Welcome to Elm Grove Patchwork
I am always excited to flip the calendar over to July. My job of calf rearing on our farm winds back, and the long winter nights provide lots of cosy sewing time. It is also the half way point of the year, and a time to get cracking to achieving those end of year goals.
Every now and then an iconic range of fabric arrive in store. You know these fabrics are only going to be available for a limited time, but will be sought after for many years to come. Incredibly I have two of these ranges, both arriving at the same time.
The Jane Austen at Home range has just arrived. Rile Blake designs have worked in collaboration with Jane Austen House, to reproduce the fabrics used in the coverlet made by world favourite author Jane Austen, her sister Cassandra and their mother. This range is an exact replica of the original fabrics and includes two panels. The centre diamond panels include the large diamond used in the centre of the quilt, and the border panel has the 2500plus small diamonds that make up the borders. Riley Blake have also made available a commemorative boxed kit that includes the pattern, templates and all fabric to make the coverlet or quilt, only the backing fabric is not included. The boxed kits will not be arriving until September, along with some other Jane Austen merchandise.
The other new arrival is Anne's English Scrapbox, designed by Di Ford-Hall. Sadly we lost Di to this world on April 17th this year. Her fabric collections have always delighted us, and this one is no different. Know it is her last is terribly sad and I have felt a deep sense of loss as I have unpacked this range. It is absolutely beautiful and I can only imagine the stunning quilts Di would have made with it. I know it will sell fast, but I will restock as soon as stock is replenished in the coming months.