It’s tea time! How about making an apron for a tea lover or maybe a table cover or napkins!

I made this apron reversible and used 1/4 ” bias tape for the straps to finish the edges on the top and sides.

Fabric is on sale for $7.00 a yard!

Lyme Regis

On our way to Lyme Regis we passed a store.  I read “fabric” and Ken read “a place to gather”. Maybe we can stop on the way back.

The famous Jane Austen was known to visit Lyme Regis on two occasions, in 1803 and 1804 and it seems that she grew to love the place. I can see how she would.
In Persuasion, she describes “the principal street almost hurrying into the water, the Walk to the Cobb, skirting round the pleasant little bay, which, in the season, is animated with bathing machines and company…are what the stranger’s eye will seek.”
Fast forward 2016. Broad street, I would like to imagine, was the street in which she describes hurrying into the water. What a quaint town it is. On this cold Sunday in January, the bathing machines are all closed.

On our walk to the cobb (cobb meaning sea defence) I could not resist this little shop.FullSizeRender

Our lunch spot, The Cobb Arms, is near the sea wall where I enjoyed fresh scallops and Ken had the daily special, Beef Stroganoff.

Ken SeawallAfter our lunch we strolled on the seawall, which I’ve just learned Meryl Streep walked on in the movie “The French Lieutenants Women” by John Fowles. I’ll add this to my movie watch list.

StreepmeseawallOn our way home we stopped at the FABRIC store that I mentioned in the beginning. The Natural Fabric Store owner’s name is Lucy Cobb.

Pantie Raid

Red hearts

Way back in September, 2015 Ken and I flew to England to find a place to live for Ken’s new position in the company. We stumbled across a quilt shop in Crediton called MylaFabric  . Friendly owner! Check it out. I bought some fat meters and the cutest kit to make knickers to give to my daughter.  The kit was made in the UK by Flo-Jo Boutique.Knickers_2016 It’s a shop in Bristol that is about an hour train ride.  I’m a bit nervous to do that trip on my own, but I will.  I’ve emailed the ladies that have created the kit and they responded very kindly. I would love to bring some home to sell in the shop!

Well, the knicker kit never made it to my Natalie.  It was packed in our container to be shipped to the UK. Since it made it across the pound twice now, instead of giving the kit to her, I decided to make them.  It could be my show and tell for the sewing group that meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 9:00 am at our new location on Davis Street.  I would like to promote a couple of shops here in the UK. Maybe make something I’ve never made. What a win-win situation!IMG_2839

All of that said…

Martin Luther King day is on the 18th of January. The Little Quilt Shop has joined the Pantie Raid along with other quilt shops in the US. To help our community, we will be collecting new ladies panties of any size for a women’s shelter.  It is one way for us to give back.You don’t have to make your own panties (knickers) as I have.  You can purchase them from any store.

From the 15th to the 23rd of January bring in the panties and pick out a fat quarter as a thank you from us.  Simple as that.

Blessings & Cheers


Bags Bags Bags

DSC_0125Yesterday I wrote a blog post, but for some reason I lost it.  Probably because I did not hit the save button.  As you know,  this is still new to me. Argggg.  Let me try to recall it.

So yesterday Ken and I set out to get our 10,000 steps in and headed to the nearest grocery store to drop off our four bags of bottles to recycle.  Recycling is huge here.  I love that!

It’s a bit of short walk so I said,  “Hey honey. Would you like to go get a cup of tea and a latte?” To my surprise he said yes.  The coffee shop was in the opposite direction.  He said we could drop off the bags on the way.  Great idea.

When I first opened 145 almost 10 years ago, we made bags with the packing paper that was used in our receiving inventory.  We received mostly good comments about the bags, but for some reason I remember the negative ones.  I hate ordering bags.  It seems like a waste of money because they get thrown away and end up in a landfill somewhere.  In England a law was passed in October 2015 that requires all stores to charge for new bags.  What a great law.  It really makes you think and prepare for your purchasing habits.

So off to the cafe.  Drop off the bags.  Have a nice little stroll.  The tea and latte we rated maybe a 4 out of 10.  It happened to be in a rest stop area so there was a mini grocery store .  Ken picked up some cold cuts to make a sandwich to take to work. Guess what? No bag.

Since he had to pay 5 pence for this bag, we walked over to the next little shop so he could get a Fanta to go in his new bag. I was enticed by the magazine rack.  Not one, two or three magazines, but four magazines later, we finally checked out.  After all, we had a bag.  Each magazine was justified.  Two were gifts,  one was about upcycling and the other one was a sewing magazine that had faux-leather fabric with a pattern to make a…you guessed it, a bag.

I would love to encourage people to bring along a bag when they shop.  Not so you can get a discount,  but to be a conscience consumer. Not to mention, it saves the store a few pennies and we are not adding to the landfill.

We had a great bag kit that our one-and-only Rozelle shared with us. I’m not sure if we still have any of the kits available. If not, I’m sure we can get one put together for you.

Blessings & Cheers


It’s a Small World


I bought this piece of fabric, because I have a sister-in-law who lives in Switzerland and loves onion rings. Every time she goes to the States she has to order them at least once while we are at the restaurant. They do have onion rings in Switzerland but they’re just not the same. So I thought I’d make her something. Perhaps a pot holder… Then I thought it would be great to line a basket to thank her for her hospitality over Thanksgiving. Nothing fancy. Now that I have the fabric, do something with it. First things first. Always cut the selvedge/selvage and save it for another project. Don’t have your mat out or your rotary cutter? Snip, tear and iron . Now just finish the edge with a quarter-inch hem.
Oh, did I tell you? I brought a machine to England and when I got here realized there was no cord. My handy husband has a converter/transformer for some of the things we brought, like our Cuisinart, so we can use them here in England. He gave our KitchenAide mixer to our daughter but, when we got here, found out how much they cost and was a bit surprised (they are more here than in the States). At least it went to a good home. I really don’t need to be baking anyway. Back to the missing cord…
I guess now I’ll have to go to the nearest Bernina store. But that’s alright as I need to get my 10,000 steps (FitBit) in. It’s about an hour walk. I could take the bus, it’s just a block away, but no, I need to walk. First, I’ll call them to see if they have one in stock. If not, they may need to order one. Wow! They open at 9:00. Just a 20-minute wait before I can call. Yay! They have one in stock and I’m on my way after I grab a bite to eat. Kellogg’s special K… same package, but not the same taste.

That was this morning.  It is now 4:00 pm and I’m getting ready to sew.

Well, the cord I got does not look the same and I didn’t notice it until I got home.  Plugged it in and only half the screen shows. Double checked with Ron, our tech, to make sure it was OK to use.  I can’t see the whole screen, but at this point it will sew. I have to finish before I go to bed. The Bernina dealer told me they would exchange it for something else.

Jumping back to my morning stroll…

Something interesting happened to me after visiting the Bernina store.  I went to have a latte at Drake’s Coffee Shop so I could look at my quilt magazine that I had to have along with the cord. While I was sipping away, I remembered that there is a shop called “Inspirations” near the central
train station.  After finishing my 2 pound 20 pence latte I headed out once again. My FitBit buzzed on my wrist meaning I got my 10,000 steps. Yay!

If you know me a little, I like to talk to people about what they are making.  There was a girl in line buying buttons and I said: “Oh! What are you going to do with them?”  She said: “I’m making a Christmas gift for someone special.”  She heard that I was from Culpeper and asked if I sold Bernina’s. I said yes. “You have a coffee shop down the street?”, she asked.  I responded, “Yes. Have you been in my shop?” She answered: “Yes, and I probably bought something in your store.” Can you believe what a small world it is?

Blessings and Cheers!




Moving Forward

The problem with starting something new is… I have to do it on a regular basis or I forget how to do it…. then I let the aggravation set in… I waited too long to write my next blog…what was I going to say and how did I do that?

Office work on the computer, always at the end of year, comes and the frustration builds up.  It is only done once a year.  Now, where do I start?

Exercise:  When?

It’s raining again……..

So for now, I’ll move ahead…grab an orange, be thankful for the day, take a walk in the rain.

Thank you Wendy for posting your comment.  Moving forward …. I grabbed an orange, then chomped on a carrot and  followed it with a banana. Who said it was a veggie challenge?  It was a fruit and veggie challenge. Ha! (Thank you Carol, for putting the thought in my head of eating healthy)

Now, how do I enter it in my fitbit? Argh…………

That was this morning.  I enjoyed my walk.  The sun came out!!!  I went out to the garden for which I’m so grateful, but at the same time, frustration sets in…Where do I start?

I’ve created a lot of needless stress today and it’s just the 3rd of January.

Moving forward.   Finding the Joy!

Paper Piecing

What is Paper Piecing?

English Paper Piecing is a quilting technique that uses paper templates as fabric stabilizers to ensure accuracy when hand sewing complex angles together, such as the hexagon shapes found in a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. (more…)