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Valerie continues with her series on appliqué – this time the more modern approach of fused with straight stitch; she spent much of last weekend at the Festival Of Quilts selling patterns from the Don’t Look Now series that all use this modern style of appliqué and it’s really simple – you just need to be able to trace, iron/stick, cut out and iron/stick again!

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Flying geese are always popular but here is one version where you just sew one seam with Jennie’s 3D flying geese.

4_sew-hexi-flowers001 - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieLast week we revisited Karin’s Sew Simple Attic Windows and at the FOQ Valerie came across Karin’s latest book in the series – Sew Simple Hexi-flowers – available now in the shop this will quickly become a favourite with all those of you who like to hand sew and in particular English Paper Piecing.

Our Community

Don’t forget to check out the Community area of the website. This week, you can find out more on what Valerie found at the Festival in her Blog – including new products (which you’ll find in the shop) from Pauline Ineson; Angela Madden; Hilary Beattie and Jenny Rolfe and Chris Porter.

If you’ve missed any of the newsletters over the summer whilst you’ve been out and about, just look them up in the Newsletter archive; or if you’re looking for some ideas for the Bank Holiday weekend, have a look in the Events section for details of the shows and exhibitions that are on near you.

Reasons/excuses for buying Fabric: Reason no.4:

…It is useful for covering all empty surfaces where dust may otherwise settle (this one gets Valerie’s vote!)

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

New this month

Tips and techniques
Precision Piecing with Valerie Nesbitt
A little help from Valerie with accurate sewing techniques once you have cut the pieces for your patchwork.

Sew Simple Attic Windows with Karin Hellaby
Karin shares several ingenious simple ways of creating this traditional block.

Out and about
Visit to The Bramble Patch
a quilt shop in Weedon, Northants – not far off Junction 16 of the M1 and easily found from the M40.

Monoprinting with Janet Clare
Simple and effective and a great idea for children to work on too.

Out and about
Meet Lady Sew & Sew
the quilt shop in Henley on Thames which has the claim of being the UK’s largest craft fabric warehouse

Twiddling Tucks with Jennie Rayment
Make tucks and twist for intriguing patterns – Jennie shares her simple construction techniques with us.

Modern Quilts with Valerie Nesbitt
Simple and effective modern quilts showcase the fabric beautifully.

Tips and techniques
How to deal with the curved edge of petals with Jennie Rayment
Super little tip to help you get lovely curves on your edges.