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Popping up with Sally Holman in Southwold

Well it appears to be May already and, after a great Easter weekend in Southwold, it’s time for another pop-up!  Over the last couple of years that we’ve been popping up at The Swan Hotel, we’ve been lucky enough to see a steady increase in visitors and now it’s become a 4 day social gathering of lovely people who call in to see us and show us what they’ve been making (and to buy fabric of course- but that’s not compulsory!).  What a great way to spend a long weekend! We’ll have some new fabric – including this French General Le Bouquet Francais – and more scrap bags of course…



This weekend we’re delighted to have  expert quilter Sally Holman in residence.  She will be holding Make and Take classes of one hour which will involve creating a fabric landscape using a variety of techniques.  The cost is £6.00 including kit – a great way to spend a creative hour!  If you would like to book a place please email us or you can just turn up on the day.  Classes will be at the following times:

Sat 24th & Sun 25th May –
11.00am to 12 noon, 1.00 to 2.00pm, 3.30 to 4.30pm
Monday 26th May –
11.00am to 12 noon, 1.00 to 2.00pm, 3.00 to 4.00pm

and we’ll be there from Friday 23rd until Monday 26th May from 10.00am until 5.00pm (or later if we’re having fun!)

Come and say hello!

Janet & Louise


Josephine goes to Southwold

We’ve just had a delivery of French General Josephine charm packs and jelly rolls and couldn’t resist whipping up a quick quilt top with a charm pack.  These packs are part of the Moda pre cut range and consist of 42  5 x 5 inch squares featuring the whole collection which is a great way to get a large range of fabrics without having to buy loads.  We just arranged them as they came out of the pack and put in a few larger squares for contrast and came up with this…


It’s so simple – it just means matching up a few seams and, because the squares are pre-cut, even this is pretty straight forward!  If you’d like to see Josephine in all her glory then come to our pop up shop at The Swan Hotel in Southwold, Suffolk this Friday 6th, Saturday 7th  and Sunday 8th December from 10.00am.  Friday is the turning on of the Christmas lights in Southwold so there’ll be lots to see and do but just remember the High Street will be closed from 5pm so best to get in early if you’re planning to visit the town on that day.

We’ll also have some more scrap bags (and we know how you love a scrap bag!) and a few other interesting bits and pieces so call in and see us for a chat and bring along anything you’ve made since we last saw you.  Valerie and John from Daisy May Quilting will be there with their quilt display – we can’t wait to see what they’ll have this time – so it should be a great few days.  Let’s just hope it doesn’t snow this time!

Janet & Louise

Easter pop up

This was our first time doing an Easter weekend at The Swan Hotel in Southwold – what a brilliant weekend we had.   It snowed a bit, the sun shone, the wind cut like a knife and lots of people were out and about determined to enjoy their Easter break.  Our regulars were delighted when they entered the doors of the Cygnet Room as this time we had Valerie and John from Daisy May Quilting with an amazing display of quilts to show off their long arm quilting. 
The Cygnet Room, Easter 2013
                                                                                                                                                 The Cygnet Room, Easter 2013 – Upstairs and down!
Our customers brought along some amazing work to show us.  Have a look at these panels from Linda and Yvonne.  These are two very talented (and patient!) ladies.
linda yvonne panels
We also had a look at a lovely quilt made from the Salt Air collection – check out that fussy cutting!
There were others but we didn’t have time to take photos!  Thanks to all who came along, brought their lovely work, chatted, matched fabric and made our weekend.  We’ll be back in May…
Oh and for those of you in the UK – don’t forget to watch The Great British Sewing Bee tonight at 8.00pm on BBC2!
Janet & Louise

From Duxford to Southwold

Well this time three weeks ago we were setting up at Duxford for the Spring Quilt Festival and this afternoon we’re setting up for our latest pop up shop at Soutwold.  It’s all go!  Thanks to all our lovely customers who came to say hello at Duxford.  As always, it was great fun meeting you all, seeing what you’re making, and generally having a good time surrounded by fabric.  We’ll be back in November.

Spring Quilt Festival, Duxford, March 2013

Janet & Louise at Spring Quilt Festival, Duxford, March 2013

Thanks also to Nicola who took the photo and lent us her amazing (and much admired!) quilt made with Mango Salsa pre cuts that you can see in the background.

As many of you already know, we’re off to Southwold again this weekend for another pop up shop.  We’ll be in The Cygnet Room at The Swan Hotel from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March from 10.00am so what better way to spend some of your Easter weekend than having a look at our fabrics.  Let’s face it, the weather is not shaping up to be particularly spring-like but once you’re in our fabric room you’ll be transported to another dimension never mind another season!

We’ll have our Simply Color quilt there – this lovely blend of green, plum and grey proved a huge hit at Duxford – so much so that we only have a few fabrics left but plenty of Moda Bella Solids to go around.

Simply Color quilt

Simply Color quilt

And we’ll also have a new collection from Benartex called Casablanca.

Casablanca from Benartex

Casablanca from Benartex

Well worth a look so see you there!

Happy Easter!

Janet & Louise

Popping back to The Swan

Yes, its’s December again which means we’re back at the Swan Hotel in Southwold for another pop up shop.  After the excitement of the Autumn Quilt Festival in Duxford where we could only show off a small selection of our fabric, it’s time to go mad and put it all on display!  There’s been a few new fabric ranges arrive since we were last at the Swan…

pop up dec 2012 fabric

Urbanicity by Michele D’Amore, Gypsy Girl by Lily Ashbury, Feathers and Fancy by Dianna LaFerry, Oh Deer by Momo and the Japanese-inspired Kasuri.

And for those of you who came to see us at Duxford – here’s a little peek of what’s arrived since…


Chateau Rouge mini charm packs

simply colour

Simply Colour by V and Co.

We’re also extending our range of Bella solids and now have some great colours in plums and greys so if you get a chance to drop by we’d love to see you.  Friday night (7th December) is also the turning on of the Christmas lights in Southwold so you can really get into the Christmas spirit if you haven’t already!

Janet & Louise

Southwold here we come

Yes, we’re off to Southwold in Suffolk again for one of our legendary pop up shops.  Read about a previous one here.  We’ll have all our fabric plus some new items that we’ve whipped up over the last few weeks.  We’ll be in the Cygnet Room of the Swan Hotel in Southwold from 1.00pm on Friday 24th August and then from 10.00am on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August.  Drop in and see us!

Janet & Louise

Here comes summer!

Well waddaya know – summer has finally arrived in the UK – well parts of it anyway – so there’s only one thing for it and that’s to get some al fresco sewing done!

It’s only a month to go to our next pop up shop at The Swan Hotel in Southwold so we’ve been busy making a few smaller items to showcase some of our (quite summery!) fabric ranges.  We think it’s the best way to get a ‘feel’ for the fabrics.  Here’s a sneak peek…

Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket, Tradewinds by Lily Ashbury & Hello Luscious by Basicgrey

These are all Moda fabrics and if you need a bit of inspiration have a look at this website –  Moda Bake Shop.  It features lots of ‘recipes’ using Moda pre-cut fabric such as the Salt Air Diamonds Quilt  and these Tradewinds potholders so it’s a great way to see how the fabrics look made up, even if you don’t use the patterns.  An even better way would be to come along to the Swan Hotel on the August Bank Holiday weekend and see for yourselves!  We’ll keep you posted and, in the meantime, have you been doing any al fresco sewing?

Janet & Louise

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Fabric Pop up Shop

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