So why not grab yourself a bargain? Once it's gone...........it's gone!
Monday, 31 December 2012
So why not grab yourself a bargain? Once it's gone...........it's gone!
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Sunday, 4 November 2012
And so this is why you will find me more on twitter these days.
So what's new at The Crafty Quilter?
A few weeks ago the 5th Bali pre cuts collection from Hoffman arrived. These are now available in 5" squares, aka Snaps, and 10" squares, aka Crackers, as well as the original 2 1/2" strips - Pops. I really love these. I didn't order a large quantity of the new Snaps and Crackers as I wasn't sure how they would be received so have sold out of quite a few of them already. More are now on order and they will hopefully arrive later this month.
The most popular colour so far has been Brown Sugar, which is rather yummy.
My favourite is Parfait, although this has been the least popular so far!
The other new delivery just before the quilt show at Malvern was the first few fabrics from the Florentine 4 collection from Robert Kaufman. Pretty amazingly, I managed to upload the fabrics to the website the same day as they were delivered!
There are four colourways to this collection but I have only ordered these two subtle colours; Dawn and Mist.
I'll see what quilt kit I can design when the rest of the fabric arrive.
The last few weeks have been very busy with back to back quilt shows at Malvern last weekend and Duxford this weekend. Today is the last day of my last show this year, although I am working at an area day next Saturday too.
It will be nice to have a break and get some quilting done and to that end I have just bought myself a freemotion foot for my machine and plan to teach myself to machine quilt.
Anyone want to learn along with me?
Saturday, 29 September 2012
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
I will continue to maintain the CQ Facebook page but I think I will try blogging and tweeting a bit more for a bit instead. If you don't follow me on Twitter just yet (tut tut) click here!
The blue main print has just sold out this weekend at the Scottish Quilt Championships but there is still the purple colour left and a little bit of the brown.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
So what did I discover in the box?
More fabrics from the wonderful Imperial Collection 8 for starters. This collection was really popular at the quilt show at Sandown last weekend. I have a great quilt kit for this collection which just needs the addition of a darker marble outer border. Not sure if I have taken a photo of it yet.........
The delivery had mainly more fabrics for the purple/green colourway
And a couple more of the brown colourway
These prints are already on the website which means I am slightly in danger of being efficient!!
There is a short break now before the BIG one, the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham, so I will hopefully have some time to create some new quilts together for the show.
This weekend there is an open day at one of my suppliers.................which means ordering new fabrics................its a hard life!!
Saturday, 9 June 2012
So hopefully I'll get it right next time!
The last few days my son and I have visited the new International Quilt Festival of Ireland being held in Galway. This show has been promised to be something different, unlike other quilt shows, and so I felt I needed to see it for myself.
And I think it is different. For one, the predominant language at this European show seems to have an American accent!
The quilts are in different buildings throughout the university campus in Galway so it's reminiscent of the Carrefour du Patchwork in France. In that respect. There are some lovely quilts; I liked the Japanese Patchwork Promises exhibits (but then I like all Japanese quilts!). There were some great miniatures and I also liked the Chocolate Decadence quilts, complete with the smell of chocolate in the air as you looked at them!
This has been a little holiday for us and so we have also explored Galway a little too. Luckily the weather had improved from the awful rain on Thursday to the glorious sunshine there was today
I'll probably post some pics on Facebook rather than do another blogpost. I'll post a link on twitter when I get round to posting them!
Saturday, 2 June 2012
I did mean to start this programme in January.........and its now June!
The plan is to create a new kit each month ideally from new fabrics and each month to have that kit on offer and I am wondering about offering a free kit to giveaway each month via this blog too.
What do you think?
Now the fact that it has taken me six months to finally get round to doing this may mean that there isn't actually a new kit each month, but hey lets be positive and see what happens!
As is usual with my display quilts............I don't have time to quilt them. Its times like this I had the space and money for a longarm!
So how to arrange a giveaway for one kit? How about comment on this post telling me what is grand about the Grandeur 2 collection?
I guess if no one comments this will be a very short run programme or at least a short giveaway programme as I will still challenge myself to design a new kit each month..........!
So lets see how this goes!
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Sunday, 29 April 2012
I've made a couple more quilts to display current fabric collections but haven't been able to take a decent picture of them yet. This recent weather hasn't helped!!
The first is a rather stylish quilt that uses the last few prints left over from the Oriental Collection 7. It is a vertical style quilt which one customer at the recent Uttoxeter quilt show thought could be adapted for a screen. I'm really pleased with this one.
I'm working on a new Patternista quilt for Quilts UK in Malvern next month, as the first one has been very popular. But I am running out of one of the fabric designs for this now, hence the need for a new one!
Saturday, 3 March 2012
Things have definitely been happening!
I guess I have been too busy to write a detailed blog post as opposed to a quick update via Facebook or Twitter.............
The remaining fabrics from Patternista by Benartex arrived last week which consisted mainly of the blue colourway which usually proves to be the most popular colourway in Paula Nadelstern's collections, so I'm glad they turned up at last!
The other fabrics have been selling well at the spring quilt shows. I can't remember if I have posted or indeed taken a picture of the quick quilt I made for this collection..............
Last weekend I made a quick Attic Windows quilt using some of the fabrics from the La Scala collection.
I also remade the Oriental Strip Panel quilt in the linen colourway of the Imperial Collection 7 as the main fabric in the other colourway is sold out now.
This colourway looks rather smart I think
There is a new 8th collection coming out soon and the fabrics in it are wonderful as usual. I ordered some a couple of weeks ago now. They are due in stock in the next couple of months.
The next quilt show is Chilford next weekend and then there is a short (ish) break until the show in Uttoxeter in April. Its been a busy few weeks!
Saturday, 21 January 2012
I’ve just listed some retired quilt tops for sale on eBay. These are quilts I have made to display fabrics or kits that have now all gone so the poor quilt tops are now redundant and being a hand quilter I don’t usually have the time to quilt these samples before the fabrics sell out…………
They are all on auction style listings so grab yourself a bargain!
I have also listed a floral panel that was in the sale as I have quite a few left still and tried out listing it with a variation listing which is quite cool.
Must try that again sometime, although probably not for the 100+ different King Tut colours. Think I will just stick to the shade card images for those!
Its a busy few weeks coming up with the sale at Nantwich tomorrow, Ardingly Quilt Festival next weekend and then the traders day at Quiltfest in Llangollen two weeks after that.
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Last Sunday saw the manic start to the first shows of the year that is the sale at Farnham Maltings. It often feels like a school reunion as the traders get together for the first time since the autumn and we all do our catching up before the doors open………….because once the doors open, its CUT CUT CUT until the afternoon! Its a win win situation for everyone; customers get great fabrics at great prices and the shops get to clear fabrics that have been maybe sitting on the shelves longer than they should have been.
I had a little helper for the first time this year.
This Sunday sees the sale continuing at Nantwich Civic Hall. Check my facebook page for details of how to get there.
The following weekend sees the start of the Ardingly Spring Quilt Festival. Due to party commitments, I won’t be there until the Sunday but all my fabrics and threads will be there from Friday!
The 4th gen Bali Pops are back in stock again just in time for the shows and I have a thread order winging its way over in record time from Superior Threads so will have a full compliment of King Tut threads as well as their new Monopoly thread AND the assortment packs of the titanium machine needles.
Thursday, 12 January 2012
There are just under two days left of the online sale. Lots of lovely fabrics still available for you to grab yourself a bargain.
I had made myself a makeshift cutting table in the conservatory and have kept the sale fabrics at the house as it was easier to do the cutting at home.
I have often had one helper with me sitting on the corner of the table…….but today I had both of them!
Once the sale ends online on Saturday at noon, I’ll be busy packing the car and making my way down to Farnham for the One Day Fabric Sale at The Maltings. Check out the events page of the website or even better my facebook page for more details as this has a map of how to find the venue!
January is a busy month as the week after we have the second One Day Fabric Sale in Nantwich followed by the first quilt show proper of the year, the Ardingly Quilt Festival.
I should have some more fabrics arriving later this month but already on their way are MORE Bali Pops, so if your favourite colour sold out first time around they will be back in stock next week!