Walkabout | Beth Studley

Walkabout quilt by Beth StudleyWalkabout by Beth Syudley

I wanted to share a great quilt pattern called Walkabout designed by LMQG’s own Beth and using her new fabric collection for Makower called Walkabout.  The inspiration behind this new fabric collection has come from Beth’s love of Aboriginal art, imperfect, simple lines and dots.

large-abstract walkaboutThe colour palette blends earthy tones of the ourback as well as some more vibrant colours, with large bold patterns, foot print, zigzag, dotty lines, spots and cobweb designs.

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footprints  cobweb  large-abstract

spiralzig-zag    spots

grey dotty-lines  grey zig-zag  orange spiral

grey spots  purple footprints  orange spots

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They all combine beautifully and if you love the Walkabout quilt design at the top of the post, check out Makower’s website for the pattern.  Below is the Walkabout quilt in progress and a satchel – perfect back to school bag!

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GB quilting shops

RB-PrecutsI love to buy from shops here at home if I can, saves on international postage and import taxes. Not so long ago this meant far less choice, now there are some brilliant modern quilting fabric companies flourishing online and I wanted to share a few I have found.

backstitchBackstitch is a great resource for quilting as well as dressmaking and now is not just on line, Alice has opened up a real bricks & mortar shop. Stocking a good range of designers including Denyse Schmidt, Lizzy House & Bonnie and Camille. Alice mentioned Moda Dotties and Michael Miller Mirror Ball Dots and a Michael Miller collection called Wee Wander. I rather love Tule by Leah Duncan.

celtic logoCeltic Fusion Fabrics prides its self as being a little different. With fabrics from Alexander Henry, Anthology, Copenhagen Print factory

logoEclectic Maker, aim to supply you with beautiful and original fabrics from around the globe. The designers stocked include Amy Adams, Rebecca Stoner, Mark Hordyszynski, to name a few. They have new fabrics arriving all the time, one of their new favorites is Storybook by Kate & Birdie Paper Co. I love the Color me happy by V & Co.

logoEternal Maker, is run by a Anna & Sarah – daughter & mother respectively and specializes in unique and quirky fabrics. Stocking a large selection of fabrics including Liesl Gibson, Naomi Ito & Michael Miller. With new collection arriving all the time, they are looking forward to Cotton + Steel collection arriving. I love Camp modern cool by Birch fabrics.

logoFabric HQ, contemporary, colourful fabrics for the modern maker. They have a good selection of fabrics, including charm packs and jelly rolls from Aneela Hoey to Zoe Pearn.

logoGone to Earth, grew out of a sewing hobby and into a business. Julia has a lovely collection of fabrics, patterns and haberdashery. The fabric’s range includes fabrics from Heather Bailey, Lila Tueller & Jenean Morrison.

logoGuthrie & Ghani, is owned by Lauren from the first series of The Sewing Bee. They stock a good range of fabrics, haberdashery and bag making accessories. Fabrics include Atelier Brunette, Emma Hardicker and Lotta Jansdotter.

logoM is for make, M is for make’ is the result of Kate’s lifelong love of pretty fabrics and sewing. Stocking wide range of quilting fabrics, dress fabrics, extra wide backing fabrics, haberdashery & patterns. Designers include Allison Cole, Birch, Eloise Renouf and Kona. Kate is really looking forward to the Grammercy collection by Leah Duncan and Arcadia for Cloud 9. There are also some exciting dressmaking fabrics arriving soon.

logoSimply Solids, run by Justine & Lisa. A wonderful collection of solids, textured basics & low volume fabrics. They also stock Flatter and Best Press.

logoPlush Addict, a family run business headed up by Kellie. They stock a large range of fabrics for quilting and dressmaking. Stocking designer Jennifer Paganelli, Dear Stella, Robert Kaufman & Riley Blake amongst the many Brands. When I asked what fabrics thet love Kellie said ‘we’ve had so many new fabrics recently I couldn’t decide!’  The Oh Baby!  collection from Michael Miller is a gorgeous nursery collection.  My favorite collection is Beauty Queen by Jennifer Paganelli.

logoSeamstar, stock a wide range of fabrics from 30’s playtime to Hello Tokyo. They are expecting Prairie by Dashwood studios shortly that would make a great summer quilt and also Robert Kaufman cotton lawn, including plains perfect for quilting.  I love the leah Duncan Meadow collection.

logoQuilty Pleasures, owned by Elizabeth who is a member of The Quilters Guild. A range of fabrics & Haberdashery, including Janet Clare’s collection for Moda, Pearl bracelet & Dear Stella.

logoSew Scrumptious, is run by Louise who admits to being a fabric addict! She brings together some of the quirky, contemporary fabric ranges, with collections including Copenhagen Print Factory, Dashwood Studio & Tula Pink. With new deliveries arriving Louise loves Heather Baileys Lottie Da.

By Ruth, Poppy in Stitches

London quilt shops

ImageIs there anything as much fun as being surround by bolts of beautiful, bright, colourful fabrics?  In London we are lucky to have great fabrics shops and a few quilting specialist emporiums too.  I love to buy fabrics when I can see and feel them, on so I thought I’d share those I know of with you and if you can add to the list, please do leave a comment!


First up Liberty.  The Liberty Art fabrics are great to sew with and British too, lovely store with great staff.

ImageTikki is a dedicated modern patchwork and quilting shop quilting shop in Kew, West London.  Tikki also sell quilting books, Japanese craft books, their own unique quilt kits, a selection of batting, large selection of haberdashery and also hold classes.

ImageRay Stitch is based on Essex Road in Islington. There are 2 floors full of fabrics, dressmaking patterns, haberdashery; many of the products they sell are organically or sustainably produced.  They also hold classes in quilting, dressmaking and embroidery.

ImageSew Over It are in North Clapham.  Lisa set up Sew Over It in a response to the growing feeling that sewing was becoming a lost skill. She wanted to pass on her passion for sewing through Sew Over It and encourage more people in London to pick up a needle and thread!  They have a range of classes, fabrics, haberdashery and a cafe.  Sewing and cake, what could be better?

ImageFabrics Galore is on Lavender Hill, Battersea.  They stock a range of quilting fabrics including Alexander Henry and the full range of  Liberty Lifestyle, amongst a huge selection of brilliantly priced dressmaking and home furnishing fabrics.  A real treasure trove.

ImageBeyond Fabrics is on the famous Columbia Road, in East London.  A quirky boutique in the heart of the East End, offering a great selection of fabric, Elna sewing machines and also classes.

ImageThe Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead has a large selection of quilting fabrics, sewing patterns and as the name suggests haberdashery.  Annie (a member of LMQG) also runs classes on quilting and dressmaking.

John Lewis has a large Rowan, Makower selection and their own brand of quilting weight fabrics.  There is a very large selection of haberdashery, although not a wide quilting selection.

Shaukat in Earls Court has a huge selection of Liberty fabrics and if you enjoy using tana lawn a must visit.  Not a quilting shop, but a fantastic range of fabrics.

Little Woolie in Beckenham, Kent.  A new shop offering yarn, Haberdashery, fabrics and classes.

Mrs Moon in St Margarets, Twickenham.  A lovely yarn shop with a small selection of quilting fabrics and haberdashery.

Yarnia in Belevdere, Kent.  Quilting and yarn shop.

Thread Bear in South Croydon.

Creative Quilting in East Molesey.

Just Between Friends in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

The Running Chicken in Reading (just outside the M25).  Karen is a brilliant long arm quilter who sells on line, fairs and her shop is open by appointment at her home.

Lady Sew & Sew (just outside the M25) in Henley upon Thames.

The Quilt Room (just outside the M25) with a good selection of fabrics, long arm quilting and classes.

Patchwork Cabin (again just outside the M25).