Sunday, 1 September 2013

Fairground attraction and a giveaway.

Today I've got one of my favourite finishes to show you, and a giveaway from Annie at The Village Haberdashery to help me celebrate it.

Back in July I had a great time at the second Fat Quarterly Retreat. Due to circumstances, I was very late booking, but was lucky enough to still be able to sneak places on some fantastic classes, including Katy Jones' Triangle City EPP.

Now, after a cushion made in my teenage years, I've had a very strong aversion to EPP and hexagons, but I thought if anyone was the girl to get me over that, it was Katy. (Actually, I thought the HST class I went to in April was such a giggle, it would be worth suffering through EPP, 'cos Katy would be a blast!)

So I precut the fabric ready before the class - my policy of only using stash fabrics for the retreat lead me to choose Michael Miller's Mirror Ball Dots, and I was therefore determined to finish it after Retreat.

Initially I made some false starts and nearly gave up.


Then it got christened Radioactive Porn Star for some fairly obvious reasons, so a rethink was in order, and I nearly gave up again.


But I recut the triangles and in a rainbow state of mind off I set again.

 

And here is the finished EPP. It reminded me of the lights on fairground rides or roller coasters, hence it's new name of Fairground Attraction.


I decided it needed a plain rich coloured backing, and navy blue won over purple. I quilted it by stitching in the ditch with Aurifil 50wt in white, and then echo quilted it with some navy blue Gutermann thread I happened to have lying around.


To bind it, I used scraps of the Mirror Ball fabric in the same colours as I used in the Triangle City block.

And here's the giveaway part - Annie's has very generously offered a FQ bundle of Mirror Ball dots to one lucky winner! Now some might call this planning, but by coincidence Katy featured these fabrics on her blog today too.


You have three chances to win:

1) follow my blog and leave me a comment telling me you've done so.

2) sign up for Annie's newsletter on the shop website and then leave me a comment telling me you've done so. (Click here for an image of where to subscribe)

3) tweet, blog or Facebook a link to the giveaway and then leave me a comment telling me you've done so. (I'm @Pennie_J_H on twitter)

I'll leave the giveaway open for a week and draw the winner on Sunday 8th September. Good luck!

 

77 comments:

  1. I am already a follower. It looks fabulous and I much prefer the new name to the old one, although that did make me laugh!!

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  2. And I already sign up to Annie's newsletter

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  3. Pennie your 'Fairground Attraction' is stunning!
    I love it!
    Thank you (and Annie!) for a great giveaway - I'm a happy follower!

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  4. I already get Annie's newsletter!

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  5. I follow you already. I snorted when I saw how your first attempt got it's name. :-) Love how it all worked out in the end.

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  6. I'm already signed up to Annie's Newsletter

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  7. I love these dots! I follow you on bloglovin

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  8. And I'm signed up to the newsletter

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  9. Gorgeous cushion - and the blue was genius!!!! I am a happy follower :)

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  10. I receive the Daily Stitch newsletter :) Yay!!!! Thanks for having a giveaway!!!

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  11. It's beautiful! The first attempt (and name) gave me quite a chuckle, though! I thought I was following your blog but couldn't find it in my Feedly list so I've rectified that omission and am now definitely a happy follower!

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  12. Love the finished piece! I already follow your blog.

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  13. I love Fairground Attraction. Thanks for the giveaway - I already follow you:-)

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  14. love your cushion, the fabrics are fab! I follow your blog over at bloglovin x

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  15. ps also receive the daily stitch newsletter

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  16. Oh Pennie, it looks superb!
    Thanks for the chance - I am obviously a follower!

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  17. A dedicated follower of Pennie x

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  18. Not so porn star now. I follow you.

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  19. SHARED GIVEAWAY ON FB
    linda.douglas.35

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  20. SUBSCRIBED TO ANNIE'S NEWSLETTER!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  21. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU ON BLOG LOVIN'!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  22. I can't believe you changed the name - but it is absolutely stunning!

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  23. Brilliant finish Penny. It looks far nicer now it has been re-jigged and re-named! I am a follower too. Di x

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  24. I am already a subscriber to the VH newsletter.

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  25. What lovely fabrics. I follow using Bloglovin.

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  26. I'm already signed up for the VH newsletter.

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  27. Loving the stitching
    I'm following your blog via feedly

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  28. I'm already signed up to Annie's newsletter - thanks

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  29. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/MaryEmmens/status/374455819422531584

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  30. love the EPP - can't wait to see it finished :-D

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  31. oh you *know* I am a follower #stalker

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  32. and of course I get the newsletter too! xxx

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  33. I follow you on Bloglovin :-) Love your EPP - it looks amazing.

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  34. Hi! I just signed up to follow your blog. Thank you for the opportunity to win, I LOVE this fabric and your block:)

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  35. I am a subscriber of Annie's newsletter.

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  36. I Facebooked a link to your blog and giveaway! Have a great day everyone!!!

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  37. I've already signed up for Annie's newsletter!

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  38. I followed your blog....I believe!! ;) I just don't see my comment .....

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  39. I'm a new follower, signed up through Blglovin

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  40. I'm already signed up for Annies email

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  41. Shared on facebook using link from Aurifil page - couldn't find your page?

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  42. I just found your blog and think I will enjoy your work.

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  43. HI I also so just found your Blog, va Facebook. I have to say I love your Block.thanks for the chance to win

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  44. signed up to get your blog va email !!

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  45. Hi! Signed up for everything and tweeted your giveaway! Thank you for offering this beautiful piece!

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  46. I follow you on bloglovin. It is a beautiful quilt - those hexagons are neatly hidden away, I wouldn't have thought of doing it that way, but it works so well. Great fabric selection as well.

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  47. and I am a follower.
    Loved the project as a radioactive porn star but it did turn out really great.

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  48. It's lovely - that dark background really shows off the mirrorball dot fabric. I've followed you with bloglovin'.

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  49. I get the Village Haberdashery Newsletter.

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  50. I loved those dots in the class and it has turned out amazingly. Now I have seen yours and Di's are finished I will really need to crack on with mine. I have added your blog to my reader.

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  51. I already get the newsletter.

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  52. Did you appliqué the block to the blue background ? It is stunning.

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  53. Did you appliqué the block to the blue background ? It is stunning.

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  54. I follow you and get the newsletter too.

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  55. I follow via email. I love seeing the process that precedes such a lovely work, so thanks for the post and the giveaway, too!

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  56. I signed up for the Village Haberdashery email.

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  57. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/wordygirl11/status/374982750228340736

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  58. This block can look a bit dodgy can't it! I follow you, thanks for the chance to win.

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  59. I'll list your giveaway in a Giveaway Roundup I will be posting today.

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