Cubitz with Helen Butcher
This week Helen Butcher shares with us another of her great modern quilt designs. She loves to create simple modern quilts and this has an amazing 3D effect.
She made this quilt with Oakshott fabrics as she loves the colours and she teaches us the secret to any illusion is the choice of colour and most start with 3 shades of the same colour Watch Now+
If you are tempted to make this amazing quilt, we have a Cubitz Quilt Pack ‘n Pattern set from Oakshott fabrics in the Shop for you Buy Now+
West Country Quilt Show – Part 2
We continue to wander round the West Country Quilt Show 2018 with Valerie Nesbitt as our guide. This time we visit Jason Read on the Horn Furniture stand where he shows Valerie one of the most popular of the cabinets they sell, We also meet super-talented and prolific hand quilter Sandi Lush who seems to enjoy making cricket sweaters for giants! But the new twist to her work is a co-operation with her husband to incorporate LED lighting. Watch Now+
Steaming tulip petals with Angela Daymond
A touch of steam, some tulip petals and some fabric and off you go! . Angela takes us through how easy it is to create a wonderful, individual piece of fabric, in your own kitchen (but you might not want to use the strainer from the sprouts!) from something as simple as a pile of dried tulip leaves. Watch Now+
Our Product of the Month for April is this fabulously useful “Aunties Two” Fuse, Fold and Stitch bags set. These delightful bags are a must-have and simple to make with quick zigzag stitching.
The set comes with
- the pattern from Aunties Two,
- the fusible wadding pre-cut into strips and
- the handy handles set
(fabric not included).
As our Product of the Month for April it comes with FREE P&P in the UK Buy Now+
It is recommended that you use Thermal Thimbles to protect your fingers when ironing – click here to purchase in the shop and also that you sew with Purple Tip needles from Janome – click here to purchase in the shop.
Our Book of the Month for April is Janet Clare’s Wildflowers, as . It is a truly stunning pattern book, with 12 intricately detailed wildflower blocks appliquéd into a little quilt to enjoy all year round. The full size appliqué templates are very versatile and can also be used for embroidery and paper craft. The book is full to the brim of beautiful photographs, and includes inspirational sketchbook pages with original Janet Clare drawings and paintings of the flowers. With lots of close up photography of each wildflower appliqué block
showing Janet’s fabric selections and use of free-motion stitching and embroidery embellishments you will have the confidence to recreate this wonderful quilt. As it’s our Book of the Month it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in April 2019 Buy Now+
Valerie’s favourite technique is applique .Fusible applique is not only fast but makes sure your fabric doesn’t fray and in this video, this is a great idea for making that complicated picture very easily. As you’ll see, making sure that all the bits of a fused picture are in the right place used to mean marking your background fabric; but with the use of this fusible sheet you can make the picture up first and then transfer it. Watch Now+
Straight stitch fused applique
This week Valerie shows us this modern way of tackling applique – no turned edges. you just trace, cut out and fuse with the iron. but then you do need to do some stitching. The simple straight stitching that Valerie shows you can be done on smaller projects with the open toed applique foot but on larger projects you probably need to give the free-motion stitching a try. Watch Now+
What’s coming up in April
Catch up with a taste of our Spring videos on Justhands-on.tv. See what’s new this month in our latest trailer Watch Now+
Don’t forget, we have new videos on justhands-on.tv every Friday and you can become a paid
subscriber with full access from only £7 a month. Learn More +
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
Have you entered this month’s Paid Subscriber Giveaway? This month you could win Angela Madden’s very clever Your Choice Pattern – Stars and Flowers. This pattern contains two designs for you to use for fused applique. Two different patterns, lots of possibilities; different layouts, different sizes for different projects.
To enter, just send an email entitled STARS AND FLOWERS to
The competition will close 30th April 2019.
If you’re a fan of Angela’s work…
… why not come and join Angela and Julia Gahagan at our retreat on 2-3 November, You’ll have a day of fun using Angela’s range of ‘Bird, beasties, flower and classic silhouette patterns. Then the next day using Julia’s quick and easy shadow applique technique you will make a miniature quilt on a festive theme.
BUT BE QUICK:
Book by 2 May and save £25
with our Early Bird Price
Sharing with your friends
We’ve made it easier for you to share your favourite stories, videos and goodies with your friends and family. At the bottom of most pages you’ll see the sharing links (see below) and you can share to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or just email them across (a great way to hint to your other half about your next present!)
2019 European Patchwork & Textile Tour, Alsace
12 -15 September 2019
A touch of steam, some tulip petals and some fabric and off you go! Watch Now+
We continue to wander round the West Country Quilt Show 2018 with Valerie Nesbitt acting as our guide. Watch
Simple but effective this is one technique you will use again and again. Watch Now+
This is a delightful little quilt which combines scrap Irish chain blocks with embroidery and fused applique wild flowers, created and designed by Janet Clare. Watch Now+
A traditional block that would work brilliantly in any colourway; instructions for a single block from Jennie but you could make lots. Watch Now+
This is a simple modern quilt that takes very little feature fabric – in fact Fat 1/8ths are perfect and Valerie uses a bundle from Oakshott fabrics. Watch Now+
This is a very useful tip from Jennie on how to identify the grain of your fabrics. Watch Now+
Useful and creative at the same time, Janet’s apron now comes in sizes from 6months to a very grown up UK size 32. Watch Now+