We’ve just had 2 fabulous retreat weekends in Denham and Bristol.
Last weekend at the Aztec hotel in Bristol was an excellent workshop with Hilary Beattie and you can read more about in our Blog Read Now+
The previous week, Valerie, Sarah Soward and Pauline Bolt kept everyone busy and merrily stitching with everything from Layer Cake to Bargello to working on their own special projects. One lady told us afterwards "I am thrilled with my quilt back but could not have tackled such a project without your support. It was a great weekend and really lovely to see everyone’s beautiful work. I look forward to next year!"
If you’d like to join us at one our retreats next year with Angela Madden, Carolyn Forster, Gail Penberthy, Angela Daymond, Gail Lawther or Kathleen Laurel Sage, then do visit the site for more details and if you have any questions you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Learn More+
Meet Meet Craig Joubert- Marbelling 4 Fun
This week Valerie meets Craig Joubert, a man
with a great passion for marbling, and finds out how easy it is to create truly original designs on almost any surface. He’s extremely enthusiastic and believes it’s possible for anyone age 3+ to have a go. We have some great ‘how to’ workshops coming up later in the month – so keep watching Watch Now+
You’ll also find 2 books by Craig’s wife, Christelle, in our Book Store. One is an introduction to Marbelling and the other is a book of crafting projects – we think they would make great Christmas pressies for all ages in your family (and if you buy both at the same time, we can refund some of the p&p for you. Full details are on the product page.) Learn More+
Continuous binding with Paula Doyle
In today’s workshop Paula Doyle explains the importance of binding your quilt well (ie don’t let the binding let you down!). She shows you several continuous binding techniques including bias binding, straight binding, double binding, mitred corners, and an introduction to her binding necklace. All will help you to complete your quilt with style and professionalism. Watch Now+
We’ve also added some great equipment in the shop to help with your binding. Binding Clips by Sew Easy hold your quilt binding firmly in place while stitching and there’s a nifty gadget called The Binding Tool from TQM that helps you to join your binding on the bias perfectly every time.
Did you catch Carolyn Forster’s very clever Sewing Hexagons workshop last week without an English Paper Piece in sight. The hexagons can be pre-cut into an uncoordinated pile and then hand sewn together at random and while the finished result looks like the traditional circle from Grandmother’s Flower garden, the unit is actually pieced in rows. This makes it very portable and versatile for anyone who just enjoys sewing. Watch Now+
Our Book of the Month for October is Color Bloc Quilts by Judith McCabe. The exciting thing about quilts is that when made in different colours and/or fabrics the same design looks completely different, so how great to have a book that gets you started on that exciting design route. This book has 6 quick and easy designs – each made in two versions. Designs include Diamond, Ladders, Stacked Blocks, Vertical Strips, Vertical Rows and Horizontal Strips. It’s great for beginners and the more experienced quilters among you will enjoy the way Judith has used lovely large pieces of fabric so that the quilts grow VERY QUICKLY – something we all love.It’s comes with FREE p&p in the UK in October More Info+
This month’s video from our Archives is Kate Findlay’s Halloween Goody bag and is perfect for half term holidays’ this week. It’s a great little project made in felt that kids will enjoy making (Kate suggests 7 years+) The stitching has been done by machine but could just as easily be done by hand with a blanket or even a running stitch Watch Now+.
If you are looking for other projects to keep little hands busy, do use our Children quick link. 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 justhands-on.tv every Friday and you can subscribe for full access from only £7 a month. Learn More +
Gail Penberthy is an accomplished pattern designer and teacher. You may have watched her making some amazing 3D objects in our workshops, or bought one of her clever patterns. We thought you might like to know a little more about Gail. Learn More+
Do you have your advent calendar ready? If you’re lokoing for a neat idea, why not try Gail Penberthy’s Pyramid Advent Calendar, our product of the month. It’s a lovely little advent calendar with a difference; AND Creative Quilting have added a pack of buttons numbered 1-25 to the set . It’s a great way to use up your scraps and there are also two additional sizes that can be made up into gift boxes It comes with free p&p in the UK for October PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription. More Info +
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
October’s giveaway for paid subscribers is a bundle of 5 x Fat 1/4′ metres from the ‘Into the Woods’ range of fabrics from Lady Sew and Sew. It is a wonderful NEW range of fabrics designed by Makower.
Just send an email entitled Into the Woods to email@example.com. The competition will close 31 October 2017.
In this workshop there is not an English Paper Piece in sight – Carolyn sews all the scrappy hexagons with a simple running stitch. Watch Now+
Another of the basic knitting stitches to add to your skill – this time it neatens off the edges.Watch Now+
One of the talented group of textile ladies living in Wivenhoe, Janet talks to us about her quilts and the Power Circles she made.Watch Now+
This is a delightful two-block quilt for which there are instant downloadable instructions. Watch Now+
Find out what a great little gadget this is for making your own plait/cable designs.Watch Now+
Carolyn designed this to be used with a jelly roll, but you could cut your own 2.5 inch strips from stash to create this stunning quilt. Watch Now+
Jamie combines her love of block printing with creating an unusual and unique background on her fabric.. Watch Now+
Valerie introduces you to several of the artists whose work was on display, and you can see they are a varied, talented and eclectic group. Watch Now+
This is a very helpful tip from Angela about the machine sewing sequence for this traditional design.. Watch Now+
These pencils benefit from having water added which then gives you really ‘intense’ colour – such a great idea for backgrounds and colouring-in pre-quilted designs. Watch Now+