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Portable Projects

Hello again. We hope that you have had a great week that's been filled with sewing opportunities. Sometimes it can be tricky to find time to do what makes us sparkle with happiness so this week we take a closer look at hand sewing projects that you can sew on the go!

Many of you may be members of a sewing group, or are planning trips away and want to have a portable project to make so we highlight some paper piecing and hand stitching patterns and kits that are easily transportable. One of our lovely customers, Claire, came to see us this week while on holiday. Unfortunately she spends a lot of time in hospital so she stocks up on hand sewing projects to keep herself busy while there. It spurred us on even more to look at things to make anywhere and everywhere. Many of us have sat on trains, in waiting rooms, hospitals, tents, or even on the beach, sewing away. Let us know the most unusual place that you have sewed in!

We are pleased to now have a good range of Sevenberry Japanese fine woven ginghams and stripes in stock and online. Also just in are several Cottage Cloth fabrics. Similar to a grunge but less patchy.

As always, enjoy your sewing and have a wonderful week.
Best wishes
Sally & the girls
Home Sewn Bag, My Red Satchel Sherbet daisy Doiley, Hexagon Purse,

English Paper Piecing Projects - EPP

We love paper piecing here at Coast and Country. It offers so much scope for using up scraps and to make small and large quilts while on the move.

English paper piecing is a traditional way of joining fabrics together by hand. Fabric is wrapped around a paper template to ensure accuracy of the shape. These are then stitched together with a whip stitch. Once all sides of the template have others joined to it the paper templates can be removed and the papers can be reused. Many EPP fans like to make their own papers from scrap paper or light card, but to save time and provide greater accuracy we have packs of precision cut papers available. More details below.

We have numerous patterns that use Paper piecing and they are suitable for those new to EPP as well as more experienced sewers.

Chateau Hexagon Block of the Month
Chateau Hexagon - a beautiful blend of embroidery, paper piecing and machine piecing.
The vibrant Indulgence, Tenderness
and Stargazer
Little Dresden Quilt, Red Robin Table Runner, Colour of Love Hearts cushion, All for Christmas Treat Bag and Around Town

Paper Piecing Papers!

We have an ever growing range of precision cut papers and acrylic templates for paper piecing. The acrylic templates have a seam allowance added on to them so you can cut your fabric to the right size plus they are transparent to enable you to fussy cut your fabric to get perfectly matched patterns or particular images centred.

We also sell gridded vilene that can be cut to size and left in your project. Some customers like to use freezer paper which can be cut to any shape and ironed on to the fabric, is removed easily and can be reused many times.
If hexies (hexagons) are your chosen shape then You Hexie Thing, Hexagon Ruler by June Tailor is a handy tool.
  • Create perfect hexagons for piecing and applique quilt projects
  • Easily cut perfect hexagons in nine sizes
  • Simply start with a fabric strip and cut the sides
  • Layer strips for multiple hexagons
You Hexie Thing, Hexagon Ruler by June Tailor

Hand Embroidery

We have a multitude of beautiful embroidery patterns and pre printed stitchery panels from various designers including Lynette Anderson, The Birdhouse, Leanne Beasley, Hatched & Patched and Gail Pan.
Click on the links to discover their inspiration.

Pictured are some wonderful hand stitching kits. They contain full instructions, threads, hoops where appropriate and even needles and beads if used.
Beaks & Bobbins
Happy Scrappy by Gail Pan. A new pattern set from Gail that includes patterns to make a square project bag in 2 sizes, a zipper pouch, a table runner & a quilt!
Gorgeous applique on a low volume scrappy background. We are all keen to make a sample of this one.

Beautiful books

Slow stitching Sashiko and Boro books and beautiful hand pieced and hand embroidery books. Something to inspire everyone.

Japanese Fine Woven fabric

Sevenberry fabrics are all delicious and we really love these extra fine woven ginghams and stripes. The largest gingham is am 1/8" square and the smaller one 1/16". This fabric is lighter weight than usual quilting cotton, more like a batik weight and they are beautiful to work with. They are a very soft and fluid fabric rather than a more textured woven.

Cottage Cloth fabric

Five rich solids fabrics with a slight mottled look to give more depth to the fabric.