New Videos Every Friday

Robin and Rosehips applique workshop with Kate Findlay

Kate has a series of four lovely new kits and here she guides you with useful tips to make the Robin and Rosehip kit. She also has a great tip for using the bondaweb backing Watch Now+ 

Don’t forget, you can also join Kate at our Wild Gardens weekend retreat in March 2021 More Info+

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Robin and Rosehips Applique kit from Kate Findlay

We have Kate’s new kits in the shop and the Robin and Rosehip kit is our Product of the Month. The kit contains everything you need to complete this picture. (except for threads). All you need to do is bond the fabric with the fusible web and then cut out all the shapes from templates provided. The clear instructions have colour photographs showing each stage of the construction to guide you through the making process. As our Product of the Month for September it comes with free shipping in the UK for the month of September. .Buy Now+ 

An Embroidery Weekend: Hand Embroidery with Niamh Wimperis

This week, Valerie chats with Niamh Wimperis who will be hosting our hand embroidery weekend for in November. Niamh has designed a piece of work especially for the retreat, based on her winning bedspread from the BBC2 series of  The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts  . Watch Now+

BOOK OF THE MONTH:  The Little Things book from Mandy Shaw

Celebrate the little things of life with one stunning quilt and nine new small projects to sew from Mandy Shaw’s brand new book, The Little Things. In her latest collection of loveliness Mandy draws inspiration from the things around her that make her smile.

Amongst nine charming projects you will find a Little Scent Lavender Bag, a Little Friend Gnome Decoration and a Little Thoughts Notebook Cover.The centre piece of this new book is the stunning
and original nine block The Little Things of Life Quilt. which uses her favourite Redwork stitch to handsomely illustrate each block with the things that seem simple but mean so much – a slice of cake, a bunch of flowers and of course sewing itself!

There are clear step by step instructions, full sized templates and patterns and a comprehensive stitch library which covers all the stitches required to complete the quilt. All you will need to get started is some fabric, needle and thread!

As it’s our Book of the Month it also comes with FREE P&P in the UK during September Buy Now+ 

The book contains all the full size templates and patterns that you need to create all of the projects in the book which you can use to trace from.

However, if you would like to make your life easier they are also all available in The Little Things Pattern
which contains over 15 reusable Iron on Transfers  The Little Things Pattern Pack contains 17 pages of iron on transfers. The transfers are also reusable up to 5 times, depending on the fabric.
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Clamshell Pansy patchwork with Jennie Rayment

The pansy is such a pretty flower and you can create this one with just 5 clamshell petals. Jennie shows us two ways of doing this: the first is using interfacing and sewing so that you have turned edges  and the other is straightforward fused applique with raw edges. Workshop notes are available for Paid Subscribers  Watch Now+ 

Two sided quilts with Valerie Nesbitt

Valerie loves to sew. Like many patchworkers she really enjoys making the tops.  In this show-and-tell style workshop, Valerie gives you some ideas. She also shows you what she has been up to sewing during lockdown.  She also teaches us to think about size, pattern and thread choice.Watch Now+ 

New in the Shop this week

Everyone’s looking for fun and useful things to do at the moment, so Gail Lawther has come up with a fantastic kit to help – and what could be more appropriate than Noah and his ark? All packed up safe and sound in one vessel. This pack of goodies is offered at a SPECIAL PRICE of £60 including P&P in the UK (normally £63 plus P&P)

Gail has put together this special pack that will give you all the main pieces that you need to create a mega-menagerie from
her Noah’s Ark booklet. You’ll just need to add a few things that you’ve probably already got in your stash or your workroom. You’ll also receive a copy of her Noah’s Ark booklet which has other ideas for using the animal templates Learn More+ 

What has Gail Lawther been up to ?

We’ve also been blogging about what Gail has been up to in lockdown. As well as working hard on new booklets in her Quick Quilts series, she has made 2 marvellous commission pieces,  You can see more of these in the Blog and details of how you can also commission pieces from her.  Read More+

What’s coming up in September

The September trailer gives you a taste of the great videos, classes and workshops we have for you this month from our great tutors: Featured tutors this month include  Jane CzajaJennie RaymentKate
Valerie Nesbitt   Watch Now+

Don’t forget, we have new videos on every Friday and you can become a paid subscriber with full access from only £5 a
month. Learn More +


Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

This month we are giving away this bright miniature quilt kit designed by Julia Gahagan called Home Sweet Home . The kit is worked in shadow applique. The kit contains all the fabric for the project (background, borders, houses and trees. The colours may vary from those illustrated but will be just as lovely). Also included are the backing and binding, shadow fabric, wadding, buttons, design sheet (full size) and instructions. Approx 8″ square finished. To enter the competition just send an email entitled HOME SWEET HOME  to The competition will close 30
September 2020.

Happy sewing and stay safe

New videos this month

Two sided quilts with Valerie Nesbitt

Valerie Nesbitt shares with you some ideas for turning two quilt tops into one quilt.. Watch Now+

Clamshell Pansy patchwork with Jennie Rayment

Jennie Rayment shows us how to create this lovely pansy flower from the clamshell patchwork units.. Watch Now+

Seams Common Sense with Valerie Nesbitt & Jennie Rayment

Jennie Rayment and Valerie Nesbitt discuss the merits of pressing the patchwork seams open or leaving them closed… Watch Now+

Behind the scenes at Fashion Sans Frontiers

Behind the scenes with the girls from the UK at the Fashion Sans Frontiers event.. Watch Now+

Fashion Sans Frontiers at Festival of Quilts

Enjoy a fashion show with a difference: the UK versus Russia in textiles .. Watch Now+

Patch the Dog crochet cushion with Jane Czaja

Another huggable cushion from Jane Czaja – this time using squares to create this lovely patchwork dog. Watch Now+

Box of Stars with Valerie Nesbitt

This is a great variation on the 54/40 Fight or Flight block that Valerie is so keen on.. Watch Now+

Interview with Kate Findlay – textile artist

Kate Findlay joins Valerie Nesbitt in the studio to talk about her new kits, workshops and the retreat.. Watch Now+

Fabric Humbug bag with Valerie Nesbitt

Fabric Humbug bag with Valerie Nesbitt

This is such a great storage idea made in the shape of the Humbug sweet and we are sure  you will be making LOTS to give and to use yourself. Watch Now+

Stained Glass Patchwork with Paula Doyle

This clever idea from Paula Doyle has you making stained glass pictures without using any bias strips… Watch Now+