Stitch Bits - the new book from Jennie RaymentIn Jennie’s latest book – Stitch Bits – see what our twiddler and fiddler has been up to – very few twiddles in sight but a great selection of projects to use fabric bits!

Meet Linda Seward and The Ultimate Guide to Art QuiltingAnother book we learn more about this week, is Linda Seward’s latest entitled The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting, which includes over 1000 illustrated techniques. We also get to enjoy some of Linda’s own samples that she made for the book under expert tuition.

London Quilters Patchwork Show 2014Did you catch Linda at the London Quilters exhibition – Coming Home? It’s a really enjoyable show and the quilts include personal memories and stories and Linda shares these with us on the tour.

Simple Journal making with Kate CrossleyKate Crossley – last year’s award winning artist in the Quilt Creations section of the Festival of Quilts with her wonderful Grandfather clock (and we wish her luck the piece she has submitted to Festival this year) – shares with us how to make a simple Journal in which to house your inspiration.

Hardback Journal Kit from Kate Crossley She also has on offer a kit and you will get all you need to have a go at making a small hardback journal (it’s even precut!) so that you can start straight away.

Stretched Churn Dash pattern with Valerie NesbittWhilst there does seem to be a book theme going on here, Valerie continues with her passion for patchwork with a simple Stretched Churn Dash quilt workshop and help with a Trip Around the World border which can add a visual twist to your quilt as well as get you out of trouble if you don’t have as much fabric left as you thought you might have!

August Membership – Special Offer

4 months for the price of 3 offer August 2015This month we have a special membership offer for you – 4 months for the price of 3.

TO CLAIM YOUR FREE MONTH all you have to do is click here to purchase a 3 month membership from the Shop during the month of August 2015. Then send an email, quoting the unique code EB01 to and we will add an extra month onto your viewing privileges.

Book of the Month

A Christmas Story by Annie DownsThis month make an early start with Christmas with Annie Down’s lovely book – A Christmas Story. A mixture of applique and stitching combine in these lovely projects, which do include a quilt a well as lots of smaller ideas for gifts and use around the house

Subscriber Giveaway

CompetitionThe subscriber giveaway this month is from Villavin crafts and is a delightful little wallhanging kit, easy to make and finishes approx 8” square. To enter the competition as a subscribed member, all you need to do is send an email entitled Hearts to:
The competition will close 31st August 2015

Product of the Month

AURIfil Lakes Thread packWe LOVE threads and this pack of 5 lovely threads -100% cotton:50w – have been put together exclusively for These 50w cotton threads have 200 (220yds) on each spool and we have chosen 4 plain colours and one variegated; perfect for quilting (and of course for piecing but why would you want to hide these lovely colours!).
As the product of the month they have free p&p in the UK in August 2015 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription

Please note:

Festival of Quilts at Birmingham NEC runs from Thursday 6th August until Sunday 9th August; Jennie has her own stand at QIAction and Valerie is helping out on the Creative Quilting stand H17; AND many of our contributors will also be there; if you attending stop by and say hi but   if you are doing any on-line shopping with us, please be patient as these might not be processed until everyone is back home.

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

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New this month

Out and about
Stitch Bits – the new book from Jennie Rayment
See what Jennie has been up to as she shares the ideas contained in her latest book.

Simple Journal making with Kate Crossley
This is a delightful idea in which you can store your collection of inspiration and ideas.

Tips and techniques
Bright Hope idea for your Border with Valerie Nesbitt
Also known as Trip around the world border, this technique adds a visual twist to your quilt.

Stretched Churn Dash pattern with Valerie Nesbitt
Quick and easy this is a great idea which you will love to use again and again.

More Easy Stack Ideas from Paula Doyle
Building on her workshop of the same name Paula gives us more inspiration.

Out and about
London Quilters Patchwork Show 2014
This was a bi-ennial show from this group of quilters and it was entitled ‘Coming Home;.

Tips and techniques
English Paper Piecing Corner Catching with Nancy Adamek
This is a really easy way of inserting the papers for your tiny EPP hexagon pieces and you can leave the thread in too!

Mini Beads workshop with Linda Seward
In this delightful workshop Linda shares with you a surprise find from the nail bar.

Annette Emms – Fairy Shoe Maker and mixed media textile artist.
Throwback Thursday – from our archives meet Annette, shoemaker to the fairies amongst other things.

Modern Pieced Hearts Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
If Applique is a four letter word for you but you still like hearts, then this workshop is perfect for you!

Meet Dorothy Crossley – Textile Artist
Dorothy loves making woven tapestry pictures and textile pieces inspired by her travels.