4_jh109-10-take-nine - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieLast weekend, Valerie challenged you to find 9 Fat 1/4s that you liked to make her quilt – were you spoilt for choice?  Too many options in your stash?  – well make one of each!  She also offered you border options, including the very effective flat piping which just adds a splash of colour.

And, as we suggested earlier in the month, you could add double prairie points.

4_jh114-02-star-sashing - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieToday Valerie continues her series using Stitch ‘n flip, this time to create star sashing, which will add zing to an otherwise straightforward quilt.

There is also a useful tip about not panicking if the selvedges inadvertently sneak in!

Meet Philippa Naylor

4_jh039-philippa-naylor - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieThis interview was conducted a while ago but her quilts remain fabulous to see.   She has a new book coming out later this month – keep watching to find out more – and of course she tours the country, indeed the world, sharing and teaching.

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Free Subscriber Giveaway

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Don’t forget that as a subscriber you can take part in the free giveaway this month; aimed at those of you who enjoy textile art, we have two copies of the book Fabric Colour Magic by Abby Riba and Nick Coman to giveaway.

This is just such an exciting book;  in it the authors talk about how to use Stencils and brushes with the deColourant products – an easy way to manipulate fabric colour without using harmful chemicals. They cover techniques for stamping, stencilling screenpriting and so much more (and we have lots of videos and workshops using deColourant and deColourant Plus with Dee Paramour – click here for a quick search)

This giveaway is open to all who are subscribed members;  more information is on the Competition page of the site;  to enter just send us an email to our competition address below, with the title Fabric Colour Magic :

The competition will close midnight 30th September 2014.

5_subscribe-now-outline - Juliet Coffer - julietAnd to become a subscribed member just follow any of the Subscribe links on any of the pages of the website – minimum period is just one month.

Book of the Month

4_love-to-sew-patchwork-gifts - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieSimple Patchwork Gifts – it’s never too early to start making gifts for Christmas (and the nights are already drawing in!!!) There are a range of projects from a bolster cushion to pretty felt tins; mug rugs to rable runner; tea cossies to diary cover; laptop bag to phone charm – lots to choose from;  suitable for beginners and those who have some sewing skills. Free p&p in the UK for this month.

Only a Quilter….

Would spend hours sewing several hundreds of buttons onto a quilt to embellish it, but wouldn’t take five minutes to replace a button on a pair of trousers!

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

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New this month

Meet Philippa Naylor – Quiltmaker and Author
Award winning quilter – this interview was at Festival of Quilts.

Pinweaving with Lorna Bateman
Another great idea for using up scraps of fabric to create stunning useful designs.

Tips and techniques
Double Prairie Points from Valerie Nesbitt
Add variety to these pointy out (or in) bits on your projects.

Making Paper and Fabric Beads with Fran Rose
Simple, easy but effective for jewellery and for adding the finishing touch to a project – such as to the zip pull of a bag.

Tips and techniques
How to calculate the size of your block with Valerie Nesbitt
No maths needed – just simple division- and don’t forget the seam allowance!

Fast Half Square Triangle Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Most half square triangles used in quilts are small, but here Valerie encourages you to think BIG.

Out and about
S.A.Q.A. Textile Exhibition
A wander round their Transformations Reflections exhibition