This month we meet Cherilyn Tyler a textile artist who loves to use soluble fabric and free motion stitching to create her exquisite art installations, which tell stories. We caught up with her at the West Country Quilt Show last year and she gives us the lowdown on her work Watch Now+
Now that Christmas and the holidays are out of the way, you can catch up with December’s blocks. With Ohio Star block 6, we are introduced to the quarter-square triangle – which means paying attention to the grain of the fabric and making sure that we have sufficient seam allowance for that additional middle seam when we sew all four triangles together. We need to have the grain of the fabric work with us so that our units are not built on the bias and therefore very stretchy. Watch Now +
With Block 7, Card Trick, you learn to be clever with colour – here the simple use of colour creates the lovely 3D effect of the cards.This is a very traditional block that used to be made with templates; however Valerie has redesigned the block so that it can be cut easily with the rotary cutter and this is made even easier by repeating one of the colours. Watch Now+
In January we have a choice of 2 fabric bundles for our product of the month, Each is a bundle of 5 fat 1/4’s of stripey and plaid style fabrics and this scrumptious range of cotton fabric give the appearance of being cuddly and warm like wool.
Click here for the BLUE colourway
Click here for the BROWN colourway
As the Product of the Month for January 2019 it comes with free P&P in the UK PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription Buy Now+
If you’re looking for inspiration, then these would be great for making a quick quilt including binding designed by Valerie and you’ll find one here that uses all 5 quarters. Watch Now+
Little Sweethearts Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Valerie talks you through the making of one of the blocks for this delightful quilt, which although it looks as though it is set on point, it is not – the block is made square. The block is straightforward to make with a simple combination of squares, rectangles and triangles. This is a lovely quilt that comes with a free download pattern for all members from Makower, with fabrics designed by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. Watch Now+
Today, we are taking the opportunity of revisiting a fascinating exhibition called Living in the Middle from a group called Stitch in the Middle that took place in Ledbury; the exhibition had an architectural theme and professional textile artist Hilary Beattie acts as our guide. Watch Now+
Our Book of the Month for January is Little Traveller by Simone Gooding and we know you’re going to love it.
There are 10 small felt intrepid explorers and 30 little travel accessories to sew. With 127 pages, this enchanting book contains step by step instructions and diagrams for a delightful collection of animals and dolls made from 100% wool, hand dyed felt, complete with felt, linen and knitted accessories.
As examples, there is a little hedgehog and his sleigh; a snail who lives in a mailbox; a girl and her bear; two little sisters and their holiday tent; a fox who is all set ready for his next adventure and many more. These designs are suitable for most toy makers and each bought to life on the page by one of Simone Gooding’s wonderfully whimsical illustrations. As it’s our Book of the Month it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in January 2019 More Info+
What’s coming up in Janaury
For a taste of what’s coming up this month, then watch our latest trailer Watch Now+
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Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month’s giveaway for paid subscribers is this Pack of 10 Aurifil Threads designed by Jennifer Paganelli. These threads are 40wt (so slightly thicker) and 100% cotton and would be wonderful for quilting.
To enter, just send an email entitled Aurifil 2019 to
The competition will close 31 January 2019.
Happy New Year and we wish you lots of happy sewing in 2018.
Valerie & Jennie
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This is a delightful quilt with a free download pattern from Makower, with fabrics designed by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. Watch Now+
Simple use of colour creates the lovely 3D effect. Watch Now+
This is a travelling exhibition by the group which was on display at the West Country Quilt Show in Sept 2018.Watch Now+
We go back in time for this show and tell with Valerie and we hope you will enjoy seeing her quilts. Watch Now+
In this block you are introduced to quarter-square triangles and the grain of your fabric.Watch Now+
This is Gail’s latest love – and when you see how easy and versatile it is to use , you will love it too. A great way to add simple bling to your projects. Watch Now+
This is a delightful pattern which could also work as a table centre.Watch Now+
This is a very simple way to create interest, a flash of colour together with a 3D element. Watch Now+