#1million views and counting
Recently, we’ve been asking you to spread the #quilting#love by spreading the word about Valerie’s amazing 40 minute quilt.
We are so excited because this video has now been viewed over one million times on You Tube alone and Valerie has truly become an internet phenomenon. So do watch, or share (bit.ly/40minquilt) with friends – it really is a very quick and easy quilt to make and a great way to use your scraps. Watch Now+
And if you want to see how some people have been inspired by the video, then do read our blog post Learn More+
Meet Jamie Malden of Colouricious
Jamie Malden of Colouricious is very passionate about block printing and shows Valerie how versatile and exciting this can be. She loves to inspire people to print their own fabric and in doing so revive this ancient craft. This ancient textile art is still practised in many part of the world, but particularly in Jaipur which is where Jamie loves to visit. Do keep an eye out at the end of the video for the beautiful cushion that Valerie can’t keep her hands off! Watch Now+
Terial Magic Spray
Terial Magic Spray is a truly magic product – it’s a liquid that transforms all types of fabric into a flat paper-like sheet which can then be cut, sewn or embroidered upon; today’s sewing room MUST HAVE. In this video, Issy from Creative Quilting shows you how to use it. Watch Now+
The spray is available from our shop in 2 sizes – small 8 US floz bottle and large 710ml bottle
For Throwback Thursday, we revisited Anne Baxter’s Naive applique video showing us how to work this simple applique that has no raw edges. It’s such a great idea but only works with really simple, naive shapes; doing away with all those raw edges leaves you free to use simple running stitch and focus threads.! Watch Now+
Product of the Month
Our Product of the Month in April is the Hearts a Plenty Hungry Caterpillar quilt kit from Lady Sew and Sew. It’s the latest in the Hungry Caterpillar series of fabrics is perfect for young and old.
The quilt is designed by Jean Ann Wright and the kit contains fabric to make the quilt top, binding and instructions and quilt finishes approx 54.5"x68.5"
Backing fabrics and wadding are NOT included, but you’ll find details of wadding available to buy on the product page.
As it’s the product of the month it comes with free p&p in the UK for the month of April 2017 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription. More Info +
Book of the Month
Our Book of the Month for April is ‘Easy Stuff to Make with Fluff’ from Gillian Harris. Felt, weave, spin, knit and crochet with wooltops and yarns – this book has 25 ‘fluff-tacular’ projects for you to make. The bright and bold projects will suit both novices and more experienced crafters alike. As it’s our Book of the Month for April 2017 it’s delivered for the special price in the UK, incl p&p, for £11.49. Read More +
Jennie is a world renown quilt teacher, lecturer, author of nine quilt books and numerous patterns. We thought you might like to know a little more about Jennie. Learn More+
Jennie is off to teach, twiddle and fiddle with Valerie and the Lady Sew and Sew team this weekend for our Spring weekend retreat. If you’d like to join us for one of our retreats, you’ll find all the information in the Retreats section of the website 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 +
Henley Arts Trail
The most eagerly anticipated FREE arts event in the Henley-on-Thames calendar is back from 29th April- 1st May for its’ 12th year running with 32 venues full of amazing local talent. It’s sponsored in part by Lady Sew and Sew, who will also be specially open the day before (28th April) until 9pm for anyone who fancies some after hours fabric shopping! Learn More+
If you want other ideas of places to go, visit our Events pages and see what’s coming up. You’ll find details of retreats, getaways, workshops and other events and shows happening in your area Learn More+
If you want your event listed for free on our website, just contact us with details and pictures if you have some, and we’ll pop it on the site for you Contact Us+
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month’s giveaway for paid subscribers is a Sashiko Needle and Scissor Case from The Stitch Witch. This is a delightful little kit that comes complete with needle and thread – great for taking on holiday as you can get sewing straight away.
Just send an email entitled Sashiko to firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition will close 30 April 2017.
These delightful little projects are great for all ages – including children – and can also become pincushions. Watch Now+
Jamie is passionate about block printing which is an ancient textile art still flourishing in part of India but one you can enjoy too. Watch Now+
Anne shows us how to work this simple applique that has no raw edges. Watch Now+
Fun and easy to make and a great way of using up scraps of wadding.Watch Now+
This pattern has one simple unit which means you can make the block any size you like.Watch Now+
Gillian Harris shows Valerie around this amazing shop which is stuffed full of colour – everything from felt to knitting. Watch Now+
A great little tip that you may not realise you needed to know when using a fancy embroidery stitch!. Watch Now+
Some tips from Valerie on how to sew the free pattern from Lewis & Irene which uses their Bumbleberries range of fabric. Watch Now+
Joanna shares with us how to make this lovely folded patchwork with her favourite fabrics – which are silk. Watch Now+
This is a great variation on the 54/40 Fight or Flight block that Valerie is so keen on. Watch Now+
As well as creating cathedral window patchwork Joanna loves to use this design as inspiration for her range of bags, which are made in the UK. Watch Now+