Friday, September 12, 2014

Some great patchwork and quilting bargains

We have recently uploaded some great bargains on a number of our products and will be adding more over the coming weeks. You can see our current bargains here. Our current supply of fabrics on offer can be found here. 

Some of the bargains to look out for are shown below.

Welcome Triptych Wire Hanger

Wire Hanger - 7.5


Snow Globes Pattern by Tula Pink

Clover Puff Quilting Small Starter Set

Clover Clam Shell Accessory Case Medium Forms

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sizzix Quilt Kit with Half Hexagon Die

The Moonlight Quilt Kit is our latest Sizzix Patchwork Quilt Kit. Based around the Sizzix Half Hexagon die the quilt kit includes all the Kaffe Fassett Collective fabric to make the quilt centre, border and binding. Full instructions are included on how to make the quilt. A paper template is also included so that you can make the quilt if you do not have the Half Hexagon Sizzix Die. But because of the speed and accuracy of cutting using the Sizzix Big Shot and the Bigz Die we do recommend this method. The Moonlight quilt kit is a visually stunning quilt the really sets off the Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics.

Moonlight Quilt Kit with Sizzix Half Hexagon Die

We quilted our Moonlight Quilt on the Handi Quilter Avante. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Zandra Rhodes Lace Mountain Fabrics

Zandra Rhodes has designed a new fabric range for Free Spirit called Lace Mountain. Zandra Rhodes is a major influencer of the world of fashion!  She is also the founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.  Lace Mountain, Zandra’s debut collection with Free Spirit collection is full of bold and vibrant designs and colors.  Zandra shares her inspiration behind the new collection, “My inspiration comes from nature, and my mother who sewed and made dresses as home. So my style is interpreted in my own, very special and personal way – whether it’s “Frilly Flowers” or “Zigzag Stars”, my magical meandering wiggles invade all the patterns. For this collection I have delved into my vast Rhodes repertoire of wiggles, stitching, frills and flowers to specially produce wonderful memories that can be magically sewn together in a myriad of ways.”

Lace Mountain represents memories of Australia’s Ayers Rock (The “Lace Mountain”), and the spinifex grass that grows around it. To browse our current selection of Lace Mountain Fabrics click here.

Zandra Rhodes Lace Mountain

Fashion fabrics from FreeSpirit fabrics

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fabrics for Children and Babies

Just added to our Children's and Babies fabric section is the Jolly Farm fabric range from Makower. Jolly Farm is a fun childrens farm collection with cute animals, tractors and a fabulous A-Z panel. As well as fabrics by the metre we also have a fat quarter pack and fabric panel.

Jolly Farm Fabrics from Makower

These fabrics join our extensive fabric collection of children's fabrics. Also recently added is Rocket Age from Riley Blake designed by October Afternoon. Rocket Age features retro rockets from the heyday of early space travel such as Flash Gordon and Dan Dare. Riley Blake produce some great fabric designs and you can browse our collection here.

Rocket Age from Riley Blake

One of our favourite fabric ranges is the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric range produced by Andover and distributed by Makower in the UK. Featuring the timeless illustrations from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle we have a number of fabrics by the metre as well as quilt kits, ideal for playmats or quilts for older children.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Fabrics and Quilts

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quilts in Morocco by Kaffe Fassett: Quilt Kits

Quilts in Morocco is Kaffe Fassett's latest patchwork project book fro Rowan and was launched on the Cotton Patch stand at the Festival of Quilts. We now have a number of the quilts kitted for you so that you can recreate the designs as shown in the book.

Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Morocco. 

In his sixteenth book, Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Morocco: 20 designs from Rowan for patchwork and quilting. World-renowned textile artist, Kaffe Fassett, takes us on a trip of visual delight to Fez – Morocco's enchanted, medieval-style city where bold, rich colours and beautiful mosaics abound. Fez, known as the soul of Morocco, is the ideal setting to inspire Kaffe's brilliant new collection, using the latest Rowan fabrics:

Practical instruction. Outstanding artistry. Stunning photography throughout, a practical materials list, step-by-step instructions with useful tips, and 80 colorful diagrams, illustrations, and templates for piecing the quilt make this book a must-have guide to outstanding artistry.

Above are a selection of quilts from the book

A showcase for 20 brilliant new quilts. Kaffe collaborated with a team of hand-picked designers whose remarkable quilts are featured throughout the book. Among the designs are Liza Prior Lucy's Blue Morocco and Spice Mountains; Pauline Smith's Teapots and Mellow Ninepatch; Brandon Mably's Carnaby; and Fountains by Ruth Eglinton. 

Dazzle your senses. Radiant photographs by Debbie Patterson truly capture the saturated gem tones and deeply colorful, striking patterns of Kaffe's inventive designs. Kaffe's quilt Paisley Columns features an intricate paisley fabric used to dramatic effect in the broad vertical stripes, and in his Strata quilt, the deep zigzags of color highlight his energizing design.

Beautiful quilts artfully interpreted! Don’t miss this opportunity to indulge in an amazing experience. See the enchantment of Morocco come alive in gorgeous quilts you can make.

To purchase Quilts in Morocco or any of the quilt kits please visit here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pellon EZ Steam II and EZ Steam II Lite

As well as Pellon EZ Steam II and EZ Steam 2 Lite by the metre we now stock both products as a pack of 5 sheets. Additionally we also have EZ Steam II  in 2 tape sizes, 1/4" wide and 1/2" wide. Pellon® EZ-Steam® II is a double-sided, pressure sensitive fusible with a paper backing. The two adhesive sides temporarily stick to both the background and applique fabrics. It aids in the placement of the fusible web and gives you the versatility of moving the applique into another position until you have permanently fused the fabric. Use Lite EZ-Steam® II for lightweight fabrics, paper, lace, foam, batting and more! Great for placement of lace, ribbons and other decorative trims. As an example project on how to use EZ Steam then Pellon have a project on their website for a Mistletoe Mug

EZ Steam II Tape

EZ Steam II by the metre
EZ Steam II Lite Sheets

EZ Steam II by the metre

Detailed Instructions for Use of Pellon EZ-Steam II/Lite

1. Draw design on the paper (matte) side of EZ-Steam® II/Lite EZ Steam® II.   
2. Remove the shiny (waxy) side revealing the pressure sensitive surface.
3. Finger press the pressure sensitive side to the wrong side of the fabric. DO NOT APPLY HEAT WITH AN IRON AT THIS POINT.  
4. Cut out the drawn shape.  
5. Peel off the remaining paper (matte) backing. TIP: Lightly score the backing with a pin and crack to peel backing away from the center rather than the sides. 
6. Finger press the pressure sensitive side of the appliqué/piece to the right side of the background fabric.
7. To permanently bond the appliqué/piece, press with an iron using a Wool or Cotton setting with Steam or a damp press cloth. Press in place for a full 10-15 seconds. 8. Lift iron and repeat if working with a larger surface area.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Imperial Collection

Imperial Collection from Robert Kaufman is one of their most popular #fabric ranges. Intricate prints with an Asian and Oriental feel they can really set off a Far East inspired patchwork and quilting project. Just added to the website are the latest Imperial Collection fabrics, with 16 fabrics by the metre plus two 60cm fabric panels. You can sample the range with our Spring and Autumn Imperial Collection Fat Quarter packs which feature six fabrics in each pack.

Fabric Panel