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!

Monday, 13 October 2014

When Joanna met Paula

It's not often you get to meet one of your quilting heroes but on Saturday I did!
Its rather a long story about how it all came about which involved both hats I wear as an online quilt shop and editor of P&Q, but Friday evening my son and I made a rather long trek north in the van to Northumberland and region 15E's area day meeting in the village of Stannington where their guest speaker was none other than Paula Nadelstern!
I have been a fan of both Paula's books and fabrics for many years.
She gave a talk to a packed village hall in the morning
And was available for ladies to chat to and buy supplies for her classes
And she kindly gave me a signed copy of one of her books!

I heartily agree! With fabric, more is certainly more!

It was a lovely day and has reminded me I need to get my own kaleidoscope quilt out again and must finish quilting it!

It was an adventurous trip home though.........half way down the A1 we had a puncture and had to stop at the side of the road and wait for our roadside assistance to arrive, which they did eventually and after a policeman arrived to close off the inside lane to protect us from the traffic.

We made it home, thankfully in one piece. Albeit it four hours later than planned!

So all in all, a weekend to remember!