New Videos Every Friday


Slow Cooker

Dyeing with a Slow Cooker – with Angela Daymond

This week, we have a workshop title you might never have thought you would come across! You will never think of your jam jars and your slow cooker in the same way again! Angela shows you how easy it is to dye your own fabric in your own kitchen as she shows us the extraordinary patterns and colours you can create. . So load up your slow cooker – leave cooking for 3-4 hours,  and see what you can produce..Watch Now+


Textiles in Focus

Textiles In Focus 

Have you watched our two-part retrospective look at a super Cambridge Textiles in Focus exhibition where we meet Pauline Verrinder, who not only organised this event a few years ago and was the mentor and teacher for several of the gifted and talented groups who were exhibiting, but she also took time out to show us how to create skeleton leaves from thread. Watch Part 1+
In Part 2 this week we met more talented artists including those from Fen Edge Textile group and Lynda Monk – who loves to work with Lutradur. .Watch part 2+



Scrap Hearts Quilt

Nothing says "I Love You" like a quilt

With Valentine’s Day soon, why not spread the quilting love with a quilt. Whether it is for a loved one, or yourself, it will always be something to fall in love with.  If you are looking for ideas, here are a few from Valerie, who has some lovely heart based workshops, tips and techniques:
Scrap Hearts Quilt  is a very versatile block which you can make easily from your stash; or create simple hearts from squares and half-square triangle units. If you prefer something more modern (and great if you’re a beginner) – the modern pieced hearts quilt uses stitch and flip and no applique!

Hearts a Plenty

With Heart Applique Stitching, Valerie gives you tips on how to achieve a great satin stitch look for your hearts 

Or why no have a delve into our shop and treat your self to a kit – this lovely Hearts a Plenty Hungry Caterpillar quilt kit from Lady Sew and Sew is perfect for young and old. Or the Heart Wallhanging Kit from Villavin Crafts comes complete with everything you need. For something a little different and again great for beginners, why not try the trapunto Summer Rose Stitchery kit by Sylvia Critcher. Alternatively
Hearts and Flowers by Lee Brown is a sweet little quilt pattern using hearts and flowers as the fused motives and simple squares. 

Start spreading the quilting love …


Colliery Days from Six Penny Memories

Book of the Month

Our Book of the Month for February is Colliery Days from Six Penny Memories, a fabric project book with over 20 fresh and exciting projects including quilts, dolls, and cushions. from the Canny Keepsakes range. Interwoven with the projects are Florrie’s memories and Betty’s rhymes together with recipes from the North East of England. The book contains full size templates to make the projects easy and convenient.  Not only is this at a special price, but as it’s our Book of the Month, it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in February 2018. More Info+


Marbling fabric

Block of the Month – Navajo Blanket Quilt 

Our block of the month is now up on the website and in the first part you’ll learn how to make this stunning centrepiece for your quilt from single (but very large) half square triangle units. The block is called Thunder and Lightening and is similar to ‘delectable mountains’. Under Anne’s excellent instruction, you’ll make this amazing quilt month by month .Watch Now+


Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 
Win a weekend away at our March Sewing Retreat

For this  month’s giveaway, paid subscribers can win the opportunity to join us at our sewing weekend at the De Vere Cotswold Water Park Hotel , Cirencester (near Swindon) for you and a friend (could be non-sewing) on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March 2018. For full details of the prize click here

If you are a paid subscriber Just send an email entitled Cotswold Water Park to The competition  will close 28th February. 

Cirencester retreat

If you aren’t a paid subscriber but are free that weekend why not book anyway and come and join Gail. You’ll work on a delightful tree skirt or table topper on day one and then on the second day you can select one of Gail’s own delightful patterns that use folded pieces of fabric or felt to create items for the home. (Gail is quite flexible about this, if you wanted you could  just work on the one project of your choice). AND after dinner on the Saturday Gail is offering a pop-up demo/make and take workshop to create her delightful little triangle boxes Learn More +




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 become a paid subscriber withr full access from only £7 a month. Learn More +




Katie Jane

Product of the Month

Our product of the month, for February is this fabulous Katie Jane Fat 1/4’s Fabric Bundle from Creative Quilting from a beautiful new range of fabrics designed by Makower. But better than that – you get 6 fat 1/4’s for the price of 5.

The bundle also comes with free p&p in the UK for February PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription.  More Info +

Keep an eye out as Valerie will be using the fabrics in the next few weeks for one of our Workshops

Happy sewing
Valerie & Jennie

exhibitions and shows

Llangollen Quiltfest – Showcase North West 

An exhibition of wall hangings from Region 13.

1st Feb 2018 to 28th Feb 2018

More Info+




New videos this month

Navajo Blanket Quilt - Centre Medallion with Anne Baxter

Navajo Blanket Quilt – Centre Medallion with Anne Baxter

Learn how to make this stunning centrepiece for your quilt from single (but very large) half square triangle units.This is part 1 of our new quilt series. Watch Now+

Penny Ruggs with Paula Doyle

Penny Ruggs with Paula Doyle

This traditional American folk art patchwork continues to have a wide appeal, particularly for those who like handwork. Watch Now+

How to marble a large piece of fabric with Craig Joubert

How to marble a large piece of fabric with Craig Joubert

Craig shows Valerie how to create how own piece of fabric, large enough to turn into a cushion. Watch Now+

Textiles in Focus Exhibition (2013) - part 1

Textiles in Focus Exhibition (2013) – part 1

A revisit to this mecca for textile artists and those seeking inspiration for their creative juices in Cambridgeshire. Watch Now+

Beginners How to Crochet Series - Part 1 - Fasten On with Rosee Woodland

Beginners How to Crochet Series – Part 1 – Fasten On with Rosee Woodland

Rosee guides you through how to create your starting chain, which is what you need to get started. Watch Now+

Sassaman Inspiration with Valerie Nesbitt

Sassaman Inspiration with Valerie Nesbitt

Another great use of large print fabric to create this lovely quick, weekend quilt.Watch Now+

Catch up with Anne Baxter

Catch up with Anne Baxter

We are again down with Anne is her lovely studio in Devon where she shares with us some of her delightful projects. Watch Now+

Free motion embroidery flower with Jennie Rayment

Free motion embroidery flower with Jennie Rayment

This is a simple but exciting little flower that anyone can make; its called ‘Sewing on air’ Watch Now+