Meet – Kathleen Laurel Sage – Textile Artist

Meet Kathleen Laurel-Sage - Textile ArtistThis lady just has a passion for machine embroidery and loves to use organza and water soluble film. Her signature work gives a modern twist to the traditional favourite of cutwork – one of Valerie’s favourites – and we are sure you enjoy the workshops that will be coming up on the site later in the month.  If you can’t wait until then, her book is available in the shop.


Sashiko Needle Case & Scissor Case from the Stitch WitchYou can make this delightful needle case and scissor case combo using Sashiko Stitch and guidance from the Stitch Witch – there is a complete kit for you to purchase so you can start sewing straight away, and Lynette explains why she likes to use Insulbrite wadding. (and if you enjoy Sashiko stitching you can learn more about it in the technique section)

Scraps and offcuts

Stitch N Flip Offcuts project with Valerie NesbittValerie gives you some ideas on how  to use those stitch n flip offcuts, and the half-square triangle units.



Yo Yo Garland

Then maybe you could think about using up squares to make yo-yo’s (or Suffolk puffs as we used to call them);  these are great for adding simple and easy dimension to your quilt – and Jennie even made a Caterpillar! (well she would, wouldn’t she!!!)

Fancy Fandango with Jennie RaymentAnd did you know that Jennie is bi-lingual in patchwork – don’t miss her Fancy Fandango (which does have a serious side and workshop notes!)


Quilts in Cae Hir Gardens

This annual event only works if they have quilts on display! Closing date for entries is 18th July – there is no ‘theme’ for the entries, but be aware that they will be out in the open.   Have a look through your finished stash and see if you can spare one. To see what we are talking about you can wander round with us from a couple of years ago (and it was wet for our day!)

For more information  and entry forms, visit the garden website:!quilts/chvi
And the gardens are worth visiting too!

Product of the Month

Japanese Nickle Pack & Strip Roll from Creative QuiltingOur new Product of the Month is now available. This allows you to purchase our selected product with FREE p&p for UK purchasers for that month PLUS you get free entry into a draw to win a free month’s subscription to the site.

For June 2015 we’ve chosen this Japanese Nickle Pack & Strip Roll from Creative Quilting which is exclusive to You’ll get 20 squares @ 5″  (2 each of 10 different fabrics) and 10 strips at 2 ½” x 40″ of co-ordinating fabrics in the strip roll.

Scrap Quilt with Valerie NesbittIf you want inspiration for using these lovely fabrics then have a look at the 1930’s Scrap quilt that Valerie made – wouldn’t it be great in these Japanese fabrics!.

Book of the Month

Fat Quarter Shuffle- from Annie's Quilting

June’s Book of the Month – Fat Quarter Shuffle from Annie’s Quilting is a delightful book totally dedicated to the use of fat quarters;  pick six complementing fabrics, select a project and do the Fat Quarter Shuffle!   The projects vary from quilts through tote backs and some table settings.

Be warned – one project won’t be enough!

Free P&P in the UK in June 2015


Subscriber Giveaway

Seaside Sampler KitThis Seaside Sampler is a small sewing project from Quilters Haven: this quirky sampler quilt drawn by Doti Doodle is  filled with silly seagulls, flapping flags and kites, a deckchair, a lighthouse, and other such nautical nonsense. This stitchery project is quite small but ideal for beginners and experts alike.

To enter the competition as a subscribed member all you need to do is send an email entitled Seaside to:
The competition will close on 30th June 2015.


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Valerie & Jennie

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New this month

Stitch N Flip Offcuts project with Valerie Nesbitt
Some inspiration on what to do with all those snipped off segments from your other Stitch ‘n Flip projects.

Fancy Fandango with Jennie Rayment
Parlez vouz Patchwork? Well Jennie will help.

Yo-Yo Garland with Valerie Nesbitt
This is a great way to use up scraps of fabric – and in the UK we would call these Suffolk Puffs – but be warned – they are easy and addictive!

Making the Magna Carta Quilt Blocks with Alison Garner
Alison talks us through the making of the Medieval Pictorial quilts that are being made to celebrate the signing of Magna Carta.

Flying Geese with Chris Porter
Chris has designed a range of templates to make this fast and accurate – you’ll want to add them to all your projects.

Meet Alison Garner of Vision Textiles
Alison makes a range of hand crafted Clergy Stoles and Preaching Scarves.

Bright Hope Block with Valerie Nesbitt
Simple contruction and one size cutting make this a useful block to know about.

Soft Sculptures with Linda Seward
This is a delightful workshop that will add features to your textile work in more ways than one!

Tips and techniques
Rag Edge bag, quilt and cushion with Valerie Nesbitt
#ThrowbackThursday from the archives : : This is a very clever technique that uses squares of fabric and wadding to good effect.

Tips and techniques
An easy way to turn a tube of fabric from Jennie Rayment
Who would have thought a pencil could be so useful!