Is it still too hot to sew?   But  even if you are on holiday maybe you can stretch  to just being inspired ,  in the shade with a glass of something nice (and don’t forget you can watch on  your Ipad ).

Textiles in Focus

There are five Fridays in this month  so we have  lots in store for you but  we start off by continuing to wander round the Textiles in Focus 2013 exhibition;    here we meet up with Lynda Monk who demonstrates for us how she uses Lutradur and puff  paint to create her lovely 3D sculptures;  and  Jean Wright also demonstrates  but this time it is her love goldwork and bringing the appeal of this traditional technique right up-to-date and incorporating it into her textile pictures (as well as making a stunning brooch);   we also enjoy more of the Fen Edge Textiles exhibition that was on display and meet several of the traders who were there.


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Beaded Bags

Did you catch Fran Rose with her Little Beaded  Bags last week?   She send through pictures of the finished article complete with beaded tassel and finishings (and you can purchase her lovely book through us too).


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Stitch N FLip with a difference

The workshop today is Jennie’s Squares on Squares block – which is a stitch ‘n slip technique but Jennie has revised it so that you don’t get lots of left-over bits (although those could be used, of course in a border).


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You can also see one that Valerie made earlier  which is set more traditionally.

Attic Windows the easy way

Also last week Valerie introduced you to her method of creating the mitred corner needed for the Attic Windows block


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– neat little use of the iron – and if you use the quick search you will also find Karen Hellaby’s version which is part of her Sew Simple range of books/techniques.

Use a Jelly Roll maybe

Coming next week will be a quick tip from Valerie to suggest upscaling your quilt – in which she shows you a 9 patch and Rail quilt made with 2” strips and again with 2 ½” strips – and what a difference that ½” makes.


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Book Of the Month

If you like this idea you will like the Book of the Month which is entitled Large Block Quilts by Valerie L.Eapen


Stitch quilts that make a big impact – fast! Free p&p in the UK for the month of Aug 2013

Brimming with inviting projects in a range of sizes this collection of 16 projects allows you to create impressive quilts in a jiffy.

free p&p in the UK for August and costs just £19.95

Want to know what else is coming up on the site this month?   just as a hint we have something for the Papercrafters, a great idea for the children, as well as something for those who like handwork;  you can find more details on our Blog page

If you aren’t a subscribed member you are obviously missing out on all the lovely workshops and Block of the Month programmes that we have running.   It is really easy to join – just follow any of the links on the site which will take you through to Paypal where you can pay monthly – £6 – and there is no long-term contract.   If you prefer you can purchase a term membership (3m, 6m or 1yr – 12 months for the price of 10) again through the shopping pages

OR if you have a Sterling Bank account you can send us a cheque.

Future Films – Kaffe Fassett & Quilts in Cae Hir Gardens

This weekend Valerie is driving up to Ceredigion in Wales to visit the Quilts in the Cae Hir Gardens (more details in our events page) as well as the Jen Jones Museum in Lampeter where they are currently holding a Kaffe Fassett Exhibition of quilts – all very exciting and coming to your screen too via

Next week Jennie and Valerie  (along with 000’s of others!) will be at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham – (show runs from Thurs-Sat 8th-11th August) do stop by their stands and say ‘hi’ but also please bear in mind if you are shopping through the site that most of our contributors and suppliers will also be there (from much earlier in the week too) – so despatch of your order may be delayed slightly.

Happy sewing

Valerie & Jennie

23 August update:

Superstar Finale

Jennie completed her Superstar quilt with Pineapple corners – and even if you aren’t making the quilt this is a truly nifty idea.


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More Crazy Quilt as you Go

Valerie continues with her Crazy patchwork – this time as quilt-as-you-go, which is a great way to use up your scraps of wadding (and don’t forget that you can join wadding too)


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And next week we have a treat for all of you who are rubber stampers !

Coming Up

Festival of Quilts was as busy as ever and if you want more information on that you can check out the blog section of the site

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You can also read all about our recent filming days ‘out and about’ which we will be sharing with you later in the year.

Helpful tip

– AND do read the piece on why you should defluff your machine !!!

Getaways and classified information

We have information in the classified section of new classes from Pauline Ineson and a quilting retreat up in the Trossachs of Scotland – (use the quick search in the classified for classes and/or quilting retreats to get all the information on all the options! And have your diary handy!)

Plus a wonderful new block of the month programme that we unearthed at Festival from Totally Patched – Amish with a Twist 2 –


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