Friday, August 31, 2012

Alma Blouse and Kelly Skirt

We've had a couple of hot new patterns come in recently and both are flying out. 

First off is the oh-so-clever Megan Nielsen's new release: The Kelly Skirt.  Isn't this just the perfect skirt?  I just have to make myself one of these.  The Kelly is an (incredibly flattering) high waisted A-line. It features a button fronted placket, wide fitted waistband, large scoop pockets and pleating in the front and back.  And, it is designed for beginners in mind, so everyone can give it a go!

Then we have the Alma Blouse which is the latest from Tasia of Sewaholic Patterns.  This is a great 'no button' blouse and as usual Tasia has given different neckline and sleeve options that mean there are almost a gazillion different versions of this blouse for you to try.  Thanks Tasia!

And, whilst I'm on patterns, Megan is hosting a Banksia sewalong starting in September, so if you have been thinking about making the Banksia blouse, then this is a great opportunity to get expert guidance through the whole process.  Details are on Megan's blog here.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lotta Jansdotter : Bella

We all went a bit bananas last October when Echo, Lotta Jansdotter's first collection arrived, and so the tension has been building for Lotta's second collection with Windham Fabrics, Bella.

It's here. And, it's every bit as delicious as the first range.  The bold cut-out shapes are typical of Lotta's Scandinavian style and the colours are bright and fresh.

We have a selection of these fantastic prints and a bundle of nine, and right now over on Katy's blog you can win one of these bundles.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Festival of Quilts 2012

Oh My Word.  I am exhausted!  But, I did it! 

Thank you so so much if you came to visit me on my *tiny weeny* stand at the NEC.  Honestly, meeting all of you people, and all the other lovely quilty ladies was the best bit.

Thursday to Saturday was heaving and Sunday was a bit like a deflated balloon, but I had such a good time.  I met so many of you for the first time Trudi, Anna, Laura, Ali, Katy, Laura, Judith, to name but a few - really there are so many of you that I can now put faces to names and addresses.

A special mention to Florence who put me into such a spin of excitement that I kissed her.  I'm really sorry about that Florence - It was Sunday and I was feeling a bit emotional.  The rest of you got off lightly with a regular handshake or a polite and friendly wave.

Anyhow I am now pooped but will leave you with a couple of pics of my bijoux stand... honestly the smallest space that the Festival of Quilts people will let you have.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Festival of Quilts - A discount voucher

I am taking Backstitch to the Festival of Quilts 2012... Hooray!

It was a last minute decision to book my stand (G6) and so I have been working flat out for the last couple of weeks getting everything ready.  And, I'm not going to be able to do everything I wanted, but I will be there, and I will have lots and lots of lovely fabric to sell.

Are you going?  I would love to meet you.  Please do come and find us on our little stand G6.  And print off this blog post or this voucher and present at the Backstitch stand to get another 10% off your show purchases.

I will also be taking pre-orders for Liberty Lifestyle Bloomsbury Gardens and will have the swatch book for you to drool over.

Believe it or not I have never been so am VERY excited to be going next week.  The show runs from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th August 2012 and is at the Birmingham NEC.  If you haven't got your tickets already, don't worry, you can buy them on the door.

For those of you not able to attend, don't worry, we will still be open online, although rather than dispatching your order same or next working day as we normally would, those orders placed between 3pm Tuesday 14th until Thursday 16th will be dispatched within 2 working days.  Many thanks for your understanding on this... I can't be in two places at once it seems!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Liberty Lifestyle: Bloomsbury Gardens

Pale Blue Colourway

Hooray!  Liberty are releasing a new fabric collection of quilting weight cottons called Bloomsbury Gardens under their new 'Lifestyle' name.  What?  You didn't know?  No, of course you did... and we are all very excited about it.  And we should be excited.  I've got a swatch book and it is really very nice and not pricey like the Tana Lawn.

Magenta Teal Colourway

It took me an age to choose the prints that I was going to stock here at Backstitch.  I had the little squares of the swatch book arranged on my cutting table for days.  Switching them this way and that way.  Inviting anyone who looked willing to listen in to have a look "What do you think? They are very nice aren't they?"  The number of times I had to clear them off the table to cut orders was great.  Each time I got them out again I was definitely going to make a decision.

Rich Red Blue Colourway

I finally settled on 8 of the best prints in 3 of the best colourways: Pale Blue, Magenta Tea, and Rich Red Blue.  I have put the selection into the shop as 'coming soon' so that you can ogle them and fuel your sewing dreams.

We are expecting these in toward the end of August, but I will be taking pre-orders at the Festival of Quilts (Backstitch will be there on stall G6 - more on that (and a discount voucher) later).  If you would like me to tell you when the collection comes in then send me an email.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sketch from Timeless Treasures

Sketch Bundle
It's here!  It's finally landed in the UK.  The much ooh-ed and ah-ed over Sketch.  This is a lovely quilting fabric from Timeless Treasures with a printed cross-weave for when you want it to look textured by feel like quilting cotton.


We have thirteen colours from Charcoal to Lipstick and Tangerine to Chambray.  There is also a bundle of all thirteen for those that need it in all it's rainbow goodness.

Right now, and until the 13th of August you can win one of our Sketch bundles over on Laura's blog.