Tuesday, 12 September 2017

What's New at TCQ - Effervescence

Ok, so these posts were supposed to be a regular thing each time I upload a new collection to the website. And yes, they've kind of fallen by the wayside (again) but rather than go back and pick up where I *should* go back to, let's fast forward to last week's delivery of Robert Kaufman fabrics and the absolutely stunning Effervescence!

This collection first came out a couple of years ago and I meant to order it then, but never got around to it. Kaufman have recently added some new fabrics to the collection and they really are awesome. First up are three ombre prints which change colour across the width of the fabric.

Bright Ombre 17061-195

Here's a closer look at the print

Detail, Bright ombre

The remaining fabrics are smaller bubbles in a multitude of colours and combinations. Really can't decide which is my favourite! Today I'm feeling the love for the Mardi Gras colourway...

Mardi Gras Bubbles 17062-297

The fabrics are a digital print so they aren't cheap, but I think they're worth it. They've received a lot of love on social media so I don't think they'll be around for long.....

You can order them here.

Friday, 4 August 2017

The Importance of Auditioning Fabrics

A lot of quilters have design walls where they can lay their blocks out for the quilts they are working on. This has a dual purpose of inspiring (or nagging?) you whenever you go into your sewing room to carry on with your project, but it is also great for auditioning fabrics as it can be useful to be able to take a step back, not only to admire your work but also to see if a particular fabric combination is working. There are custom made design walls available on the market but a large piece of wadding pinned up works equally as well.

Unfortunately I don't have the room for a design wall so have to lay out my WIPs on the floor as best I can, and quite often that is a bit of a struggle, especially with three very inquisitive cats!

This last week I have been playing around with the new Sand in my Shoes fabric collection designed by McKenna Ryan. I just love her fabrics; subtle yet strong colours that blend so beautifully. Having made the quilt centre I was stuck about how to finish it off. I'd used a fat quarter bundle and had plenty of fabrics left so there was scope for adding a border.

First off, I thought about adding a simple pieced border

Excuse my little feet!

But felt this blended in too much so I wondered about adding a thin border of the ombre print in the collection instead....but which one?!

And then bingo! I could do both.....just needed to decide which colour worked best for me....

or Purple?!

I went for the green option but I think all of them work well.

Ripples in the Sand Quilt

The fabrics will be at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham next week as well the finished quilt, well the top at least. Sadly I won't have time to quilt it beforehand. Kits will be available and the pattern will follow....both at the show and on the website.


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