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Quarter Quare Triangles

Quarter Square Triangles with precision by Valerie Nesbitt

Inspired by the recent cushions created with the Fruity Friends Makower fabric, Valerie brings us a very useful technique of creating fast and accurate quarter square triangles which she used to create her quilt inspired by the same fabric Watch Now+

The Fruity Friends fabric is available on the website:
10 Fat 1/4’s Bundle – click here
Panel – click here



Mickey Mouse Quilt

Mickey Mouse jelly roll quilt with Jennie Rayment

We never really grow up and we’re sure you all have a bundle of fun fabric in your stash.  As a fond Grandma, Jennie uses simple strip piecing, here, to make a very quick fun quilt using a Mickey Mouse Jelly Roll. 

Jennie uses a 3-strip set but says you could make them from more, and any size you like – but she was constricted by the fact that she had 20 strips of the Mickey Mouse fabric  and used 18 to create the quilt. (with 2 to spare for some thin binding)  Watch Now+


Handibag Kit

Product of the Month

Our product of the month for May is this Handibag kit by Pinflair. This delightful little carrier holds four standard size threads and a place for needles – and will soon become a firm favourite in your sewing room. Great to make for yourself or indeed as a gift for your sewing buddy, and very little sewing required.  The kit includes step-by-step instructions and all card has been die cut for precision assembly. Binding glue and fabric not included.

The kit comes with free p&p in the UK for May PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription.  More Info +


Jane Austen

The Jane Austen House Museum

Valerie and Dave and Matt, our filming crew, had a brilliant day recently at the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton, Hants .

In this picture Valerie is in front of the Community Sewing Project organised by Lucy Bailey, 

The videos of the day will be coming soon, but Valerie has blogged some details of her day (including a bit of light relief with the dressing up box!)  Read More+


Sew Scandanavian

Book of the Month

Our  Book of the Month for May is Sew Scandinavian by Nadja Knab-Leers,Stefanie Thomas and Heike Roland.  Make your home a comfortable and stylish place for all the family with the help of this delightful book with 55 fabulous projects for the home with full size patterns. It’s packed full of fresh and inspiring ideas for every room – cosy slippers for the bedroom;  pretty egg cosies, placements and napkins for the kitchen; lampshades and cushions for the living room; book cover; decorative mice;  dolly & teddy – just some of the range of items you can make from the clear and step-by-step instructions in the book. Full size pattern pieces are supplied in a fold-out pattern sheet. As it’s our book of the month, it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in May 2018. More Info+


Left Handers

Calling all Lefty Crocheters

If you struggle to crochet because you’re left handed then Sarah Hatton’s  short series will help get you on your way. In the first video, Sarah gets your working on the starter chain and explains just how different it is to work crochet if you are left handed and gives you some tips on what you need to look out for and also what to think about with your patterns. Watch Now+

Once you have mastered this you can move on to double crochet and treble crochet – to finish it’s the same as a right handed person – click here if you need to know how.




What’s coming up in the next 2 weeks

If you want to see what’s live on the site today and next week, then watch our latest trailer of the new videos. Watch Now+

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Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

This month’s giveaway for paid subscribers is this wonderful layercake bundle of 10" squares from Oakshott. There are 30 colours and would make a fantastic quick quilt.

 If you are looking for inspiration here is one that Valerie made earlier with a similar bundle called Paintbrush Crosses Learn More+

To enter, just send an email entitled Oakshott Paintbrush to The competition  will close 31 May 2018



Have Fun!

We just wanted to wish all our ‘retreaters’ heading off to Windsor this weekend a fabulous weekend of stitching, They’ll be learning from the very talented Gail Lawther and Kathleen Laurel Sage. They’ll also have a demonstration of the new  Janome  MC9400QCP. If you want to have a play on the machine, do pop by between 10-4 to the De Vere Beaumont Hotel, Windsor to see Valerie and have a go or a demo.

If you’re suffering from FOMO (fear of missing out), then we have 4 other retreats available this year from September to November – if you fancy joining us for one, why not sign up – and check out our Early Bird prices. Learn More+

Happy sewing
Valerie & Jennie




New videos this month

Moss hat workshop with Sarah Hatton

Moss hat workshop with Sarah Hatton

This delightful little hat was designed by Sarah and the pattern is available as an instant download.. Watch Now+

Crochet for left handers with Sarah Hatton

Crochet for left handers with Sarah Hatton

This is part one of a short series where Sarah helps you if you are left handed and here she gets your working on the starter chain.Watch Now+

Meet Sarah Hatton - Knitwear designer

Meet Sarah Hatton – Knitwear designer

Sarah is a freelance knitting and crochet pattern designer with a love of using cables in her knitwear designs. Watch Now+

Navajo Blanket Quilt - Zig zag band

Navajo Blanket Quilt – Zig zag band

This is part 4 and Anne shares with you her way of creating these half-square triangle units with a continuous sewing technique.. Watch Now+

Magic loop knitting with Sarah Hatton

Magic loop knitting with Sarah Hatton

Sarah takes the mystery out of knitting with a circular needle- a method that can be used to make her delightful little Moss Hat. Watch Now+

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

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

This is part one of the mini-series to make a delightful little quilt all with hand piecing – and not an English Paper in sight. Watch Now+

Glimpses of Britain by Gail Lawther

Glimpses of Britain by Gail Lawther

How do you capture the appeal of these complex islands in a series of quilts? Here we get to see an interpretation from Gail on our revisit to Harrogate. Watch Now+

Fruity Friends cushions with Valerie Nesbitt

Fruity Friends cushions with Valerie Nesbitt

Another super selection of fabrics designed by Makower plus another clever pattern from Lynne Goldsworthy to create some delightful fun cushions. The pattern is a free download.Watch Now+