A beginner’s guide to fabric basics

Firstly, let me just brush away the cobwebs that are all over this blog. It’s been a while folks! What can I say…. Moving house and relocating the business have been rather time consuming and sewing and blogging are always the first things to go by the wayside, you know how it is. I do however now have a lovely new marketing assistant (hello Harry!) so who knows, maybe there might be a bit more appearing around here before long. (I hope I don’t regret that last sentence)

In the past I’ve written quite a number of fabric guides  but none have really gone back to the very basics. For some of you this post will be teaching you to suck eggs, but for those less experienced I hope this is a useful resource to help you demystify some of the terminology and help you choose the right fabrics for your project.

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We Are Relocating!

There’s never a dull moment over at Plush Towers. I write with big news – we’re on the move! Unfortunately the time in our Edenbridge warehouse has come to an end, we’ve looked for commercial premises within the vicinity and there is very little currently available, and what there is isn’t suitable or is twice the price we’re used to.  Continue reading “We Are Relocating!”

And The Winner Is….

Congrats to Susie Risley who has won the signed copy of Lynne Goldsworthy’s book “Quick & Easy Quilts“. We’ll get the book posted out to you Susie as soon as we have your address (check you email!)

For everyone else, don’t forget that Lynne’s book is available on Amazon, and is currently on the number one best seller in quilting list no less!

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Thanks to everyone that entered, fingers crossed for the next one.

Win A Signed Copy Of “Quick and Easy Quilts” By Lynne Goldsworthy

Did you see? Did you see?! The lovely Lynne Goldsworthy from Lily’s Quilts has a new book out this week and we have a signed copy to give away for one lucky reader, whoop!

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I love the idea behind this book, I mean who doesn’t want to whip up a quilt that’s quick and easy? If you’re not familiar with Lynne’s work, this is her second quilting book, her first book was the fantastic  500 Quilt Blocks: The Only Quilt Block Compendium You’ll Ever Need co- written with Kerry Green from Very Kerry Berry. As well as being a published author Lynne designs many of the free quilt patterns from Makower and also helps out Dashwood Studio with their quilting needs so really she’s a bit of a quilting rock star. Continue reading “Win A Signed Copy Of “Quick and Easy Quilts” By Lynne Goldsworthy”

A Quick Tip For Cutting Out Slippery Fabrics

Despairing this morning when I realised Little Plush had zero leggings that fitted properly (how do they grow sooo fast?!) I decided it would be quicker to sew some up than actually get to the shops. If you’ve not tried sewing leggings – don’t be scared – they are SO easy and are super quick to boot – win win. Continue reading “A Quick Tip For Cutting Out Slippery Fabrics”

Hot Water Bottle Cover Tutorial And Free Pattern

Make the winter’s night more cosy by learning to make this hot water bottle cover. Free tutorial and pattern.

Isn’t it typical that as soon as I get around to making a hot water bottle cover the weather warms up again! Well at least I’ll be prepared for the next cold snap. I fell in love with “Mori Girls” as soon as I saw it and knew I had to make something with it. I decided to team it up with some super huggable plush/  minky fabric (read here why we call it plush and not minky fabric)to make a gorgeously soft, tactile and luxurious cover to make the winter nights even more snuggly . What nicer way to warm up your feet and get those toes cosy on a cold winter’s night?

You could chose to make this in just plush, or just cotton, or mix and match however you fancy!

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Easter Bunny Garland Tutorial

I’ll ease back in gently to 2016 and kick off with a cute tutorial for Easter which was first published last year in Love Sewing magazine

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Easter Bunny Garland Tutorial

This is a great a scrap-busting project which will add a touch of adorable to your Easter celebrations.

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Pssst! There’s 15% off Kona until Saturday!

Good morning lovelies. I thought I’d just quickly let you know that we have a whopping 15% off Kona cotton until this Saturday 15th August. Grab your Kona at only £6.80 whilst you can.

We’ve sold out of some colours already but do have another delivery arriving today or tomorrow so just get in touch if you can’t see the colour you’d like…

Happy Shopping!
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A Guide to Quilt Wadding (Batting)

Whether you’re new to quilting or a dab hand in that area, choosing which wadding you’ll need for your quilt can be a tricky business. Not only are there loads to choose from, but there are so many words and phrases associated with wadding that just go straight over your head, am I correct? Well we’re here to help answer all the questions you’ve never had answered, teach you the basic lingo and hopefully put your mind at ease for the next time you need to purchase wadding.

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Wadding, or ‘batting’ as it is known in the US, is the layer of material in between your quilt top and backing fabric, and the type of wadding you choose will determine the way your finished quilt will look and feel. The first thing you need to consider is how thick you want your finished quilt to look. This is where the ‘high loft’ and ‘low loft’ come into play. Continue reading “A Guide to Quilt Wadding (Batting)”