Tuesday, 10 August 2010

simply solids


Today's shop gets me excited. Very excited. If I could afford it (and get away with it without the rest of the family packing up and leaving) I would have a bolt of each of the colours on the kona colour card. That's 221 different colours.

Mandy from Simply Solids is closer to achieving that dream long before me. She has a head start - she currently has 35 colours in stock but that number is increasing all the time. And the shop only opened a little over a month ago.

One of the best features of Mandy's shop is that you can order in any colour from the 221 and she will get it in for you within a few days (as long as you order at least 2 metres).

Mandy says;

I am mum to three gorgeous kids, Jamie - 9, Freya - 6 and Audrey - 4, and live with my artist husband, mad dog, cat and rabbits in the Peak District.

Twenty odd years ago I attended an exhibition in Atlanta on slave quilts, it made a huge impression on me and I vowed that one day I would make my own quilt. I finally got round to starting a quilt when I was pregnant with my first child nine and a half years ago, motherhood took over and I never finished it, that is until two years ago - that is when I got the bug. I have an addictive personality and quilting and buying fabric has become my addiction. I was finding it frustrating that it was hard to source certain fabrics in the UK, especially Kona Cotton Solids, so decided to bite the bullet and start my own store. That was just over a month ago and I am now the largest stockist of Kona Cotton Solids in the UK! I am also stocking some Moda pre-cuts and some modern designer fabrics in ranges that I love! My store is just my own glorified stash!





Even if you're not a huge fan of plain cottons you will find something you like over at Simply Solids. The moda scrap bags are great value for money, and come packaged in a neat little bag which make them perfect for gifts (anyone planning my Christmas present? - I'll take any of them please but my particular fave is the Fresh Cottons by Fig Tree). There are fat quarter bundles, and beautiful fabrics from Jessica Levitt, Laura Gunn, and Patty Young (pic above).

If you've never tried kona cotton solids before here's your chance to give them a go. Or if you're a die hard fan, you'll love this!
Mandy is offering one lucky winner a bundle of 8 FQs from the neutrals range of kona solids.

That's 1 FQ each of;

ash, black, charcoal, bone, stone, white, snow, medium grey (pic below)

Simply head over to the shop, have a look round and then come back here and tell me what you like the look of.


Maybe pick up one of these beauties whilst you're there....
(the kona colour card - it's a thing of beauty and will suck many hours out of your life whilst you dream up new combos of colours)


Off you go!

Giveaway is on for one week from today (until August 18th) when I will announce a winner.

Rules are as follows;
Giveaway only open to UK and European residents. Winner will be selected by random. Prize is 1 x bundle of 8 fat quarters in the neutrals range. No substitutes.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

40 comments:

ClaireP said...

I love scrap bags! So many pretty little pieces of fabric. My fave is the fresh cottons by fig tree. Thye are going on my wish list :)

Shevvy said...

I treated myself to the colour card recently. Its great. I've just finished a quilt top using the banana which I loved. I also used two of the greys, medium and coal.

sian_simmonds said...

Oh the flora and fauna love those colours
and a grey solid colour that isnt too dark yum

Rohaise said...

Very interesting site indeed. I particularly like the Moda Scrap Bag 1933 Chloe's Closet. (I also want the Kona colour card!!)

julia said...

I, too, got the color card very recently after buying the wrong color online one time too often... Now I can't take it down...I love to look at it and read the yummy names of the fabrics...silly me!
I just love the solids & absolutely have to make a quilt out of them soon.

Penny said...

I have been wanting to buy Kona Solids for ages and now I know where to go. I must treat myself to the colour card.

Roberta said...

Wow what a great giveaway. I love kona solids and I'm delighted there is now a go to place for them.
I also like the look of Raspberry Hive, my stash is seriously lacking in the pink and purple part of the colour spectrum but that fabric is gorgeous.

gill said...

I love the idea of the scrap bags! either of the fig tree designs or possibly both!!!
Gill

Vanessa said...

I can't manage to enter the simplysolids site right now. There must be some problem with the internet or whatever, but I will try again later for sure. I just got the City Quilts book, where everything is about solids, and I am really controlling myself not to buy the whole color palette! It is nice to know a place in Europe where to find these fabrics!

Anonymous said...

The colour card would be so useful and I love the fabric from Laura Gunn.

Lynne said...

Yay - I've been to the shop - because she lives in my village - and can I say that pomegranite is the most fabulous colour in the flesh - a sort of bright raspberry - oh and I also love all the flora and fauna - but my fave thing in the shop is my mate Mandy. XXX

Isa said...

Well, I like the look of free delivery with orders over 15£ :-)
But the scrap bag with 1930 prints from Chloes closet also looks good!
And it's so great you've found this shop, it went right in my favourite pages!!

marieke said...

oh wow kona solids, i've been thinking about it to use them but still haven't bought some because i don't know wich colour to take.

keep this a a favourite

Manda said...

I recently bought myself a kona colour card :)
My fave fabric is the patty young fabric, especially the white humming bird fabric!

quiltygal said...

Oh black got to be black ..now I know I dont live in the UK or Europe but if I won I could aqlways have it delivered to you & pick it up in Oct hehehe big smile!! pretty please!! ( suck suck)oh you gotta love the way I think....

Nikki said...

Mandy's shop is really great! Excellent prices and free delivery if you spend over £15 (ha ha that won't hard to do!). The layout of her website is lovely and simple to navigate. I've bookmarked it and will be stopping there on my next fabric buying spree. The Timber fat quarter bundle by Jessica Levitt is wonderful and I'm sure there will be a Kona solid that I can add to that!
Nikki

Claire said...

I bought some Amethyst from Mandy when she first opened and her service is wonderful - fast, beautifully packaged. I'm really hoping someone will give me a colour card for my birthday, but in the meantime I'm dreaming of some Pomegranate to back a quilt I'm putting together

Kerry said...

I have bought from Mandy too- great service. I love the solids- celery is looking good!

sew obsessed said...

I'm a grey girl myself!!!
I think it's excellent that we can now get our hands on Kona solids here in the UK, well done Mandy.

hillwards said...

Beautiful beautiful solids - I like the timber designs on her site too ... and the Breakfast at Tiffany's scrap bag... well, everything really!

Jedimama said...

Oh dear, more temptation! I really want to try a Kona solid now!! I love the Flora and Fauna range by Patty Young too.

Linda said...

Good to know Kona Solids now available here in the UK! Also love the Timber Fat Quarter bundle - the blues are gorgeous.

comfortstitching said...

Oh go on then, put my name in the hat/bowl, just write my name on a bigger piece of paper so you know who to pick ;)
I am very excited about this shop which I discovered myself a few weeks ago and will definitely be ordering soon. Apart from the Kona's I love the moda scrap bags!!

Bettina said...

Hi there, I'm a new reader- I found you through Patty Young's blog! So excited about the UK shops series- I am a beginning quilter and have recently started up sewing clothes again, and this series is most welcome!
I would say my favourite thing in the Simply Solids shop is the Kona colour card- I just can't judge what goes together from the computer screen and the colour card would be such a superb resource (I might have to go buy one now..sigh)- having one would probably lead me into temptation...I cannot believe the range Simply Solids has on offer! Very pleased to have discovered this shop!

Isisjem said...

I love the idea of the scrap bags. I had a mooch around the shop for the first time yesterday. I had seen the name on other blogs but it was only when I went along yesterday that I realised it's about so much more than solids.

lindsey.gid said...

love kona range , also so in love with the tmber collection will now look for a pattern to make with it . lindsey

tong said...

I love the scrap bags!! Especially that 1933 Cloe's Closet scrap bag, so yummy! Thank you for the giveaway!

Harrysmum said...

I just love those Kona Solids Roll ups - with free P+P over £15 and no dreaded import duties, it's now possible to buy lovely fabric here in the UK!

Laura said...

Oh that scarp bags are fab! I've never come across the Kona Colour card before but I'm loving it!

Laura said...

Whoops! That would be scrap bags!!

Justine said...

I love the Kona colour card the best, so handy and ideal for matching up your quilts!!

Kelly said...

i'd not stumbled across this shop before so thank you for the heads up, i love the 'hive'fabric in stone -

Chris said...

So much to drool over!
Kona jelly rolls look very appealing ...
Chris x

Julie said...

I just found your blog through True Up and will definitely be reading along from now on. It's so nice to see someone talk about what's available in the UK - I didn't know about Simply Solids and I'm excited to have found out about it now! These neutral colors are gorgeous and would actually match perfectly with a quilt I've been planning!

Esther said...

Oh a shop that specialises in solids is a great idea, very tempted by the shade card. Love the scrap bags too particularly Chloe's Closet

sarah said...

I love the scrap bags, and the color card sounds like a fantastic idea!

sy said...

all the solids are so pretty, the Kona Solids Rollups Dark Palette looks dreamy.

Kerry T said...

I love Moda scrap bags - just got a couple and can't believe how much you get! Would love some solids to help complete a Moda Tweet Tweet quilt I'm in the middle of.

Justine said...

My favourite thing about Mandy's shop is the Kona solids. All of them. I really must by a colour card!

bellsjo said...

I got myself a colour card and it is well worth the money - and there are so many delicious colours to choose from! I am also loving the Timber. It has been on my wish list for a while.