Monday, April 14, 2014

Fluffy Sheep Quilting {The Shop} News

The shop was a-buzz last week with new fabric arriving, so I have not been sewing lately.  Seeing as we are all fabric enthusiasts, though, I thought I would show you what pretties have joined our fabric family. I can not stop petting them!

First up, Vintage Happy.

What's not to like in this fabric line?  There are flowers, little retro geometric prints, hangers, dress patterns, irons and leaves.  The colors are just delicious ranging from a tangerine orange to cherry red, from aqua to golden rod yellow.  Each of the prints below is available from the bolt in traditional FQ, half yard and yard cuts....

But then there's also a complimentary panel available that includes an additional four FQs.  The irons are simply irresistible.  I haven't listed bundles in the shop yet, but they will appear this week at some point.


Next, Rocket Age.

A little boy's dream combining stars, planets, teddy bears and robots.  With a retro twist, these prints bring back the wonder of a comic book's adverts (moon shoes!).  This line beautifully combines a nice denim blue, brick red and cream with splashes of orange and yellow.  Again, bundles will appear in the shop shortly.


Complimenting the fabric pretties, Love Patchwork & Quilting (the April issue) has also arrived!


I only have 3 or 4 copies of this left, so please do let me know via a comment below or an email if you want one sent your way.  Snatch one up quickly...they're flying off the shelf!  The projects in this issue are just wonderful.

And finally, we have a give away winner!  The lovely Miss Nicky has scooped up the 50 euro gift certificate to be spent on anything she'd like in the shop.  Congratulations, Nicky!  I thank you all for your support of Fluffy Sheep Quilting as the Best Retailer in Galway.  I am sorry to say that the shop did not take the win, but we gave the other contestants a good bit of competition.  A huge thank you to all who voted.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Finish Along Quarter 2: The Hopeful List

And the list making has begun!  It's time that we link up with Miss Katy and state out our goals for the next quarter.  I have been working from a relatively small project list lately, which has suited me incredibly well.  I love that I can see progress in each project, that I know what I should be doing the next time I can sit and sew AND that I have an actual hope of finishing these quilts before the quarter is out.  Stars all around.

1. Swoon

To not bore you with the same Swoon photo of my 9 finished blocks
on the line, I mixed it up a bit.  I just don't have a photo of my finished Swoon top.
It's so HUGE!
My swoon top is finished including sashing between the blocks and two additional borders to bring it up to size for our guest bed.  I have chosen the main backing fabric, but need to piece the back together.  This is going to be long armed (no way I'm quilting a 96x96 inch quilt in my machine!) in Cork and returned to me for binding.  That's the plan, anyway.

2. Twinkle Twinkle


This quilt is (lobby) layered and I am currently hand quilting in each of the stars.  Through the quarter I will need to finish hand quilting it, bind and wash.  Here's hoping my quilting will hold it together!

3. Medallion


I don't have a name for this quilt yet.  I guess that's on the Q2 to-do list as well!  My medallion needs this border to be finished (have 2 sides done, 2 to go with 4 corner stones) a small, thin "bonus" border to correct a few size issues (clearly a theme, there) and then one final 6.5 inch border to be added.  I have the backing sorted, so it needs to be layered, hand quilted and bound.  I know its quite a lofty list for myself, but I am so in love with this quilt I just may pull it off.

4. Spoolin' Around



Now here I have a quilt name (from Miss Anna) but not a quilt top.  I have piles and piles of spool blocks that have arrived from my bee buddies, so the top needs to be assembled, quilted and bound.  This is VERY lofty, but I can't be in the run for Katy's winnings if I don't list it here!

Katy, once again you're brilliant for having organized us.  I am hopeful this quarter, so let's get stitching!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Galway Stitching Meetup: April

The Galway Stitchers met up last Thursday in a bright, lovely, hotel lobby to chat about recent quilting classes, basting tools, stretches for your back/neck during quilting and batting options.  It's amazing how conversation flows from one topic to the next.  Before we know it, it's time to pack up and truck home for dinner!  Love those nights.

While we were chatting away I basted Twinkle Twinkle.  I figured the hotel had a huge clean floor space, didn't have little cat/dog "helpers" AND I'd be entertained with the chat to pass the time.  My little plan worked brilliantly.  Gave the hotel staff a little giggle, too.


Annette brought along her husband's knee pads to save my poor bones on the hard lobby floor.  They were FANTASTIC!  I need to get a pair myself.  


There was more than enough space once I (kind of) re arranged their furniture.  Bold, Cindy.  Bold.


In the end, I had a quilt basted and ready to go.  I am currently hand quilting with perle cotton inside the stars, echo quilting 1/4 inch inside the scrappy bits.  I am so completely in love with this process I don't see myself machine quilting another quilt in the near future.  I am nearly done the 21 stars now (4 left!) and will then move onto the squares and diamonds between the stars.  There's a plan formulating of how to tackle them, but I'll need to test it out first.  That's the news ladies.  Quilting away happily here in my part of the world :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Love Patchwork & Quilting At Fluffy Sheep Quilting

Good news, everyone!  Fluffy Sheep Quilting will now be stocking Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine!  I am so excited I can hardly contain myself....which is why I'm telling all of you!

Borrowed from Love Patchwork & Quilting's website

We will start with supplying the April (issue 7) edition of the magazine.  There will be 15 copies available in the shop, arriving in Galway late next week.  My goal is to ship these pretties to their new homes immediately upon their arrival.  To avoid wasting time, I'd like to start accepting pre-orders now.  Here's how it will work:

Again, borrowed from the Love Patchwork & Quilting website.

1. Each magazine will cost  €6.50, which is nearly €1 less than the cover price at my Irish competitor's shop.

2. Shipping within Ireland is €2.10, to the rest of the world €4.20 per magazine.

3. Leave a comment below (or text me or email me at fluffysheepquilting{at}gmail{dot}com) and let me know if you're interested in reserving a copy.  

4. I will then invoice you via paypal and will ship your copy immediately upon its arrival in Galway.

I know how difficult it's been getting Love Patchwork & Quilting outside the UK, so I am delighted to offer a solution for those of us who want to snag a copy for ourselves.  How fun!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FAL: First Quarter Wrap Up {2014}

Way back in early January I wrote up an optimistic list of projects I wanted to finish in the first quarter of the year.  Here's a re-cap of what REALLY happened:

1. Swoon 2013
This is definitely NOT a finish. This past weekend I did get my sashing and one of the three borders added, so I hope to have a finished top to show you in the near future.  This will slide onto my Q2 list happily.


A finish!  This little cross stitch is now complete and hanging at my desk at work.  I absolutely love it.



3.  Modern Irish Bee Quilt: Twinkle Twinkle
It's a personal triumph that I pulled this out and started working on it again.  That said, it is 100% not finished.  I have the center blocks pieced and a plan sketched for the exterior 8 blocks.  This too will slide into my Q2 to-do list.


4. Mini Spools Quilt:
No progress what so ever.  Moving on....

5. Donation Quilt for Mexico City
A finish!  It's not my most favorite finish of all time, but I'm delighted that it's done and on its way to its new home.



Two out of five isn't brilliant, but it isn't a total failure.  Two of those that I haven't finished yet have a bit of motivation behind them now and that's what counts.  Linking up with Miss Katy and my FAL friends.  Katy, thanks a mil for organizing us!



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

FairyFace Designs Blogger Bundle!

As you may have already guessed from IG, the super talented Sarah, who blogs at FairyFace Designs, created a beautiful fat quarter bundle for Fluffy Sheep Quilting this month!  I can't wait to tell you all about it.


Sarah was the first blogger I followed in the modern quilting world.  She was (and still is) a total quilting rock star in my mind.  I so very clearly remember the day I emailed her (I was so nervous!) to tell her I started a blog and ask her the best way to pick up a few followers.  Her advice was spot on: don't be shy, chime in, comment on other blogs and join in linky parties.  That was my start...all because of Miss Sarah.


Many years have passed since that email.  I'm so grateful to say she's now a real life friend and my co-founder of the Modern Irish Quilters.  There's no better laugh then a Saturday afternoon chat with Miss Sarah. She lets me vent, makes me laugh and is wonderful person to bounce ideas on/off.


Get to the fabric, Cindy! Right.  Sarah's pulled prints from Wrens and Friends, Rapture, Wishes and Scrumptious that work so brilliantly together.  There are 9 fat quarters in this bundle (18x22 inches) retailing at 31.50 euro.  To pick up a bundle for yourself, just hop over here.  If you've missed the other Blogger Bundles earlier this year, you can see Leanne's and Kat's bundles here.


Sarah, thank you for the time, effort and energy that went into building this bundle.  I absolutely love it.  xx

Monday, March 31, 2014

Pinafore Dress for Nieve

I blame a combination of the Great British Sewing Bee and the new fabrics arriving in the shop for my urge to make clothes lately.  Historically that's not at all my interest or where my strengths lie, but for the past few weeks it's all I can think about.  An itch that had to be scratched.

With a nudge from Katy and a pattern from Imagine Gnats, I cracked on and made two dresses for my 1 year old niece, Nieve.  I am planning a little Easter gift parcel for Nieve and I would like to tuck these in.  They'll be great for the American summer.  

I started with Scrumptious prints and created a reversible dress that could be warn over tights and a little top for the spring and then with just her diaper in full blown summer.  One side has the Dainty Flowers print and the other Berry Aqua.

It's so much cuter in three dimensions, but there are no kiddos
around here to model for me!

There's a little pleat in the center of the neck line.  I love it.
Here you can see my first two button holes.  I need serious practice.

And the back. It's a little wrap dress, so you get peeks of the lining print.

It's reversible, so she has a little Berry Aqua dress, too!

Because I was so interested by the design of this little dress pattern (a single piece of fabric, wrapped) I couldn't wait to dive in and make a second.  You may remember that my brother (Nieve's dad) is not very interested in Nieve being smothered in pink, so I went with a blue theme for the second.

As Mixed Bag had just arrived in the shop, I could not resist the Blue Bubbles and Origami Sky prints.  I barely had them out of the delivery box before I had the pattern on and was cutting away!  It was shameful, really :)



The little origami dress just melts my heart.  Nieve, I hope they fit  you like them!








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