreats and Guilds, so I still get to be a teacher, just in a different form! 

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Q: What is your best accomplishment so far with patchwork & quilting?

I’m  very proud to be the founder of the #GreatBritishQuilter .  We have an Instagram photo challenge every September and it’s been so galvanising for the British quilting community.  The hashtag has been used over 11,000 times, which is just incredible and blows my mind because once it was just a seed of an idea in my head! We also had our very own Aurifil Thread box collection, which was definitely  a career highlight.   

Q: What's the favourite item you ever made?

One of my favourite quilts is the Airborne quilt that I designed for Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  It’s also featured on the Sewing Quarter TV Shopping Channel a couple of times, and it’s such a thrill to see other people’s versions of it.  It was my first published foundation paper pieced design and I was delighted that so many people have made it.  

Airborne Quilt by Sarah Ashford (Photography credit to Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 56)

Airborne Quilt by Sarah Ashford (Photography credit to Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 56)

Q: Tell us what your favourite tool is

Apart from my beloved Bernina sewing machine it would have to be a Hera marker.  I just love that you can use it to ‘score’ the fabric and not have to worry about using a marker pen, with the risk of markings not disappearing or suddenly reappearing.  It’s such a simple tool but I wouldn’t be without it.  Binding clips are up there with my favourites too.  

Q: Tell us your favourite fabric range

Ah, so many!  I do love anything by Cotton and Steel, and the Rifle Paper Company fabrics are particularly beautiful.  

Q: What are your plans for 2019? 

I’m bursting with excitement at the prospect of going to Quilt Con for the second year running.  I can’t wait to meet up with all the friends I made last year!  And I shall of course be at Festival of Quilts again too.  I also hope to do more teaching, more writing and one of my personal goals is to join in with the Coming Home BOM with Sarah Fielke.  I want to make a quilt for myself and I just hope I can find the time to do it!  

A big thank you to Sarah! I wish I was going to Quilt Con this year. I’ve decided to go in 2020, anyone else going then? I’m hoping to have some suitable quilts to enter by then! Plus a bit more time to save up!

What is a Sew-along? Quilt-along?

Ok so I’ve had the question ‘What is a sewalong?’ and ‘How does it work?’ So i thought I’d pop on here to give a bit more detail about what they are and how my sewalongs or quiltalongs are going to work.

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So first up they are a fun way to get more people to engage with a sewing pattern. The benefits to the participant are:

  • To get a project finished within a given time frame without it being relegated to the UFO pile (Unfinished Object!).

  • To see lots of other variations of the same pattern to get inspiration from

  • To get encouragement and handy pointers or questions answered from the designer and or other participants

  • To receive lots of nice comments on their efforts

  • Sometimes there are prizes awarded!

The benefits of them to the designer are:

  • To engage with their followers

  • To sell more patterns

  • To reach new people

  • To join forces with other designers or companies working within the industry to provide prizes or help promote the pattern

  • To see lots of different variations of the same pattern

People running the sewalongs, the host, generally decide how they work. Generally participants purchase the pattern, sometimes the pattern might be free. The host will specify a schedule of what steps need to be achieved and by when. For example it could be to make a block every month or every week. The host will specify what platform the sewalong will run on. Instagram lends itself really well to this kind of thing as most people have their profiles set to public so it’s easy to see the photos.

Instagram also works well with hashtags. So a sewalong would normally have a hashtag assigned to it. For example the hashtag for the upcoming Tumbling Spools Quiltalong will be #tumblingspoolsqal. Everyone participating will add that tag when they post a picture of the item to their post. That way other participants can choose to search or follow that hashtag and see all the other photos related to the quiltalong. It’s also an easy way for the host to find all people participating to comment on them and make sure they get entered into any prize draws.

As already mentioned, sometimes there are prizes. So it is common for there to be a prize draw for all people who posted a picture of the finished item. Some sewalongs might have prizes for each step to encourage you to participate at each step. This is a great way for the designer to showcase and help promote other great businesses within the quilting or sewing industry. It helps form great relationships between businesses and introduces participants to companies they may not have heard of yet but are very relevant to their interests.

So in a nutshell:

  • Buy the pattern

  • Make the item

  • Post pictures of it at the steps detailed in the schedule, add the hashtag

  • Look at all the other items on the hashtag

  • Encourage other joining in

  • Maybe win a prize

  • Have a lovely time sewing at home but sewing along with others on the same project online!

Hope that answers your questions. Feel free to ask me anything in the comments.

HoHoHo Sewalong Entries & Winner

So yesterday was the last day of the HoHoHo Sewalong. Thank you so much if you joined in!! It was great fun to see all the different fabrics being used. I’ve added some pictures of some below. As you can see there is a selection of cushions, table runners and centre pieces. Some of these were shared on Facebook and some on Instagram!

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And the moment you’ve all been waiting for....drum roll please.... the winner of the fat quarter bundle is Pat Matthews.

I hope you had fun if you joined in.. And that you now have a finished or almost finished Christmas make to proudly display this Christmas! Well done all.

If you liked sewing along with the group, then you might like to find out about my next sewalong which is happening in January. Find out about it here. And remember to sign up to the accompanying newsletter to get all the relevant information.