Trip to Lady Sew and Sew - by Anne L

At 8.15am on a bright April morning, a party of 17 ladies comprising of members and hope-to-be members, departed from Shirley on a luxurious coach (driven by Paul), outward bound for Oxfordshire.

We arrived at Lady Sew and Sew  (or should I say Alladin's Cave) at about 10.30am and were given coffee and a warm welcome from Vanessa, Judy, Joy and Kitty who run the spacious warehouse.  We had the place to ourselves and were given a tour of the departments which included Haberdashery, Novelty Fabrics, Designer Fabrics (both new designs and a large number of reduced price designs), Batiks, Dress fabrics and a good selection of colourful Kaffe Fassett fabrics with a variety of books to choose from.

The walls of the warehouse were hung with a large selection of diverse quilts, quilt art and a display of Kaffe Fasset quilts.  There are also plans for personal appearances from Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler and Tracey Chevallier during 2014.

Within a short time we were let loose to shop, and it didn't take long for the shopping trolleys to start filling up with goodies.  Wadding and fabrics were competitively priced and the staff could not have been more helpful.

There was an unlimited supply of tea and coffee and whilst we ate our lunch Vanessa pointed out goods and gadgets which we might have missed and numerous'special offers'.

After another short spending spree there was an informative talk on Waddings and Vilenes - which density is suitable for specific projects - i.e. wall hangings, large quilts, bags, child quilts - ( I never knew there were so many) with a recommendation  NOT to wash wadding before use, despite manufacturers' recommendation.  Also the appropriate use of different shades of  wadding.

At 3.15pm a tired but happy and 'poorer' group of quilters boarded their "glass coach"for the return trip in the safe hands of driver Paul, arriving back in Shirley at about 5.15pm.

All in all a good day and job done - we spent, spent, spent!!

NB: If anyone is interested in knitting and crocheting six inch squares to be made up into Charity Blankets, Lady Sew and Sew would be happy to hear from you with any contributions.