Out & About:

Autumn is definitely here and with it quilting shows and exhibitions abound; one exceptional exhibition that has been running since March in the middle of Wales is the Kaffe Fassett Exhibition at the Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter, and we were fortunate enough to pop in there with the cameras to have a look round; Jen Jones shares some of the quilts and anecdotes with Valerie in our film which is on the site as from today:


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The Welsh Quilt Centre is located in the university town of Lampeter, in a beautiful part of the Welsh countryside and the exhibition runs until 2nd November. (and we will be seeing more of Jen in her shop and with her antique quilts later in the month and early in 2014)

Today’s Workshop

Still with Autumn in mind Steve Weeks shares with you how to upcycle a jumper into a warm cloche hat – so you no longer need to be ashamed of the one that got shrunk in the wash!


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Autumn also brings to mind patchwork and quilting classes:

Valerie is scheduled to be at Bee Crafty and their lovely new space at Ellingham, just outside Huntingdon, Cambs on Friday 18th Oct working on the Crazy Patchwork pattern – there are still spaces– a quick and easy pattern it’s a great way to use up scraps and/or layer cakes.

More classes scheduled up in Bridlington (now being made famous by David Hockney!) with both Jennie and Valerie joining a range of tutors at The Royal Bridlington House during the rest of 2013 and on into 2014– again for full details check out the classified.

And if you are near the Norfolk/Suffolk borders the Anglia Learning Centre has several tempting weekends/classes on offer.

All these classes are mentioned in our classified section – click here:

And then filter with ‘quilting holidays’ or ‘classes’

Thinking of projects,

Did you catch Jennie’s Fused Box workshop


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And Valerie’s little pictures?


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And in the shop:

  • we have loaded up several new patterns from Lesley Brankin (which are instant downloads) ranging from a little sheep wallhanging
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  • through to a clutch purse;


  • from The Stitch Witch we have two delightful wallhangings (A Celtic Cross and Black Swan) ;

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  • a great use of a jelly roll from Sue Rhodes in her Christmas wallhanging which has a christmas basket surrounded by log cabins;
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  • Brenda Walker has designed another little pincushion and bag id called Cotton Reel Kate;
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  • there are some lovely Christmas applique designs in Jingle all the Way quilt (but would work as standalone designs for years to come)



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In the kits section we have

  • a new little Goodie Box with a Christmas Theme from the Stitch Witch ad the no-sew Dog House needlecase;
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  • and from Bee Crafty we have the little Buttoned felt red heart kit designed by Julie Fernandez as well as two little wallhangings from Sarah Payne entitled A Winter’s Tale and Above the Rooftops
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Our Book of the Month is from Carolyn Forster and entitled

Sew Jelly Roll Quilts and Gifts


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Here you will find a variety of projects – big and small – and later in the month you can enjoy a video on one of the patterns from it (her Japanese Bag or Dick Whittington Bag).

Free p&p in the UK during October.


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Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie