Alison Glass – all the collections!

As you know we’re big Alison Glass fans here at Simply Solids. We carry all her collections in full and just love the saturated bright colours she produces.

Imagine our surprise then when the UPS guy rocked up at the shop yesterday with 4 mahoosive boxes full of Alison Glass. We have got in our hands and on our shelves, all of Alison’s new collections about a month early! Yippee!

We took delivery of the totally gorgeous Sunprints 2018 collection, 27 bolts of it! This is by far our most favourite Sunprints collection to date. There are 3 prints, each in 9 colours.




Gorgeous right? So so useable in all manner of quilting styles.

We also received Remix, 9 prints from past collections by Alison Glass which have been brought back from the archives, some of these have already sold out online.

It’s so great when a designer reprints some beloved lines from older collections, a win for all our stashes right?

Finally we have received the rest of our Chroma, we have 26 bolts of this gorgeous hand dyed loveliness available for you online and in our Slaithwaite shop now!

As you can see Chroma is perfect for all you patchworker’s out there!

Delilah month 4

Hello everyone!

So month 4 of Delilah brings us a mixture of curves and straight line sewing. Due to my own restrictions on sewing time at the machine and the fact these curved pieces were quite small, I chose to try hand piecing for the first time ever!

This is a quarter block I pieced on the train as I’m away on holiday this week.

Thank you to everyone in the group and those followers on IG who gave me loads of advice. I’ve never been keen on hand sewing as I’m so slow but I actually grew to love how precise I could be with it, my OCD for neatness tested again!

I preferred a method of running stitch for 4 stitches then going back over the last to secure it before carrying on. I tried back stitching all the way but it didn’t come out so neat for me.

I actually think this block is a good one for hand sewing, as I found it great for moving the last seams out of the way when it came to adding the low volume corner pieces.

Speaking of which take care when making your fabric choices and cutting. For the points of the star you have to cut 8 then 8 in reverse. What you actually need I think, to get the star points to stand out, is 4 then 4 in reverse using bright/bold patterns, then 4 and 4 in reverse using lighter patterned fabrics with the triangle corner pieces being a mixture of your background fabrics. I think if you look at my picture I didn’t really get the inner fabrics right, I’m not happy with those reds.

Remember to cut pieces with the curve on the bias as it does help match the pieces up easier.

If you chose to get our fabric selection with your templates here’s what’s arriving this month!

Although I’m away I’ll be back to help with any questions you may have by Sunday.

Happy stitching, Lisa

Low Volume Stash Club – April

This month we’ve a great little selection of low volume fabrics in our monthly stash club. Offering a fab range of fabrics at a great price.

Heading on its way to our lovely stash club members we have a fat quarter each of:

Bumbleberries in Off White, Colour Dash Chunky in Silver, Apple Cider 14 Bubbles in Cream, Urban Scandinavian Silver Stripe and Desert Bloom Ivory Spring.

You can join our low volume club at any time if you are tempted to build up your stash of low volumes.

Happy Sewing for now…

Lisa & Justine x