We start the month with a really fascinating visit to The Jane Austen House museum in the south of England where we learn that one of the world’s most beloved authors was also a seamstress of considerable ability and skill using English Paper Piecing and fussy cutting to create a coverlet (something that has no wadding); as well as hearing about the recent Community Quilt project she inspired. Watch Now+
This month you can watch our Sampler Quilt series which will be perfect for all those who are new to patchwork, as well as those with some sewing skills; the basic quilt will have 9 blocks, but there will be more alternatives as the month’s progress to make 15 blocks, and at the end we will cover borders, layering, quilting and binding. We start with Valerie helping you select the fabrics, and then later in the month move on to the first block, so plenty of time to pop out and look for materials. Watch Now+
Our product of the month for September is this Kimono Layer Cake from Makower. It’s a pack of 40 x 10" squares of this fabric from the complete range of 20 fabrics. This is a vibrant Japanese inspired collection with metallic gold detailing on cream and dramatic black backgrounds.
As the Product of the Month for September 2018 it comes with free P&P in the UK PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription More Info +
As you can see Valerie has been busy using her pack of layer cake. She has used the range of 10" squares as they are – no additional cutting required.
She then created this interesting (but simple) sashing from strips of black and gold with gold squares acting as cornerstones.
If you like the sashing, Valerie used it in her Modern Pieced Hearts quilt, so you can find the workshop notes here.
Last month we blogged about a lovely quilting piece on Woman’s Hour on Radio 4. The piece, which was part of ‘Listener’s Week’, was all about how quilting is at the heart of our communities, be they local or online. Have a read of the blog and see how you can join an online group run by Naomi Clarke (@naomialicecby) using the hashtag #fussycuttingsewalong on Instagram. Read Now+
Have you been out and about this summer? Did you manage to explore our wonderful capital city. Well,this quilt which is full of iconic London landmarks and is created with fused applique – so very straightforward to make. You can watch Izzy from Creative Quilting talk you though her very patriotic quilt Watch Now+
If this would make a lovely reminder of a trip or a present for a friend, then you can of course purchase the pattern and/or the kit through us.
Our Book of the Month for September is The Handmade Quilt by Carolyn Forster. It’s a complete skillbuilding sampler all made by hand with a very modern setting. Carolyn is the queen of scrap quilts and the quilt on the cover is no exception; all made by hand Carolyn takes you through all the steps, including the equipment needed, to make this.
As well as covering all the basics, there are 21 different chapters, covering different blocks and/or shapes, all in 144 colourful pages.
As it’s our Book of the Month it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in September 2018. More Info+
What’s coming up in September
For a taste of what’s coming up this month, 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
If you are a paid subscriber, make sure you enter this month’s giveaway for Sewing Machine Cover pattern designed by Mandy Shaw. This lovely cover for your sewing machine has been based on the lid of Mandy’s old wooden hand crank machine,(approx 20in x 10in x 16in) but she says the size is easily adaptable..
To enter, just send an email entitled Sewing Machine to
The competition will close 30 September 2018
Let the ruler do the work – see how simple it is to create angles. Watch Now+
This is a great block for using up scraps, and if you keep watching, Jennie shows you how to create a simple turtle.Watch Now+
An easy way of creating a quilt from 2 ½” either from your cupboard or a jellyroll Watch Now+
Valerie shows how to rotary cut strips, squares and rectangles; quickly, easily and accurately..Watch Now+
Valerie shows you how to safely replace your rotary cutter blade.. Watch Now+
More magic dyeing from Helen including space dyeing in a litter tray!Watch Now+
Rotary cutting has become an essential part of today’s patchwork so If you struggle with getting the best from your equipment, here are some useful tips.. Watch Now+
These delightful little projects are great for all ages – including children – and can also become pincushions..Watch Now+
Helen just loves to dye her own fabric and has a great mess-free method. Watch Now+
Valerie was inspired by a pack of colour graded Alison Glass fabrics to make this really quick but stunning quilt..Watch Now+