We took ourselves over to Hampton Court and to a shop we had read about in quilting magazines (and whose stand I had visited at the International Festival of Quilts). We parked easily, and even for free, (shock horror!) and found the shop within an easy stroll, via a stop for tea and cake at one of the many pavement cafes. So here we are, at Creative Quilting. (Photos courtesy of my 'phone as I forgot the big monster camera.)
Ah, what a little gem of a shop this is. Oodles of fabric everywhere you look.
Completed quilts adorn the walls to inspire you.
The ladies in the shop are both knowledgeable and helpful.
I don't need any help filling my little basket with all sorts of goodies, especially when I see my favourites, the 1930's reproduction prints. Let me at 'em!
But that's not all, with my basket already full to over flowing, we realise there is a second side to the shop, Creative Quilting is in fact two shops joined into one. Oh happy days!
There's plenty of everything here to be honest, including some of the harder to find stuff. There's a stack of Lecien fabrics below all those interesting notions and templates.
There's also a good selection of Tilda loveliness which is usually quite elusive in this country. Oh yummy.
Button and ricrac heaven (Tilda super-size fat quarters stashed below, just ready for my eager little mitts).
But oh deep joy, there is an enormous selection of books. Both Adele and I are book fiends and we spend well over an hour just standing looking through books. I have a vereeeey long list of books I would now like!
Fully sated in the crafty department, we leave Creative Quilting and find some other pleasant little shops along the road. There are a couple of antiques/collectables shops, one has a beautiful old shop front and inside has some lovely vintage clothes (including a fab selection of frilly nighties and peignoirs, oh the glamour!) and a great display of vintage china.
In another gifty shop (lovely stuff, not so lovely prices, eek, which reminds us we're in a very select part Surrey), I am miffed to find someone has stolen my mantle!
We have a wander down by the river. It really is a very quaint little place. By the way, the railway station is smack in the heart of Hampton Court so it's very easy to visit by public transport.
It's a lovely sight but I must say, the water was filthy!
The best we can do is to spot the magnificent Hampton Court from the bridge, once home to Henry VIII, but with a Master Munchkin to pick up from school, we have to leave a tour for another day.
Goodies to show and tell? Oh yes siree!
Plenty of lovely fabrics as you can see, including felts in yummy colours, a stack of Tilda on the left, a pretty new range in the middle, and some 1930's reproduction fabrics on the right; some giant ricrac in pretty colours, fab stripey buttons, a really good fabric marking pencil and an eraser to go with it that actually works!
I've had little time for sewing and crafting recently (sob) but I did manage a little postcard with the new Tilda fabric to add to my burgeoning range of stitchy postcards. This one has a Summer Sixties vibe. Hey babe!
I will be adding them soon to my new online shop. When it's actually up and running that is!