‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and all through the house…….

Deck the House

4_jh095-15-fabric-ballsand if you have been bitten by the Kirstie bauble effect then there is still time for you to try Jennie’s (fabric) balls!!

Scroll down to the bottom of this email to find the links to more videos on decorations or cards (and don’t forget to use the quick links)

Free pattern for subscribed members


We have reloaded the free ‘Merry Christmas’ banner designed for us by Gail Penberthy  (community section) – for speed  you could quickly fuse this to get it up and on show and come back to the sewing in the New Year!

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Sit Back and Enjoy

We thought you probably wouldn’t have too much free time to make big things, so we have taken the opportunity to reload inspiration that WE LOVE

4_jh045-shipping-forecast Delia Salter’s Shipping Forecast  – 31 pieces of work inspired by the actual shipping forecasts she listened to;   and the Stress Buster film that was made with the out-takes of our day at the Quilts on the Farm exhibition in West Sussex.

We are also revisiting the Studios of the Royal School of Needlework, who you can see are keeping the art of exquisite needlework alive and were very much part of THE wedding dress and shoes for the Duchess of Cambridge as well as, more recently, worked on dresses for the Oscar red carpet.

New Year Resolution?

4_jh089-02-40-minute-scrap-quilt Our extremely popular 40 minute scrap quilt is also there for you to enjoy and maybe get you thinking of a New Year’s resolution to sort out (and use!) up all those bits.


Talking about bits – there is a great new book from Carolyn Forster 20 Things to Make with Jelly Roll scraps which is quite delightful (see the shop advert in the r.h. panel) and new miniature kits from Julia Gahagan with the ever popular beach huts (and some of the fabric is precut for you) – we learn more about Julia and she talks us through her love of miniature quilts next Friday.

Last minute gift idea (that will last:)

Gift Pack with membership:   the pack of goodies is exceptional value and exclusive to Justhands-on.tv  – and the membership can start immediately (even if we have missed the last post to Santa).

4_gift-pack-2013 The gift pack consists of: a DVD workshop “ Texture into Sudoku” by Jennie Rayment; a charm pack of 12 x 5” squares of Oakshott shott-cotton fabrics called ‘Lakes’; a pack of 5 Aurifil threads, exclusive to Justhands-on.tv; a copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting – with a FREE Tula Pink project book attached; a copy of the Stripy Sampler Quilt pattern by Carolyn Forster, AND 1 year’s membership to the Fabric Sample Club run by Creative Quilting, where you will receive 10×5” squares each month of the latest fabrics (worth in excess of £60 and you pay just £50 plus p&p plus membership).

Our Gift Pack can be purchased by anyone – even if you pay monthly –  so ask Santa (or an obliging husband / partner / son / daughter / inlaw / friend – or anyone else who loves you) and we will work the magic on the membership to make sure you don’t pay twice!

Happy Christmas to you all

Valerie, Jennie & Juliet


New this month

40 minute scrap quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
This was such fun and made a real dent in my fabric stash – uses 2 ½” strips (but of any length)

Out and about
This is a delightful sequence guaranteed to sooth.

Out and about
Royal School of Needlework – Visit to the Studios
Wander round, behind the scenes to discover another hidden gem of the Royal School of Needlework back in 2009

Fabric Balls from Jennie Rayment
A simple and ingenious way of using up scraps of fabric to produce toys or decorations.

3D tree decorations from The Stitch Witch
Lots of easy inspiration from Lynette to decorate your tree this year.

Tips and techniques
Simple cushion edge with Valerie Nesbitt
No Piping necesary !

Quilting Makes Your Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Valerie shows 4 or 5 different Dresden Plate and Grandmother’s Fan quilts to demonstrate various options open to you.