Valerie loves a thread saver and is always thinking of efficient ways to use the scraps from her blocks. She suggests that when sewing quarter inch seams these offcuts are used to start and finish the seams. Thus producing a pile of scrap blocks from the leaders and enders.
Saving these up and sewing them together into a scrap quilt will give you a quilt for free. Watch Now+
Gail feels that felt is really easy to work with as it doesn’t fray and she particularly likes to make these small 3D projects using it. Simple to make by just folding and using the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine, Gail points out a few things to bear in mind when you are using her patterns, which come with full size templates. Watch Now+
Dionne Swift discusses where to start with threads. Gathering together thread with a diversity of colours, thicknesses and sheen starts the audition process. Matching the threads to your artwork enables a unique perspective to each project.
She explains how thicker thread used in the bobbin leads to new discoveries in your thread painting. Watch Now+
BOOK OF THE MONTH: Time Saving Charm Quilts by Annies Quilting
Our Book of the Month for July is Time Saving Charm Quilts by Annies Quilting If you’re a busy quilter with little time for your hobby, you’ll LOVE these time-saving patterns made with charm squares. Cut your prep time in half with these 5″ square projects; 8 quilts made with precut charm squares. Our designers have put together a great collection of timeless patterns perfect for the busy quilter. Includes eight fantastic quilts to be
PLUS it also comes with FREE shipping in the UK for the month of July 2022. Buy Now +
Improv patchwork gives permission to break from accuracy as there are no straight line or seams to match. Utilising 10″ charm squares or layer cakes and a rotary cutter, Sue cuts gentle curves to produce improv ripples. There’s no squaring up with improv blocks. The resulting blocks produce a variety of options for a beautiful quilt. Watch Now+
Lorna demonstrates the turkey work stitch, or tufting, which creates a delightful soft 3D effect. You can use this stitch to create the flowers on thistles or the centre of the clematis flower, the body of a bumblebee maybe, or even a soft body for a caterpillar. Watch Now +
PRODUCT of the MONTH July 2022: Plastic Hinged Storage box 12″ square
Our Product of the Month for July 2022 is perfect for storing your work-in-progress. This 12″x 12″ square box has generous depth for storage. Use to store your your patchwork work in progress by project, your finished blocks, or colour co-ordinate your Fat 1/4’s or scraps.
As our Product of the Month it comes with FREE P&P for the month of July 2022 Buy Now +
Valerie shows you how easy it is to bond those pieces from your patchwork bin, some of which could be the tiny ‘ears’ that get cut off your patchwork triangles, or those smaller triangles from your stitch & flip patchwork, to which you could add pieces of thread too – after all those colours are really lovely. Watch Now +
Claire Campion describes how the walking foot supports quilting as a result of its dual feed aspect. This foot simply replaces the standard foot on your machine to give an even feed.
In the video she explains the how the walking foot feeds the fabric through the machine evenly, significantly reducing puckers when sewing multiple fabric layers. Watch Now +
Have you caught up with our July trailer this month to see what we have in store for you Tutors featuring their work this month include: Jane Czaja, Valerie Nesbitt, Anne Baxter, Claire Campion, Craig Joubert, Daphne Morris, Dionne Swift, Gail Penberthy, Lorna Bateman, Sylvia Critcher, Sue Thornborough.
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Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month’s giveaway is a delightful cushion pattern from Sylvia which features Corded and stuffed work with a difference. This design is an addition to Sylvia’s Butterfly series of patterns and appears on the Inspirational pages of her book ‘Raised Quilt and Stitch’
To enter the competition just send an email entitled NIGHT MOTHS to firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition closes 31st July 2022
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