Monday, 29 May 2017

Quilt Show Recap - Quilts UK 2017

The first of the big, must-visit shows of the year is Quilts UK at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire. The showground has the wonderful Malvern Hills as it's backdrop. It's a beautiful setting and one of the reasons why the show is as popular as ever. And this year's show was no different.

My recap of the show is going to be a little sketchy though as I was only able to be there for a couple of days for personal reasons, namely my son starting his GCSEs. It's not easy knowing you need to be in two places at the same time when there is only you.

My parents did a great job as usual setting the stand up.

The quilts on display at the back were my Very Hungry Caterpillar and Galaxy Stars quilts, both of which have been projects in P&Q and my ever popular Ombre Squares quilt. The fabrics and kits for this quilt were probably the best sellers at the show, so much so that there are maybe only five or six kits left now.

So, for the days I was there; Thursday and Saturday, the show was very busy. Lots of visitors from near and far enjoying the lovely weather (in between the heavy showers) as well as the wonderful quilts on display. As my time at the show was brief and busy, I didn't get the chance to look at the quilts other than the Championship Quilt, 'Latin for Quilters' by Moira Neal. It was a quirky quilt but I loved some of the detail in it.

The quilt also won first place in the Theme category which this year was Gardener's World and the award for Fabric Painting

The only other quilt I managed to take a look at was 'Peony Ring' by Sally Bramald. This was stunningly quilted by Sally, as usual.

Peony Ring also came first in the Bed Quilt category.

Such was my time and the show so busy, that I didn't get the chance to go back to take flat shots of each quilt!

A week after the event now and I think I can say the show was my best ever at Quilts UK. Next up is the National Quilt Championships at the Sandown Racecourse in Esher, Surrey.

See you there?

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

What's New at TCQ - Shimmer Echoes

Say hello to Artisan Sprit Shimmer Echoes from Northcott Fabrics!

Blue Lagoon
There are 10 colours of this wonderful panel print which measures approx. 24" x WOF ranging from ebony through greens, pink and purple.

Priced at £8.95 a panel, they are available on the website.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

What's New at TCQ - Galaxy!

The Galaxy collection from Makower arrived in stock a couple of weeks ago. It's a great space-themed range of fabrics which also includes robots.

I cherry picked some fabrics to make this quilt that was featured in the April issue of British Patchwork & Quilting.

Image courtesy of Sharon Cooper Photography

I love the Planets print

And these Rockets....

The Spacemen print is a good low volume/background

And this Stars print is just a really useful print!

All the fabrics are on the website, as is a kit to make the quilt which also includes four matching Linea prints.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Focus on.....Curiosities

Kick starting a new series of posts for 2016 and an attempt to blog more often, I thought I'd get back into writing about each collection fabric as it arrives. As I've got a little backlog of collections to write about, there may be a few posts in quick(ish) succession!

And first up is Curiosities which was designed by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics.

The collection features an unusual mix of colours and floral prints and is inspired by the nature around us with fireflies, flowers and Jeni's pet rabbit George.

I love the main floral print

and who can resist these bunnies?

The collection is priced at £12.40 a metre and can be bought via the website.


Sunday, 13 September 2015

Tula Pink's True Colors

I love this collection. So bright and cheery. I thought I'd try and start doing a quick blog post about new collections as they come in....

I'm a fairly recent convert to loving Tula Pink fabrics. Her next collection, Eden, should be in stock by mid October so hopefully I'll be able to take it to the Malvern and Duxford quilt shows at the end of next month. 

The great thing about Tula's fabrics is they all work together so the prints from this True Colors collection will blend seamlessly with Eden. 

Here's a closer look at the fabrics. There are twenty fabrics in the collection altogether. 

The fabrics are £13.80m and are also available in a mega fat quarter bundle containing all the fabrics 

Fabric manufacturers always have free projects you can download to make quilts using their fabrics and this is the one for True Colors. I'll add the pattern to the website shortly 


Saturday, 17 January 2015

Quilters' Quarter Day

Finally got the time to blog about the first Quilters' Quarter Day last Saturday!

Sometimes you just need to try something new as there's nothing worse than wondering "what if?". And after umming and ahhing about it for most of last year I made the decision to have a pop up shop a few times a year; quarterly to be exact. Hence the name of my events!

The second week in January in a village hall in rural Hertfordshire might not be the best way to try out something new, but apart from the wind we were lucky it was a lovely day. 
I was truly humbled by the number of quilters who came along, some from quite some distance away! I think everyone went away happy with their fabric goodies and homemade cakes!

Here's a couple of pics of the hall before I opened

And ladies enjoying cake!

The next QQD is 11 April at Rushden Village Hall. Check out the website for more info


Sunday, 9 November 2014

End of Term Report - 2014

So, another year has just zoomed by! More than a dozen quilt shows and group visits all over the country from Ardingly in West Sussex to Northumberland, Llangollen in Wales and Edinburgh in Scotland! It's been great seeing so many familiar faces throughout the year too.
There have been some really wonderful fabrics delivered this year; my fave being Terra Australis direct from Australia. I'm still the only shop stocking it in the UK, available by the metre or in fat quarter bundles.
Outback                                      Eucalyptus
And just delivered this week are the latest Bali pre-cuts from Hoffman. Super yummy as usual; my fave is Cockatiel I think

I have these as 2.5" Pops, 10" Crackers and 5" Snaps and they are already on the website.

Another pre-cut collection was released at Quilt Market in Houston featuring the 1895 collection of batiks in lovely colour combos. I may just have to order these.........
Looking forward to next year, I have some big plans that I am working on. Having dithered about them all this year I think 2015 is the year to be decisive and do them, so keep an eye out for news on this!