Meet Kate Findlay

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A teacher and textile artist who has been inspired by things scientific and most recently by the Hadron Collider;

She is also playing with the use of fibre optics in her quiltwork and what a colourful surprise they are. (Later in the month we get to enjoy more quilts with Kate when she acts as hostess at the exhibition entitled ‘Water Water’ which we filmed in Henley.)

Tie Dyeing with Dee Paramour

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This is the latest technique that she shares with us using the deColourant and deColourant Plus products;

These are very safe, non-toxic products that take the colour out of fabric without distressing either the fabric or the user! A great little workshop for children to enjoy (those too young maybe to remember tie dyeing from the hippy era!) Products and a helpful books are in the shop.

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Is something we hope you get from the site as well are learning by watching;   we are very excited that one of our films – Val’s 40minute scrap quilt using 2 ½” scrap strips from her stash – has clocked up over 200,000 views! If you missed it, here is the link:

Also don’t forget to check out the free tips that we share each and every month. (click here)

From the Shop

The right-hand panel of goodies  includes

Rusty the Felt Fox (approx 25cm high);  ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?‘ from the Don’t Look Now range of patterns using fused applique;  a book on The Art of Boutis – which is a French classic embroidery similar to Trapunto (and on which we have some lovely workshops with Sylvia Critcher)

And if you can’t see these then you should tap on ‘download entire message/email’ at the bottom of this email.

Book of the Month

Love to Sew Mug Rugs’ by Crista Rolf;   if you haven’t come across these little projects before, they are quite delightful:  not very big so quick to finish and useful too and this little book has 20 different ideas for you to try (including one with monkeys)

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

New this month

Rainbow & Scrap Batik Quilts with Valerie Nesbitt
Stitch ‘n flip these lovely quilts made with simple lozenge shapes.

Curved Drunkards path with Dawn Cameron-Dick
Drunkard’s Path has never been so easy!

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 10
Part 10 – the final bit!

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 9
Part 9 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 8
Part 8 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 7
Part 7 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 6
Part 6 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 5
Part 5 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 4
Part 4 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 3
Part 3 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 2
Part 2 of 10

Beaded Kilt Pin with Fran Rose
Simple beading project from Fran with other ideas spinning from it.

Out and about
A Glimpse of New Zealand through the eyes of Gail Lawther
Projects inspired by the Land of the Long White Cloud (otherwise known as New Zealand)

Lily Block with Jennie Rayment
This delightful block is twiddled and fiddled as only Jennie knows how.

Tips and techniques
How to Hand Quilt the Borders of Your Quilt
this is a handy tip from Paula Doyle – who would have thought a tea cosy could make all the difference!

Hearty Good Wishes with Janet Clare
Janet shares with us her lovely book of coastal quilts and her new range of fabrics inspired by the book.

Tips and techniques
How to extend your borders with Valerie Nesbitt
When the fabric just isn’t long enough what do you do? Valerie has a neat answer.