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A textile exhibition by Contemporary Quilters West

This week we are back at the September 2018 West Country Quilt Show with Contemporary Quilters West, who are a group of twenty-two individuals, all living in the South West of the UK. As we wander round their ‘Unfolding Stories #3 exhibit and see the quilts and textile projects on display, you get to see a fascinating range of effects created by the various artists, some of whom are interested in eco-dyeing and even boiling fabric to see what the effect is.  Watch Now+



Valerie’s Nine Patch Inspiration

If you’re having a clear out of your stash and you need some inspiration, Valerie’s  9-patch block may be just the thing you need.  She just loves this patch and finds it so versatile as it stands the test of time. Hopefully you will feel inspired to use some of your fabrics . Watch Now+

If you’d like a pattern  to inspire you, maybe try one of these from our Shop 

Elfin Patch pattern by Doti Doodle 
Pippas Patch Cot Quilt by Sally Ablett (Instant Download)
Cut 9-patch pattern by Lesley Owens (Instant Download)

You are sure to find lots of other patterns and books available in your local quilt shop, online, in magazines, Pinterest and Instagram though.




Glitter Felt with Gail Penberthy

This is Gail’s latest love – and when you see how easy and versatile it is to use , you will love it too as it’s a great way to add simple bling to your projects. She  started the love affair with glitterfelt when she created her Unicorn cushions, but then went on to use it in so many more of her projects. The simplest way is  to use it as fused appliqué;  but then Gail thought maybe she could find a way of using the felt, so that the end result wasn’t so firm – and came up with a glueless method using freezer paper.   Watch Now+



Book of the Month

Our Book of the Month for December is A Drove of Hares in Stitches by Angela Daymond and is selling like hot cakes – so grab a copy while you can.
There are ten hare inspired projects for you to stitch – including kantha. Angela encapsulates the iconic nature of the hare in ten stitch projects, ranging in size from quilts to needlecases. She uses a variety of techniques including patchwork, quilting, kantha stitching and wool applique.The book has full size patterns for all the projects.. As it’s our Book of the Month it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in December 2018. 

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Product of the Month

Our product of the month for December is a very pretty Christmas Candle Mat EPP Kit – Red/white holly leaves. Although too late for this year’s table, it’s one to have in the drawer ready for next Christmas. It’s easy to make with English Paper Piecing and approx 8" across. In the kit you get the white fabric, the red fabric, a small piece of wadding,and the paper pieces needed, which are Hexagon, Diamond and Jewel shapes, plus guidelines on how to construct the project. As the Product of the Month for December 2018 it comes with free P&P in the UK PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription

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Throwback Thursday

This month for Throwback Thursday we learn how to set up your machine for Invisible Machine Applique (IMA) with Dawn Cameron-Dick. This great technique allows you to create the look of hand work but with your sewing machine:  Dawn shows you how to set your machine to the correct stitch (and she covers all sorts of machines and stitches so your’s is bound to be there). Watch now+

Dawn also talks in the video about the Curved Drunkards Path  – this simple patch design can be worked in a great number of designs (not dissimilar to Log Cabin in that sense) and with Dawn’s clever idea of invisible machine applique it can be made in double quick time . This workshop comes with notes as well for Paid Subscribers Watch now+ 

If you want to make heirloom applique style quilts with Dawn’s help on your sewing machine then why not read her book for lots more ideas.  More Info+



What’s coming up in December

Have you caught up with our December trailer? It has details of all the videos for the next 2 weeks that you can escape and watch, anytime you want. 24 hours a day, on the site.  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 +


New Year, New Diary

Are you’re like us, – we love to fill our new diaries with exciting trips and inspiring visits for the upcoming year. Once you have your new diaries, why not pop to our Events pages and see what’s coming up in 2019. You’ll find details of retreats, getaways, workshops and other events and shows happening in your area Learn More+


Calling all Guilds and Groups……..

Are you organising a show or an exhibition in 2019. If you’d like it featured in our Events section for free, just send us the details and any pictures you may have to Learn More+




Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

Our December giveaway for Paid Subscribers is this Deborah Kemball Charmpack from Oakshott Fabrics. There are 27 coloured squares each 5in x 5in of this delightful fabric in this pack. 

To enter, just send an email entitled Oakshott Kemball to
The competition will close 31 December 2018

Happy sewing and a Merry Christmas from all the team at
Valerie & Jennie






New videos this month

Ohio Star - Block 6 of Your First Sampler Quilt

Ohio Star – Block 6 of Your First Sampler Quilt

In this block you are introduced to quarter-square triangles and the grain of your fabric.Watch Now+

Glitter felt with Gail Penberthy

Glitter felt with Gail Penberthy

This is Gail’s latest love – and when you see how easy and versatile it is to use , you will love it too. A great way to add simple bling to your projects. Watch Now+

Festive Tree Skirt with Gail Penberthy

Festive Tree Skirt with Gail Penberthy

This is a delightful pattern which could also work as a table centre.Watch Now+

Flat Piping with Valerie Nesbitt

Flat Piping with Valerie Nesbitt

This is a very simple way to create interest, a flash of colour together with a 3D element. Watch Now+

Wonky stars with Helen Howes

Wonky stars with Helen Howes

This is a delightful modern improv spikey star, which will work well for beginners and accomplished sewers alike.Watch Now+

Piping a Cushion the Jennie Rayment way

Piping a Cushion the Jennie Rayment way 

As usual Jennie has a clever way of putting piping (which doesn’t have to be bias) onto a cushion .Watch Now+

Machine stitching tip from Jennie Rayment

Machine stitching tip from Jennie Rayment

This is an excellent little idea from Jennie – which is doubly helpful.Watch Now+

Prairie Queen and Jacobs Ladder - Block 5 of Your First Sampler Quilt

Prairie Queen and Jacobs Ladder – Block 5 of Your First Sampler Quilt

Similar but different – you just rearrange the units.- and Jacobs Ladder makes a wonderful quilt in its own right..Watch Now+

Make a vintage pinkeeper with Mandy Shaw

Make a vintage pinkeeper with Mandy Shaw

Mandy shares with us a great little idea plus a great use for old embroidery pieces in both her pinkeepers and bunting..Watch Now+

The Tentmakers of Cairo

The Tentmakers of Cairo

Learn more about these amazing craftsmen and the stunning work they create.Watch Now+