Saturday, 26 July 2014

We're moving ...

Just so's you know... yes, we're moving.
It's been a long time coming but finally we are on the move.  We've been searching for a lovely big and bright space we can call home for some time now and at last we have found it! No more trips around the M25 ferrying fabric backwards and forwards from HQ Essex to HQ Bucks; no more splitting our lush fabrics in two; no - we will at last be united, with every last bolt and fat quarter, pattern and pack of pins in one place!!!
So what does that mean for you lovely fabric addicts?  Well, what it means is that you can visit us at our new unit at Layby Farm (next to The Bucks Goat Centre: plenty of parking and cute little tea room, entertainment for the kids AND The Chiltern Brewery just down the road) and see our collection of fabrics, haberdashery, patterns and notions finally all in one place - phew!
We will have over 700 fabrics there on the bolt, including a whopping selection of medium weight cottons and an ever expanding range of dressmaking fabrics including some lovely new cotton jerseys.  But that's not all - you'll also be able to take a class in our fantastic new studio(expanded autumn program to follow shortly), kick back with a cuppa on our lovely old sofa, browse our little library of sewing books and magazines or pop in with a sewing conundrum or two. It's going to be making heaven, peeps and quite frankly, we can't wait!
Every spare minute of late has been taken up with painting our beautifully big new space.  Next on the to-do list is the mountain of flat-pack to assemble.  Yes, Ikea nearly broke me this week.  Two hours on the phone trying to arrange deliveries and then finally a road trip out to Milton Keynes with the biggest kiddo in tow - not the end-of-term trip I had planned for him but luckily he's a sucker for Swedish meatballs!

It's not easy to keep your cool whilst trying to manoeuvre four flatbed trolleys laden with mountains of HEAVY oversized flatpack cardboard packaging through a self service checkout and then on to the home delivery counter, I can tell you.  Kiddo and I did our best, helped by the lovely staff in store - special thanks to Ray, his boss (sorry didn't catch your name!) and Sue who turned me from the brink of tears to laughter - oh the power of a kind word! Seriously though Ikea - get your online act together - the lads and ladies in store really show you up.... Yours sincerely, Grumpy of Wendover ......


Job done, we rode home to the dulcet tones of Kermit T Frog and Fozzie Bear singing about dancing bears and being green and in the end, all was right with the world.
Moving on gives us a chance to look forward with excitement about the future but also to think about what we're leaving behind.  We've been so very very lucky to have spent a happy year and a quarter calling The Courtyard Gallery in Wendover our home.  Gallery owner and all round amazing person, Mel Bird (a little bird told me gallery) has been our guide, our mentor in all things small businessy and most of all, our friend ... and for that we will always be so hugely thankful. If you do normally stop by the Gallery to visit HQ then please do continue to pop in to see Mel and the equally brilliant Becks of The Dandy Kid (who btw has some exciting plans for the space we are vacating!)  The Barn Courtyard in Wendover is such a magical place and we will miss Sue of Liberty Rose,artist Wendy Lewis, Chris and Mary of Lady Grey Tearoom and Trixie and her lovely ladies at Livelux terribly.  It is, however, time for us to move on, stop procrastinating and get that mountain of flippin flat pack assembled!!!
Although we plan to hold some of our Sewcials at the new studio, we are keeping our planned dates at St Anne's too.  So do let us know if you plan to come along this Tuesday 29th - it will be lovely to see you all, to catch up and share more details about the move.

Although we leave The Courtyard this Thursday, Mel has let us keep a shelf or two so we can keep you posted on what we're doing. This means you can still see some of the latest loveliness that we've had in if you're on foot mooching at the Gallery, or popping in the see Becks at The Dandy Kid.  We'll also be back for the super doper festive fun that is The Courtyard Christmas Fair in November - couldn't miss that now could we? 
So this is my last Saturday at The Courtyard - do pop in if you get the chance. Gonna miss gossiping with Becks, Mel and Jo, you lovely ladies. But as Becks said, we're gonna get a hell of a lot more work done!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Far Far Away is here!

It's heeeeere!  The hotly anticipated re-print of Far Far Away by Heather Ross!
This collection is inspired by tiny princesses everywhere who stay up past their bedtimes, love unicorns and send all of their important royal messages and decrees by snail mail.
Far Far Away was released originally in 2008 as a line of decor fabrics and remains highly collectible.
This is the first time that these designs have appeared on quilting and apparel weight fabrics.
What will you dream up for your little princess?  

Friday, 11 July 2014

15% off everything!!

Hello fellow fabric addicts,

In the autumn we're moving to a fantastic new space and we're just a little bit excited about it, as you can imagine. So in order to make move day a little easier and to make room for all the lovely new stuff we'll be getting in, we've got
15% off everything online* until midnight Sunday 13th July. Just enter the code 15HQ at the checkout to activate your 15% discount.

What are you waiting for? Go to and grab yourself a stash of that fabric you've had your eye on before someone else does!
More on the move later but for now, happy stitching!
*excludes gift vouchers



Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Onwards and Upwards...

We've got some rather exciting news to share - we've found ourselves a new space!  As much as we LOVE being at the Courtyard in Wendover, those of you who have visited us here know that our space is teensie tiny.  We will totally miss the amazing atmosphere here and brilliant people that we work alongside but we need more space and we want to have all of our lovely fabric in one place and not 60 miles apart! 

So from September Fabric HQ will be opening our new doors to all you lovely fabric addicts.  We'll have a mahoosive workshop space as well as plenty of room for you to come and grab a cuppa and mooch about the fabric and habby, patterns and notions.

We are increasing our ever popular offering of classes and workshops and starting some new ones (did somebody mention knitting?)as well as planning exciting collaborations with other tutors, makers and designers. So stay tuned for more news and further details about what's happening here at Fabric HQ.  We can't say much just yet but what I can tell you now is that it's going to be an exciting few months!

Monday, 30 June 2014

A quilt for Dashwood

Wendy Kendall's first collection for Dashwood, Petite Street was an absolute winner in our eyes, so you can imagine how excited we were to hear that Dashwood had another of her collections in the pipeline.  Retro Orchard really does not disappoint.  It's vibrant and fresh and autumnal in a bright and zingy way that makes it all rather special. 
David, Creative Director at Dashwood asked if I would run them up a little wall quilt using Retro Orchard for the studio's summer open day. Chuffed, sums it up nicely!
Retro Orchard has a few prints that are quite large so a little fiddly design was not going to cut the mustard.  A nice stripey design seemed the obvious choice in order to let the fabrics shine.

So after a little fiddling about with the design ... 

... and a little more fiddling about ....

I finally settled on a layout. 
So here it is, outside my sunny front door, just before it was whisked over to Dashwood.

The Plum Flurry does such an amazing job of framing all those fantastically lush autumnal prints.


And I couldn't help but put this little fella in the bottom left hand corner!

Now I haven't got an orchard myself but I had to have a pic of it in front of the few fruit trees and raspberries I do have in my little garden.


On the back I used the two prints that didn't feature on the front.




  And here it is nestled in amongst the other lovely makes back at Dashwood. 'The Stacked Book' quilt, as David had christened it!

How cute is their Advent calendar panel .... and those reindeers!  Weird to see in June but so looking forward to making these up later in the year!

I totally LOVE what they've done with this coffee table.  It's actually resin covered fabric - completely waterproof, smooth and shiny!


If you've made anything with a Dashwood fabric, you can get in touch and share your makes with there here. They may even feature it on their blog.

It's the Sewcial again this Tuesday - seems like an age since the last one, so grab your stitching and head on down to St Anne's Hall in Wendover for 7.30pm tomorrow night. Jen's bringing some of her delicious cakes with her this time - you really don't want to miss those, trust me.  See you there!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

It's that time of year again ....

If you're in the Wendover area this Saturday then you could do a lot worse than pop over to the Barn Courtyard and swing by this year's Summer Craft Fair.
This time there's added fun from The Dandy Kid Farm...
... and as ever, a brilliant collection of local artists and makers as well as face painting, ice cream and fabulous food!
While we're on the topic of The Dandy Kid - check out their brand spanking new website here! So fresh and cool it makes me want to buy up everything!  Here's a pic of Kiddo #1 wearing his new Dandy Kid party threads ....
Go check out their collection before it all sells out - run!!!
Back here at HQ we've got what feels like an absolute shipping container's worth of new fabric in!  Jacqui is busy chopping it up as I type so we can show you as much as possible in the shop on Saturday. 
New collections include the beautiful September Blue by Susan Driscoll for Dashwood Studio...
Faye Burgos' gently retro and usefully extra wide (quilt backing?)  Precious Beginnings ....
... Lots of new totally on it designs from Sevenberry, Japan ...
and There's another big old load coming next week, too so keep your eyes on the coming soon and just arrived sections of the website.
Also, don't forget The Sewcial at St Anne's Hall, Wendover this Tuesday at 7.30pm. 

It's the penultimate meet up before the August break so get yourself and your stitching down there for the usual laughs, cake, chat and tutorial. 

If you get chance, give us a shout and let us know if you're bringing hand sewing or your machine so we can set the room out nice and efficiently and give everyone the space they need. Do try to get there nice and early, too - we really don't want to have to turn anyone away. As you can see, we're usually pretty busy but if you're there early we can always budge up and squeeze another one in!
Hope to see you all supporting our local artists and makers at the Courtyard Craft Fair on Saturday.  If you've not been before seriously don't miss it this time ... you can find us in the courtyard behind Antiques At Wendover, 25, The High Street.... see you there!