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Boston 2018

**NEW 2018 RETREAT** 
8 day Sewing retreat in Boston, USA
13-21 May 2018

We’ve teamed up with our partners at Arena Travel again, who have arranged this very special overseas retreat to the historic city of Boston. Valerie Nesbitt, Jennie Rayment and Angela Madden will be with you throughout the trip to offer their expertise and guidance while you can enjoy focusing on your quilting projects. It’ll be an incredible week at a 4* hotel with 4 full days of workshops and a programme of evening fun and entertainment. Learn More+



Annie Bielecka-Jones

Meet Annie Bielecka- Jones

Annie Bielecka- Jones is a very talented and well known textile artist, currently known for her landscape work based on her upbringing in Snowdonia. Valerie met up with her recently in Wivenhoe, to see some of her fantastic work – landscapes, African inspired quilts, painted quilts and some very clever ‘knitted’ quilts  Watch Now+



Cast Off

Needles at the ready

How are you getting on with our knitting series from Rosee Woodland? Have you caught up with last week’s tutorial on how to do a purl stitch – another of the basic stitches? Watch Now+

This week Rosie teaches you how to finish your work and ‘Cast Off’. Keep practicing and next week Rosee’s stashbuster jumper workshop means you can put all your newfound skills into practice Watch Now+



Layer Cake bag

Layer Cake Bag with Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster shows you how to make a simple but useful bag using 10" squares from a layer cake (or your stash!). She teaches you how to make the handles, the lining and then how to put it all together with a simple turn-through method. Watch Now+

If you’d like to join Carolyn for her ‘Scrappy’ weekend next year, you’ll find full details on the website Learn More+



Festival of Quilts

Valerie and Steve, our Director, had a working visit to last weekend’s Festival of Quilts and you’ll find a few of the pictures Steve took in our Blog  Valerie went back and had a wander round on the Sunday and she has added some pictures including Phillipa Naylor’s amazing miniature quilt. Learn More+  

Valerie was also busy looking for new products to inspire you – and you’ll see 3 of these listed in the Shop section below. More will appear in the Shop on the website in the coming weeks.




Throwback Thursday

And if you weren’t able to make this year’s Festival , our Throwback Thursday video revisited our trip there in 2011. Valerie caught up with Barbara Weeks and also Winnie Egefjord who was celebrating 25 years of quilting by the Danish Patchwork Association   Watch Now+

Special Offers for August


Product of the Month


Our new product of the month is the Clearly Perfect Angles Sewing Tool. It’s perfect for sewing across a square and customizable to any sewing set-up. You ‘ll never draw another line! And all without paper, pencils, or pins saving you time and money! Perfect for all those stitch n flip blocks. It comes with free p&p in the UK for August PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription.  More Info +


City Blocks

Book of the Month

Our Book of the Month  for August is City Blocks by Nancy Rink.  A variety of 10 quilt designs with both modern and traditional appeal. From quick piecing and simple blocks to simple applique and strong graphic designs, this is a collection of striking quilt designs. Each design is shown in a lifestyle photograph and an assembly diagram, accompanied by a complete materials list and step-by-step instructions comes with FREE p&p in the UK in August. More Info+


Aug Trailer

What’s coming up in the next 2 weeks

If you want to see what’s live on the site today and next week, then watch our latest trailer of the new videos.  Watch Now+

Don’t forget, we have new videos on every Friday and you can subscribe for full access from only £7 a month. Learn More +



Angela Madden

Tutor Feature – Angela Madden

Angela Madden is an internationally recognised quilter, teacher and author. As she is part of our retreats programme next year, we thought you might like to know a little more about Angela.  Learn More+



Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

August’s giveaway for paid subscribers is this amazing Outlander panel from Lady Sew and Sew, who are the exclusive UK stockists. This range of fabrics is based on the exceptionally popular TV series of the same name.

Just send an email entitled Outlander to The competition will close 31 August 2017.

The panel is also available through our Shop and supporting fabrics are available directly from Lady Sew and Sew. Learn More+ 

Happy sewing 
Valerie & Jennie

PS: If you’re looking to top up your stash and supplies and didn’t make it to Festival of Quilts this year, there is a super Fabric Fayre on 26th August 2017 at The Old Barn, Church Road, Great Bookham, Surrey KT23 3PQ



New videos this month

How to Purl with Rosee Woodland

How to Purl with Rosee Woodland

This is the third in our Beginners series on the technique of knitting. Watch Now+

Layer Cake Bag with Carolyn Forster

Layer Cake Bag with Carolyn Forster

JThis simple but useful bag is created using 10" squares from a layer cake (or your stash!) Watch Now+

Meet Nancy Adamek of Lina Patchwork

Meet Nancy Adamek of Lina Patchwork

Nancy talks to us about her love of English Paper Piecing.This interview was filmed last year at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show in Bristol. Watch Now+

How to Knit with Rosee Woodland

How to Knit with Rosee Woodland

The second in our beginners series – this time Rosee covers the Knit stitch.. Watch Now+

How to Knit - Casting on with Rosee Woodland

How to Knit – Casting on with Rosee Woodland

This is the first part in a beginners series on Knitting from our expert.. Watch Now+

Gelli Printing Part 2 with Jamie Malden

Gelli Printing Part 2 with Jamie Malden

Jamie shows us just how easy it is to create wonderful fabrics by blockprinting onto the gelli-printed fabric background for a unique effect.. Watch Now+

Gelli Printing with Jamie Malden

Gelli Printing with Jamie Malden

Jamie from Colouricious explains just what a Gelli plate is and just how useful it can be to create wonderful backgrounds and unique fabric. Watch Now+

Scrap Hearts quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Scrap Hearts quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Another of Valerie’s scrap quilts, but this could also use a layer cake and/or jelly roll Watch Now+