Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Stash Building and a Sneak Peak

 Yesterday I dropped in to a friends for coffee then, as I was nearly there, dropped into Skep Mill in Farsley on the other side of Leeds. I haven't been since it changed hands but I'll certainly be going again. Most of the patchwork fabric is £6 per metre - half the price of most fabric now. I picked out this pack of 10 fat quarters for only £15 and a toning floral for a backing plus extra of one of the fabrics for binding. I'm planning on making a quick and easy quilt as a sample for my beginners patchwork class I'm starting in September.

It will have to wait a week or two because I've got loads to catch up on at the moment. It's funny how when work calls I can get drawn into new projects. I also visited Texere Yarns in Bradford yesterday too. I hadn't realised that they'd changed their opening hours and are only supposed to be open Thursday and Friday but the nice lady let me in 'Now you're here...' So I had to buy something didn't I? Texere a treasure trove of yarn, fancy threads, wool for felting, leather etc. I bought some cotton/acrylic yarn to crochet a blanket I'd found on'Crochet Me'. It's made of triangular motifs which I've adapted as this yarn is finer than the one used in the pattern.:

 I think it will make a great take along project for when we go away for a day or two. I've loved crochet since I learned to make brightly coloured ponchos in my early teens!

Now I need to get down to business and finish off projects ahead of the deadlines coming up. Here's a sneak peak of a quilt I'm making up for Nel Whatmore to be on display at the Festival of Quilts on the Cotton Patch Stand.

You'll be able to buy the kit for this at the show but if you can't wait to get hold of Nel's stunning 'Happy Go Lucky' fabrics you can buy them now from Cotton Patch and other shops. If you're lucky enough to go to the Chelsea Flower Show this week you can go and say hello to Nel as she is there displaying her paintings and gifts.


  1. I had no idea about the Skep. I was told it had closed. Guess where I'll be going one day next week.

  2. Those fabrics are beautiful and a great price too, putting Skep Mill on my holiday quilt shop list for when I head that way next!

  3. I'm still alive and well but over busy. Next time I'm Leeds way I’ll try and visit Skep Mill and Texere Yarns. One year I’ll really have to get to Birmingham. It seems such a waste not to go when I have plenty of friends living nearby and would love to visit as well. You're on the list for a longer email soon Hazel.