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On the Second Day of Christmas...

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Rae | 0 comments

Karen made a festive table runner!

No Christmas table is complete without a splash of festive colour and a quilted table runner does the job perfectly.  Karen came up with this gorgeous Whirling Star table runner consisting of five star blocks surrounded by a border. The blocks are pieced using the foundation piecing method to give nice sharp points and then the runner is constructed using the 'quilt as you go' method - a real time saver! 

You can make this at our workshop at the Make HQ Studio - see here to find out more - but if you live too far away to come on Karen's class, why not check out these brilliant Christmas table runner tutorials we found on the net?  Our favourites are this one from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, this one from Sew Today Clean Tomorrow and there are a whopping 20 ideas here at Fave Quilts.

Looking for Christmas fabric to use?  If you're in the traditional camp, how about this combo of winter berries with metallic accents and lovely neutral linen...

or, if you prefer thoroughly modern merriment, how about Wendy Kendall's 2015 offering for Dashwood Studio - Christmas Dream...

Hope you find some of these tutorials useful but whatever you're making, we'd love to see it. Share your pictures with us on Instagram: @fabrichq Facebook: facebook.com/FabricHQ twitter: twitter.com/FabricHQ and use the hashtag #makeHQ

  

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Win all the Flurry!!!

Posted on April 08, 2015 by Rae | 153 comments

 

Competition now closed!!!!  

Seeing as Dashwood's Flurry is just about the best modern blender around, it's no wonder that it's one of our top best sellers EVER here at Fabric HQ. It's obvious to see how much we love Flurry.  We're so smitten that we even asked Dashwood if we could use it as the wallpaper on the newly designed website we launched last year. Back in February we found out that Dashwood had plans to release another 6 new shades (we'd already seen the multi-coloured Flurry that was released with Stephanie Thannhauser's 'Rain or Shine?' collection last month making it 7 new colours in our minds) and have been dreaming up this little competition ever since. Here's a sneak peek at the new colours, displayed by Dashwood at a recent trade show.

 

Can you spot the newbies?

 

 Well here they are ....

                  

Spice                                                           Jade

 

             

 Gold                                                           Taupe

 

             

 Navy                                                          Berry

 

Aren't they just gorgeous??

So with there now being a massive 24 different coloured Flurry fabrics, plus the multi Flurry to choose from, surely there's a Flurry for every project?  We thought we'd let one lucky winner find out for themselves when they win a fat quarter each of every single one of the 25 Flurry fabrics.  Want your chance to win?  Here's how.....

 

We want you to get your creative thinking caps on and come up with a collective noun for Flurry fabric.  There are some pretty weird and wonderful ones out there in the English language. Think pride of lions; unkindness of ravens; gaggle of girls; exaltation of larks... or my personal favourite - a spat of divas!  The beauty of English collective nouns is that there is no one person or institution that makes up new ones - they just pass into common use when people take a shine to them. So we want you clever, creative, cultured people to come up with something better than a bundle of Flurry.  Simple as that!  

Competition now closed!!!!

Ok, here's how to enter ....

 

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post with your clever group name for Flurry but make sure you don't comment before 12 noon on Thursday 9th April.  Any comments before then won't count and someone else could nick your fabulous idea and win!
  2. If you're not the first person to comment, please scroll through the other entries before you leave your comment to make sure yours is unique - if there are multiple comments left with the same answer then only the first one to have commented will be entered.
  3. Only UK entries please.  Sorry overseas peeps!
  4. Only 1 entry per person, please so choose your best idea and post that only!  We gotta give everyone a chance to enter now, don't we? 
  5. The competition runs from midday on Thursday 9th April until midday on Thursday 7th May.
  6. When the competition is closed we will pass all entries to David Sweet, Creative Director at Dashwood Studio and he will choose his favourite as the winner.... his decision is final ... he's gotta live with it, after all!  Hopefully we'll give him a bit if a giggle in the process.
  7. Once a winner has been chosen we'll let everyone know the winning entry here on our blog and get that '.....' of Flurry winging its way to one of you lucky fabric lovers. 

Good luck everyone... go have fun with words!

 

 

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On the Third Day of Christmas ...

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Rae | 3 comments

... we made a spicy-scented Christmas decoration.

 

Ooo it's frosty this morning.  First proper frost of the year round here in Buckinghamshire.  I wish I could have taken some photos on my drive in this morning (it was such a beautiful drive) but this is what the garden here at Layby Farm looked like ...

 

 

So it's beginning to FEEL a bit Christmassy at last - and my friend did scare me by telling me there are only four more weekends before the big day - eek!  SO, without further delay, let's get to the project....

 

The lovely peeps over at Dashwood Studio invited us and lots of other shop owners and makers over to their gaff yesterday to have a little peek at what they've been up to of late. With the invite came the challenge to use their latest collection, Cuckoo's Calling by the hugely talented Bethan Janine (she designed Wildwood for Dashwood, too) to create a decoration for their Christmas display.  I love this collection - it really is pretty special. 

Not really Christmassy but it's made up of lots of lovely jewel-like colours which I just LOVE.  The one difficulty with making a Christmas tree decoration is that by their very nature, they're small so as much as I just love the main print, I decided to use these two lovelies for my decoration.  And being a sucker for a pixie-esque stocking, I knew just what I was going to make!

 

 

To make your dec you will need:

  • two co-ordinating fabrics
  • stocking template found here
  • some Christmas spices
  • a neutral or co-ordinating thread
  • a piece of ribbon or twine
  • your smashed up spices
  • a template of the stocking shape

 

  1. First off, get some lovely Christmas spices, bung them in a bag and whack them with a rolling pin til they're in little pieces then add a little rice for weight. 

 

 

2. Cut the cuff off the template and take one of the fabrics, fold it in half, right sides together and place the cuff template on the fabric. Draw around it, adding in your seam allowance. Repeat with the bottom part of the stocking template on the other fabric.  You will now have two cuff-shaped piece of fabric and two stocking shaped pieces of fabric - the pieces should be mirror images of each other (sorry, in my haste to get this done I forgot to take a picture at this stage!)

3. Place the two stocking shaped pieces together, right sides facing and sew together, leaving the top open.  Snip into the seam allowance wherever the edges are curved (be especially careful NOT TO SNIP YOUR STITCHES!) and very carefully turn your stocking in the right way.  You might need a bit of care and patience when you get to the very tip of your stocking toe, but it is so worth it to have that lovely skinny end to your pixie boot!

4. Next, fold the twine or ribbon in half and sandwich between the two cuffs with the ends at one corner (where the arrow is) and sew around 3 sides, leaving the bottom open. Be sure to do a couple of extra stitches through the twine to hold it in place - it will be holding the weight of your stocking so it must be securely stitched in.

 

 

5.Turn both your boot and cuff in the right way and give a good press.

 

6.Fill your boot with some of your lovely spice before you attach the cuff.

 

7.Fold in the seam allowance on the cuff and press. then place the cuff on top of the boot as below, making sure that the edges of the fabrics are lined up nicely at the top, right sides of boot and cuff together.

 

8.Add a bit  more of your spice and begin to stitch the cuff to the boot using your pressed line as a guide.

 

9.Keep sewing the top on for as long as you can before it gets fiddly and then flip the cuff up the right way and then use a blind slip-stitch to finish the last length of fiddly bit.

 

10.Hang it somewhere pretty (obvs haven't got my Christmas tree yet so had to make do with a picture frame) and you're done!

 

 

Here's a shot of it in situ at Dashwood .....

.. and if you need some more inspiration, here's some other ways Cuckoo's Calling has been used at the Studio ....

Fabric stretched over hoops....

 

Katy Jones' awesome cushion cover ....

 

Lynn Goldsworthy's stunning quilt - how cool does that main print look in the centre like that?

 

 

...and of course, these super-cute little cuckoo clocks!

 

We've had a bit of a run on Cuckoo's Calling - especially the main print but we're expecting a fresh delivery of it this week.  Check the website to see when it's in next - it's sure to fly ('scuse the terrible punnage!) pretty darn quickly again - also make sure you check back again later this week for our fourth make of Christmas ... crikes!

 

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