Workshops & Techniques

5_jh040-am-circle-sliceNew today, we revisit a workshop with Angela Madden – Slice Up a Circle – which is her ingenious ruler to help you make stunning quilts and no maths involved!  and there is an accompanying book too.


5_jh113-01-crazy-patchwork-embellishment Lorna Bateman shares with us some of her passion for crazy patchwork, helping to choose fabrics and colours for her lovely pincushions.


5_896-crazy-bag001 - Juliet Coffer - julietThese are available through the shop as kits, and there is a delightful instant download pattern for an embellished bag (which has a heart shape option too)




Think patchwork is old fashioned and takes ages? Well check out the modern quilt ideas from Valerie which are quick, easy and effective.


Out & About/Events

Quilts in Cae Hir Gardens exhibition will be held 1st 2nd and 3rd August in the beautiful RHS Partner Garden in West Wales. Check out the videos of our visit last year (it was a little wet in the garden but that didn’t deter us!)

While you are up in that part of the world you could pop over to Lampeter and visit the Welsh Quilt Centre and enjoy their current exhibition on Folk Art; you could also visit their lovely shop on the ground floor of the building (and there is a quilt shop next door but one called Calico Kate and inbetween there is a delightful coffee shop – just in case you need to leave your partner for a while!!!!!)

4_jh102-01-kaffe-fassett-exhibition - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieWe filmed the previous Kaffe Fasett exhibition here, as well as visited the shop, which you can enjoy in the Out & About section of the site.


For more information on other events around the country don’t forget to check our Events page.

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In the meantime, happy sewing

Valerie & Jennie

New this month

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.

Out and about
Water Water Exhibition – Part 3
The final section of quilts with our hostess Kate Findlay

Tips and techniques
Blanket Stitch Applique by Machine with Valerie Nesbitt
This is a simple stitch over the fused applique shape and less intense that the traditional satin stitch.

Tulip Log Cabin Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
These tulip blocks are simple to make and combine with an even simpler plain block in this delightful little quilt.

Tips and techniques
Strip Piecing Tip from Valerie Nesbitt
No-one likes to waste fabric and this is a great tip so you don’t.

Midsummer Mystery Quilt – Part 1
What can we say? It’s a mystery using 2 ½” strips – so a jelly roll is perfect – or raid your stash; part 1 of 10!

Out and about
Water Water Exhibition – Part 2
More wandering round this exhibition from the Contemporary Quilt Group with our hostess Kate Findlay.

Trip Around the World with Valerie Nesbitt
A great quilt that is fast and easy to make so brilliant for both beginners and accomplished patchworkers .