New Videos Every Friday


The Tent Makers of Cairo

Back in September we were lucky enough to visit the West Country Quilt Show, at the UWE just outside Bristol, where Valerie learnt about The Tent Makers of Cairo – truly amazing craftsmen. We get to  see  the extraordinary designs and fabrics developed from a very traditional and ancient textile tradition which for practical reasons, was originally a male dominated industry.. Watch Now+



Meet Helen Howes

Helen Howes is a very passionate modern Quilter, who loves improv blocks and  loves to share her passion for this new and exciting development of our craft.  Like many of us, Helen makes quilt for pleasure, but she also like to ensure that we can all follow the simple mantra -yes you can – and her trimmable blocks mean that is certainly very true. Keep an eye out at the end of the month for Helen’s Wonky Star blocks workshop. Watch Now+



Products of the Month

This month we have a choice of three products for our product of the month for November,

The Hygge Christmas Cushion panels  from Lewis & Irene come in three different colourways.  and are approximately 18" square. The panel has a pair of delightful gnomes who can  join you in your home this Christmas;  and they come paired with a delightful heart motive.

For Red Colourway, click here
For Green Colourway, click here
For Red / Black Colourway, click here

As the Product of the Month for November 2018 whichever panel (or panels) you choose will come with free P&P in the UK PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription 



Vintage pinkeepers with Mandy Shaw

In this lovely workshop from Mandy she shares with us a great idea for making little pin keepers and she has found a great use for the old, but beautiful embroidery that is often lurking in cupboards. They are easy to make and you get to learn about ladder stitch and blanket stitch – both stitches that Mandy uses a lot and finds very useful. If you enjoy embroidery you can work and create your own designs. Watch Now+


Tricky Triangles and Stripey Octagons

Catch up with Valerie and Jennie, who have been chatting on You Tube about the techniques they will be teaching you at our retreat on 30 – 31 March 2019 in Hampshire. Watch Now+

And if you’re thinking about asking for a special Christmas present then this could be perfect for you to improve your quilting skills – and why not mention to your other half that it’s currently on special offer!  More Info+


Art Calendar

2019 Calendars

If you’re stuck for a Christmas present this year for a quilting friend then our Book of the Month  for November might be just the ticket for you. The Art Quilt Calendar 2019. comes with a quilt for every month. The 12 quilts in this calendar come with complete instructions – so a present that keeps on giving. The quilts are designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio. As it’s our Book of the Month it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in November 2018. More Info+


The Wotton Poppies – a final update

For those of you who have been following or joining in with the poppy project in Wotton, the knitted and crocheted poppies were put in place on St Mary’s Church last week – in torrential rain!! Catch up with the latest update and video in our Blog. More Info+



Throwback Thursday

Dyeing your own fabric allows you to have subtly graded fabric that works extremely well for landscapes as well as graded colour quilts. In our Throwback Thursday workshop, Jennie teaches you how to dye using the microwave so you can make your own coloured fabric in your own kitchen; perfect for quilts and pictures. And there are downloadable notes available for Paid Subscribers Watch Now+

Still time to make….

If you’re looking for some small projects to make for Christmas, we have 3 lovely new patterns from Gail Penberthy in the Shop this week. 

Santa’s Christmas Countdown is an advent calendar with a difference More Info+

The Gift of Christmas Wreath with Santa delivering a parcel will be a lovely decoration for your home More Info+

Christmas Huddle is this trio of irresistible festive penguins, a gorgeously cute addition to any Christmas home More Info+



What’s coming up in November

For a taste of what’s coming up the rest of this month, (and we still have 3 Friday’s to go this month!)  then watch our latest trailer 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 +




Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

If you are a paid subscriber don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway – a  lovely 5 pack of AURIfil Lakes Thread pack. These 50w, 100%  cotton threads have 200 (220yds) on each spool and we have chosen 4 plain colours and one varigated ; perfect for quilting (and of course for piecing but why would you want to hide these lovely colours!)

To enter, just send an email entitled Lakes Thread to
The competition will close 30 November 2018

Happy sewing
Valerie & Jennie



New videos this month

Meet Helen Howes - a Modern quilter

Meet Helen Howes – a Modern quilter

Helen loves to share her passion for this new and exciting development of our craft.Watch Now+

Shoo Fly and Monkey Wrench - Block 4 of Your First Sampler Quilt

Shoo Fly and Monkey Wrench – Block 4 of Your First Sampler Quilt 

Both these blocks build on the skills you have already learnt.Watch Now+

Remembering WWI with the London Quilters

Remembering WWI with the London Quilters

Members of London Quilters were invited to create a small piece of textile art to commemorate World War 1 – and the results are varied and moving. Watch Now+

Scarecrow Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Scarecrow Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

This lovely quilt has been made with fabrics from the Scarecrow Acres range designed by Lewis & Irene. Watch Now+

Why you should use flat headed pins with Valerie Nesbitt

Why you should use flat headed pins with Valerie Nesbitt

This is an excellent idea that helps keep you safe when using paper cutting templates and rotary equipment. Watch Now+

Kittenopolis with Helen Butcher

Kittenopolis with Helen Butcher

Very modern looking cats – and they can all be a little different. Watch Now+

Dream quilt from Makower with Valerie Nesbitt

Dream quilt from Makower with Valerie Nesbitt

This delightful quilt has been designed by Lynne Goldsworthy and uses the foundation piecing technique throughout. Watch Now+

Friendship Star - Block 3 of Your First Sampler Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Friendship Star – Block 3 of Your First Sampler Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

This block (and its variation) is a very simple block and can be made up as scrap quilt Watch Now+