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Wotton Poppy Appeal Update May 2018

Kate Cropper in St Mary’s Church, Wotton-under-Edge, with some of the knitted, crocheted and stitched poppies.   The plan to cover the tower of St Mary’s Church in Wotton-under-Edge with poppies has received a world-wide boost following our appeal to the Community. The 47-metre high tower of the Gloucestershire church will be covered with all manner of crafted poppies in November to mark the end of the First World War.

By |May 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community|0 Comments

Fun at the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton, Hants

Brilliant day filming - despite the damp English weather;  we got to see the Jane Austen Coverlet which was sewn by Jane and her mother and sister and they used the EPP method; the Community sewing Project organised by Lucy Bailey, (that Valerie and she are standing in front of)  reimagines the Jane Austen quilt and commemorates her life and legacy,  and the Admiral's Quilt was created with the EPP blocks left over and is on the approppriate bed in the house, is quite stunning.

By |April 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community|0 Comments

More Fruity Friends from Valerie

I just loved this range of fabrics - they are so jolly - and in both colourways;  so  inspired by the cushion pattern from Lynne Goldsworthy - click here for the workshop - I worked on creating a fun quilt (wip)   With my leftovers I quickly took my 40minute quilt idea to create this little charity quilt for a youngster (still to be quilted but now layered!)     There is a bigger pink version too!

By |April 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community|0 Comments

Sewing Weekend in Cirencester

With Gail Penberthy at the helm, our group of ladies enjoyed two days of sewing in first class surroundings (and the snow didn't bother us a bit!);   firstly coming to grips with the Table centre, and then moving on to creating Hedgepigs with folded fabrics. There was shopping too from Gail, from the box of supplies and fabric and other essentials supplied by Creative Quilting.

By |March 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community|0 Comments

Win a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400QCP Sewing Machine

Retails for £2,199! and Janome offer you the chance to win the popular Janome MC9400QCP. The MC9400QCP is the latest longarm model providing both speed ( up to 1,060 spm ) and precision ( 91 needle positions ) for perfect sewing results. It’s also the biggest longarm model Janome has ever produced.  Click here for more details. It’s worth £2,199 and could be yours - - for FREE.

By |March 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community|0 Comments

Filming day with Sarah Hatton

We had a lovely day meeting up with Sarah, who is a knitter who also loves to crochet, but as she is left handed has had to teach herself.  Well, if you are left handed, you are in for a treat, as Sarah shares her crochet knowledge with you .   We also got a quick peak at the new Janome MC9400QCP (well Val turned the lights on for you and shows you what a big throat it has!) and we filmed some new workshops too from Valerie with lovely Alison Glass fabrics - so keep watching.

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community|0 Comments

Janome Competition machine

Dining room takeover by the loan machine!     Very exciting - will be taking it with us to the Cotswold Water Park event at the weekend i.e. 17/18th March - so if you want to come along and have a play, which will entitle you to enter to win one of your own here is the address: De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Lake 6, Spine Road East, South Cerney, GL7 5FP just along the M4 close to Swindon.

By |March 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community|0 Comments

Join us in the drive to cover the St. Mary’s Church bell tower in poppies

Cover St. Mary’s Church bell tower in poppies St. Mary’s Church in Wotton-under Edge are planning to cover the Bell Tower in poppies by the 11th of November to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. All poppies are welcomed - Knitted, Crocheted, Felt and Fabric. Click here for details "Knitting a Remembrance Poppy" workshop available for FREE The team are very keen to support this project.  So, we are making the full length workshop on “Knitting a Remembrance Poppy” by Rosee Woodland available for FREE for the next 8 months.

By |March 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community|0 Comments

Kitty range of fabrics designed by Makower

There is a free download pattern for this range, and Valerie will be sharing a workshop with you all at the end of the month, but this great range of fabrics also looks good when used on another pattern from the Makower stable, that caught Valerie's eye; (and just had to make one!)     designed by Lynne Goldsworthy originally to be used with the Into the Woods fabrics; It  is a free download from Makower - just click here.

By |March 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community|0 Comments

Charity Quilts for Momentum- Kingston upon thames

A selection of quilts - various shapes and sizes - made by Valerie and her quilting friends and students were delivered to Momentum in Kingston upon Thames this week. Valerie and her quilting network have been supporting this charity for several years through their quilt making and to learn more about the wonderful work done by Momentum  - click here

By |March 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community|0 Comments

New Year – New Filming day with Jennie Rayment and Paula Doyle

We had a fabulous day with two of our favourite contributors- Not only did we get some wonderful workshops out of everybody - but we can give you advance notice that Jennie and Paula are booked for a retreat Nov 24/25 2018 - SO SAVE THE DATE. We do know what they will be working on (and we have film to  prove it!) but the venue yet to be decided.

By |January 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community|Tags: , |0 Comments

Malta – Our first international retreat

Jennie and Valerie have just come back from our first international quilting retreat in Malta with Stitchtopia/Arena Travel After a  couple of days sightseeing and chilling at the hotel, our ladies enjoyed 4 days of workshops learning how to twiddle and fiddle with Jennie and then creating a quilt with Valerie combining the Dresden Plate/Grandmothers Fan blocks on day one  with Flying geese on day two to create small medallion style quilts.

By |November 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community|0 Comments

Oakshott Open Days – how can you resist?

Who are Oakshott Fabrics: You may have seen some Oakshott fabrics in our Shop, but who are they? Oakshott is a family-run business which has been supplying quilters and textile artists the world over since 2003. The brand is renowned for the high quality of its fabrics and the sumptuousness of its colour ranges. The collections are designed entirely in-house and ethically sourced from respected weavers, currently in India.

By |October 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community|0 Comments
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