What a busy month June is going to be for us both;  we have the Justhands-on.tv Getaway Sewing weekend 14/15th at Dunford House in Midhurst – completely full (but 2014 dates will be announced soon if you want to get an early start!)  and then the National Patchwork Championships  are being held at the  Sandown Racecourse in Esher, Surrey  the weekend of 21/22/23rd and Val will be helping on the Creative Quilting stand again;

and there is/will be lots to enjoy on the website too;   if you want to check out the full schedule of viewing you will find it on the Blog pages:

Tomorrow (Sat 8th June) all 5,000 quilts for Ann Hill’s appeal “Yes we can – together”  for Alzheimers’ Scotland will be put out to cover the Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow – that is sure to be a sight;   if you made a quilt you can view it on the website and if you didn’t (or you want to support them even more) the auction of the quilts will start in the evening –you can pre-reserve and more information and links are on our blog page ;




The Aurifil thread prize giveaway has been won – Jennie Robini was the lucky lady;  for all of you who weren’t successful  don’t forget you can always get some of your own (!) – just go to the  Aurifil store locator

to find out the quilt shop nearest you that is a stockist.


If you like Stained glass there is  a special offer on the last couple of remaining patterns of the Noel pattern :


And Val noticed that one of the best basic tutorial books for machine quilting is still in print:  Machine Quilting Made Easy by Maurine Noble – couple this with the great tutorials by Jennie on our website and you could be in good shape (but practice makes perfect)





To add a little bit of help you may find the Supreme Slider is useful (it really does what it says and helps with the sliding) ;



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Creative Quilting are offering this P&P FREE in the UK  for the month of June




AND for all you who like scrap quilts and making quilts from leftovers – this seems to fit the bill perfectly:  15 MInutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe;   she shows you how to make quilts from all those little scraps and even Val got excited:   modern and traditional settings in this







Our book of the month is Adorable Animal Applique

13 full-size applique projects in a wide variety of subjects.




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

Every mother (or grandmother) wants to create a room that fosters imagination, growth and wonder.

The 13 full size projects in this book come with a Jungle theme,  Under the Sea and Friendly Monsters:  from wall hangings to quilts, pillowcases to a scarf and not to forget the rug.   Obviously you could add these patterns to other things as well such as back packs, bath towels, totes and curtains – just let your creative juices flow.


Well that’s the shopping taken care of (!) but what about inspiration and workshops;   well over the last couple of weeks we had workshops on the use of deColourant products (which safely take the colour our and put it back from fabric – a sort of reverse dyeing ) with Dee Paramour and using everyday household items;




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Jennie got to work with her Serger (overlocker) machine to create a crazy log cabin pattern (but you could do this with your traditional machine


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and she is offering free p&p in the UK on her book Serging for Softies for the month of June through us

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And today Jennie shows us how to make Fat Cats to adorn our bags, cushions or quilts.


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We also learnt  how the girls at Midsomer Quilting layer up a huge quilt in double quick time (with a little bit of unusual help from the sports locker)


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and we re-visit the Sunbury Millenium Embroidery, which was  a project with involved the whole village of Sunbury upon Thames, young and old(er);  sewers and non-sewers and has a connection to War Horse (want to know more then click on the picture below!)


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If you aren’t a subscribed member then you are obviously missing out not only 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 you can send us a cheque.

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie