///6th April 2018

6th April 2018

New Videos Every Friday

Makower cushions

Fruity Friends Cushions with Valerie Nesbitt

This week Valerie brings us a super new workshop creating bound cushions designed by Lynne Goldsworthy using a fun new panel and fabrics from Makower called Fruity Friends. It uses these lovely picture panels and Valerie helps you with making quarter squares that are used around the panel  There is also a free pattern to download for both paid subscribers and members  Watch Now+

Makower cushions

We have a bundle of 10 fat 1/4’s of these fun supporting fabrics in the Shop. The gang of fruity friends include flamingos, pineapples, cactus,apples, and bananas and all with cheeky grins. More Info+

You can also buy the supporting panel with 8 fun designs that you can use for the cushions or even a quilt More Info+


Kitty with Valerie Nesbitt

This lovely quilt was designed by Judith Hollis of Just Jude Designs, using the Kitty range of fabrics from Makower. In this workshop Valerie talks to you about various elements of this quilt, Including how to accurately create the centre pieced block, the checkerboard border and the outer Drunkards Path. Valerie also gives tips on how to use the paper templates for this as well as just using 3 pins for the sewing. There is also a free pattern available for both paid subscribers and members Watch Now+

If you’d like to make the quilt we have the quilt kit available in the Shop, You will need backing and wadding to turn it into a quilt. More Info+


Sundance bag

Product of the Month

And if you’re a fan of Makower fabrics, our product of the month for April  is this lovely Sundance Bag kit from Lady Sew and Sew created exclusively for justhands-on.tv . You’ll receive this gorgeous fabric bundle in this amazing range of fabrics PLUS the pattern to make the bag. The Makower Sundance range of fabrics was designed by Beth Studley and the bag pattern was created for Lady Sew and Sew by Sue Payne.

The kit comes with free p&p in the UK for April PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription.  More Info +

However, you are advised that the pattern also requires 1m of style-vil @£11/m which we have added to the shop with free postage – just click here to add to your order.





Win a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP

Very exciting news this month  – we have teamed up with Janome to offer you the chance to win the popular Janome MC9400QCP. The machine is worth £2,199 and could be yours – – for FREE if you enter our competition.  

The MC9400QCP is the latest longarm model providing both speed ( up to 1,060 spm ) and precision ( 91 needle positions ) for perfect sewing results. It’s also the biggest longarm model Janome has ever produced.  Read More+

Valerie has made a video for you to watch so you can see some of the features of the new machine Watch Now+



To be eligible for the Prize Draw, you need to be:

  • a paid subscriber to justhands-on.tv at the time of entering
  • a delegate at a justhands-on.tv sewing retreat in 2018
  • or, an attendee at a FREE demonstration of the Janome MC9400QCP taking place at a justhands-on.tv sewing retreat in 2018


If you’re eligible, it’s easy to enter. Just send an email entitled “Janome Prize Draw” to janomeprizedraw@justhands-on.tv . Please include your address and contact number, so should you be lucky enough to win, we’ll know where to send the machine – UK addresses only. The competition will close on 31 December 2018 Midnight GMT.

For more information on the Competition click here For Prize Draw terms and conditions click here  and for more information on a subscription to justhands-on.tv click here




Valerie’s Blog

Have you been keeping up with Valerie’s blog on the website. She’s been busy recently showing us some of the quilts she’s making in her spare time – we wonder where she finds the time to do it all! 

You can also catch up with the exploits of our recent Sewing Weekend in Cirencester (in the snow!). With Gail Penberthy at the helm, our group of ladies enjoyed two days of sewing in first class surroundings. One of our attendees told us "We had some lovely sister time together and enjoyed Patchworking together". Read More+


If you’d like to join us at our next retreat, we still have the last few places left for our weekend on
5th / 6th May in Windsor with Kathleen Laurel Sage and Gail Lawther Learn More+

Don’t forget, as an attendee of any of our retreats this year, you will be eligible for our amazing Janome competition. For more information on justhands-on.tv retreats click here 

If you are in the Windsor area and would like to pop along to the hotel and have a free demonstration of our competition machine (and be eligible to enter the competition), please email valerie@justhands-on.tv to arrange a time to come along


Glimpses of Britain

Glimpses of Britain with Gail Lawther

If you’d like to marvel at some of Gail Lawther’s work, this week we wander round a lovely exhibition that was on tour called “Glimpses of Britain” in which she captures the appeal of these complex islands in a series of quilts with Valerie acting as our guide. Watch Now+


Curves to Quilt

Book of the Month

Our  Book of the Month for April is Curves to Quilt by The House of White Birches.  It contains 14 great varied projects and  covers a wide range of skill levels and a variety of techniques – great for all sewers. You are invited to put some pizzazz into your projects by adding curves;  the projects vary from applied circles, through curved vines and scalloped edges, to New York Beauty – such a great scrap quilt. As it’s our book of the month, it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in April 2018. More Info+




What’s coming up in the next 2 weeks

If you want to see what’s live on the site today and next week, then watch our latest trailer of the new videos. Watch Now+

Don’t forget, we have new videos on justhands-on.tv every Friday and you can become a paid subscriber withr full access from only £7 a month. Learn More +


Happy sewing
Valerie & Jennie




New videos this month

Kitty with Valerie Nesbitt

Kitty with Valerie Nesbitt

This lovely quilt was designed by Judith Hollis of Just Jude Designs, using the Kitty range of fabrics from Makower. Watch Now+

Fast Cushion Cover with Valerie Nesbitt

Fast Cushion Cover with Valerie Nesbitt

Valerie takes inspiration from her marbled fabric to do some double needle quilting and then turn the fabric into a a quick cushion cover.Watch Now+

Tip from Anne Baxter about your sewing stitches

Tip from Anne Baxter about your sewing stitches

It makes so much sense when you are told(!) 
Watch Now+

Mickey Mouse jelly roll quilt with Jennie Rayment

Mickey Mouse jelly roll quilt with Jennie Rayment

Simple strip piecing creates this fun quilt. 
Watch Now+

Purl 2 Tog knitting with Rosee Woodland

Purl 2 Tog knitting with Rosee Woodland

This is a way of decreasing your stitches that gives a right hand leaning edge – so useful in necklines.. Watch Now+

Navajo Blanket Quilt - Quarter Square Triangle units with Anne Baxter

Navajo Blanket Quilt – Quarter Square Triangle units with Anne Baxter

Anne was inspired to include this unit when she saw it used on a piece of navajo pottery. Watch Now+

Drawing an Octagon with Jennie Rayment

Drawing an Octagon with Jennie Rayment

This eight sided shape gives an interesting visual shape, but needs a friendly square to hold it together. Watch Now+

Drizzle Stitch with Lorna Bateman

Drizzle Stitch with Lorna Bateman

Lorna guides you through how to work this effective 3D stitch which she uses in her embroidery work.Watch Now+

Charming Circles with Paula Doyle

Charming Circles with Paula Doyle

This is a great technique in which you can use recycled denim (as in jeans) but both sides get done at the same time. Watch Now+

How to set an accurate 1/4" on your machine

How to set an accurate 1/4" on your machine

Jennie shows us how many of the modern machines will sew an accurate 1/4" if you only know how to set them.. Watch Now+



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