Gift PackIt may be Bonfire weekend but the countdown to Christmas has definitely started – check out all the workshops that we have on offer and also the shopping – which includes our exclusive membership gift pack; especially the 1 year package which is a gift that will keep on giving – all year in fact – and with 2 videos a week at least on the site that’s over 100 pieces of inspiration !!! You could also (accidentally of course) forward this email to your nearest and dearest as a hint for pressie inspiration!!

Textile Inspiration from Linda Seward

Framed landscapes with Linda SewardMore this week from the very talented author and quilt maker, Linda Seward, and in this Free video, she is showing us how to use our photos and turn them into works of textile art – with or without embellishment – with the simple use of our computer printer.   Just one of the many great ideas that she features in her latest book – The Ultimate Guide to  Art Quilting which is exceptionally comprehensive  for all of you who are or aspire to being a textile artist, and sells through our shop at a special price.

Time for a break?

Just sit back with a cup of coffee (or your favourite brew) and enjoy the revisit to the Prague Patchwork Meeting exhibition.

More Scrap from our resident Queen of Scrap

Reverse Scrap Stars with Valerie NesbittThe reverse stars quilt is one of Valerie’s favourite laundry basket quilts, which uses up LOTS of 2 ½” squares as these form the background and the stars are made with the reverse fabric.

It’s easy to do with Valerie’s clever stitch’n flip method – so no triangles to cut – you can create these from simple squares – how great is that!

Throwback Thursday

3 Pocket Christmas Wallhanging from Valerie NesbittThis week we featured the 3 pocket wallhanging from Valerie;  this is a sweet little decoration that you can make quite quickly using those lovely little pre-printed square – but you could also fussy-cut some of the lovely feature fabric (oh gosh –need a Valium first? – no just take a deep breath!) – make them for all your friends to house nick-nacks and/or cards. – and if you think you don’t have wall space – think about using the back of a door – it’s a perfect size.

Book of the MonthChristmas Wreaths & Garlands by Mandy Shaw

This month, our Book of the Month is Christmas Wreaths & Garlands by Mandy Shaw. Mandy shows you how to make six beautiful wreaths and garlands using inexpensive materials which she decorates with a whole host of seasonal characters and motifs. The instructions show Mandy’s quick and clever way to stitch her felt characters and with this simple technique you can create lots of festive decorations in no time. It also comes with free P&P in the UK in November 2015.

Product of the Month

Candlemat Kit in Red and Green from Creative QuiltingFollowing on with the Christmas theme, November’s product of the month is this Candlemat Kit in Red and Green from Creative Quilting. The kit comes complete with pattern, fabric for the front of the mat  and sufficient of the special ‘Thangles’ papers to complete your work. As it’s the product of the month it has free p&p in the UK in November 2015 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription to our site.

If you want some inspiration Valerie has a very useful workshop using these Thangles to make the tablemat – Perfect Half Square Triangles using Thangles

November’s Giveaway for Subscribed Members

Owl cushion from The Bramble PatchDesigned by The Bramble Patch, this Owl cushion kit comes complete with fabrics front and back from Wrens & Friends, bondaweb and 4 buttons. The cushion is approx 20″ x 13″

To enter the competition as a subscribed member, all you need to do is send an email entitled Owl Cushion to:
The competition will close 30th November 2015.

Get Ahead of the Price Increase

5_fixed-term-membership-200 - Juliet Coffer - julietIf you’re not yet a subscribed member, why not join this weekend. The 3, 6 and 12 month fixed price memberships will be going up from Monday 9th November for all new purchases. So, if you’ve been thinking about buying a package for you, or for a friend as a Christmas gift, act quickly this weekend to secure a package at the old prices.

If you already have an existing fixed subscription, you can still buy one at these prices until Sunday night and the Membership Fairy will work her magic and set it to run on from the expiry date of your current package.


The price will remain unchanged on the monthly recurring £7 subscription through Paypal.

LogoYou’ll also notice a few other changes to the website coming soon, like our new logo. We hope you’ll like them but if you have any questions about your existing subscription or feedback about the website, then do let us know through the Contact Us page on the website.


Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

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New this month

3 Pocket Christmas Wallhanging from Valerie Nesbitt
This is from our archives as Throwback Thursday and because of this the quality of film transmission might appear to be below our usual high standard. Enjoyable to make and to use – this will quickly become a favourite decoration.

Reverse Scrap Stars with Valerie Nesbitt
or how to use up LOTS of small 2.5″ squares!

Tips and techniques
Design Inspiration from Valerie Nesbitt
In this video Valerie talks about how you can rescale the design to fit the scraps you want to use.

Halloween Ghost T Shirt with Kate Findlay
This is from our archives as Throwback Thursday a great little project to do with the children.

How to make a Cushion with an Oxford Flap with Anne Baxter
This idea adds interest to a simple cushion without too much endeavour.

Sew Simple Pineapple with Jennie Rayment
This is a brilliant idea of Karin Hellaby’s that Jennie shares with us.

Little bag with Fran Rose
This is from our archives as Throwback Thursday and because of this the quality of film transmission might appear to be below our usual high standard. This is a delightful little bag where Fran has the clever idea of joining and decorating it all in one go.

Magic 4-Patch with Anne Baxter
A great disappearing act this one! Such a clever idea that can use your stash or pre-cuts.

Meet Anne Baxter – Quilter and Tutor
Anne just loves to make quilts and here we get to enjoy some of the projects she will be sharing with us as workshops.

E-Z Magic 9 Patch with Jennie Rayment
With a little magic and the help of some great templates, Jennie shows you how to create this lovely block (and several variations).

Tips and techniques
Broidery Perse, machine applique and satin stitch with Jennie Rayment
An old technique that makes the most of your fabric and/or adds some personalization to your garment

Mini Scrap offcuts with Valerie Nesbitt
How to use up those little offcut ears from your Stitch ‘n Flip patchwork to create stunning cushions and quilts.