New Videos Every Friday


Kittenopolis with Helen Butcher

This is a fun project (especially for cat lovers) with very modern looking cats – and they can all be a little different.  This is a very easy improv block that Helen shares with us. The smaller quilt/cushion blocks are made from 5" squares. There is also a free pattern available to download. . Watch Now+




Scarecrow Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Today, Valerie shares with us a delightful, autumnal quilt made using Scarecrow inspired fabric from Lewis and Irene and designed by Sally Ablett .  Originally designed using the Winter Garden range of fabrics, Valerie has recreated it with a more autumnal feel with these lovely fabrics, which should be in your shops now. The winter garden range is due to be in the shops soon and was inspired by a frosty morning in the countryside and features moths, seed heads and tiny flowers. Watch Now+






We’re very excited this week as we have news of the first four quilting and textile retreats for 2019 with your favourite talented tutors, – and we have something for everyone to enjoy,  no matter what you like to do or your level of expertise. 

In March 2019, come and learn some new quilting techniques. You’ll spend a day learning Tricky Triangles with Valerie Nesbitt and a second day with Jennie Rayment and her Stripey Octagons. Learn More+

If hand sewing is your thing, join Nancy Adamek  and The Stitch Witch in April 2019, where you get the chance to work on English Paper Piecing one day with Nancy and Shadow Applique the next with The Stitch Witch. Learn More+

For Textile enthusiasts , come and spend the weekend in May 2019 with Jamie Malden of Colouricious. You will create your own piece of fabric selecting from a wide range of printing blocks, and then go on to embellish it  – the design options are endless, Learn More+

And finally, our very popular October quilting retreat is back again. You can choose your tutor for the weekend:  Sarah Soward with Advanced Jelly Roll or Pauline Bolt with Beginners Jelly Roll, or Bring Your Own with Valerie Nesbitt. Learn More+

Check out our Classified section in this email for more details, including our SPECIAL OFFER EARLY BIRD BOOKING PRICES .


Art Calendar

Book of the Month

Our Book of the Month for November is the Art Quilt Calendar 2019.

This 2019 calendar comes with a quilt for every month and full instructions for each one – so a present that keeps on giving. The 12 quilts in this calendar come with complete instructions – so a present that keeps on giving. The quilts are designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio. As it’s our Book of the Month it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in November 2018. More Info+


World War 1 tribute exhibitions

As this November is the  100th anniversary of the end of World War One it seemed fitting that we look back at two recent exhibitions. The Between the Lines exhibition  was created by  members of the East Anglian Stitch Textiles group reflecting on the events of World War 1. Each of the thirteen artists has explored the 1914/18 conflict and undertaken extensive research of their chosen theme.   Watch Now+

This week we revisit Remembering WWI with the London Quilters.  Members of London Quilters were invited to create a small piece of textile art to commemorate World War 1 – and the results are varied and moving. Linda Seward was our guide  Watch Now+



Products of the Month

This month we have a choice of three products for our product of the month for November,

The Hygge Christmas Cushion panels  from Lewis & Irene come in three different colourways.  and are approximately 18" square. The panel has a pair of delightful gnomes who can  join you in your home this Christmas;  and they come paired with a delightful heart motive.

For Red Colourway, click here
For Green Colourway, click here
For Red / Black Colourway, click here

As the Product of the Month for November 2018 whichever panel (or panels) you choose will come with free P&P in the UK PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription 



What’s coming up in November

For a taste of what’s coming up this month, then watch our latest trailer Watch Now+

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




Mini Quilts from Julia Gahagan

Julia Gahagan has designed a new series of mini-quilts that finish 6" square that we have popped in the Shop for you.. You get full size templates to use as well as instructions with her patterns. They use a mixture of techniques from piecing and embroidery to shadow applique. Obviously because of its size the pieces used are very small and you are guaranteed to never look at your mini scraps in the same way again! Just click on the link here for your favourite one: (Clockwise L-R) Greek Vine,  Olive Vine,  Pots on the Balcony,  Greek Windows

PS: We are thrilled to announce that Julia is joining us as a tutor later in 2019 at one of our retreats – so keep an eye on the reteat page for more information of when, what and where in a few weeks time



Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

If you are a paid subscriber this month’s giveaway is this lovely 5 pack of AURIfil Lakes Thread pack. These 50w, 100%  cotton threads have 200 (220yds) on each spool and we have chosen 4 plain colours and one varigated ; perfect for quilting (and of course for piecing but why would you want to hide these lovely colours!)

To enter, just send an email entitled Lakes Thread to
The competition will close 30 November 2018

Happy sewing
Valerie & Jennie

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2019 Quilting and Textile Retreats




New videos this month

Why you should use flat headed pins with Valerie Nesbitt

Why you should use flat headed pins with Valerie Nesbitt

This is an excellent idea that helps keep you safe when using paper cutting templates and rotary equipment. Watch Now+

Kittenopolis with Helen Butcher

Kittenopolis with Helen Butcher

Very modern looking cats – and they can all be a little different. Watch Now+

Dream quilt from Makower with Valerie Nesbitt

Dream quilt from Makower with Valerie Nesbitt

This delightful quilt has been designed by Lynne Goldsworthy and uses the foundation piecing technique throughout. Watch Now+

Friendship Star - Block 3 of Your First Sampler Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Friendship Star – Block 3 of Your First Sampler Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

This block (and its variation) is a very simple block and can be made up as scrap quilt Watch Now+

Woven Jelly roll Colourwheel with Valerie Nesbitt

Woven Jelly roll Colourwheel with Valerie Nesbitt

Valerie talks you through some design elements for this otherwise straightforward quilt which was inspired by a scrap version from Carolyn Forster.. Watch Now+

Between the Lines - a textile exhibition by the group E.A.S.T.

Between the Lines – a textile exhibition by the group E.A.S.T.

Reflecting on the events of WW1, these textile artists have created a fascinating exhibition that reflects the interests of each of them. Watch Now+

Meet Helen Howes and Helen Butcher

Meet Helen Howes and Helen Butcher 

Two modern quilt makers who share a lovely quilt that was made for a dear friend – Kate Percival ( R.I.P). Watch Now+

9 Patch and variations - Block 2 of Your First Sampler Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

9 Patch and variations – Block 2 of Your First Sampler Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Rotary cutting and accurate piecing are the basics for this block.Watch Now+