Saturday, 20 September 2014

Saturday Shop News

I'll start this weeks Saturday shop news, with happy Tilda news..... at long last our two missing fabrics, Lotta Green and Zoe Light Green from the beautiful Happiness is Homemade finally arrived..... and my goodness they were worth the wait.....they really do finish off the collection beautifully.  As a result we were able to now list a complete collection bundle, which you can find on the website HERE.....

Plus we got to curate some brand new Tilda bundles, where we mix and match from all our collections to create perfectly co-ordinated little piles of loveliness!  Available in our very popular 'small' and 'mini' sizes and 'fat quarters' there's the perfect size for whatever project you may have planned!  Find them HERE.
Our obsession for 1930's reproductions was also given a happy boost with a delivery of Darlene Zimmerman's brand new collection 'Penny and Friends'.  As always the colours are lovely and fresh and there's also a good dose of low volume prints included.  These are all available individually and we had great fun putting together some pretty bundles.  Find them all HERE.
As you know we're very drawn to pretty fabrics, but every now and then we see a collection just for boys that we fall in love with and 'Oh Boy' by Riley Blake was exactly that.  Planes are such a classic little boy print, but we love the fresh take on this theme with the zingy addition of orange and brightly coloured stripes.  There's also a 'Penny Picks' bundle available which adds in  some gorgeous green and a touch more blue...find it all HERE.  I can really picture a cute bunting made with this bundle or a little baby quilt!
Moving back to florals, we just adore these ditsy prints by Clothworks.  From the Blossom Bliss collection by Cary Phillips they have a hint of an Autumnal feel to them don't you agree?  Find them on the website HERE.
Finally not a new product as such, but just to let you know we just took delivery of more of our very special 'Made with love' wooden buttons.  These are always very popular so if you're planning some present making and are looking for something special, grab them while you can!

 That's it for this week, thank you as always for you lovely comments and for the support that you give us.  Penny (mum) and I really do appreciate each and every order that we receive, thank you!  Have a fabulous crafty weekend.

Friday, 19 September 2014

A summer of crafting and a Feature


Throughout the summer my sewing machine found a new home on the dining table in our conservatory.  It worked out brilliantly, Poppy was happy to sit at one end keeping herself busy with a crafty project and Jamie.... well like most 10 year old boys he would have been quite happy to sit playing on an electrical device all summer!  (Needless to say this didn't happen!)

My first completed project to share with you (wow that sounds good!) was my Tilda scrappy crossroads quilt which I started back HERE.  This was so much fun to make and I'm pretty certain that another scrappy crossroads will feature in my life, thanks Lori for such a great pattern!

I used a mix of Tilda fabrics in shades of blue, grey and brown, which came from a variety of Tilda collections.  This is what I love about Tilda, the fact that you can mix and match and it just works!  
I also pulled some Tilda fabrics for some EPP to take with me on holiday.  I originally planned on this being used for a new roman blind in my downstairs cloakroom, but as I stitch each little hexie (which are half inch in size made using these EPP papers) I'm thinking that it would be such a shame to have it hidden in the loo, so it may eventually become a new pillow or possibly cover the top of a pretty Lloyd Loom ottoman I have in my living room........ I've been asked on Facebook for a tutorial on how to use these papers, so I'll get one sorted very soon...pinky promise!


Gift making is an ongoing process throughout the year, it is a fact that my children have a better social life than me.  The other weekend, I rustled up this pretty tote bag for Poppy's friend Molly using the stunning Petite Fleur fabrics that arrived this summer.  It was constructed in the same way as I made my Country Girls Tote Bag (click here for the tutorial) The letters, which I drew freehand, were simply adhered using bondaweb, machine stitched in place and then I added some decorative running stitch around the edge.  You can find a tutorial for using bondaweb HERE  For the handle I used navy webbing and some lovely May Arts velvet ribbon.  I love the colours on this bag and I'm desperate to use these fabrics for a new tunic this winter!
My other holiday project was to continue working on my crochet granny square blanket.  The colour scheme is definitely inspired by my Cath Kidston crochet bag and as always I'm using Drops Muskat 100% cotton.  This is such a great pick and put down project and I'm so pleased that I learn't to crochet last summer.

Rather excitingly, I also had a feature in Issue 2 of Hoop-La magazine.  My brief was to use embroidery as part of a functional object.  As with all my tutorials I wanted to keep it simple so that anyone could give it a go, so I came up with a pretty felt phone pouch.  The stitches are french knots, blanket stitch (You can find tutorials for both of these HERE) and some easy straight stitches.  The felt is the gorgeous  WoolFelt® and I used colours from the Autumn Bundle.
I'm really happy with my summer of crafting and I'm now looking forward to starting some Autumnal projects...have you noticed there's a slight nip in the air in the evenings and the light is fading so early.  It seemed complete sense to me to therefore start on a brand new quilt.....
Andy asked where this one was going to go?......who knows, but you can never have too many quilts...right?? 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Saturday Shop News

Well our holiday seems a long distant memory and we've almost settled back down in to our usual routine.  It's been extremely busy at Pretty Fabrics and Trims since we got back, which is just fabulous, thank you!  We've also had lots of new arrivals, so go grab a cup of tea or coffee and make your self comfy............ ready...... ok lets go!

First up is the beautiful new 'Fly Away' collection from Dashwood Studio.  Designed by Phyllida Coroneo, she says that Fly Away is inspired by cross stitch and embroidery and depicts wildflower meadows, sprinkled with daisies, cuckoo flowers, clover and grasses swaying under cornflower blue skies......how lovely is that!  

Not a brand new collection as such, however, we've been after some lovely crosshatches for the website and were delighted to get hold of some Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.  Perfect for using on their own, these also make an interesting alternative to a solid fabric.  The grey and lake (the pale blue) also make great low volume choices! 
Poppy's favourite new arrival are these pretty fabrics from Riley Blake.  Perfectly named 'Butterfly Dance'  they features sweet little fairies, flowers and of course butterflies in abundance and in various shades of pink, it really is a 7 year olds dream collection!
On the other hand I love 'Raspberry Parlour' also by Riley Blake.  Have I told you that red is my favourite colour, and this for me is the best shade of red ever.  I love all the florals of course, but I'm very drawn to the geometric print that we have in both pink and red and with the addition of the swiss dot in red (another great low volume print) this collection really is lovely!
On what had already been great week for fabric deliveries, there were great gasps of delight when we opened up the box containing the new Autumn additions to the forever popular Aunt Grace Miniatures collection.  There has been rework of the pretty floral, plus there's a lovely basket weave.....oh let me at them!
Now lets talk Tilda...... Tilda will always hold something special for Pretty Fabrics and Trims.  Back in Spring 2012, Tilda fabrics were the only fabrics that we stocked and they helped launch us to where we are now.  We always look forward to their half yearly collection releases and this Autumn they have absolutely come up trumps.  As always the new collections work in together in harmony and can of course be used with the previous collections.  We'll have some super new bundles appearing on the website very soon!

In the meanwhile you can find 'Tiny Treasures' here...
 and 'Happiness is Homemade' here.....
Look away now if you're not ready for "whispers" Christmas..........





One of our most popular Christmas collections has been the sweet 'Christmas Wish' collection from Dashwood Studio's, so whilst restocking the very popular Advent Calendar Panels and Snowflake prints we also added the sweet Gingerbread and floral prints from the collection, plus Flurry in Poppy Red....... Poppy as you can imagine has already envisaged herself twirling in a dress made in that floral, but it has to be said so can I!
On the ribbon front, we've added over 20 new Christmas themed ribbons, plus we've done a HUGE restock of Rusty Tin Bells, which are already jingling there way out in many parcels of loveliness so grab some while you can!
With all the Christmassy themed parcels leaving this week, it seemed the perfect time to open our 2014 Christmas Shop where we have placed all our Christmas goodies conveniently in one place.

That it for this weeks new arrivals, but just to let you know, we're having an Art Gallery Fabrics flash sale this weekend, find all the fabrics included here..... 

 Finally, we've also been doing some work behind the scenes on the website, to make easier to use.  Amongst other things, we've added a lovely drop down menu so that you can navigate the shop quicker, plus there's a sticky top menu making it easier to use on a mobile device.  Let us know what you think!

I really hope to get back up to speed with my blog posts and catch up with you all.   I have so many pretty summer makes to share, but in the meanwhile I hope that you have a lovely crafty weekend.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Happy Holidays




















14 days in Norfolk, 12 days on the beach..... can't be bad!  Sometimes we were wrapped up in winter coats and hats, other days we totally on our own.....we even had our very own flypast!  We saw a twister and plenty of seahorses gave Andy, Poppy and Jamie lots of fun on their belly boards.  I managed some crochet and sewing, but more of that another day.  We built sandcastles and although they tried their best, they were always lost to the waves, ready to be rebuilt the day after and day after that.... it really was a holiday of happy memories......see you next year Norfolk!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Love is all you need......
















Last week was all about my brothers wedding, it was without doubt, apart from own, the most emotional wedding that I have ever been too..... I laughed, I cried but most of all I felt such a feeling of joy that they they had found each other......  
It was very much a homemade wedding, Leigh and Paul spent hours working on all the finishing touches, Mum made metres and metres of bunting and table runners and I made the cake (don't look to close!).  I very last minute made my dress, I used my favourite pattern and the blue floral from the Country Girls collection and after deciding it was a little too short added a frill in the navy polka dot by Sevenberry.  For my flower brooch I used a combination of Pam Kitty Ping Pong, with the polka dot and a lovely mother of pearl vintage button from my button tin.  Poppy looked gorgeous in her dress, which I made back here and she did lots of twirling, so I think it was a success!

So after a completely amazing day, most sensible people would have had a quiet day after, but no not Mum and I, we boarded a coach at 7.45am and headed off to the NEC for the Festival of Quilts.  Now I would like to say that I have lots of photo's to share, but to be honest I failed on the blogging front as I forgot to take both my Ipad and camera....doh!!!  It was however brilliant....there were so many beautiful quilts on show, so inspiring.  If your on Instagram, pop in the hastag #foq and you'll be able to get a taste.

On the shopping front I was very restrained, I did however finally get my hands on a copy of Quilty Fun by Lori Holt, which as regular readers will no is one of my favourite bloggers.

On Sunday I couldn't resist making a little project from the book and pulled some of my favourite 30's florals, plus a little Tilda and made the bee block, which I turned in to a little mini quilt, with the addition of some pretty lace and flower wooden buttons......
On the back I added some little pockets at the top corners so that a dowel can be inserted for hanging.  The pretty yellow fabric is some vintage Laura Ashley which use to be curtains in my first flat 20 plus years ago.....I'm a terrible hoarder when it comes to fabric!

So I think that's me all caught up, but just to let you know we're off on our summer holidays on Friday for two weeks, so if you're planning on purchasing a parcel full of loveliness from the website and would like it sent before you go, we'll be packing right up until mid afternoon tomorrow.

See you soon!