Pineapple patchwork with Valerie Nesbitt
This traditional block has come of age with the help a new acrylic ruler. It doesn’t look a bit like the pineapple you might buy in the supermarket but remains a traditional favourite for those who like to use up scraps. Valerie discusses the ruler which allows you to stay safe when using the rotary cutter, and keeps the block perfectly sized at each stage giving you options for 6″ blocks, 8″ and 10″ It is jelly roll friendly, but you would trim off a fair amount. Watch Now+
If you’d like to make this block, the pineapple trim tool ruler by Creative Grids is available to buy in the Shop Buy Now+
Block printing with Tess Grace from The Arty Crafty Place
Tess is passionate about block printing. In this demonstration workshop she guides you through the equipment that is used and how to get the best results out of it. This is a great craft for all age groups
You can print onto both fabric and card using water based inks. She suggests using a different sponge for each colour. She also shows you how to use the two dibbers to create a two-colour image from your wooden block. Watch Now+
Tess loves helping children and adults discover the joy of creating and using a variety of textiles.
She has a craft studio where they design and sell a range of Indian Printing Blocks, Fabric Blanks, kits, Paints & Printing supplies.
We are selling some of her kits in the Shop for you which are suitable for adults and children to make Learn More+
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Project Bag Sewing Pattern by Janet Clare PLUS Bag Handles
Almost every quilter, patchworker and crafter that Janet knows loves a mini charm pack of fabric. So, it is great to have specific projects for them too. This pattern makes a lovely bag which is perfect for all those unfinished objects (UFOs)!
This sewing pattern for a stylish projects bag was designed with that in mind! The pattern also comes with dark plastic fish eye bag handles to fit the bag. All you’ll need to add is a 5″ charm pack (42 squares of 5” fabric) and add a little lining fabric. The finished bag measures 13 1/2″ X 12″. As our Product of the Month it also comes with free shipping in the UK for the
month of February 2021. Buy Now+
Crochet Bracelets with Jane Czaja
This week, Jane Czaja has a crocheted bracelet for you. With the bracelet, she draws together all three basic stitches from her recent series – double crochet, treble crochet and half treble crochet. She also shows you how to make a neat button hole to finish it off. Watch Now+
Soft Sculpture faces with Linda Seward
Linda loves to add this detail to her quilts in a subtle way, so that the viewer gets a gentle surprise when they find it. She talks us through how to make the face, using the grain of the fabric to great effect, thread possibilities and how to make a knot in the end of invisible thread – something that lots of us struggle with. Watch Now+
Really Fast and simple bag with Jennie Rayment
Jennie Rayment shares with us this very fast and simple bag with with a flat bottom – great for kids too. You can make this simple bag very quickly, in any size, and it’s suitable for all age groups. It just needs a couple of seams and a tucked in flat bottom. Watch Now+
BOOK OF THE MONTH: Little Quilts and Gifts to make from Jelly Roll Scraps by Carolyn Forster
Is your sewing box is full of fabulous fabric that you don’t know what to do with? Then this is the book to use it up and create unique gifts and home accessories. This gorgeous book shows you how to transform jelly roll scraps into stunning little quilts and gorgeous patchwork gifts. Packed with 30 colourful and inventive projects this book contains an abundance of guidance and inspiration for quilters and patchworkers of all abilities.
There are two sections: in the book – ‘little quilts’ and ‘gifts’. Carolyn covers all the essential techniques. These include basic cutting and stitching, layering, basting,
quilting and binding. Clear instructions make this a great book for beginners as well as those with sewing skills. As our Book of the Month for February 2021, it comes with free p&p within the UK Buy Now+
What’s coming up in February
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
There is still time for Paid Subscribers to enter our February giveaway for this panel of 8 robins printed onto white cotton poplin. It’s perfect for applique projects. The panel is 27cm wide by 27cm long. Each bird is 8 – 9cm across.
You can add fusible web to the back then cut out and iron into your fabric creation. Stitch round the robin as desired. They are perfect for handmade Christmas cards, placemats, table runners, and anything else where you would like a robin motif.
Just send an email entitled ROBINS
to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for the competition is 28 February 2021
Jennie Rayment shares with us this very fast and simple bag with with a flat bottom – great for kids too. Watch Now+
This traditional block has come of age with the help of this acrylic ruler and the rotary cutter. Watch Now+
Not all quilts need to have small, competition stitches to make them look wonderful. Watch Now+
Simple embroidery can enhance commercially printed fabric and Kate Barlow gives you a series of great hints and tips.. Watch
This is one of the basic three crochet stitches that Jane Czaja says you need to know. Watch Now+
A very stunning quilt made of strips the Dawn Cameron-Dick way. Watch Now+
This bright fun quilt is made up of simple shapes and perfect for beginners. Watch Now+
Jennie Rayment shares with you how to make this traditional favourite with the new rotary cutting templates. Watch Now+