Magna Carta Celebrations

Magna Carta Quilt 2015This week saw the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215 A.D. The girls from the Magna Carta Quilt Association have finished their quilts and if you would like to see more of how the quilts were made, then click here to use the quick search here on the site.

Thread Painting with Paula DoyleIf you would like to see the quilts up close and personal they will be at Guildford Cathedral from 19 June to 8 August;  Southill Park (Bracknell) from 9 August to 3 October, and then they will travel to Houston, Texas for International Quilt Market and Festival.

Magna Carta Quilt 2015Other dates and places are being finalised but you can keep up with where the quilts will be by checking their website


Floral Cutwork from Kathleen Laurel-SageIf you enjoyed meeting Kathleen Laurel Sage earlier in the month you will certainly enjoy her workshop creating delightful cutwork, and having been inspired you can purchase a kit in the Shop so that you can have a go yourself straight away.

Windmill Design with Valerie NesbittAnd have you caught up with Valerie making Windmills see how simple and easy half-square triangles can be when you use the one-strip cutting idea from Thangles  – perfect to use with your jelly rolls and all those other 2 1/2″ strip roll pre-cuts.

Hand quilting tip from Carolyn Forster

Hand quilting tip from Carolyn ForsterCarolyn loves to create her traditional looking quilts in the block-by-block method of quilting on the go and she shares this helpful tip on how to complete the hand quilting over the sashing.

Product of the Month

Japanese Nickle Pack & Strip Roll from Creative QuiltingThe Product of the Month that we chose for you was so popular that there has been a colour change – you now have the option of sumptuous red/gold and black Japanese.  This Japanese Nickle Pack & Strip Roll from Creative Quilting is exclusive to You’ll get 20 squares @ 5″  (2 each of 10 different fabrics) and 10 strips at 2 ½” x 40″ of co-ordinating fabrics in the strip roll.

Don’t forget you can purchase this product with FREE p&p for UK purchasers for June 2015 PLUS all purchasers get free entry into a draw to win a free month’s subscription to the site.

Scrap Quilt with Valerie NesbittIf you want inspiration for using these lovely fabrics then have a look at the 1930’s Scrap quilt that Valerie made – wouldn’t it be great in these Japanese fabrics!.

Book of the Month

Again the book we chose for you was another popular choice and the supplier ran out! – so a change of title here as well:

Fat Quarter Shuffle- from Annie's QuiltingJune’s Book of the Month is now – Fat Quarter Shuffle from Annie’s Quilting. It is a delightful book totally dedicated to the use of fat quarters;  pick six complementing fabrics, select a project and do the Fat Quarter Shuffle!   The projects vary from quilts through tote bags and some table settings.

Be warned – one project won’t be enough!

Free P&P in the UK in June 2015

Subscriber Giveaway

Seaside Sampler KitThis Seaside Sampler is a small sewing project from Quilters Haven: this quirky sampler quilt drawn by Doti Doodle is filled with silly seagulls, flapping flags and kites, a deckchair, a lighthouse, and other such nautical nonsense. This stitchery project is quite small but ideal for beginners and experts alike.

To enter the competition as a subscribed member all you need to do is send an email entitled Seaside to:
The competition will close on 30th June 2015.

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Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

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New this month

Windmill Design with Valerie Nesbitt
Valerie created this quickly and easily using Thangles but you could use your own favourite method of half square triangles.

Tips and techniques
Thread Painting Portraits with Paula Doyle
In this workshop we get to enjoy and see many of the portraits that have been made for the Magna Carta quilt that Paula has been closely involved in designing and making.

Making coil pots and baskets with Helen Deighan
Throwback Thursday – from our archives – a great way to create and recycle at the same time.

Sashiko Needle Case & Scissor Case from the Stitch Witch
Lynette loves to use this simple stitch to embellish her useful needlework tools – see how easy it is (and great for kids too)

Meet Kathleen Laurel-Sage – Textile Artist
This lady has a passion for machine embroidery and loves using organza and water soluble film

Stitch N Flip Offcuts project with Valerie Nesbitt
Some inspiration on what to do with all those snipped off segments from your other Stitch ‘n Flip projects.

Fancy Fandango with Jennie Rayment
Parlez vouz Patchwork? Well Jennie will help.

Yo-Yo Garland with Valerie Nesbitt
This is a great way to use up scraps of fabric – and in the UK we would call these Suffolk Puffs – but be warned – they are easy and addictive!

Making the Magna Carta Quilt Blocks with Alison Garner
Alison talks us through the making of the Medieval Pictorial quilts that are being made to celebrate the signing of Magna Carta.

Flying Geese with Chris Porter
Chris has designed a range of templates to make this fast and accurate – you’ll want to add them to all your projects.

Meet Alison Garner of Vision Textiles
Alison makes a range of hand crafted Clergy Stoles and Preaching Scarves.