Happy 4th July to all our American cousins.

Union Flag quilt by Liz Hands' Designs If you are feeling British and patriotic we  have a great workshop from Anne Baxter to create a Faded Flag cushion (but it has been done in all sorts of colours – so you could be bold and brave).

There is also another idea in the shop patterns section. – Union Flag by Liz Hands – that uses 2 ½” strips (or a jelly roll)

Valerie’s Blog

Valerie and Jennie had a great time at Sandown and you can catch up on some of the ideas by checking out the blog

They also had a great time at Dunford House at the Justhands-on.tv Sewing Weekend Getaway. If you want to join in, make a note that next year’s dates are 12-15 June 2015 with Sarah Soward (from Pauline’s Patchwork) joining them again.You’ll also find a link for the booking form in the blog.

Midsummer Mystery Quilt

4_jh110-02-mystery-quilt-day-p01 - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieThe mystery quilt went live but don’t worry you haven’t missed it;  all the 10 sections are still on the site and you can access them all with easy links from each part  – but don’t peep!!!  We have received some great pictures of the finished articles – thanks ladies –  and will be building a secret gallery for them.

New Today

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Today we have the final part of the Water Water Exhibition up on the site with Kate Findlay acting as our very informative hostess – if you missed the earlier sections they are still on the site, with easy links from today’s video.

There is also more of our Applique series of workshops with Valerie – again with easy links .

Book of the Month

4_critter-hollow001 - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieOur Book of the Month is the latest in a series created by Brandywine, and called Critter Hollow. There 3 delightful quilts, using fused appliqué (again check our Valerie’s video on the subject of how to create these lovely fused pictures using the appliqué mat, and postage is free in the UK for the month of July

You’ll also find we’ve added lots of new products to the shop for you – Check out the right hand panel for a few of the new items

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie


New this month

Tulip Log Cabin Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
These tulip blocks are simple to make and combine with an even simpler plain block in this delightful little quilt.

Tips and techniques
Strip Piecing Tip from Valerie Nesbitt
No-one likes to waste fabric and this is a great tip so you don’t.

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 1
What can we say? It’s a mystery using 2 ½” strips – so a jelly roll is perfect – or raid your stash; part 1 of 10!

Out and about
Water Water Exhibition – Part 2
More wandering round this exhibition from the Contemporary Quilt Group with our hostess Kate Findlay.

Trip Around the World with Valerie Nesbitt
A great quilt that is fast and easy to make so brilliant for both beginners and accomplished patchworkers .

Drawing With Your Sewing Machine with Janet Clare
Artistic free motion quiting to create delightful pencil-style drawings.

Sashing Your Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Valerie shares with you a collection of different ideas for sashing.

Out and about
Lace Skirts by Karen Nicol
Originally a fashion designer Karen still enjoys turning her talents to create fashion and works of art.

Wrist Pincushion with Jennie Rayment
A great idea that gets to use some of those lovely stitches your machine will do (but you could do hand embroidery too!)