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Layer cake

Fast Layer Cake Quilt

Do you have a pack of colour graded layer cake just waiting to be used? Valerie has been inspired by this bright layer cake of Sunprints by Alison Glass from Makower to make this really quick but stunning quilt. In this workshop, Valerie will take you through the simple cutting and shares her ideas on how to audition and shuffle the fabrics easily, even if you only have a small area to do it in. The sewing sequence is also very straightforward – and she has another tip on how to lay out the blocks. This block is not seam sensitive, so it’s great for beginners. Watch Now+



Dyeing in a Plastic Bag with Helen Deighan – Part 1

This week, we thought you would enjoy being creative with Helen Deighan with her mess-free dyeing in a plastic bag technique – which you will see you can do on a kitchen table with very little special equipment and even the grandchildren could be helpful – and dyed fabric is so very individual and unique. Watch Now+



Product of the Month

Our product of the month for August is this gorgeous pattern and kit from Gail Penberthy – "All That Glitters". It’s a  a delightful wallhanging which you can personalize. The patterns for the unicorn, princess castle and alphabet come full size, ready to be used as fused applique (therefore reversed). The pack contains sheets of glitzy felt – 7 colours and white and has been put together for us by Creative Quilting. As the Product of the Month for August 2018 it comes with free P&P in the UK PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription  More Info +


L & I

Chieveley Quilt from Lewis & Irene

This lovely quilt, designed by Sally Ablett, uses a block called Turnstile.  In this workshop, Valerie talks you through the various pieces that make up the block – which includes half square and quarter square triangles and explains how you let your ruler do the work for you. As these blocks appear to spin, you do need to make a decision on which way they are going to go – it doesn’t matter but the plan is that they all spin in the same direction (of course you can be a rebel and have one or two going the wrong way!)  There is also a free pattern download available for all members Watch Now+



Valerie’s Blog

One lady in our community, Em Bayly from Florida has asked us to share her story with you – Life Can Be Like a Quilt..  It’s about the first queen-sized quilt she made to give to her son on his 50th birthday Read Now+




Book of the Month

Our Book of the Month for August is Fans and Fabrications by Jennie Rayment , It’s another great selection of small sewing projects full of fabric fun and pieceful play and is suitable for all levels of sewers. From fans to fancy fiddled fabrications and some material magic, here is a wealth of novel notions. Get into garlands, dive into daisies and twiddle some tucks. Ideal for all ages and abilities, this book will provide hours of fun and inspiration for future fabulous ingenious creations. Many of the designs can be hand sewn although use of a sewing machine is encouraged. For accurate cutting of specific shapes and sizes, a rotary cutter, cutting mat and acrylic ruler are recommended. So experiment, explore and embellish for some fancy fiddles and fantastic fabrications. As it’s our Book of the Month it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in August 2018. More Info+



Festival of Quilts 2018

It’s Festival of Quilts next weekend (9 -12 August 2018) and many of our contributors will be there – keep an eye out for Jennie (Stand QIA1),  Paula Doyle (Q1A19) and Lady Sew and Sew (F11 and E9), to mention just a few. For a full exhibitor list you can just click here:  



Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

This month’s giveaway for paid subscribers is this Sashiko Box kit from The Stitch Witch. This useful box has the delightful sashiko stitching on the faces to create texture and interest. Great for beginners. 

To enter, just send an email entitled Sashiko to
The competition will close 31 August 2018



What’s coming up in August

For a taste of what’s coming up this month, then watch our latest trailer 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 +



PRIZE DRAW – A reminder
Win a Janome Horizon
Memory Craft 9400 QCP

Have you entered our 2018 Prize Draw yet. If you haven’t here’s a reminder for you as we’ve teamed up with Janome to offer you the chance to win the popular Janome MC9400QCP. The machine is worth £2,199 and could be yours – – for FREE if you enter our competition.  The MC9400QCP is the latest longarm model providing both speed ( up to 1,060 spm ) and precision ( 91 needle positions ) for perfect sewing results. It’s also the biggest longarm model Janome has ever produced.  Read More+

Check out our competition page for full eligibility details and how to enter. The competition will close on 31 December 2018 Midnight GMT. Learn More



Happy sewing
Valerie & Jennie






New videos this month

Christmas Advent Dollies with Mandy Shaw

Christmas Advent Dollies with Mandy Shaw

Brilliant ideas for Christmas – including one for the boys – and another of our Christmas in July features. Watch Now+

Chieveley Quilt from Lewis & Irene with Valerie Nesbitt

Chieveley Quilt from Lewis & Irene with Valerie Nesbitt

This lovely quilt, designed by Sally Ablett, uses a block called Turnstile and is a free download. Valerie gives you some hints and tips on how to achieve accurate piecing..Watch Now+

Folded Christmas Tree Decoration with Valerie Nesbitt

Folded Christmas Tree Decoration with Valerie Nesbitt

Quick and easy sparkly decorations to brighten up your tree (or your parcels) Watch Now+

Christmas Gingerbread Man from Kate Percival

Christmas Gingerbread Man from Kate Percival

This is a delightful hand project which can be adjusted in size and colour – so may be quite addictive! Watch Now+

Small 4-block sampler quilt pieced by hand by Paula Doyle - part 4

Small 4-block sampler quilt pieced by hand by Paula Doyle – part 4

This is the final section of the workshop programme and you get lots of show -and-tell style inspiration from Paula too..Watch Now+

Make Felt Holly Leaves and Berries with Gillian Harris

Make Felt Holly Leaves and Berries with Gillian Harris

Gillian also talks you through needlfelting as well as how to make wet felt berries – so three workshops in one! Watch Now+

Fanadoo with Jennie Rayment

Fanadoo with Jennie Rayment

Jennie shares with Valerie details of the projects she plans to offer at the quilt retreat later in 2018, and about her new book. Watch Now+