Here we are in February (after a 5 week January which did seem to drag on didn’t it; but maybe it’s just all this rain!)

Well we hope that you enjoy what we have in store for you:

4_hearts-and-flowersValentine Heart

With Valentine’s Day just round the corner how about taking a look at the lovely pattern from Daisy Chain – Hearts and Flowers. You’ll also find a video in our archives to help you as Lee Brown and Sue work together to show you how to create the double-hearts applique on the quilt.

Textile Inspiration


Today we meet Karen Nichol, who is a textile artist who is inspired to use everyday items to push the boundaries of embroidery; later in month we get to enjoy her group of monkeys (called a Singerie) which were a work in progress at the time and destined for a gallery showing.

(Note that we have a new quick search entitled Textile Art)



Also today we enjoy a workshop from Paula Doyle on handquilting.

This is very comprehensive and shows you how to mark your work, layer it up, plus, of course, the all important stitching, together with the equally important starting and finishing!

4_jh107-02-beaded-buttonsAlso on the workshop front we had Fran Rose help us make some Beaded Brooches (with a simple workshop/pattern that is an instant download for those with everything at hand and who feel inspired).

Fran will be at the Textiles in Focus exhibition/show later this month at Cottenham in Cambs.

If you like handwork, Carolyn Forster showed us how to create hexagons with traditional paper piecing;  this was featured earlier in January and you can see the list of films from the last month by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

Subscriber Giveaway


If you are a subscribed member our February giveaway is packs of the AURIfil threads called Lakes packaged exclusively for  and perfectly co-ordinated to quilt the modern Lakeside Towers quilt made by Valerie;  to enter as a subscribed member you just need to send an email to our competition address

with the title Lakes Threads – closing date is 28th February 2014. You can find more information on our competition page;

From the Shop

In the right hand column we are featuring our Book of the Month entitled Baby Quilts & Accessories which contains 6 cute and cuddly designs for babies  (and is just £6.99 with free UK postage); Jennie’s DVD Texture into Sudoku – her workshop on a disc; Melody the Spring Bunny with a Garland from Daisy Chain Designs and a Glasgow Rose Cushion kit from The Silk Route;

If you can’t see the right-hand panel of goodies from the shop – if it hasn’t come through – tap on ‘download entire message/email’ at the bottom of this email.

Weekend Fun

and if you want to join in a weekend retreat or workshops – check out the classified ad’s and quick search quilting holidays;  Valerie is off to Bridlington later in 2014 as part of a very comprehensive schedule that is run there,  as well as teaching at the weekend retreat at Midhurst in June together with Jennie and Sarah Soward (from Pauline’s Patchwork) – how about joining us?!

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

P.S. keep an eye on the blog pages to see what we’ve been up to;  on the Show & Tell pages to see what everyone else has been up to;  and the new Q&A page for some answers (all in the Community section of the site).

New this month

Make Beautiful Beaded Buttons with Fran Rose
You can then turn these into useful brooches for yourself and/or your friends – who wouldn’t love one?

Meet Fran Rose – a passionate beader
Fran shares with us her love of beading to create jewellry, gifts, embellished bags and more.

Tips and techniques
How to finish the Piping on your cushion with Jennie Rayment
This little tip allows you to complete your piping with a professional touch.

Screen Printing with deColourant products with Dee Paramour
Dee shows us how simple it is to use these products to produce a wonderful effect.

Lakeside Towers with Valerie Nesbitt
This is a simple modern quilt that takes very little feature fabric – in fact Fat 1/8ths are perfect and Valerie uses a bundle from Oakshott fabrics.

Hexagons with Carolyn Forster
Traditional hand piecing over papers with a whip stitch to finish.

Out and about
Visit to Cae Hir Gardens, West Wales
This outdoor quilt exhibition was set in the beautiful RHS Partner Garden of Cae Hir, in the small village of Cribyn in West Wales.

Courthouse Steps Scrap Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
It’s all done with 2 ½” x 4 ½” scraps – easy, peasy.

Colouring with Markel Pens – Workshop with Lee Brown
Lee introduces us to the use of Markel pens which can be used for painting onto fabric but with toothbrushes!