Gail Penberthy’s Festive Tree Skirt
With Christmas rapidly approaching, Gail’s play on this traditional design makes a lovely tree skirt, which is a super addition to any festive house and is very versatile, as it can also be made into a table topper to use at any time of the year.. In this video she takes you through how easy this project really is with some great tips for you . Watch Now+
If you’d like the pattern, it’s available in the Shop Learn More+
Wonky Stars With Helen Howes
This is a delightful modern improv spikey star, which will work well for beginners and accomplished sewers alike. The block is made simply from 10" squares – so a layer cake is perfect – you make an asymetrical 9 patch and then add the spikes. The seam allowance on this improv quilt doesn’t really matter – so great for beginners – and then you get to square-up the block at the end, so perfect for group quilts.
In this workshop Helen has used wonderful Oakshott fabrics, but fabrics with a right and wrong side might be less confusing.
The pattern is available for free, but subscribed members can download extra notes as well. Watch Now+
Our product of the month for December is a very pretty Christmas Candle Mat EPP Kit – Red/white holly leaves. It’s easy to make and approx 8" across. This sweet little project is made with English Paper Piecing and in the kit you get the white fabric, the red fabric, a small piece of wadding,and the paper pieces needed, which are Hexagon, Diamond and Jewel shapes, plus guidelines on how to construct the project. As the Product of the Month for December 2018 it comes with free P&P in the UK PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription Learn More+
Piping a Cushion the Jennie Rayment way
Do you have a cushion that needs that final touch for a Christmas gift.? Well, adding piping to a cushion just gives it that professional finish but the idea of ‘bias’ binding puts many of us off the whole idea; well no longer because as usual Jennie has a clever way of putting piping (which doesn’t have to be bias) onto a cushion. Workshop notes are available for Paid Subscribers Watch Now+
Last month there were 2 more blocks for you to tackle – Shoo Fly and Monkey Wrench and Prairie Queen and Jacobs Ladder. How are you getting along? Are you feeling inspired to use some of these blocks in a different context?
The Jacobs Ladder block is a great block for using as a centre for a medallion quilt – you make just 4 and then set the pattern in a diamond format. It would also be quite beautiful if you increased the size of each of the units to 5" finished to make each block 15" instead of 12". Watch Now+
If you’re still looking for Christmas present ideas, our new Book of the Month for December is A Drove of Hares in Stitches by Angela Daymond. There are ten hare inspired projects for you to stitch – including kantha. Hares frequently appear in folklore and mythology around the world and in this book Angela encapsulates the iconic nature of the hare in ten stitch projects, ranging in size from quilts to needlecases. She uses a variety of techniques including patchwork, quilting, kantha stitching and wool applique.The book has full size patterns for all the projects.. As it’s our Book of the Month it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in December 2018. More Info+
Have you checked out Valerie’s Blog? The other weekend she was busy hosting Jennie Rayment and Paula Doyle at our latest retreat. Everyone worked very hard and had lots of fun learning and you can see some of their results in the Blog . More Info+
You’ll also find some great pictures in our Show and Tell section – especially seeing Paula’s Easy Stack Quilts before and after. More Info+
Now you’ve read the blog and seen the pictures, are you tempted – why not come and join us and benefit from the hands on help from our very talented tutors in the company of like minded quilters .
HOT OFF THE PRESS: Jennie and Paula will be back again in November 2019 . This time Jennie will be teaching the Lone (Blazing) Star Medallion Quilt and Paula will be Stashbusting for you – you can bring all your stash and she will help you find a way of using it up. Learn More+
Or why not come and join up with Jennie sooner – come and learn Octagons the easy way with her in March 2019 Learn More+
Be quick though – places go quickly (and make a lovely Christmas present perhaps….)
What’s coming up in December
For a taste of what’s coming up in December, including some great last minute ideas from Gail Penberthy and some lovely videos to watch to keep you sane among the chaos, then watch our latest trailer Watch Now+
Don’t forget, we have new videos on justhands-on.tv every Friday and you can become a paid subscriber with full access from only £7 a month. Learn More +
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
Our December giveaway for Paid Subscribers is this Deborah Kemball Charmpack from Oakshott Fabrics. There are 27 coloured squares each 5in x 5in of this delightful fabric in this pack.
To enter, just send an email entitled Oakshott Kemball to
The competition will close 31 December 2018
This is a delightful modern improv spikey star, which will work well for beginners and accomplished sewers alike.Watch Now+
As usual Jennie has a clever way of putting piping (which doesn’t have to be bias) onto a cushion .Watch Now+
This is an excellent little idea from Jennie – which is doubly helpful.Watch Now+
Similar but different – you just rearrange the units.- and Jacobs Ladder makes a wonderful quilt in its own right..Watch Now+
Mandy shares with us a great little idea plus a great use for old embroidery pieces in both her pinkeepers and bunting..Watch Now+
Learn more about these amazing craftsmen and the stunning work they create.Watch Now+
Helen loves to share her passion for this new and exciting development of our craft.Watch Now+
Both these blocks build on the skills you have already learnt.Watch Now+
Members of London Quilters were invited to create a small piece of textile art to commemorate World War 1 – and the results are varied and moving. Watch Now+
This lovely quilt has been made with fabrics from the Scarecrow Acres range designed by Lewis & Irene. Watch Now+