Quilts on Tour

quilts on tour

Quilts on tour, some of the favourite quilts over the years will be displayed at the up coming shows.
Come and see the Liberty silk pieces which make beautifully soft scarves.
mini cush scarf and blues
I will be featuring the fully “finished” Elements quilt, now in its second collection.
whole elements quilt
Also I will bring lots of the ever popular mini boxes of 100 vintage Liberty Lawn pieces.
wsite updat mini boxes
You can make a vintage Liberty cushion from the kit, ideal as quick and easy project or ready to make gift.
vintage kit
As always it is a pleasure to greet new and existing customers at the shows so I hope you can drop by and say hello!

let it sew, let it sew, let it sew…

In a few days time we will be welcoming in 2016! I hope you have enjoyed the festivities and like me are busy preparing resolutions for the New Year. to be cropped

The development of a new pack of parts (shown above) including thread, buttons and mixed width fabrics sourced from the Liberty and Worn and Washed ranges includes textures, patterns and plains for completing large format projects is well under way.

The interaction with my lovely inspirational customers continues to create new ideas too. Here are two projects which come to mind. A range of oranges for a Halloween challenge and the combining of Liberty and Worn and Washed fabrics together to create instant uniqueness, richness and charm in equal measure; which knows no boundaries.

christmas libertyorange mix

I loved the following bespoke colour way so much and found that I could recreate it using the available fabrics that are used in my classic worn and washed ranges.

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So if you would like to use ‘Earth’ in your next sewing project I now have packs available in both 2m and 4m bundles for immediate despatch!

earth for rowena

Finally I can’t help but enjoy the classic worn and washed bundles when they are lifted with the inclusion of new materials, designs and textures sew many fabrics sew little time!

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May I wish you a most happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you and your nearest and dearest. I hope to see you at a show or event in the coming year, the details are on the show page right now.

See you soon!



Summertime…and the quilting is easy…

The year is dashing by,  the early summer shows were very enjoyable with ongoing mail order proving very satisfying: its great to be asked to make bundles inspired by your ideas.  In the last month I have made themed bundles remembering “London buses” and a huge orange/terracotta/yellow collection which started with a vague reference to “Halloween” and finished with texture and colour with a summer influence.
london buses special haolloween
I am planning some changes mainly to reflect all the Liberty designs I have, which are increasingly included in the “worn and washed” bundles, as well as having their own place at the shows.  I am thoroughly enjoying the creative process involved in using the sample pieces, there are now scarves, cushions, bags, ready to sew packs, and other projects in the pipeline.
new web pic
The festival of Quilts at the NEC is the next event, but I will be making another announcement in a couple of weeks, about a new venture, its currently just a box under the table….
For the NEC I have made a whole collection called “indigo ink”, a reflection of the very first worn and washed quilt with an assortment of complimentary packs of darker bundles and Liberty collections.
The new pictures here show the “London bus” collection, with a summer influenced Halloween commission  “indigo ink” and “sky blue pink.
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My time has been taken with preparation for two big shows coming up very soon,
Spring Knit and Stitch at Olympia March 5th – 8th, Sewing for Pleasure at NEC March 19th – 22nd 2015 and later on Quilts UK at Malvern.
There are new colour ways available, firstly Liberty Pickle ©, subtle tones of grey mustard and blacks with insets of Liberty lawn in floral and abstract prints.
liberty pickle
and the all new Raspberry Thunder © inspired by an old rag rug from Age UK, with pinks, blacks and greys. The sample is a UFO, but I will have it with me at the shows.
raspberry thunder for web
I will also have many more Liberty pieces,  the “textured tana” range now includes, scarves, cushions and bags in ready to sew packs.
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Plus die cut hearts and leaves, circles for yoyos, some very retro print squares and fabric selection packs in all sizes.
Please don’t forget in amongst all the fun of the shows mail order is always available and a big  thank you to all those who have used this service all in all this keeps me nice and busy.
I hope I get to meet you at one of the shows very soon!
Kim Porter

Christmas Crackers!

A little later than planned the December update is very full so at least you will have a good read!
The festival of quilts way back in September was the best ever for me, seeing so many friends and some nice compliments on the new ideas, the open layout of the stand very nearly worked,  I will make some changes for next time.
soft quilts web update
The soft quilts shown are still proving very popular, we made several at the
workshop in June, with new and experienced sewers enjoying the two days. I have a new batch of flannel bundles too, very soft colours,  blues, blues/pinks and vintage whites.
new flannel selection
Currently in the pipeline is a new range of “shirty” packs after a raid on the local hospice shop found me with 200 to wash and cut up. A trip out on “black Friday”, who knew the charity shops were seemingly untouched by panic buying and even though they no longer give free bags I found so much they kindly found me a bin liner to drag away the haul.
A four month project has finally come to fruition,  “textured tana” ©,  is now available in scarf and cushion packs, with lots more projects planned in the coming months.
best cusion scarf pic
Briefly;  I found something  at  a boot fair, a soft linen feel almost translucent very small cloth,  its on the back of one of my mini quilts, this led to an extensive search for something similar.  After several attempts I found a linen mix which when sewn directly to Liberty lawn and then washed produces a soft, textured effect, see cushion pic.
the packs are quick and easy to make up, consisting of 24 pieces of Liberty lawn, the linen backing and a gutterman variegated thread, I have also commissioned a silk thread which I used to hand sew the original scarf, but this is still in transit from India.
The Liberty library finishes this month, I hope you enjoyed adding some special fabric to your collections. If you are a member of the library you will get a full colour flyer showing “textured tana” © with your sample selection.
original hand sewn scarf
I will be at the Spring Knit and Stitch show at Olympia  March 12 – 15 and the very next week end at Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC March 19 – 22.
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Until then please visit my facebook page for regular updates and I hope you have a very friendly and festive Christmas and New Year.

The heat is on…

Well doesn’t time fly, since the last update, the workshop week end has been and gone, with 18 + quilts made in a lovely but sometime slightly frantic atmosphere. My guests were a super mix of returning sewers and beginners, all returned home with a quilt.
Now of course its the busy road to the Festival of Quilts, but with thanks to my friends who listen to my ramblings, sit and fold fabrics and of course Mark who shops, cooks and gardens everything is on track. Two new pictures for you, some new bundles,
3 bundles in a tree
many of them featuring Liberty, (of different weights) andliberty nec20140725_130620 (2)
the Liberty display cupboard, which is to be filled with a selection of tiny things collected over the years.
So when the pattern calls for a selection of small piece please come to stand E25 to see sample pieces, (Liberty), scrap bags, (worn and washed), individual pieces, and all the bundles in all the colour ways.
See you soon.

Spring Fever…

Though a little later than planned all current events are now confirmed:
I will be at the following events this year:
The Country Brocante, Wisborough, Sussex, Saturday  April 12th
The Decorative Living Fair, Eridge Park, Kent  May 8th
Quilts UK  Malvern Showground May 15th – 18th
(in the tent as my booking was late)
National Quilt Championships, Sandown Park, June 20th – 22nd
Festival of Quilts  NEC  August 7th – 10th
In between I have been invited to a number of quilt groups and the LOAF Festival in Stourbridge. PLUS  of course I have a worn and washed workshop weekend on June 28th and 29th, with lots of my guests now booked for both days so we will be able to make bigger quilts and put some interesting bits in too. There are still a couple of places left so please let me know if you would like to come. If you have not been before please try to come as I will have time to make sure you sew a quilt, the only thing you need is your machine and it’s ability to sew forwards…

I have also been busy completing many commissions ‘for customers, covering all colour ways, here are some of the pictures:

bright bright beach hut colours, Kim Porter meets Cath Kidston

bright bright beach hut colours, Kim Porter meets Cath Kidston


blues and greys, now in Australia

blues and greys, now in Australia

pinks whites creams flannels

forgotten flannels of all shades, whites, creams, florals, spots



embroidered backing fabrics

taupe raspberry cream with an embroidered backing

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softest flannels in pinks and mauves with vintage rose backing

softest flannels in pinks and mauves with vintage rose backing

hexagon final

Liberty Tana Lawn 50 different designs in each pack with papers





Commission work is so highly personally rewarding work as it sparks many creative ideas.

So don’t be shy about contacting me with your wishes and likes. Today for example I am starting on work for a lady in south Africa who wants “our look” rather than the bright sunshine colours of Africa,








Of course I still supply the biggest collection of Liberty lawn in strips, pieces, and sample pieces, I am collating them into colour way sets,  my current  favourite is “mistral” teamed with rigorously washed linen and cotton. I will have plenty of hexagons at the shows, in packs of 50  ALL DIFFERENT DESIGNS, with matching paper templates, I have recently acquired a new batch of classic pieces to do this, plus die cut shapes in hearts and leaves.

Keep watching here or on my “facebook” page for more bundles, fabrics, liberty tana lawn collections and all things different,

Happy sewing!

Summer Workshop 2014…

How about making a quilt top in a day!

A summer workshop is in the diary for June 28th and 29th 2014 to be held in the Olney centre where we have run our workshops before. There are 18 places available for each day and you can be a novice or expert. eyes down, machines whirring and were off!The cost is £49.50 per person for a day with teas, coffees, cakes and biscuits included. You will need a sewing machine, a small pair of scissors and some thread.

N.B. If you want to do two days then the weekend cost will be £85.00 a saving of £15.

I will have plenty of fabric bundles, wadding and backing to help you get your quilt started. on previous workshops we aim to get the quilts, sewn and basted, ready for hand quilting all going home with my happy guests.

To book your place either give me a call on ++0044 (0)1234 240881 or drop me an email to kim@wornandwashedfabrics.com and I will confirm your reservation or you can request a full prospectus with all the workshop details.

Olney has excellent bed and breakfast rooms available all within 100 yards of the Olney Centre so if you would like to make a week end of it just let me know. Olney has plenty to offer with shops and restaurants,  great independents and a few high street names too.

I really  look forward to meeting and sewing with you in June!


2014 first things first…

As always there is plenty going on at the worn and washed work station, and also with worn and washed sewers who have very kindly sent me pictures of their talents, thank you for sending me the pictures,  in no particular order here are some of them.jane elliot shabby chic
This shabby chic was made from a bundle exhibited at Olympia in March,
the “gustav” based gift was purchased by mail and the flannel quilt was a bundle purchased as a gift and made in record time.
The pink Liberty started with a small sample pack which I added to and the end result is a lovely display of prints, machine quilted with great skill.
amy gustav quilt
My show and event plans for the year are still in progress, there are plenty of opportunities for “worn and washed”, please check here or the facebook page for updates on which shows I will be attending this year.
I have plenty of Liberty sample pieces in every colour and design so there is still time to join the library for the February selection.
pink liberty
Two new quilts came off my production line, pictured with Mabel who arrived at Christmas, a new “old blue strippy”  currently undergoing hand quilting, in wavy lines less than 1/2″ apart,  and the “pistachio” confection which has some interesting texture, including some lacy bits, heartily washed Liberty and vintage treasures.
For the first quarter of the year I am working on several new colour combination as always I am also open to new ideas, so if you have an idea or would like one of the regular colourways, just contact me and I will get it started.mabel and new quilts jan 14
Breaking news… just today as this update was underway it has been confirmed that I will be at the Stitchtopia Festival  Wyboston lakes, Cambs. For one day, Tuesday 18th February, the festival runs for 4 days  (17th – 20th Feb.) plenty of sewing and knitting indulgence, some day tickets are still available as well as 4 day places, for full details check http://www.arena/ travel.com

This is being billed as the ultimate crafting retreat for knitters, stitchers, quilters and fabric & fibre lovers of all levels of experience – all in the company of top experts and like minded people. New for 2014… BBC TV’s Stuart Hillard, Jane Greenoff, Carol Meldrum, Jennie Rayment, Janet Simpson etc etc
I will be setting up a small display of my quilts , some old  favourites and some new ones too with bundles of fabrics for sale, as well as Liberty lawn bits and pieces,  if you are planning a visit it will be a lovely opportunity to chat without the pressures of the show environment.
Happy New Year to you all,