Friday, 21 July 2017

Project of the Week - Howdy

This week I've been making Stacy Iest Hsu Cowboy Panel - Westly - A great Summer Holiday Project.




- Make yours this Summer -
- This Panel can be bought in store or online -
£13 

Stacy is a fabric designer for Moda, her inspiration comes from reading books as a child. Stacy's fabric panels have full instructions printed on the panel & are easy to follow. There are a few additional things required, for example toy filling. They are listed on the panel. You will make the doll, bandana, blanket, pillow & pony on a stick.






- This Retro Howdy Lil Cowboy Collection is also available -




Here's Stacy's Howdy Lil Cowgirl - Madeline Doll Panel



- This is also available for you to make in store & online -
 It also includes full instructions to make the doll, 
bandana, skirt & belt, blanket, pillow & pony on a stick 



- Retro Cowgirl Print available online & in store - 




Now there's a story I'd like to share about Westly. Whilst making this little cowboy I knew it's home would eventually be in Cyprus where my nephew Liam lives. At this time I didn't know the cowboy was named Westly :) My mum was an avid Doris Day fan & one of her favourite films was "Moonlight Bay", it became a family favourite. My brother Mark was always up to mischief as was Wesley, Doris Day's little brother (sounding very similar to Westly). Mark is now Dad to Liam who no doubt will soon be up to mischief with his very own Cowboy Westly:) 





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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Project of the Week - Janet Clare's Sewing Kit

This week's Project is Janet Clare's Sewing Kit. 

This pattern gives detailed instructions & photos to make a pin cushion, needle case, little scissor keeper & a small project case. Priced at £7.99 available online & in store. It uses a 2.5" Mini Charm pack or you can make up 42 x 2.5" squares from your stash. I used the left over triangles from my Knitting Bag This is also a Janet Clare pattern available from The Little Fabric Store. Additional requirements needed to make the set. 




available to buy on line or in store



Janet Clare's instructions to machine sew
 I've hand sewn mine whilst sitting in the garden




My finished Project Case made using Calico as a lining
2.5" Mini Charm & Calico available in store




My Project Bag made up using a 5" Charm pack
Patterns both available on line & in store





I'd definitely recommend this pattern
 its the perfect holiday project for the summer

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Update

After taking a little break from blogging, I'm back. Here's what's been happening over the past few months:)

"Maker of the Month" shows people's projects, it's inspiring & interactive,  there's nothing better than seeing what you use your fabrics for. Some entries have even been non sewing projects. All are welcome. To see all the entries visit my Facebook Page. Here are the Winning Entries so far, chosen at random by local Louth businesses:

January - Nadia of Wolds Away Clothing 
Nadia used fabric from the shop for the piping on her daughters dress



February - Kathleen Elsom
Kathleen used Moda Essential Dots for the borders of this beautiful embroidered quilt & bag




March - Yvonne made her table runner using a selection of Moda dots & design fabrics



April - Nicola Lavis made these cute matching dresses using Dashwood Fabrics



May - Lynne made her Easter Egg hanger using Blend Fabrics Promise of Spring


June Winner to be announced next week :) 
Entries have to use fabrics from The Little Fabric Store to enter
 It's going on for the full year


The Little Fabric Store is a participating store for Quilt Now's Aurifil Thread Kit offer. You'll find a coupon in the magazine, cut out & bring to the shop to redeem your threads worth £22. Minimum spend is £15 to redeem the coupon. These are then posted to your home address. A great opportunity to use a variety of thread weights & colours, all Free :)







New Janet Clare Embroidery Patterns Now in Stock



Moda Linen Blend is also available perfect for Embroidery


We held a Cupcake Day for Alzheimers in June
A big thank you to everyone who attended 
& contributed with home made cakes & donations
We raised £128



Handmade Cakes :) 


My lovely customers supporting the event 


I made up some Lucky Dip Bags with all money raised going to the Alzheimer's Society. Sue Wilkie used her fabrics & thread to make this sweet fabric wallet




I visited the Lindsey Patchwork "Quilts in the Wolds" 2017
A very inspiring event, it was very difficult to choose a favourite, that's for sure
(more photos on my Facebook page)








The finale I have a SALE ON
Lots of fabrics reduced by 30%
£14 a metre NOW £9 /£2.25 a Fat Quarter
Lots of new fabrics arriving for the Autumn & Winter 
& an exciting New range of Dress Patterns & Fabrics Coming Soon 





Each week I'll give you regular updates & "Project of the Week" & "Product of the week". As well as the odd FREE Pattern online & in store. 
Have a great weekend 
x Helen x 

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Anniversary

Today is 3 years since I opened my shop in New Street, Louth. 4 years starting my business. It's been an incredible journey, one I couldn't have achieved without the support of my family, friends & amazing customers. As most of you know I started sewing 5 years ago, 35yrs old. I was totally new to this creative process & I couldn't get enough of it, I still can't :) It's been so rewarding encouraging others to have a go & enjoy sewing. I've met some talented quilters which have in truth inspired me too. 

I'm taking a break from my blog posts but you can still keep updated via my Facebook Page & Website. I have some exciting things planed for the future of The Little Fabric Store, free pattern & those kits I've been meaning to make up. 

Once again a big thanks to everyone who's taken the time to read my posts & updates. Do drop in when you're next in Lincolnshire, it's a lovely spot in the world & my shop will be sending out it's homing beacon to all you crafters in Louth.
- Here's a look back - 



- Craft Fair - Summer 2013 - 



- Louth Market October 13 - March 14 - 



- I picked up the shop keys in New St. Louth in Feb 2013- 



- Opening Day March 2014 - 




- Sew Now sessions started Summer 13 - 




Me & the Market Hall Traders dressed the part :)



June 15 visited the local Lindsey Patchwork Quilt Exhibition 
Margaret added fabrics from her childhood to this hand pieced quilt




- We worked together for Sew Saturday - 




March 2016 National advertising in Homemaker 








The journey continues
x Helen x 




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Friday, 24 February 2017

Good Old Blighty Quilt

I started working on Janet Clare's "Good Old Blighty Quilt" in December. It's now finished and finally up in the window. I've loved working on this, from choosing fabrics from my scraps, to the embroidery & hand quilting the shipping lanes. The pattern is from Janet's "Hearty Good Wishes". This book has so many fantastic projects, I want to make them all. They all work wonderfully in the home and they're not always over girly. I have no problem with girly but my son did tell me a few years ago "our house is getting way to girly mum". I always get the thumbs up when I've made a Janet Clare project. 






- "Good Old Blighty Quilt - 
I used a selection of Janet Clare prints, 
linen & a bit of Liberty too for the appliqué 






Janet Clare's New Moda Collection
"Aubade - Song to the Dawn


- Kathy Schmitz New Moda Collection - Garden Notes - 



Last weekend I went walking in my favourite woodland. I always discover some great finds for my shop window. The branch in the window was from there. I somehow manage to get them in the car too :) 





This winter/spring visit your favourite place whether it be the woods or coast. Along with these fabrics, books & patterns I hope you'll be inspired you to make something special this year. 

- Helen - 


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