New Videos Every Friday

Bed of Roses quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

This lovely pattern was designed by Edyta Sitar for Andover Fabrics. Originally made in her Bed of Roses range, Valerie uses another of Edyta’s ranges, Super Bloom, for her version,  It is really easy to make and is a great use of your 10″ squares – you just need to cut it up and sew it together.  Watch Now+ 

If you’d like to make this in the same fabrics as Valerie, the 10″ Super Bloom squares are available in our Shop Buy Now+

Curved slice patchwork workshop with Angela Madden

This is not just another ruler  – this one designed by Angela Madden really does take the maths out of slicing a circle.  Not only does the ruler give you the various sections of the circle, but it will also create the size of the circle as well! In this workshop, Angela guides us through with a wide variety of examples and samples. Watch Now+ 

BOOK OF THE MONTH:  The Little Things book from Mandy Shaw

The September book of the month celebrates the little things of life with one stunning quilt and nine new small projects to sew from Mandy Shaw’s brand new book, The Little Things. In her latest collection of loveliness Mandy draws inspiration from the things around her that make her smile.

There are clear step by step instructions, full sized templates and patterns and a comprehensive stitch library which covers all the stitches required to complete
the quilt. All you will need to get started is some fabric, needle and thread!

As it’s our Book of the Month it also comes with FREE P&P in the UK during September Buy Now+ 

Satin Stitch – with Niamh Wimperis

This week, Niamh works on satin stitch for her Sampler. This stitch lays threads very close to each other to create a lovely shiny effect . Whilst the stitch scares a lot of people, Niamh shows you how easy it really is, from splitting the threads to tying it off at the end. Watch Now+

Embroidery Retreat – November 2020

Why not come to our embroidery retreat on 7-8 November 2020 at the Hogs Back Hotel and Spa  in Surrey. You could join Niamh , work on her special sampler and learn the beautiful and powerful art of hand embroidery as seen on BBC2’s The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts. Alternatively, You can join Anja Townrow for a machine embroidery weekend and make a lovely small wall-hanging or cushion from a choice of 7 projects, while exploring new threads and stitches on your machine.. Learn More+

Safety Procedures at a Weekend Retreat

We’ve had a number of people ask questions about safety procedures at our upcoming retreats. We’ve done our due diligence regarding the hotels as well as evolved our own safety procedures for the classroom. In our Blog , we share with you what we have learned and what we are doing differently. Learn More+

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Robin and Rosehips Applique kit from Kate Findlay

We have Kate’s new kits in the shop and the Robin and Rosehip kit is our Product of the Month. The kit contains everything you need to complete this picture. (except for threads). All you need to do is bond the fabric with the fusible web and then cut out all the shapes from templates provided. The clear instructions have colour photographs showing each stage of the construction to guide you through the making process. As our Product of the Month for September it comes with free shipping in the UK for the month of September. .Buy Now+ 

Spa quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

In this workshop, Valerie shows you how to use up some of those pre-cut squares and/or layer cakes to create this quilt. This is simple four patch and rectangles, coupled with rows of squares and then joined with sashing – simple components to create a very versatile quilt. There are workshop notes for Paid Subscribers Watch Now+ 

Raggy Edge quilts with Gail Penberthy

These quilts are very tactile. They use quite a deep seam allowance which gets cut into. This means you don’t have to worry about being overly accurate with the sewing. Working in fleece, it also means that the edges don’t fray Gail loves to use this fleece for the applique motives as well because it’s simple and easy. Watch Now+ 

In the Shop this week

If you’ve enjoyed Gail’s Raggy Edge workshop, we have some lovely raggy ideas in the shop for you. These would make lovely cuddly presents for Christmas. Just click on the name of the patterns below:
The Farmyard Quilt
Woodland Friends
Dolly Mixture Quilt
Away with the Fairies

What’s coming up in September

Have you caught up with this month’s trailer? Featured tutors this month include Angela MaddenGail PenberthyJane CzajaJennie RaymentKate FindlayNiamh WimperisValerie Nesbitt  Watch Now+

Don’t forget, we have new videos on every Friday and you can become a paid subscriber with full access from only £5 a month. Learn More +


Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

There is still time for Paid Subscribers to enter our September giveaway for this bright miniature quilt kit designed by Julia Gahagan called Home Sweet Home . The kit is worked in shadow applique. The kit contains all the fabric for the project (background, borders, houses and trees. The colours may vary from those illustrated but will be just as lovely). Also included are the backing and binding, shadow fabric, wadding, buttons, design sheet (full size) and instructions. Approx 8″ square finished. To enter the competition just send an email entitled HOME SWEET HOME  to The competition will close 30 September 2020.

Happy sewing and stay safe

New videos this month

Spa quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Valerie Nesbitt shows you how to use up some of those pre-cut squares and/or layer cakes to create this simple quilt. Watch Now+

Curved slice patchwork workshop with Angela Madden

Not just another ruler  – this one designed by Angela Madden really does take the maths out of slicing a circle. Watch Now+

Robin and Rosehips applique workshop with Kate Findlay

Fused applique is the simple technique used in this lovely workshop designed by Kate Findlay and there is a kit you can purchase to make one of your very own. Watch Now+

An Embroidery Weekend: Hand Embroidery with Niamh Wimperis

Learn the beautiful and powerful art of embroidery as seen on BBC2’s The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts with Niamh Wimperis. Watch Now+

Two sided quilts with Valerie Nesbitt

Valerie Nesbitt shares with you some ideas for turning two quilt tops into one quilt.. Watch Now+

Clamshell Pansy patchwork with Jennie Rayment

Jennie Rayment shows us how to create this lovely pansy flower from the clamshell patchwork units.. Watch Now+

Seams Common Sense with Valerie Nesbitt & Jennie Rayment

Jennie Rayment and Valerie Nesbitt discuss the merits of pressing the patchwork seams open or leaving them closed… Watch Now+

Behind the scenes at Fashion Sans Frontiers

Behind the scenes with the girls from the UK at the Fashion Sans Frontiers event.. Watch Now+