Sunday 21 September 2014

Mini Rolls

Mini Rolls
Designed for little projects
or to try out different fabrics

Jelly Roll strips
2.5" x WoF (width of fabric ) 40"+

Retro Orchard x 8 strips £6.50

Playdate x 6 strips £5.00

Fox Field x 6 strips £5.00

Hapi x 6 strips £5.00

Botanique x 6 strips £5.00

True Colors too cool x 4 strips £3.25

True colours cool warm x 4 strips £3.25

True colors cool x 4 strips £3.25

True colors warm x 4 strips £3.25

Happy Sunday!!

Thursday 18 September 2014

Simple Sale - some prices slashed, get stashing

Finally - now I have installed the app properly :-)
Simple Sale - some prices slashed, get stashing
need to make way for lots more basics!!

click here

Moda Dottie
£3.00 now £2.40

Moda Half Moon
£3.00 now £2.40

Moda Essentail Dots
£3.00 now £2.40

Happy Hunting

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Needle Sizes


If you are anything like me then choosing needles online, is a headache,
what size it what! I have sourced info from all over the web
and hope it helps in choosing

General Sewing

These needles are the most popular needle for general sewing.

Size 2, 3 and 4 suitable for medium to heavy fabrics
Size 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10  suitable for light to medium fabrics
Size 11 and 12 suitable for fine fabrics or creating small delicate stitches


Short Darners
These needles have long eyes, and are used for mending and darning using cotton or yarn.

Long Darners
In addition to being a darning needle these needles are useful to use during basting and layering fabrics together.

Yarn Darners
These are long needles with long eyes making them ideal for spanning large holes during mending, using cotton or yarn. Size 14/18 are useful needles to use when sewing pieces of knitting or crochet together.

Curved Repair

Curved needles are great for those difficult tasks: sewing fabric boxes together or repairing lampshades.

Leather Needles – Hand and Machine

These needles are available for hand stitching and machine stitching and are ideal when working with leather, suede and other tough materials.

Traditional Craft

Depending on the type of craft or project you are working on will determine the type of needle you will require. Sometimes you may need to use the same needle type across a variety of sizes to complete your project or indeed you may require an array of different types of needle.

Tapestry/Cross Stitch
These needles have a large eye and a blunt round point designed for the use in needlepoint, petit point, countered cross stitch and plastic canvas work.

Size 13, 14 For children to use when stitching on Binca or 6hpi Aida fabric.
Size 16, 18, and 20 Suitable for tapestry
Size 22, 24, 26 and 28 Commonly used in cross stitch and petit point.

Embroidery needles have a long eye which makes threading the needle so much easier when using multiple strands of thread.  The most popular sizes used to embroider are size 7 and 9.
Because of their large eye these needles are suitable for general sewing. They are ideal for people who have difficulty seeing the eye of a needle. 

These needles have a large eye and a sharp point and are used in the art of crewel embroidery and ribbon embroidery. Sizes range from 13 to 26; the most popular sizes are 16 to 26. Size 13 and 14 are commonly used for heavy and coarse fabrics.

These needles are very short and fine with a round eye.  The shorter length allows the quilter to create quick and even stitching. Sizes range from 5 to 12, we recommend a beginner to use a size 7 or a size 8.  Big Eye Quilting needles are designed with a big eye for the ease of threading.  These needles are available in size 10.

Standard Beading needles are very fine and long, with long eyes and are available in sizes 10 to 15. These needles are suitable to use with beads, pearls and sequins and they are particularly useful in the art of threading and stringing pearls. Short Beading needles are ideal when attaching beads to fabric featuring additional embroidery.

These needles are long with round eyes and are traditionally used in the art of hat making.  They are also used for pleating and creating fancy stitching commonly known as smocking.

Machine needle sizes are always quoted in imperial and metric.  Regular point machine needles are designed for domestic regular sewing machines and are used for basic stitching.
Size 9/70 Suitable for light fabrics, silk and taffeta
Size 11/80 Suitable for medium fabrics, cotton, linen and satin
Size 14/90 Medium to heavy fabrics, this is an ideal in between needle
Size 16/100 For heavy fabrics, denim, tweeds, curtain fabrics & soft furnishings

These machine needles are ideal to use on jersey, stretch and synthetic fabrics


These needles create trouble free seaming and are the perfect complement to jersey and synthetic fabrics.


These needles are designed for heavy duty stitching and are suitable for denim fabrics.

Twin Pointed

This needle forms parallel stitches. 
Size 11 x 2mm Suitable for fine to medium fabrics.
Size 14 x 4mm Suitable for medium to heavy fabrics


Needle Threaders
Use the standard needle threader for threading cotton/thread and the chunky threader when using chunky yarn.


Bodkins and Weaving needles for threading tapes and elastics.

Monday 15 September 2014

Apple-core Playdate Play-mat

Apple-core Playdate Play-mat

Using David Walker's latest collection

Boys will be Boys....

Cloud in Grove
Stripe in Grove
Dots in Grove
Plaid in Grove
Wheels in Grove
Park Walk in Grove

My Apple-core temple 10" at longest point
but to me it is 8" square

Digging the waves....
and quicker to put together than I thought

Finished in Kelly Green 30mm Spotty Binding

Backed in the plaid

Works out at 40" square (approx 1 metre)
a perfect pay-mat or cuddle quilt, 

Find the fabric here
Find the Binding here
Happy Monday People

Friday 12 September 2014

25% of your entire order

Enter promo code STORE25 and get 25% off your entire order

Click HERE

Grab something you want.

Can only be used once.

Promo Code STORE25

For this weekend only - from NOW!

You should be asked if paying by Paypal for you promo code once you enter Paypal to pay.
Please do let me know if you don't, and I will also check if you promo amount has not come off, and refund you.

Amy Butler
Anna Maria Horner
David Walker
Tula Pink
Joel Dewberry
Robert Kaufman
Bella Solid
Moda Essential Dots
Moda Dottie
Moda Half Moon
Bias Bindings

Happy Weekend People

Wednesday 10 September 2014

Orchard Quilt

Orchard Quilt

Finally Finished!!!!
See this post of me putting it together

I used 5" squares 8 x 8 = 64
the white strips are 1.5" - making them 1" lines when complete
30mm latte spotty bias binding

Makes a perfect lap quilt

30mm latte spotty binding

White is Bella Solid white bleached PDF 97

The reverse!!
Bella Solid 92 magenta
Bella Solid 27 30s pink

Bella Solid 47 scarlet
Bella Solid 213 mustard
see this post about matching solids

and before I forget....

Retro Orchard Fabrics by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studios
can be found here

Tossed Apples
Graphic Fruit 
Fruit Wedges
Small Floral
Flurry in Grape


Tuesday 9 September 2014

New in! PlayDate

Playdate by David Walker

The following bundle can be purchased here
Cloud in Grove
Stripe in Grove
Dots in Grove
Plain in Grove
Wheels in Grove
Park Walk in Grove

What could be more fun than a play date with charmingly whimsical animals brought to you from David Walker Studios? From oversized dots and plaids, to zebras floating through clouds, to elephants on unicycles, this playful collection in saturated colors will surely be embraced by little boys and girls alike.

Quilt top pattern, a super cute, easy beginner quilt
down load from free spirit fabrics for free here.

Happy Tuesday People

Monday 8 September 2014

New In - True Colors

True Colors - Anna Maria Horner

Going up in Garnet
Haystack in country
Crescent bloom in ruby
Sealing Wax in Amethyst

See far better in the flesh!

Or a Cresent Bloom Bundle

Crescent Bloom in turquoise
Crescent Bloom in fushia
Crescent Bloom in ruby
Crescent Bloom in tangerine

You can purchase them here


Thursday 4 September 2014

True Colors - Anna Maria Horner

True Colors - Anna Maria Horner

Coming this week.... 

Another 4 colours which again will look far better in the flesh than these downloads

Crescent Bloom in Ruby

  • Crescent Bloom in Tangerine

  • Going Up in Garnet

Haystack Bouquet in Country

Can be purchased here