Summer came and went and we are now into that time of year where the colours and fruits make us think of clocks going back and the days getting shorter – so more time for sewing! And the coming month we hope our videos and workshops will fill you with inspiration.

On the workshop front we have a Bargello tablemat (which would be perfect in Christmas colours) and allows you to try out the cylinder method of construction;


Lee Brown makes some faux chenille which she turns into some wonderful textured pieces of fabric and also a sweet little Tied Knot bag; Jennie shares with you her amazing Cosmic Happenings pattern – twiddled and fiddled in amazing colours; and there is more dyeing from Helen Deighan.

Towards the end of the month Mandy Shaw takes us round her workshop and shares with us her trick with using the ladder stitch to close up gaps.

Back in August we filmed at the Festival of Quilts and took the opportunity to learn more about the range of quilting machines that are on offer from The Cotton Patch Studio; they are the UK distributor for the Handi Quilter range of products and also offer workshops and tuition.


Talking about tuition we hope that you will enjoy our new Block of the Month Programme made with the lovely Rosebud Fayre range of fabrics mixed in with some Itsy Bitsy fabrics from Makower. Jennie and I have taken the opportunity to explain in part 1 (which will be up on the site on 14th October) how we came to design the quilt; thinking about the grain of the fabrics; choice of colours and then worked on the centre medallion construction. This is perfect for beginners but if you are a accomplished sewer/quilter then we do have some challenges along the way for you, so we hope you will join us too. This programme is all part of the subscribed membership, but if you want to see the taster this is obviously in the free-to-view section.

Gail Lawther has designed a completely new set of 6 patterns called ‘Enchanted Forest’ which she has kindly offered as a prize giveaway


If you are interested in being in the draw for these all you need to do is email with the title Patterns and you could be in with a chance of winning. The draw will take place on 1st December 2011.

This month’s Book of the Month is entitled ‘My First Sewing Book’ and contains 35 easy and fun projects for children aged 7 years and up. However, I just fell in love with so many of the projects that I think adults would love these too;


there are all sorts of small gift ideas ranging from Button badges to embroidered jeans,and decoration ideas which include some super tree decorations and a rickrack fairy, and gifts and cards too – so really something for everyone and a great price with free UK p&p for the month of October.

With Christmas on the horizon I will, this month, be loading up some of the older videos in the Christmas section for you to act as inspiration; as well as some new patterns so keep in touch with the shopping pages.

Here is a new pattern book from Maggie Davies:

It’s a book full of Christmas motives using felted appliqué and embellished with buttons and crystals.

As always the best way to get the most from the site is to be a subscribed member which is payable through the site month-by-month at just £6 but if you would like to pay by cheque we are very happy for you to do that; full details are on the Members Page of the site.

If you aren’t yet a subscriber but would like to be, how about suggesting a membership as a Christmas present? And to make it more exciting so that you get not only a gift certificate but something to open on Christmas Day, we have put together a Gift Package and included in this there is membership to the Fabric Sample Club run by Creative Quilting, which means you get some lovely fabric squares through the door each month!

The value of the package (including the year’s memberships to is in excess of £110 and yours for just £85 (a real bargain!)