This is a really busy month and with an eye on making things for Christmas we have also reactivated some of the older videos for you; Mandy Shaw decorates her home (how many boxes does she get hubby to bring down from the loft?!) and Anne Baxter makes her delightful Rudolph reindeer hanging


(check out her Wibbly Wobbly Tree too

and Lynette, The Stitch Witch shows us how to make a really easy and fast tree with fusible gold bias (and if you don’t have time or don’t want to sew it, the wallhanging will survive!) These won’t be on the home page but you will find them in the Christmas video section.

On top of all these we have a new workshop from Sylvia Critcher, called Seeing Stars which is a very clever block which when you make 4 creates the star; she has made it into a Table Runner but if you make more blocks you could make them into a quilt – particularly good for using up scraps; as usual Sylvia have a nifty trick with the leftovers.

We also have a fun project from Carolyn Sinclair who uses a cheap string of lights (from the Pound Stores or similar) and decorates them with flowers which are crafted from catfood pouches (well washed !!)

We meet Karen Veck and have a tour of her lovely new shop, The French Knot Studio in Havant, plus an interesting workshop using the embellishing machine where she teaches Jennie how to make texture. And we also meet Marilyn Lovett, the President of the Quilters Guild and learn more about her and the organisation she heads up here in the British Isles.

Quilts4London and A Gift of Quilts are two projects that are linked with the Cultural Olympiad 2012 and both are running out of time; if you are making a quilt for A Gift of Quilts it needs to be in by the end of November, and if you are working on a pennant for Quilts4London then you have only until the end of the year

Back to the workshops: Jennie shares with us a brilliant technique for piping a cushion without having to use bias binding and also introduces us to her Yo-Yo caterpillar – made from scraps he is such fun and uses up small pieces of wadding too. This idea can be expanded to make a doll, a clown, a dog, an owl or even a Christmas Tree – so lots of fun sewing to be had .

We also have part two of the Rosebud Fayre Block of the Month quilt – this month we make the Dresden plate centre – this will be loaded up on 11th November; we discuss the option of Grandmothers Fan and how to appliqué the plate onto your medallion background as well as making an easy centre circle.

On top of all those new workshops last month I have loaded up lots of new patterns which I came across, some also with a Christmas theme and these can be found in the Christmas section of the shopping

Gail Penberthy has kindly designed a Merry Christmas Banner exclusively for and this is a free download for all of you who are subscribed members.

If you like her patterns there are two others in the shopping section (Festive Robins and Family Advent) which she says were her inspiration and are available to purchase.

Another Gail, Lawther this time, has offered her latest set of 6 patterns entitled ‘Enchanted Forest’ as a prize giveaway.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning then you have until 1st December; just email with the title Patterns and keep your fingers crossed that you might be luck.

Talking of being lucky – you could still Be a Star and make a star block and be in with a chance of winning either the Janome TXL607 sewing machine or a satchel of Aurifil threads or a bundle of patchwork books; the blocks are arriving with each post (or Lyn Butler kindly gave her stash of 51 blocks to Isa at the Autumn Malvern Show) – you have until Dec 31st to make them up and for inspiration you can watch the videos on the Home Page of the website.

Our Book of the Month is the latest title from Anni Downs – an extremely popular author – called Some Kind of Wonderful – and contains 16 new projects ranging from sewing pincushions through to quilts combining sewing and stitchery. For November there is free p&p in the UK.


I know that many of you enjoy reading the newsletter and what’s in store but have yet to venture to the site itself ; its really easy – the link is at the bottom of the newsletter (just under our names) and registration is completely free – and you can enjoy seeing lots for free and also enjoy a taster for the workshops. The taster video for the Rosebud Fayre Block of the Month is quite comprehensive – and you can then just sit back and enjoy.

If you want to take part in the workshops and/or enjoy the full videos you do need to pay; you can do this through the site on the month-by-month basis or you can send us a cheque – details are on the membership page;

We have put in place a 1year membership together with a gift package which in total is worth £112 for just £85;

but if you would like to try the site for just 3 months we can now offer you the same gift package, which consists of Jennie’s latest book – Foldy Rolly Patchwork Pzazz, a copy of Fabrications Magazine, a Thangles Pattern (no more 7/8th s to worry about), Mettler threads AND a year’s membership to the Fabric Sample Club run by Creative Quilting (so you will receive 10 x 5” squares each month through the post)(all of which is worth over £40) PLUS the cost of the 3months for just £43; If you let Santa know then he can get in touch with us!!!

So much inspiration and so little time! – yes we know but the evenings are getting longer!!!
Happy Sewing
Valerie & Jennie