We are so excited to announce our collaboration with Free Spirit Fabrics and Jennifer Paganelli. Amanda has created a wonderful quilt pattern inspired by the houses on the hills surrounding Port au Prince – Haiti. Its a perfect compliment to Jennifer’s next collection Port au Prince launching in the Autumn. Fill the the quilt with colour and quirky shapes, this will showcase all your favourite patterns. https://sugarbowlcrafts.com/product/houses-on-the-hill-quilt-pattern/
English Summer by Anna Maria Horner has started to arrive on our shelves! We’ve ordered lots of different bits of Conservatory. All of English Summer is coming, and plenty of precuts from the various other capsules.
First bolts are in our shop already and you can Preorder the bundles for English Summer now!
At long last De La Luna is here! A wonderfully gothic collection by Tula Pink for Free Spirit fabrics. Here’s what Tula Pink has to say about her latest collection,
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
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
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
Not sure who Tula Pink is? Oh my goodness where have you been?! She’s taken the quilting world by storm and has rapidly extended reach to the dressmaking world, bags and acessories and you can now get even leggings in her fabrics. Here’s what Tula Pink has to say about herself,
Tula Pink is an illustrator, a fabric designer, a quilter, an author, a maker and a generally good person who enjoys talking about herself.
Tula graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. It was fun but she was tired of being broke so she decided to get a job. Tula worked briefly as an Exhibit designer for Museums in Southern California, where she grew up, and when that became too quiet she relocated to the music industry. After about 5 years of that her ears began to bleed so she left her job and California and went in search of a new home. The plan was to move as far east as she could get without renting a boat and work her way back west until she found a place she liked. Tula got about half way and then she ran out of gas money so she stayed put.
Tula now lives in a small mid-western town outside of Kansas City, MO in a house that used to be a barn and still sort of looks like one. Tula’s main function in life is fabric design. She lives for it. Her signature designs have been adapted to fabrics, woven ribbons, paper products, needlepoint kits, embroidery patterns and sewing machines and can be found in independent fabric shops and retailers all over the world. Tula is most recognized in her industries for her dark sense of humor, a flair for hiding animals in the strangest of places (artistically, not literally) and her boldly unique use of color and pattern. Tula comes from the “more is more” school of design where there is never enough space and always room for that one last thing.
Today Tula Pink works closely with the good people at Free Spirit Fabrics to develop multiple fabric collections every year, is an Ambassador for BERNINA sewing machines, develops collections for Aurifil Threads and Renaissance Ribbons and writes books for F+W Media about quilting and sewing. She works all day everyday and gets very cranky when she is asked to leave the studio or if Tula Pink is her real name.
For real deal up date info on Tula Pink, her Studio and projects follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We now have all the colourways of the glorious Kaffe Collective Sunburst (Free Spirit Fabrics). The prettiest shades of ‘happy’ fabric we’ve seen in a long time! We’re using these wonderful fabrics in our cushion and quilt kits too. So you can treat yourself to the fabric or if you want to make these fun projects you can we’ve got them ready too!
Kits are all with precut strips ready to sew so perfect for the beginner and those wanting a fun easy project.
We’ll be coming to Droxford Village Hall in Hampshire on the 7th July. We’ve once again joined up with Eternal Maker for fun, fabric and cake!
Classes are now listed for the day:
Introduction to Hexies -We will show you how to tack and sew your flower with time spent
exploring manipulation of fabrics to create new patterns
Measure Up – Come and get measured up, and pick up some tips on how to choose which size to cut from your dress pattern, how to blend between sizing and more. Go away with a sheet of measurements which will help take your dressmaking to new levels.
Kim Edith will be joining us again for another introduction to scrapbooking with textiles! At this 2 hour workshop come and create a small stitched fabric collage inspired by Kim’s latest Stitchbook ‘Into The Woods’. Learn a range of techniques that Kim uses to make her Stitchbooks, including using stampers to create lettering, adding photos to fabric, and how to turn textile scraps into works of art. Chose from either a butterfly or a mushroom template which you will be able to personalise and create in your choice of colour and pattern.
What you need to know:
Doors open at 10:30 and close at 3.
Parking is free but limited immediately outside the building. There are more spaces less than a 5 minute stroll away in the community parking area by the playing fields on Park Lane which is nearly opposite. If you are planning to bring your sewing group please let us know in advance as we have access to overflow parking if we arrange ahead.
So if you are in the Hampshire area do come say hello. We chose Droxford as it is easily reachable for Petersfield, Fareham, Portsmouth and Southampton. Hope to see you soon!
We’re so excited about this collection from Jennifer Paganelli. The gorgeous vibrant colours that we know and love from Jennifer is back in lush florals and dreamy vintage feel prints. We’ve been busy sewing a quilt for Jennifer too so check out our Instagram and Facebook pages for more details on our progress. To see the whole collection we did go live on Facebook and Instagram, you can check out the saved video here
A Quick link to the fabrics of Sugar Beach….click 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.
The first of our preorders are live for 2018 and we’re so excited. We’ve ordered lots of Lewis and Irene photos still to come, but it won’t be long promise! And the first of our Free Spirit pre-orders are live on our website now! Remember to use code ‘preorder10’ to get 10% off all preorder fabrics.
So here is what you will find with us in 2018 from Free Spirit:
- January : Amy Butler. Night Music 7 bolts are heading to us. Its rich blues will blend with previous collections and lift your current favourites. This one is a poplin.
- February: Kathy Doughty HORIZON. Oh my goodness this collection is good. Soooo much better than these tiny photos show off. 16 bolts of beauties for the home
- February: Anna Maria Horner. Sweet Dreams. We’ve ordered the 10″ charm pack. (not on preorder I’m afraid as stock is very limited)
- March: Tula Pink ALL STARS. We’ve order the complete collection and its already going crazy. There are a lot of #TULATROOPS out there!
- April: Kaffe Collective. 5 bolts to add to our growing Kaffe collection. We’ve got Glamping, Lacy Leaf, Scuba and Succulent coming in really pretty lilacs and pinks and golds.
- May: Jennifer Paganelli Sugar Beach. more details to follow!
- May: Shell Rummel. We’re continuing to work with Shell and will add more to her lines, you’ll have to wait and see on this one…
If you want to order any precuts on these or any other Free Spirit Fabrics, talk to us quick and we’ll give you a quote and add to our order.
At last we can show off the gorgeous colours of Jennifer Paganelli’s new collection Color Brigade! The big bold florals and rich colours are Jennifer at her best. There is limited stock so grab your JP while its here.
Lots of bold colors in this line after the soft romantic pastels of Nostalgia! A very personal collection for Jennifer, she writes:
Happy is the moniker of this lovely selection. Large florals with deep colored backgrounds lay the foundation for this strong Island vibe that once again has that “take me away” vacation vibe. Having grown up in the Virgin Islands and embracing the world of mismatched pattern on all the lovely people that resided there is where the foundation for my textiles begins. Layers of different cloths and head wraps are the origins of my homeland and the cruzan culture of my sensibility. Textiles played a huge roll in my early aesthetic development. These florals come alive with the saturated colors of Sis Boom. Coordinates and color mixed with these florals or the huge Fluer de lis and this wonderful check will look as though you threw it all together when in actuality there is a color harmony that keeps the fluidity intact. Two toned wood cuts, and rhythmic lines keep it all cohesive. I can see amazing quilts and gorgeous dresses and products crafted from these amazing designs. Cabanas and beach umbrellas dot the beaches, and the bathing suits and trunks all cohabit here to bring you another resort vibe from none other than me.
WOW – time to put our feet up! After 3 big shows in 3 months its time for a well deserved rest on the show circuit. We just have the market night to go on the 3rd July 7:30-9 on Facebook so log in and join in on the great sell off of our remnants!
We’re busy ordering for the Autumn and pleased to tell you there will be MORE Amy Butler as we welcome the new range of Eternal Sunshine. It will slot in nicely with Dreamweaver carrying the great trademark blues and greens with some of the deeper wine colours for the autumn. Oh and did I mention BIG roses – ooooh yes, big bright roses! SWOOOON.
We have got Flo’s florals coming in July from Lewis & Irene and Dove house and Harbourside in August. So new ranges from them as well – which will be just in time as we are running low on stock now!
We’re working on getting some Jennifer Paganelli – so watch this space, fingers crossed, soooooon.
Mel & Amanda