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Surprises at The Swan

Our latest pop up shop at The Swan Hotel in Southwold was during the May Spring Bank Holiday weekend – mixed weather but lovely to see some regular customers as well as some passers-by, delighted when unexpectedly discovering our Aladdin’s cave of fabric in the Cygnet Room.  We were also delighted when two of our regular customers brought in quilts to show us – we always get excited when this happens!  You can see why:

Lindsey's Tilda quilt

Lindsey’s Tilda quilt

Lindsey’s fab Tilda quilt was the inspiration for the Tilda rag quilt we made with our selection of Tilda fabrics.

Penny's Persimmon quilt

Penny’s Persimmon quilt

Penny’s lovely quilt used the Persimmon collection from Moda in an eye-catching pinwheel design.

Thanks to Lindsey and Penny for taking the time to show us their quilts.  Our next pop up is on the August Bank Holiday weekend at The Swan Hotel, Southwold, Suffolk so maybe you have something you’d like to bring along to show us?

Janet & Louise


Seeing stars

We’ve finished a UFO!  We had completed the stars for our last pop-up shop but that was as far as we got before the pop-up shop popped!  We used a pattern from Moda’s Candy pattern book which is based on 2.5 inch squares and we combined some lovely French General with Moda Bella Solids .   It just needed the border added to finish the top.  We do seem to just ‘tweak’ patterns a little and this is no exception – we’ve added a small inner border to better frame our lovely stars.
We made our own 2.5 inch squares (which didn’t take long!) for the stars.  Making the points of the stars meant there were all these small triangles that were saying they needed to be sewn together.  Since they were already matched and ready to go, that’s exactly what we did!
We now have lots of these tiny squares (1.75 inches square) to use.  They would look good in the back of the quilt but we haven’t decided how to use them.  They’d look great in a cushion cover as well.  Decisions, decisions!
What would YOU do? – let us know!
Janet & Louise

Show & tell – Japanese knot bag

Janet’s been at it again and has whipped up this little number – a Japanese knot bag.  This is a reversible bag that has a long and short handle and when the long handle is pulled through the short – voilá! – a great little bag to keep keys, purse and phone in that looks pretty snazzy.

Janet used this Deco Dreams fabric from Fabric Freedom which has a subtle gold thread running through it and coordinates fabulously with Timeless Treasures  Willow in gold that you can just see peeking out at the strap below.

Janet just drew the shape she wanted for her bag and took it from there but the internet  has loads of easy to follow patterns including this one from All People Quilts which is called a grab bag and includes pockets.  The clever design means there’s no need for zips or fasteners of any sort as the knot closes the bag.  It can be worn around the wrist and would make a great present.

And in other news – Louise has had a significant birthday recently and, thanks to the generosity of her loved ones, has purchased a new toy.  Stay tuned to find out more!

Janet & Louise

Show & tell – Jo

Here’s our latest show and tell item – a fabulous block from Jo in Suffolk, England.

Jo's blockIt’s a foundation pieced star and we really love the way the black background makes those colours pop!  Thanks for showing us, Jo!

Janet & Louise

Show & tell

One thing we really love about our little online shop is guessing what people do with the fabric they buy.   It’s really fascinating to think of all that fabric being sent off around the world to new homes and new beginnings and even if if ends up in someone’s stash then that’s ok with us!  Sometimes we get a little glimpse into the new life of a fabric when a customer teases us with a hint as to what they have in mind or, joy of joys, they send us an image of their creation!  There’s no better inspiration than to see a fabric made up into a bag, a quilt or something more unexpected such as a pair of curtains – it really brings the fabric to life and makes us realise the endless possibilities… and so we’re going to set up a show and tell section where all you creative types can send in images of your lovely items and we can all share the inspiration.

We’d like to set the ball rolling and show you a bag that we’ve made with a couple of Deco Metric fabrics by Ro Gregg for Northcott.  This collection is quite subtle with a mixture of light, mid and dark browns and a lovely pop of green to lift it. As ever, it’s the fabric design that attracted us and we’ve used the green and dark brown frond fabric for the body of the bag with the dark brown circles to coordinate.  The pattern is Amy Butler’s Frenchy Bag in the smaller size.  We love Amy’s patterns as they’re so easy to follow (even the more elaborate ones) and you always end up with a great looking bag!  So please let us know what you’ve been up to with your fabric.  It does’t have to be from our website – we’re not fussy.  Just contact us through our website if you’d like to share.

In the meantime we’ve turned into cutting fiends in readiness for the Spring Quilt Festival at Chilford.  Last November was our first time as stallholders at Chilford and, despite a few nerves, it was pretty exciting.  You know those experiences you really look forward to but don’t quite know what to expect?  Well it was one of those but in a good way!  So hopefully we’ll be a little more prepared (ha!) and we’re looking forward to meeting loads of lovely people.  We’ll have a range of fabric from our website in fat quarters, bundles and larger pieces – let us know if you’re going to Chilford and there’s something on our website that you’d like to see in the flesh and we’ll bring it along.  We’ll have some pieces made up including the bag above and Janet is working on some Isabella and 30s Playtime while Louise is hand sewing some Blueberry Crumb Cake so we’ll have lots to show you.  And now it’s back to the cutting board…

Janet & Louise

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Reydon Village Hall, Southwold, IP8 6RFMay 26th, 2018
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