We start the month with part 1 of our wander round the Guildford Quilters exhibition that was held earlier in the year at Clandon Park (a National Trust property just outside Guildford); the show was a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the group and they put together an exhibition that showcased 93 quilts – Gigi Langlois-Pearson was our guide and there will be more to enjoy next month.


Were you away in August and missed checking in with us? Well all the latest video are listed on the Home page.

OR have you missed us because you use an Ipad:? Well now you don’t have to: Our thanks to Sharon for this information:
Iswifter.com is a free app for IPAD users….I use it to access Justhandsontv to watch your videos….works like a charm. I now have access everywhere I go! Awesome!

Over the past couple of weeks we have enjoyed meeting Carolyn Forster who loves making traditional looking scrap quilts with modern techniques


– but do check out her new book – Utility Quilting in which she dispels the myth that all stitches have to be minute! – and her new sew-a-row style Sampler pattern which is just perfect for using up your 2 ½” strips (details alongside her interview video); and we enjoyed making a Button Bracelet with Mandy Shaw (which we thought you would enjoy sharing with the children) and a fun fast Scrap Quilt that Val made to camera in 40 minutes!

Jennie starts off our workshops this month with the traditional Rail Fence pattern – simple strip piecing together with the rotary cutter and sewing machine bring this pattern right into the 21st century; fast, fun and accurate for the modern day sewer.

Talking about the modern day sewer, Jennie and Val will be together later this month to film a new Beginners Sampler Quilt which will air October onwards in double-quick time (not speeded up but more than one block each month!). Then in the Spring we will be working on the Block of the Month that you have already seen and which is one of the chosen patterns being worked on at our Quilt Retreat in June at Dunford House.

Myfanwy Hart joins us at Dunford House in June 2013 and she also joins us later this month showing us how to use a fascinating product called ‘Texture Plus’; and we have Val Toombs showing us how to make a Silk Fusion Follie brooch – so something for the textile enthusiasts there.

Next week Jennie will show you how to make a superfast bag and Val will be working on the technique called ‘partial seam’ and later in the month Dawn Cameron-Dick will be talking about her Pocket Tutor book as well as showing you how to ‘press’ fabric rather than iron it – sounds simple but it does make a difference.

On 31st August we had a prize giveaway draw that was open to subscribed members for packs of 10” squares of the lovely Christmas Fun range of fabrics designed by Lynette Anderson and donated by Chreative Quilting; obviously the draw has been made and the winners notified; so if you weren’t luck you can still purchase the fabric directly from Creative Quilting (www.creativequilting.co.uk) by visiting their website.

There will be a new prize draw next month for subscribed members; to be able to join in and to enjoy more than just tasters of the workshops and videos you do need to be a subscribed member; you can join on a monthly basis – its just £6/month – or purchase a 3month, 6 month or 12 month membership, which has the added benefit of being 12 months for the price of just 10. And if you want to pay by cheque that’s fine too – just contact us.

Festival of Quilts allowed Val to catch up with lots of our favourite contributors including Karin Hellaby who has two more books in the Sew Simple Range –Pineapple Plus and her latest Pinwheels; and a delightful pattern called Elfin Patch – which also comes as a kit:


Janet Clare was at the show with her latest book: Hearty Good Wishes – coastal quilts;

the colours used in her projects depict the British coastline in winter – the waves, the spray, the wild salty air and there is one project too inspired by The Shipping Forecast. And if you think it’s just all about quilts – that’s not true – there are lots of small ideas too from bookmarks to cushions.

And if you like cats, her jointed appliqué cat pattern is a must!


The Book of the Month for September is called Quilt labels for all occasions by Brooke Smith;


fantastic value at just £6.99 – with Free p&p in the UK for September 2012.

the labels come as iron-on transfers; a wide variety of designs and there are 60 of them – so no excuse for not labeling ALL your quilts!

Keep an eye on the shopping pages next week; there are lots more products going up –found at both the Festival of Quilts and the Great Northern Quilt Show and many with Christmas in mind – never too early to start.

Happy Sewing
Valerie & Jennie