Amanda and I have been following her progress since BBC2′s The Great Interior Design Challenge. She was the winning designer on the show using beautiful vintage products to create a colourful and textured home. [check out her beautiful website and shop here].
Well we are lucky enough that she lives not too far from us and when we heard she was opening her barn to the public for a vintage shopping fest, Amanda and I scooted ourselves down there! And we weren’t disappointed!! Loads of gorgeous fabric stacked high and great vintage finds from plates to books to enamelled jugs. I really should have taken more photos.
Both Amanda and I came away with a few vintage finds that we are already washing and putting to good use as we know the summer markets are just around the corner so we need to get making!
We are! There are two cute new fabrics in that ‘shout’ out travel and journeys.
We couldn’t help but pick up a bolt of this retro caravanning print. It has Volkswagens, old caravans, vintage cars, what’s not to love? Its a great cotton that is perfect for all your craft needs from garments to curtains for your caravan. Get it while supplies last!
The second is a beautiful linen cotton blend in soft greys with a hint of pink/mauve. From the great explorers travelling in their flying machines across the globe. We love this 80/20 blend because its great for all sorts of projects. We love the way it looks on the lampshades and works well with our kits!
Check out our shop and pick up your holiday inspired fabrics today!
Many of you have already spotted the beautiful fabric from Lewis & Irene. Producing beautiful cottons for just over a year now, they’ve made a big impact on both Amanda and myself. We’ve fallen in love with this British family run business. Make a Wish was a big hit at the Duxford Quilt Festival with its beautiful soft colours and plenty of uses for both quilters, crafters and seamstresses. So we’re excited to tell you there will be A LOT of Lewis & Irene at our stalls in time for Christmas. Here’s a sneak peak of what will be coming through!
The finished quilt measures approximately 36”x42” including a border top and bottom
Seam allowance throughout is ¼ inch
Fabric used :- Make a Wish by Lewis & Irene. There are 15 fabrics in this range and all 15 were used in this quilt. 25cm of each fabric is required if using the full width of fabric or 15 fat quarters. This is enough for the quilt top (plus border), the pieced backing and the pieced binding. 3.75m fabric is ample for this size quilt.
Squares – cut squares 4 ½” then cut each square diagonally to give half square triangles. Squares can be larger if desired but keep a check on how much fabric is used. Note:- don’t be tempted to cut too many squares at a time especially if using full widths of fabric. Measure carefully to avoid wastage – if using full widths of fabric, you might want to cut the fabric into fat 1/8th pieces especially if the remaining larger pieces will be used for a pieced backing. This also applies if using fat quarters as the backing is made using the remaining larger pieces of fabric.
Sort fabrics into light and dark shades. Sew together a light and dark triangle to form a square, continuing until enough squares have been made. Lay out the blocks as shown in the diagram below, keeping the darkest fabrics for the centre and points if an accent colour is required. When happy with the layout, sew blocks into strips, then sew the strips together. The quilt size can be extended by adding sashing or using the leftover fabric to make borders.
Backing Sew together some of the larger pieces of the remaining fabric together until the back measures at least 4”(10cm) larger than the quilt top.
Quilting -the quilt was hand quilted in the ditch to accentuate the diamond pattern, using cotton perle no. 8
Tina Givens has been designing fabrics for the apparel and quilt industry for Coats ® (Free Spirit Fabric) for the last 8 years. She injects her signature colour and detailed illustration into each piece. We love her quirky fabric. The original sketches mush be amazing as each print captures that hand-drawn look. So as soon as we saw her new collection – Feather Flock – we jumped at the chance to stock it nearly in its entirety. We loved all the colours so much, we chose them all!
What Tina says about Feather Flock:
Feather Flock is a dreamy collection of novelty prints based on a very sweet memory of my children when they were chatty little toddlers. The collection features Princess Feather, a special nocturnal fairy who loves to flitter in the soft, moon-lit sky. Her best friend is the King Bird, reigning over the special night sky who ensures his flock of tiny birds keep watch over all the children in the land. Inspired by my children’s nursery when they were little people, the room had amazing sky lights over each of their toddler beds. We’d watch the stars come out and on special nights, the crescent moon appeared in full view. The children’s father and I would chat with them about the moon, the King Bird and his merry flock who’d stay watch as they slept in the light of the moon. A sweet memory I will always cherish.
Feeling inspired? See the collection in our shop! There are three colour ways to choose from, from the richest of plums to the freshest of greens.
Fancy a FREE quilt pattern? COATS and Tina have teamed up to make this cute ‘Feather Flock Quilt‘ quilt and share the free pattern with you! Go to our pattern section for more inspiration.
We have lots to celebrate here at Sugar Bowl Crafts. The website is up and running – many thanks to Rob for pulling it all together, our first big quilt show was successfully completed, and we are meeting loads of new and creative friends! To celebrate, we are giving away 8 fat quarters from the Katy Jones Collection “Priory Square” from Art Gallery Fabrics.
Katy Jones becomes AGF’s first UK designer….Priory Square is Katy Jones’ personal story of her upbringing and life in England. With an edgy palette, a classic crème and navy are set against potent varieties of pinks and emerald blues that jump. A collection layered by scenic surprises and narrated with a British accent.
Art Gallery Fabrics are already known to a lot of garment seamstresses because of the beautiful feel and way it drapes. We chose Art Gallery Fabrics because we think quilters are missing a trick here. Its light, silky and very versatile. Often quilters will lean towards the heavier fabrics, so we want to give you the chance to try a fabric that we believe in and use ourselves.
So here’s what you have to do to enter into the draw:
Leave a comment here to let us know you have seen the new website. Tell us what you would make with this fantastic bundle, then
head over to Facebook and like Sugar Bowl Crafts’ page
and then share the giveaway post.
I will draw the winner 22nd March 6pm GMT.
Special thanks must go to our friends and Hantex UK (distributors of AGF for the UK) for this lovely bundle and helping us get off the ground!
We’ll be at the Pagham Village hall Saturday 14 March 2015. We’ll be bringing fabric, quilts, cushions, and home accessories. I love that its Mother’s Day weekend too, so you can treat your mum to a little retail therapy and bring her along or pick up some cute gifts for her. Here’s a little taster of what we will be bringing along:
After a busy few days at the Duxford Quilt Show, it’s lovely to be home at the beach with my grandchildren and my two dogs. A little relaxation time before preparing for the craft fair at Pagham this Saturday. I bought a wedge ruler at the quilt show which I’m itching to try out – maybe a round cushion using some of the gorgeous ‘Feather and Flock’ fabric by Tina Givens!
Thank you once again to those of you who came to the show and gave Mel and I such kind comments and encouragement.
What a wonderful weekend! We had such a lovely time meeting so many new faces, and a couple of familiar ones. Its hard to say what was the highlight. It never fails to amaze me how many different projects we all come up with. Just when I’ve seen it all, someone creates something so fresh it can’t help but inspire! Amanda and I are both getting ready for our stall this weekend, so I’m keeping this fairly short to highlight what we’ve been up to!
For the lovely lady on Friday who was Harry Potter mad like me. Do check out The Bored Zombie (www.theboredzombie.com) for her Harry Potter inspired embroidery and quilts! And I have to mention the lovely Maryke from www.batiksnbeads.co.uk who was our neighbour and so supporting throughout the weekend. Plus I couldn’t help but purchase some embroidery threads and beads from them!
Thanks again all for the support we loved meeting you all!
Amanda and I are thrilled to be launching our own market place. We’ve watched our hobby grow over the last couple of years and decided to take that leap into fabric. Over the next few months we’ll be talking fabric, craft fairs, and craft parties! So come join us for inspiration,craft essentials and fun!