Wildflowers with Janet Clare
New this Friday, Janet shows you her Wildflowers quilt from her book of the same name. Janet has designed this little quilt which combines Irish chain patchwork (which can easily be strip pieced) and her love of our native wildflowers, which are created in fused applique – which simply means tracing, ironing, cutting out, and ironing again! The 12 flower blocks have additional embroidery for their names which again you can trace off onto trace-and-tear. Janet hopes you will enjoy making this quilt just one flower at a time. Watch Now+
And we have Janet’s book, Wildflowers, as our Book of the Month for April. It is a truly stunning pattern book, with 12 intricately detailed wildflower blocks appliquéd into a little quilt to enjoy all year round. The full size appliqué templates are very versatile and can also be used for embroidery and paper craft. The book is full to the brim of beautiful photographs, and includes inspirational sketchbook pages with original Janet Clare drawings and paintings of the flowers. With lots of close up photography of each wildflower appliqué block showing Janet’s fabric
selections and use of free-motion stitching and embroidery embellishments you will have the confidence to recreate this wonderful quilt. As it’s our Book of the Month it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in April 2019 Buy Now+
Twisted Settings with Valerie Nesbitt
New today, a simple but effective technique that you will use again and again. Valerie shows you how to add movement to your quilt. Twisted setting is a brilliant way of not only adding movement to your quilt but also for making sure all the blocks are an identical size! She also uses the partial seam technique which adds just more twist to the design. Watch Now+
Windmills with Jennie Rayment
This traditional windmill star block also uses the partial seam technique to give it that twisted look but otherwise it has very traditional half square and quarter-square triangles, plus rectangles and a square so how difficult can it be! Jennie guides you through the cutting sequence and you get to learn about the warp and weft of the fabrics which we use to our advantage in those triangles, so as to avoid wobbly bias edges on the outside of the block. Workshop notes are available for paid subscribers Watch Now+
Bead Quilting with Paula Doyle
If you’d like to add a different finish to your quilts then award winning quilter, Paula Doyle shows us how she adds sparkle and dimension to her otherwise plain borders with beading. She gives us information on the needles she likes to use; discusses the thread and talks about the beads too Watch Now+
Product of the Month April 2019
Our Product of the Month for April is this fabulously useful “Aunties Two” Fuse, Fold and Stitch bags set. These delightful bags are a must-have and simple to make with quick zigzag stitching.
The set comes with
- the pattern from Aunties Two,
- the fusible wadding pre-cut into strips and
- the handy handles set
(fabric not included).
As our Product of the Month for April it comes with FREE P&P in the UK Buy Now+
It is recommended that you use Thermal Thimbles to protect your fingers when ironing – click here to purchase in the shop and also that you sew with Purple Tip needles from Janome – click here to purchase in the shop.
What’s coming up in April
Welcome to our April line up of spring videos on Justhands-on.tv. Catch up with what’s new this month in our latest trailer Watch Now+
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A weekend of Striped Octagons and Tricky Triangles
We spent a wonderful few days at the end of March at our Eversley retreat at the Warbrook Hotel.
Jennie taught Stripey Octagons on the first day and then Valerie’s theme was Tricky Triangles on the second day. If you’d like to see how well our students did, do visit our blog to see the weekend’s pictures. You’ll also see the new project Valerie worked on whilst Jennie was busy teaching. Read Now+
Why not come and join us…….
If you’ve just read our blog and would like to be part of our justhands-on.tv retreat experience, why not come and join us at one of our next retreats. We have a last call going out for the following today:
** Last 2 places available for our textile weekend learning Block Printing and Embellishments with Jamie Madden of Colouricious on 4-5 May 2019** More Info+
** Book by 12 April and save £25 with our Early Bird Price for the very popular October Patchwork and Quilting weekend on 12-13 October 2019 with Sarah Soward, Pauline Bolt and Valerie Nesbitt** More Info+
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month we are giving away Angela Madden’s very clever Your Choice Pattern – Stars and Flowers. This pattern contains two designs for you to use for fused applique. Two different patterns, lots of possibilities; different layouts, different sizes for different projects. And you can learn more about the whole range of these ‘Your Choice’ designs in a workshop with Angela –click here.
To enter, just send an email
entitled STARS AND FLOWERS to
The competition will close 30th April 2019.
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A traditional block that would work brilliantly in any colourway; instructions for a single block from Jennie but you could make lots. Watch Now+
This is a simple modern quilt that takes very little feature fabric – in fact Fat 1/8ths are perfect and Valerie uses a bundle from Oakshott fabrics. Watch Now+
This is a very useful tip from Jennie on how to identify the grain of your fabrics. Watch Now+
Useful and creative at the same time, Janet’s apron now comes in sizes from 6months to a very grown up UK size 32. Watch Now+
Add sparkle and dimension to otherwise plain borders. Watch Now+
In this delightful workshop Helen shows us how to create a very useful cover for the laptop (or other device) Watch Now+
A beginners guide to help with those three little words – layer , quilt and bind. Watch
In this video Gail shows you a variety of wreaths she has made for special occasions and events. Watch Now+
This is such a great technique – quick, easy and fast ; brilliant for beginners. Watch
We wander round the West Country Quilt Show with Valerie Nesbitt acting as our guide.Watch Now+