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Pop Up Shop in Sussex

We’ve joined our forces with Eternal Maker to go out on the road with our fabrics! This time we are heading to Dial Post Village Hall near Horsham. We’re bringing all our quality fabrics to you and even have some fun workshops on the day. We’ll have our quilts too and all of us are sewers so we bring a range of sewing knowledge with us from dress patterns to quilting!

Check out our Sew your own lampshade, Introduction to Hexie Flowers, and Get measured for Sewing patterns which will be taking place on the day :https://eternalmaker.com/classes-events/class-timetable.html/

Dial Post Village Hall, Worthing Road, Dial Post, RH13 8NS.

10:30- 3:30

De La Luna on PREORDER NOW!

The De la Luna Sisters are the not so distant cousins of the Von Black sisters, who made somewhat of a name for themselves a few years ago in collection called Night Shade. While the Von Black sisters drew their power from more earthly elements, the De la Luna sisters cull their magical gifts from the spirit realm. Once a year, as fall crashes into winter, the matriarchs of the De la Luna clan call on their ancestors, acting as vessels for their vast power. Maria De la Luna, the youngest of the three sisters can see into the great distance of the future as she draws her power from the most clairvoyant spirits in their lineage. She uses her prophetic sight to write letters to mean girls informing them of the exact time and place that they will die or sometimes when their boyfriends will break up with them depending on how mean they are. The middle Sister, Magnolia De la Luna, is perhaps the most cunning of the three although it’s hard to tell because she doesn’t wear glasses and everyone knows that the smartest people always wear glasses. Magnolia, Maggie for short, draws her power from the spirits of earth and bloom. She uses her potent power to cultivate and nurture vast gardens and lush landscapes for her highest paying clients. Oh, did I forget to mention that she runs a surprisingly successful landscape architecture firm in their prosperous south Texas town? The oldest sister, Venus De la Luna, the undisputed caretaker of the whole De Luna clan and best friend to her cousin Scarlet Von Black has a vary mysterious past. Venus leaves a trail of admirers where ever she goes. Great empires have fallen under her angelic gaze. Many great men sit alone in padded rooms spending endless days and boundless nights whispering her name to no one in – particular. She swears that she did nothing to encourage their favor and was only, ever, minding her own business. Just because these men choose to buy her gifts from her extensive online wish list is truly no fault of her own

PREORDER OPEN IN OUR SHOP NOW!

Sew Along with Naomi Clarke

#heartsandribbonssewalong

We’re so excited to be supporting Naomi in her next sew along on Facebook and Instagram! When she asked us to pull together some kits for her we jumped at the chance. She’s had a successful following on Instagram with her #fussycuttingsewalong and her #xmasfussycuttingsewalong. If you have seen them, then go check our her and the hashtag ASAP! Naomi is also a contributor to Quilt Now and British Patchwork and Quilting magazines. Her Heart and Ribbons design is a classic. Perfect for those that want to get started on English Paper Piecing or brush up on their skills, or simply love a good heart quilt. Because lets face it, quilts are made with LOVE!

We’ve put together two collections for this kit. You can choose Sugar Beach by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit Fabrics or Love me Love me not from Lewis and Irene.  Total contrasts from each other. Sugar Beach is bold florals and vibrant coloursr on a soft off-white background, and Love Me is delicate pastels with the sweetest mouse design on a soft cream background. We’ve also given you two payment options, spread the fabrics over the year making payments smaller and in bite sized chunks, or a one of payment knowing the hard bit is over! Your purse strings, you choose which is right for you.

So there we are! Hearts and Ribbons Pre-Order is OPEN! Fabric will start to arrive in May and Sew Along will start 1st week of June. Cut off is 15th April 2018.

sugar bowl crafts
Sugar Bowl Crafts

Easter Egg Scramble – from BossyOz

We’ve fallen in love with BossyOz’s Easter Egg Scramble  template! A great template to start your Foundation Paper Piecing journey or brush up on your skills. This straightforward block can be used singularly as a feature or why not make a sweet quilt or table runner?

We’ve joined up with Nina (BossyOz) to run two promotions to start you on your Easter Egg making.

Buy any of the four shades of pastel Bumbleberries featured here (CandyFloss, Light Duck Egg, Mellow Yellow,  Lavender) and get 10% off using the code ‘BossyOz10’ at checkout, then go over to Nina’s shop here and use the code ‘SBC1820’ for 20% off her template. Both codes valid until the end of March 2018.

 

Nina’s PDF includes three sizes – 5″, 6″ and 7″ tall eggs.  Have some fun with fussy cutting, solid fabrics, or even consider creating a full quilt by using the egg block, the possibilities are endless!

Never Foundation Pieced before? Don’t worry! This simple tutorial from Angela Walters is all I needed to get me started! Click here for the video.

More from Nina of Bossy Oz here.. www.bossyoz.com

Tula Pink AllStars on its way!

What a crazy 10 days for Free Spirit Fabrics! One minute there were here, then they had closed and now they are being bought out so their fabric is back up again!

So the good news… Tula Pink Allstars is on its way! It left continental Europe today (Wednesday) and is heading through blizzards to get to our door. So this time next week we should be surrounded in all 18 glorious bolts of AllStars!  Bundles are up already, and I’ll be loading the individual fat quarters over the next few days.

If you are in the Dorset area, we will be co-hosting a Pop Up with Eternal Maker in Stourpaine Village Hall and we will be bringing all these lush bolts with us.

So a date for the calendar:

  • 24th March
  • Stourpaine Village Hall, Dorset
  • 10-3pm

And if you fancy a great little workshop while youre there, why not book a place with Kim Edith and learn how to textile scrapbook!

book you place here : https://eternalmaker.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=stourpaine

Interview with Kathy Doughty

We’ve loved Kathy for many years now. Both of us are followers of her books and she’s provided us with so much inspiration. When we saw the wonderful Horizons collection we jumped at the chance to stock it.  Amanda caught up with Kathy to ask her about her inspiration, quilting and fabric.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am an obsessive quilter.  Not a day goes by that I don’t sketch or stitch a project.  My life revolves around the process of making quilts including working with customers daily, writing patterns and books about quilting or teaching, organising events or traveling to teach.  Other than that I have three sons that are in their 20’s that aren’t one bit interested in quilts but we find ways to communicate…generally about music.  My husband has been a professional photographer all his life and as a result he has given Material Obsession a beautiful presentation.  About two years ago he moved into the business full time as it had grown too big for me!

You are an American who has been living in Australia for several years – how does that influence your quilt designs?

I grew up on Ohio playing in fields and forests that surrounded our home.  I then went to college in West Virginia which was also a great place for outdoor activities but then, after college I moved to NYC and discovered a new world of color and deisgn.  I worked in advertising, fashion and then was involved with SWATCH Watch USA as a start up company.  I remember being surrounded by creative people and wondering what it was that my hands were supposed to be doing.  I had a sense there was something but didn’t know what.  Then when I moved to Sydney and started a family the idea of sewing took over my life.  It filled the lonely places that were once filled with my family and friends in the USA.  It gave me a path to creative expression but just as importantly, it gave me a community to belong to.  I am dedicated to the community of quilting and to encouraging people to be creative.

My designs are reflective of the colourful environment here as well as the many artists that surround me daily.  The teachers and staff at Material Obsession are all amazingly creative and have shared ideas and techniques with me for the last 15 years.  I owe a lot of quilters for sharing their skills so that I can grow my own!

You have a shop in Sydney, Material Obsession. How did that come about?

Surprisingly, Material Obsession was born more out of need than skill.  I couldn’t find a shop that had what I wanted. I had never worked in retail before and did not know as much about quilting as I probably should have.  I knew from the moment we opened the door on the first day that my customers would know more about techniques than I did.  However, what I had was a fearlessness to use color and design as I saw it and that was attractive to customers that had been told what to do and exactly how to do it.  Big blocks, scrappy style and so much more was very new 15 years ago and we grew quickly.  Originally it was a partnership but in 2008 I became the sole owner.  I surrounded myself with very talented women that have become my best friends and co-workers.  We work, play and travel together.  It is a tight team that values honesty, friendship and creative endeavours.  The spirit of Material Obsession is something that I am very proud of today.  I think of it as a place where people can come to be creative and feel comfortable trying new things.

Has your style of quilting evolved over the years?

Absolutely!  I think I worked with squares for 8 years.  Then I discovered triangles and did that for a few more years.  I have mastered a lot of different techniques over the years and that means that I can work out how to do almost anything. I am surrounded by fabric and that is generally what inspires me.

In the beginning I wanted to do everything fast.  I think now that I have pieced enough quilts and am now drawn to slower processes.  I am also more interested in self expression than technique so applique is very interesting as it allows for my own shapes.  I like doing projects that have a bit of a story line in my head and applique allows me to play around a lot more than piecing.

I am also interested in art quilts now more than ever.  In some ways it seems to be the evolution of committed quilters.  Once we have experimented with a variety of techniques the story takes over.

Your style is both patchwork (piecing) and appliqué, which both compliment each other beautifully. Do you have a preference for either technique?

I think I just like the mix.  There are days when I just want to piece and see what happens but at night I like to sit and sew quietly…so I guess it is all about managing time.  I talk all day long in the shop so it is nice to have a quiet activity for the evening.

Your handquilting is beautiful! Is this something you prefer to do as opposed to machine quilting?

I would prefer to hand quilt all my quilts but have not got enough time for that anymore.  I just bought a Simply Sixteen so that I can get some of my shop quilts done on time.  With that I want to develop my own style as well.  I like that it is like drawing with stitch.  I don’t like that I need lots more practice!!!

Patchwork and quilting and indeed, crafting in general, has made a resurgence over the last few years. Why do you think that is?

Crafting speaks from and to the heart.  In a world where things seem to go haywire with hate I think that falling into a community of craft reminds us that we are human.  We have common bonds with other crafters that make conversation easy….sharing rewarding.  Communities all over the world break down due to technology and general business but when we make time to make we recreate a world where small things matter and time is measured with reward.

Moving on to your fabric designs, what do you enjoy about being a designer for Free Spirit?

I made my business using FreeSpirit designer fabrics so it is an honour to be part of the designer team.  It is as the name implies…a place to be an individual.  I love color and lots of it is a natural fit.

What is the starting point for designing a collection of fabrics? Is there a particular part of the process you enjoy?

I start by drawing with a pencil in my sketch  book.  I have a big look around and see what is interesting.  One idea leads to another until the story develops.  I think I like that part the best but then when the next part starts, the adding color and working out the details of the collection I like that…and then when the sampling arrives…well I like that the best.  With Horizons the best part was how much every body loves it!!!

We are very excited to stock your new collection Horizons, due in February 2018. How do you go about promoting a collection – does it always include a quilt design?

I just do what I do.  Make quilts and talk about it.  I also have given sampling to my favourite designers like Wendy Williams, Marg George and Rachael Daisy.  Knowing they want to make samples with my fabric is always a thrill.

Finally, many people in the UK (not least us!) would love to see you – do you have any plans to visit here one day, maybe at the Festival of Quilts?

Thinking about it…seriously thinking about it.  Just need the first invite and when that happens we work out a tour….hint hint.

Here more from Kathy herself in this short video…

New Spring colours

Four beautiful shades of pastel have just arrived from Lewis and Irene. Candyfloss, Light Duck egg, Mellow Yellow, and Lavender are the latest from their Spring Summer 2018 and a snapshop of the colours coming in their next collection Bee Kind and Love Me Love me Not.

 

Horizon from Kathy Doughty is HERE!

Kathy Doughty’s latest collection for Free Spirit Fabrics is here! And oh my goodness it is beautiful. We’ve got 16 gorgeous bolts and can’t wait to take this collection to Craft4Crafters with us 15-17th  February at Westpoint Exeter. We’re busy working on some projects for Free Spirit using this range and a couple of others so plenty to keep us busy.

Here’s what Kathy has to say about this beautiful new collection:

Travel in your mind to the horizon…where the earth meets the sky….where the familiar morphs into the universe…where discovery abides and possibilities are limitless. Powered by the sun, the Australian horizon inspired me to create mood in a glance with light lines and shadow, vibrant color and dusty dream shades. The outback is a unique world where the key element is contrast. Step in and share this place filled with surprise…birds that do not fly, trees filled with water! The expansive land is dotted with purpose built structures that draw life from the earth. Fencing checkers the landscape aiming to keep some things in and some things out! Horizons, a collection that is dynamic, diverse and useful in hue, scale and dimension. Enjoy an imaginary trip you can enjoy in the comfort of your own sewing station!

 

Not familiar with Kathy? Amanda and I have most of her Material Obsession books and have been watching her fabric designs develop. This one is a fantastic start to add to our collections. Click here to learn a little bit more about Kathy.

Happy Sewing!

Southampton Pop Up

Hello and Happy New Year!

We are heading to Southampton with Eternal Maker for our first Pop up of 2018. We’ll be bringing all our favourite fabrics and setting up shop at the Roy Underdown Pavillion in Hamble-le-rice. Its a little out of town to avoid the traffic, has free parking and great views over the Solent. We’ll be bringing yummy cakes from the Eternal Baker too so perfect to natter with your sewing friends. There is a lift to the first floor if you find the stairs a bit tricky, so please don’t worry when you see the stairs first – the lift is at the back of the building.

So come join us on the 13th January 2018, 11-3 at Hamble-le-Rice, Southampton SO31 4RY

See you soon!

Getting ready for Christmas!

Amanda and I are winding down now and getting ready for some family time. The shop will continue to be open but our postal runs will not be every day between 15th December – 2 January we will only post once a week.

We are excited to hold another series of Pop Ups with Eternal Maker. The first of 2018 will be at the Roy Underdown Pavillion – Hamble-le-rice on the 13th January 2018 (11am-3pm).

New collections come in from January, with the new Kathy Doughty range, Amy Butler and new Bumbleberries. So grab your preorders on Kathy quick, using code ‘preorder10’ to get 10% off on those ranges.

Thats it!

Merry Christmas from all of us and thank you for supporting us xx

Mel & Amanda