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The Wordsmith

Book of the Month

Our new Book of the Month is The Wordsmith by Janet Clare.  Janet combines delightful little stories about her life and the inspiration for her memory quilt,  with her line-drawings which makes this book very readable (especially on holiday) and memorable; THEN you get projects too! and it comes with FREE p&p in the UK for August 2016. More Info+. Read More +



The Wordsmith


You can learn more about Janet’s book in today’s video, which is free to all members – here’s what Janet has to say about the book:  One day I realised that I could simply stitch our stories and here we are. ‘The Wordsmith’ is about noticing and cherishing the simple things in life. It’s about love letters. ……So come, gather your letters and your threads and be a wordsmith with meWatch Now+


Marking the border of your quilt

Also free today for all members, Paula Doyle shares with us a great tip for marking the border of your quilt ready for quilting – and the best bit – it works every time!!! (and did you realise that this has been extracted from the very comprehensive series on quilting that Paula did for us – yet more great inspiration to help you finish your quilts) Watch Now+

Getting away from it all

Have you ever wondered what’s it like on one of our retreats? Well now you can hear from some of the people who attend these fabulous sewing weekends. Why do they go? What do they get from them and why do they keep coming….. (and if you are one of our lovely ladies who attended our retreat – can you spot yourself in this video!) Watch Now+

Have we tempted you to come along and join us. We have 2 weekend retreats available at the moment. 



Weekend Retreat Oct 2016

There are still a few places for our Weekend Sewing Retreat on the 8th and 9th October 2016 at the De Vere Hotel, Denham Grove, located just inside the intersection of the M25 and M40. We have 3 of the UK’s top quilting tutors for you to choose from: Sarah Soward from Pauline’s Patchwork, Valerie Nesbitt of and Pauline Bolt of Pauline’s Patchwork.

Hurry though, places are going fast Learn More+


JHO and LSS retreat April 2017

We’re also really delighted to announce today that we have a new retreat for you in April 2017 in Henley-on-Thames, brought to you by and Lady Sew and Sew. You can enjoy a weekend of sewing fun with Valerie and Jennie and the Lady Sew and Sew team. Jennie will be offering you some Fizz Bang Wallop! or you can enjoy a bit of Magic or go Crazy with Valerie. Then in the evening Jennie will be giving a lecture which has to be seen to be believed! The Lady Sew and Sew warehouse is packed full of fabric and everything else you might need – so no shortage of supplies.

Booking forms are available now on the website Learn More+




Magna Carta Quilts

Festival of Quilts

It’s Festival of Quilts next weekend and many of our contributors will be there – keep an eye out for Jennie(Stand QIA1),  Creative Quilting (H17) and Lady Sew and Sew (F11 and E9), to mention just a few. For a full exhibitor list you can just click here: 
The Magna Carta quilts will be on display at FoQ, but if you can’t get to see them, you can still enjoy our videos of the quilts.  Watch Now+



Blue Moon Fabrics

Product of the Month

This month we have a wonderful set of 8 Fat 1/4’s stunningly folded.  and contains a mixture of light/medium and dark fabrics which all co-ordinate beautifully and so would make a stunning quilt.

If you fancy buying this to add to your stash and stroke for a while, then now’s a good time as it’s the product of the month and comes with free p&p in the UK for the month of August 2016 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription. More Info + 

Blue Moon Fabrics

Stuck for ideas on how to use the bundle? We’ll always have new ideas coming up for you, but here’s a few already on the site.

You could try Anne Baxter’s Magic 4-patch (and make two lots!) or India’s lovely Tote Bag

How about Val’s favourite Crazy Quilt – you will have 2 Fat 1/4’s over (and you can see the gallery of quilts made by clicking here). and if you do a little more cutting you could opt for Valerie’s Scrap Quilt. Both of these videos are free to all members.


Aug Part 1 2016 trailer

What’s coming up in the next 2 weeks

Watch our latest trailer of the new videos we have for you in the next few weeks with Janet Clare, Paula Doyle, Gail Penberthy and Jennie Rayment.. Don’t forget, we have new videos on every Friday. .Watch Now+ 



Enchanted Garden Stained Glass Pattern

Giveaway for Subscribed Members

This month we are giving away the Enchanted Garden stained glass pattern set designed by Gail Lawther. The six panels comprise of the Beehive, Butterfly, Hummingbird, Fairy, Frog Prince and Dragonfly and each panel finishes approx 25" square and the project finishes approx 50"x 75". The patterns come with full-size templates and complete step-by-step instructions,so that even if you have never done stained glass work before, you have all the information you need.  

Just send an email entitled Enchanted Garden to  The competition will close 31 August 2016. Read More +

Happy Sewing 
Valerie & Jennie


Festival of Quilts 2016


Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham

11-14th August

The Ultimate Quilting Experience  Learn More+


New videos this month

The Tuffet at Lady Sew & Sew

The Tuffet at Lady Sew & Sew

Learn more about this delightful piece of Home Dec that you can make yourself..Watch Now+

Snails Trail Inspiration with Jennie Rayment

Snails Trail Inspiration with Jennie Rayment

Jennie shows us some design options for this traditional block. Watch Now+

Fine Cell Work

Fine Cell Work

This is a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled, and creative needlework and we wander round an exhibition held at Lady Sew & Sew’s warehouse in Henley-upon-Thames. Watch Now+

Snails Trail Row of Jennie's Stripy Stripey Story Quilt

Snails Trail Row of Jennie’s Stripy Stripey Story Quilt

This is Row 8 of Jennie’s story quilt and in it she shows how to make the snail’s trail block – but there are other options so keep watching!.Watch Now+

Changing Places with Jennie Rayment

Changing Places with Jennie Rayment

This is the name of her patchwork project rather than her offering you her place in life! Watch Now+

The Strip Stick with Valerie Nesbitt

The Strip Stick with Valerie Nesbitt

This is a great little gadget that helps you with pressing your seams and comes in a variety of sizes. Watch Now+

Drawing with your Sewing Machine with Janet Clare

Drawing with your Sewing Machine with Janet Clare

This is a great technique that Janet uses all the time for her books and she shows you how very easy it is no matter what machine you have..Watch Now+

Cosy Cottages Row of Jennie's Stripy Stripey Story Quilt

Cosy Cottages Row of Jennie’s Stripy Stripey Story Quilt

This is Row 7 of Jennie’s story quilt and in it she shows how to make the cottages.Watch Now+

Twister cushion from Sylvia Critcher

Twister cushion from Sylvia Critcher

More trapunto and Sylvia’s version of French boutis to enjoy. This is part of our Throwback Thursday programme highlighting workshops from our archives. Watch Now+

Tracy Chevalier and The Sleep Quilt

Tracy Chevalier and The Sleep Quilt

This quilt was commission by Tracy and was made by prisoners who are part of the Fine Cell needlework programme. Watch Now+

Wonky 9 Patch with Jennie Rayment


Wonky 9 Patch with Jennie Rayment

A great idea but with a twist (or is it a wonk?!)

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