Sewing machine up and ready to stitch

Moving home is never easy and there always seems to be a 2 – 3 week wait for the phone to be connected. My sewing machine is up and although not in the best space possible – rearing to go. Today I went over to my favorite fabric store and found some fabulous green Wayne Hemingway fabric, £10 per meter a great price (they have the whole Hemingway collection in stock). A wonderful array of denims, from indigo dyed almost linen to heavy weight Japanese denim.
fabrics galoreThe last fabrics is a cotton searsucker, perfect for my first Tina Givens pattern - the Priscilla slip – just perfect in this heat.  I’ve also been buying some new patterns online and will post about them as soon as they arrive.

Eric Lanlard’s Cake Boy

If you are in London or planning a visit the one place to go and have tea is Cake Boy, owned by the fabulous Eric Lanlard.

For the monsters birthday I took a small group out for a special champagne tea and wow what a fabulous time we had! They were amazing, brilliant staff and Eric even brought out the monsters cake.


The sandwiches and tiny cakes were inventive and a total delight. Croissants filled with Palma ham, Shortbread fingers filled with lemon curd and topped with raspberries, chocolate creme brûlée, raspberry macaroons, green tea cones to name a few.

sew bee

IMG_3839On Sunday a group of LMQG members met up to quilt and it was a really fabulous afternoon.  Lots of chatting and for some hugely productive too!

IMG_3826It was brilliant to have so much space to lay out quilts, share tips and see new techiniques.  This was basted with a spray, I’ve never seen that used and  how brilliant it was.  Some used spray starch [my favorite] and another Flatter, delicious scent.

IMG_3836Some were stitching wonderul EEP, I do love the fabrics used here.

IMG_3830Lots of laughter

IMG_3829and some more productive than others – ie me!  I managed to cut out my strips and start my FoQ exhibition piece [top photo, all fabrics from Tikki], more concentration and work required than coffee and laughter!  I am really looking forward to next’s months sew in.

summer sunshine

ImageToday I took a few hours off working on my latest huge commission to go fabric shopping at Fabrics Galore.  My wardrobe is looking a little sad and in need of a few new summer clothes, but I couldn’t resist the Kokka happy animal fabric not too sure what this will become!  I also found some fabulous cotton airtex [just like my old school sports shirt] and cotton poplin perfect for a pair of Laurel tunics, some super silky soft tana lawn for the free blouse pattern that came with Love Sewing

Imageits a new magazine that a work colleague raved about.  Full of all sorts of projects, quilting, softies and not just clothes, I’ll share more of the magazine in my next post.

ImageIf your looking for something beautiful to quilt with, why not try these delicious linen fabrics above, beautiful colours as well as the pink and lilac there are greys and blues.  All so beautifully stack on the counter at FG, so difficult to resist, have them ear marked for 2 baby quilts for friends who are expecting little bundles of joy.



makegoodYesterday the monster and I went out to the Makegood festival next door to Selfridges, just off Oxford Street.  It was really fun, we met so many talented people and the monster loved Tilly’s designs she now has a signed copy of her new book!  Its on today if you’d like to pop over.  I thought I’d share some of the fabulous people we met and their wonderful British handmade wears.

auntie mimsAuntir Mims make wonderful wooden items, I loved the hammer – great fathers day gift!  The QR code key ring is also brilliant and wonderful way to write a secret message.

nancyNancy Nicholson embroidery kits are a great way to add texture to am exsisting printed image.  I love this cat he would make a perfect cushion and a great way to relax after a busy day.  Nancy also has downloadable patterns to stitch.

suitcase-susieWonderful bone china tableware and home textile range, really distinctive designs inspired by travel.

miss papercutMiss Papercut had the most beautiful papercuts.

clementine bloom

Clementine Bloom has some wonderful home & interior products, we adored the Entomology range especially the giant beetle wallpaper.

cropped-Header-copyHelen’s designs are beautiful, stunning knitted designs and curious handmade also has a Ravelry store.

forallweknowFor all we know had some fantastic lampshades and cushions made from unique photographs.

fanciful pagesFanciful Pages are stunning paper products made by Ben, all made in South East London.  Greeting cards, journals, perfect gifts!

fabble and baseFable and Base have a fabulous range of eco textiles.

ray-banglenbng jewellery, hand-made unusual, sculptural jewellery.  The copper wave above is stunning.

and finally the fantastic Tilly

tillywith her great patterns and new book.  Hope you’ve all had a great weekend!