Each week we will be featuring products in store and on the website as our Offer of the Week.
Available from Saturday to Saturday you will receive a 10% Discount automatically when you purchase them.
This week its the turn of the red Rooster fabrics 'Melrose' and the Julie Wallace Book 'Patchwork'
|Made with Melrose fabrics this is one of the quilts featured in Julies book|
This is one of those books that the front cover does not do it justice.
I have made several quilts from it, see the attached photo of the 'Roses are Red' Quilt made in 'Melrose' fabrics.
The books also has a brilliant Pyramid quilt with a quick and easy technique as well as 6 other quilts, 3 chenille projects including a bag.
A bargain at only £11.
We have been very busy this week with Kids classes, 17 over 2 afternoons, its great to see sewing becoming so popular thanks to the coverage it is receiving. If you want to see updates check out our Facebook page.
The postage increases have been much talked about and we have reviewed our prices. There is good news and some bad but here goes.
We have REDUCED the cost of many smaller items such as Patterns, Needles, Stamps etc to only £1.
Previously All items posted in the UK was £1.95 so this is a fantastic saving.
All other postage in the UK has been increased to £2.25 regardless of what you order.
New in this week are a HUGE selection of Acrylics at low prices.
Rulers of all shape and sizes, including speciality rulers are in store.
We also have the Simplicity Felting Machine available in store RRP £299 Only £199.
A great new product from Bosal is the Bosal Craft-tex Placemats, table runners and coaster. A double side fusible product already shaped ready to sew fabric or simply fuse fabric onto it. This product is featured in Sew Magazine and I have had a try and its great.
Brother Sewing Machines have a couple of offers this month,
The Innovis-V3 includes Free software;
The Innovis 350SE includes a Free Quilting Pack and
The NE35 is reduced to £399 and also includes a Free Quilting Pack.
Call in for a Demo or give us a ring if you need any further information on this or any other offer.
Kim & the team
Well it is supposed to be Spring but someone needs to let the weather know, certainly in the North East of England.
Special Offers from Brother this weekend are as follows;
£50 off the V3 Embroidery Machine and PED software free.
The Innovis NV1E Sewing Machine includes PED Next software free and Upgrade Kit 3 Free.
The Innovis 350SE is reduced by £100 and
the Innovis 35 is reduced by £30 and includes a Free Quilt Pack.
The offers are available whilst the Sewing for Pleasure Show is at the NEC this weekend but end on Monday 25th March at 9am,
but until the 31st March there is £300 of the Innovis 2000
The Art gallery Fabrics continue to keep coming into store and we have put together some Kits using the Art Gallery Patterns. I have just about finished London's Calling using the Carnaby Street and it is easy to do ideal for a beginner.
Our second 100th winner was Anne Cunningham from Hutton Rudby Yarm.
Remember is store and on the website we have a Loyalty Scheme, every £20 you spend (not including Sale items, Classes & Sewing Machines) you earn a star and every 5 points you will receive a £5 gift voucher. Receive 3 and when you are due for your fourth one we will give you a £20 Gift Voucher instead.
Kim & the team
Our first 100th Winner of The National Quilting Day promotion is Karen from Aylsebury.
We have sent one of our Fat Packs to her.
To be in for a chance to be our next winner, either call in store to shop or shop on line.
Remember we also have a 10% promotion running until Saturday 16th March, use the code MNATIONALQUILTDAY.
National Quilting Day in the 16th March 2013 and to celebrate we are running a number of events and give aways to celebrate. Starting NOW we are offering everyone a 10% Discount on their purchases (Excluding Sewing Machines & Sale fabrics in store) on the website and anyone visiting in the store.
The Promotional Code is MNATIONALQUILTDAY
In addition EVERY 100th purchase this includes both the website and in store we will be giving away a Free Prize. The offers end on the 16th March 2013.
We ave launched 14 new patterns and 2 new books, and are pleased to say they are now all available in store.
Our Art Gallery Fabric Ranges are growing on a daily basis. We have just taken delivery of Carnaby Street &Color Me Retro as well as expanding fabrics in the Oval Elements and Pure Elements ranges. We are proud to be working directly with Art Gallery Fabrics and have access to their full inventory, if it is not in store then we can order it in for you.
if you are a fan of Wool fabrics then check out the latest delivery of Wool & Needle Flannels from Moda. So lovely and at such a good price.
We have joined forces with North Star Yarns and will be having a 12 hour Sew-a-thon and Knit-a-thon on Thursday 15th November 2012.
At The Fat Quarters we have designed a quilt which includes 4 & 9 patch blocks and of course some Spots. Each block kit will cost £3 (£2 to be donated to Children in Need).
You will have the opportunity to sew them at The Fat Quarters or take them home and return them before Saturday 17th November.
We will then quilt it and raffle it. The raffle will take place on Saturday 1st December. Tickets Cost £1.
We hope you can help us to raise lots for Children in Need this year.
The Quilters Diary are in store and make an ideal Christmas present for you or a quilting friend and don't forget they also will have the 15% discount applied.
We are pleased to announce that we have a new member of staff. Davina has joined us and will be operating the Gammill Machine. Turn that Quilt top into an heirloom, send it to us and we will have it returned ready to bind. Contact us for more information.
We have taken delivery of the Brother V7 sewing machine today. It includes all of the features of the V3 & V5 machines.
All have a whopping 11 1/4" sewing area, a truly long arm quilting machine.
Contact us for a brochure or call in for a Demo, and remember
Free £50 Fat Quarters gift voucher when purchasing this machine.
This week we have updated the Class Lists on the website and in store.
We have had a busy week with the ladies trying out new techniques. The Carpenter Star Class proved very popular and it was great to see the fabric combinations. Lillian brought in fabrics she had bought a couple of years ago, and the black background was so different but looked fab.
Suzanne chose traditional fabrics, and was off to quilt it before turning it into a Christmas Cushion.
Just a quick reminder to everyone that we are open until 7pm every 2nd Thursday of the month. The dates for the rest of the year are;
Thursday 8th November
We have also updated our Class Lists and these now include a number of Kids Classes which are being held on the 2nd Thursday of the Month and also in the school holidays.
This Thursday the Class will be making the Union Jack Heart Cushion, which is also available as a Kit for only £7.95. The Kit includes everything including the Cushion Pad, so you have no excuses to get one made before the Jubilee Weekend.
We have added two more bag kits, the Taupe bag Kit only £29.95, this includes everything to complete the bag, and the applique pieces are already cut for you and have the fusible paper on the back.
The Charm Bag Kit is £22.95 and includes everything you need to complete the bag, and the 5 inch squares have already been pre-cut for you so you can start sewing immediately.
Another month has passed us by and for some the weather just does not seem to improve. It may not be gardening weather where you are but it is certainly quilting weather.
As the Bank Holiday weekend approaches we are offering you all a 10% discount off your purchases. Apply the promotional code as you check out and the discount will be automatically calculated for you.
If you come into store just let us know the code and you will also receive a 10% discount.
The promotional code is
On the 30th April there were huge increases in the postage charges BUT our postage rates remain the same. UK delivery is still only £1.95 regardless of what you order.
We have a lot of new items in store, fabrics include Moda's Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes & Charm Packs, the latest book from Nancy Halvorsen 'Curiosities & Mischief' & 'Jelly Roll Dreams from Pam & Nicky Lintott,Creative Cards from your favourite Australian designers, and 'Heartstrings' Fabrics from Red Rooster, a selection of new bag kits & our class list has been updated. We have cut a number of Roll Ups from the ranges of fabrics in store including 'Heartstrings' & 'Papillion'
We also offer a Long Arm Quilting Service, remember you will receive a 10% discount off your backings & waddings.
We are on Facebook, Like our page and every time we reach a 100 we will have a Free Prize Draw & if you prefer to Twitter then you can also follow us there.
It is very rare that I leave the shop these days to go and do a workshop, but I could not refuse Jules when she invited me.
The workshop is going to be in 2 stages, the first with me is the piecing part and the second session will be with Pearl Clarkson who will explore hand quilting.
The day started well with the smell of the lunches and the hardest part was not to eat the muffins that were still warm within the first 10 minutes.
We were doing a Strippy quilt, with each of the chisel pieces pre-cut by The Fat Quarters using the Accquilt Studio service that we provide. This meant everyone was sewing immediately. By mid-afternoon everyone was well on the way to completing each of the rows.
The above picture is one strip from each of the girls, and it was so interesting to see how different each one was.
By the end of the day everyone was well under way to completing their tops ready for Pearl and as you can see they were still smiling.
Whilst I was there I was able to see the quilt that has been on the frame for approximately 4 years. The group had an original marked quilt by Amy Emms. The marked top is with the Bowes Museum, but it was copied exactly and is being quilted by the group. I have only ever seen it rolled on the frame so it was a privilege to see it opened out, prior to rolling on again.
The fabric is a very shiny sateen, and apparantly from the labelling is furnishing fabrics from Bainbridges in Newcastle, Amy Emms loved to work in the shiny sateen. What is now the top was the original backing purchased by Amy Emms. The wadding used is wool. After talking to the girls it is estimated that the quilt should be finished in about a year. What you have to appreciate is that they are only working for an hour and a half each week. I know I can't wait to see it displayed in all its glory.
Following the huge success of the Buttons & Blooms book and fabrics Terri from Whimsicals has just released her latest book, 'Just Spooling Around'.
There are a couple of quilts included, a runner, cushion and lots more.
We have also taken delivery of Moda's French General 'Rouenneries Deux' Fabrics. Fabulous reds, pinks and biscuit fabrics so typical of the French General Colours. We also have Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes & Charm Packs in the range.
The latest Issue of Vignette is now with us. Leanne Beasley has once again included some lovely new projects.
We are also pleased to announce that we are now Brother sewing Machine Dealers. The range of machines is extensive. Please contact us if you would like a Demo or need any information on any of the machines in the range.
Now a date for your diary. We will be having an Easter Bonanza starting Wednesday 28th March-Saturday 31st March. Each day there will be demonstrations, Give Aways, a Free Prize Draw and lots more. Remember NO Entry Fee, and Free Cup of tea or coffee. Further details to follow;
Just recently I have had two very good friends who have very sadly lost their grandchildren within a couple of days of their due dates. Both babies were perfect but sadly were dead. The care and support offerred by the staff at the RVI Newcastle was amazing and both famillies said that the time spent with their babies in the Halcyon Suite was so special. This suite is reliant on charitable donations.
At The Fat Quarters we invite you to make a small quilt that can be donated to the 'Tiny Lives' Charity based at the RVI to be distributed. This will be co-ordinated by one of the bereaved famillies and ourselves.
Each doner of a quilt will be entered into a Free Prize Draw. The Draw will take place during the Easter Bonanza event. If you are unable to visit the shop please forward any quilts to us by post.
Remember they are for Tiny babies, and only need to be incubator size.
The quilts should measure 16" x 20", no embellishments, ie: no buttons, no invisible thread and no loose threads.
Quilt Aid Europe 2012
Quilt Aid Europe 2012 has now been launched and we are pleased to announce that we are one of only 6 European Quilt Stores taking part.
12 Australian designers have created blocks for you to make and you then can choose one of the Finishing Kits from any of the stores.
The programme originally started in Australia and then the USA and Europe has now joined in.
The way it works is that you can buy 2 blocks from each of the 6 stores spread across Europe.
Then you can choose which of the Finishing Kits you prefer and order those. The fabrics in each of the kits are 'Ruby' by Moda.
The blocks that we have are from the designers Janet Rowe and Janelle Wind.
In addition to the Blocks we have designed our own Finishing Kit.
If you would like to see all of the Finished Blocks call into the shop or alternatively follow the Quilt Aid Link.
We do listen to you and as a result we will be opening the shop until 7pm EVERY 2nd Thursday of the Month.
No more speeding home from work, and more time to shop.
The dates we will be opening until 7pm are;
Thursday 10th November 2011
Thursday 8th December 2011
Thursday 12th January 2012
Thursday 9th February 2012
Thursday 8th March 2012
Thursday 12th April 2012
Normal Shop Opening hours are