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Nifty Bag

Nifty Handbag with Jennie Rayment

This week, Jennie shows us  a very nifty bag  that she has designed which can be made any size to suit your needs.  She talks you through how to make it, including  how to create the curved design and also the flat bottom to your bag  Watch Now+ 

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Selection of 24 Presencia Finca threads

These threads are proving very popular this month.  They are at an AMAZING price. of only £8.99 for 24 which works out at only 37p each!! There are 4 different colourways with 24 skeins of 100% Cotton Presencia Finca  embroidery thread. There are 8 metres of thread on each skein. As our Product of the Month for May they also come with free shipping in the UK for the month of May. Buy Now+ or just click on the colourway you want below (L-R clockwise)

Hand Quilting with Paula Doyle

Hand Quilting with Paula Doyle

In this video award winning quilter Paula Doyle guides you through the various stages to create an heirloom piece of hand quilting, She includes how to mark the design, the  equipment, needles and thread used, how to make the quilt sandwich and tack it up and keep the sandwich flat, quilting hoops, how to start and finish your quilting stitches and the quilting stitch itself.  Watch Now+ 


Rescale your favourite block or quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

It’s amazing what a difference just 1/2″ will make. Valerie shows you two quilts made with the same pattern – 9 patch and rail.  For the original quilt she used just 2″ strips and it ended up as a cot size quilt. The second quilt was constructed from strips 2 ½” wide which is closer to a single quilt size.  That means you could use your jelly roll!.Watch Now+ 

BOOK OF THE MONTH: Fat Quarter Baby from It’s Sew Emma Patterns

Great ideas from Valerie,earlier this month with the Peyton Quilt  from Fat Quarter Baby from It’s Sew Emma patterns Don’t forget it’s our Book of the Month for May. There are 20 crib quilts that are fun, fast and easy to make- 10 for the boys and 10 for the girls. It’s cleverly written with good shopping instructions, covering fat 1/4’s as well as background, borders, backing and binding –
so great if you are starting from scratch. There are also great cutting instructions. AND if you are a seasoned sewer with stash, you can raid this too as the instructions are so clear. As it’s our Book of the Month it also comes with FREE P&P in the UK during May Buy Now+ 

Norfolk’s knitting queen 

While Nightingale hospitals were being built across the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak, a great-great grandmother was creating her own “Knittinggale” hospital in wool.

Known as “Norfolk’s knitting queen”, 91-year-old Margaret Seaman was desperate to do something to help raise money for NHS charities while in isolation. A truly inspiring lady. Learn More+

Introduction to Cable Knitting 

Cable is a delightful texture pattern often found on Aran sweaters. It can also give even the plainest of sweaters a real lift visually. Sarah Hatton shows us how to use three needles to create the cable style pattern in knitting. She also shows you how to avoid the stitches falling off! Watch Now+ 

New in the Shop this week

The Shop is brimming with new treats for you this week again, including new instant download patterns, some Madeira Spectra Thread on special offer  and new hexiform kits.  Learn More+

We also have some great new knitting kits from Lady Sew and Sew,  The first is the Rowan Felted Tweed Fade Pack which comes with a FREE pattern for a beautiful scarf, and also a wrap version of the scarf using two packs.. It comes in 3 colourways: Pink, Rust or Blue

The second kit  is the Rowan Kidsilk Haze Fade Pack that comes  with a FREE pattern of a beautiful scarf. Again there are 3 colourways: Sky, Turquoise or Rust 
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What’s coming up in May

Catch up with the May trailer to see the great videos, classes and workshops we have for you this month from our great tutors: Jennie RaymentJo GourlayPaula DoyleSarah HattonValerie Nesbitt.  In a month that has 5 Fridays we’ve chosen a variety of projects and techniques. All can be mastered at home. Watch Now+

Don’t forget, we have new videos on every Friday and you can become a paid subscriber with full access from only £7 a month. Learn More +

What shall I do to quilt it? A member’s dilemma

Heather contacted us recently. She’s been busy working on projects during lockdown. She had completed the machine applique on a Daisy Best quilt for a baby due in May, but her problem was how to quilt it – just to quilt in the inner and outer borders or add any quilting around the rather detailed designs..

Take a read and see what Valerie suggested and how Heather finished her quilt in the end. Learn More +


Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

Paid Subscribers, don’t forget to enter our competition this month for this lovely little pincushion kit from Ashmead Designs.  It comes in an orange colourway,

This English Paper Piecing project uses Hexiform.  This is an alternative to the paper or card traditionally used in EPP and is also left in place and not removed. So, it gives it a firmer finish. The pin cushion is approx 3″ in diameter.

To enter the competition just send an email entitled PINCUSHION  to The competition will close 31 May 2020.

Happy sewing and stay safe

New videos this month

Chicken Pincushion from Jennie Rayment

Chicken Pincushion from Jennie Rayment

Jennie Rayment shows you how to make this Chicken doorstop or pincushion from your scrap fabrics pieces.Watch

Introduction to Cable Knitting with Sarah Hatton

Introduction to Cable Knitting with Sarah Hatton

Sarah Hatton shows us how to use three needles to create the cable style pattern in knitting.. Watch Now+

Peyton Quilt from Fat Quarter Baby Book with Valerie Nesbitt

Peyton Quilt from Fat Quarter Baby Book with Valerie Nesbitt

This is another delightful quilt pattern from the authors of Fat Quarter Baby Book. Watch Now+

Scottie Dog Bag with Jo Gourlay

Scottie Dog Bag with Jo Gourlay

Make your favourite little girl her own version of the celebrity doggie handbag carrier designed by Jo Gourlay. Watch Now+

Knitted Tinsel Creatures with Fiona Goble

Knitted Tinsel Creatures with Fiona Goble

Fiona Goble shows us a selection of tinsel creatures for which  she has designed knitting patterns.. Watch Now+

Modern Charm Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Modern Charm Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Simple use of 5″ charm squares coupled with simple sewing – great for beginners and those new to patchwork. Watch Now+

Japanese Bag with Carolyn Forster

Japanese Bag with Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster also calls this her ‘Dick Whittington’ bag and you can see why and it has a simple construction from just one rectangle of fabric. Watch Now+

Coil Baskets with Sallieann Harrison

Coil Baskets with Sallieann Harrison

Sallieann Harrison shows us how to create a wide range of basket shapes and sizes with just rope and perhaps a few fabric scraps.Watch Now+