This weekend many of our contributors are at Quilts UK which is being held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern;  there is also a Chintz Applique class being held at the Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampter;  more details of these and other events can be found on our Events Page .

Helpful Colour Tip

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Did you pick up on the idea of using the selvedges to help with your colour selection?   Well you can also, of course, use the selvedges in your work and you can find a piece about that in the Homespun Mag Jan 2014 issue, that we have just added to the shop.

Twiddling, Fiddling & Manipulating fabric

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Jennie is busy this weekend at her own Sewing Retreat but she has shared with us her idea for a tucked up band:  of course she is the mistress of twiddling, fiddling and manipulating and this lovely idea can be used for trimming and embellishing.

Stitch N Flip

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This is a very acceptable form of patchwork, particularly good for use with scraps;  Sylvia Critcher is perhaps better known for her trapunto and hand work, but she designed this lovely quilt, entitled Dawn to Dusk  for The Silk Route and the pattern is available in the shop.

More Adventures in Leaders & Enders

If you don’t know about this little idea check out the video by clicking here: it’s a great way of using your threadsaver to create another scrap quilt without even trying!.

A Midsummer Mystery

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Valerie has designed a small(ish) scrap quilt using 2 ½” strips either from your stash or that lovely jellyroll that you have been stroking!   You can learn a little more about it from our video:

Sat 21st June will be the day and we will be loading up the workshops hourly starting at 10am – so make a note in your diary – get the family organised to be elsewhere; coffee and sandwiches ready so that you can join us have a great (uninterrupted) sewing day.

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

New this month

Tips and techniques
Help with choosing colour with Valerie Nesbitt
Get the traffic lights on the selvedge edges to guide you.

Strip Pieced Diamond Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Straightforward sewing of these lovely fabrics create this quilt in double-quick time.

Meet Kate Findlay – Textile Artist
A textile artist who is fascinated by the scientific.

Shibori Tie Dyeing with Dee Paramour
Dee shows us another great use of the deColourant and deColourant Plus products.

Rainbow & Scrap Batik Quilts with Valerie Nesbitt
Stitch ‘n flip these lovely quilts made with simple lozenge shapes.

Curved Drunkards path with Dawn Cameron-Dick
Drunkard’s Path has never been so easy!

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 10
Part 10 – the final bit!

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 9
Part 9 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 8
Part 8 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 7
Part 7 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 6
Part 6 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 5
Part 5 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 4
Part 4 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 3
Part 3 of 10

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 2
Part 2 of 10

Beaded Kilt Pin with Fran Rose
Simple beading project from Fran with other ideas spinning from it.

Out and about
A Glimpse of New Zealand through the eyes of Gail Lawther
Projects inspired by the Land of the Long White Cloud (otherwise known as New Zealand)