Thursday, 26 December 2013

Home for Christmas

Emily, Ben, Kate, Ellie, Peter and Rosie all the kids home for Christmas
What fun to have all the kids home for Christmas!

Our Christmas tree 2013

I love Christmas trees and log fires...

trying out a special present that makes  multi-coloured flames
...and family and friends around the table.

a great twin shot of Emily and Ben flanked by Ellie and Rosie
Grateful for Christmas!

Thursday, 12 December 2013


proper candy canes for £1.00

I found Tiger first on pinterest a few weeks ago. When I clicked through to the Tiger Stores website  I realized that Tiger was a bricks and mortar shop and although you could see some of the products online you had to go to the store to actually buy them. That made me sad until I realized that there was a brand new store in Cambridge and I was going there with Rosie!

wrapping pager 4 meters for £1.00
 This wrapping paper reminded me of Christmas fabric in my stash!

retro heart tree ornaments 8 for £2.00
 I loved these retro heart ornaments. I got some to keep and some to give as gifts.

Christmas napkins 20 for £1.00
 Look at the quilt block pattern on these napkins. What fun. Visiting the real shop was even more impressive than the website. Everything was done well, from the store layout to the tasteful music playing in the background. The shop was full of clever and cute items at amazing low prices. Really it was like Primark met Paperchase! I was able to pick up lots of stocking stuffers and small gifts. Rosie and I went through once and it was so inexpensive that we had to go through again. There were so many great gifts for quilters and kids too. For all these reasons, Tiger is my new favourite non-fabric shop!

Here's the shop details in Cambridge

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Cambridge with Rosie

Rosie on the bridge near Clare College in Cambridge
 We went to Cambridge on Tuesday. Rosie had an interview.
punters on the river Cam
 Cambridge is such a beautiful city and it was full of kids being escorted by one of their parents. Everyone either nervous or relieved depending on whether it was before or after the interview.
on the way to Clare College
Rosie had a late morning interview so we had a lovely lunch afterwards and a fun wander about the city.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Air Threading Overlocker

 JUKI has just come out with a new air thread overlocker called the MO-1000. I've always been scared away from overlockers because of the threading. Unless the sewing machine guy came home with the machine, there was no way that I was going to be able to get it threaded!

Juki's new air threading overlocker
 This new model practically threads itself!! Although mainly used for sewing clothes or soft furnishings, I've recently used it to finish off the edges of a quilt to get it ready for the binding.

Juki MO-1000 stitches
 These new MO-1000 overlockers have just arrived in the UK. 
If you'd like to give them a try
 ring Laurence at Franklin's 
01206 574758
Trade in the one you have 
that you can't thread
for one that you can 
and get a great discount!

Amazingly easy to thread!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

December Superior Threads orders

We'll box your Superior Threads for the perfect present

 I'm putting the December Superior Threads order in early so the threads will ready to give and use for Christmas presents. Please email or ring Martha this week. The December Superior Threads order goes off this Friday afternoon.

Superior Threads make great Christmas presents for quilters
Ring: 01526 378057

Superior Threads make lovely Christmas presents too!

Call Martha for advice. I'll help you choose threads that will keep the quilter in your life happy for months! And if she she wants to swap for other colours or ranges, she can! No worries. Call or email before Friday to avoid disappointment.