Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Bargains and Beaches

We are making the most of our glorious weather as you never know in this country how long it might be around for!

Druridge Bay, Northumberland

So yesterday we took a trip up the coast to Druridge Bay to dip our toes in the always refreshing (i.e. cold!) North Sea and take advantage of nature's exfoliator :)

Toes in the sand

7 miles of beach is a lot of exfoliation!

Normally a visit to this beach also involves a trip to Calico Barn, a quilt shop in the entrance to a farm 1/2 a mile down the road, but alas, the shop was all closed up so I have to assume that it closed for business whilst I was abroad in Latvia. 

On the way back home, however,  I noticed a sign for a Remnant Sale, so made a quick detour to check it out. The sale was at a small furnishings workshop tucked away behind a farm shop and tea room that are regular haunts, so it was a surprise to find that I had never even noticed its' existence before. I shall be keeping an eye out for their remnant sales in future, though.

Remnant Sale buys

There was a great selection of trims at only £1 per metre, and fabric bundles that started at 20p! The trims above will make great bag handles and the fabric samples will be ideal for small purses and pouches. All of the fabric swatches on the right of the photo were for sale at 50p for the lot, the pale pink fabric at the back of the bundle is pure silk! I told the saleslady not to tell me how much it sells at off the bolt so that I won't be worried about messing it up when I come to sew with it :)

I feel some bag-making coming on:)

It is a while since I checked in to WIP Wednesday but I don't think there has been much progress on the list :(

Here is how it looks at the minute.

  • In Color Order HST BOM - quilting started!
  • Sunday Morning Quilt Bee blocks received 
  • Sunday Morning Quilt2 Bee 12 sets of blocks received
  • Sunday Morning Quilt2 Bee blocks sent (on schedule)
  • Star of Africa Bee blocks completed and sent (2 months behind schedule)
  • Scrappy Trip Around the World Bee -  COMPLETED AND SENT
  • And And Sew On BOM - four blocks completed (two behind schedule)
  • Son's quilt  COMPLETED
  • Paris Cushion - fabric received
  • (Almost) Irish Chain quilt basted  
  • 5 blocks of NY Beauty QAL completed and fabric cut for remaining 5 blocks 
  • 18 blocks of Craftsy BOM completed (only 2 more to go!)
Hope you are making more progress than I am!

Linking up to

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Yay for nice weather and beach-going! Even better when there's a bit of a bargain on the way home! ;)

  2. Hi, Druridge is beautiful even on a rainy day. Where did you see the remnant sale? I'm not far from Morpeth and used to call into the calico barn on a regular basis. there is a new(ish) shop in Longframlington - Quilting Heaven (on the 697) and its well worth a visit if you are in the area. x

  3. A perfect day... walking along the beach followed by fabric finds!!!

  4. The beach is where it is at---wish I could live near-ER one! Enjoy!! We have been getting so many rain storms here in NC!!

  5. Beautiful beach and lovely remnants! Always good to mix some shopping in with any exfoliation! ;)

  6. Isn't it great when you stumble upon an unexpected little sale like that? Looks like you found a few great things!

    I am stopping by from the WIP hop, my post is here if you have time to stop by :)

  7. Love the beach picture. Bargains are always fun! Makes me want to come for a visit.

  8. As you say, in the UK we never know how long the beautiful weather is going to last. I haven't done much craft over the last few days, because i know that I can always do things once it starts raining again (of course, it will start again soon!). A visit to the beach is the perfect way to enjoy summer.

    1. Well it rained this morning Elizabeth so it looks like we visited the beach at just the right time :)

  9. beach and bargains - sounds a perfect combination!

  10. Hope you had fun at the beach! I can tell you that London is not the place to head to when it's sticky lol

  11. Druridge Bay is one of my Emily's favourite photographic spots. what a great day you had


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