Out & About

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We continue our visit to the exhibition by the girls of Prism that was held earlier in the year at the Mall Galleries in London.  Entitled coded:decoded their interpretation was wide and varied.


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This week, you can have some fun with Valerie using up the bits of fabric she considers too small to sew together, but she feels nevertheless have a worth (other than to use as stuffing!).  See how easy it is to make something really lovely and maybe give yourself an excuse to try free motion quilting! (even the tiniest of snippets can be used – or is life just too short?!?!)

If you would rather use/sew something larger,  then check out the Japanese Jelly Roll quilt idea, also from Valerie;  this is a great stash buster – just 2 ½” strips and away you go (and there is also a layer cake option).

5_peppermint-creams-chris-porter In case you missed it last week, Christine Porter shared an extract from her latest e-book Sensational Circles Quilts.  The e-book, can be download to your computer BUT it also comes in a CD format – both are available from the shop – so don’t be put off by the format – great quilts from this talented quilter.


Free Subscriber Giveaway

This month we have three copies of the latest book from Linda Seward  – The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting: Surface Design – Patchwork – Applique – Quilting – Embellishing – Finishing

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This step-by-step guide follows on from her book, The Complete Book of Patchwork, Quilting & Appliqué, and includes all the techniques that have been developed since that first book was published over 25 years ago:  Valerie remembers having this book on sale at Creative Quilting and her copy still has pride of place on the bookshelf for reference purposes and she feels this will do the same.

Beautifully illustrated by Tom Messenger,  this ultimate step-by-step full colour guide takes the reader through every creative option needed to make a striking art quilt – from snow dyeing to slashing,  computer generated machine embroidery to long arm quilting, curved piecing to raw edge appliqué and lots more As a bonus, the book features specially selected work from 140 quilt artists from all over the world.

For more information visit the Competition page of the website;  but to enter all you need to do as a subscribed member is send an email, with the title ‘Art Quilt’, to the competition address:


The competition  will close 30 Nov 2014.

(and we are very excited to have a filming day planned with Linda for later in the month!)

Book of the Month:

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The Gentle(ish) art of Gelliping is the latest book from Hilary Beattie (textile artist extraordinaire);

Or how to create unique and personal prints with your Gelli plate; 131 pages of illustations and inspiration for you textile addicts.

This has free p&p in the UK for Nov 2014.

(and if you love this sort of textile thing, do check out her other book:  Make it Personal)


Valerie’s Blog

Have you checked out Valerie’s Blog recently in the Community Pages. Valerie keeps you up to date with her travels, new ideas she comes across and her general musings including the recent retreat she headed up in Bridlington.

Exclusive Gift Pack Offer

Once again, with Christmas in mind, we are offering a discounted pack of sewing related goodies together with a 3 month or 1 year membership:

2_website-gift-pack-ad-2014 The fantastic gift package contains:

The  Quilter’s Desk Diary for 2015, Ruby Red Charm Pack from Oakshott, 12wt stranded cotton thread from AuriFil, Xmas Hanging Hearts redwork kit from Mandy Shaw, Quilt Now magazine.

To which you can add either a 3 month or a 1 year membership.  This is available to both new subscribers and existing subscribers, and the Membership Fairy will work the magic behind the scenes to make sure that any existing membership runs through.

Don’t forget that Membership benefits include:

  • UNLIMITED access to over 500 online high quality videos, available 24 hours a day on demand and now tablet/Ipad compatible.
  • New videos every Friday
  • Enjoy our regular Block of the Month programme
  • Enjoy our on-line Mystery
  • Enjoy free patterns
  • Enter subscriber give-aways and competition


Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie


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New this month

Japanese Jelly Roll Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Raid your stash or use some pre-cuts to make this really simple quilt from 2 ½” strips

Out and about
Design & Inspiration from Barbara Weekes
Barbara talk to us about her work, the inspiration for it and also gives a short demonstration on how she colours silk fabric.

Making Diamonds with Christine Porter
Chris shares with us a section of her e-book Sensational Circle Quilts

Humbug bag with Valerie Nesbitt
This is such a great idea you will be making LOTS to give and to use yourself.

Tips and techniques
How to Bind your Quilt by the Bramble Patch
A selection of great tips from Jane at the Bramble Patch’s regular Friday morning demos that are free to attend.

Sling Bag with Jennie Rayment
This can be done on the serger (or overlocker) and maybe this one is big enough for Jennie to hide in!