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New Year Mystery Quilt


New Year Mystery Quilt

For all those of you who have been asking when we’ll have our next mystery quilt… Well, we’re delighted to let you know that we have a new one coming up for you in the New Year and will run all through January. It’s designed by the very skillful Sylvia Cricther and can be made by hand or machine. You can use your stash or you could treat yourself to some new material for the new year. In this week’s video Valerie and Sylvia get you thinking about what you’ll need to start making it Watch Now+


Stretched Hexagons

Stretched Hexagons

Handwork with EPP OR even better for those who love to sew by machine Jennie shows you how this interesting variation on the hexagon can be put together without an inset of ‘Y’ seam – straight seams only – which we love.  And for those of you who do love handwork but maybe not EPP, why not think about the American way of straight seam sewing – it’s just a simple running stitch along the ¼” seam line  and you can use knots to start and stop! Watch Now+



Making Holly leaves and Berries with Gillian Harris

Christmas Decorations

There is still time to give your home that personal touch on the door – and Gillian shows you how you can create holly berries from the wet felt (or indeed shop purchased if you are in a rush!) and then add berries – with a little help from the gang ! Watch Now+

And as another option how about trying wrapping some older non festive beads so that they are the right colour – Kelley Aldridge shows you how Watch Now + 



Wibbly wobbly Christmas Tree

As ever, Anne Baxter’s Wibbly Wobbly Christmas Tree has been really popular in our Shop this year. Simple fused applique combined with simple embellishments add to the festive nature of this little wallhanging;  It can be made in no time at all. and is an instant download once you purchase it, so no waiting for the postman to deliver it. Buy Now +

We featured it recently in our mailing on Christmas ideas and gifts. If you didn’t have a chance to read it, we’ve put it in the newsletter section for you Read More+ 

If you want other ideas for Christmas decorations use the Quick Links around the site for Christmas or bunting and keep an eye out next week for our Throwback Thursday video with Mandy Shaw


Gift Pack


Talking of Christmas gifts, this month we have an early Christmas present for you – our bumper 2016 Gift Pack, full of fantastic goodies, comes with FREE p&p in the UK for December 2016.

The pack includes Today’s Quilter Magazine; Sew Pieces by Jennie Rayment; Fancy Threads for Jennifer Paganelli from Aurifil; Christmas Rose pincushion kit from Sylvia Critcher; Project Bag pattern from Janet Clare and a 5” Charm Pack from Creative Quilting.  It’s worth over £65 and can be purchased in conjunction with a membership for either 1 month or 1 year;  

If your membership is due to expire soon, don’t worry, just contact the membership fairy and she’ll add the membership onto your existing subscription.  Learn More +.



One Happy Retreater

If you’d like to read about just how much fun our retreats are, we had a great write-up from Elizabeth Betts of Popular Patchwork which you can click through and read it in Valerie’s latest Blog post.  Read More+

Why not come and join us – Reserve your place now with a £50 deposit and and pay the balance next year . If you’d like to find a time to getaway for some uninterrupted sewing or textiling all 4 of our retreats are up on the site now and we have something for everyone with 8 fabulous tutors – Sylvia Critcher and Kate Percival, or
Jennie Rayment and Valerie Nesbitt.  or
Pauline Bolt and Sarah Soward of Pauline’s Patchwork with Valerie Nesbitt; or 
Hilary Beattie and Kathleen Laurel Sage.
All you have to do to reserve your place is tap or click on the tutor name above, download a booking form and send it to us with a cheque for £50 deposit, and if you have any questions, just contact us at


The Fenland Book of Kantha Projectx

Book of the Month

Our new Book of the Month for December is Angela Daymond’s second book  – The Fenland Book of Kantha Projects and is a must have for all those of you who loved Angela’s first book on Kantha Stitching,  is a mixture of projects for you to complete using this traditional form of hand stitching using running stitches to create images, pattern and texture.   It is relaxing and therapeutic and requires little in the way of resources and can be highly addictive. It comes with FREE p&p in the UK for December 2016. Read More +


If you’re a fan of Angela’s kits, we have lots in our Shop – why not have a browse through to see if any of the Kantha Kits take your fancy Learn More+ 

One of our favourites is the Christmas Bird Kit   

Two other Christmas ones  are at a specially discounted price for December – the Christmas Katha Stocking and the Christmas Kantha Table Runner




Giveaway for Subscribed Members

This month’s giveaway for subscribers is this Blue Mini Tuffet Pin Cushion Kit from lady Sew and Sew. The fabrics in the kit will be similar to those shown in the picture and produce just as gorgeous an effect. Finished size approx 4" diameter x 2" high.

Just send an email entitled Mini Tuffet Pincushion to The competition  will close 31 December 2016


Dec part 1 2016 trailer

What’s coming up in the next 2 weeks

If you want to see what’s live on the site today and next week, then watch our latest trailer of the new videos.  Watch Now+

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

Happy Sewing 
Valerie & Jennie


Kantha Stitch Holiday with Colouricious


Join Colouricious on their hosted 10 day kantha stitch embroidery textile tour of West Bengal  Learn More+


New videos this month

Using the EZ Quilting Long Hexagon Shape with Jennie Rayment

Using the EZ Quilting Long Hexagon Shape with Jennie Rayment

This stretched hexagon shape can be used instead of the regular hexagon shape and creates interesting variations to traditional patterns. Watch Now+

Flag sewing your binding strips with Valerie Nesbitt

Flag sewing your binding strips with Valerie Nesbitt

Save time and thread with this little tip of Valerie’s. Watch Now+

Making wet felt with Gillian Harris

Making wet felt with Gillian Harris

Gillian is the Queen of Felting and is the author of several definitive books on the subject. Watch Now+

Jennie Rayment's new Book - Sew Pieces

Jennie Rayment’s new Book – Sew Pieces

This is the one with the purple cover! Jennie shows Valerie a variety of the projects that are included in this latest of Jennie’s books. Watch Now+

Christmas Projects with Sylvia Critcher

Christmas Projects with Sylvia Critcher

In this interview we get to see more of Sylvia’s corded and stuffed work, with a winter and christmas theme – plus bling! Watch Now+

Finishing Jennie's Stripy Stripey Story Quilt

Finishing Jennie’s Stripy Stripey Story Quilt

Well the top is done – now what? Well layer, quilt and bind of course! Watch Now+

Thangles Candlemat project with Valerie Nesbitt

Thangles Candlemat project with Valerie Nesbitt

Learn about Thangles with Valerie Nesbitt and create perfect half-square triangle units every time. Watch Now+

Padded Leather goldwork with Kathleen Laurel Sage

Padded Leather goldwork with Kathleen Laurel Sage

Another in the contemporary goldwork series and this time Kathleen added padded leather work into the design. Watch Now+

Meet Gillian Harris at her Fluff-a-torium in Dorking

Meet Gillian Harris at her Fluff-a-torium in Dorking

We get to meet Gillian and learn about her wide range of felting kits which are great for all ages – kids to grandma’s! Watch Now+