Posted on

Flowerdale – Gail Pan Designs

We love this quilt from Gail Pan. It’s a great project to get stuck in to, with several blocks to work on, so you can stop and start this quilt without feeling overwhelmed by having to complete it all in one go!

Inspired by the colours of the classic Delftware pottery, which is usually decorated with metal oxides, in particular cobalt oxide that gives the traditional blue. We do have kits available for this quilt which embraces the beautiful blues but that doesn’t mean you can’t be brave and create your own Colourway.

Flowerdale’ in Greek means ‘Flower of the Gods.’ Gail Pan has truly embraced this with a garden full of stunning flowers on this quilt. Each flower is pieced and appliqued onto the blocks, and this beautiful appliqued quilt is a great way to really perfect your technique whilst creating something yummy! The important thing to remember with this quilt, is to be accurate in tracing and cutting out the applique shapes; and we would recommend using applique paper (due in stock any minute), a glue stick and appliquick rods to make your life easier, which can then be sewn down with a fine thread like our 80wt Aurfil Thread.

Finished Size approx. 42” x 56”

We think this is a stunning quilt and hope you feel inspired and enjoy making it! You can find the Pattern & Fabric Pack HERE

Posted on

NEW ARRIVAL – Cider – BasicGrey


Cider is modern, eclectic, and vintage all at once. The colours evoke chilly fall days, warm sweaters, and joyful laughter. Prints like Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Cortland remind us of the variety of apples that grow around the world, each with its own story. We hope Cider will spark fond autumnal memories with friends and family as you tell your story. BasicGrey’s newest collection brings back the best memories, waiting for the first frost. The first frost meant the most delicious apples ever, there is something about the cold that makes the sugars and flavours just pop!

Cider is the sister collection to Persimmon, with bright, rich vibrant blues, popping peachy oranges and yummy pink corals. This collection comes with pre-cuts – which are coming soon – so don’t forget to pop your name on the waitlist if you’ve fallen head over heals like we have with this collection.

You can find the fabrics HERE


Posted on

Using Pre-cuts in Quilting

Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, Mini Charms and Honey Buns . . .

We’ve found using Pre-cuts is a great way to get started with with a new quilting project. You have the whole collection in one bundle, cut to size, which saves you loads of time faffing before you get to the fun sewing bit!

There are so many patterns, books, tutorials available from the beginner to the advanced quilter so here are a couple of our favourites:

Dwell 2 – by Thimble Blossoms

A beautiful Layer Cake friendly pattern, perfect for the beginner who wants to learn how to piece blocks, bind and learn to quilt the quilt.
Ps. We also make a kit includes everything you need to make the quilt top!

Finished Size: 59” x 71”


Charm School – by Vanessa Goertzen

This is a great value for money book with 18 projects using 5” Charm Squares.

You’ll learn tips to take the guesswork out of piecing. Start with fresh, simple blocks and build your skills to sew versatile snowballs, stars, flying geese, and more. Quilters of all types will fall in love with these quick, clever, and clean designs!


Jelly Roll Quilts the Classic Collection – Pam Lintott

Another great bargain book, with a collection of 12 quilt patterns for classic quilts made using jelly rolls. Pam and Nicky bring their expertise to classic quilt designs, you’ll learn how to make all your favourite quilts and blocks quickly and easily with this brand new collection of jelly roll quilt patterns



Posted on

Butterflies, Bat and Dragon Wings

Some things are too adorable to not be shared!

With most of the world in a lockdown or social restricted state we are having to rely heavily on our imaginations to entertain ourselves. We love the Wife Made wing patterns which encourage creative and imaginative play in your children and put big smiles on their squishy little faces!

Each pattern comes in different sizes and the Butterflies even have a dolly size, so your little ones can twin with their favourite toys.

These patterns are suitable for Intermediate to Advanced stitchers, but we have been promised that the step-by-step detailed tutorial with full-colour illustrations are clear and easy to follow.

So the final question we have is which would you choose?

Have a look here

Posted on

Letter to my Daughter BOM

This is a beautiful Block of the Month quilt pattern designed by Natalie Bird. Full of needle point turn applique, English paper piecing and pieced blocks – It’s accompanied by 15 mini-stitcheries. The quilt is a collection of heartfelt sayings that Natalie shares with her three daughters.

The quilt itself is made from Natalie’s latest collection ‘Heartstrings’ and features a new panel designed especially for the Homespun BOM. We will be making the fabric pack from this collection including the pre-printed mini stitchery panel includes 15 stitches (2” x 2 ¼”) – expected delivery is the end of April (Pandemic Pending)

The Block of the Month will run over 6 Issues in the Homespun Magazine, if you would like to subscribe to the magazine for the duration of the BOM contact us –


For abit of fun, Natalie is running a stitch-along Facebook group where you can post and see other peoples progress for inspiration!

Posted on

Singer Sewing Machines

We are proud to stock Singer Sewing Machines!

Our staff are trained to help you choose the best machine for your needs. We offer trials on our machines so you can test run before you buy and a Free 1 Hour lesson so you can get to grips with the technology and get the most out of your machine!

Since 1851, the name SINGER has been synonymous with sewing. This was the year of Isaac Singer’s patent on the first practical sewing machine, marking the official beginning of SINGER as a company and its leadership in the industry. The spirit of practical design and creative innovation that characterized the company at its beginning continues today as they develop products for every level of sewing. SINGER has celebrated many firsts, including the world’s first zig-zag machine, the first electronic machines, the first sewing assistant app for mobile devices, and much more. From fashions to home décor, embroidery, quilting and more, SINGER is dedicated to helping people express themselves through the craft of sewing.

Explore some of the machines we stock HERE

Can’t find the machine your after? We want to help you get the machine you love best, drop us an email and we’ll try to order to your specifications!

Posted on

Our Designers – Gail Pan

Gail Pan is an Australian based designer who has had a passion for sewing from a young age.

She started designing in 2003 after having spent years making clothes for her children and adapting every pattern that came her way.

Her work has a beautiful simplicity, taking inspiration from the home and garden and her patterns are often filled with flowers, adorable birds & bees and cute creatures. Gail Pan Design’s are great for beginner stitchers to advanced quilters – there is a little something for everyone.

Explore Gail’s Patterns & Books Here

– Let us know what you love about her work! –

Posted on

Sunny Days Bunting Kit with Pre-printed Stitchery Panel & Tilda Fabrics

Put the Sunshine back in your day with this gorgeous Sunny Days Stitchery Bunting Kit. Sunny Days Bunting panels have been designed by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse & has 7 pre-printed stitchery flags & we’ve added 7 Tilda fat 1/8ths for backing, appliqué & extra flags. You can use what’s left to make scrappy bunting tape. A DMC thread pack is separately & why not embellish with a few buttons?

Click here to find the Sunny Days Bunting Kit

Posted on


Competition Time!!! To win a kit of the “Dancing Shoes” from the 12 Days of Christmas range by Corinne Lapierre, go to our Facebook or Instagram Page and post a picture of something relating to the 12 Days of Christmas, so it could be a pair of your dancing shoes, a drummer drumming, swans a swimming, etc! It’s a bit of fun and we’ll choose the winner on Friday 13th November!   GoodLuck!!!