What’s new to see on the first Friday in February?   Well the final part of our wander round the amazing exhibition of quilts (and other things) made by  Hope Quilters – students of Sylvia Critcher;


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We get to be inspired by more clever use of fabric;  use of panels (that we often get tempted into buying at shows!) and several pretty star tablerunners – which were the subject of a workshop that is still on the site for you to enjoy:


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You also get to see a lovely quilt using the 54/40 design which was also the subject of a workshop with Jennie so we have re-activated that from our archives:


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In complete contrast Lynette Harris , the Stitch Witch , shows us how we can create a lovely design from a doodle and turn it into Celtic work using simple iron-on bias (which now comes in a selection of variegated colours which are extremely tempting).   Lynette loves to think up ways of involving children and this is one they can do too.


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A little bit of fun on the back of that Lynette has designed a Celtic Clock and you can purchase the kit for this (pattern, template and clock mechanism) from the shopping pages.


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Other more recent uploads that you might have missed are Block 8 of Your First  Sampler Quilt – which was  Pinwheels – and some simple  wavy quilting using the walking foot of the sewing machine – if you don’t use this or know what it’s for then this is definitely one to watch!


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There is also a  workshop to help you create a  3D Tumbling Blocks quilt with simple hand piecing (NOT over papers);  our thanks to Jo for the  display quilt (and while Valerie obviously didn’t make the display model she says she could have!!!).


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Did you get a chance to watch and enjoy the Painting Landscapes with Valentina?   This is a clever little workshop for which Valentina has gone to the trouble of creating a kit;   the kit contains the mount, felt and Bondaweb (nothing else will do!) so that you can make a start straight away.


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If you aren’t a subscribed member  you will only be enjoying the tasters of all these things but it is really easy to enjoy all the delights of the site;  you can follow the links on any of the pages to pay monthly through Paypal (there is no long term contract) or purchase a 3month, 6month or 1 year membership (12 months for the price of just 10) on the Membership Page:


For our subscribed members we have another free download pattern:   this one  has been  designed by Jennie,  called “Floradorable” and obviously  incorporates her Twiddling and Fiddling with fabric and is available from today.


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Jennie’s latest book Foldy Rolly Patchwork Pzazz is full of  more twiddling delights and is this month’s Book of the Month so has FREE p&p in the UK for February 2013.



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If you want take a look at what’s coming up in February check out the blog pages;  the workshops include Grandmother’s Fan, simple bunting, the Log Cabin block for Your First Sampler Quilt (which is block 9) AND Part 1  of the Superstar Block of the Month programme (due up on Friday Feb 15th).


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If you like the colourway that is shown (on the right) using Makower Itsy Bits fabric  you can purchase the kit at a specially discounted price (approx 15% discount on the recommended retail price)


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You’ll also see in the Blog that Valerie had a happy time shopping at Ardingly and some lovely patterns will be coming to the website:

Two that have a heart theme (well February does have Valentine’s day in it doesn’t it!) are

Home is Where the Heart is – a delightful little embroidered piece to decorate your home- designed by Brenda Walker



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And the other a more practical duo of needlecase,and  scissor holder designed by Mandy Shaw


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both have used linen/osnaburg style textured fabric to great effect.

Also at Ardingly Valerie bumped into Gail (and Chris) Lawther who were launching Gail’s brand new pattern set – Enchanted Ocean;  there are 6 wonderful patterns in this set, all with Gail’s trademark stained glass style and the full set can be purchased  from us (p&p is included for the UK).


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Later in the month Valerie will be up at the Textiles in Focus event in Cottenham village (Cottenham Village College, High Street, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, CB24 8UA  15-17 Feb – more details on the events page)  together with Matt  & Dave and the cameras – so hope to see you there.

Happy sewing

Valerie & Jennie