We're very lucky to have some early release precuts for Moda ranges that are not due to be released for a few months yet. Numbers are very limited and we cannot get more stock until the official release.
It's such a busy time of year with Christmas coming, and it's definitely busy in the shop. we've had so many lovely new fabrics arrive recently.
Latitude Batiks by Kate Spain A gorgeous mix of favourite prints and some new ones too. We have quite a selection including all the precut options.
Grand Canal by Kate Spain Another fabulous range from Kate, this one is inspired by Venice. We have lots of fabrics, precuts, and even a stunning quilt kit in stock.
Sweet Escape from Dashwood Studio Perfect for the coming summer, featuring some gorgeous prints of bicycles, strawberries and hot air balloons.
Floral Splendor by Cathy Nordstrom A new experiment for us, as we've never stocked Andover before. This range also screams summer, with a lovely mix of retro florals and geometric shapes. We also have Cathy's range Millefleur in stock.
So excited to finally show this quilt off; my Ruby Red quilt which is in today's issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting (issue 40). For this quilt I raided all of the red prints in my stash of Bonnie and Camille fabrics, and there is everything from Bliss right through to Vintage Picnic.
They did such a great job of styling the quilt too; makes me even more excited that I have another quilt with them early next year.
After we lost Millie at the end of last year, at a very impressive 15 years of age, there's been a gaping whole in my life which has been waiting for the perfect puppy to fill it. After a few false starts and a few broken hearts, Miss Daisy came to live with us recently.
The puppy life is certainly tiring; the constant looking out for puddles and the midnight trips outside for pee time, but she is so worth it. Lola had been pretty lonely without Millie, and now she has this little rascal to keep her company.
At 11 weeks old, she has mastered "sit" and "go for a wee", and I'm working on "give me a kiss" which was one of my favourite Millie moves. Right now she has quite the taste for slippers and shoe laces, and likes to collect all of her toys in her bed or under the couch.
I was very lucky to spend a week in Japan earlier this month, and that meant sneaking in a little fabric shopping. Who could possibly resist buying cute Japanese fabrics in Japan itself?
First stop was Nippori in Tokyo, otherwise known as Fabric Town. This is a whole strip of fabric shops; not just quilting but clothing and all sorts of other fabric.
didn't have a lot of time so I headed for the largest and most well-known: Tomato. This is a series of stores each stocking different fabrics, but the one for quilt fabric is the largest. The top two floors are where its at. The ground floor is great for 100yen fabric but the line goes out the door and I didn't see anything that really caught my eye. I will admit I didn't really find anything much of interest to me in Tomato, I guess because I have my own shop and can access most fabrics anyway. So I walked away with a little Hello Kitty Kokka and that was about it.
I also found a great little shop (called Elegance) selling Liberty fabric for approximately 3000yen per metre and grabbed a couple of pieces there, but failed to take a photo of the shop.
I hit my fabric jackpot when I arrived in Kyoto. There are two stores a few blocks apart: Nomura Tailor, and Nomura Tailor House (the latter being a bit smaller, but in my mind the better of the two). I went to Nomura Tailor House first.
And was thrilled with the selection of fabric available. All the bolts are neatly sorted, and most are available as fat eights at bargain prices, or half metre cuts all pre-packed.
I walked out the door with an arm load.
As a good scientist I also visited Nomura House, but found it wasn't really necessary. Though I did not visit the upper floor. They had most of the same fabrics, but it was difficult to locate them once you'd viewed the samples hung on the wall.
So if you only have time for one and quilting fabric is your thing, go to Nomura Tailor House. You wont be disappointed.