Giveaway: Cotton & Steel – Love Patchwork & Quilting

So, one of the reasons why I was so quiet on the Very Berry blog over the spring and early summer was that I was busy beavering away on English Paper Piecing patterns for the current issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting. I created all the designs for the little booklet attached to the front cover – using a nice big octagon template, along with very pointy diamonds and little squares. I’m really excited to finally share my designs with you:

Hexie tote

Diamond pouch


Lone Star

As usual, they’ve been styled to perfection by the lovely women at LPQ – thanks Alice & Jen, and more thanks to the wonderful tech ed, Sarah, for clearing up any pattern muddles!

One of my aims was to combine quite traditional ways of using EPP blocks (the two hoops are pretty trad!) and then do something a bit different (and a bit quicker) with the pieces. So for the tote bag I have chopped off a piece of the octagon to create a different shape entirely, and used the strips of that pieced cup-shape to frame and emphasise some negative space. On the pouch the diamonds are very quickly machine appliqued into place, and I solve the (tricky) problem of finishing those sharp diamond points by covering them up entirely! I think the zippy pouch is my favourite of all the projects (with the starburst hoop a close second), and I’m hoping to use the same quick applique method on a couple of larger projects very soon. 


As usual, the LPQ team have sent me a contributor’s copy of the magazine, but as I already have a subscription, that means I have a spare to give away. I also have a heap of left-over Cotton & Steel fabric from the project, so thought I would throw that into the mix too, as a big thank you to all the regulars out there who have stuck with Very Berry through thick and thin – realised just now that I am approaching my 5th anniversary here on WordPress (with 3 years before that on Blogspot – I am definitely an Old Timer Blogger now!). So you all deserve a reward I think… There’s approximately 7 FQ of fabrics in this pile, in about 9 different designs:

Starburst giveaway

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this little bundle of goodies then just leave a comment and I’ll make the draw on Friday evening (my time!). You are very welcome to just leave a ‘pick me’, but I’d be particularly interested to read any suggestions you all have for patterns or tutorials (for completed items or particular techniques) you would like to see on Very Berry blog during the rest of 2015. Very happy to post anywhere in the world, so don’t let that stop you joining in!

And I think it’s time for me to start planning an even bigger giveaway for the end of August, for my 5th birthday celebrations!

92 thoughts on “Giveaway: Cotton & Steel – Love Patchwork & Quilting

  1. So inspired by your lovely blog, I am a novice but your tutorials are clear and easy to follow. I need more practice to improve the finish of my projects and wondered if you had any advice. Thanks for the chance to win the lovely goodies.

  2. Congratulations on staying the distance, and good luck for the future. I hope I’m not too late for the giveaway but I’ve been on holiday. I could see your giveaway but didn’t have a good enough signal to enter it until I got back home!
    Teresa x

  3. Congrats on your upcoming blogaversary. I just found your blog via a Pinterest pin of your flat bottom zippered pouch. And, now I’m following you on Bloglovin. I printed out your tutorial for the zip pouch. I love your instructions and photos. I enjoy detailed instructions.

  4. I have to admit to having lost my sewing mojo and my lovely machine has been sitting in its bag abandoned for far too long 😦 I need some inspiration to get started again. Xx

  5. A great little giveaway with a great magazine. The projects are beautiful with clear easy to follow instructions. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  6. Thanks for the chance to win. I don’t have any suggestions , but I enjoy reading all your tutorials which are so clear and detailed.
    Many congratulations on reaching your milestone. You’re posts are always appreciated.

  7. Congratulations on your feature Ali. Must be a great feeling. And well done on your blogivesary, I appreciate the time and dedication they take. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. I would love to find a tutorial /pattern for a fabric pear. Perhaps as a doorstop or just a nice piece on my bookshelf. This giveaway fabric would be perfect.

  8. These are great designs Ali well done. EPP has never been my thing until I sprained my ankle earlier this month and couldn’t machine sew but had to do something while ‘resting’. I’d not thought of putting pieces in hoops before but yours look great.

  9. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine and fabric. I’d use the fabric to have a go at the zippered pouch as a pencil case for my daughter who is desparate for a new one but can’t find anything she likes the look of. I’d love a tutorial on the quilting aspect of quilt making. I’m a beginning so the basics and a simple design would be very much appreciated. Many thanks.

  10. I need to win this as I’m finding it hard to pickup a copy in store locally – do you think they will have copies at the Festival of Quilts? Loving the hexies I won recently, although I didn’t get as many done on my hols as anticipated!

  11. I have been busy doing EPP using some of your lovely Liberty fabrics. I have been meaning to try other shapes apart from hexagons and diamonds.I love hand piecing. My first ever quilt was made by hand as a holiday project.would love to win your giveaway.Thanks for the chance.

  12. What a fantastic giveaway, thanks very much. I am making my first hexagon paper pieced quilt, all hand made and I wonder how I am going to quilt the small hexagons to the back….any suggestions?. It would be good to have ideas for easy projects to use Liberty scraps. Thanks again, it is lovely of you and congrats on your inspiring blog, Pati x

  13. I love making bags, they’re so practical. Your bag is gorgeous. I’d love it if you picked me for your giveaway. I’m currently making items to sell at a Christmas fair to raise money for meningitis research so fabric is always welcome.

  14. I always find your giveaways exciting and you never know, one of these days I might get lucky! I’ll just keep trying.

  15. I would love a copy of the magazine. The scraps would work really well in my Small World Quilt 🙂
    doyleajackie AT gmail DOT com

  16. Would love to win this. I need to make some childrens aprons so a tutorial on that would be ideal ;-).

  17. After doing loads patchwork in my teens, I havent done any since. would love to start again using your designs and ideas. Tote bag looks great.

  18. Love your blog. I fancy some new seat pads for the kitchen and thinking patchwork would be a great idea to incorporate lots of colours to brighten it up.

  19. Thanks for the chance at this generous giveaway! And congrats on being published! I’m always happy to see pouch and tote bag tutorials!

  20. Hi and congratulations! I love how you match fabrics in your projects – they look so beautiful and neat! I’d love to win this giveaway – thank you for the chance!

  21. I’m thinking of making a mug rug and placemat set. I’d love to see a set of paper pieced ones designed by you! Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. I would love to win a copy of the magazine with your projects! I am currently experimenting with hexigons and making my first quilt with all hand sewing. I am still putting the top together and think I know how to put everything together but would love further instruction. Ideas on quilting would be helpful.

  23. Congratulations, the booklet is fabulous! I’m just getting going with epp and wanted to try something other than hexies so this is perfect for me. Would love to see you do some mini quilt designs in the future.

  24. I love the patterns on the fabrics, I am a beginner so it would be great if you did simple christmas decor.

  25. Congrats on your magazine feature!!! That is so cool! I’d like to see a feature on different types of appliqué- thanks!!!

  26. Love your designs and your recipes too! Tried the ice cream but with blackcurrants from the garden – gorgeous and so easy.

  27. Thanks for the lovely giveaway – my subscriptiom has run out so I’d love to win a copy! (not to mention the gorgeous fabric!) I never get tired of bag patterns, cases, totes anything like that!

  28. I’ve had zero sewing time lately what with it being the end of term but when I received my magazine (I’m a subscriber too!) I fell in love with your booklet! I’m going to make all the projects – they are at the top of my to sew list. Thank you for the giveaway – I’ll def keep the C&S but I can then gift the magazine to someone at my sewing club.

  29. What a lovely and generous giveaway! If I was picked def use for some new make up bags for Xmas pressies. I love your ideas so anything is good!

  30. Congratulations and thanks for this lovely giveaway. I would like to see projects for teenage boys! There you go, , hope you can come up with some interesting ideas!

  31. Love the epp patterns and guide in the current love patchwork and quilting, and the papers, I used both to assist me in piecing a star to put on a swap I’m doing on Instagram and it worked out lovely so thanks, it’s the first time I’ve tried it! And lovely giveaway too thanks, my sister could have the mag and I adore cotton + steel xx

  32. I love the hoop patterns! I didn’t think to mix quilting and hoop art, usually I just stick to cross stitch and embroidery but epp hoops are a must try! 🙂

  33. Congratulations on your upcoming blogging anniversary! Great project booklet too – you have been busy! I love the fabric with the ‘jacks’ on it, I used to play that game a lot as a girl 😊 Thank you for such a generous giveaway x

  34. Thank you for a gorgeous giveaway, a girl can never have too much fabric. I would love to see some really quick ideas for Christmas presents, I have made everyone bags, pouches, pincushions and needle books so need to come up with something else. I love making cushions, and anything at all with EPP keeps me happy, also maybe some kind of EPP design on a notebook cover would be lovely. x

  35. Pick me, I’ve had a water infection now for six weeks and I’m mightily fed up! This would definitely bring a smile to my face!

  36. congratulations on some great makes , I would love to enter your draw. I think those cotton and steel fabrics would be great in a Dresden plate type thing , perhaps a lap quilt

  37. You have a really good flair for design Ali and I love your tutorials. I would love to see more bag patterns if you fancy doing some.

  38. Such lovely projects – EPP is all over the place I better find my project from …… 6 years ago!! Such a great giveaway – would love to be in with a chance of winning this gorgeous bundle! Cheers

  39. Hi, the fabrics look gorgeous. Maybe a pattern that can be reduced / duplicated to create bigger projects but easy enough for beginners? Your projects look amazing. Thanks for the giveaway

  40. I’d love to win the giveaway, I am finding that I really love patchwork and have attempted some quilting (harder than it looks I find). I am not good with colour and to have something that co ordinates will inspire me to try something a bit grander. I have enjoyed Love Sewing mag and am tempted now to try Patchwork & quilting and have it pop in my box! Your work looks fab

  41. Beautiful fabrics, I am just embarking on my first quilt, made from old summer clothes, the fabrics were too nice to throw away. I hope it works out, so I can go on to make more. The fabrics in this bundle would make a gorgeous quilt for my boys. I want to become as obsessed with quilting as I am crochet, some quilt designs just blow me away. 🙂 xx

  42. Hi, what unusual designs. I love the tote bag design. I would love to see a tutorial on mini quilts ( doll size) or quilted “pictures”.Thanks for the lovely blog. It is always a pleasure popping in to read your latest posts.

  43. Your posts are always fun! I love the bags, the flat bottom with the excellent zipper is great and am anxious to make your tote. With the holidays coming up, I like to make little gifts for my friends and 6 girls so something along that line is super! I also NEED to start EPP so more please 😉

  44. Congratulations, such a great news.I would love a tutorial with quilt as you go beginning and finsihing a quilt, because I I`d love to understand if there are many ways to do it, with or without back fabrics.

  45. These look beautiful – how lovely to see so much of your work all together! I don’t really do quilting so I have no useful suggestions for you – but I do love cotton + steel so, please pick me!!! 😊 xxx

  46. I just adore the hoops! I’m interested if you think there are differences in how to approach EPP with something like C + S or something lighter like Liberty? Different needles maybe, or do some shapes work better?

  47. Pick Me!!!!

    I’d like to see a bit more ‘improv’ quilting – that doesnt sound right but I’m sure you know what I mean – I can follow a pattern but I’m not good at just ‘going for it’.

  48. Congratulations on a great blog, and a wonderful publication! I actually recently looked up your tutorials page to see if you had one for a tote bag – so that would be what I would love to see!

  49. Congratulations on 5 years & the supplement with some lovely projects in. I love this collection of fabrics – oh! The possibilities! x

  50. The summer holidays are here. Now relaxing after a very busy academic year. Would love to use you patterns and fabric once I’ve finished my planning. I’ve got a new sewing machine which needs using!

  51. Congratulations on the magazine supplement and the blogging anniversary. I enjoy EPP and would love to try using some curved shapes rather than the usual straight sided shapes..

  52. I loved the booklet that came with my magazine. Hopefully they won’t be too challenging for me. The fat quater colours are favourites of mine so it would be lovely to win.

  53. I’d like to see tips on how to keep your work in place when stitching with tiny pieces, please.

  54. Super giveaway – thank you. I cold really do with some guidance in piecing accuracy – however much I try to keep to accurate cutting and that pesky 1/4 inch seam, I still end up with wildly differing block sizes.

  55. I love that you are in this magazine! And with several projects! I’d also love to win the fabric. They would perfectly match the other fabrics I use for the baby blanket I’m currently making.
    With regards to tuts: I would love to hear your take on EPP. Especially: how do you sow it together? I tried and it worked out in the end, but I felt I fell short in hands. The papers made sowing so much stiffer. How do you deal with that?
    Thank you so much for the great giveaway.

  56. I love your zippered pouch – it’s gorgeous! I would like to see maybe some kind of embroidery stitch tutorials. I’m very much a machine sewer, but I love the small details that I have seen added to projects, but have no clue! Thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  57. Would love to win this, tried hexies but love your fabric. Different pincushion ideas would be an interesting one to try as they are small projects and not as daunting for us newbies. : )

  58. I love EPP but haven’t got beyond hexagons, these patterns look really easy to follow. Would love to win

  59. I’m still looking for someone to guide me through making a quillow- I struggle with understanding how they can be quilted and need a picture explanation!

  60. I’m afraid it’s just a ‘pick me’ as my mind has drawn a blank as to suggestions! A whole magazine supplement though, wow, the projects look fab:)

  61. I love EPP but never tried, but this summer I have started with some diamonds to be made into stars. Your pouches always look fantastic, fingers crossed mine looks half as good!

  62. lovely designs, and those fabrics are such summery colours, gorgeous! And as for what I’d like to see….I’d love to know how you go about making the designs in your head come out on paper, the process you use.

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