Sunday, 9 August 2015

Passacaglia and a Store Review!

Rosette number 2 is coming along! I chose purple as my theme colour, as it's one of the larger rosette's and purple's my favourite. It's not quite complete. It still needs 12 stars added to the outer rim, along with 6 trapezoid shapes, then that cog will be done and I can start another, with another theme colour.

The ladies on the Millefiori Quilts/Passacaglia Facebook page have been posting some lovely photos (of their completed cogs) ever since I joined, so if you are interested in joining in with this quilt, then I thoroughly recommend that you also join the FB group, too.

Last week, my husband and I took a trip to Chichester for the day. Before we went, I googled the area to check to see if they had any good fabric stores, and I saw that there was a shop called The Eternal Maker on Terminus Road, so we decided to pop in there on our way home.

It was very easy to find, plenty of parking outside and though the building doesn't look much from the outside (seems a bit dilapidated) it's actually very bright, large and delightfully charming inside.

I think it was the grounds of an old factory, but inside there is fabric aplenty, all sorted into colours, so it's easy to go to the section you want, for either solid or patterned. Then there are separate sections for fat quarters, jelly rolls, layer cakes and charm packs (though there weren't too many of those) it was mainly fabric from bolts. Up above and around you, completed quilts are on show, as well as soft toys and sock teddies, ribbons and buttons, lace and a wall of notions.

It wasn't cheap (on the island where I live, I can get fat quarters for £1.50 each) the fat quarters here were £3.50 each, but I did get myself a couple of metres of fabric for £14 a metre each. You can see some of it in the picture above (the outer layer of purple).

Well worth a visit! Pleasant staff, who just let you get on and browse (I do hate it when someone pounces on me the second I walk through a shop door and asks if they can help. If I want help, I will ask for it) and next door was a pleasant little coffee shop (The Eternal Baker) selling beautiful cakes (oh and a yarn section, too!)

You can check them out and order online too, or book into a class of theres, or even hold a party there! It's run by a mother/daughter team, who I didn't get to meet, because they were up at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, but I hope to meet them the next time I go and I will be going back very soon.

So, if you're in the Chichester area, do check it out.

So what about you? Do you live near a cool fabric store? Please share it in the comments, so that others can find out about it!

Thanks everyone. Happy sewing!

Louisa x

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