Hearty Good Wishes

4_jh109-02-hearty-good-wishes - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieThe title of a book and now a fabric range from Janet Clare; not only is she the featured author of our Book of the Month (so free p&p in the UK) but she now has a lovely range of fabrics inspired by the cool colours of our coastal landscape in winter; enjoy seeing and learning more about this lovely range, which is being distributed by Moda.

More about Borders

4_jh107-07-extending-borders - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieValerie gives you some tips about how to make your fabric stretch so that you end up with a quilt/project that looks as though you designed it that way. We also have a quick link for more border tips and ideas:

Easter Entertainment

With the children off school maybe you need some inspiration;  again we have a quick link for you ‘children’ and this will show you stuff for the children to do as well as inspiration for the older generation to make.

4_jh109-01-quilt-material-revolution - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieDave gets out from behind the camera….and shares a new discovery!

If you can’t see our right-hand panel of goodies from the shop, which includes the Book of the Month,   Playful Petals book which uses precuts (jelly rolls and 5” squares); Sonata Embroidery Kit; Sewing Tidy pattern in a heart shape (and if you like this sort of thing – use the quick links ‘equipment’ to discover more) then you should tap on ‘download entire message/email’ at the bottom of this email.

New Subscriber Giveaway

A delightful pack of 6 fat ¼ metres from the Crazy for Daisy range of fabrics has been donated by Creative Quilting; these are so bright and cheery how can you resist?

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As a subscribed member you just need to send us an email to our competition address


with the title Daisies – closing date is 30th April.

For more information about this pack go to the Competition page on our site.

If you aren’t a subscriber you can purchase fixed term subscription for 3 months (£18) or 1 year (which at just £60 gives you 2 months for free) or a pay-as-you-go monthly option (minimum period just one month for £6) – just follow the links on all the pages of the site once you are logged in.

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie


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New this month

Hearty Good Wishes with Janet Clare
Janet shares with us her lovely book of coastal quilts and her new range of fabrics inspired by the book.

Tips and techniques
How to extend your borders with Valerie Nesbitt
When the fabric just isn’t long enough what do you do? Valerie has a neat answer.

Quilt Material Revelation from Dave Harries
Dave introduces Valerie to a wonderful new material he uses for patchwork.

Concentric Squares Modern Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Modern quilts use lots of background white or grey to showcase the fabrics – this is a simple one to get you started.

Simple Layer Cake Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
A fun, quick and easy way to use up stash and/or that layer cake you just couldn’t resist!

Out and about
Art meets Science – A SAQA exhibition
A travelling exhibition called ‘Art Meets Science’ by the International Art quilt group SAQA

Tips and techniques
How to Measure and Pin Your Borders with Valerie Nesbitt
or how to avoid having wavy edges on your quilt!

Amish Waves Hand Quilting with Carolyn Forster
Traditional utility quilting design that can be used on quilts both ancient and modern in design.

Owl Bunting with Jennie Rayment
Twit Twoo from Jennie as she shows you how to make this charming bunting from scraps.

Out and about
Antique Welsh Quilt Exhibition in the Welsh Quilt Centre
Jen Jones takes us round this wonderful exhibition of wholecloth quilts and we are treated to the stories behind the quilts and their charming stitching.

Tips and techniques
How to fold a Secret Pillow with Valerie Nesbitt
The secret is out!