Monthly Archives: May 2014

Grand Sale Now Underway!

Visit us at and take advantage of our ‘we are getting a facelift sale’.

Many of you will know that we have been working on a new look for our product pages, making ordering easier and allowing us to offer a wider range of cuts, including applique shapes and text!  Before we roll this new template out across the store (already in place on newer fabrics) we are clearing the decks!

facelift sale

Pirates Go arrgh!

My son’s favorite joke:  Knock knock, whose there?, Pirates go, Pirates go who? Pirates don’t go who they go arrrgh!

We are celebrating the arrival of the entire collection of Treasure Map from Riley Blake and have even set up a special pinterest board to celebrate all things piratey, a snapshot can be found below, click on the image and jump to the full board, scroll down to see the full collection and a link to view it in store.

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treasure map collection fabrics all riley blake save 15 percent

Bella and Barnaby – A success story

Have you ever thought about turning your hobby into a career?  Take a look at Bella and Barnaby’s Facebook Page/Store and get inspired.  Kerry joined Facebook as a business last October and already has over 2000 followers, and her clothes are truly beautiful, if you are a fabric obsessive and a regular visitor to our website you will recognise many of the prints!

We asked Kerry to think about what she would use Riley Blake’s Union Jack Collection for and look what she came up with!  

kerry branchflower union jack shorts

You can visit Kerry at

View the Union Jack fabric at With our own patterns/tutorials using this fabric available by clicking the tutorials tab at the top of this page.

Just a couple more inspiring images from Kerry’s page before I go….

mm bella dress
We have this fabric arriving soon – Michael Miller Princess and the Pea
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Beautiful dresses made with Summer Breeze from Riley Blake (available in store now)

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Cool trousers and bandana made with Super Heros from Riley Blake (available in store now).

Update on New Ordering System – Competition Results!

Thank you all for taking the time to look at our new ordering system and giving us feedback.  The majority of you thought it was a positive change and could be made even better with some small changes – just the sort of feedback we were hoping for 🙂

Key Findings

  • Being able to order different cuts is good.
  • The writing on the images is on the small side.
  • Some people found the small size of the packs frustrating for quilting, some really appreciated that they could by exactly what they wanted without waste.
  • Some felt that a drop down list of options would be better, but the majority of people felt the images were helpful.
  • Buying by the mtr would be appreciated – this option is already available but we are clearly making this hard to find!
  • We need to make it clear you get all the fabrics in the bundle image.
  • The new system is slower to load, people thought it was still worth it, but if we could get round this it would even better.
  • Help and guidance for those curious about using the more unusual cuts would be appreciated.

What we have done

We have already made the images on each page larger, and moved the text on each option to above the image to make it easier to read, and hopefully better for those who would have preferred drop down menus.

bundles ordering new style

We have set up pinboards on Pinterest ( for the more unusual cuts, (with guides to using those cuts, links to free patterns and tutorials and inspirational images).

We are separating out ordering fat quarters from ordering yards and mtrs (currently all one option).  We believe this will make ordering clearer and therefore will create less anxiety, particularly for new sewers who aren’t used to the fat quarter system.

We will make it clear in future listings how many pieces of fabric you are getting, reassuring customers that they are getting all the fabrics in the image.

We are looking at page loading speeds with our IT people.

Sincere thanks to all of you who took the time to give us feedback, we will be rolling the new system out across all fabrics in May, with the added option of ordering applique shapes in each fabric.

PRIZE DRAW WINNERS: Tala K (1st prize £10 of points), Marjorie C, Karen B, Jane H (runner ups £5 worth of points each).

UPDATE: We have now managed to integrate the instructions into the menu system, so another bug bear crossed off the list!