Magic 4-Patch with Anne BaxterToday we are joined by Anne Baxter and she shares with us her love of patchwork and a great bit of magic – simple 4 patch, which is quick and easy, with an option for using recycled shirts too. In fact this is the second piece of magic this month,  as Jennie also showed us some E-Z Magic 9 patch

E-Z Magic 9 Patch with Jennie RaymentBoth these workshops are the very silly essence of today’s patchwork – take great fabric;cut it up; sew it together, cut it apart again and then sew it together again – only possible of course by using the rotary cutter to keep you very accurate and the sewing machine so that your stitches don’t come undone! And come both with a warning that they are addictive.

Magna Carta update

Magna Carta BookThe Magna Carta quilts are winging their way to Houston to be on display there for Quilt Market and Quilt Festival.

If you are enjoying the tour we filmed at Guildford Cathedral, you can purchase a keepsake book from our shop, which contains all the history, great pics, and great information on the legacy quilts too, and a pack of 8 postcards – one for each of the quilts – again with all the information about them on the reverse.


Throwback Thursday

Lifted Star with Sylvia CritcherOnly 9 Thursday’s until Christmas – so we will be adding more from our archives EVERY Thursday from now until then to inspire (and October will have had 5 all on its own)

In addition we have some lovely new products in the SHOPstained glass nativity theme from the Stitch Witch and also Gail Lawther’s stained glass series –Do use the quick search with the ‘C’ word to find more stuff (click here)

Exclusive Gift Pack Offer with Membership Options

Gift Pack Membership 2015

With Christmas on the horizon, we have a bumper package of patchwork goodies on offer for you.

It includes something to sit back and read; a book on how to use up your fabric bits; stitching kit; pattern to use up your scraps and a charm pack of fabric – PLUS a 3 month or 1 year membership to the site – all at a great price and exclusive to

So don’t wait for Santa; buy it now and tell Santa about it later!

It’s available to both new subscribers and existing subscribers, and if you have an existing membership, just contact the Membership Fairy who will work the magic behind the scenes to make sure it’s added onto your existing membership. Full details and prices can be found at

Book of the Month

Christmas All through the House by Chris MaloneThis month, our Book of the Month is Christmas All Through the House by Chris Malone This collection of fun and easy projects range from a christmas sampler quilt to potholders; table set to tea towels; fire mantel decoration to mug rugs; tree ornaments to a christmas pillow – so something for everyone and every room.It also comes with free P&P in the UK in October 2015.

Product of the Month

Autumn Colourshott 10" squares from Oakshott 01-21 October’s product of the month are these Autumn Colourshott 10″ squares from Oakshott.There are 21 x 10″ squares of fabric in wonderful autumn colours that blend together. As it’s the product of the month it has free p&p in the UK in October 2015 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription to our site.

Autumn CrossesIf you want some inspiation Valerie has done a great workshop using this bundle  – Paintbrush Crosses Quilt

October’s Giveaway for Subscribed Members

This month our giveaway is a delightful little Candlemat kit, in Christmas fabrics, which is quick and easy to make from the designers of the magical ‘Thangles ‘papers, which this uses to create fast and accurate half-square triangle units – and again Valerie has a short workshop on this; so if you thought triangles weren’t something you could manage – think again!

CandlematTo enter the competition as a subscribed member, all you need to do is send an email entitled Candlemat to:
The competition will close 31st October 2015.

And don’t forget, if you want to become a subscribed member, just visit the Subscription Page to buy a monthly subscription or a fixed term package.

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

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New this month

E-Z Magic 9 Patch with Jennie Rayment
With a little magic and the help of some great templates, Jennie shows you how to create this lovely block (and several variations).

Tips and techniques
Broidery Perse, machine applique and satin stitch with Jennie Rayment
An old technique that makes the most of your fabric and/or adds some personalization to your garment

Mini Scrap offcuts with Valerie Nesbitt
How to use up those little offcut ears from your Stitch ‘n Flip patchwork to create stunning cushions and quilts.

Paintbrush Crosses Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Valerie shows you how to use fabric from your stash as well as a pre-cut set of 10″ squares to create a quick and easy quilt.

Aperture Sashiko Cards with The Stitch Witch
Sashiko is a simple and easy stitch that can be enjoyed by all age groups and Lynette shows us how to adapt the design for her aperture cards.

Dresden Plate Fans with Chris Porter
Dresden Plate is a traditional favourite and Chris has designed a special template to make this patchwork quickly and accurately. – AND she has a jelly roll version!

Tips and techniques
Monoprinting with Angela Daymond
Angela shows us how easy it is to create a unique piece of fabric for use as a background for our textile work.