New Ranges for August

We have some gorgeous ranges expected in August! Thought you might like a peak at what’s going to be arriving in a quilt store near you soon. Now where do I begin? Oh, I know!

Wool & Needle Flannel IV.

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You have to feel this gorgeous Flannel range. So soft and sumptuous to the touch, you just can’t wait to make something with it.

Now how about something for the little ones in your life.

Lullaby.

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Whisper sweet lullabies are filled with starry night skies, woodland critters, baby birds and tiny blooms. With perfectly coordinated prints with hand drawn stitching and herringbone, this collection’s baby soft palette of peachy pink and aqua blue combine with timeless shades of cream and linen to create a Kate & Birdie signature.

And there’s more!

Blue Barn.

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Blue Barn captures a delicate winter palette. It’s perfect for creating beautiful quilted memories in scraps of family fun and fabrics. A truly lovely mixture of prints and batiks that is sure to inspire you.

Jurassic Jamboree.

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Perfect for the budding paleontologist in your life, Jurassic Jamboree is filled with dandy dinosaurs and funky fossils. Cute characters and whimsically illustrated lettering combine with fresh coordinates and bright solids combine to create a collection to inspire young “dino” fans.

And Abi Hall also has for children;

Sweet Baby Flannel.

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Wrap your baby up with love and bunnies with the new collection from Abi Hall. Soft and Oh so snuggly, these Sweet Baby Flannels are perfect for any nursery project. The prints have a modern take on traditional motifs and are colored in muted pastels to give an elegant and timeless feel.

and if you love Batiks, then August is the month for you!

Latitude Batiks by Kate Spain.

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These are just spectacular and would blend with any of Kate’s previous ranges perfectly.

but there’s more……………

Wild Waves Batiks.

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Luxuriously saturated color and prints inspired by a tropical landscape suggest a grand adventure riding waves and zipping through trees. Simply stunning!

What’s next?

Haiku.

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Haiku has a contemporary color palette of modernized prints that were inspired by traditional Japanese fabrics. Sure to bring the Oriental out in you.

and last but not least we have…………….

Luxe Brushstrokes Metallic.

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A simple stroke of gold paint can transform the ordinary into something luxuriously lavish. Combined with other fabrics or used on their own, Luxe Brushstrokes will add an opulent touch to your décor and accessories. From pillows to bags, table-runners to holiday stockings and ornaments, who doesn’t love a little glitz and splendor in their life?

I really hope we have something in August to get your creative juices flowing. If not then look back next month as we have some more gorgeous ranges for you in September, all released during Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake earlier this year.

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Life on the road as a Moda Rep!

Hi there, my name is Wendy and I’m one of the lucky people who get to sell lovely Moda fabric ranges to stores in the UK for you. My area covers Scotland, Ireland and Northern England, so I get to travel far and wide visiting some quite inspiring Quilt Shops along the way and I thought you might like to hear more about them. 

Last week, I was in Ireland. I started the week off travelling to Limerick Quilt Centre in Co Limerick, Ireland. Owned by Maeve Meaney and managed very ably by Karen, with the delightful Fabien assisting too. When I got their, there was a tour bus outside and I walked in to find the shop full of women from different parts of America, Canada and even I think New Zealand. 

They seemed to have a great visit and gradually left to go on with their tour, leaving us free to get on with the business of looking at new fabric ranges. I was there to show ranges that they wouldn’t see arrive till October, November and some even deliver January next year, so not an easy task for any shop owner. Remembering what you’ve ordered and making sure you offer a good selection for your customers is not that easy and Moda always has so much to choose from, I really do not envy them. 

Next morning I visited the Lismore Quilt Company, in Lismore, County Waterford. Owned and run by Aine Kavanagh. Her shop is in a converted barn, lovingly adapted for her by her husband and with its big glass front windows looking into her classroom/shop, it really is gorgeous and if your ever in that part of Ireland, you really should go visit.


As you travel to Lismore from Limerick you can go over the mountain road called, The Vee and the views were spectacular last week. Large tree like bushes of purple flowers lined my route as I travelled. It really was a gorgeous sight to behold.

These purple flowers were everywhere you looked

After I left Aine, I travelled on to see Ruth Murray who runs a small craft business called Hearts Creations, offering classes and workshops using her own unique designs such as this tea cosy she showed me.

working away in Ruths classroom

After I left Ruth it was a mad dash along the road to Midleton, Co Cork to visit Moya Geraghty of Patchwork Plus. I meet Moya in her shop and workroom by her house in Lower Aghada, but she has a classroom and shop up the road in Midleton too. She is in such a beautiful spot and no matter what the weather the view is always stunning. 

view from Moya’s shop in Aghada, Co Cork

Wednesday saw me all the way up the road to Tuam, Co Galway to visit Roisin McManus in The Quilt Shop, Tuam. Roisin and her assistant Eva run the business from the aptly named, Shop Street in Tuam and have a delightful mix of everything Quilting with knitting and crochet thrown in too. 

Soon I was on my way again though back to meet with the owner of online business Fluffy Sheep Quilting. This cute named little business is run by Cindy Coleman and her recent claim to fame was appearing on a Moda Fabric range designed by Sweetwater. Cindy’s name was sent in by one of her customers, when Sweetwater put out a call for people to nominate their favourite quilt business and the lucky ones would be featured on one of the fabric’s in their line.

Thursday morning I was in Co Monaghan, Ireland to visit with the owner of Just Sew Now, in Clones, Co Monaghan. Eleanor Carlton recently started her online shop and is in the exciting stages of getting her business known and loved. She showed me her workroom and the gorgeous converted cow shed, her father has modified for her storeroom/shop to work from. For someone not long in business, she certainly has a delightful selection of fabric’s, so much so that even I was tempted and just had to get some. Oh the curse of all this temptation in my job! Such a horrible job.

Then it was back in my car and back up to Belfast to meet with Clare at Quilters Quest, in Woodstock Road, Belfast. Quilters Quest is a well established business, offering classes most days and the upstairs of the shop is home to 2 long arm quilting machines, where Yvonne, Clare’s mum offers custom or computerised quilting options. This shop is a must on your quilting tour of Ireland and is always a hive of activity when I call.

Friday morning loomed really quickly this week and soon I was visiting my last shop of this trip, The Wool Shop, Newtownards. Janelle McQueen and her husband run the business, taking over where her mother, Betty Topping left of when she retired. It is predominately wool in the front of the shop, but if you venture further to the back of the shop it opens out into an Aladdins cave of everything quilting. Janelle and her husband have recently updated their range so they not offer lovely ranges, but also offer a good selection of basic’s too. The result is a shop well worth visiting.

Then it was off to the port of Belfast to catch the ferry homeward to Stirling in central Scotland. Get home for a well earned rest and a few nights in my own bed before this weeks travels begin all over again.

Stop by again and I tell you some more!

For You and Modern Background Papers from Zen Chic.

  
This range above For You is stunning on its own, but add it to Modern Background Papers and you really do have a ‘quilt’ made in heaven!

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And For You

  

 
I’ve even bought this pattern Pearls myself, all you need is 2 charm packs of For You and 2 charm packs of Modern Background Papers and add a deep border of white Modern Background Papers Pindot Silver White, 1588-13, a binding with For You Leaves Grey, 1576-14 and voila, one stunning quilt.



   

And there’s lots more great idea’s to use these ranges about. Get to a local quilt store near you and grab your share of these. Oh! and coming soon Modern Background – Ink, the grey/black range for those who want a darker take on things.

Follow the link below to see full details of these ranges;

http://www.unitednotions.com/fcc_for-you.pdf

http://www.unitednotions.com/fcc_modern-backgrounds.pdf

http://www.unitednotions.com/fcc_modernbackground.pdf

Nocturne is in stores now!

The latest range by British Moda designer Janet Clare was shipped to stores all over the UK and Ireland this week. 

  

Below are the words Janet used to describe the inspiration behind her new range;

“Nocturne – a love song to the night. 

We are aspiring astronomers and have spent many winter nights gazing heavenwards trying to glimpse distant planets and stars. On our first outing with the telescope we ate bangers (sausages) and beans round the bonfire and then took it in turns to peer at the moon in all its pale, shadowy splendour. But my favourite star gazing evening was spent watching a meteor shower. We sat wrapped in blankets and looked up to catch the occasional glimpse of rapidly streaking light. Coming inside hours later, chilled to the bone and with a creak in your neck is a small price to pay for a night full of stars bright above you.”

This collection really does give you the feeling of quilting your own night sky!

And all these cut goods are available for you to use in Nocturne

Jelly Roll

  

Fat 1/4 bundle

 
Layer cake

  

Charm pack

  
Moda Candy

  
And the Turnover

  

And you can follow this link to a free pattern using Nocturne on The Moda Bake Shop;

Dancing in the Stars

Or this pattern using the Turnover;
http://www.unitednotions.com/fp_nocturne.pdf
Have fun quilting with this stunning range of fabric.

Festival of Quilts re-lived

Wow that went by so fast! All the months of planning, preparing for and organising all flew by in 4 very busy days.

Winbourne Fabric’s Ltd, the UK and Ireland distributor for Moda Fabric’s, stepped out of their comfort zone this year and took up the challenge to run a Moda Bake Shop stand. We booked the stand months before and then set about trying to put together a simple but effective way of letting visitors to Festival of Quilts, know about the wonderful resource we have of free patterns and projects on the Moda Bake Shop website. The Moda Bake Shop can be found at http://www.modabakeshop.com.

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Flyers, handouts, pattern books and free Moda Candy (also called Mini Charms) were handed out by the box load, all with the main message of letting people know or reminding them about The Moda Bake Shop. A big thank you goes to Quorn Country Crafts for loaning us 2 lovely Pfaff sewing machines during the show too. Thank you Sue!

Our very popular British designer Janet Clare even visited us! Friday and Saturday at 1pm she kindly shared her ideas and inspiration with the huge crowd that gathered on both days.

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All the quilts we used to decorate the stand were all free downloads from The Moda Bake Shop and we think we got the message across of just what a wonderful resource of inspiration it is. Most days we ran short of goodies early, it’s a good job my wise boss Tony, planned out the stock into different days for us, or we would have been exhausted of supplies by Friday!

I think one of the highlights for me though was set-up day. We were sooooo lucky! The President of Moda Mark Dunn and his son Josh very kindly helped us to set up the stand. Getting to know them better really was a high spot for myself and my colleagues. So big thanks go out to Mark and Josh Dunn for all their help.

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We even managed to get Mark sewing! 

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Each day we held a prize draw at 4pm with the first prize being 4 layer cakes and second prize 2 layer cakes. This was very well supported and led to many being sadly dissappointed when they weren’t the lucky winner.Here’s a few of the winners with their prize. 

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Didn’t Josh’s shirt (on the right)  look fabulous! 

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All in all we had a fantastic time meeting quilters of all ages and it was really heartwarming to hear how much they “Love” Moda fabric! Somehow it made all the months of planning and the hard work worth it.

Before I go though, below are just a few of our stockists who had stands at the show. They all deserve a mention too! Sadly didn’t manage time to take photo’s of all of you that were there.

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Roll on next year! Who knows, you may see us again.

Let it Glow.

Hi all

Another new collection is heading into stores right now! Let It Glow by Sentimental Studio’s.

Create a magical holiday and Let it Glow with this classically elegant collection of flourishing poinsettias and holly berries, shimmering snowflakes, and ornate scrolls embellished with lavish gold metallic accents.

  
                             

 

See the whole of this shimmering collection here –

http://www.modafabrics.com/fcc_let-it-glow.pdf

Happy quilting!

Wendy

Cold Spell by Laundry Basket Quilts

Hi

Just wanted to tempt you with the next Moda Range to leave our warehouse, soon on its way to stores all over the UK and Ireland.

Cold Spell by Laundry Basket Quilts – Edyta Sitar. Edyta has taken a classic blue-and-cream color palette and created a spectacular wintery collection. Cold Spell mixes prints and batiks with snowflakes, polka dots, swirls and florals in Edyta’s distinctive style – a style that is also evident in Blue Spruce, one of her gorgeous new quilts.



To see the collection and more of Edyta’s quilts – http://www.modafabrics.com/fcc_cold-spell.pdf

ThIs collection will be in stores any day now. On your marks, get set, GO…. get it!

Wendy

‪#‎ShowMeTheModa‬ ‪#‎ModaFabrics‬

Welcome and hello

We here at Winbourne Fabric’s are going to be posting here from time to time, with the aim of keeping you updated on things happening with Moda Fabric’s here in the UK and Ireland.

Moda fabric ranges release approximately one month later here than in the USA, so we will try to keep you posted on when new ranges are hitting stores near you. We can’t vouch that all our stockists will have the range your looking for, but letting your local store know what you want will I’m sure effect what they purchase from us in the future. So do let them know what Moda Designers you like and want to see more off.

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This range Joyeux Noel  has just left our warehouse and is French General’s new Christmas range for 2015. It’s inspiration is taken from 19th century antique French prints, in simple colour combinations of red and natural, and has a variety of cotton and linen prints sure to add a touch of rustic elegance. Joyeux Noel is a holiday line that will be a classic for years to come. Be sure to look out for this range!

Also, a date for your diary is August 6th – 9th, Festival of Quilts 2015 is on at the NEC in Birmingham. This is a premium exhibition for all things quilty and packed with loads of inspiration for quilters of all experience levels. We at Winbourne Fabric’s Ltd as distributors for Moda will be running a Moda Bake Shop at stand 04. Be sure to come along and see us if your able to attend.

Be in touch soon with more news!

Wendy