Coast & Country Crafts and Quilts Newsletter

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Quick makes and solid inspiration

We trust that this newsletter finds you well and in good sewing spirits. We have had a sort out of our space this week and have rediscovered our love of panels, and plain and textured fabrics. We didn't realise what a large selection of each that we have in stock & have been busy bees stitching samples for the shop.

We love the versatility of a panel. They are useful to make a quick quilt or wall hanging by simply adding a border. We also have panels to make playmats, advent calendars, placemats, bunting and even soft toys. Two new panels have arrived - Noah's Ark and Dinosaurs along with some coordinating fabrics. Perfect for little ones to snuggle under or play on.

We have a surplus of some children's panels that we would like to offer at a reduced rate to anyone making charity quilts for Project Linus etc. Please contact us to make enquiries and to let us know about your charitable make.

We also want to show you some of our tone on tone fabrics and solids. Often ignored but really useful additions in projects. We have a large array of Tilda Solids and Chambrays, Thatched, Chalk and Charcoal, Hannah Basics, Linen Textures, French General textured solids, Cottage Cloth and Peppered Cottons.

We look forward to helping you with all your sewing needs. Have a wonderful week.
Best wishes
Sally & the girls

Panels for Children

Where to begin? Well, we have D is For Dream panels that make a Milestone mat to lay or sit baby on, to take photos as they reach certain milestones. It has numbers and days, weeks, months and years that can be used as reminders of when the photo is taken. We also have the gentle pastels of Noah's Ark and Zoology. Plenty of animals to talk about with little ones as they grow. Or for the paleontologist in your life there is the Dinosaur panel. There is the Animal Crackers ABC panel too, that can be made into a larger quilt, playmat, cushions or bags.
For the Dog and Cat lovers we have two panels to make soft toys, Dog Daze and Here Kitty Kitty. Each panel makes two toys with clothes. Too cute!
We have To the Sea Book panels. These make a soft padded book to introduce teeny tinies to the world of books and stories. On the Go Asphalt is perfect to make a playmat for cars to zoom along, The World Map is a great introduction to the wider world, The ABC panel is illustrated with various animals and then for the pirates in your life there are Skull and Crossbones flag panels and the Pirate Bunting panels. Lovely to decorate a bedroom or den, or even your festival tent.

Festive Panels and Advent Calendars

Dare we say that Christmas is looming ever closer? Just a few weeks until the Advent Calendars will be up and filled with treats in the lead up to the festivities. We have a large selection to keep everyone happy, even your dog! We also have stocking panels for large stockings and also Stocking garlands. We have Scandi panels perfect for table runners and placemats, and the delightful Merrymaking panels that have a multitude of uses from quilts to Gift bags and sacks to placemats and cushions, we've even used them as a cute pocket on a Christmas Stocking.

Mandy Shaw Christmas Redwork

We have in stock two Christmas panels by the popular Mandy Shaw. The Stocking Quilt panel is a printed copy of a Christmas Quilt but without having to do all the piecing. Simply layer with wadding and a backing, or even back with fleece, and quilt around the designs and sashing and you have a quick festive make. The Bunting panel makes stocking garlands and larger pointed bunting flags. We got together one evening to sew a panel each. You can see our work above and full instructions to accompany our bunting kit on our blog here. The bunting can be simply made using the panel shapes as they are but we decided to embellish ours with stitching and buttons.

Welcome to our selection of plains, textured solids and chambrays.

Chalk and Charcoal
Tilda Chambrays and Tilda Solids.
Peppered Cottons and French General Solids

Solid and Textured Fabrics

We have so many beautiful patterned fabrics in the shop that we often overlook the plainer ones but they are invaluable in quilt making. Excellent as blenders and fillers but equally as beautiful in their own right to create dramatic quilts in bright or more muted colours. Below are a selection of patterns from Elizabeth Hartman and Love From Beth that are ideal for using these often overlooked fabrics.
Thatched and Cottage Cloth
Linen Textures
Hannah Basics

Elizabeth Hartman and Beth Studley

We love how each of these designers uses plainer colours boldly.

Elizabeth Hartman often chooses an animal theme for her traditionally pieced quilts. No paper piecing or foundation piecing. Beth Studley of Love From Beth, often uses tone on tone prints for her quilts and bags but they would also look glorious made in the textured or solid fabrics above.