I just LOVE this clamshell quilt by Australian quilt designer Brigitte Giblin. Inspired by antique quilts and fabrics, Brigitte has an amazing sense of colour and the way she combines modern and reproduction prints is just fantastic. You can see more of Brigitte's beautiful quilts on her website and the pattern for this clamshell quilt (plus quite a few others) is available in her online shop.
Brigitte also has a book that is due for release in April - it will feature nineteen of her quilts and I can't wait to see it!
Image from Brigitte Giblin Quilts.
I’d really love to pile our sofa high with lots of fabulous mismatched vintage-y cushions. Pinterest has been a really great source of inspiration – I think it’s time to haul out the sewing machine and get busy!
You can find more cushion inspiration here!
1. Tif Fussell, aka Dottie Angel
2. All About You
3. Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw, photographer: Jan Baldwin
4. Stylist: Atlanta Bartlett, photographer: Chris Everard
5. Jeska Hearne at Lobster & Swan
6. jj Locations via sfgirlbybay
7. All About You
8. Cabbages & Roses
Due for release in October, The Liberty Book of Home Sewing by Lucinda Ganderton looks quite lovely. With projects including quilts, cushions, tote bags and aprons, I think this one will definitely be making it's way into my library. I love the hexagon quilt below, and the little dress is just gorgeous (although I don't think the dress pattern is included in the book). You can see a preview at the Liberty blog.
Image from Liberty blog.
Today I want to share with you one of my favourite online fabric stores, Rag Rescue. I can’t take the credit for discovering this great vintage fabric resource - I first heard of UK-based Rag Rescue from Katie Armitage at Les Soeurs Anglaises (LSA run an annual 5 day Julie Arkell workshop in the south of France). Thanks for the tip Katie!
Rag Rescue salvages vintage fabric, trims and haberdashery and, in owner Sandie’s words, “brings them into the future, clean and fresh ready to start a new life”. I have found so many beautiful fabrics at Rag Rescue, including the lovely paisley fabrics pictured below (sourced from vintage eiderdowns), and have to say that the customer service is excellent, perhaps the best I have encountered during my many (many, many) online shopping experiences. Sandie is incredibly friendly and helpful, and service is always fast and flawless.
Selfishly, I would like to keep Rag Rescue a secret so that I have more of a chance of scooping up Sandie’s wonderful vintage finds, but I believe she deserves the good publicity! Sandie lists new items almost daily at the Rag Rescue website, and each evening you can get a sneak preview of the next day’s listing at the Rag Rescue blog. Happy shopping!
Images from Rag Rescue.
Inspired by Joanna, the creator of this wonderful heart, I made this flower on the weekend (using a technique I learnt at a Julie Arkell workshop). I thought Joanna's combination of pale blue floral and red and white ticking was perfect! The petals are made of my two favourite fabrics - the blue floral is a relatively new fabric from Quilt Gate, and the red and white patterned fabric is from a shirt I made just over twenty (!!!!!) years ago when I was still in high school. Sadly, that much-loved shirt is now just a bit too worn to wear.
Images by me.
Look what I bought this morning! In my second favourite* Liberty print ever! Apparently stocks were very limited and previous releases have sold out rather quickly, so I was a little nervous when the 10:00 release time rolled around. There may or may not have been a small meltdown** when credit card issues slowed me down and it looked like my size had sold out before I could get things sorted.
But it was all good in the end, and these lovelies should be on their way to me soon. Although for the amount Liberty is charging for non-UK deliveries, let me just say I think they should be delivered to my door TODAY. £25 for delivery to Sweden? Really?????
*Number one favourite Liberty print is this one.
**Yes Grant, I am quite embarassed to have had a meltdown over a pair of shoes.
Images from Liberty London.
Look at these beautiful necklaces! Made by jeweler Mari Fray Foster using antique quilt blocks, 1930s reproduction fabrics, quilt batting and embroidery floss.
You can read more about Mari's amazing work on her blog Mari Makes. There are some wonderful "in progress" shots of her work which I really enjoyed - I love it when I get to have a peek into a favourite artist's creative processes.
Images from Mari Makes.
In Liberty of London tana lawn, no less. Click on the pic to see the fantastic variety of Liberty fabrics - what a collection!
Made by the very talented Lyndel, a Calico & Ivy customer. There are more pics of this beautiful quilt at the Calico & Ivy blog. Whenever I need a particularly strong dose of creative inspiration, I just take another (envious!) look at Lyndel's quilt - it never fails!
Image from Calico & Ivy.
This is the one that got away.
I saw this stunning stunning quilt on pinterest some weeks ago and after much deliberation (the price!) I sent an email off to see if it was still available. It was not, but the buyer's payment hadn't yet come through and if the transaction for some reason didn't go ahead, then I was next on the list. Well, I hoped and hoped and hoped that the cheque would bounce, the buyer would change their mind, anything really, just so that the Luna Quilt could soon be winging it's way to me in Sweden.
But it was just not meant to be, and while the bank balance and Grant are still heaving a collective sigh of relief, I am left drooling over these lovely pics...
Images from Montgomery Rag.
There has been a little bit of sewing going on here. Not much, but a few stitches here and there. Sometimes, like today, something actually gets finished!
I learnt how to make these flowers at a Julie Arkell workshop, and I can't stop making them! I love choosing the fabrics for each flower and I love that it's a quick project that (with a small baby) only takes me a couple of days to finish. Perfect!
This time round with little Nora I splurged* and bought a gorgeous Liberty covered nursing pillow from one of my favourite shops in Copenhagen, Crème de la Crème à la Edgar. I cannot tell you how much I love this pillow! It is incredibly comfortable and easy to use, is very well made, and it is oh so lovely to look at - important for the hours and hours spent on the couch nursing a little one!
The inner cushion is made from unbleached cotton and is filled with 100% organic spelt shells (according to the website, spelt shells are known for their ability to calm and not overheat). The cushion is designed and produced in Denmark, and best of all, Crème de la Crème à la Edgar has just opened an online shop and will ship internationally.
Images from CPH kids.
* In the end it wasn't really a splurge since the "cheaper" polyester-filled cartoon character-covered nursing pillow that I had for Charlie was almost the same price as this lovely pillow. And I had to throw that pillow away when I had finished nursing Charlie as it had not held up very well to daily use.
This is my idea of heaven. I read here that the Liberty of London fabric studio has a fabric archive that is almost 135 years old. The fabric-lined wall below is just a very small part of the archive - I would so love to see the rest!!!!
Make sure you click on the image to see more detail!
Image from Liberty blog.
Yesterday's post about British jewellery designer Jo Pond reminded me of this wonderful piece (first pic) from Viv of Hen's Teeth which I have had in my bookmarks forever. I love the combination of the old tin, the found objects and the beautiful stitching.
Then today while browsing Viv's photostream on flickr I found the gorgeous heart brooch in the lower pic, a more recent piece from Viv. Love it!
The postman was very good to me today and this gorgeous fabric finally arrived on my doorstep. It is designed by Jone Hallmark for Free Spirit and is one of my absolute favourites. I first saw this fabric over a year ago when I met the wonderful Jone at a Julie Arkell workshop in France - Jone gave me a little snippet of it which she had dyed with tea (it looks even more beautiful with the tea dye!), and I have been trying to track down more of it ever since.
And in a lovely coincidence, today the postman also delivered a letter from Jone herself! Thanks Jone, will answer soon I promise!
Image from fabric.com.
Hi, I'm Rowena and I'm writing to you from Bristol, England - home
of trip-hop (Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead), Banksy, and a mighty
fine suspension bridge. I live with my boyfriend Robbie, in a rambling
Victorian house that we bought back in the days of yore when banks
would happily lend mortgages to sketchy cases like us. We share our
home with a various assortments of critters that wander in when we
leave the front door open (hedgehogs, spiders, cats, musicians.....)
Georgeous silk-lined blue linen clutch bag from etsy seller Red Ruby Rose.
Here's a little snippet from Red Ruby Rose's featured seller interview on etsy. I love the sound of her house, and the description of her childhood home sounds so wonderful - two creative parents and an old Somerset mill house surrounded by woods and garden...
I was born and brought up in Somerset in an old mill house,
surrounded by woods and garden and lovely green stuff and then I moved
up to Scotland to study printed textiles at Edinburgh College of Art.
After graduation I took a detour from textiles and have spent the last
ten years self-employed, building up a collage/montage illustration
career, firstly in Scotland and then here in Bristol. Red Ruby Rose is
a fairly new venture for me... it's the result of my yearning for a
more tactile process away from my increasingly digital illustration
working methods. I started making these clutches for fun and haven't
What first made you want to become an artist?
Probably because I'm completely and hopelessly unemployable. I grew up in a creative environment - my mum's an artist and my dad walked out of his office job to become a self-employed printer when I was 11. He knew nothing about printing at the time but set up a one man business in the house which he still does to this day... that risk-taking obviously influenced me. 9-5 was never a viable option.... I did a few temping jobs when I was particularly skint after college and it spurred me on to never go near an office again.
Images from Red Ruby Rose.
Of the Liberty variety this time! I bought a metre of this gorgeous fabric (Elysian brown pink) this summer and managed to get over my fear of cutting into it for a little project for C's room - hope to have a photo of the finished product soon!
Image from Alicecarolinesupply on etsy.
Rabbity friend is a folk art textile doll... very much inspired by
old primitive dolls of the past.
Rabbity has a linen body with a pinched nose and stitched
features. Her ears are wool felt. Her arms are simple stitched
to her shoulders and can be moved, arranged in different
poses. Her legs are button jointed, allowing Rabbity to sit or
stand. She can sit quite nicely without being propped.
Her skirt is made using hand dyed cotton muslin. Her bodice
is made using a vintage silk handkerchief. She has mustard
yellow patterned cotton legs. Hand stitch detailing on this doll
lends a true hand-made feel.
This doll measures 26cm tall approx. including ears.
Image and Rabbity Friend description from Cathy Cullis.
Five of you (Mady, Judith, Beth, Sarah and Maria) were only one petal away from the correct answer (81 petals), and Mady's entry was first in - congratulations Mady!
Thank you to everybody that entered!
Mady - just send your address to me at sam.notebook [at] gmail.com, and I'll pop the parcel in the post to you early next week!
Welcome to the first ever giveaway at sam's notebook!
All you have to do is guess the number of petals in the picture below. The winner will be the first one to guess the correct number.*
What does the winner receive? One of the finished flowers of course, and a few little extra Swedish goodies thrown in for good measure!
Leave a comment on this post with your guess, and I will announce the winner on Friday October 16.
Alexia Hollinger (3 rue Thérèse)
Beautiful fabric handbags and other goodies including jewelery, badges and zippered pouches.
This was the first store we visited in Paris and it was here I purchased my copy of Paris: Made by Hand. I had ordered a copy online a few weeks before we left for France, but just two days before our flight I received an email saying that my order could not be filled. I was so disappointed but it was too late to order another copy. Fortunately one of my classmates from the Julie Arkell workshop had a copy, so I wrote down all the names and addresses of the shops I wanted to visit - thanks Jone! I had planned to buy my own copy when I got back to Sweden, but it just wouldn't have been the same. You really do need more than just the names and addresses of the shops - Pia's hints and tips that she includes in the book are invaluable.
Astier De Villatte (173 rue St-Honoré)
you are in Paris, do not miss Astier De Villatte! This has to be the
most beautiful shop I have ever seen. The interior is just stunning,
and everything they sell is absolutely beautiful. Just don't expect
good service - this was the only drawback to an otherwise
perfect shop (although they were nice enough to let me take photos).
La Droguerie (9-11 rue du Jour)
Another one of my favourite shops in Paris, with an unbelievable selection of ribbons and buttons. I nearly peed my pants with excitement when I stepped inside... Somehow I managed to restrain myself and only purchased a few pieces of Liberty tana lawn and one or two meters of ribbon. I also visited La Droguerie on the top floor of Le Bon Marche, but my favourite by far was the store at rue du Jour.
Junku (18 rue des Pyramides)
A Japanese bookshop with a fantastic selection of Japanese craft/interior magazines and books. This was a great find since there are no Japanese bookstores in my neck of the woods, and I purchased a few books I have had my eye on for a while, including the very lovely (and handy!) Paris Brocante (Jue de Paume, ISBN978-4-07-260400-7).
Jardin des Tuileries (Place de la Concorde)
Not far from our hotel and a nice stop at the end of a day traipsing around Paris. Especially good for the little one who deserved a carousel ride or two after putting up with a day full of shopping!
Le Pain Quotidien (18 place du Marché St. Honoré)
Our daily breakfast stop - can't recommend the coffee, but the pain au chocolat and croissants were pretty darn good! Oh, and the tartines. Perfect if you are craving something other than the sugar sweet pastries on offer! One thing I particularly loved about Le Pain Quotidien was that the menu was predominantly organic, which of course made up for all of the sugar and butter we consumed. Ha. If only.
I wander what's going on with the coffee in Paris? We tried a lot, and it ranged from mediocre to downright awful. Maybe it's the slightly sweetened long-life milk they use? The Parisians can do food, there is no doubt about that (we ate fantastic food the entire week we were there), I just wish the coffee situation had been better. If anybody has any coffee recommendations for Paris, send them my way please!!!!
The images of the Liberty fabrics are from Liberty of London.
All other images are by me.
I love love love the paisley fabrics you find on old eiderdowns, and I was thrilled when I finally got hold of one years ago (via ebay I think). But the dust that flies up every time we touch the quilt is not good.
So I was quite excited this morning when I found these lovely new paisley fabrics from Sarah Hardaker. But which one to choose?!
Found via Sarah and Jo's lovely blog hardaker & pope.
Images from Sarah Hardaker.