Meet Kate Crossley

Kate CrossleyKate won the Quilting Creations section at Festival of Quilts 2014, which was sponsored by Vivebooks, with her amazing grandfather clock, and now you can enjoy the detail from the comfort of your armchair. Kate tells us of her inspiration and also shares some of her technique secrets.


Folded Freezer Paper foundation piecing with Paula DoyleThe end of January saw a couple of really great workshops – one from Valerie using up scraps and giving hints and tips on the difference between colour and tone and the other from Paula Doyle where she shows you a great technique for foundation piecing.  This technique means that you don’t have any papers to tear away at the end – intrigued ?! then click here to watch it

Take 5 a Simple Scrap Quilt with Valerie NesbittValerie has another easy-to-make quilt today called Take 5, which uses only 5 fabrics so a good chance to dive into your stash.



Subscriber Giveaway

A Field Guide by Janet Clare - Layer Cake Our new giveaway from Janet Clare is this wonderful layer cake of 42 x 10” squares of her latest fabrics, A Field Guide, the drawings of which were inspired by her book of the same name.
All you have to do as a subscribed member is send us an email to our competition address – – with the title A Field Guide and we will do the rest. Entries must be in by 28th February 2015.

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Book of the Month

Hexagon Happenings by Carolyn ForsterThis is the latest volume from Carolyn Forster – Hexagon Happenings – in which Carolyn shows how great the hexagon can be in jumbo size! She also has a co-ordinating set of templates so that you can cut the large pieces out with your rotary cutter. These can also be found in the Shop

(By the way – for those who love English Paper Piecing – did you catch her great little tip on how to cut several layers of fabric with scissors?) This has proved to be a very popular tip on the site, and across Facebook, since it went up.

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

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Tips and techniques
Folded Freezer Paper foundation piecing with Paula Doyle
Do you hate having to tear the papers off the back of your work? well with this clever technique you have none!

Traditional Scrap Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Learn more about how to select your fabrics on tone rather than colour when making a traditional laundry basket scrap quilt.

Magma with Dawn Cameron-Dick
A very stunning quilt made of strips the Dawn Cameron-Dick way.

Out and about
Longarm Quilting at The Bramble Patch
a quilt shop in Weedon, Northants – not far off Junction 16 of the M1 and easily found from the M40.

Tips and techniques
Cutting Fabric Hexagons with Carolyn Forster
This is a great tip from Carolyn on how to cut out several hexagons quickly and easily, even with scissors.

Textured Waistcoat with Jennie Rayment
Jennie shows you how you can take a simple waistcoat pattern and customize it by adding texture with her twidding and fiddling.

Meet Linda Seward – Textile Author and Quilter
Enjoy seeing some of her work and wandering round her workspace (which used to be the kitchen!)

Tips and techniques
How to use Shape Cut Rulers with Paula Doyle
These are a series of very cleverly designed rulers that allow you to put the rotary cutter through them in pre-cut slots.