New York Beauty Patchwork block with Sue Rhodes
The New York Beauty block is believed to have been created to represent the crown of spikes on the head of the Statue of Liberty that stands at the entrance to New York Harbour. Sue shows us how to make a series of New York Beauty foundation pieced blocks quickly on the sewing machine in a form of continuous foundation piecing. She also takes us through how to attach the two arcs of fabric, which are rather like Drunkards Path, to create the rest of the block. Watch Now+
If you’d like to make your own delightful cushion or throw to brighten up your home using the traditional New York Beauty block., then we have Sue Rhodes own pattern for the Twisted New York Beauty.
She has given the New York Beauty block a modern update and adds a rectangle and then twists four round a centre square using the partial seam technique. The pattern comes with full size templates for you to use. Sue says this pattern is suitable for intermediates and ambitious beginners. Once you have mastered these small projects you could move on to make a much larger quilt – it is after all just more
blocks! More Info+
Take Nine with Valerie Nesbitt
Fat 1/4’s that is. This is a lovely design to use up those bundles of fabrics you couldn’t resist at the show/quilt shop. It’s great for beginners since the sewing is easy; and Valerie also guides you through layer cutting with the rotary cutter – a job it was designed to do so that you have lots of accurately cut pieces quickly. A pattern is available for Paid Subscribers Watch Now+
If you are inspired by Valerie, why not give Take Nine a go. We also have a lovely bundle of Fat quarters put together especially for this quilt. This blue bundle of Liberty fabrics from Creative Quilting would be perfect for this project. After all who doesn’t like some lovely new fabric to play with Buy Now+
BOOK OF THE MONTH:
Seaside Samplers by Gail Lawther
We do love to be beside the seaside and these are quick and easy methods to stitch your own year-round memories. in Seaside Samplers by Gail Lawther Gail is well known for her fun and colourful quilts. She creates them using a variety of quick and easy techniques All the designs are fused in place, then quilted using Gail’s simple machine-quilting techniques, then embellished. The templates are full-size for all projects; beach huts, and icecreams, shells and starfish, seahorses and sandcastles – all just waiting to inspire your own work. As our Book of the Month
for February it comes with FREE P&P in the UK Buy Now+
Stumpwork with Kelley Aldridge
This month Kelley Aldridge gives us a full insight into Stumpwork. In her first video she talks you through the history of Stumpwork . She has lots of very interesting background information on this ancient style of embroidery technique Watch Now+
Kelley says her work reflects her passion for stitching by hand – putting thread to needle and needle to fabric. She’s inspired by the flowing shapes of the natural world as well as the amazing beauty of the human form.
Kelley has completed a 3-part workshop for us on stumpwork. Last week in Part 1, Kelley takes the mystery out of how to do stumpwork with her easy step-by-step approach. Watch Now+
In Part 2 this week, having made the wire shapes Kelley suggests that you might like to consider painting the inside of the shape, or adding voile or organza. Kelley also talks about filling in the wire petal shape with long and short shading and cutting out the wire shape from the background fabric with very sharp scissors! Watch Now+
Keep an eye out for Part 3 next week where Kelley shows how to attach the 3D petal to the work.
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Caddy Pad by Sisters’ Common Thread
Our Product of the Month is the Caddy Pad by Sisters’ Common Thread It comes complete with the Heat Resistant fabric included. It’s just the right size to carry your regular iron (safe even when warm). It’s also great when you arrive as you have a ready-made ironing board. We have also made it our Product of the Month for February, so it comes with FREE P&P in the UK as well Buy Now+
And don’t forget if you need some help making it to watch Valerie’s free workshop from earlier this month Watch Now+
We have the last few spaces coming up for two of our upcoming quilting weekend retreats in the next few weeks. So if you were thinking about it, why not just escape and come and join us.
JELLYTASTIC: pack up your jelly rolls and join us for a fantastic weekend with Sarah Soward and Pauline Bolt. Work with them and make one of these great quilts with those jelly rolls that are sitting in a box waiting to be used! 28-29 Match 2020 More Info+
‘ON THE WING’: Over the weekend, you’ll be working with Janet Clare to create this fun and lively appliqué quilt. By the end of the weekend you’ll have spent happy hours piecing and learnt how to draw with your sewing machine! No real life drawing skills required! You can either use fabrics from your own stash, or there is a kit available from Janet from her Ebb and Flow’ fabric collection. 4-5 April 2020 More Info+
What’s coming up in February
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month we are giving away this lovely bright cushion pattern for paid subscribers. Have you entered yet? We hope it will brighten up your home, garden chairs or caravan this summer. The cushion which finishes approx 20in x 12in. The pattern comes with full instructions, and ready to use images for the beach huts. To enter the competition just send an email entitled Beach Huts to email@example.com. The competition will close 29 February 2020.
Sue Rhodes shares with us an interesting modern way of strip piecing this traditional New York Beauty foundation pieced patchwork block. Watch Now+
An Introduction to Stumpwork Embroidery : this is part one of a 3-part workshop with Kelley AldridgeWatch Now+
Lee introduces us to the use of Markel pens which can be used for painting onto fabric but with toothbrushes! Watch Now+
This Caddy tote for your iron is such a neat idea as it allows you to carry your iron safely – even when warm as it has a heat resitant lining, – AND gives you a small surface on which to iron on..Watch Now+
Lynette loves to use this simple stitch to embellish her useful needlework tools – see how easy it is (and great for kids too) Watch Now+
Lorna Bateman shows us how to create and use this very useful embroidery stitch.Watch Now+
Also known as Inner City, this 3D patchwork is effective and easy to create in English Paper Piecing with Nancy AdamekWatch Now+
The seminole patchwork is an attractive addition to this practical idea from Jennie RaymentWatch