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Fashion Sans Frontiers at Festival of Quilts

As we are not able to go exhibitions and shows at the moment, last week, we thought you’d enjoy seeing this unique fashion show held a few years ago at The Festival of Quilts.  Seven Russian quilters and textile artists challenged five UK textile artists plus two students from the world of fashion to produce a variety of items. The categories were day wear, evening wear, as well as wearable art and a fashion accessory.  Watch Now+ 

Backstage at Fashion Sans Frontiers

This week, you can watch Valerie catch up with some of the artists backstage at the Fashion Show.. Valerie chats to Helen Deighan, Annette Claxton, Angela Madden, Ferret and Jennie Rayment and learns the backgrounds and inspiration for all their outfits. Watch Now+ 

Thangles Candlemat project with Valerie Nesbitt

This workshop uses the ‘Thangles’ method of creating half square triangles from the same strip of fabric as you would cut the plain squares; i.e. no more worrying about maths and 3/8″ or 7/8″. Perfect, half square triangle patchwork units every time; so quick, easy and accurate. Watch Now+ 

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Scandi Star Candle Mat Kit 

This candle mat kit that Valerie makes in the Thangles video above, is from Creative Quilting and is a lovely simple table centre. It’s a perfect mini-project to try your hand using Thangles or to give as a gift to friends.

Each kit includes all fabric and Thangles paper sheets that you will need to make the project. There are also instructions to help guide you through. You will need to supply your own wadding.

The kit is available in 2 colourways:
Scandi Grey
Scandi Red

As our Product of the Month for August it comes with free shipping in the UK for the month of August. .Buy Now+ 

Patch the Dog crochet cushion with Jane Czaja

This is another huggable cushion from Jane Czaja – this time using squares to create this lovely patchwork dog. You need to make 54 squares to complete this lovely project. You could colour co-ordinate or simply use up scraps. Each square is in fact only 3 rounds. You start with a circle – want to know how – well Jane shares the secret.Watch Now+ 

Seams Common Sense with Valerie Nesbitt & Jennie Rayment

In this week’s technique, Jennie and Valerie debate the merits of seams open or seams closed. Enjoy the discussions by these two on their differing approach to sewing patchwork but on one thing they are agreed – the result is king and the choice is yours.  Watch Now+ 

40 Minute quilt variations

We’ve received a few lovely variations on Valerie’s 40 minute quilt recently , one from Frances, pictured here, and one from Jane.. You’ll find them in our Show and Tell section – why not check them out  Read More+

If you’d like to make this quilt, you can watch Valerie’s video to see how it’s done Watch Now+

New in the Shop this week

We’ve popped some lovely little Christmas projects in the Shop for you this week from Gail Penberthy, Mandy Shaw, The Stitch Witch and Creative Quilting.  We certainly have a project for everyone.  Learn More+

As you can see from this picture, Gail has been busy with her 3D designs, from her Santa’s Pals characters, to lovely Mr Santa and Mr McFreeze cushions and also fleece stockings in reindeer, Santa and snowmen designs, What a lovely way to bring
Christmas into the house Learn More+ 

BOOK OF THE MONTH:  Kantha Country Flowers Book by Angela Daymond

Kantha Country Garden is Angela’s sixth self published book. She has taken her inspiration from the multi-coloured world of flowers, using this traditional form of hand stitching. The book can fit easily into a project bag as it is A5 in size. The book contains full instructions and stitch diagrams. It also has a brief history of kantha.

There are ten full size patterns. These include passion flower, cosmos, iris, dahlia, rudbeckia, poppy, anemone,
hollyhock, delphinium and geranium.

As it’s our Book of the Month it also comes with FREE P&P in the UK during August Buy Now+ 

What’s coming up in August

Have you caught up with this month’s trailer? Featured tutors this month include  Jane CzajaJennie RaymentKate FindlayValerie Nesbitt   Watch Now+

Don’t forget, we have new videos on every Friday and you can become a paid subscriber with full access from only £5 a month. Learn More +


Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

If you have a paid subscription to the site, don’t forget to enter our August giveaway. This month we are giving away this lovely Owl Kantha pattern by Angela paid subscribers. Kantha is a traditional technique that uses running stitch – suitable for everyone from beginner to expert. This pattern is for a hand sewing project and comes with full written instructions and also a stitching diagram and the pattern is also full size printed onto A4 paper. In addition, there is a full requirement list on the back of the pattern detailing threads and fabrics needed.. It finishes approx 10cm x 18cm.

To enter the competition just send an
email entitled OWL KANTHA to The competition will close 31 August 2020.

Happy sewing and stay safe

New videos this month

Fashion Sans Frontiers at Festival of Quilts

Enjoy a fashion show with a difference: the UK versus Russia in textiles .. Watch Now+

Patch the Dog crochet cushion with Jane Czaja

Another huggable cushion from Jane Czaja – this time using squares to create this lovely patchwork dog. Watch Now+

Box of Stars with Valerie Nesbitt

This is a great variation on the 54/40 Fight or Flight block that Valerie is so keen on.. Watch Now+

Interview with Kate Findlay – textile artist

Kate Findlay joins Valerie Nesbitt in the studio to talk about her new kits, workshops and the retreat.. Watch Now+

Fabric Humbug bag with Valerie Nesbitt

Fabric Humbug bag with Valerie Nesbitt

This is such a great storage idea made in the shape of the Humbug sweet and we are sure  you will be making LOTS to give and to use yourself. Watch Now+

Stained Glass Patchwork with Paula Doyle

This clever idea from Paula Doyle has you making stained glass pictures without using any bias strips… Watch Now+

Paper Weaving and Transfer Painting with Mary Gamester

Paper Weaving and Transfer Painting with Mary Gamester

This is another very simple but effective technique that Mary demonstrates for us. Watch

Clamshell patchwork with Jennie Rayment

Clamshell patchwork with Jennie Rayment

Clamshells are a mixture of patchwork and applique and Jennie Rayment shows us a couple of methods that you might like to try… Watch Now+

3D Flying Geese Patchwork with Jennie Rayment

3D Flying Geese Patchwork with Jennie Rayment

With only one seam to sew these flying geese patchwork units and quick and easy to make. Watch

Modern Quarter Log Cabin Patchwork with Valerie Nesbitt

Modern Quarter Log Cabin Patchwork with Valerie Nesbitt

This is a simple log-cabin style block that can be made with pre-cut jelly roll strips or scraps Watch Now+