Have you had time to pop to the newlook website and check it all out?   If not here’s what you’ve missed this Friday and last:   today we have three pieces for you to watch:

a wander round the quilt shop Creative Quilting (which is based in Surrey – just round the corner from the Hampton Court Palace – more famous recently for the Olympic Bike Races but previously  home to Henry VIII) –  Isabelle shows us round and you get to see some of the lovely fabrics, be inspired by the work on display, and get a look at her current Block of the Month programme – called Vintage Rouge.





Also today you can watch Jennie demonstrating the Embellishing/needlefelting machine that is featured as our current competition.





You can also catch up with block 2 of the programme Your First Sampler Quilt – which is the standard 9 patch and some variations for those with some sewing skills.   November is a five-Friday month so you will get two more blocks this month – hope you can find time to keep up (but obviously the videos continue to be there whenever you want to come back to them).


Last Friday we loaded up the Competition video on the embellishing machine (entry forms and more details can be found on the competition page);entry is open to all who are registered members on the site:




and two workshops from Lynette Harris – our very own Stitch Witch on 3D tree decorations





and shadow appliqué cards.


Both these workshops  are brilliant for both adults and children to do (lots of glue involved) and we have more from Lynette later in the month.


Next week Jennie is going to show you how to do the Double Wedding ring pattern – always a favourite BUT does require some skill and concentrationand is considered challenging.    However there are new rotary cutting templates that will help and as always Jennie has a very comprehensive and clear workshop.





If you are visiting the new website for the first time since changeover you will be guided through an activation process.     The reason for this is that for security reasons  we were unable to transfer  your password;   you can still use the same one though – you don’t have to think up something new!!!    The process is very simple BUT we have been finding that some of the response emails are not arriving – don’t wait – get in touch with us and we can help.


If you are trying to access the site using an Ipad,remember  you do need Adobe Flash to run our videos; if you need help on this  we do have a link through to Iswifter on the FAQ page of the site (at the bottom of the page on the Home Page) which is an app  several of our viewers are using.


If you are just a member on the site – as opposed to a subscriber – you will only enjoy the tasters and tips and some shopping;  to fully enjoy all the site has to offer we now have a couple of gift incentives:


A 3 month membership PLUS a gift package for just £53 or a 1year membership PLUS a gift package for £95 (all plus p&p);




The gift package is amazing –  it contains

The Pocket Tutor by Dawn Cameron-Dick;  the essential guide for patchwork & quilting that you can take everywhere with you;

A copy of Workbox Magazine – the magazine for all stitching and textile enthusiasts

A copy of the Stripy Sampler Quilt pattern by Carolyn Forster which uses a jelly roll

A pattern to create a fast jelly-roll quilt designed by Sarah Soward

A charm pack of Oakshott shott-cotton fabrics

2 Mettlar Polysheen threads (which co-ordinate with the Oakshott fabrics)

AND 1 year’s membership to a Fabric Sample Club (you will receive 10×5” squares each month of the latest fabrics from Creative Quilting worth £15 over the year)

Retail value of the package is £55 but you pay just £35


Both of these are featured on the Home Page and in the Gifts section of the site and the membership section.


You can still, of course, pay monthly for the site through paypal or purchase a 3month/6month or 1 year membership through the shopping/membership page



(but Paypal still handle the single transaction);   if you wish to pay by cheque the mailing information is on the ‘Contact Us’ page.



Talking of gifts – what about a beautiful textile brooch made by Valentina Brunn?

Or join us at our Weekend Getaway 14-16th June 2013.




Our Book of the Month is Stitch it for Christmas by Lynette Anderson and has FREE p&p in the UK for the month of November;






you might also like to think of using her latest range of Christmas fabrics  that were our giveaway from Creative Quilting earlier in the year (they still have stock – www.creativequilting.co.uk)


If you are in the mood to stitch for Christmas, there are a couple of Christmas project magazines in with the patterns as well as lots of new stuff in that section:




amongst which are some stocking patterns;  tree decorations designed with a quilting theme;




wall hangings and advent calendars to make yourself (but you’ll have to get nippy with those – need to be ready by Dec 1st!)


and try the quick links to sort things for you.


Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie


P.S. This weekend is busy with Jennie away in the north of Scotland teaching and Valerie is also teaching but Juliet will be on hand to help;  one of us will get back to you asap if you are having log in (or any other) problems.