20 June 2014

Tikki Patchwork, London

I had a quick trip to London last weekend to visit family and friends. I stayed with my sister in Richmond so I planned a trip to visit Tikki Patchwork shop, a beautiful quilting shop based in Kew so it was a must-stop! Wow, I was completely blown away! Almost floor to ceiling with fabrics, carefully arranged in a rainbow colour co-ordinated fashion; a real treat for the eyes! I don't get the opportunity to visit many 'real-life' quilt shops so I'm always a bit giddy when I get to see and touch fabrics in a proper setting! OK, I know I have my own shop, but it's a little different from the spare room setup ;-) Yes that's a picture of me below! Not really sure why I decided to do a hand on hip pose, I never do that!? :-/

We had a very warm and friendly welcoming from the glamorous Tiina, (whose image above I have shamelessly stolen!) the owner of the shop. We'd met previously at Fat Quarterly Retreat in London last year, so it was nice to see her again. We visited on the Saturday as Tiina mentioned Hen from HenHouseHomemade blog was teaching a class that day, so after perusing the lovely wares on offer we went downstairs to the class area and said a quick hello to Hen! I've long been an admirer and fan of Hen's blog for years now so it was great to chat and meet in person :-) 



Like myself, Tiina is a big fan of the reproduction prints and has a lovely selection available in store.  I couldn't help but notice the amazing quilts dotted around the shop too, lovingly made by Tiina, unfortunately I didn't get photo's of anything really because I was too busy chatting and drooling over the fabric on offer! After a lot of deliberating I came out with this little selection, which I think is very restrained, don't you agree?! All very vintage, and pretty, just my cup of tea. I particularly love the two civil war repro's at the bottom, I'd love to do a quilt with a civil war palette some day as well, so I'd better collect a few more! A great excuse for more fabric hoarding of course. I also got a new-to-me book on Cross-Stitch quilts or postage stamp quilts - or if you're a 'modern' quilter, the pixelated quilts! Whatever they are, I love the look of them and  I've always wanted to try out a design some day, so hopefully now I will. So if you're in London for a visit, be sure to stop by! 

12 comments:

  1. Isn't it just THE most lovely shop? I visited Tina earlier this week and could just have spent hours drooling over all those yummy fabrics - I just put up a blog post about my visit too :-) Love the ones you picked and look forward to seeing what you make with them. Have a happy, quilty weekend! xx

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  2. What a beautiful shop (and fab day out, by the sounds of it!). Have fun back in your sewing room xxxxx

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  3. I just finished reading "A Fine Romance" by Susan Branch, and this makes me want to cross the pond even more! What a cute shop! You are one lucky girl!

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  4. I love your comment about "never doing the hand on hip pose", well except for the picture of me in front of the thread doing the hand on hip pose, that just made me howl, Thank you for cheering me up on a Grey day. I love the way the fabric that's folded into the little alcove shelves. mimics the way the threads are stacked in their Colour spectrum's that's either a very clever little marketing trick, or, a happy accident, And, I think you were amazingly restrained to only come away with your little pile (those bottom 3 fabrics are SO you though)

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  5. What a lovely shop! Those fabrics, with all those bright colors! Over here (in The Netherlands) reproduction fabrics seem to mean a lot of beige and brown. I will put Tikki on my to do list for when I am next in London. And love your shoes!!

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  6. Oh my god Nissa!!!!!!!!!!! how did you manage to leave the shop. I'd have to pay rent to be able to live in it, they'd never get me out of there. Lovely to see you too finally. I had a picture in my mind of a much more mature lady LOLLLL you're still a baby LOLL

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  7. I really should get in to London more, and definitely need to visit the shop!

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  8. Looks like you could stay in there for hours! Love how you modernised the description of those quilts to "pixelated" ... Off to check out the book.

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  9. Gosh... I imagine it is hard to leave! I love your very restrained fabric purchase :-)

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  10. Oh Jesse, thank you so much for writing so lovingly about Tikki - it was lovely seeing you in the shop and I hope you will come back soon again! Tiinaxx

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  11. That looks like a most awesome quilt store!! I am drooling over here in the US!!! I would have lost my wallet in that store!

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