New Videos

We are starting the month off by showing you part 1 of our visit to the Textiles in Focus exhibition that was held in Cottenham village back in February (dates for 2014 are 21/22/23 February);   in this section  we met up with Camilla from Outward Images which produces extra large yarn for extreme knitting and crochet;  Sharon Osborne a wonderful textile artist and the Art Van Go who are suppliers of all things textile;   and Jamie Malden from Colouricious who shared with us her stamping mixed both with deColourant and with some lovely simple embroidery stitches;





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There is also today a lovely demonstration (free to view from the organiser Pauline Verrinder who shows us how to make 3D items such as seed heads with old scrim;  Pauline is also an accomplished textile artist and mentor for several textile groups and will be running classes at the Cottenham Summer School – details of which are in our classified section.





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Free to View

Last week we had showed the discussion between us both about the merits of open or closed seams – did you see it?  – this is also in the free to view section



And there is a fun workshop from Valerie to create your scrap quilt without even trying just by being a little organised and using your thread-savers – and those of you who use the ¼” foot with the fabric guide on it (such as Janome) this is perfect since you can’t be sloppy!!!




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Watching on your Ipad/Tablet

Many of you are now using Ipads and we want to reassure you that you can still view our videos on this platform. As the Ipad doesn’t support flash you need to add a new browser;  this is easy to do and we have set out the steps for you;  all you need to do is click on the link and follow the instructions from our Blog/FAQ help: (or put Puffin in the search box!)

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What’s Coming?

To find out what is coming up in the rest of July  –   the workshops, tips and techniques  – just go to the Blog section of the site:


Shopping – new patterns

Whilst at the National Patchwork Championships at Sandown the other weekend  Valerie of course did some shopping (!) ; knowing how popular bags are there are several new patterns in the shopping /bags section for you to look at:a simple panel bag;  a Crazy Saddle bag;  a Quilters Retreat bag and a couple with stitchery panels  which  we thought would make great ‘take away’ projects for the summer holidays.

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Book of the Month

Our Book of the Month for July  is Quilting in Black & White by House of White Birches;  16 projects, large & small and prove that monochrome isn’t at all boring – and for all you cat lovers there is a small wallhanging for you too!


A wide variety of projects from table potholders through wallhangings to quilts;  all in black and white (but there is often a splash of colour






And Free p&p in the UK for the month of June 2013



Subscriber Giveaway

And for subscribed members we have a wonderful giveaway:

A fabric kit to make the Beach Hut quilt designed by Hilary Gooding using Makower Coastal range of fabrics;   the quilt size is 40″x 60″ and there are sufficient fabrics in the kit to complete the front of the quilt only.




As well as four small packs of squares from the same coastal range.



This fantastic giveaway is provided by Creative Quilting ( and to enter you simply need to be a subscribed member and send us an email to our competition address with the title Beach Huts.

The closing date for entry is 31st July 2013.


Superstar Medallion Fabric

If you are following Jennie’s Superstar block of the month – the delectable mountains border will be up later in the month;  Creative Quilting were kind enough to supply us with kits for the quilt at a very competitive price and there are just a couple left




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(and we promise we won’t send the quilt police if you decide not to make this particular quilt with them!)


Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie






Today we have Jennie working on the Delectable Mountains border of her superstar quilt.   This is a really lovely pattern in its own right, so those of you who aren’t working on the quilt might like to think about this pattern using up scraps – you only need an 8 ½” square of each of the two fabrics to make a 6” mountain!




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Valerie also gives you some advice today on how to keep the back of your quilts as beautiful as the front when you are quilting them – avoid the birds nests.



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Last week Jennie showed us how to fuse Hexagons into a traditional pattern for a lovely cushion – again you could think about this idea for several blocks – great for using up scraps;





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and if you really must, then paper piecing is also an option isn’t it  – very portable too for a holiday project;   you can purchase the papers pre-cut  and if you are into miniatures there is a delightful little book called Tiny Obsessions that you might like to take a look at





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And still on the traditional theme did you get a look at the  Crazy pattern – once you have the hang of it you could make just a single block and embelllish it as the Victorian’s used to with beads, threads, buttons, bows, bells –whatever takes your fancy – and Valerie proves that she does embellishing too!




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We thought you  might like some  great sewing ‘take away’ projects for the summer holidays:   knowing how popular bags are there are several new patterns in the shopping /bags section for you to look at:  a simple panel bag;  a Crazy Saddle bag;  a Quilters Retreat bag and a couple with stitchery panels  Click here