the summery of things…

A long overdue (again) update but there’s lots to tell so here it is:
I have up dated the shows and events page to reflect new bookings.
There are new quilt colourways for the Festival of Quilts and some updates on old favourites.
The newest is “worn out flip flops”, inspired by a row of old flip flops resting on the deck of a surf shack, it has lots of texture and there are two different colours, a stronger blue, terracotta, dull pink with old linen and “flip flop” light which leans more towards dull blues and pinks.
Lots of favourite pinks, in smooths, flannels and a mix of both, plus a mix of mauves and blue originally made about 10 years ago and a re vamp of the “washday blues”.
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I’ve re cut the “shabby chic” range and included some very lightweight damask with a red strip, along with lovely Laura Ashley confetti.
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The Liberty selection packs have some additional colour ranges along with the “ready to sew ” 40 piece selections, all exclusively packed by us and some new scarf and cushion packs.
I was also able to buy a large selection of beautiful sylko threads, soft muted colours, great for machine and hand sewing, I quilted the “flip flop” quilt with the dullest mauve.
Please don’t forget that the facebook pages:  kim porter fabrics and worn and washed fabrics are updated regularly so I look forward to seeing you there.
see you soon,



Debbie & Sam’s Sewliday

Book a cottage by the sea, organise delivery of a weeks worth of food and drink and sew, sew, sew to your hearts content.

Debbie and Sam Sewliday

Here is the first project done and dusted, clever girls!

Debbie  and Sams Sew off

Have a lovely Sewliday ladies!



Andrea’s ‘Spring’ Quilt

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This very spring inspired quilt is the handiwork of the talented Andrea. Hand quilted, machine pieced it’s overall size is 1.35m x 1.95m (4.6′ x 6.6′) made from one 4m bundle (by weight).

Lots of colour ways are coming to Quilts UK, Malvern, May 19th to 22nd inclusive so I hope to see you there.





Mail Order Not Male Order!

Just a quick up date. I have finished two projects which will have their outings at the next two events Decorative Living Fair at Eridge May 13/14 and Quilts UK Malvern May 19/22.

I have completed three ranges of pinks, “shabby chic” with a hint of Liberty,

three pinks

The original “pink and blue” plus a faded but floral pink with touches of other pastels.

The cushion packs have done really, really well. The feedback is great, my customers have loved that a project is well within anyone’s reach and quick. The finished look is just special, plus there is plenty of scope for making it even more individual.

This is another addition to the “textured tana” range, a small cushion, finished size 12″ square (30cm), the envelope contains the ready cut pieces,interfacing, decorative thread, etc etc. For the Decorative Living Fair at Eridge May 13/14 I will also have a small selection of finished cushions for sale, or if you are visiting Olney both cushions and “ready to sew “ envelopes will be at My Little Vintage from Saturday 30th April.

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These of course are all available by mail order all you have to do is ask. Pricing, well it will depend on the post and packaging. Please email me to order and quote the P&P!


Its Raining, Lets get Quilting!

A long overdue update,  many apologies but there are lots of new things just about ready for the next series of shows.
Extra dates are The Decorative Living Fair at Eridge, Kent, May 13 and 14th.
The National Quilt Championships at Sandown Park June 17 18 and 19th
Quilts UK at Malvern in  May  and the Festival of Quilts NEC in Augustst
I have also booked some space at the much celebrated Handmade Fair at Hampton Court which is in September.
The Elements quilt I started at Christmas is totally finished and the first edition of the boxes has sold out but there will be a new batch ready for May . The quilt measures 72″ x 62″, each box includes 6m of ready cut strips, three quilting threads, full length of binding, needles, buttons and decorative ric rac.
whole elements quilt
I have some very jolly vintage style brights inspired by a greeting card from a friend, and I will have the favourites , “old Swedish”  , “shabby chic” “pink and blue” “the bitty quilt” and “forgotten flannels”  some with a new slant, at all the shows.
The Liberty vintage pieces are sorted and presented in  little brown boxes, 10 pieces in 10 designs, plus some of the designs are in new cushion kits, especially in tones of browns and gold as part of the “textured tana” range.
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The shows so far this year has been excellent, so hopefully summer will be here soon and we can all enjoy the open spaces at Eridge Park and the Malvern Hills.
Very important to note, if you have a specific request for me to work on for you please let me know as soon as you can so I can make sure its scheduled in to the work flow.
Some of the shows are so close together and the time available for me to be in my fabric mine will be limited! See you soon everyone! Love Kim.

Quilts on Tour

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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