Saturday, 29 July 2017

Summer Holidays

I hope you're all enjoying your Summer Holiday's :) Just a quick update as I'm going away with my son, sister & nephews. My lovely sister in law Mandy will be here to assist you whilst I'm away. 

Shop Hours 1st - 12th August

Look forward to seeing you when I get back
- Helen - 


Friday, 21 July 2017

Project of the Week - Howdy

This week I've been making Stacy Iest Hsu Cowboy Panel - Westly - A great Summer Holiday Project.

- Make yours this Summer -
- This Panel can be bought in store or online -

Stacy is a fabric designer for Moda, her inspiration comes from reading books as a child. Stacy's fabric panels have full instructions printed on the panel & are easy to follow. There are a few additional things required, for example toy filling. They are listed on the panel. You will make the doll, bandana, blanket, pillow & pony on a stick.

- This Retro Howdy Lil Cowboy Collection is also available -

Here's Stacy's Howdy Lil Cowgirl - Madeline Doll Panel

- This is also available for you to make in store & online -
 It also includes full instructions to make the doll, 
bandana, skirt & belt, blanket, pillow & pony on a stick 

- Retro Cowgirl Print available online & in store - 

Now there's a story I'd like to share about Westly. Whilst making this little cowboy I knew it's home would eventually be in Cyprus where my nephew Liam lives. At this time I didn't know the cowboy was named Westly :) My mum was an avid Doris Day fan & one of her favourite films was "Moonlight Bay", it became a family favourite. My brother Mark was always up to mischief as was Wesley, Doris Day's little brother (sounding very similar to Westly). Mark is now Dad to Liam who no doubt will soon be up to mischief with his very own Cowboy Westly:) 


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Project of the Week - Janet Clare's Sewing Kit

This week's Project is Janet Clare's Sewing Kit. 

This pattern gives detailed instructions & photos to make a pin cushion, needle case, little scissor keeper & a small project case. Priced at £7.99 available online & in store. It uses a 2.5" Mini Charm pack or you can make up 42 x 2.5" squares from your stash. I used the left over triangles from my Knitting Bag This is also a Janet Clare pattern available from The Little Fabric Store. Additional requirements needed to make the set. 

available to buy on line or in store

Janet Clare's instructions to machine sew
 I've hand sewn mine whilst sitting in the garden

My finished Project Case made using Calico as a lining
2.5" Mini Charm & Calico available in store

My Project Bag made up using a 5" Charm pack
Patterns both available on line & in store

I'd definitely recommend this pattern
 its the perfect holiday project for the summer


Saturday, 1 July 2017


After taking a little break from blogging, I'm back. Here's what's been happening over the past few months:)

"Maker of the Month" shows people's projects, it's inspiring & interactive,  there's nothing better than seeing what you use your fabrics for. Some entries have even been non sewing projects. All are welcome. To see all the entries visit my Facebook Page. Here are the Winning Entries so far, chosen at random by local Louth businesses:

January - Nadia of Wolds Away Clothing 
Nadia used fabric from the shop for the piping on her daughters dress

February - Kathleen Elsom
Kathleen used Moda Essential Dots for the borders of this beautiful embroidered quilt & bag

March - Yvonne made her table runner using a selection of Moda dots & design fabrics

April - Nicola Lavis made these cute matching dresses using Dashwood Fabrics

May - Lynne made her Easter Egg hanger using Blend Fabrics Promise of Spring

June Winner to be announced next week :) 
Entries have to use fabrics from The Little Fabric Store to enter
 It's going on for the full year

The Little Fabric Store is a participating store for Quilt Now's Aurifil Thread Kit offer. You'll find a coupon in the magazine, cut out & bring to the shop to redeem your threads worth £22. Minimum spend is £15 to redeem the coupon. These are then posted to your home address. A great opportunity to use a variety of thread weights & colours, all Free :)

New Janet Clare Embroidery Patterns Now in Stock

Moda Linen Blend is also available perfect for Embroidery

We held a Cupcake Day for Alzheimers in June
A big thank you to everyone who attended 
& contributed with home made cakes & donations
We raised £128

Handmade Cakes :) 

My lovely customers supporting the event 

I made up some Lucky Dip Bags with all money raised going to the Alzheimer's Society. Sue Wilkie used her fabrics & thread to make this sweet fabric wallet

I visited the Lindsey Patchwork "Quilts in the Wolds" 2017
A very inspiring event, it was very difficult to choose a favourite, that's for sure
(more photos on my Facebook page)

The finale I have a SALE ON
Lots of fabrics reduced by 30%
£14 a metre NOW £9 /£2.25 a Fat Quarter
Lots of new fabrics arriving for the Autumn & Winter 
& an exciting New range of Dress Patterns & Fabrics Coming Soon 

Each week I'll give you regular updates & "Project of the Week" & "Product of the week". As well as the odd FREE Pattern online & in store. 
Have a great weekend 
x Helen x