Helen has begun a new project, straight from the pages of the latest Simply Vintage magazine (issue 18). Using a Mediterranean Hexagon template, she has chosen a fabric with little cars, vans, and bikes, and then has matched this to a blue/grey fabric with a fine spot. The plain brick red complements the little cars while giving the pattern a rest. The background larger spot complements all of the colours of the car fabric. The pattern in the magazine is made using quite an eclectic mix of 'old and new' fabrics while I think Helen's quilt is looks clearer, more considered, and perfect for a child's quilt. This is a great way to show how your own ideas and choices of fabrics can transform the look of an entire pattern. We are looking forward to the progression of her project. No pressure Helen, (I'll just keep asking you relentlessly how it is going).
Floral crowned rabbits with little black crown silhouettes on a beautiful pale pink background make up the main fabric in this Baby Bag. The black and white striped handles and bag ends make a lovely contrast. This bag can fit a lot of baby gear in it and because it can be zipped up, you can keep on filling it. We have included a zipped end pocket for your keys and purse so that you don't have to hunt for them. It's a lovely thing to create a bag for someone dear to you, and it is a gift that can be used over and over again, and washed when it needs it. It's a sturdy quilted bag and the instructions are comprehensive and easy to follow. The finished bag is 14" in length, and 9" high. Also, because it is a Hettie's Patch pattern, if you get stuck, we can help you through it. We have this exact kit available in our online shop, or if you would like to choose your own fabrics, we also have the pattern available in our online shop.
Jen Kingwell designs has a new range of mini Jelly Rolls, and we have some in store. These are a bundle of twenty 2 1/2" wide strips of fabric (as in a width of fabric, selvedge to selvedge). Usually a Jelly Roll has forty strips of fabric from a range, and normally that would have a few repeats of the same fabric in them. Now these have been created from five of her fabrics, so each Lollie is made up of four strips of five fabrics. We love this idea and you will too if paper piecing and appliqué are something you are fond of. Buying one of these to include in a quilt top gives you enough of the same style of fabric to keep your project cohesive, but at the same time it has the variety within the strips themselves. The reason being, the fabric has a multitude of spots, stripes, and checks within itself already. Such a good idea. Also, we currently have the bolts of fabric in the shop, so if you wanted to add more, or needed a border (how fabulous would that look!), they are currently available.
We have two quite different classes that run on a Friday. There is a hand sewing class which is mostly paper piecing and appliqué. Below is Maryanne's 'Emma Mary' quilt which is a Judy Newman pattern. She has made it in mostly liberty fabrics and has offset the floral paper pieced shapes against a pale grey stripe and spot. Then there is the wool embroidery class in the classroom which is a colourful array of brightly coloured stitches on brightly coloured wools. There are always differing stages of progress all over the shop, but I think it's helpful to be able to see all the different variations on a theme especially when it comes to choosing colours.
There are two new children's fabrics in store. The first two pictures show the front and back of the fabric repeat of the first bolt which has grey borders while the other bolt has slightly brighter colours and the border is more of a khaki brown. Just lovely. Little bears wearing aprons, cats choosing flowers, birds in bird houses, and llamas in a field of flowers. A cushion was made as soon as the fabric arrived and we used Jen Kingwell's Just a Speck coral pink with black dot fabric on the back of the cushion. These little prints are so versatile. I'd love to see them made into little cushions with one print on each cushion. May have to get onto that.....