Beginning of September already – how quickly the summer seems to have gone.

Subscriber Giveaway

Our September giveaway for subscribed members is the Pinwheels Table Runner fabric kit and instruction book by Karin Hellaby;

The table runner is quite large – 54″x14″ – and the lovely batik fabrics to make the top are pretty much as per the front cover picture but you will need to add backing and wadding to complete the project. At that size you might even like to use it as a bed topper.

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and as a subscriber you can enjoy the ‘how to’ video as well


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See more on our competition page and to enter all you need to do is send an email to with the title ‘pinwheels’

Award winning Quilting inspiration

Today’s videos have us enjoying the award winning hand stitching of Jacquie Harvey – an exhibition we filmed a while ago


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Quilts take a Modern Twist

And Valerie has gone all modern with her charm quilt – a simple design using up 5” squares.


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Do you love modern quilts too? Would you like to see more at a show here in the UK? If so get in touch! We are trying to pull together as much interest as possible for a venture early in 2014.

Inspiration For Rubber Stamping Addicts

If you enjoy rubber stamping then join Dee Paramour and she how she creates some stunning fabric using the deColourant products; these products can also be used on card to great effect as well;


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Hand Applique

Dawn Cameron-Dick shares with us her love of reverse hand applique


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Kaideoscope Play

and Jennifer Trollope has us playing with fabric to create a simple kaleidoscope (including the use of a gluestick).


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Book of the Month – free p&p in the UK

Our book of the Month for September is Quilting Made Easy by Maurine Noble; this is a really great beginners book and guides you through a wide variety of styles of machine quilting together with a variety of exercises and once you know how – you just need to practice!


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Machine Quilting Videos

You can also get some help from Jennie’s videos on free motion embroidery (which is the same technique

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and there will be some simple quilting ideas from Valerie next week

And Finishing with Labels

And if you are into finishing your quilt don’t forget it needs a label (use the quick search box in the shop) for instance: there is

Quilt Labels for All Occasions by Brooke Smith

Which was our Book of the Month last Sept (!)


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or a lovely set of labels designed by Kjersti Smith which are available in the shop (this pic is just of 2 of the designs):


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Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

Update 20th September:

Utility Quilting

Today we loaded up a lovely workshop with Carolyn Forster when she joined us for our 100th filming day !!! In this workshop she shares with you her love of big stitch quilting. She shows us lots of lovely quilts as well as covering the ‘how to’; big stitches (by hand) mean you can get the quilt finished.


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and there is a lovely book by her of the same title Utility Quilting which is available through the shop.

Layer Quilt and Bind

(and if you need help with the layering, Valerie’s workshop Layer, Quilt and Bind – which was the last part of the Block of the Month programme, should help )

Other quilting ideas are covered by Valerie in her Quilting your Sampler Quilt video in which she shows you how different the quilt looks depending up on the quilting you choose (and since these are sampler quilts are very achievable on the domestic sewing machine.) and she talks about the equipment to use.


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There is also no reason why you can’t combine machine and hand quilting in the same project- it will be fine and it is allowed!

And if you really want to be inspired by handwork, sit back and enjoy wandering round Jacquie Harvey ‘s exhibition in which she showcases years of her wonderful handiwork. (see above)

Personalize your project

If you like to personalize your projects then there are a couple of helpful hints today, again from Valerie, on using words, letters and numbers on your projects.


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World Alzheimers Day

Saturday 21 September is World Alzheimers Day. An easy way to help their fundraising is to go to the Alzheimers for Scotland website and buy a quilt – great value, great present, great charity: – Ann Hill had 5,000 and she wants to sell them all!!!!


Visit and there is more information too on our blog pages.

New Books:

by Jane Rollason, Mary Gamester and Janet Clare are all in the shop as well as patterns from Lee Brown and Brenda Walker plus kits from the Stitch Witch and Julie Fernandez at Bee Crafty

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