Out & About

Magna Carta Quilts at Guildford CathedralWe caught up with the Magna Carta quilts when they were on display at Guildford Cathedral;  what a venue and how wonderful those 8 quilts are.  Paula Doyle acts as our hostess and guides us past all 8 quilts, giving an in depth history lesson as well as showing us the quilts themselves.   The reverse of all the quilts is made up of a Thames Mosaic which gives you all the opportunity of sponsorship. The quilts will be moving to Houston, Texas to be on display at Quilt Market and Quilt Festival George R. Brown Convention Center from October 24th to November 1st.


Mini Scrap offcuts with Valerie NesbittValerie, our scrap and stash supremo, again delves into her scrap/offcuts to create quilts that appeal to those who like to have the feeling they are creating something from nothing!   Or those who just think the fabric offcuts too good to throw away – she has examples of a prem-baby quilt as well as a larger snuggle quilt which uses the bits from the stitch ‘n flip style of patchwork.

Scrap Quilt with Valerie NesbittThrowback Thursday, gave us the opportunity to remind you of a very simple quilt made with pre-cuts (the video is free to all members).Red/white/Blue pre-cut set from Creative Quilting (20) We have two sets of precuts which have been cut specially and exclusive from Creative Quilting, available for you in the shop in 1930’s colourway as well as a delightful red, blue and white – very patriotic or nautical depending on your view.1930's Strip Pre-Cut set from Creative Quilting (40)


Book of the Month

Christmas All through the House by Chris Malone

This month, our Book of the Month is Christmas All Through the House by Chris Malone This collection of fun and easy projects range from a christmas sampler quilt to potholders; table set to tea towels; fire mantel decoration to mug rugs; tree ornaments to a christmas pillow – so something for everyone and every room.It also comes with free P&P in the UK in October 2015.

Product of the Month

Autumn Colourshott 10" squares from Oakshott 01-21 October’s product of the month are these Autumn Colourshott 10″ squares from Oakshott.There are 21 x 10″ squares of fabric in wonderful autumn colours that blend together. As it’s the product of the month it has free p&p in the UK in October 2015 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription to our site.

Autumn CrossesIf you want some inspiation Valerie has done a great workshop using this bundle  – Paintbrush Crosses Quilt

October’s Giveaway for Subscribed Members

This month our giveaway is a delightful little Candlemat kit, in Christmas fabrics, which is quick and easy to make from the designers of the magical ‘Thangles ‘papers, which this uses to create fast and accurate half-square triangle units – and again Valerie has a short workshop on this; so if you thought triangles weren’t something you could manage – think again!

CandlematTo enter the competition as a subscribed member, all you need to do is send an email entitled Candlemat to:
The competition will close 31st October 2015.

And don’t forget, if you want to become a subscribed member, just visit the Subscription Page to buy a monthly subscription or a fixed term package.


The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexander Palace starts the middle of next week, with a late night on Wednesday, and runs through until Sunday; many of our contributors will be there, including Creative Quilting (stand K12), so if you are visiting do stop by and say ‘hi’;  and if you are placing orders, please bear in mind that the might not be despatched as quickly as usual!

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie


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New this month

Paintbrush Crosses Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Valerie shows you how to use fabric from your stash as well as a pre-cut set of 10″ squares to create a quick and easy quilt.

Aperture Sashiko Cards with The Stitch Witch
Sashiko is a simple and easy stitch that can be enjoyed by all age groups and Lynette shows us how to adapt the design for her aperture cards.

Dresden Plate Fans with Chris Porter
Dresden Plate is a traditional favourite and Chris has designed a special template to make this patchwork quickly and accurately. – AND she has a jelly roll version!

Tips and techniques
Monoprinting with Angela Daymond
Angela shows us how easy it is to create a unique piece of fabric for use as a background for our textile work.

Lone Star Diamond English Paper Piecing workshop with Nancy Adamek
Nancy shows you how to create a diamond star with English Paper Piecing.

How to make a Sewing Machine Cover with Jennie Rayment
or a cover for anything else that you feel you would like to do.

Scrap Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Throwback Thursday – from our Archives: In this workshop we use pre-cut 5″ squares and 2 ½” strip rolls but you could raid your scrap/ stash.

Out and about
Hatched, Matched, Despatched and Patched Exhibition
An exhibition at the American Museum in Britain which is located just outside Bath.

Tips and techniques
Setting out your fabric correctly from Valerie Nesbitt
A simple little tip that is a good habit to get into.