Tuesday 15 December 2009

A little bit of praise

Birdsong by Pauline Jones

Just taking a moment to give some well deserved praise to Pauline Jones who has made another amazing quilt.
Take a look at this...

Wow!  Pauline bought this quilt in to the shop unfinished just a few weeks ago to show us what she was doing with fabrics from our Red Rooster collections, Twinkle Littler Star and Anibella.  To me after seeing it close up this photo does not do it justice so she has kindly sent some close up shots for us to share.

 Aww, did you spot the little bird?


...something is munching on that apple.

I love those flowers!

Another little bird

a lovely bobbin border

and do you know what else?...she can knock quilts like this together in no time at all, don't you just hate people like that!
Thank you Pauline!!!

Saturday 5 December 2009

New in

What a busy week...
Many deliveries and new fabrics.....lovely.  Now our first delivery actually came last week but this is the main week for selling them...

...Christmas trees.  And lovely ones they are too.  Our forecourt is now full of festivity and the scent surrounding the shop is lush.

Speaking of lush...look at our new range of fabrics.

A gorgeous new range from 3 Sisters for Moda called Aster Manor.  We have 22 fabrics from the range in stock in 44" wide and 3 in the extra wide 108".  It is online now at an introductory price.  So pretty.

Another one of our deliveries this week was a box full of Debbie Bliss yarns which has refreshed our selection nicely.

Tuesday 10 November 2009

Quilt Gallery.

Just a quick one to let you know about our Quilt Gallery which is now on our website.  We get sent such lovely pictures of quilts that it seems rude not to share them, thanks to those who have allowed us to add them.  If you have a picture that you would like us to share, of any item you have made with our fabrics (bags, accessories, anything!) let me know and I would be delighted to add it.

Tuesday 20 October 2009

Whether we like it or not...

Christmas is fast approaching.  I, personally, love every moment: christmas shopping, wrapping, baking and everything else that comes with it; I am in my element.  This morning I have spent a good couple of hours getting more of our christmas fabrics on to the website whilst imagining what I could possibly do with some of them.  My personal favorites are the Christmas batiks from which I am thinking perhaps a nice table runner might be made.

Our range of Christmas fabrics can be found HERE.  We also have a lot more choice in store.

For the cross stitchers out there we have some fantastic little kits suitable for sending as greetings cards, or just displaying on the wall or tree (a display hoop is supplied).They would only take a little while to make and look lovely.

Our christmas designs are sold in a kit or some just as a chart.

Tuesday 29 September 2009

Quilting for Beginners Workshop.

Sue Largen has done us proud once again and put together this quilt for a beginners quilting class.  The first class for this quilt will take place this Saturday and is already full!  If you do wish to take part in making this quilt at the next available class then give us a ring and we will put your name on the list.  The class will be run on a Saturday, from 10am untill 4pm and Sue will guide you through step by step.  Kit needed; Sewing machine, basic Sewing kit and your lunch.  The class itself will cost £12 and materials can be purchased on the day. 

Tuesday 8 September 2009

Silk Mountain Crochet Hat

As Autumn is kicking in I have been feeling the urge to start with the hats again.  I have started with this simple crochet hat using Noro Silk mountain which at the moment is on special offer, and a snip at £2.79 (less than half RRP!). The pattern is in my head but if you would like me to try and remember it then just get in touch.  It took just one evening to complete, which is perfect for me as I have little attention span, and used just 2 balls of yarn plus some optional ribbon for decoration.  It is actually adult size but my Daughter Lara takes a nicer photo than me and models it perfectly.

Friday 4 September 2009

How to do a Runner

How to do a Runner by Sue Largen.

Using the Charm pack pieces left over from the Marshside Medallion quilt and just half a yard of fabric for the backing and border Sue has designed this great table runner.  Both this runner and the Quilt will look fantastic in the same room using the runner on the coffee table and the quilt as a throw over the back of a chair.  I must add that depending on how you use the 2 charm packs for the quilt and the runner you should have enough squares left over to make a matching cushion using the same pattern as one of the blocks in the runner or just make a pattern up.  All in all, a proper bargain!

Thursday 3 September 2009

Marshside Medallion

I think we will all be in agreement that this is a stunning quilt. It is made and designed by Sue Largen for us using our Charm packs however the fabrics in it (as you may have been told over and over again by Bob) were all carefully selected by Bob then perfectly arranged by Sue.

To make the front it takes 120 5" squares, which is a pack and a bit but Sue has also designed a table runner to use up the extra squares, and a couple of yards worth of other complimenting fabrics for the borders etc. We do have the pattern in stock which you can find HERE. Thanks to Sue for this gorgeous quilt and pattern!

Welcome to our Blog

First things first I would like to say on behalf of all of us WELCOME to our long overdue blog and thank you for taking the time to check it out.

The aim for this blog is to keep you updated on all our goings on in store, such as: new products, event days, special offers, workshops, not forgetting ideas, lots of them, plus whatever else springs to mind. We also have so many beautiful things brought in to show us that we thought it would be a good way to do our customer gallery. Please feel free to keep sending us photos of what you have made, top tips and whatever else you think useful and we will try and add them and give you some well deserved credit.

We are finally getting straight from the Festival of Quilts. Thanks to those who came along to say hi; sorry if we did not have a chance to chat, it was however lovely to see you all. The show on the whole was brilliant and the launch of our charm rolls was a huge success so thank you, thank you, thank you!

The back room of the shop is looking slightly manic at the moment as we have in the builders putting in our indoor toilet so no more cold bums. When all the work is finished we hope to get our workshops underway which I will keep you updated on. We have some great ideas for them and now that Summer is coming to an end (what little there was of it) and the weather is changing, it is the best time to get started on some new projects.

Anyway must go as we have thirsty workers expecting a cuppa.
I hope you are all keeping well