Circular Patchwork Table Mat with Valerie Nesbitt
Today, Valerie is making this clever circular table mat which would look beautiful on a Christmas table. It only uses 3 fat quarters and there is very little wastage. She guides you through cutting wedges from your strip piecing, with both an acrylic template and a paper template (free to Paid Subscribers) and then how to put all the wedges together to complete the circle. Watch Now+
” Heads Up It’s Christmas” Snowman Door Wreath with Gail Penberthy
With Christmas rapidly approaching , this delightful set of cheeky snowman heads designed by Gail Penberthy will brighten up your home this festive season. In this workshop Gail takes you through the various stages of making these snowman heads. You can make each one slightly different as there are a variety of expressions, hats and scarves to choose from. The heads are made in fleece, which is really easy to use. You can attach these little heads to a simple florist wire wreath form. Alternatively you can leave them as as single items and hang them from your tree or just decorate your home. Watch Now+
Gail has also put together an Embellishment kit PLUS pattern for you that will cover the decoration for all eight snowman heads. Buy Now+
Or if you want to play with your own scrap and ribbons, the pattern is also available to buy on its own Buy Now+
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH:
Dog Rose Pin cushion kit from Sylvia Critcher
Our December Product of the Month is corded and stuffed work with a difference. And what a lovely Christmas gift it would make for a friend. This little pincushion uses Italian corded work, trapunto stuffed work, French cording and English quilting techniques. You can complete this design as a pincushion project, but it could also be made into something larger. As our Product of the Month it comes with free P&P in the UK for the month of December. Buy Now+
This project features in Sylvia’s book Raised Quilt & Stitch which has 10 projects of various sizes together with full size templates, from quilts to pillow and bags to pincushions, with step-by-step instructions. The book is available in our Shop – click here
Rudolph Applique wall hanging with Anne Baxter
This is another lovely quick Christmas workshop for a festive wall hanging with Rudolph and his embellished antlers. Anne talks you through the applique, which is quite straightforward She also has a great tip about cutting the binding across the bias of the fabric to create some lovely diagonal binding. The templates are available free to Paid Subscribers Watch Now+
The full pattern is also available as an instant download in the Shop and includes full
instructions and templates. Buy Now+
If you’d like to add a little sparkle and pizzazz to your Christmas projects we have added some twinkly items to the shop this week.
We have three colourways of glitter felt from Creative Quilting – Christmas colours, Monochrome and Pink/ Blue. The felt is easy to use and to sew through (hand or machine) and/or use on your fused applique work.
There is also some Madeira Spectra Thread, which is ideal for machine quilting and is at a very special price. This comes as a 6 pack of mixed threads or 5 pack of Gold
For more Christmas Inspiration, visit our Christmas Shop Browse Now+
Bright Hope Patchwork Block with Valerie Nesbitt
Simple construction and one size cutting make this a useful block to know about. The block has a centre square which is surrounded by four equal length strips. Cutting is therefore very straightforward and quick When you sew it, they give a interesting twist to the seams. The block is also made with a partial seam technique. Valerie reminds you how this is done. Watch Now+
BOOK OF THE MONTH:
Quick and Easy Knits: 100 little knitting projects to make by Search Press Studio
This fabulous book brings together 100 of the best knitting projects from the best-selling Twenty to Make series. With contributions from top knitting designers and best-selling authors, these fun designs are quick and easy to make. They include stylish hats, headbands, wrist warmers and scarves, cute baby booties, flowers, fruit, mug hugs, phone socks, teddies and festive decorations.
You may be on a budget and want to make a quick and quirky gift for a friend. Or you may wish to indulge in a special treat for yourself. You’ll discover a treasure trove of ideas within this book that you simply won’t be able to
As it’s our Book of the Month it also comes with FREE P&P in the UK during December. Buy Now+
What’s coming up in December
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month’s giveaway is the fantastically versatile Jelly Jazz pattern by Monkey Buttons that uses a jelly roll (or your own series of 2.5 strips).
The quilt size is approx. 60″ x 44″ and uses a 40 strip jelly roll plus a fabric for the inner border. Simple to construct units make this a very adaptable little pattern and you will be very pleased with the finished results whatever you use.
To enter the competition just send an email entitled JELLY JAZZ to
email@example.com. The closing date for the competition is 31 December 2020.
This delightful set of cheeky snowman heads designed by Gail Penberthy will brighten up your home this festive season.. Watch Now+
Simple contruction and one size cutting make this a useful block to know about. Watch Now+
The Shoo fly addition gives interest to the sashing, and takes very little extra effort. Watch
This is a delightful little sewing caddy/pincushion designed by Sallieann Harrison with a seasonal Christmas design created in fused felt applique. Watch Now+
This is a lovely range of fabrics designed by Lewis & Irene which has been turned into this really lovely and easy-to-make quilt. Watch Now+
This traditional style of stitching is very easy to do and great for all those who love handwork. Watch Now+
These delightful little pyramid boxes designed by Gail Penberthy in a range of three sizes can be used as both tree and table decorations. Watch Now+
This workshop is FULL of tips and ideas to create stunning quilts from just 4 repeats – instead of the usual 8 – from large print fabrics. Watch Now+