Coast & Country Crafts and Quilts Newsletter

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Good morning, afternoon, evening!

We know many of you read this as soon as it hits your inbox but some of you catch up with us later in the day. Whenever you read this we hope you are well. Whatever is going on with our weather this week? One day it's flip flops and shades, the next wellies and raincoats. Sometimes both in the same day. What we do know though is that we have our shared love of all things sewing to keep us feeling sunny on the wettest and dreariest of days.

This week we are taking a closer look at all things prepared. Think Precuts like layer cakes, charm packs and jelly rolls, plus preprinted stitchery panels and patterns that include a preprinted stitchery, along with ready to sew kits that are perfect travel companions containing all you need except a pair of scissors. We have such an abundance to choose from that there are bound to be some that catch your eye. To celebrate the Bank Holiday and the versatile precuts, we have 10% off all precut layer cakes, jelly rolls, charms and mini charms. Just click on the discount button at the checkout. This applies to sale precuts too and runs from now until Midnight Tuesday 7th May.

A quick note to remind everyone, including ourselves, that this coming Monday, May 6th is a Bank Holiday. Therefore the physical shop will be closed on Monday and anything ordered between late Saturday afternoon to Monday evening will be processed on Tuesday. There may also be slight delays in receiving orders as often the post office get behind over a Bank Holiday weekend with two days of post stacking up.

Whatever you are planning over the Bank holiday, we hope you have a good time. Keep sewing and keep smiling.
We look forward to helping you with all your sewing needs and seeing you in the shop, or chatting on the phone or online.
Best wishes
Sally & the girls
At Coast and Country we do love a precut bundle from a fabric collection. It gives you such a rich selection of every print in a range. At least one square or strip of each pattern and colourway is included. It takes away the worry of trying to coordinate fabrics as it is all done for you.

Precuts come as Jelly rolls which are 2 1/2" strips across the width of the fabric, layer cakes or 10" squares, charm packs of 5" squares and mini charms which are 2 1/2" squares. In the shop we have lots of samples using all the various precut sizes and see below for a selection of books and patterns that specialise in using pre cuts.
Some of our pre cut friendly patterns are above and include Great Gulls from Janet Clare. This is made up of 10" squares. Then we have the Alexandra and Sophie Bags from June Tailor. These bags are jelly roll friendly and made using the quilt as you go method and the layout comes preprinted on wadding so you can stitch by numbers.
The popular Jelly Roll Rug looks stunning in any range and can coordinate with your home decor. Runaway quilt has been made using Bunny Hill Flower Farm fabric but would look fantastic made from any collection.
From the handy little Pocket Guide Quilting with Precuts to the larger books like Playful Precut Quilts, we have a good selection of books to inspire you to use precut packs. Some books concentrate on just one size of precuts, like Just One Charm Pack Quilts or 10" Square Precut Companion, where others offer various options
We have a growing selection of pre printed stitchery panels ready to start stitching without having to trace the design first. Often the trickiest part of a stitchery. I know I have often got to the last part of tracing a big design only to have a slip of the pen. I usually favour a permanent micron pen as it is super fine, and so I have to start again if it's not possible to hide the mistake with some creative stitching! Many of these panels are made to accompany specific quilt patterns but can equally be used in your own projects - pockets, bags, wall hangings, purses, table runners, cushions etc We also sell lucky dip stitchery packs that include just a selection of images, DMC threads and fabrics to create your own mini projects.
These beautiful and comprehensive kits come complete with a pre printed coloured panel, detailed instructions and stitch guides, embroidery threads, needles, beads and sequins. All you need is a pair of scissors and they are ready to sew.
Louise Nichols designs are all printed and ready to stitch. These are either just panels or complete kits that are lino printed on linen, calico or woven fabrics, that can then be embellished with stitches, felt, ribbons and beads to make them uniquely yours.
Many of our preprinted stitchery panels are designed by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse, and some of her patterns also include a preprinted panel as well as the design to trace. She has a wide range of Christmas themed stitcheries ready to sew straight out of the packet plus bags, doorstops and pincushions. We also have a few other designers who offer the same including For the Love of Tea and My Time My Place caddy by Hatched and Patched and Sew Love Laugh from Leanne's House.