I enjoy shopping online; the ease, the ability to order from the comfort of my sofa and the hours I can spend browsing beautiful fabrics and haberdashery. I like finding interesting and independent shops. Most importantly I like quality products and great service, which you will always find with my sponsors. I will also share other shops (not sponsored) that I like and would recommend. 

Recently I found the haberdashery while searching for some Sashiko thread. It is a shop full of beautiful products from Japan, including beautiful Nani Iro fabrics and other haberdashery from the Netherlands and Australia. They kindly sent a sample of some of their products when I ordered white Sashiko thread. For a special touch and excellent customer service check out the haberdashery.

I will be trying some Sashiko for the first time (something I keep wanting to do) and I'm hoping with the help of The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook: Patterns, Projects and Inspirations I will be able to attempt a quilt. I can practice some patterns and that could be turned into a nice project for this month's theme 'The Rising Sun' at le challenge

Another favourite and familiar shop is The Village Haberdashery. Annie always stocks beautiful fabrics as well as a huge range of haberdashery for a range of different crafts. I had a little spare birthday money and a birthday voucher so I got some Kona white because that's always useful and then found this incredible stash builder: Square Dot in Grey, Urban Classics by Nancy Mahoney. I hadn't seen this line before but what a great pattern and I will use it in lots of projects.

I have a stash of 30s reproduction fabrics I'm collecting for the the Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt that I will be starting at some point. I decided using just those fabrics was too 'put together' and I wanted to throw some other fabrics in that had a similar vibe but in different colours. I chose Cracking Codes in Jade, Dowry by Anna Maria Horner, Lincoln Log in Malachite, Florence by Denyse Schmidt and Scattered Floral in Lime, Urban Classics by Nancy Mahoney.

I love the lines and details of this print, Urban Classics has some gorgeous prints and since I won a Customer Advisory Board survey voucher I went ahead and ordered more fabric from Annie yesterday! Share those with you soon. The Village Haberdashery has a fab sale section and this weekend all red fabrics are 10% off with no voucher needed, so hurry (good excuse to get this!).

This week my mum gave me a huge bag of vintage (?) tapestry wool. I picked out these colours for a project I'd like to do at some point (maybe when I've finished some of my FAL list!). I love the Penelope labels.

Finally I bought some ridiculous cheap cotton thread off Ebay (just search cotton thread pack and I'm sure similar will show up). I need a variety of colours for my applique and as much as I love Aurifil, there's no way I could vaguely afford a big selection. I'm hoping these are going to be ok quality or at least suffice!

Molli Sparkles